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Head’s UpDATE

Last Updated: November 28, 2022 (9:00 am)

 

November 18, 2022

Dear Prep Community,

Next week we join our country in giving thanks. While the past two years have been a challenge for most of us, our faith reminds us that those moments are also opportunities for growth. As we enter the “Season of Giving Thanks” and as we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, I invite you to welcome Advent and the new life that God desires to create within each of us.

Thanksgiving is a blessed time for us as Americans and as Christians as we hit “pause” in our busy lives and say “THANK YOU” to our family, our friends, and our God. My personal Thanksgiving reflection will include the Saint Augustine Prep family and a most sincere word of gratitude for entrusting a special treasure, your son, to our care.

A sincere note of appreciation to the moms of the Austin Society for preparing our campus for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. I am grateful to the many volunteers who generously shared their time and talent. What a wonderful tradition!

For your planning, the next edition of Head’s Update will be sent to you on Friday, December 2, 2022. An academic update from the Office of Academics including the upcoming bell schedule will be sent on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

In Christ through Augustine,

Fr. Robert J. Murray, O.S.A., Ph.D.
Head of School

Bell Schedule for the Week of 11/28 Weekly 8th Grade Message from Fr. Steve Hermits Athletics – Weekly Outlook School Calendar for Academic Year 2022-2023

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 28 – Classes Resume
  • Friday, December 2 – Austin Society Designer Bag Bingo
  • Wednesday, December 7 – Junior Evening of Reflection
  • Thursday, December 8 – Junior Ring Mass

Community Updates

DESIGNER BAG BINGO REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for the annual Austin Society Holiday Designer Bag Bingo at the Prep! Review the information below and register and/or complete payment online at hermits.com/bingo.

Cash or check payments may also be submitted to Mrs. Dilley in the St. Augustine Prep Business Office. Mrs. Dilley’s office is located on the first floor of the Vincent Center. Please make checks payable to “St. Augustine Prep.” If you would like additional information, please contact the Austin Society at austinsociety@hermits.com

    • When: Friday, December 2, 2022 – Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
    • Where: Consalo Dining Hall at the Buondonno Forum (located on the campus of St. Augustine Prep)
    • Cost: $35 per person

***The registration and payment deadline is Tuesday, November 29***

 

FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE SEMI-FORMAL IS HELD AT LUCIEN’S MANOR
Our freshmen and sophomores (and faculty!) danced the night away with their dates at this year’s semi-formal at Lucien’s Manor. The photo booth was a big hit for our Hermits hamming it up for the camera. Click here for the full photo gallery…

TOY DRIVE KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAYS
For many years the Prep has helped to make less fortunate kids have a brighter Christmas. Please bring your new unwrapped toys to your Theology classroom. We ask that you not bring in toys that are guns or other weapons. There is a particular need for minority dolls. Boys’ and girls’ toys are needed for kindergarten through 8th grades.
Our 8th – 10th grade students are asked to bring toys appropriate for children in grades K – 4 and our 11th and 12th grade students are asked to bring in toys appropriate for grades 5-8. All toys should be brought to school no later than December 14. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING
Students will enjoy Thanksgiving break off this week. The school will be closed Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. Behind-the-Wheel at St. Augustine Prep

DRIVER’S THEORY CLASSES: Prior to taking the behind-the-wheel segment students are required to take the theory class. On the last day of the classes, the NJ State written test will be administered. Having achieved at least an 80% test score and reaching the age of 16, students are eligible to get a NJ driving permit and enroll in the behind-the-wheel program.  For full information on the Behind-the-Wheel program at the Prep as well as all pertinent dates, please click the drop-down below titled “general announcements.”

 

CURRENT COVID POLICY

Updated Covid Policies for quarantining and virtual learning can be found HERE.

All daily school announcements may be viewed in the drop-down menus below.  Please view the general announcements section as well as those for your specific class year(s).

Additional Info & FAQ's

2022-2023 Eighth Grade Dress Code

2022-2023 High School Grade Dress Code

Lunch Accounts
Manage your son’s lunch account on payschoolscentral.com – a program that allows you to track your son’s lunch account and make online deposits towards it. Cash will be accepted for the early portion of the school year. If you have any questions relating to the Pay Schools Central Program, student lunch accounts, or food allergens, please contact:

Director of Dining Services- Vinnie Berti ’95 ext. 135 or Mr.Berti@Hermits.com
Assistant Director of Dining Services – Paul Barr ext. 157 or Mr.Barr@Hermits.com

Prep Shop
The most up-to-date Prep Shop Hours and Information may be found HERE.

