Practically everyday, the teachers and administration hear from parents about Our Lady of Hope. Here are just a few stories that we wanted to share with you.
Is mediocre good enough when you just spent your Friday night watching a movie that got great ratings, but disappointed you on the big screen? Do you remember the good ol’ days when everybody knew your name? I’m sure, if you have children in Elementary School we come from the same generation. We went to school, felt safe and our Parents had peace of mind that we were safe and receiving a quality education. Step into 2013, things are not quite the same. There are many good options for Education, but do they leave you or your child feeling like a number or a face with no name? In our case, we put our daughter in a Catholic Education environment from the very young age of 3. She enjoyed her time at Our Lady of Hope tremendously and so did we. Although, due to a financial hardship in 2012 when another educational opportunity presented itself, we made a switch and tried another option. Our Daughter spent one month in another school. We quickly realized that the Education and environment at Our Lady of Hope is invaluable and you cannot put a price on that for many reasons. All schools are NOT created equal! Missing the old days…gain a little piece of that back by considering Catholic Education and trusting in Our Lady of Hope. The difference, in one month of being in an alternative
public school environment my child was not receiving the educational materials necessary to maintaining her love of learning. As a family, we were a number. After numerous negative experiences I simply tried to speak to the Principal face to face, at which point I was told it was a “process” to speak to her and given a form to fill out when the situation at hand called for immediate attention. I could choose to go on and on about the negative experience, from personal items being stolen, to lack of communication, to chaotic assemblies,
and lack of response from Teachers and Administration. This is not about bashing. It’s simply about the grass not being greener on the other side. What has my family has found in Our Lady of Hope? An extremely attentive Principal, Ms. Patricia Cody, that has dedicated herself to the advancement and well-being of each child in every facet imaginable. She is never too “busy”, she knows each child and family by name. The Teachers and Administrative staff are held to the highest of standards and it is truly all about a quality educational experience and positive, safe environment. My husband and I could not put a price on that and there is no way to quantify peace of mind. My child’s smiles when she comes home from school are priceless and her response to our question how was your day says it all: “Everyday is a good day Mom, why do you have to keep asking”. Out of the mouths of 6 year olds 😉 This was not the case just 9 months ago when my Husband and I believed all schools are created equal. Jump into 2013 with Our Lady of Hope! It will bring you back in the day with the family atmosphere, and the sense of safety and security that I think we are all craving today. In addition, it is the only elementary Catholic School in the South Philadelphia area (open to surrounding area’s, including Center City Philadelphia, Pennsport, Eastwick, Queen’s Village and Pennrose Park area’s) that can offer a Private atmosphere (classes as low as 17 students), science labs, language arts, upcoming middle school academy, sports and arts programs, and many other private school advantages. After having the opportunity to explore our options…in our eyes there is no comparison to the alternative and the “Hope” Our Lady of Hope and Ms. Patricia Cody has provided us with a sound, quality, creative, and safe environment for our little one. Out of the mouth of babes…”EVERYDAY IS A GOOD DAY AT OUR LADY OF HOPE”. Struggling financially? Concerned about the arts? Curriculum? Ask about their programs. There is assistance for those struggling in this most important decision of your child’s future. -Holly and Bob P. My daughter is an eighth-grade student at Our Lady of Hope. I wanted to thank you for making her last year of elementary school a great one. With all of the schools closing and the behavior of some parents at the end of last year, it was almost expected that this school year would be a little hard for the students and even the staff with all of that arguing and bickering looming. Thankfully, the students transitioned very easily. To my knowledge, there were no issues between the children at all about which school they came from. They embraced their new regional school and were now proud students of Our Lady of Hope. I don’t know if its been said already or if you even realize it, but it’s my opinion that you played a very large role in the ease the of the transition. From the start of the school year, you made these kids a family. My daughter had old friends and made so many new friends. Under your leadership, these children learned not only academically but they learned patience, perseverance and compassion. In the past, people asked my why I pay for Catholic school and I have always said that I wanted my daughter to have a faith based education, that I felt it was a safer environment, and my daughter felt like the students and staff at Mount Carmel were her family. Now when asked I say all of the same but with the addition of I feel like family as well. I tell them that when I go to her various sports games her principal and teachers are there cheering them on and getting involved. It’s impressive because you all have families at home but after being with our children all day, every day, you still make an effort to go to a few games just like you would for your own children. I tell them that if you hear about something that may affect our children, you make us aware because you care. And last but certainly not least I tell them that when my daughter fainted in school, you didn’t just call an ambulance and notify me, that incredibly, her teacher rode in the ambulance to the hospital with her and not only did she stay with us until she was told everything was ok but her principal also came to the hospital and stayed with us. I don’t think there are any other schools that I could have sent my child to this year that would have done that for us and I thank you again. I am so happy with my decision to send Alyssa to Our Lady of Hope and I am proud to say she is part of the first graduating class. I look forward to my other 3 children attending and becoming part of the family that I feel I’ve become a part of this past year. –Carole K.