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Date Reminders:

October 1, FRIDAY - early dismissal, please note NO AFTERCARE

11:45 a.m. for half day preschool students and lunch bunch
 
12:15 p.m. for full day preschool students 
 
12:30 p.m. for students K to 8th grade

October 8, FRIDAY - Annual Walk-a-thon Fundraiser - click here

October 11, MONDAY -  No School - Columbus Day

October 21, THURSDAY - Wine Dinner at Ancona Restaurant 

October 29, FRIDAY - Spooktacular Trunk or Treat Family Event

November 1, MONDAY - 12:30 PM Dismissal - All Saint's Day

November 7, SUNDAY - 10 AM Fall Open House

Friendly Reminders:

* To volunteer at Lunch Duty or any events that include the children after COVID-19, you must complete the Protecting God's Children's class. (https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/index.cfm). You also need to complete the volunteer application and include your social security number and addresses for the past seven years (Please include dates and years with this). 
 

Annual Walk-a-thon – Donations accepted through 10/15 – Thank you all!

Thank you all for helping to make last week's Walk-a-thon a great success.  Donations will continue to be accepted through this Friday 10/15, with prizes announced on 10/22.
To make an online donation, here is the link:  https://givebutter.com/AOLPWalkathon2021 [pdf-embedder url="https://theacademyolp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Walkathon-Newsletter.pdf" title="Walkathon Newsletter"]

SCRIP Bonus Fest – Oct. 8 to 31st

SCRIP Bonus Fest starts today!  Shop special bonuses every Friday - Sunday in October and earn extra rebates for AOLP!
To see this week's bonuses like Gap/Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Smashburger, and more, click here:
Any questions, please reach out to Jenn Ernst at jjs9292@aol.com.
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Join Us October 21st for a Lovely Evening out!

Hello AOLP Families -
We are so pleased the beginning of the school is off and running and we are able to gather again.  We are extremely excited to be hosting a wonderful Wine Dinner at Ancona Restaurant outside under their large tent on October 21, 2021.  Please see attached flyer for details.  
 
We truly hope you will join us for a lovely evening out with friends, sharing delicious food, drinking fabulous wine and supporting our school!  It is going to be a wonderful night!
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Chris & Denise Reece
Roger & Suzanne Fahy
Wine Dinner Co-Chairs

Please Join Us – Make The Academy Pledge!

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic elementary school. In 2020, financial responsibility for The Academy was returned from the Archdiocese of Newark to the School Board and Our Lady of Peace Parish. The Academy relies primarily on tuition to fund its operations, but tuition covers only a portion of The Academy’s operating costs. Fundraising, led by the Home School Association (HSA) and The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Foundation, plays a critical role in covering expenses not handled by tuition. Since 2010, the Foundation has helped families and students in financial need. Sponsored by the Foundation, The Academy Pledge is a three-year gift toward a $500,000 goal. All Foundation proceeds are used for the benefit of The Academy and its students. The Foundation operates with minimal administrative expenses. Donations are tax-deductible, as The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Working together, we can ensure that this gift of Catholic education within our community will be available for current and future generations. The Academy’s students, parents, teachers and staff – all of us – are grateful for your generosity.   PLEDGE https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLDRzaqpViz9aRHpSFj_iSn7BBewiTReHDuogEw9RACO4zOQ/viewform  

Read About Our Featured Academy Alumni

Meet Sean Cusack - Class of 2003

High School: Delbarton School College / University: The College of William & Mary Current Role: Television Editor Fondest AOLP Memory: An eighth grade class of only thirteen students! The Scholastic Book Fair, the OLP Country Fair (apparently, I enjoy fairs more than I thought), and an especially outstanding fifth grade teacher who helped instill in me a sense of integrity balanced with humor which I like to think I carry with me to this day. It would be more accurate and honest to say my fondest memory of AOLP is the sense of peace, safety, and quiet happiness that comes with almost any memory of the school.
   

Meet Jimmy Johnston III - Class of 1993

High School: Union Catholic Regional High School College/University: Scranton University & Montclair State University Current Role: Network/Systems Administrator Fondest AOLP Memory: The close community of families and the teachers.

   

Meet Michael Maggi - Class of 1993

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Preschool Program

Where faith, learning and fun go hand in hand!
 

Program Offerings Morning and Full Day Classes For children ages 2.5 to 5

Apply now for the 2021-2022 School Year

 

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Preschool program focuses on the developmental needs of preschool students, encouraging them to explore, create and learn. We have adopted teaching and learning practices from the Creative Curriculum program to support students as they learn through discovery, create artwork, conduct science experiments and play pretend. We strive to best prepare our students to have the highest level of success in Kindergarten.

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace Preschool Programs offer thematically integrated curriculum in the subject areas of math, science, language arts, social studies, religion, technology, library, Spanish, music and art. Our three year old program introduces students to colors, shapes, numbers and nursery rhymes as key content. Then, in PreK 4, students are introduced to relevant curriculum that presents readiness skills essential in the preparation for Kindergarten.

  Early Threes (8:45-11:45AM) M/W/F ($5,940) or T/TH ($3,960) This is our youngest program. This program is intended for students who will turn three between August 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. Students may stay for Lunch Bunch until 12:45. Students are encouraged to be potty trained, but support will be provided. Threes (8:45AM-2:45PM) M-F...

Academy Principal – Dr. Kelly Hart

  Dr. Kelly Hart became the Principal of The Academy in July of 2020. Dr. Hart completed her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Math, Science and Technology at The College of New Jersey and attained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Dr. Hart earned her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth, having given her dissertation in STEM Education. She most recently served as Supervisor of Educational Technology for the East Hanover Board of Education. She has taught Engineering at the high school level and STEM education at the middle school level. Dr. Hart is a Chatham native. She and her husband are raising two young children. On her new role at The Academy, Dr. Hart said, “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve a school with such a rich tradition of education and the evident support of the Our Lady of Peace community. During this most challenging time, The Academy and community have rallied as a family to ensure the school remains a caring, safe, faithful, and academically rich environment. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with the teachers, parents, and community members at The Academy and to share my devotion in making this school year and every year a great success.” School Board President, David Janazzo notes, “Dr. Hart is a highly credentialed, qualified, and impressive educational leader, with a desire to foster Catholic education for Academy students. The Board is confident that Dr. Hart will lead The Academy to long-term success.“