Catholic School Happenings

St. Joan of Arc School, Chicopee

Recent activities with the students at St. Joan of Arc School. Grade 1 students enjoyed their field trip to the Eric Carle Museum. Grade 6 students participate in ancient Olympic Games. Students proudly display their Science Fair entries and awards. Kindergarten enjoyed their field trip the the Children’s Museum in Holyoke.

Stanislaus Kostka School, Adams

ststansadamsAt a school-wide presentation, students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams listened to Sister Eunice Tassone, SSJ, a native of North Adams and founder of the Haiti Plunge,talk about her vocation and the Haitian Plunge Mission.   She gave an overview of the work now being done in Haiti and what it is like to be a child growing up in the poor, weather ravaged country.  Students learned that while Haitian childrens’ lives are very different from their own on many levels, they do have something in common.  They love soccer and Legos.  After learning about the Haitian children, students enthusiastically participated in a spell-a-thon for their purchase.  Sister Eunice will bring the balls and Legos with her on her next trip to Haiti in April.

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 Eighth grade students at St. Stanislaus School sent a letter to President Donald Trump, expressing their hope for world peace and stating the positive effects of Catholic school education. They included 1000 paper cranes which students made, bringing excitement and a community spirit to the school.  This project originated from their reading of the book, Sadako and 1000Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.

Celebrating Cultures, St. Stanislaus Basilica, Chicopee
St. Stanislaus School students and faculty, along with parishioners from St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee, hosted a Cultural Fair in the school gym and cafeteria on Wednesday, March 22..  The Cultural Fair has been an annual event of the school for the past three years, and this year, was part of the 125th Anniversary celebration of the Basilica.  The event highlighted the regions of the world and celebrated the diversity of the population of our school and parish.  Students displayed projects created in class, as well as artifacts, PowerPoints, decorations, food, and dances of the cultures.  Parishioners and families also displayed their cultures and traditions, including items from their countries, traditions, and foods to share native to their areas.  St. Stanislaus Basilica parishioners also contributed to an ethnic bread table, entitled “One Bread, One Body,” which shared samples of breads from different countries.

11th Annual St. Mary’s Academy Spelling Bee
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On March 8th and 9th, St. Mary’s Academy in Longmeadow hosted their 11thAnnual Spelling Bee.   Five other local Catholic Schools joined them as their students competed for first prize of $1000 and 2nd prize of $500!  It was an exciting event as St. Mary’s Academy, St. Thomas School, St. Stanislaus, St. Michael’s Academy, Mater Dolorosa, and Blessed Sacrament all came together for some good old fashion spelling competition.  Ethan Rivers from St. Thomas took home first prize while Rachael Matte from St. Stanislaus took home second place. This event always proves to be a wonderful evening where local schools come together to enjoy the family community of Catholic Education.

 


Steps in the formation of youth at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.

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Students from St. Stanislaus School in Chicopee enjoy participating in their STEM/Lego Robotics Club, Grade 5 Science and Grade 6 Hour of Code.

St. John the Baptist School, Ludlow

Grade 6 students of  St. John the Baptist School in Ludlow offered a presentation on the lives of saints.

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