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What is the St. Thomas Parish Religious Education Program?

The St. Thomas Parish Religious Education Program is a formal religious education program which provides faith formation and sacrament preparation to parish children who attend local public schools.


What Grade Levels are included in the Program?

The St. Thomas Religious Education Program provides instruction to students from Grade Level 1 through Grade Level 7.



When are classes scheduled to begin? to finish?

STTA PREP classes begin in September and conclude prior to Memorial Day in May.

A summer camp program is also available for levels 4,5 and 6 in June 2020.



What is the roster of class days and session times?

In 2019-2020, there are three class sessions conducted throughout the week.

     Tuesday Afternoon                                                               4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
     Tuesday Evening                                                                  6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
     Wednesday Afternoon                                                          4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
     Confirmation Classes : 2nd Sunday of each month              6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
     Home-School             :  2nd Sunday of each month             4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Parent & Child)

In 2020-2021, the following are planned:
    Tuesday Afternoon                                                                 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM 
     Tuesday Evening                                                                  6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
 
    Confirmation Classes (monthly) : Sunday                             6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
     Confirmation Classes (weekly): Tuesday evening                6:15 PM to 7:30 PM        
     Home-School             :  Sunday                                             afternoon (Parent & Child)
(note Sunday dates and times for 2020-21 will be announced at a later date)

What is the phone number for the STTA PREP office?

The phone number for the STTA PREP office is 610-459-3477.



What is the Director's name?

The Director of Religious Education is Colleen Nancarrow.




During the PREP school year the STTA PREP office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays while classes are in session the CCD/PREP office is staffed until the last student has left the school building in the custody of a parent or guardian.

The CCD/PREP Office is closed on Friday.

During the summer months the PREP office is staffed Monday
through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.



How can a parishioner enroll a child in the STTA PREP?

Registration of children in CCD/PREP is conducted starting in March prior to the Program's September start.  Newly registered parishioners can register a child at any time following registering in the Parish.  Call the office to get started.

Families RETURNING to our program will receive an email in March inviting them to enroll for the following year. Registration and payment may be completed online or in the office.  

New families should contact our office to start the registration process.



What is the registration fee required?

For the 2019-2020 year, the registration fee to register 1 child is $230.00, for 2 children it is $380.00 and for 3 children or more the fee is $480.00.  The registration fee is due at the time of registration in the Program.  The deadline for 2019-2020 PREP is July 19, 2019. There will be a $25.00 discount for all registrations before July 19, 2019 .

For the 2020-2021 year, the registration fee to register 1 child is $225.00, for 2 children it is $375.00 and for 3 children or more the fee is $475.00.  The registration fee is due at the time of registration in the Program.  The deadline for 2020-2021 PREP is July 19, 2020. There will be a $25.00 discount for all registrations before June 1, 2020 .



Is there any record required with CCD/PREP registration?

A copy of a child's Baptismal certificate is required for a child entering CCD/PREP for the first time.



What is the attendance policy of CCD/PREP?

It is Archdiocesan policy and, therefore, the policy of CCD/PREP that 3 or more absences during the course of the PREP calendar year is considered excessive.


What is an excused absence?

Excused absences include: illness of the student, serious illness in the family, death in the family, quarantine, or other urgent reason.



When is an absence considered officially excused?

Absences are considered excused only after a note has been presented to the PREP office.  The absence note should be sent with the child the next time the child attends class or emailed directly to the DRE.   Parents are expected to teach the lesson their child missed.  Instructions will be provided by the office.  An e-assessment sent to the PREP office will qualify for the absent to be officially excused.  This can be done through email.



Is there a procedure for early dismissal from a class?

While early dismissal is not encouraged, we realize that emergency circumstances arise from time to time which would make early dismissal necessary.  In the event that an early dismissal is necessary, the parent or guardian who will be escorting a child from the school building is to report to the PREP office. The Director or a Hall monitor will escort the child to the office for pickup.  A note must be provided before class time.  3 or more early dismissals during the course of the PREP calendar year is considered excessive and may result in extra work or repeating the level.



What is the PREP/CCD E-mail address?

The E-mail address for the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Religious Education Program is: staprep@staglenmills.org



Is there a web page where PREP/CCD information can be viewed?

CCD/PREP announcements, calendar and FAQ information can be found at PREP.STAGlenMills.org



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