Principal’s Corner

April 2019

“Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love and joy.” -Anonymous author

Dear Academy Families,

As Mother Nature loosens her frigid grip over us, we enter into Spring and look forward to warmer days filled with hope, renewal and new life during this blessed Easter season and Spring break. The vacation days to follow should allow us all to reset our focus for the last sprint towards the end of the school year.

As we approach the final events of the school year, I ask that you evaluate your volunteer hours so that you may plan on what events you are able to assist with; Memorial Day Parade and Barbecue, Field Day, Country Fair, lunch/recess duty…. to name a few. Thank you for your continued support as our success is your success.

On Wednesday, April 17th the New Providence Police Department will be assisting us with a safety drill during the morning hours. Being on time to school is important everyday, but on this day especially. Please do not be alarmed if you are near the property for any reason. This is an opportunity for certain emergency procedures to be effectively practiced in case of a true emergency.

At the end of this year two of our faculty members will be retiring. We have been blessed with the dedication and expertise of Mr. Elder (20 years) and  Mrs. Abernethy (10 years) for many years as they shared their talents with hundreds of our students. We wish them the best as they hang up their hats as faculty members of the Academy and enjoy their retirement.

I hope everyone has a Blessed Easter and remember “He has Risen, Have faith in Him…and He will always be there for you.”

REMINDERS:
* Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16th, Spring Concert, 7 p.m.
* 12:30 p.m. Dismissal, Wednesday, April 17th. No Aftercare.
* Easter Break, April 17th – 26th.
* May Crowning, May 1st.
* No School, May 7th, Professional Development Day for Teachers.
* OLP Country Fair, May 8th – 11th.

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Sincerely,
Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S
Principal


March 2019

“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 8th, The Academy’s Home School Association hosted its 25th annual Tricky Tray gala at The Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown. The event was a huge success, reflecting the giving nature of our families and community. The Tricky Tray committee was able to raise over $50 thousand towards the H.S.A.’s annual goal of $75 thousand. The funds collected at Tricky Tray directly benefit the educational programs that enrich the mind, body and soul of each Academy child. Thank you again to all who assisted in this year long endeavor; especially to Mrs. Flood for leading the event for the last 7 years!

As we initiate events towards the end of the school year, I ask that you evaluate your volunteer hours so that you may plan on what events you are able to assist with; Memorial Day Parade and Barbecue, Field Day, OLP Country Fair, lunch/recess duty…to name a few. Thank you for your  continued support, as our success is your success. I witness the dedication of Academy families everyday as they continue to be ambassadors for The Academy, THANK YOU. 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.

Important Dates:
* March 15th – Report Cards go home
* April 5th – First Friday, Early Dismissal, Mass
* April 11th – Spring Life Touch Photos
* April 16th – Spring Concert
* April 17th – Early Dismissal, NO AFTERCARE
* April 18th – 26th – Easter Break
* April 29th – Reopen

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

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


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 kerry@npfloods.com.
  • 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.

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