PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 2021-2022

Dear Parents,

Even though we faced challenges throughout the year, our administration and staff excelled in their daily tasks of running the Saturday School successfully. A big thank-you to everyone!
For registration, please go to the link below and follow the instructions. All students must be registered online https://ereg.tdsb.on.ca/public/ilelogin.aspx
Credit course registrations are through www.creditprograms.ca

As you know, our Saturday School works with the Toronto District School Board, which in turn works under the guidance of The Ministry of Education. The school board subsidizes some of our expenses; the remaining funds come from fees collected from parents and individual donations. Not having collected any fees in 2020/2021, but having had some reserve funds from previous years, we were able to offer a virtual Armenian language program free of charge last year. However, in order to cover our operating cost this year and to continue offering our community the same caliber of teaching as we have in the past, we ask that you support us financially with the following fee, which is less than $5 a week/per child:
1 child – $150
2 children – $250
3 children – $400
No fees will be collected for the credit courses Level 1 and Level 2, as these courses are part of TDSB’s high-school program.

If and when we return to on-location schooling later in the 2021/2022 academic year, the annual standard fee of $550 per child will apply for the remainder of the year on a prorated basis.

Please make your payments via cheque payable to St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School and mail it to 920 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M1G 3T5 or by PayPal or e-transfer to stsahagstmesrob@outlook.com

Let’s continue working together and remain strong in our commitment to teaching the Armenian language successfully. We greatly appreciate your ongoing and unconditional support.

Saturday School Administration

Mission Statement

The mission of the School is to create an environment where students have the opportunity to connect with and immerse in their Armenian heritage by exploring its cultural dimensions including Armenian literature, history, and culture through the study of the Armenian language.

Vision Statement

The vision of the School is to promote Armenian education in order to preserve the Armenian language and culture and to prepare the future leaders of the community who take pride in their Armenian heritage and make valuable contributions within their communities.

Academic Year

The academic year extends from September to June. The school operates a total of 33 or 34 Saturdays. School hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and extracurricular classes from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Finances

A modest yearly fee is collected from parents in order to cover the cost of daily expenses of the school such as materials, equipment, rent, and staff wages. Two yearly fundraising events are organized as well as donations are accepted from community members to further develop and enhance the School program.

Facilities

Forest Manor Public School, located at 25 Forest Manor Rd, Toronto, ON M2J 1M4. The facility is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
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ADMINISTRATION & SCHOOL COUNCIL

Send us a message – sc@armenianschool.ca

Dr Arpi Panossian Muttart

Principal

Ara Ter Haroutiunian

Vice Principal

Betty Panossian

Associate Principal

Garny Kafessian

Administrative Assistant

Armineh Boyadjian

Treasurer

Hayk Nar

Associate Treasurer

Mary Darakjian

Parents Committee

Arpi Sarmazian

Pedagogy

Elina Sinanian Panossian

Administrative Assistant

Kristine Khancharyan

Administrative Assistant

Mosi Minassian

Admin & Yearbook

STAFF

Nata Navasardyan, Music
Arminé Zirakyan & Mosi Minassian, Credit Course 1
Arda DerHagopian & Ruzanna Grigoryan, Credit Course 2
Anna Movsisian, Grade 8
Gayané Ispiryan, Ani 8
Maria Abajian, Grade 7
Arminé Zilfugharyan, Ani 7
Suzy Mekhdjian, Grade 6
Anna Tonoyan, Ani 6
Shoghig Jelladian, Grade 5
Angela Harutyunyan, Ani 5
Loucine Mangassarian, Grade 4
Marianna Stepanyan, Ani 4
Maria Dikran-Shahbaz, Grade 3
Turvanda Hakobyan, Ani 3
Anjelic Nazarian, Grade 2
Arminé Hovhannisyan, Ani 2
Lena Torossian, Grade 1
Tamara Shahverdyan, Ani 1
Sossi Barounian & Maria Dawdian, JK SK
Julieta Khachatryan, Ani SK