 

DAILY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

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

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CAMPUS VISITORS

All guests are requested to visit the main office of each building to sign in as a Visitor and receive a pass.

HERMITS ATHLETICS

Sports Registration

Scholar-athletes! Registration for winter sports is still open.

The athletic department invites all students to register for their sports of interest for the fall season. Please note, registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.

Please scan the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected spring sport.

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2022-2023 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

Behind-the-Wheel at St. Augustine Prep

THEORY CLASSES: Prior to taking the behind-the-wheel segment students are required to take the theory class. On the last day of the classes the NJ State written test will be administered. Having achieved at least an 80% test score and reaching the age of 16, students are eligible to get a NJ driving permit and enroll in the behind-the-wheel program.

Classes are scheduled from 2:30 to 5:00 pm and will be conducted in Room 5116, the lecture hall.. Classes are open to students who are at least 14 years and the cost is $100 (make check payable to SAP and students may bring the check to class). To register please contact Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com

CLASSES FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR 2022/2023

January 23, 2023 – January 27, 2023 2:35 pm – 5:00 pm (Room 5116) Scarpa
Feb. 21, 2023 – Feb. 24, 2023 & Monday the 27th 2:35 pm – 5:00 pm (Room 5116) Scarpa
May 8, 2023 – May 12, 2023 2:35 pm – 5:00 pm (Room 5116) Scarpa

BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: Students who are at least 16 years of age and have passed the NJ State written test may enroll in the behind-the-wheel program. To enroll you must bring the following materials to Mrs. Auger in Scarpa Building:
Completed permit application card (if you make any scratch-outs on the card you must complete a new one as MVC will not accept it); ORIGINAL birth certificate OR current passport; (will be returned upon completion of the course); check payable to SAP for $300; and $14 CASH to purchase the permit and red decals from NJ MVC. When you bring these materials to Mrs. Auger she will schedule your trip dates.

HERMITS BROADCASTING CHANNEL – STAY UPDATED ON ALL THINGS HERMITS!

Tune in to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to view live streaming of select Academic and Athletic events.  Follow @hermitbroadcast on Twitter and subscribe to the Hermits Broadcasting Channel to stay informed of all upcoming spring broadcasts.

Are you a student interested in getting involved with the HBC?  Contact Mr. Broomell at mr.broomell@hermits.com to join the team!

Eighth Grade Announcements

      • November 17 – Head of School Scholarship Exam

Freshman Announcements

      • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
      • FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE SEMI-FORMAL IS HELD AT LUCIEN’S MANOR
        Our freshmen and sophomores (and faculty!) danced the night away with their dates at this year’s semi-formal at Lucien’s Manor. The photo booth was a big hit for our Hermits hamming it up for the camera. Click here for the full photo gallery…

Sophomore Announcements

      • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
      • BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.
        It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home. (Please view the general announcements tab for more info on class dates and requirements.)
      • FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORE SEMI-FORMAL IS HELD AT LUCIEN’S MANOR
        Our freshmen and sophomores (and faculty!) danced the night away with their dates at this year’s semi-formal at Lucien’s Manor. The photo booth was a big hit for our Hermits hamming it up for the camera. Click here for the full photo gallery…

Junior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135
  • DRIVER’S EDUCATION • BEHIND-THE-WHEEL: To register for behind-the-wheel training please contact Mrs. Auger by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.  It is possible to be picked up and dropped off at home. (Please view the general announcements tab for more info on class dates and requirements.)

Senior Announcements

      • LUNCH BALANCES –  To manage lunch accounts, please visit PaySchoolsCentral.com or bring cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti at (856) 697-2600 ext. 135.
      • SENIOR KAIROS RETREAT – Students will be assigned to a one-day Saturday retreat date while paying attention to their St. Augustine sports schedules. The retreat will be on campus and will run from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The date that each student is assigned will be posted soon on MyPrep under “Activities” on the “Progress” page. If there is an issue, please let Dr. Zagarella know directly, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Hermits Athletics

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule.  Dates and times are subject to change; please visit the link daily for any and all updates.

