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2017 National Blue Ribbon School

September 28, 2017 – U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced today that OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL (Verona, NJ) has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, for exemplary high performance. OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL is one of among 342 public and private schools receiving this honor.

 “The students, faculty and staff of OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL are overjoyed with the news of winning our second consecutive National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence,” stated Ben Ronquillo, Principal. “Our Lady of the Lake School continually strives for excellence and this award is proof that our efforts have been recognized.”

OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL won its first National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 2011. This award marks the second consecutive award for the school.

 “National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers,” DeVos said in a video message to honorees, “All of you–students, teachers and administrators–deserve our highest praise. You are shining examples for your communities, your state, and the nation.”

National Blue Ribbon Schools are on education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Schools are nominated by the state department of education and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may be nominated as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

School officials will represent OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they will hear from Secretary DeVos and other esteemed educators, share best practices with each other, and celebrate their hard-won achievements.


Our Lady of the Lake School is committed to the Word of God through living out the Good News of Jesus Christ. A supportive educational team of students, staff, parents, and community aims at providing a creative, Christian learning environment. An emphasis is placed on developing students’ individual abilities, promoting social awareness, and encouraging them to become responsible, contributing members of church and society. 

There are schools of faith and schools you have faith in. Now you have both...

Latest News

The OLL Christmas Tradition Continues
OLL's student entertained friends and families at the annual Christmas Concert in the church.
Celebration of South Asian Culture
Fourth grade students were treated to a lesson in why many families in South-Asia celebrate The Festival of Lights, or Diwali.
It’s Time for the 8th Grade’s Annual POINSETTIA AND WREATH SALE!
8th Grade Student Volunteers His Time
8th grader, Jared S., shared his time and talents with the Special Olympics...
Volunteering at The Center of Hope
2 friends volunteering their Time???
Kit's Interactive Theatre
Last week our students were treated to a performance from Kit's Interactive Theatre. A big thank you our HSA for sponsoring this assembly...
Our Lady of the Lake School Presented Once On This Island Jr. --The Musical to a Standing Room Only Audience
Students sang and danced their hearts out in inaugural efforts...
OLL Empowering Young Entrepreneurs
OLL will be hosting the 4th annual TREP$ Marketplace on Friday, May 11th. The ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the market is set for 3:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. Come visit and shop an amazing variety of gifts and delicious treats. TREP$ is an innovative afterschool program that teaches students the skills they need to start their own businesses. The OLL TREP$ Marketplace will run until 7:00 p.m. See you there!
Thomas V. Dougherty Sportsmanship Award Presented
Eighth grader, Devan Moses has been awarded the Our Lady of the Lake School's Thomas V. Dougherty Sportsmanship Award.
Franklin Institute Assembly
Students in grades K-3 learned all about the states of matter when the @TheFranklinInstitute visited our school.
St. John's Soup Kitchen Says Thanks...
On behalf of all the quests we serve, we sincerely and humbly thank you for your support.
OLL Wins Again!!!
Congratulations to 4th grader Oliver K. for winning the 2018 Verona Spelling Bee sponsored by The Junior Woman's' Club of Verona.
Verona school celebrates Blue Ribbon designation!!!
Our Lady of the Lake School faculty and students have been on a whirlwind since winning a Blue Ribbon of Excellence Award this autumn.
National Catholic Educational Association
The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) recognizes Our Lady of the Lake School for being selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.
2nd Grade Thanksgiving Service Project
The 2nd grade did an awesome job making “thank you” posters for the Verona first responders today.
Tapinto Article Montclair, VCG and Bloomfield!
Our Lady of the Lake was featured in an article by Tapinto.
2nd Consecutive Blue Ribbon Award
Today, we celebrated our 2nd consecutive Blue Ribbon Award at a ceremony in school.
7th Grade Science...
Creating models and collaborating in science...
Oak Barrel Fundraiser
Thank you to all the families for participating in the Home School Association's Oak Barrel Fundraiser!!! It was truly a great success...
It's official!
Our Lady of the Lake School representatives go to Washington D.C for a Blue Ribbon ceremony.
Mrs. Georgia Brown's Annual 3rd Grade Visit
The third grade received dictionaries courtesy of Mrs. Georgia Brown of The Rotary Club of Montclair.
OLL Presents the Annual Holiday Halloween Party!!!
Friday, October 27 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the auditorium.
Celebrating the 8th Kinderfest...
Kinderfest was a rounding success. The games, rides, food, and music were wunderbar!!!
Second Consecutive National Blue Ribbon Award
Today, in a livestream press conference with The US Department of Education, it was announced that Our Lady of the Lake School was awarded its second consecutive National School of Excellence Blue Ribbon!
Marshmallow Bugs
8th grade science students created marshmallow bugs using their knowledge of phenotypes, genotypes, and mendelian genetics. They got to enjoy some marshmallows after their hard work!
911 Memorial Remembrance Service
