A beautifully written article on how we commemorated the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, with the Kirikian Armenian School staff, students, and parents, and guest speaker, Ms. Lucine Kasbarian. Ms. Kasbarian encouraged the students to never forget our history in their future endeavors in life. She urged them to “incorporate the Armenian spirit in their lives – and that through our strength, we can demonstrate the valuable presence of Armenians in this world.”
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.
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!
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!