Sunday, June 12th, was a day of rejoice at St. Thomas Armenian Church! Graduates, students, faculty, parents and family celebrated the end of the Kirikian Armenian School year at the annual ‘Hantes’ and graduation ceremony. This year’s ‘Hantes’ was truly exceptional, as a record number of students (135) participated in a rich program that included traditional Armenian song, dance, poems, presentations, and poignant words from the heart of the school’s bright students.
An insightful perspective from the 2016 Kirikian Armenian School Hantes on what it means to be an Armenian and to attend Armenian school. Read Garo Amerkanian’s heartfelt speech here, and be proud of the diasporan Armenian youth that the Kirikian Armenian School is helping mold into the responsible and faithful Armenians of tomorrow!
The Kirikian Armenian School and St. Thomas Armenian Church extend their sincerest appreciation to all who have supported the 7th Annual Earth Day Project to help the victims of the Nagorno-Karabagh Conflict. The grand total of donations being sent to COAF (Children of Armenia Fund) is $1,580! This is the largest donation collected yet in the seven year history of the Kirikian Armenian School’s “Earth Day Every Day” project! This donation will help the Children of Armenia Fund provide safe rooms that will offer psychological counseling and crisis management for affected children, parents, pregnant women, soldiers, families of missing soldiers, and other community members in the Nagorno-Karabagh region.
The Kirikian Armenian School was abuzz with preparations today for tomorrow’s graduation/hantes ceremony! Fr. Papken and all of the dedicated teachers and staff led the students through dress rehearsals this morning. The school welcomes both Armenian-speaking and non-Armenian speaking children alike. We encourage you to consider enrolling your child in, and even letting a friend know, about our wonderful Armenian School. Please join us tomorrow, June 12th, at 2pm in Saddler Hall for the annual Kirikian Armenian School graduation ‘Hantes!’ It will be a wonderful day for the Armenian school’s graduating class of 2016!
“…I would like to extend my appreciation to all who have supported our 7th Annual Earth Day Project. We have collected $1,125. Our contribution to the Children of Armenia Fund will help them provide safe rooms that will offer psychological counseling and crisis management for affected children, parents, pregnant women, soldiers, families of missing soldiers, and other community members. I believe with this annual project, we are actually planting seeds, seeds of “OUR FUTURE” into our children’s hearts. I’m very proud how our school has became conscious about Earth Day project over the years and it is absolutely amazing to see how numbers are growing each year to support all different causes. If you haven’t had a chance and still wish to make a donation, please feel free to hand me over your check (COAF) or cash, at the last day of school or the day of hantes (Kirikian Armenian School graduation). …”
Every year Hayr Soorp first teaches our first graders the Hayr Mer and how to make the sign of the cross. They had to recite the Hayr Mer fluently and without any mistake. All of the first graders were all presented gift cards from Game Stop (store) as a reward. The students and teachers continued to prepare for the Hantes, which is this Sunday, June 10 at 2pm. Everyone is invited to this year-end celebration. After their work was done, the students had some fun in the beautiful outdoors at the St. Thomas playground.
Matthew Bourghol is an altar server, Tbir, at St. Thomas Armenian Church. This past Sunday, he participated in a regional fencing tournament, sponsored by Thrust Fencing Academy, and achieved third place! This tournament was open to all members of the US Fencing Association. Fr. Papken was present at the tournament and was eagerly watching and cheering for him. Let’s all congratulate Matthew on his recent sports achievement. Way to go!
St. Thomas Armenian Church was absolutely thriving this past Monday at the annual Memorial Day Picnic and Food Festival! Despite any clouds, it was a truly delightful day at our church, with a constant flow of visitors from beginning to end. The event was a tremendous success! Fr. Papken, and the entire St. Thomas Church community could not have been more pleased. It was a day of family, food, friendship, generosity and love in our beautiful church. Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers that gave of their time and effort for the days leading up to and including Memorial Day!