The students of the Kirikian Armenian School participated in pre-Easter festivities today. After their lessons, the children of the Armenian school were taught about Easter traditions while coloring vibrant eggs of their own to take home. Pictured are the first grade students, taught by Mrs. Hilda Giritlian, and assisted by the helpful hands of other dedicated teachers and helpers!
On Saturday, February 3rd, the Kirikian Armenian School of St. Thomas Armenian Church held it’s annual Poon Paregentan party for its students. Every year, children, teachers, and parents look forward to having the kids change into their costumes after class and watch them take part of many festivities before the period of Great Lent.
On Saturday, September 17, the Kirikian Armenian School will open its doors once again to students aged 2 1/2 to 12 years old, eager to learn all aspects of Armenian language, history, culture, religion, music, and more. The Kirikian Armenian School is very nurturing and welcomes all new students with open arms.
On Saturday, December 3rd, students were exposed to fire safety first-hand from a local expert. A dedicated member of the Tenafly fire department volunteered his time to teach our youngsters and Armenian school staff several fire safety techniques, including how to escape from a potential fire.
Everyone who attended the Fall St. Thomas Annual Bazaar and Food Festival had a wonderful time! It was the perfect weekend to coordinate with family and friends to meet up, catch up, and enjoy these homemade foods and applause-worthy exciting entertainment in the warm environment of St. Thomas Armenian Church! There was so much talent among our Armenian youth that everyone was full of joy and pride as they applauded after each performance. We are so grateful and thankful to everyone who contributed and helped make the 2016 Fall Bazaar a success!
Having graduated from the Kirikian Armenian School, a record number of 234 of our alumni are presently attending the Diocesan Khirimian Lyceum. How proud we all are when 24 of the total class of 38 at the Lyceum are from St. Thomas, celebrating the success of the Kirikian Armenian School of the St. Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly, NJ. The Diocesan Armenian Studies department’s Khrimian Lyceum offers a four year course of study to graduates of Armenian Schools. The Lyceum currently has 38 students who come from NY, NJ, and CT regularly on a monthly basis. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Khirimian Lyceum.
On Saturday, September 10, eleven of the Kirikian Armenian School teachers gathered for the annual Armenian Teacher’s Symposium sponsored and directed by the Armenian Studies Program of the Diocese of the Armenian Church. Held at the new St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY, the speaker for the day was Dr. Herand Markarian – scientist, playwright, poet, and translator. He addressed the teachers regarding the challenges facing the Armenian Educator and spoke of the role of the Armenian school teacher as one who prepares, molds, and creates ‘better’ Armenians.
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.