St. Martha Parish School

Providing excellence in Catholic education since 1967

St. Martha Parish School

11321 Academy Road

Philadelphia, PA  19154


School Office:  215-632-0320

Fax:  215-632-5546

Nurse:  215-637-0221

CARES:  267-205-3278

Scrip Office:  215-632-5821

Rectory:  215-632-3720


Principal:  Mrs. Karen A. Donofry

Important Links

Monthly Newsletters

Peacemakers of the Month

Reminders from the Nurse

All students entering Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and high school need physicals with their shot records on file.  Any student entering the school district for the first time, regardless of grade, also needs a physical with his/her shot record on file. All students entering Kindergarten, 3rd, and 7th Grade need dental exams on file. Students will be given forms prior to leaving school in June. To view and print these forms, please click on the links below.


Physical Exam Form

Dental Exam Form


Students who will be taking medication, such as an inhaler, while in school, need a completed MED-1 form on file.  This form contains the doctor's order and gives me and the school your permission to treat your child in your absence.  This form is available in the main office or through the link below.


Administration of Medication Form

School Store

The school store is open and ready to assist you and your child in purchasing school supplies.  The following are available for your convenience:

Markers (wide or thin)

Crayons

3 x 5 cards (white)

3 x 5 cards (colored)

Yellow Highlighter

Wooden Pencils (2)

Black Pen

Red Pen

Blue Pen

Theme Paper

Colored Pencils (12 ct.)

Copybook

Tape

12" Ruler

Mechanical Pencil

Eraser

Scissors

Sharpener

Glue Stick

Clear Contact Paper

$1.50

$1.00

$1.00

$1.50

$  .75

$  .25

$  .25

$.  25

$  .25

$1.00

$1.50

$1.00

$1.00

$  .50

$  .25

$  .25

$1.00

$  .50

$  .50

$1.50

If you wish to purchase supplies from the school store, please write your child's name and room number on an envelope, along with the desired item(s) and quantity you wish to purchase, amount enclosed, and include your cash payment.  Exact change or small bills will be much appreciated.  Orders should be turned in to your child's homeroom teacher in the morning.  Once ready, your order will be delivered to your child's homeroom teacher for distribution.

SMS Students - Learning, Serving,
and Worshipping Together!

St. Martha Parish School provides excellence in Catholic education in a caring and safe environment and offers classes for Grades Pre-K through 8.  Students are expected to arrive by 7:50 AM each day.  Daily prayers and announcements are made at 7:55 AM.  Any student arriving after 8:00 AM is considered late. Classes begin promptly after morning prayers.  Dismissal is at 3:00 PM every Monday through Thursday and 2:30 PM every Friday.  For safety purposes, Pre-K and Kindergarten classes dismiss at 2:45 PM every Monday through Thursday and 2:15 PM every Friday. Pre-K is available for children who are 3 or 4 years of age before September 1st.


For tuition information, please click on the related sub-page under the "About Us" tab.

Our Mission

St. Martha Parish School is an elementary school whose mission is to teach the message and values of Jesus Christ in an environment where all students feel accepted, fulfilled, and loved.  We build on the foundation of 50 years of service to our community. We are committed to providing an enriching atmosphere which encourages academic success. We strive to work in partnership with families to foster the Catholic community of school, home, and parish, with faith in our students and confidence in our future.

Financial Aid for the 2017-2018 School Year


The priority deadline for submitting Smart Aid tuition assistance applications is December 31, 2016. In addition to the completed application, families must also provide their 2016 Federal Tax Return on or before March 31, 2017.  Please click on the following links for instructions and school codes.

Smart Aid Instructions          AOP School Codes

Click here to access the financial aid page of the AOP website.

T-Shirt Tuesdays

 

Student Council is sponsoring T-Shirt Tuesdays again this year! Every Tuesday, unless otherwise noted, students may wear their favorite t-shirts with their SMS gym pants for 50 cents. All proceeds benefit the Suzanne M. Blesi Memorial Scholarship Fund. Thank you for your support!

Socks of Love


Last year, the 5th and 6th grades adopted a works of mercy ministry called "Socks of Love" after having heard Pope Francis's message to reach out to the less fortunate, the homeless, and downtrodden. The idea behind this ministry is to offer a helping hand by donating the most basic of necessities. The response of our school and church community was overwhelming! We were able to donate 61 over-sized shoe boxes full of toiletries to St. John's Hospice and several bags of women's items were sent to a shelter for abused women.  We have chosen Socks of Love for our ministry again this year.


Students are donating and accepting donations of travel size toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, soap, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer, in addition to disposable razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, and men's white socks. These items will be packaged and delivered to St. John's Hospice in downtown Philadelphia by our students and parent volunteers.  Last year, we received a tour of the facility and came away with an understanding of what it means to be less fortunate and a warmth in our hearts knowing that we had, in some small way, made a difference.


