Aug Prep Families Update – 4/3/2020

Apr 3, 2020 / COVID-19

April 3, 2020

Dear Aug Prep Families,

We hope this finds your family healthy and finishing a good spring break. We are excited to have your students back engaging with distance learning on Monday!

We are so thankful for the partnership we’ve had with you as parents; and for the perseverance, hard work and learning our students are engaging in. Distance learning is unchartered waters for all of us (staff, Students and Parents); we ask for your continued patience, suggestions and assistance in making this opportunity be the best it can be under the circumstances we face.   

As we finish spring break, we want ensure you are up-to-date on several pieces of information: 

Closure Timing

As of right now, the school building is closed indefinitely. Based on Governor Ever’s “Safer at Home” order, we anticipate the mandatory school closures to continue through a minimum of April 24, potentially several weeks longer. The Aug Prep team is working hard to continue to best serve your students through distance learning as long as is required. We will also be prepared to have them back to school as soon as we are safely allowed to do so. 

Distance learning will be “off” on April 10 for Good Friday, as well as April 17 and May 1 for staff professional development and planning. Please remember, engagement in distance learning is not optional. All students are expected to complete assigned work.

Questions on Distance Learning & Reporting Absences

  • Technology (login/access): Email techhelp@augprep.org with questions regarding technology (you can also call 414-810-1380 but we highly recommend email as our phone capacity is limited). Also visit: http://www.augprep.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Tech-Help.pdf
  • Elementary School: Reach out to the classroom teacher (contact information is on the packet you picked up).
  • Middle School: Email or Schoology message the teacher. You can also email Ms. Burnett: sburnett@augprep.org
  • High School: Attendance – Contact Ms. Lisa Rabideaux, lrabideaux@augprep.org or call the main office at 414.410.1380. Technology – Contact Mr. Wallace, jwallace@augprep.org or call the main office at 414.410/1380.

Meals

We continue to serve meals Monday – Friday from 7-10am drive-through style at the front of the school (no meals on 4/10). You can pick up meals for multiple days at a time. Our team has worked hard to take safety precautions to ensure our food and food pickup is safe for both our staff and families. Each meal includes breakfast and lunch; the menu is changed frequently. Every breakfast includes an entree, milk and fruit serving. Every lunch includes an entree, vegetable serving, chips and milk. This is for ANYONE 18 and under (you don’t have to be an Aug Prep student or family). Tell your friends, family and neighbors! 

Blood Drive

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy will be holding a blood drive next Tuesday, April 7, 9:30AM – 2:00PM. We are looking for people aged 17 and older who can donate blood. The event will take place at the school gym and you will enter through the doors of the sports complex. To help manage social distancing, they won’t be able to donate blood without making an appointment. If interested in being a donor, call Wisconsin’s Versiti Blood Center at 1-877-232-4376 or visit the page http://bit.ly/augprep0407

Summer School

Summer School for Aug Prep students in Elementary and Middle school is still planned to run from June 25th to July 23rd. If you haven’t yet signed up your students, look for more information coming soon.  Given the disruption to our school year, we believe that this additional summer opportunity would be incredibly beneficial for our students. 

Communication

Our website (www.augprep.org) has a special COVID-19 page with current updates. We will continue to communicate with you in a variety of manners—email, text, social media, etc.

Community Resources

We know that Safer at Home impacts your family in unexpected and challenging ways. Milwaukee leaders have most strongly encouraged reaching out to IMPACT 2-1-1 with non-emergency critical needs. Please see the Aug Prep website for a more detailed list of contacts including Aug Prep social workers, crisis numbers and non-emergency resources. 

  • IMPACT 2-1-1: IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance. In Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties simply dial 2-1-1.

Office Hours Changing

While our building is currently closed indefinitely, we have a team member in the school office to answer our phones Monday through Friday from 9am-2pm. The main number for school is (414) 810-1380. Should you call outside of that timeframe, we will do our best to return your call as quickly as possible the following weekday.

Enrollment Forms & 2020-21 Student Activity Fee

Enrollment forms can be put in the mailbox outside the main office door daily. 

Additionally, many of you are aware of a planned $150 student activity fee to support the after-school, athletic and extracurricular activities for families and students during the 2020-21 school year. We have made the decision not to collect the general fee for the 2020-21 school year and will return any payments that have been previously made. Please note that there will still be program specific fees during the school year for participation in activities including athletics and theater productions. 

Elementary and Middle School Q3 Grades

Quarter 3 grades for elementary and middle school students close on April 9. All work must be submitted by April 9. Parents can expect to receive a report card by April 24. Please call the school office between 9am-2pm Monday through Friday if you need to update your email and address information within the school’s information system.

Faith Resources

But God has so composed the body of Christ …  that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Corinthians 12:24-25)

In this difficult moment, it is particularly important that we find ways to care for one another as a school community. If you need words of comfort and truth, gospel-centered guidance and reminders of God’s love and grace in your life, look to your family, to your church community or to your local pastor. If you are not sure who to talk to, Dr. Watkins (jim.watkins@augprep.org) and Mr. Branch (wbranch@augprep.org) would love to listen and pray with you. Please reach out to them via email. 

The letters from the Apostle Paul in the Bible frequently begin with thanksgiving and prayer: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6) We thank God for each of you. We are praying for the health, safety and well-being of not only your students but your whole family during this time. There are a lot of unknowns right now. The implications of this virus have already hit close to home for all of us, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. But we know that God is walking through this with us; we know that God is doing His work through and in each of us during this time.

We are thankful for your continued partnership. Be safe and healthy. 

Warmly,

Abby Andrietsch
School President 

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