CURRICULUM

The curriculum is developed by Armenian educators and it is reviewed yearly. The administration and the teaching team continually strive to improve instructional materials and methods. The styles of instruction are based on the theories of interactive, collaborative, emergent, and project-based teaching. Classroom instructions focus on Armenian language oral communication, reading, comprehension, and writing. Students are taught Armenian language, history, geography, music, virtues, culture, and community service. Extracurricular activities include chess, drawing, drama, dance, and sports; these sessions take place weekly from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

CURRICULUM

The curriculum is developed by Armenian educators and it is reviewed yearly. The administration and the teaching team continually strive to improve instructional materials and methods. The styles of instruction are based on the theories of interactive, collaborative, emergent, and project-based teaching.

9:30am - 1:30pm

Regular classes (Language, History and Culture, and Music) will start on September 14, 2019, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and will end on June 13, 2020.

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LANGUAGE

Language is the foundation of one’s identity. The Armenian language program implements the communicative approach of teaching. The overall goal for our students is to develop oral and literacy skills in the Armenian language and to inspire in them the love for the Armenian language. Teachers, students, and parents collaborate to create opportunities for meaningful communication and engagement with the Armenian language.
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HISTORY AND CULTURE

The goal is to instill the pride of the Armenian heritage in our students. Armenian history and culture solidify our students’ Armenian identity. Through interactive methods, such as drama and storytelling, teachers engage their students in learning not only the ancient history of Armenians, but also encourage students to learn about their own family histories.

9:30am - 1:30pm

Regular classes (Language, History and Culture, and Music) will start on September 14, 2019, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and will end on June 13, 2020.

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LANGUAGE

Language is the foundation of one’s identity. The Armenian language program implements the communicative approach of teaching. The overall goal for our students is to develop oral and literacy skills in the Armenian language and to inspire in them the love for the Armenian language. Teachers, students, and parents collaborate to create opportunities for meaningful communication and engagement with the Armenian language.
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HISTORY AND CULTURE

The goal is to instill the pride of the Armenian heritage in our students. Armenian history and culture solidify our students’ Armenian identity. Through interactive methods, such as drama and storytelling, teachers engage their students in learning not only the ancient history of Armenians, but also encourage students to learn about their own family histories.
Music

MUSIC

Learning Armenian songs and being part of the school choir is mandatory for all students. Music is part of our efforts to teach Armenian culture and the arts. “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” - Plato

1:30 - 2:30pm

Extracurricular activities (Dance/Drama, Chess, Drawing, and Sports) will start on November 2, 2019, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, and will end on May 23, 2020.

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DANCE/DRAMA

Dance and drama are part of our physical education program. This activity provides students the opportunity of speaking Armenian with like-minded peers. Students express themselves not only orally, but are also given the opportunity to enhance their non-verbal communication skills and refine their creativity. Furthermore, students learn public speaking skills and overcome the fear of performing in public.
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CHESS

Chess develops logical and critical thinking of students and in turn, expands their capacity to learn. Students learn to concentrate, to be patient, to be courteous, to be responsible, to solve problems calmly, to build self-esteem, to experience the consequences of good and bad decisions, and to set goals and work towards accomplishing them.
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DRAWING

Students learn when they are interested and actively involved. Art classes expand imagination and provide students a space to interact with like-minded peers. Students are given the opportunity to learn about Armenian art and develop their own style of expression. Learning to draw is learning to see, understand and make sense of one’s environment.
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SPORTS

This program is designed based on the interest of students. Students are given the opportunity to play organized sports, to learn to follow instructions, to compete fairly, to strengthen their muscles, to develop their endurance, to make new friends, and of course, to express themselves in the Armenian language through an activity that they are interested in.

Շաբաթօրեայ վարժարանը փակ է Դեկտեմբեր 25-ին եւ Յունուար 1-ին։
Դասապահերը կը վերսկսին Յունուար 8, 2022-ին։
Շնորհաւոր Նոր Տարի և Սուրբ Ծնունդ

Saturday School is closed on December 25 and January 1 for winter break.
Classes resume on January 8, 2022.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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