Principal’s Corner


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

November 2016

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”

–J.C Penney

I can hardly believe that we are finished with two academic months of what promises to be a wonderful school year! At this time of the year, there is great anticipation of what is to come as this school year unfolds and I am as excited as the faculty, children and parents. Together we all make The Academy of Our Lady of Peace into a strong family. I appreciate your support as your child(ren) learns and grows through the year. Let’s all continue our commitment to a successful school year by setting everyone, students as well as our teachers, up for success.

The U.S. Department of Education has released the eligibility criteria and the application for the 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools program. The Archdiocese of Newark has informed The Academy that we are officially eligible to apply for Blue Ribbon status! Being eligible to apply towards Blue Ribbon status is a great honor.  It acknowledges that our school’s academic excellence continues to prosper as our students scored within the top 15% of schools in the country with our Terra Nova testing. The application process takes about a year and results are not announced until the following academic year.  I hope you continue to keep our beautiful school in your prayers as the faculty and I tackle this new endeavor.

As The Academy welcomes potential new families to our Open House on November 13, I invite you all to come and explore our school.  Your visit will reinforce your understanding of the range of opportunities for academic excellence, outstanding fine arts, competitive athletics, innovative technology and our supportive community that nurtures the lives of our students.  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.

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, 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.


Dates & Reminders:


  • November 10th – Toddler Night Out 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
  • November 11th – COOP Exam for 8th graders &  Family Fun Night
  • November 13th Open House 10 AM-12:30 PM
  • November 18- 22, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 23 – End of 1st Trimester
  • November 23 – 25-School Closed, Thanksgiving

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

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

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fall 2016

Dear Academy Families,

How quickly the first month of school has passed and now we welcome Fall, although Mother Nature seems to not have made up her mind on allowing the seasons to change just yet.  The students are settled into their daily school routines and the building is filled with a positive and nurturing vibe.

The last months have been filled with many exciting activities in the school from a visiting therapy pony to a wonderful and well attended back to school night. Thank you again to all of you for continuing to show your support in attending or assisting with Academy events.  Our continued success is largely possible through your efforts.  Each day we thank God for His guiding light, which shines through every individual that is part of our Academy family.

I would like to introduce two new staff members to The Academy.  Mrs. Catherine Conte joins us as the new lunch/recess coordinator.  Mrs. Conte is a certified teacher with many years of experience with children. Mrs. Claire Davey joins us as the new school business manager.  Mrs. Davey has experience in both accounting and business management within the Archdiocesan schools.  I hope you will join us in making them feel welcomed.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to get involved throughout the year by joining one of the many H.S.A. committees and activities we have at The Academy. In particular, we are hosting a Casino Night for adults on Saturday, October 29th. This is one of our major fund raisers and a great way to meet new friends, have some fun playing casino games with “fun money” and taking chances on many wonderful prizes. Please join us!

Important Dates:

October 7th     First Friday mass 11 am – ALL are welcome; 12:30 pmdismissal
October 7th     JV and Varsity Volleyball games 6:30, 7:30 pm GYM – Please come cheer us on!
October 10th   Columbus Day SCHOOL CLOSED
October 13th   Walkathon Donations Collection at drop-off and pickup
October 14th   Academy WALKATHON 10 am – RAIN or SHINE
October 14th  Student Council Halloween Dance 7:30 pm gym
October 19th   Professional Day SCHOOL CLOSED
October 19th   MAX class in New Providence – FREE 7:20 pm
October 22nd  Protecting God’s Children Workshop 9 am OLP Parish Hall
October 29th  Casino Night “The Roaring ‘20s” Gym – 6:30 pm – Please Join Us!
October 31st   Halloween Parade 1 pm

May Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S

Important Dates:

  • September 7th – School Opens, Grades K-8
  • September 7th-9th – Half Days, 12:30 pm Dismissal
  • September 8th – Pre-K Orientation
  • September 9th – New Family Buddy Reception
  • September 11th – Backpack Sunday, 9 am Mass
  • September 12th – First day of School for Pre-K
  • September 27th – Back to School Night