Principal’s Corner

September 2019

“Be Brave, Be Creative, Be Kind, Be Thankful, Be Happy…Be You.”     -Anonymous

Dear Academy Families,

Welcome to the start of another great year at The Academy! We hope you had a relaxing summer with the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends. Summer is a wonderful time to recharge your batteries for the upcoming school year.

The Academy faculty, staff and I are looking forward to working with you in the 2019-2020 school year. Together we will guide our students to achieve academic excellence in a faith-filled environment where students’ academic achievement and connection to God are second to none.

Next week, you will receive a “Save the Date” email from Mrs. Mollo.  On September 24th, 2019 at 11AM Cardinal Tobin will lead us in a special Mass celebrating the school’s 65 year history.  We hope you can join us!

Date reminders:

* September 4th – First Day of School, K-8, 12:30 PM Dismissal, No Aftercare

* September 5th – PK 3 & 4 Orientation, 12:30 PM Dismissal, No Aftercare

* September 6th – Buddy Reception, 1st Friday Mass, 12:30 PM Dismissal, No Aftercare

* September 8th – Backpack Sunday, 12 p.m. Mass

* September 9th – First Full Day of School

* September 16th – Back To School Night 7 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.  Have a blessed Labor Day holiday.

Our Lady of Peace, pray for us.

Mr. Joel A. Castillo, Ed.S


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