St. Martha Parish School

Providing excellence in Catholic education since 1967

Welcome Archbishop Perez

Pope Francis named Nelson J. Perez as the new Archbishop of Philadelphia. He will replace Charles Chaput. 


Saint Martha would like to welcome Archbishop Perez to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia! Learn more about newly appointed Archbishop Perez here.



Earth Day

Earth Day may not be a holiday in the same ranks as Christmas or Easter, but it is an important holiday nonetheless! All of us share the Earth, and it is worth celebrating everyday, and on April 22 (Earth Day). 

 

As a Catholic elementary school, St. Martha, we would be remiss not to mention St. Francis of Assisi, who is known for his love for nature, animals and the environment, preaching about the beauty of God’s creation. 

 

Furthermore, Pope Francis penned Laudato si' (Praise Be to You), the second encyclical from him in 2015. In this encyclical, Pope Francis discussed the moral importance of protecting God’s creation and that we can work towards fixing it together. He further states his belief that much of the changes in our climate is man-made, and that we must find alternative solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

 

Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970, and has grown from there with various international events and local activities for communities to come together and honor the Earth. You can even do some activities as a family! Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate Earth Day that you can enjoy for years to come:

 

  • Plant a tree. Trees improve air quality, provide shade and help reduce greenhouse gasses. Plus, trees will grow with your family as they get bigger each year!
  • Plant a vegetable garden. Planting veggies from seeds does take time, research and attention, but once you grow your favorite veggies, you can enjoy them all summer long and can spend less at the grocery store. You’ll know exactly where your cucumbers or tomatoes came from and get to enjoy the time growing them together.
  • Organize a neighborhood cleanup. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors and make your community a home. This will also ensure the proper disposal of trash and recyclables.
  • Spend time in nature. Go hiking or for a walk. Take in all the Earth has to offer in all it’s natural beauty. 
  • Skip meat one day a week, or have a car-free day. Meat production and motor vehicles affect carbon dioxide which in turn affects air quality. Skipping both (if possible for you and your family) every now and then can help minimize this!
  • Recycle! 
  • Attend a local event. You can find something in your community here.

 

Earth Day is a great way to spend time together as a family, and to take time to love and appreciate nature. It is a great way to celebrate God’s creation.

 

Happy Earth Day!


Catholic Schools Are A Necessity

Since March 13, 2020, students from pre-kindergarten to doctoral candidates have taken to remote schooling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Philadelphia region, public school districts are just now, a little over a year later, opening their doors back open to in-person instruction. Luckily, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia returned to in-person instruction September, 2020 with no in-school COVID-19 spread.This proves to those looking for in-person instruction, Catholic schools successfully met the COVID19 educational challenge with the answer to families in need of an open school. 

 

Parents looking for in-person schooling should look no further than a Catholic education at St. Martha Catholic School. We offer a rigorous curriculum that, for each grade, goes above and beyond where students at that age should be, and our faculty and staff ensure a safe learning environment. The end of the school year last year, from March to June, our teachers worked endlessly to ensure each student was given a lesson each day via Zoom. Catholic schools provided the best education when in-person learning was not an option.

 

Unfortunately, some Catholic schools, nationally, have been hit hard by the pandemic, having to close their doors entirely. However, with the hard work and planning of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholic schools can bridge the gap for students from public and other schools that cannot provide the same resources and ability to re-open for in-person instruction. Furthermore, Catholic schools are affordable for all. Our Catholic schools have shown that not even a pandemic can stop our ability to effectively educate students.

 

Enroll your student at St. Martha for the upcoming school year! We accept students from all backgrounds!


The Secret Sauce to Education

For years, educators, politicians, school administrators and more have pondered what is the secret to success in schools that carries on throughout life. Kathleen Porter-Magee, the superintendent at Partnership Schools in New York City, determined that the “secret sauce” for Catholic schools is the way Catholic values are woven into the curriculum within Catholic schools. Let’s take a closer look at how this claim might ring true.


According to a report from the Manhattan Institute, in the decades old discussion of school reform, the values, culture and beliefs within the school have been largely overlooked in how they relate to student success. Researchers determined that schools that looked like Catholic schools “on the inside” had better success in achieving key student outcomes.   


The author of this study, Kathleen Porter-Magee, alludes to the idea of treating “every student as having equal worth before God” might be the magic, secret ingredient as to why Catholic schools hold a track record of success other schools would be wise to take notes. 


Porter-Magee notes three core elements that drive the Catholic education model that may not be visible to an outsider:


  • The belief in objective truth
  • A commitment that all humans are made in the image of God
  • Priority of teaching the habits of virtue and the happiness of choosing to do good

Through the curriculum in Catholic schools, “academic rigor is grounded in the belief that truth is objective, and the one goal of education is the search for objective truth.” To this end, this means the curriculum is created in such a way that students learn what they need to learn by looking for the truth to the question at hand.


In regards to seeing each student made in the image and likeness of God, students are held in high regard and the curriculum is aimed at helping bring out the best of their abilities. Catholic schools also foster a culture of virtue and helping students understand that happiness is found when they do good. 


Students who are educated through the Catholic school system understand these core values and remember them through the rest of their schooling, their careers, and in their lives, which offers a public benefit. Additionally, this proves to school reformers to focus less on individual achievement (though, of course, important), but to move to a bigger focus on “values, culture, and beliefs” to benefit students long after they graduate. 


As parents of students at St. Martha School, know that by sending your child(ren) to our Catholic elementary school, you are setting them up on a path for success (academic, career-wise, and personal) that will continue throughout their life.