2019-20 Registration Now Open!

Our Lady of Sorrows School is proud to announce that registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Parents who are interested in sending their children to OLS School (Pre-K, K-8) are encouraged to schedule a school tour as soon as possible, before class spaces fill up.

At OLS School, we are very excited about the future. Come join our growing community filled with wonderful teachers, fantastic students, passionate parents, and our Principal, Ms. Judy Foley.

Register now to guarantee your child(ren)’s space at Our Lady of Sorrows School. We strongly recommend that all parents register as soon as possible, because classes tend to fill up quickly. Please schedule a tour today!

Choosing the Best Books for Your Pre-K Child

A well-chosen book for a preschool child will capture their imagination through text as well as illustrations.

Choose topics and themes that will be of interest to the child. It is also fun to introduce books that have new themes to help your child explore and expand their knowledge and interests.         

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Book for Your Preschooler

1. A well-chosen book will have engaging illustrations.

Look for colorful and fun illustrations that bring the story to life and engage your child’s imagination. The author Jan Brett hides clues to the story in her beautifully illustrated children’s books which adds another layer of fun and interest to her stories.

Books from Eric Carle and Ezra Jack Keats are also must-haves for the young child. Their stories are fun, and the illustrations are bright and colorful as well as being beautiful art. Talk about the illustrations with your child and maybe recreate some with your child.

2. A well-chosen book is worded well.

A well-chosen book is worded in a way that draws the reader in and makes them want to find out what happens next. There is a flow to the text, and it is clear and not confusing for the young child.

Some of the best children’s books use rhyme, repetition and humor to tell the story. A well-chosen book will also introduce new words and help to expand your child’s vocabulary.

3. A well-chosen book teaches.


A well-chosen book teaches your child something. Books that teach your child about the world around them. Look for books about seasons, animals, history, holidays and other lands.

Books are also a great way to address a behavior that your child may be exhibiting. Books like Hands Are Not for Hitting and the other books in the Martine Agassi, Ph. D. Best Behavior Series teach your child in a gentle and fun way.

4. A well-chosen book has a fun and great ending.

A well-chosen book has a wonderful ending where the problem is solve or there is a fun and unexpected turn at the end. If your child wants to hear it over and over again, you know you have selected a winner!

5. Don’t forget about classic children’s books.

Where The Wild Things Are | OLS SchoolLike a good navy blazer, classics never go out of style. Staples in your child’s library may include:

Also be sure to include books of fairytales and fables.

(NOTE: The above books – and so much more – are available at Words Bookstore in Maplewood. Shop local!)

6. Introducing chapter books

As your child’s attention span begins to expand, you may want to introduce chapter books. Bedtime is a wonderful time to read a chapter-a-night to your child. Childhood classics such as Peter Pan and Charlotte’s Web are two favorites.

Pass on the love of reading to your child


Reading to and with your child will nurture a life-long love of books. It is a great way to spend time with your child.

Whether it be an afternoon snuggled up with a pile of books, a day at the library or a bedtime story, READ, READ, READ!

OLS Tricky Tray is coming!

Our Lady of Sorrows School is proud to present the 17th Annual OLS Tricky Tray fundraiser on Friday, November 16 – hosted once again by actor Matt Servitto (The Sopranos, Banshee).

We will have more than 200 prizes, including:
* 50″ Samsung 4K TV
* Sonos Beam & Speaker Package
* Sporting Event Tickets
* Designer Handbags
* Electronics, Holiday Items, Gift Certificates
* 50/50 drawing
…and so much more.

This event WILL sell out! Order your tickets today!


Thank you to our generous donors!


All proceeds go to Our Lady of Sorrows School.

Academic Excellence

For 125 years, Our Lady of Sorrows School has provided a top-notch education to the children of South Orange, Maplewood and surrounding towns. And, with recognition from elite academic institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, OLS continues to deliver on the promise of high-level academic achievement today.

Interested in a tour of OLS School?

Meet our Principal, Ms. Judy Foley. Tour the school campus. Learn about all the exciting things happening at OLS School. Request a tour today!