Dear Saturday School Families,

As we come to the end of 2019-2020 school year, I thank you for your cooperation and unconditional support. No doubt that it has been a difficult year for all of us. The transition from in class to out of class teaching/learning was challenging but the school community adjusted very well. I applaud how quickly new ideas arose from all of you —administration, instructors, parents, and students; we rolled up our sleeves and got to work. We all learned to take care of responsibilities with creativity, sacrifice, and perseverance; we attended to one another with care and compassion. These are skills that we will need to develop further throughout the upcoming months, as we start planning for the future.

I would like to leave you with some thoughts from the book “Take a Break”:
Being mindful helps us in challenging times and forces us to focus. It allows us to reflect on the past and the present. It allows us to plan the future with an open mind.

When feeling out of control, mindfully repeat to yourself: I am safe, I’m healthy, I’m cared for, I will remain hopeful, beautiful days are ahead, I will find joy in the happy moments of the day.

As physical reminders, write your favorite expressions and display them throughout the house, around your desk, on the fridge, on the windows. Repeating encouraging phrases can help you throughout the day to remain positive, hopeful, and happy. Stay attentive, be kind when faced with unpleasant emotions and experiences. Finally, praise yourself when you get through another difficult day.

“Good things come to those who believe; better things come to those who are patient; and the best things come to those who don’t give up.”

In prayer with you,
Principal Arpi Panossian Muttart

It is an opportune time to express my deep gratitude to our Grade 6 teacher Mrs Betty Panossian and Ani 7/8 teacher Mrs Gayané Ispirian, who have been translating my communications with you into Western and Eastern Armenian. I profoundly appreciate their tireless efforts in working towards the progress of our beloved Saturday School. Thank you dear Betty and dear Gayané.