Principal’s Corner

June 2019

“Summer is here…Live in the Sunshine of the Lord!”

Dear Academy Families,

Mother Nature has finally allowed for the warm Summer temperatures to arrive as we begin our summer break this afternoon. I’m sure you will join me in welcoming this beautiful weather as we venture outside to create new memories with our families and friends.

A few days ago, we celebrated the graduation of our 8th graders as well as  our Kindergarten students. Congratulations to all of our students for making it to the end of another successful academic year. We wish our 8th graders the very best as they begin their new journey into high school in September.

We will have some staff changes for the 2019-2020 school year:

Mrs. Elizabeth Hathway-Muir will not be with us as our volunteer librarian. We thank her for 8 years of dedicated service to our students and wish her the best in her new job.

Mrs. Tyler will be stepping into multiple roles within our school, allowing her to be with us full time. She will lead our students in the library as well as become our school wide STEAM coordinator.

Ms. Kia Anna Salameh and Mr. Tom Carle will lead our students in music theory instruction, choir and BAND. Interested students will be able to take part in the Academy’s new band program. More information to follow.

Mrs. Jane Katz will guide our 7th and 8th grade Latin program. Mrs. Katz has over 15 years of teaching experience.

During the 2019-2020 school year we look forward to rolling out our new MAPS assessment for grades 2-8, and we will continue to work towards our Middle States Association re-accreditation with a Team Visit in early Spring.

We will also welcome the opportunity for students to participate in extracurricular activities and sports after school.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 AM Cardinal Archbishop Tobin will honor us with his presence as he celebrates a school-wide Mass in  recognition of our 65th anniversary. I hope all parents are able to make the effort to join us during this special Mass.

Lastly, I would like to say THANK YOU for choosing to be part of The Academy community. Our success is only possible through the efforts and dedication of our families, faculty and staff. It truly takes a village and what an amazing village we create.

Have a blessed summer and may Our Lady of Peace pray for us.

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

May 2019

Dear Academy Families,

Easter break seemed to have been fully embraced by all the students as they came back to school re-energized, full of stories, and ready for the countdown to their next break – Summer! However, there are still several events ahead of us in the final weeks.

One such event is the upcoming Spring Musical – “Seussical Kids.” The students have been working hard practicing long hours and we hope you can come out and support them this coming Friday, May 17 at 7 PM and/or Saturday, May 18 at 2 PM in our school auditorium.

The H.S.A. is currently going through its nomination process for the 2019-2020 executive board and committees. Many of The Academy fund raisers as well as student events are only possible through the amazing support shown by our families. I invite you all to please consider one of the many roles involved with the H.S.A. since at the end of every day all that we do is for our (your) children. The current H.S.A. board has done an AMAZING job this year and on behalf of our community, I would like to say THANK YOU for all your time, talents and dedication.

Our annual May Crowning ceremony was once again a beautiful devotion to our Blessed Mother and we proudly witnessed our students sharing in their Catholic faith. We were happy to see so many families participate. Our 8th grade graduates and 3rd grade communicants added to the beauty of this ceremony in their formal attire.

The Fiore family recently received the news that their beloved daughter Claudia was chosen as the 2019 New Jersey LIVEr Champion ( and would like to invite our school community to join them on Sunday, June 9th at the NJ Liver Life Walk in Verona, NJ. You can join their Goryeb Walk Team or make an online donation at “Every dollar that we raise at this year’s Liver Life Walk will support the American Liver Foundation’s mission to provide educational programs and patient services to the millions of Americans battling liver disease.”

The faculty and staff have been working diligently on our Middles States Association re-accreditation process. Thank you to all the families and students who completed the surveys. We have finalized a new school mission statement as part of our self-study:

The Mission of the Academy of Our Lady of Peace is to provide an academically strong and faith-based experience within our community.

We prepare our students by working as a team using innovative teaching and learning methods so that each child can achieve joy in everyday challenges and successes.

On a personal note, my wife and I wanted to say thank you for all the beautiful sentiments, cards, outfits and delicious food from Academy families as we welcomed Clarisa Grace into our family. Clarisa was 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 20 inches long. Both Clarisa and mom are doing well.

• May 17 & 18 – Spring Musical “Seussical Kids”
• May 22 – Summer Reading Book Fair at Barnes and Noble in Livingston Mall from 9 AM to 9 PM
• May 24 – Field Day, 12:30 Dismissal, Father/Daughter Dance 6:30 PM
• May 27 – School Closed (Memorial Day)
• May 27 – Memorial Day Parade 10 AM followed by AOLP Barbecue
• May 28 – General H.S.A. meeting at 7 PM in Parish Hall
• May 30 – Ascension Mass at 11 AM
• May 30 – Strawberry Fields Fundraiser for AOLP located on South Street, New Providence

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Principal Castillo

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.”

* 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.

Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S