|Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy is a PreK-3 to Grade 8 Catholic School in West Orange, New Jersey. It is co-sponsored by the parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Joseph's.||
Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Joseph's Church
Welcome to the website of Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy
March 24, 2014
Dear BPJ Families,
BPJ is the heart of the only Roman Catholic elementary school, located in West Orange and faithfully serves the communities of Bloomfield, Irvington, Livingston, Newark, Montclair, Orange, South Orange, East Orange and West Orange.
We need your support to save our beloved BPJ! The BPJ Parent Community kindly asks for your support to preserve and continue the legacy of our school existence in the West Orange community. We invite all past alumni, parishioners, and residents to join our efforts to reverse the decision of the Archdiocese to close our school doors on June 30, 2014.
We ask if you are a former student/parent and/or supporter of Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy, Saint Joseph’s, and/or Our Lady of Lourdes to step up and partner with us in our grassroots movement to raise awareness and mobilize a strategic plan. Please join us in our efforts on Thursday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Kruglinski Parish Center at Saint Joseph’s Church.
Every year we lose a few students due to the economic situations of their families. Therefore we have established a Guardian Angel fund to help those families who have fallen on hard times and still want their children to continue their Catholic education at Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to help these needy students. All money goes toward helping students with their tuition and any amount, no matter how small, will do good. You may send your donation directly to the school at 8 St. Cloud Place West Orange, NJ 07052 or make a donation on line using your credit card. Thank you.
BPJ Uniform Requirements
All students from K through 8 are expected to be in complete uniform on the first day of school and every day thereafter. The uniforms should be neat, clean and worn properly going to and from school. In keeping with the uniform, hairstyles should be neat and conservative. Hairstyles not considered conservative include but are not limited to: mullets, partially shaved heads, mohawks (or fauxhawks), lines or designs shaved into the hair, and "tails". these styles are not permitted. Colors other than natural hair colors are not permitted. Boys' hair may not touch the shirt collar. Bangs may not fall past the child's eyebrows. If girls are "growing out" their bangs, they must wear a headband to keep the hair out of their eyes. Students may not have permanent tattoos. Students who have pierced ears may wear one pair of small stud type earrings. Ears are the only visible part of the body that may be pierced. Students may not wear hoop or dangling earrings. This is a safety issue. Large or expensive jewelry should not be worn to school. Students are not allowed to wear make up, nail polish, fake fingernails or tips to school. The school shoe is mandatory. it is a flat soled shoe with safety soles. Rubber soled sneakers (no wheelies) are to be worn with the gym uniform and may be worn with the summer uniform. The school shoe must be worn with the winter uniform.
Students who do not conform to the above policy with regard to uniforms will be considered unprepared for school. The parent/guardian will be notified to bring a proper school or gym uniform for the student so that the student may be admitted to class. Inappropriate jewelry will be placed in an envelope by the teacher and returned to the student at the end of the school day. Nail polish remover will be made available to students who are wearing nail polish. Parents will be expected to address inappropriate hairstyles within 2 to 3 days of notification.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy Advantage
For all students from Pre-K3 to Grade 8
A quality education in a Christ-centered environment
Religious and sacramental training for all students
World language program (Latin, Spanish, French)
Computer classes with controlled internet usage
Talented and Gifted program/Resource Room
EXCEL (Extended Care Enriching Learning)
Emphasis on math, science and writing
A challenging academic program
Secure and caring environment
Outstanding athletic program
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION
CALL THE SCHOOL OFFICE AT 973-731-3503
Building An Ark is a special program that you will find only at Blessed Pope John XXIII Academy. It is a community building project that includes all of our students from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Each teacher mentors a group of children made up of students from each grade in the school. Just like the animals going into Noah’s ark, our children come two by two from each grade.
First we form a prayer circle and begin, as we do each day, with a prayer. There is time for the students to discuss issues that are of interest to them and to seek support from their group members. Then each group plans a service activity to be accomplished sometime during the school year. They must decide what to do, determine the best way to publicize their endeavor, and if funds are needed, organize some mini-fundraiser to support their project. This is a wonderful way for our students to work cooperatively across grade levels to make a difference in our world.