OLL sixth through eighth grade students participated in the Verona 911 Memorial Remembrance Service this morning as Father Joe D'Amico delivered the invocation and prayer.
Our Lady of the Lake celebrates first school Mass with Fr. D’Amico and Fr. Oliver.
On Thursday, September 14th students and families celebrated the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross.
Principal's Welcome
The faculty and I would like to welcome you to an exciting year at Our Lady of the Lake School. We have worked very hard to prepare for this school year, and we believe that our students will have a rewarding educational experience.
Kindergarten Play Date
OLL's incoming kindergarteners kicked off the school year with a Welcome To Kindergarten play date.
Summer Assignments
Summer assignments can be found in the Academics menu and/or in the Quick Links menu...
Mrs. Grimes 3rd Grade Class Rocks?
The students in Mrs. Grimes third grade class concluded their study of Rocks and Minerals by creating a Sedimentary Rock.
Kindergarten Connects with Nature...
Kindergarten embraced the gorgeous weather and headed outside for a nature scavenger hunt.
Congratulations to OLL fourth grader Brandon Kobes!!!
Brandon Kobes, whose poster "Something for Everyone," was selected a winner in the “My Essex County” poster contest.
Principal for the Day!!!
OLL Fifth Grader, Christopher Duff, dons a suit and bow tie and takes over for Principal Ronquillo for the Day...
Our Lady of the Lake School TREP$ Marketplace
Yesterday the founder of the TREP$ program, Pamela de Waal, attended our marketplace and was very impressed by all she saw.
From Beethoven to Brahms...
Piano Students Showcase Their Talents at Spring Piano Recital...
Simple Machines...
Mrs. Kirkner's 3rd grade class learned about simple machines. The students built their own simple machines using items found in the classroom.
Congratulations to OLL's Communicants!
What a special weekend for Our Lady of the Lake School and Parish as 26 children in the second grade received their First Holy Communion!
Arantxa G. Outstanding Catholic School Graduate
Congratulations to 8th grader Arantxa G. who was honored along with fellow diocesan graduates for being an Outstanding Catholic School Graduate for the 2016-2017 school year.
Congratulations!!! New NJHS Members!!!
On Wednesday, April 26th Our Lady of the Lake School recognized, celebrated, and inducted new members to the National Juniors Honors Society.
Talented Teacher...
Our very own Ms. McFarlane performed in the musical Godspell at Queen of Peace High School.
TREP$ Field Trip...
On Friday, April 28 our 7th and 8th grade TREP$ students visited a local Verona business, Ariane Kitchen & Bar to learn more about entrepreneurship…
TREP$ Marketplace!!
Our highly-anticipated TREP$ Marketplace is set for Friday, May 12th and all are invited!
Farm to OLL Classroom?
Farmer Tom--along with one of his hens--from Quiver Farms visited the Kindergarten classrooms to share some insightful tidbits about hens, their eggs, incubation periods and new hatchlings.
4th Grade Ukrainian Egg Decorating Project
Mrs. Petrozziello’s 4th grade students learn the art of Pysanky a Ukrainian Egg decorating tradition from Mrs. Farrell before the Easter break.
Kindergarten Practices Mindfulness
Namaste! Class parent Lynda Marlin stopped by Mrs. Rizzitello’s Kindergarten classroom to introduce the students to some basic meditation principles.
Forensic News
A huge congratulations goes out to all our competitors of the OLL forensics team as they triumphantly competed at the last tournament of the season last Monday at St. Catherine's Of Siena in Cedar Grove.
Minute-to-Win It
Our Lady of the Lake's Student Leadership Successfully Hosts its Wacky Game Show, "Minute to Win It," Benefitting The Michael Aymar Foundation Eighth Grader, Christian G., Takes First Place...
Thomas V. Dougherty Sportsmanship Award
Our Lady of the Lake School Awards Devan Moses with the 2018 Thomas V. Dougherty Sportsmanship Award
3rd-4th grade Boys Basketball Team are Champions!
Congratulations to our 3rd and 4th grade Boys Basketball Team for winning the St. Thomas Presidents Days Basketball Tournament! A great effort by all and a great team win. The school and athletics community is very proud of the 3/4 boys! Go Lake!!!
Outstanding Catholic School Graduate of 2017!
Arantxa G. has been chosen as Our Lady of the Lake School’s Outstanding Catholic School Graduate of 2017!
Forensics League Competition
Our Lady of the Lake School students, Veronica D. (8th Grade) and Matteo C. (7th Grade) placed along with 14 other students in the Forensics competition recently held at Lacordaire Academy. Approximately 50 students participated in the entire competition. Veronica read from Mary Shelly’s, "Frankenstein" while Matteo’s selection was "I Survived", by Lauren Tarshis.
Fourth Grade Valentine Creations
4th grade took the time to engineer and create Valentine's boxes all while using their imaginations, creativity, measuring and evaluation skills...
2016 - 2017 OPEN HOUSE DATES
Forensics League Competition
8th grader Veronica Domyslawski won second place overall in this week's North Jersey Forensics League competition. Veronica's piece, "War in My Eyes" by Janine DiGiovanni, presented in the Declamation category, surpassed more than fifty other competitors and was within one point of the winning piece. Veronica's hard work and dedication, as well as that of her coaches, has truly paid off! Great work!!
Phenomenal Physics
Our K-3 grade students were treated to a performance of Phenomenal Physics by Mr. Fish of the Super Scientific Circus. The students learned about friction, gravity, air pressure and sonic booms through eggs, feathers, boomerangs, balloons, whips and bubbles. Some students were even able to participate in the performance!
OLL Academic Bowl Team!
Five of our 8th grade students competed against 17 teams from several elementary schools...
The Power of One
OLL students attended an anti-bullying assembly entitled The Power of One, a skit-based presentation that shows different bullying scenarios, bystander behaviors, and solutions to bullying. The message of the performance is that every child has the Power of One, the power to report and deal with bullying when they see it.

