Victoria Bourghol, also an alumna, is the art teacher for kids in 1st through 3rd grade of the Kirikian Armenian School. She is teaching them about the Armenian Genocide through various art projects this month. The children learned about the symbolism of the Forget-Me-Not-Flower while painting their very own last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.