Please send your donations to Mrs. Kroemer in 5th grade, or place them in one of the many boxes located in the back of the church and throughout the school. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

January Special Lunches from Home & School

Thursday, January 5th




Thursday, January 12th





Thursday, January 19th





Thursday, January 26th

Pretzel Dog:  $5.00 for members; $6.00 for non-members. Includes one pretzel dog, chips, and a drink. Additional pretzel dogs are $3.00 each.


Wendy's Chicken Nuggets:  $4.00 for members; $5.00 for non-members. Includes two orders of 4-piece nuggets, chips, and a drink. Additional orders of 4-piece nuggets are $1.00 each.


Wendy's Chicken Sandwich and Side Salad:  $4.00 for members; $5.00 for non-members.  Includes one chicken sandwich, side salad, and a drink. Additional chicken sandwiches are $1.00 each.


Pretzel Cheesesteak:  $5.00 for members; $6.00 for non-members. Includes one pretzel cheesesteak, chips, and a drink. Additional pretzel cheesesteaks are $3.00 each.

8th Grade Special Lunch - January 23rd


The Class of 2017 is sponsoring a special lunch on Monday, January 23rd, featuring your choice of either an American or an Italian hoagie from The Fresh Works.  The price is $5.00 and includes one hoagie  and a large water bottle.  All orders are due by Friday, January 20th. Thank you from the Class of 2017!

Poker Night Fundraiser


Mark your calendars for January 21st for a Texas Hold'Em Poker tournament fundraiser to benefit St. Martha Parish and School! This event will be held in the school gym with a 5:30 p.m. check-in / 6:30 p.m. start time. The cost is $40 ($30 for the tournament and a $10 donation).



  • Register by January 18th (cash only) to guarantee a seat
  • 128 players max to play in four 32-player tournaments
  • One $40 re-buy per player in first two hours of tournament ($20/$20)
  • Two add-on's available - $10 1st hour ($5/$5) / $10 2nd hour ($5/$5)
  • Pizza, hot dogs, water, soda, and coffee will be available to purchase - This                event is BYOB!
  • Players of any experience level are welcome (show up early for poker tutorial)
  • NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE PERMITTED (please bring photo ID)
  • Tournament blind structure and general rules provided at check-in
  • Volunteers and dealers would be greatly appreciated!


Click here to view and print a copy of the registration form.

8th Grade Special Lunch - January 30th


The Class of 2017 is sponsoring a special lunch on Monday, January 30th, featuring your choice of either a beef or chicken cheesesteak from The Fresh Works. The price is $5.0 and includes on cheesesteak sandwich and a large water bottle. All orders are due by Friday, January 27th. Thank you from the Class of 2017!

Spaghetti Dinner/Book Fair


Join the faculty of St. Martha School for their annual Spaghetti Dinner/Book Fair on Wednesday, February 1st, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (last seating is 6:30).  The price is $6 per person (6 and older) or $3 per person (5 and under) and includes salad, bread, pasta, meatballs, coffee, tea, soda, and dessert. Please note that we will be holding this event in the gym this year to make it easier for our elderly guests to attend. After dinner, take some time to browse through our book fair and do a little shopping!


Order forms were sent home with the children and  tickets must be ordered by Monday, January 30th. No tickets will be sold at the door.


We hope you will come out for a fun night of eating and shopping with family, friends, and neighbors!

Father/Daughter Masquerade Ball


Our Home & School will be hosting its annual Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 4th, from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. in the parish hall. This year's theme is a Masquerade Ball!


All girls from Pre-K through 8th grade are invited to spend a magical evening with their dads, grandfathers, uncles, or special father figures. The cost is $30 per family for members and $35 per family for non-members. This price includes dinner, desserts, dancing, and a masquerade mask for each girl upon entering.


This promises to be a wonderful evening that the girls will remember for a lifetime! We look forward to seeing you there!

February Special Lunches from Home & School

Thursday, February 9th





Thursday, February 16th





Thursday, February 23rd


Wendy's Chicken Nuggets:  $4.00 for members; $5.00 for non-members. Includes two orders of 4-piece nuggets, chips, and a drink. Additional orders of 4-piece nuggets are $1.00 each.


Wendy's Chicken Sandwich and Side Salad:  $4.00 for members; $5.00 for non-members.  Includes one chicken sandwich, side salad, and a drink. Additional chicken sandwiches are $1.00 each.

Cheesesteak:  $5.00 for members; $6:00 for non-members. Includes one cheesesteak, chips, and a drink.

Designer Bag BINGO


The Class of 2017 is hosting Designer Bag BINGO on Sunday, February 26th, in the parish hall. Doors Open at 2:00 p.m. and BINGO starts at 3:00 p.m. The price is $30 in advance or $35 at the door and includes ten rounds of BINGO, water, and light refreshments. Additional cards will be available for purchase. All proceeds support St. Martha's Class of 2017!  For tickets, please contact Jamie Barton at 267-808-2769 or [email protected] , or call Maria Gilbert in the school office at  215-632-0320.