Principal’s Corner

January 2019

Dear Academy Families,

Welcome back from what I hope was a joyous and relaxing Christmas break for all. As the classrooms of The Academy are buzzing again, 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 Blue Ribbon, 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.

  • Congratulations to our Class of 2019 as they are in the midst of receiving their high school acceptances and making the final decision of which top tier high school they will attend in the Fall of 2019.
  • Registration is currently open for all grades for the 2019-2020 academic year. Your family should have received their registration paperwork within the last week. Please make sure to submit both forms and all fees before January 31st to take advantage of the discounted registration rate. If you need an additional form or have any questions, please contact the main office.
  • The Academy was blessed with many donations this year towards installing a chair lift in the rear of the Middle School for students that might need extra assistance in accessing/exiting the school.
  • The Academy will be one of the selected schools by the Archdiocese of Newark to take part in the Annual STEM Expo this academic year. We welcome all of you to view the students’ hard work on February 21st in the auditorium. More information to follow.
  • The Academy of Our Lady of Peace will be hosting its 25th Annual Tricky Tray Gala on March 8th 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
  • Lastly, the faculty and staff are hard at work on the re-accreditation process of Middle States Assoc. of Colleges and Schools. Thank you to all of the parents that completed our self-study Parent Survey and your feedback will be used in our improvement planning.

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 27th 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 your 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
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace

December 2018

“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 may forget the necessity to also prepare our hearts. 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 grow in their relationship with our Lord this Advent season through prayer services, Masses, singing religious Christmas carols, 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.

Please join us tomorrow night, December 11th at 7 PM (6:45 PM student arrival) for our annual Christmas Concert/Night of Carols in the church. Our Academy students will lead us with wonderful songs which will remind us all to always remember Christ in every Christmas. The HSA will be selling SCRIP gift cards (Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, American Girl Doll, Macy’s and Home Depot cards, to name a few) after the Christmas Concert. These make great stocking stuffers!

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 Year.

Important Dates & Reminders:

*December 11th – Christmas Concert and Night of Carols *December 14th – Santa Shop

*December 21st – Half day, no aftercare, Student luncheon

*December 24th – January 1st – No School, Christmas Break

*January 2nd – School reopens

*January 4th – First Friday, half day, aftercare available

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

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

November 2018

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
–Helen Keller

Dear Academy Families,

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.


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