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Last Updated: September 18, 2020 (5:00 p.m.)

RECENT UPDATES: Dates to Remember, Note from the School Nurse, Prep Shop Hours for Week of 9/21

September 18, 2020

Dear Prep Community,

Monday, September 21, we will welcome all four classes back to campus.  This is the first time in six months that we will join together as a school community.  I very much appreciate your continued support and patience as we continue to work through the challenges of adherence to the State of New Jersey’s guidelines for independent schools so that we can continue to provide a quality, safe Catholic, Augustinian education to our students.  Please know that our full reopening is rooted in the careful research and data reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Education.  You will find a link to next week’s schedule in the academic section below.  It will include information about our “Core Values Day” on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

On another note, in the spirit of faithfulness to the apostolate of education, the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova has assigned two Friars to St. Augustine Prep.  They are Fr. Anthony Burrascano, OSA, Assistant to the Head of School for Mission and Ministry and Fr. Stephen Curry, Senior Director of Finance.

Fr. Burrascano (pictured left) hails from Englewood, NJ.  He attended the Loyola School, a Jesuit high school in New York City.  Fr. Burrascano holds a BS in Education from Villanova University and an M.Div. from the Washington Theological Union in Washington DC. Fr. Burrascano comes to the Prep from Villanova University where he ministered in Campus Ministry. He served on our Board of Directors for nine years (2005-2013) in his role as Treasurer of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova and will also teach in the Theology Department at St. Augustine Prep.

Fr. Curry (pictured right) attended Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, PA, and is no stranger to St. Augustine Prep.  He ministered at our school from 2009-2014 and then segued into higher education at Villanova University and Merrimack College.  Fr. Curry holds a BS in accounting from Villanova University, an M.Div. and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.  Fr. Curry is bilingual (English-Spanish) and will serve as a faculty member in the World Language Department.

Please join me in welcoming these very gifted Augustinian Friars to our campus community. They nicely complement the Friars who serve at St. Augustine Prep. Know that these men remain united in prayer for you and your family during this unprecedented time.

In Augustine,

Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A.

DAILY HEALTH CHECK-IN FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

The daily screening form has been replaced by the Ruvna system which automatically sends an early morning text to each of our students, faculty and staff.  This questionnaire must be completed prior to arriving at campus.

CLICK HERE to view St. Augustine Prep’s full health and safety protocol and procedures manual in response to COVID-19.

Instructions for all campus visitors

All guests are requested to visit the Vincent Center upon arriving to campus and PRIOR to reaching your intended campus destination.  As per state mandate, visitors are required to check-in and receive a mask to wear during the visit (if you do not already have one of your own).  All visitors are required to wear a mask when navigating their way through any and all campus buildings.  We kindly ask all to observe social distancing and other appropriate safety measures to ensure the continued health of our campus community.  Thank you for your cooperation!

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The Attendance Office is in the SCARPA BUILDING. Please go there to SIGN OUT your son. Students, please go there to SIGN IN if you are late. 

Attendance Procedure Reminders:

  • If your son is going to be absent, please report his absence to Mrs. Auger at ext. 139 or mrs.auger@hermits.com.
  • If your son will be late, he should report to the building of his next class and sign in at the main office within that building.
  • If you are picking your son up early, please go to Mrs. Auger’s office in the Scarpa Building to sign him out. Mrs. Auger will call your son out of class when you arrive. Please do not text your son to meet you there. 
  • Any student who arrives unexcused after 9:45 am will not be able to participate in any athletic events/practices or extracurricular activities that day.
  • If a student is not feeling well, he should visit the nurse in the Forum.

Dates to Remember

CLICK HERE for times and locations of academic, student life and athletic events/meetings/practices updated in real-time.
CLICK HERE to download the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar (updated as of 9.18.2020)

SEPTEMBER

9/21 Monday – All Classes to Report

9/29 Tuesday

Brotherhood Ceremony (Class of 2024 and New Students)

Hermits Day of Giving

Picture Day – Underclassmen, Faculty and Staff

9/30 Wednesday

Picture Day 2 – Underclassmen, Faculty and Staff

Bell Schedule for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Click on the drop-down menus below for all general & class-specific daily announcements

General Announcements

    • Academic Year 2020-2021 Printable School Calendar (Click HERE to download/print)
    • PARKING PASSES – Parking Passes for the upcoming school year are now available.  The cost is $20 and the passes may be purchased from Mr. Broomell in the Athletic Office, please have your license plate number ready.
    • DRIVER’S EDUCATIONThe next driver’s education course begins on October 19.  Freshmen, sophomore, and juniors interested in the program may click HERE for more information or contact Mrs. Auger at (856) 697-2600 ext. 102 or mrs.auger@hermits.com.
    • SENIOR PORTRAITS (Final Session) – A final session has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Spina Gym.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, LifeTouch is offering limited availability for this session, please visit www.ouryear.com and enter the school code of 346 to schedule an appointment.
    • LOST LANYARDS/IDs – Students must wear their school-issued lanyard with their student ID and door entrance key card as part of their uniform. Students who lose their lanyard are required to replace it. Please go to the Business Office to order a new student ID ($5) and a new key card ($10) and the Prep Shop for a lanyard ($5).

Freshman Announcements

  • Picture Day for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, and Wednesday, September 30.  
    NOTE: Freshman parents who have already purchased picture packages for last week’s orientation will have the option to exchange those spring uniform/polo shirt photos for the winter uniform/blazer photos.

Sophomore Announcements

  • Picture Day for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, and Wednesday, September 30.  

Junior Announcements

  • Picture Day for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, and Wednesday, September 30.  

Senior Announcements

  • SENIOR PORTRAITS (Session II) – A second session has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Spina Gym.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, LifeTouch is offering limited availability for this session, please visit www.ouryear.com and enter the school code of 346 to schedule an appointment.  If you receive a message stating “appointments are no longer available”, this indicates the second session has sold out and Lifetouch has been notified of the need for a third session.  In this case, we will pass along the information when LifeTouch is able to provide dates for the additional session.

Athletic Announcements

  • Fall Athletic Update – There have been no changes to the beginning of Fall Athletics. First practices are scheduled to begin on September 14, 2020.
  • Registration is open for all sports. Please click HERE to register at your earliest convenience.

College Guidance Announcements

  • Please follow the steps found HERE to register on NAVIANCE|Student for upcoming college events and presentations.
  • For upcoming SAT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • For upcoming ACT dates and registration please CLICK HERE
  • Any student intending to play a sport at the Division I or Division II level must register with the NCAA during the 2nd semester of junior year. To register please CLICK HERE 

Student Leadership Announcements

Dress Code 2020-2021

Click HERE to view/download the updated dress code for the academic year 2020-2021.

Suggestions regarding the dress code (purchase of blazers, school patch, etc.)

The required school-branded polos (fall/spring uniform), optional pullover sweaters, and additional patches are all available on-campus at the Prep Shop. The balance of the items on the dress code are NOT sold at the Prep Shop and may be purchased at a retail store of your choice.

Families have mentioned Kohl’s, JCPenney, Boscovs, and Macy’s as being popular destinations for acquiring the Navy Blazer, pants and dress shirts that are required for the winter uniform. An option local to the school is L.A. Male located in Vineland, NJ. This establishment has no official affiliation with the school; however, they are familiar with our school uniform and carry all of the required items, offer free application of the school patch with each blazer purchase and are very accommodating to our families.

In summary, the school-branded polo, optional pullover sweaters and the blazer patch are the only required items available on-campus at the Prep Shop. A health declaration form is required to be submitted upon arrival and to help expedite your visit, you may download the form prior to making your trip by clicking HERE.

Please contact Mr. Tim Hale, Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, (Mr.Hale@hermits.com) if you have questions regarding student life at the Prep.

Policy and Procedure | Information

Attendance: Students must officially sign-in before 9:45 a.m. to be eligible to participate in co-curricular activities for the academic day. In an effort to minimize the late arrival process, the student must report directly to the building where his current class is located and sign-in with the following staff members: 

  • Forum – Mrs. Field
  • Augustinian Hall – Mrs. Pippett
  • Vincent – Mrs. Ward
  • Scarpa – Mrs. Auger

Technology Agreement: Each student and parent must sign the Technology Agreement in order to utilize on-campus technology services.  Please hand the signed forms to your D and E period teachers. 

Student Security Cards: Students have been issued door access cards and student ID cards.  Both of these cards should be with the student at all times. As of September 30, 2020, students will wear a lanyard with the swipe and ID card attached.  The lanyard which will have a breakaway clasp will be provided by the Prep. If a student loses either card or the lanyard the student is responsible for reporting the loss and purchasing a replacement.

Transportation Announcements

All buses will depart the Prep at 3:05 p.m. each day.

Click HERE to visit the transportation section of the website to view updated bus stops and details on the Voucher Program.

For more information regarding transportation at the Prep, please contact Mrs. Marianne Carr P’05 at (856) 697-2600 ext. 142 or by email at mrs.carr@hermits.com.

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

To our wonderful Prep parents – I appreciate your patience, understanding, and cooperation during this very unusual school year. Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns regarding the health of your sons.

Stay well!

Darlene Kingett P’05

(p) (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 (e) mrs.kingett@hermits.com

PREP SHOP HOURS

Hours for the week of September 21, 2020

Monday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tuesday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Wednesday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday – CLOSED

Sunday – CLOSED

In compliance with state laws regarding social distancing, we will be accepting no more than 4 customers in the store at a time; all will be required to sign a declaration of health form (CLICK HERE to download and print form) and wear a protective face mask at all times while present in the Forum.

IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, HOURS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Evening hours available during select campus events, please call (856) 697-2600 x126 to confirm hours prior to making a special trip to the Prep Shop!

PREP SHOP ONLINE

Please CLICK HERE to visit the only online shop carrying licensed St. Augustine Prep Hermits merchandise.  Thank you for always showing your Hermit Pride!  

Resources & Documents

Points of Contact

Academics: Mr. Stephen Cappuccio ’96 (academics@hermits.com)

Admissions: Mr. J.C. Valore (admissions@hermits.com)

Student Leadership/Campus Safety: Mr. Tim Hale (mr.hale@hermits.com)

Athletics: Mr. Michael Rizzo ’86 (athletics@hermits.com)

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Mr. Dennis Stahl (mr.stahl@hermits.com)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

View or download the School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021.

School Calendar for Academic Year 2020-2021

Online Real-Time School Calendar & Athletic Schedules

This online calendar is updated in real-time as venues, time changes, and cancellations are announced.  All athletic games and practice information may also be found here.

School Calendar and Athletic Schedule Website

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

Click below to view and/or download the Bell Schedule for Academic Year 2020-2021.

2020-2021 Bell Schedule

2020-2021 Student Dress Code

Click below to view and/or download the updated Student Dress Code for Academic Year 2020-2021.  The Student Handbook for Academic Year 2020-2021 will be posted upon its completion.

2020-2021 Student Dress Code