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Catholic School Week and Book Fair News

Please consult the Catholic Schools Week Calendar (PDF) for all of our activities this coming week January 28th to February 2nd. Students should wear their 4-piece gym uniforms on Monday and Wednesday during this coming week in addition to their normal gym day.
Here is our Book Fair Web Page link:   Special Events: 1/28 - Sunday - 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - the Book Fair opens! Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, shop and have fun with games and prizes! 1/31 - Wednesday - Pastries for Parents - This is a time for parents to shop after dropping off the students. 8:15 - 9:00 AM. This way parents may enjoy the peace of looking at books with a cup of coffee. 2/1 - Thursday - Grand Event. Students invite a special person to come to school for a Continental Breakfast at 8:30 AM, create a craft with their special student and then a visit to the book store. 2/2 - Friday - Last call to shop 9:00 AM. Volunteers needed to pack up the fair on Friday at 10:00 AM. If you would like to shop our fair but can't make it, you can shop on line from 1/28 - 2/15. You will be able to connect to the online fair from our homepage. There is also an interactive book flyer found at this link.      

Open House – Come Join Us!

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace in New Providence, NJ will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week starting on Sunday, January 28, 2018 with an Open House and Reception from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, followed by another Open House on Tuesday, January 30 from 9 AM to 11 AM. Learn more about the educational programs, athletics and after-school activities. There are many events planned for the PreK-3 to Grade 8 students during the weeklong celebration, including athletic events like jumping rope for the American Heart Association and hosting a middle school handball game against St. James the Apostle School of Springfield. There will also be a weeklong Scholastic Book Fair. Earlier this school year, The Academy was honored as one of the recipients of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. 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. The Academy was also recognized for this achievement by the New Jersey Department of Education and the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). To continue the celebration, students will compete in a Blue Ribbon Olympics to add to the fun of Catholic Schools Week. During our Open House visitors will be able to speak with our faculty, administration, parents, and student ambassadors. You can tour our bright and cheery classrooms, technology and science labs, and facilities with a student ambassador. Our principal, Mr. Joel Castillo, Ed.S and office administrator, Mrs. Danielle Mollo will be present to answer any questions you have regarding admissions, curriculum, etc. We look forward to seeing you soon! For further information, please email

Holiday Scrip Gift Cards on Sale Now!

Click here to view the Scrip Holiday Gift Card Order Form - we can jump start your Christmas shopping and help our school at the same time - all at NO additional cost to you! During the 2017-2018 school year, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace will participate in a no-selling fundraising program allowing our parents and community to support our school. Through the Great Lakes Scrip Center, we will begin offering gift cards for purchase to be used at more than 300 retailers across the country. Scrip gift cards are the same you purchase from a retailer, but with an added benefit to our school. For each gift card purchased, AOLP will receive a rebate that will be used to supplement existing fundraising activities and help provide additional programs and resources for our students. With more than 300 brands, including grocery, department store, gas stations, restaurants and more, we hope this program will offer our families a fun way to support our school. Enrollment is free. There is No Obligation to Participate. Interested families and community members can easily sign up through the following ways: • Go to to purchase gift cards through our school page (Enrollment code: BL81B68156976) • Send checks and enrollment forms to the school through your child’s folder • Attend an upcoming information session at Family Fun Night to place your order or learn more about the program Please email for more information.  

Red Cross Receives Hurricane Relief Donation

The Academy's Tag Day to benefit Hurricane Relief was a huge success. Academy students, faculty and families donated over $1000 to the Red Cross! This was the most money ever raised by the Student Council. Pictured here is Ms. Christine Hodde, Executive Director of Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads, located in Summit, NJ, receiving the check from the Student Council board, Ms. Kim Johnston, the faculty adviser, and Academy Principal, Mr. Joel Castillo.


Inspired by other communities that have done the Kindness Rocks Project, Panther Power Robotics is sharing their new theme of Hydro Dynamics, Core Values and messages of inspiration and kindness with the Academy and Parish Community. The idea is simple, the Team and Club began by painting rocks. They put a (hash tag) on the back, #PantherPowerRocks and a message. The rocks can now be linked on social media. The person/people who find the rocks have three options; 1) leave them where they were found, 2) hide them somewhere new on the church/school grounds, or 3) Keep them because they really like them. What to do when you find a rock: Take a picture of you and the rock and share it on Facebook at #PantherPowerRocks (our Facebook page) or Email the picture to the Team at If you would like to make a rock of your own to hide please do. You too can share a message of kindness with others. Please remember to add the #PantherPowerRocks. The Team hopes to recruit everyone who comes across a rock to join in to inspire others through messages of kindness and creativity.

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!