Our youth mission as church and parents is to cause a child to identify as an Orthodox Christian. We know that we must struggle to accomplish this God-given mission. Our society, our schools, our media no longer emphasize God, faith, values and morality. Parents have to constantly confront the teachings of the world. We pray that our children will mature as children of God’s Kingdom and work and succeed in this world as Christians. Parents would be wise to take advantage of the help Sunday School gives in their efforts to create a strong Christian family.
CLASSES AND PROGRAM:
Nursery through Twelfth Grades. Nursery is open to all children who have turned three by the start of December. The Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Grades are discussion groups which take place on alternate Sundays. Tenth Grade meets on the first and third Sundays, while the combined eleventh and twelfth grades meet on the second and fourth Sundays. On the Sundays these grades don’t have class, students are expected to either serve Altar (for boys in grades 4 – 12), sing in the choir, or assist in Sunday School, as indicated by their choice on the registration form. Children in grades seven through twelve participate in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Curriculum is that of the Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, which is regularly improved. We also use other materials to provide the best program. Registration fee of $30 partially covers books and material.
Registration Fee - $30 for the first child, $20 for each additional child
Children arrive at 9:40 am, enter Church, light candles, and venerate the Icons. Children in grades N – 1 are expected to sit with their families, while children in grades 2 – 12 sit in their labeled designated row with their teacher. At Holy Communion, those Sunday School children and staff who have prepared, will get on line first to receive Holy Communion and then proceed to their classrooms for their lesson. Children who have not prepared to receive may proceed to their classrooms at this time. Younger children may be escorted by a family member. After approximately 40 minutes of class time, after coffee hour has started, teachers will dismiss children in grades 2 – 12 into the hall for coffee hour. Parents whose children are in grades N – 1 are asked to go to the hallway outside their children’s rooms to wait for dismissal at that time. Tardiness is not helpful for the student or classmates and teachers. Class is less than an hour and tardiness keeps children from worship and disrupts the lesson.
*** Once a month on their “Church Day” boys will not have class, and serve altar during liturgy. There will be a sign sheet at the candle stand for attendance purposes for both boys and girls on their Church Day. Please have your child bring in an item for the food pantry on their Church Day.
Our teachers are dedicated volunteers, who give time for a) Sunday mornings, b) week-night meetings and education sessions, c) weekly hours to prepare lessons. Parents should appreciate this and inspire our children to do the same. Meanwhile, parents can support our school by reinforcing lessons at home, reviewing, asking questions, etc. Parental participation is essential.
The children will be asked for their Church offering in class. Children should be encouraged from home to make their own offering as a positive Christian practice of sharing our blessings and offering thanksgiving. Parents, please be supportive.
The Completion Certificates are presented in May to children who have ten or less absences. Since there are approximately 32 class/church Sundays, a child should attend at least two-thirds of the year. Attendance pins are given to children with three or less unexcused absences. Excused absences are accepted if the parent notifies the teacher that the child was in another church, etc. Makeup attendance is offered on Holy Week.
Parents your support is most necessary. If you have any questions please contact Tina Mihaltses at Queendig4@msn.com.
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY RESURRECTION
SUNDAY SCHOOL CALENDAR 2019-2020
September 15 - Sunday School begins.
November 17 - Youth Sunday.
December 1 - Family Day, Thanksgiving Weekend.
December 14 - Stop N’ Go Liturgy, Communion Breakfast.
December 15 - Christmas Program, after Liturgy.
December 22 - Christmas Program rain date
December 29 - Family Day.
January 5 - Classes resume.
February 2- Godparents’ Sunday.
April 12 - Family Day, Palm Sunday.
April 12 – 19 Holy Week.
April 19 - Family Day, Easter.
May 17 - Closing Day Exercises.
CHURCH DAY, CHOIR & ALTAR BOY SCHEDULE
1st Sunday of the month ____________________ Grades 1, 4, 9, 10
2nd Sunday of the month ____________________ Grades 7, 11,12
3rd Sunday of the month ____________________ Grades 2, 3, 6, 10
4th Sunday of the month ____________________ Grades N, PK, K, 5, 8, 11, 12
BULLETIN BOARD SCHEDULE
Classes take turns preparing the Hall Bulletin Board. Look for your child’s work
according to this schedule:
October - Grades 11-12 November - Grades 9-10
December - Grades 7-8 January - Grades 5-6
February - Grades 1-2 March - Grades 3-4
April - Kindergarten May - Nursery-PreK.
Nursery – Mrs. Penny Neferis-Giarretto, Mrs. Patti Averopoulos
Prekindergarten – Mrs. Vivian Casil, Ms. Alexis Marie Demou
Kindergarten – Ms. Francesca Gaglia, Mrs. Alexa Rakowski
First Grade – Mrs. Chrissy Orginos-Zografos
Second Grade – Ms. Tonie Woodman
Third Grade – Mrs. Fran Sotiriou, Cindy Perdikakis
Fourth Grade – Ms. Amalia Pappas
Fifth Grade – Mr. Nick Pappas
Sixth Grade – Mrs. Christina Patilis
Seventh Grade – Mrs. Kathy Ktistakis
Eighth Grade – Mr. George Chakery
Ninth Grade – Mr. Nick Lamb
Tenth – Twelfth Grade – Mrs. Lisa DiPinto, Ms. Yanna Bellidoro