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Calling All Christmas Angels

As Part of the Academy’s Ministry in Action Program, we invite each AOLP family to be a Christmas Angel in our Christmas in a Box: Helping Horizon gift Drive. The Academy has chosen to become actively involved in this opportunity to put faith into action. We are asking each family in our school to help someone in need. Christmas in a Box is designed to reach out to select families of the Horizon Schools in Livingston, New Jersey. These families live in abject poverty and are raising a child or children with multiple physical and mental disabilities. The Horizon schools serve more than 150 children ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONE CHILD AT A TIME!! PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A CHRISTMAS ANGEL THIS YEAR.   If you would love to be a Christmas Angel this year but prefer to make a monetary donation please make checks payable to: The Academy of Our Lady of Peace HSA and we will shop for you. If you prefer to shop, we will send you details of needs and wishes by Friday, November 17th! Collection of gifts will be November 28th and 29th at the Parish Hall. Questions contact Kerry Flood at

November 12, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Join Us!   On Sunday, November 12, 2017, The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, recipient of a 2017 Blue Ribbon School Recognition Award, will host an Open House from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the school at 99 South Street, New Providence. The open house will feature presentations of all PreK to grade 8 programs available at The Academy, including the full- and half-day PreK-3, Academic Programs for children, age 4, full day Kindergarten, Primary grades 1-4, and Middle School grades 5-8. Strengths of the grades 1-8 programs include: STEM integration, including information on iPads, laptops, Smart boards, hydroponics, robotics, 3D design and printing. At The Academy of Our Lady of Peace, the goal is to provide students with the tools to excel academically, and to learn in a values-based environment. One of the many life lessons emphasized is teamwork. How to work well with others is a philosophy that is woven into this tightly-knit Catholic community. Graduates of this institution are regularly accepted into the best private and magnet schools, including Delbarton, Oratory Prep, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Villa Walsh Academy, Seton Hall Preparatory, and others. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards, or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award—the first received by this institution—was bestowed to The Academy of Our Lady of Peace for exemplary academic excellence over the past three years. For more information about the school or the open house, please call 908-464-8657, or email  

Academy Scarecrows Enter New Providence Contest

Thank you to the Panther Power Robotics team for working together to create the scarecrows that have been submitted to the New Providence 2017 Scarecrow Stroll and Contest! The Robotics scarecrow (affectionately known as Puddles since the FLL challenge is water-related this year) can be seen on pole #30 outside Ferdinand Jewelers on South Street. The Academy's scarecrow (affectionately knows as Jake) is on pole #9 outside Bank of America on South Street. People can vote for their favorite scarecrows between October 14 through Nov. 1. GO Panthers!    

Lemonade Stand to Benefit Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims

Academy Students and siblings Owen, Regan and Gavin K. decided to run a lemonade stand so they could donate the money to hurricane relief. They spent the afternoon on the corner near their house waving to drivers and walkers and delivering lemonade to their cars! They even went door to door to "advertise" and collected many of their donations that way. They recruited several other kids in the neighborhood and made it a true team effort. Their parents and the Academy are very proud of their work!

Academy Attends The Imposition of the Pallium Mass

Mr. Castillo, Fr. Bill, Fr. Johan, Fr. Sal and representatives from our student and parent bodies were invited to attend a special Mass last week called The Imposition of the Pallium Mass. It was held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark where Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, Archbishop of Newark, received the pallium. This is a special garment symbolizing his link to the papacy of Pope Francis. The Mass was beautiful and our school was honored to attend this special Mass for Cardinal Tobin.

Panther Power Robotics Season begins!

Our First Lego League (FLL) Robotics club/team is in full gear getting ready for an exciting year of innovation, collaboration and competition. The team is blessed to be mentored by Mrs. Tyler, Dr. Gail Seelig and dedicated parent volunteers! GO Panther Power!

Teachers Attend Art Integration Workshop

During the first week of school, the Academy teachers along with teachers from St. Rose of Lima participated in a Professional Development workshop from Dick Blick Art Supplies. The workshop was lead by our Art teacher, Mrs. Tyler. The theme was Art Integrated into the Classrooms. It is known that children that study the Arts, (art, music, dance, theater) for as little as 45 minutes a day, score higher on standardized tests. Teachers had fun making books, stick puppets and stages, shape books, stamps, integrating math into art with patterns and pulp paper with seeds for planting. This brought in Art with science, Language Arts, Foreign Language, Social Studies, Math, music and technology. The presentation was for teachers of grades PK 3 - 8.

New School Year Begins!

Last week was our first full week where our entire student body of grades PreK-3 to Grade 8 were getting acquainted with their new teachers, new classmates and new schedules. Robotics and Panther Volleyball are already in action and soon Cross Country and enrichment after school activities will begin too. We welcome new teachers Mrs. Dawn Fiore (PreK-4 AM), Ms. Nicole Radomski (PreK-3) and Mrs. Danielle Mann (Grade 3). There was a lot of excitement and joy and we all look forward to a fun and productive school year. God bless us all!

“Happy 75th Birthday” Our Lady of Peace Church

Middle school students under the direction of art teacher, Mrs. Tyler, worked diligently on a mosaic that they wanted to offer as a gift for Our Lady of Peace's 75th birthday celebration. During the 5 PM Mass on June 10th, 2017, celebrated by Newark's Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Academy students Haley and Regan R. presented this beautiful piece of artwork during the Mass. Mr. Scarola finished the piece with a beautiful wooden frame and this artwork can now be viewed in the rectory’s main office area.