It’s a new day at OLS School! Our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley, started in her new role on July 1. Since day one, she has been very busy implementing new initiatives to benefit OLS students and families in the upcoming 2017-18 school year and beyond.
Below is a short Q&A with Principal Foley, where she provides more details on her exciting plans for OLS!
Can you tell us about your background in education?
For over twenty years I have had the distinct pleasure to serve the Archdiocese of Newark as a teacher of upper grade level mathematics, algebra, and science. I also had the honor of facilitating a course for junior high students, a STEM course, called Synergistics.
The Educational Administration Program at Caldwell University sharpened my focus on the leadership skills needed to help students achieve in the 21st Century era.
What excites you about being school principal?
As a school administrator, it is my plan to provide leadership to enhance the learning in Our Lady of Sorrows School, for each and every student by creating and maintaining an environment where ideas are applauded and flourish. I look forward to synergistically working with the faculty, staff, parents and community, to help students realize their very best not only about their learning but most importantly about themselves as learners. As I look forward to the opportunities that come with each day, I want Our Lady of Sorrows School to be a place where students, and faculty and staff, also look forward to being part of on a daily basis.
Are you happy with your decision to come to Our Lady of Sorrows School?
I knew right from the very beginning that Our Lady of Sorrows School was a wonderful learning community, and one that I would be lucky to be part of. Faculty, families, and students, impressed me immediately with their love for the school. I could immediately align with their desire to embrace change to move forward into the future while still respecting the traditions that have enriched the OLS community throughout its history. It is with much happiness and pride that I welcome the opportunity to assume the role of principal. I want to work to create an excellent learning community here at Our Lady of Sorrows School, awakening the curiosity in each student, motivating them to think critically, enabling them to recognize their talents, and maximize the impact they will have on the world as they go eagerly and confidently prepared into their future.
What are some of your short-term goals for OLS School? Long-term goals?
This school year of 2017-2018 will be one where mathematics at every level will become an area for OLS students to sharpen their skills as problem solvers. Grades Kindergarten through Five, will have a new math series better aligned with the new standards of the Archdiocese to enhance their learning. The upper grades will have the opportunity to get extra help during math clinics which will be held a couple of mornings before school each week.
Language Arts, Literacy, and Reading & Writing across the curriculum will continue to be important areas of focus at our school. I also want to add the services of a school counselor to enhance the services for the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School.
For the school years ahead, starting with the 2018-2019 school year, I plan to have the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School participate in the Archdiocesan STEM initiative where meaningful learning has a cross curricular approach that is rooted in real world applications. I know that OLS students will shine in this area!
I also plan to continue to give our students opportunities to meaningfully utilize technology, developing in them critical skills needed in today’s world.
Continuing to help students grow academically, socially, and spiritually, is at the heart of the goal of Catholic education. An education that is well done also awakens in each student the values that will allow them to be thoughtful, smart, and caring individuals, ready to take on the future challenges ahead of them, creating a better world for all.
What do you hope students and their families take away from their experience at OLS School?
I want students and their families to feel the importance that they have in the school community. I want them to feel a new commitment to Our Lady of Sorrows School as we embark on a new path that will lead us to excellence and a sense of satisfaction. Our Lady of Sorrows School is the place to be and together we have a mission that is of the utmost importance – educating children on a multiple of levels, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, to aid them in becoming ready for their future – ready to make a positive difference; ready to be the best they can be!
Bingo returns to OLS! Our Lady of Sorrows School is proud to present the 2nd Annual OLS Bingo Nite. Don’t miss a great night – with lots of fantastic prizes:
- Cash Prizes for every game
- 50/50 Raffle
- Designer Bags
- Gift Cards
- And much more!
OLS Bingo Nite
Saturday, April 1
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Door Prize awarded at 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 12 – OLS School families braved the elements today to march at the 66th annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, OLS School students and their parents showed their ‘Sader pride all along the parade route. Thanks to everyone who made it out today. And, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!
Saturday, February 18 – There was an influx of Blue and Gold at the Prudential Center as the Our Lady of Sorrows School 3/4 Boys basketball team and Cheerleaders took the court during halftime of the Seton Hall-Villanova men’s college basketball game.
In what has become an annual tradition, the 3/4 Boys team played a short intrasquad game in front of a sold-out Prudential Center crowd. And, prior to the 3/4 Boys game, the OLS School Cheerleaders inspired the crowd with flips, cartwheels and (most of all) their spirit.
Congratulations to our wonderful OLS students who performed so well. And, thanks to all who make this day possible each year, especially the great folks at Seton Hall University!
Thursday, February 16 – The 43rd Annual February Frenzy kicked off in style with the annual Frenzy Pep Rally. We had a packed house with everyone wearing blue and gold. All OLS teams were represented, and “Sader Pride” was on full display for all to see. Here’s to a great Frenzy!
The 43rd Annual OLS February Frenzy is under way! Our Lady of Sorrows School is proud to host schools from all over the area in the longest-running grammar school basketball tournament in New Jersey. Please come out to support your OLS teams at this fun-filled, 10-day basketball extravaganza. Make sure to wear your Blue and Gold!
Here is your one-stop shop for 2017 February Frenzy information…
2017 Frenzy – Volunteer info
- Please help us make the 43rd Frenzy a success by volunteering a few hours of your time. Use this volunteer sign-up form or email Lauren Sullivan.
- Have experience working the book or the clock during games? Use this sign-up link instead.
2017 Frenzy – Tournament Brackets
2017 Frenzy – Schedule
We’re just one day away from the kick-off of the 2017 February Frenzy – the longest-running grammar school basketball tournament in New Jersey!
Starting on Friday, February 17, Our Lady of Sorrows School will be hosting schools from all over the area, with single-elimination competitions for boys and girls teams at the Varsity, Junior Varsity and 3/4 levels. Check out the full schedule of games >>
Please come out to support your OLS teams at this fun-filled, 10-day event. Make sure to wear your Blue and Gold!
And, don’t miss the Frenzy Pep Rally tonight (Thurs. Feb. 16) @ 6 p.m. The pep rally will take place in the OLS Gym, where you can cheer on each OLS team as they are introduced.
Don’t miss out on a great annual tradition at OLS School – the February Frenzy Pep Rally! Our awesome OLS Athletics teams will be on full display tonight. All teams will be announced by their coaches. There will be basketball exhibitions, and we’ll have hot dogs for everyone.
So, wear your Blue & Gold and get ready to cheer for your Crusaders!
WHAT: OLS February Frenzy Pep Rally
WHEN: Thurs. February 16 – 6 p.m. start
WHERE: OLS School Gymnasium
Sunday, February 12 – OLS School students took part in all aspects of the 9:30 a.m. mass at OLS Church. They handled many responsibilities – altar servers, readers, choir members and so much more. Great work, everyone!