Principal’s Corner

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free viagra in canada pharmacy cheap viagra without rx November 2018 “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
–Helen Keller Dear Academy Families,

source The Academy welcomed potential new families to our open house this past Sunday with great success. I invite you all to come and explore our school. As our school family continues to grow, I ask that you share with your family and friends the difference The Academy makes as it continues to enrich more children from so many of our surrounding communities.

The Walk-a-thon was successful this year in raising over ten thousand dollars towards the H.S.A.’s overall fundraising goal for the school which aids us in continuing to provide a competitive tuition rate. As you well know, The Academy’s SCRIP program is a no hassle fundraiser whereby you are able to assist the school by placing orders for gift cards to places you shop at on a regular basis. A percentage of your gift card purchase will be donated back to our school. I encourage you all to register for FREE and tell all of your family and friends to do the same…I already did : ) Please visit for more details.

On Friday, you will receive a survey through SurveyMonkey from us regarding the school’s Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation. We ask that all families complete this survey ASAP to assist us as we complete the year and a half-long process of becoming reaccredited. You should give yourself approximately 45 minutes to complete the survey. If you have to pause the survey, you can continue where you left off as long as you use the same device. If you are unsure about any of the questions, please leave that answer blank. Thank you for your time on this matter as we embark on this process of self-evaluation to assure we are meeting the highest educational standards.

In a few weeks we will come together with our families and give thanks for all the Lord has given us. Before the hectic schedule of the holiday season is kicked off with Thanksgiving, I want to take the time to Thank You all for the many blessings which make The Academy fruitful; students, teachers, staff, parents, and most importantly, a key uniting factor in our community – our faith. We can always rely on our faith to keep us grounded and focused. I hope during this Thanksgiving season your faith is shared not only with your family and friends, but also with those who struggle day to day. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

enter Dates & Reminders:

November 16- 20, Parent/Teacher Conferences 

November 20, End of 1st Trimester 

November 21 – 23 -School Closed, Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.
Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S
Principal The Academy of Our Lady of Peace



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Dear Academy Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as I “oopsed” in agreeing to have the general HSA meeting on a Wednesday, forgetting we do not have school/gym access on Wednesdays due to Catechists (CCD) classes. Our HSA executive board met late last night and agreed on the new date; Thursday, November 1st at 7:30 PM in the Gym. We hope that at least one parent from each of our families can attend. Please join us!

The days are becoming shorter and hopefully chillier as Academy students are filled with excitement, knowing Walk-a-thon is today! If you are able to volunteer for this event, it is greatly appreciated. It is the school’s 2nd largest fundraiser and we THANK Mr. Sterling for chairing it this year. Walk-a-thon will take place today, Friday, October 12th at 1:15 PM. If you are available to volunteer please show up today at the School Gym between 11-11:30. Please see Mr. Sterling for any questions.

As you drive onto our property, I am sure you have all seen that the garden project has been completed; creating a peaceful, and welcoming entrance area to our school. By the Spring students will be able to enjoy the space for prayer and classes. Thank you to all of our donors who made this possible and to Mr. Flood for chairing the committee. Funding for this project was accomplished entirely with private donations; no school funds were used.

Thank you for your continued support and sharing the good news of how amazing our school continues to be. We will be hosting our Fall Open House on Sunday, November 11th from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. If you would like to bring a friend, please do so.

see Important Dates:
October 12th – Walkathon at 1:15PM
October 16th – Progress Reports Go Home
October 26th – No School For Students
October 31st – Halloween Parade 1:30 PM
November 1st – HSA Meeting 7:30 PM in the Gym
November 2nd – First Friday Mass 11 AM, Half Day 12:30 Dismissal
November 8th – Fall Pictures
November 9th – Family Fun Night, COOP Exam (8th Grade)
November 11th – Open House 10AM-12:30PM

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Mr. Joel A. Castillo, EDS
Principal The Academy of Our Lady of Peace


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“Be Brave, Be Creative, Be Kind, Be Thankful, Be Happy…Be You.”

Dear Academy Families,

Welcome to the start of another great year at The Academy! We hope you had a relaxing summer with the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends. Summer is a wonderful time to recharge your batteries for the upcoming school year.

The Academy faculty, staff and I are looking forward to working with you in the 2018-2019 school year. Together we will guide our students to achieve academic excellence in a faith-filled environment where students’ academic achievement and connection to God are second to none.
The Academy doors will open during its 65th anniversary year with many new enhancements for the students.

• Our main entrance has been upgraded with a security vestibule as well as small flashing lights all around the property. When these lights are on, it signals to outsiders that the school is under a lock-down situation; no visitors may gain access during this time.
• The outer property will showcase a face-lift with the parking lot being repaved and the main-entrance of the school being landscaped and converted into a peaceful oasis.
• A portion of the library has been converted into a Maker Space/STEAM room where students in grades 1-4 will have the opportunity to take part in innovative tasks beyond their homeroom space. Students will be able to explore, collaborate, build and learn without preassigned educational templates. Thank you to Mr. Cruz and Fr. Johan for helping us build this interesting space.
• The “SuperKids” K-2 literacy program will begin its final phase of rolling out the curricula to those three grade levels.
• More HP Chromebooks have been ordered for our students who utilize the Google Classroom environment and more will be added in the Fall using grant money from New Jersey’s Nonpublic Technology Initiative funding. In addition we will also have some Sphero Star Wars robot balls available in our Maker Space for our younger students. And there is now a Kindle Fire tablet stationed outside the main office for sign-in/out for the faculty, students, substitutes and volunteers. This will eliminate the need for paper.

Last week, you should have received a “Save the Date” email from Mrs. Mollo. As aforementioned, we are celebrating the school’s 65th Anniversary. Hence, on September 21st, 2018 from 7PM – 11PM at the Westin Hotel in Morristown we will have an Anniversary Gala (dinner and dancing) among friends to celebrate this momentous occasion. Invitations will be mailed shortly. We hope you can join us! Date reminders:
• September 5th – First Day of School, K-8, 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
• September 6th – 12:30 p.m. Dismissal, Pre-K Orientation, PK 4 – 9-10 a.m., PK 3 – 10:30-11:30 a.m.
• September 7th – First Friday Mass, Buddy Reception, 12:30 p.m. Dismissal
• September 9th – Backpack Sunday, 12 p.m.
• September 10th – 1st Full Day, 1st Day for Pre-K
• September 17th – Back To School Night, 7 p.m.
• September 21st – Walkathon Pep Rally, 65th Anniversary

Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks. Have a blessed Labor Day holiday.

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S Principal
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace