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Head’s UpDATE

Last Updated: February 26, 2021 (11:00 a.m.)

RECENT UPDATES: Announcements, Bell Schedule, and Weekly Outlook for the Week of March 1

February 26, 2021                                       

 

Dear Prep Community,

We live in a world filled with restlessness.  Life’s demands often come at us fast and furious.   Living this past year with the realities of COVID-19, poverty, racism, economic and ecological disasters, so many individuals around the globe are feeling anxious.  In the midst of these challenges, the Season of Lent offers us a gift.  It is a sacred space, a time to pause and draw back from life’s daily challenges, and focus on the story of salvation.  Simply put, Lent is a time of sabbatical for the soul.

Our core values at St. Augustine Prep are rooted in Christ. As a Christian Community committed to Augustinian charism, this holy season can help us better live our faith.   St. Augustine, our patron, experienced a conversion which was the fruit of his life-long commitment to Christianity, to prayer and to reflection. That spirit fed his restless soul and opened his mind and heart to action, reflection and contemplation.

This past week we celebrated the lives and legacies of Fr. Joseph F. Girone, OSA,  faculty member at St. Augustine Prep and Dr. Mary Ellen Terrels P’16, Board Member and physician.  Fr. Girone and Dr. Terrels each understood that restlessness as a gift which ignited their search for God through community and prayer. Both had restless hearts and were committed to action through service to others, especially the less fortunate. Their lives remind us to “Open Wide Our Hearts and See the Face of God in Others.”  May we celebrate and remember their time with us as we accompany one another during this Lenten journey.  

In Christ through Augustine,

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

COVID-19 PROCEDURAL REMINDERS
Reporting a Student with an Illness

  • The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett, must be contacted first by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or email at COVID@hermits.com. 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

Ruvna Health Screening

  • Please complete the Ruvna Health Screening every morning PRIOR to arriving to campus.
  • If your son is required to stay home as per the Ruvna Health Screening app, parents/guardians must still contact Mrs. Auger in the attendance office at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 to report the absence.

Please note, if your son will not be attending school for illness, college visit, or any other applicable reason, the Ruvna questionnaire must still be completed.
If you have additional questions regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Donna Auger by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 or by email at mrs.auger@hermits.com

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL CAMPUS VISITORS

All guests are requested to visit the Vincent Center upon arriving on campus and PRIOR to reaching their 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!

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE REMINDER

To SIGN your son out early, please stop at the Forum Office to begin the process. Students, please SIGN IN at the main office of any building if you are late to campus. 

Attendance Procedure:

  • If your son is going to be absent, please report his absence to Mrs. Auger at ext. 139 or mrs.auger@hermits.com. Don’t forget to STILL submit your child’s status on the RUVNA app.
  • 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.

Announcements for the Week of March 1, 2021

CLICK HERE for times and locations of academic, student life and athletic events/meetings/practices updated in real-time.
CLICK HERE – 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
CLICK HERE –  Bell Schedule for the week of March 1st
CLICK HERE –  Weekly Outlook for March 1 – March 6 (includes all athletic events updated in real-time)

CANVAS TUTORIAL VIDEO FOR PARENTS
Parents, access to Canvas is now available for you. Please know that accessing Canvas is not required if you are interested in monitoring your son’s grades. As always, all grading is posted to MyPrep regardless of the location of the course and course materials. However, if you would like to see your son’s assignments, please follow the directions outlined in the short video linked below.

 

DINING HALL – LUNCH ACCOUNT BALANCES

We are asking all parents to review their son’s lunch accounts on PaySchoolsCentral.com.  If a balance needs to be made current, you may do so directly on the website or your son may submit payment in-person via cash or check (made payable to St. Augustine Prep) at the registers in the Dining Hall.

iPhone and iPad users, download the new MyPrep Mobile App courtesy of Prep senior, Michael Schleider.  The app is geared towards students and parents as it brings a user-friendly MyPrep experience to your smartphones and tablets.  Please be sure to leave a five-star review!

DRIVER’S EDUCATION THEORY CLASSES – Seats remain for May session

Availability remains for the Driver’s Education Theory Class scheduled for May 3 – 7 (Monday-Friday 2:30 pm – 5 pm) in the Study Commons located in the Scarpa Building.  This course is mandatory for students before they can earn a permit to drive.  The course is open to any student who is 14 years old or above.  The cost of the course is $100 (please make the check payable to St. Augustine Prep).  To register please contact Mrs. Auger by email at Mrs.Auger@Hermits.comor by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.

DATES TO REMEMBER

TUESDAY, MARCH 9th – Class of 2022 – A Night of Reflection 
All members of the Class of 2022 are required to attend from 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Consalo Dining Room and Rodio Gymnasium in the Buondonno Forum. Snacks and Dinner will be provided with a special presentation by an Alumni guest speaker.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10th – Class of 2022 Ring Mass and Ceremony
Ring Mass will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m in the Rodio Gymnasium in the Buondonno Forum. Students will receive their class ring or an Augustinian Pin. All parents and guardians of the Class of 2022 are invited to attend. The mass will be live-streamed via YouTube on the Hermits Broadcasting Channel.

