Principal’s Corner


” How good and pleasant it is, when God’s people live together in unity.”
Psalm 133:1

Dear Academy Families,

As we embrace the season of Lent, The Academy reminds the students during their daily lessons on the importance of reflecting on Jesus’s sacrifice for all of us. Please join our students and faculty for First Friday masses at 11 AM as well as for Stations of the Cross during this time of Lent on Fridays at 2 PM in the Church.

On March 10th, The Academy’s Home School Association will host its annual Tricky Tray gala at The Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown. The annual success of this event truly reflects the giving nature of our families and community. The funds collected at Tricky Tray directly benefit the educational programs that enrich the mind, body and soul of each Academy child. If you have not yet purchased your tickets to this event, please do so as soon as you can as the evening of March 10th is fast approaching. I look forward to seeing you there!

During the current academic year, the School Advisory Board has had many late-night meetings discussing the branding of our amazing school. The school board has decided to work with a branding/marketing company, Sharklo Creative, LLC in assisting our school community in a “face-lift.” This organization is well represented within the educational community, having worked with Oratory Prep, Westmont Montessori School, Mount Saint Mary Academy, and College of Saint Elizabeth, to name just a few. This branding/marketing process will entail three phases with an overhaul of our school website in phase 1. We will continue to communicate on how the project evolves.

Thank you for continuing to be ambassadors for The Academy. New families continue to tour the school and register every week. The strong partnership we have ripples into the success of each child. We could not have success without you. If you have not yet submitted your registration materials to the main office, please do so as soon as possible.

Our Lady of Peace, please pray for us.
Mr. Joel A. Castillo, ED.S

Important Reminders:

  • March 3rd- 11AM First Friday Mass…All Welcomed. 12:30 Dismissal, Aftercare Available
  • March 6th- 10th – Terra Nova Testing for grades 2-8. Please be mindful of absences/lateness during this week.
  • March 10th- Tricky Tray 6 PM Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown
  • March 23 – Family Volleyball Night 7pm
  • March 31 – Student Council sponsored dance
  • April 4 – Spring Concert


January 2017

To All Academy Families,

Welcome back from what I hope was a joyous and relaxing Christmas break for all. As the classrooms of The Academy are re-filled, we are reminded how blessed we are to be in an environment like ours, where hope and optimism fill the rooms and hallways. Across our great country, Catholic schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week later this month. This is a great opportunity for The Academy to showcase our school during this Archdiocesan wide celebration of the many advantages of a Catholic education. The Academy has much to be proud of and it is nice to be able to take this opportunity to promote ourselves to our current families and to our prospective families. The New Year welcomes us all with some great news you might not be aware of:

  • Congratulations to our Class of 2017 as they have received acceptances to their top tier high schools. The 8th graders have received over $60,000.00 in merit and scholarship based grants.
  • The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools has reconfirmed our school’s accreditation after our midterm report was finalized and received the highest commendations.
  • The Academy JV Volleyball team won the 2016 Championship within their league. The Academy girls JV Basketball team won the Championship at the Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Rose of Lima Academy.
  • The Academy will be one of the selected schools by the Archdiocese of Newark to pilot the STEM Expo this academic year. We welcome all of you to view the students’ hard work on February 16th. More information to follow.
  • The Academy of Our Lady of Peace will be hosting its Annual Tricky Tray Gala on March 10 at 6PM at The Westin in Morristown. We hope to see all of you there. For any further information please reach out to Mrs. Flood at

As we plan our activities for Catholic Schools Week, I hope and know we can count on you to be a part of them. The Book Fair begins on Sunday, January 29th at 10am, right after our Academy Family Mass at 9am. The Academy Family Mass will be the opening event for the week’s celebration. I encourage every family to attend this Mass with our school children dressed in winter uniform to showcase our school pride. We will have a reception in the gym following the Mass for all Academy families and prospective families as well. More details on our Catholic Schools Week events will be available soon.

Happy New Year and if you have any questions please contact me at the school’s office.


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

December 2016

“Lord, you sent us Jesus, your Son to bring light to our darkness and lead us to eternal life. As
we begin this Advent season, en-kindle within us the deep desire to seek him in all things.”

Dear Academy Families and Friends,

A few weeks ago, we began the Advent season, and The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is filled
with the hope and anticipation of the birth of Jesus! Advent is a season that seems to get lost in
our culture. Because the month of December is known as the Christmas season, and is the time
we prepare our homes for Christmas, we forget that it is also necessary to prepare our hearts
for the amazing miracle of Christ’s birth. One way to prepare our hearts and more fully
experience Jesus’ coming, is through deepening and growing our relationship with God. At The
Academy of Our Lady of Peace, our students continue to nurture their relationship with our
Lord this Advent season through prayer services, Masses and by taking part in their daily
lessons. I hope you share with us in keeping Christ in Christmas during your Christmas/Advent
celebrations at home.

I want to wish all of our Academy families and friends a very joyous and blessed Christmas
season and Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing all of you back in school in the New

Important Dates & Reminders:

  • Friday, December 9th- NJ Devils Game, “Star Wars Night”
  • Sunday, December 11th- Night of Carols, 6:30 PM at Our Lady of Peace Church
  • Tuesday, December 13th- The Academy Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 21st- Student Christmas Luncheon/ 12:30 Dismissal, No
  • December 22nd- January 2nd- School Closed
  • January 3rd, 2017 – School Reopens

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

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