Sports Registration

Scholar-athletes! Registration for winter sports is still open.

The athletic department invites all students to register for their sports of interest for the fall season. Please note that registering for a sport does not commit you to your selection but places you on the communication list prior to the beginning of each sport’s season.

Review the information carefully and monitor your hermits.org emails as you may receive additional communication directly from the Athletic office or from the coach of your selected spring sport.

CLICK HERE to register for all sports during the 2022-2023 academic year.

All students must have a valid physical on file to participate in athletics – CLICK HERE to download the physical form

 

College Guidance Announcements

      • Please visit Scoir for important 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

Please contact Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18, Dean of Student Leadership & Development, (Mr.Huscher@hermits.com) or Mr. Tim Hale, Assistant Dean of Student Leadership, (Mr.Hale@hermits.com) if you have questions regarding student life at the Prep.

Dress Codes for 2022-23

For your reference, we have included our dress code for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Some brief notes:

The 8th grade will wear a blue or white dress shirt and the official 8th-grade tie.  A Hermits branded sweater is optional but is the only approved clothing item to be worn over the shirt and tie. Navy or gray pants, black or brown shoes, black or brown belts, and dress socks complete the winter uniform.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors switch to a blue or white dress shirt, tie, navy or gray pants, black or brown shoes, black or brown belt, dress socks, and navy blue blazer with the St. Augustine Prep patch sewn over the left breast pocket.
Seniors may continue to wear khaki pants and boat shoes; outside of those differences, seniors follow the same dress code as underclassmen as indicated above.

A reminder for all classes:

No white socks are permitted.
Sneakers are never permitted, regardless of the brand.
Hair is to be kept above the ears, eyes, and collar.
All young men are to be clean-shaven at all times.

2022-2023 Eighth Grade Dress Code

2022-2023 High School Grade Dress Code

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. Students must 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.

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 lanyards are required to replace them. 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).

Transportation Announcements

Please submit your bus reservations forms if you have not done so already.  There are limited seats remaining on several of the bus routes.  All students, regardless of how they travel to school, are required to have a B6T form on file.  If you have not submitted this state form already and need a copy, please contact Mrs. Carr at Mrs.Carr@hermits.com.   Late packets are being sent to the public school districts on a weekly basis.

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

If your son has medication in the nurse’s office, please pick it up by the last day of school.  Any medication not picked up will be properly disposed of. Please reach out to our nurse, Mrs. Kingett P’05’09 with any questions you might have to mrs.kingett@hermits.com.

COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION 
If your son has received the covid vaccination, please email a copy of his vaccination card to Mrs. Anna Broomell (Mrs.Broomell@hermits.com). If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05 ’09 by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

REPORTING A STUDENT WITH AN ILLNESS
The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett P’05’09, must be contacted first by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138.  Once Mrs. Kingett has been notified and has discussed the situation with the student’s parent(s) and/or guardians, she will then contact Mrs. Pippett in the Academics office.  At this point, a decision will be made regarding your son being moved to remote learning and if necessary, a return date will be determined.
Should it be determined that your son be moved to remote learning, each of his teachers will be contacted immediately by Mrs. Pippett.
If you have additional questions regarding the process of reporting an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com

PREP SHOP HOURS

PREP SHOP Hours – Hours Updated Weekly

PREP SHOP operating hours are available at hermits.com/prepshop, please note these hours are subject to change.  Prior to making a shopping trip to the PREP SHOP, please call (856) 697-2600 ext. 126.  *

Please note: If the school is closed then the Prep Shop is also closed.

For questions regarding the Prep Shop, please contact Mrs. Blystone at mrs.blystone@hermits.com or (856) 697-2600 ext. 126.

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

Evening hours are 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: Mrs. Nancy McHugh P’08 ’11 ’15 (academics@hermits.com)

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

Student Leadership & Development: Mr. John Huscher ’85 P’18 (mr.huscher@hermits.com)

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

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

Student Mental Health & Wellness: Bro. Bob Thornton, O.S.A. (br.bob@hermits.com)

School Calendar for Academic Year 2022-2023

View the School Calendar for Academic Year 2022-2023.

School Calendar for Academic Year 2022-2023

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

2022-2023 Student Handbook

Click below to view and/or download the Student Handbook for Academic Year 2023-2023

2022-2023 Student Handbook