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Last Updated: May 7, 2021 (2:00 p.m.)

RECENT UPDATES: Bell Schedules for the Week of 5/10 (2-page document), Weekly Outlook for the Week of 5/10, Prep Shop Hours

May 7, 2021

Dear Prep Community,

Our “Run for the Roses” celebration last Saturday evening was marked with exceptional participation from all sectors of the Prep Family – Board Members, Parents/Guardians, Grandparents, Alumni, Faculty/Staff, and most importantly, our Student Volunteers. A heartfelt thank you to all for their support of the Prep’s mission to “Set Hearts on Fire with a Passionate Search for Truth, Unity and Love”.

My gratitude to the Advancement Team and in particular to Maria Enos and Dennis Foreman for planning such an exquisite outdoor evening enjoyed by all; to Dining Services for preparing an outstanding menu which drew rave reviews from our guests; to our Facilities Department for their attention to detail and, of course, to the Testostertones for their show-stopping performance.

A thank you to one and all for making the Senior Prom on Sunday a magical on-campus outdoor event and one that will ensure wonderful memories for the Class of 2021. This year’s Promenade was spectacular. The results were nothing short of beautiful memories as the seniors and their guests processed from the Vincent Building down Legacy Lane.

As we approach the commencement of the Class of 2021, each day our campus continues to be filled with the energy of intellectual, social, and spiritual growth. Your presence in our community ensures the Prep’s tradition of excellence to bring together young men and gifted educators to fulfill our mission.

In Christ through Augustine,

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

COVID-19 PROCEDURAL REMINDERS

COVID-19 VACCINE
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 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, 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 May 10

CLICK HERE –  Bell Schedule for the week of May 10 – May 14
CLICK HERE –  Weekly Outlook for May 10
CLICK HERE – 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

DATES TO REMEMBER FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 10

  • THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 – College Athletic Commitment Event – 8:15 AM- Rodio Gym
  • FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021 – Last Day of Classes for Seniors

CANVAS (ONLINE LEARNING) 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. Starting April 26, Seniors must have a positive balance on their accounts to purchase anything in the Dining Hall. Underclassmen must have a positive balance beginning May 10th. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti in the Dining Hall.

DOWNLOAD THE MYPREP MOBILE APP

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

Before getting a student driving permit at age 16, the State of New Jersey requires students to participate in a driving theory class. 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 course is held in the Study Commons located in the Scarpa Building. Availability remains for the upcoming summer classes:
July 19-23 9:00 am – 11:30 am
August 16-20 9:00 am – 11:30 am
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.com or by phone at 856-697-2600 extension 102.

SUMMER 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.

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 to stay informed of all upcoming spring broadcasts.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

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

General Announcements

    • GRADUATION NEWS
      Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises will be held on campus Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. For all important information including the latest details on the Senior Awards, Class of 2021 Parent/Guardian Social, and Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises, please click HERE.
    • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

      Rising Juniors are eligible for elections to the Executive Committee of Student Government. Your son received a self-nomination form and presentations to the student body will be held next week.

    • THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 – College Athletic Commitment Event – 8:15 AM- Rodio Gym
    • LEGO TOY DRIVE – Monday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 19, 2021
      Donate your Legos! Office of Campus Ministry is accepting any type of Lego – mismatched to complete sets! They are NOT looking for new sets. All legos will be donated to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Please bring all donations to the Study Commons in the Scarpa Building between Monday, May 3 to Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
    • DRESS CODE/UNIFORM – HAIR must be above the eyes, ears, and collar. Spring Uniform on cold days includes a quarter-zip or sweater. NO HOODIES.

Freshman Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES – Underclassmen must have a positive balance beginning May 10th. To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.

Sophomore Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES – Underclassmen must have a positive balance beginning May 10th. To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.
  • NEW/FUTURE DRIVERS
    If you are getting your license in the next few weeks, you can still drive to school even if all spots are assigned. You will need to park by the solar panels until the seniors are finished. We would still need your vehicle information (Make, model, and license plate number) to provide you a parking permit once more are available. Please contact Mr. Broomell, Assistant Director of Athletics at (856) 697-2600 ext. 113 or Mr.Broomell@hermits.com.
  • SUMMER 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.

Junior Announcements

  • LUNCH BALANCES – Underclassmen must have a positive balance beginning May 10th. To manage lunch accounts, please use the PaySchoolsCentral.com site or bring cash or a check, made out to St. Augustine Prep into the Dining Hall. Please direct all questions to Chef Berti.
  • EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ELECTIONS
    Rising Juniors are eligible for elections to the Executive Committee of Student Government. Your son received a self-nomination form and presentations to the student body will be held next week.
  • NEW/FUTURE DRIVERS
    If you are getting your license in the next few weeks, you can still drive to school even if all spots are assigned. You will need to park by the solar panels until the seniors are finished. We would still need your vehicle information (Make, model, and license plate number) to provide you a parking permit once more are available. Please contact Mr. Broomell, Assistant Director of Athletics at (856) 697-2600 ext. 113 or Mr.Broomell@hermits.com.
  • SUMMER 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.

Senior Announcements

  • THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021 – College Athletic Commitment Event – 8:15 AM- Rodio Gym
  • LAST DAY FOR SENIORS  – FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021
    The Prom is back and will be held outdoors at the Prep on the Campus Commons! Reserved for seniors only, the event will take place on Sunday, May 2, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Dress is formal – tuxedos or a suit jacket and tie are welcome.  Senior parents and guardians, you will be invited to view the promenade as couples will process into the Campus Commons through the Vincent L. Buondonno Center starting at 4:00 pm. See more information HERE!
  • LUNCH BALANCES – As the end of the school year is near, lunch accounts must maintain a positive balance. Seniors if you already have received your cap and gown your lunch account balance must remain in the positive.
  • CLASS OF 2021 – COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
    Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises will be held on campus Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. For all important information including the latest details on the Senior Awards Breakfast, Class of 2021 Parent/Guardian Social, and the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercises, please click HERE.

Hermits Athletics – Calendar for the Week of May 10, 2021

CLICK HERE to access the athletic schedule for the week of May 10, 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

Spring Uniform Reminder– During cold weather days, students may wear a Prep quarter-zip or sweater if necessary. HOODIES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

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

Please contact Mr. Dennis Foreman ’87 Interim 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.

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

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 April. 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

 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 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, 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  May 10, 2021

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.

Monday, 5/10 – 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, 5/11 – 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Wednesday, 5/12 – 2 PM – 8:30 PM
Thursday, 5/13 – 2 PM – 8:30 PM
Friday, 5/14 – 10 AM – 3:30 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 May 10

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

WEEKLY Bell Schedule – Week of 5/10/21

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