School Calendar

Tue Dec 18 No Tutoring
  Forensics 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Wed Dec 19 OLL School Championship for the Geography Bee 1:00 PM (Aud),
  4th-8th Grades
Fri Dec 21 12:10 PM Dismissal
  Aftercare Available until 6 PM
  Concerts: PK4 10:45 AM (Aud), PK3 11:00 AM (Gym), K-3 11:15 AM (Aud)
Mon Dec 24 No School
Tue Dec 25 No School / Christmas
Wed Dec 26 No School
Thu Dec 27 No School
Fri Dec 28 No School
Mon Dec 31 No School
Tue Jan 1 New Year’s Day / No School
Wed Jan 2 No School
  sessions -- K-4 and 5-8
Mon Jan 7 HSA Executive Board Meeting 7:00 PM (PC)
Tue Jan 8 Tutoring 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
  Forensics 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Fri Jan 11 Mass 8:30 for Peace (Church)
  Reconciliation Gr. 2 at 7:00 PM (Church)
Tue Jan 15 Tutoring 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
  Forensics 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
  World Dance Assembly
Mon Jan 21 No School / MLK Day
Tue Jan 22 No Tutoring
  Forensics 2:45 PM – 4:30 PM
Wed Jan 23 TREP$ Parent Meeting 4 PM – 7 PM (Library)
Fri Jan 25 12:10 Dismissal / Staff PD Day
  No Aftercare
Sun Jan 27 Catholic Schools Week / Attend Mass 12:00 PM
  Open House 1:00 PM -3:30 PM