Surrounded by love,

our children grow.

PreK - 8 Catholic School
Adams, Massachusetts

Mission

The mission of our school is to provide quality Catholic education in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment.

Values

We work to model for students the values of faith, family, respect and loving service.

Curriculum

Our school delivers a curriculum whose goal is to educate the “whole” child, academically, spiritually, physically, socially, and creatively.

Updates: The 2020-2021 school year and COVID-19

We are excited to announce that St. Stan’s will be open full-time for in-class instruction in the fall!

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, St. Stanislaus Kostka administration and faculty are coordinating with the Diocese of Springfield Catholic Schools Office to implement school safety and sanitization practices that will ensure a safe and healthy learning experience for our students in 2020-21.

We are also committed to maintaining an accessible and affordable education despite the challenges that so many families face today. Please click below for information on tuition and financial aid.

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8th grade is a special year. Dr. DeGrenier came back again today to speak with the 8th graders about what they are doing to encourage and practice proper Covid-19 procedures, as well as what activities they would like to experience as a cohort this year and how we can safely make them happen.

Thank you for your time and care, Dr. DeGrenier!
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Today, we wanted to share a little bit about our patron saint, St. Stanislaus Kostka.

Stanislaus was born in 1550 to the noble family of Kostka in Poland. From early childhood, he had a deep devotion to his Catholic faith and great love for the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child. However, he had to deal with hostility from his family to his strong faith all through his life. His father and older brother wanted him to embrace a life of power and pleasure, but he was set on higher goals. This Latin phrase became his motto: “Ad maiora natus sum” (“I was born for greater things”).

Sent away with his brother to attend school in Vienna, he continued in his virtue and patience through his teenage years; he loved to pray. During one period of illness, when he was unable to attend Mass, Saint Barbara and two angels brought him Holy Communion.

He lived in an era of religious turmoil, with struggles between Catholics and the new Protestant churches. He had an intense desire to join the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), an order of priests that had recently been founded to help to reform the Catholic Church and reconvert Catholics who had fallen away from their faith.

Despite the bullying of his older brother, he was committed to his vocation, and in 1566 he secretly left and walked from Vienna to Dillingen, where he met St. Peter Canisius, a Jesuit leader. He continued on foot–350 miles–to Rome, where he began the process of joining the Society of Jesus.

Like so many who met Stanislaus Kostka, the Jesuits were impressed with his quiet kindness and obvious piety. As a novice, he was asked to do the lowest jobs of cleaning and service; despite his wealthy background, he embraced these duties.

After falling seriously ill, Stanislaus died on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15, in 1568. He was only 17 years old. On his deathbed, he said, “I see the Blessed Virgin Mary! And she is surrounded by angels.” After the death of Stanislaus, his brother Paul changed his life, eventually entering the Jesuits in his 50s.

Stanislaus Kostka was declared a saint by the Catholic Church in 1726, and he is the patron saint of students. His feast is celebrated on November 13.

Pictured: Mural of St. Stanislaus Kostka painted in school entrance by Suzanne Little-Stefanik in 2019.

Pictured: Stained glass window in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Adams, MA.
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All of our classes are working just as hard on their Curriculum Fair projects and presentations this year as they would any other year.

Our building will not be open to families and the public this year to view these projects, but we know how important it is for us to continue to connect with our community. So be on the lookout for our Virtual Curriculum Fair coming straight to your home during Catholic Schools Week, in a similar way to the Christmas Pageant!

Our 4th grade students are pictured here working on their presentation boards for their hydroponics projects!

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Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the day we remember Christ's example of baptism in the Jordan River. This brings the season of Christmas to an end, and also marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ongoing enrollment

Are you looking for quality education for your child?

St. Stan’s has ongoing enrollment for students in Pre-school through Grade 8 for the current academic year. Applications are available on the Admissions and Tuition page. Please call the school at (413) 743-1091 for an appointment and to learn how we might best help your child develop to her/his greatest potential.

School News

School Hours

Early Drop-off

7:45 am - 8:30 am

* Students may be dropped off as early as 7:45am for morning supervision.

Mon - Fri

8:30 am - 3:05 pm

* Class begins at 8:30am. School is dismissed at 3:05pm.

Wednesdays

Physical Education

* Students wear their gym clothes on Wednesdays for Physical Education (unless otherwise specified in the monthly calendar).

Testimonials

Our child is having a wonderful experience at St. Stans. The classes are small and everyone gets along well and students are respectful of each other. The administration and the teachers go above and beyond with accommodations for learning differences.
St. Stan’s parent

I have held poetry workshops throughout the commonwealth and recently visited St. Stan’s for that purpose. I worked with teachers and students, grades 5-8. The students are academically about two grade levels ahead of most other schools. In addition they were a delight to work with, bright, creative, respectful, and fun. Among the very best of schools.
Paul Milenski, Ed.D., poet

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Annual Traditions

Bazaar

  November

Prepare for the coming holiday season with joy at our annual bazaar. Fun, games, traditional Polish foods, and more traditions are celebrated with our larger community.

Christmas Pageant

  December

A beautiful and traditional Christmas pageant given by the entire school takes places in our gorgeous church. We welcome the community in celebrating High Mass with us.

Curriculum Fair

  February

Our students showcase their cross-curricular learning with a multi-disciplinary project. Parents view the results and hear what the students have learned.

Field Day

  June

The end of the school year is celebrated with fun and games, outdoor activities, tie-dying, ice cream, and all the joys of summer!

Our Church

Admissions

We are now welcoming applications for admission. Read more about our admissions process and tuition, and be sure to call us at (413) 743-1091 to request a tour and ask any questions!

We look forward to welcoming you and your child to our family at St. Stanislaus Kostka School.

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