Link to Weekly Outlook (including all athletic events)

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

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

General Announcements

    • THIS IS THE YEAR TO BUY A YEARBOOK – Yearbooks For Sale.
      • As the world adjusts to change, one thing that remains constant is the yearbook tradition. This yearbook will document all of the adjustments made during the school year as we adjust to life in 2020-2021. This yearbook will capture the memories for generations to come. Order your yearbook here!
      • The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. Our photographers can’t be everywhere. If you’ve got great photos of athletics or school events or just any Hermit Nation fun, we’d like to see them. Click HERE to see how to submit your photos online.
    • 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 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).
    • CAMPUS MINISTRY LENTEN PROJECT
      During this Lenten Season, Prep students and families are again on point to help
      those less fortunate as we are collecting food and other goods for The Carmelite
      Sisters of Brooklyn and the Salvation Army Pantry. Please purchase and bring in
      your donations by March 25th.  The following items are needed:

      Spaghetti
      Canned tomatoes (sauce, purée, crushed, etc.)
      Salt/Pepper
      Oatmeal (regular & gluten free)
      Cereal (granola, wheat bran, honey bunches of oats)
      Plastic plates, cups, & bowls
      Hot cups
      Herbal teas (lemon, ginger, mint, chamomile, etc.)
      Corn starch
      Tapioca starch
      Canned vegetables
      Canned frijoles
      Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, etc.)
      Dried beans (red, black, white, pinto, lentils)
      Crackers (saltines, Ritz)
      Bustello coffee
      Sugar
      Coconut milk
      Napkins
      Canola oil spray
      Olive oil
      Fine corn flour

Freshman Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature – Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Sophomore Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Junior Announcements

  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature- Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Senior Announcements

  • SENIOR QUOTES FOR YEARBOOK NEEDED – Please head over here to find the link to fill out your senior quotes for the yearbook.
  • Yearbook Club has released a new feature – Student Polls. This new feature will be displayed in our upcoming yearbook and we need students to fill out their opinions in the google form accessed here. Check out the form and all news on yearbook photo submissions as well as yearbook offers from Jostens.

Hermits Athletics – Calendar for the Week of March 1, 2021

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule for the week of March 1, 2021.  Dates and times are subject to change; please check daily for any and all updates.

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

Winter Uniform (Blazers OPTIONAL) – students are permitted to wear the white or blue dress shirt and tie with a Prep quarter-zip or sweater in place of the blazer. HOODIES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

Students are asked to review the sections regarding haircuts, facial hair, and proper appearance.

Please contact Mr. Dennis Foreman ’87 Dean of Student Leadership & Development, (Mr.Foreman@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.

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.

Transportation Announcements

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.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Please view the article linked below courtesy of school counselor & learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl and clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A., Psy.D.

Link to Article – Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19

SpeakUp! at St. Augustine Prep

We thank our members of the school community who have represented St. Augustine at several of the previously held sessions of the SpeakUp! Parenting Adult Coffee Series.  Please be reminded that these are free virtual programs provided by SpeakUp!, a trusted organization that has worked alongside the Prep for many years.  These conversations help parents gain the skills and confidence to talk openly and honestly with their children about tough topics, provide guidance, strengthen relationships, and learn from one another.

The Parenting Adult Coffee Series continues in January. Click here to view future Parenting Adult Coffee Series dates.

The safety and well-being of every member of the St. Augustine Prep community is a top priority. Now more than ever, St. Augustine Prep takes great care and concern in regards to the mental health of its student population.  To learn more about the resources available to students through the Office of College Guidance and Counseling, please visit hermits.com/student-life/health-wellness or contact our school counselor and learning consultant, Mr. Dennis Stahl at mr.stahl@hermits.com, or our clinical psychologist, Br. Bob Thornton, O.S.A. at br.thornton@hermits.com.

NOTES FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

REPORTING A STUDENT WITH AN ILLNESS
  • The school nurse, Mrs. Darlene Kingett, 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 of an illness, please contact Mrs. Darlene Kingett by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 138 or by email at mrs.kingett@hermits.com
RUVNA HEALTH SCREENING
  • If your son is required to stay home as per the Ruvna Health Screening app, parents/guardians must still contact Mrs. Auger in the attendance office at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 to report the absence.
  • Please note, if your son will not be attending school for illness, college visit, or any other applicable reason, the Ruvna questionnaire must still be completed.
If you have additional questions regarding this process, please contact Mrs. Donna Auger by phone at (856) 697-2600 ext. 139 or by email at mrs.auger@hermits.com
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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

PREP SHOP Hours – Hours Updated for Week of  March 1

The PREP SHOP Hours for the upcoming week are listed below.  Hours are subject to change, please call (856) 697-2600 ext. 126 prior to making your way to Richland for a shopping trip!  Please note that hours are subject to change due to inclement weather; unfortunately, if the school is closed then the Prep Shop is also closed.

  • 3/1  – Monday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 3/2 – Tuesday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 3/3 – Wednesday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 3/4 – Thursday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 4/5 – Friday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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

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: Mr. Dennis Foreman ’87 (mr.foreman@hermits.com)

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 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

Bell Schedule for the Week of March 1

Click below to view and/or download the Bell Schedule for the Week of March 1

Bell Schedule – Week of 3/1/21

2020-2021 Student Handbook

Click below to view and/or download the Student Handbook which includes the updated Student Dress Code for Academic Year 2020-2021.

2020-2021 Student Handbook