Sunday School Directors
Ms. Vickie Koskinas
Ms. Georgia Harakas
Ms. Amber Tsumas
Our Cathedral’s Sunday School offers religious catechism to all Orthodox Christian children, from three year olds to 12th grade. Sunday School is in session from the end of September through mid-May, and focuses on developing the religious, moral, and liturgical awareness of our youth. The curriculum is comprehensive and multifaceted, incorporating Worship, Scripture, Holy Tradition, Iconography, Hymnology and Discipleship. Some events scheduled throughout the year are Oratorical Festival, Holiday Programs, Myrophores for Holy Friday, Bible Bowl and others.
- Sunday School begins promptly at 10:15 a.m. and ends at 12:00p.m. We ask that parents of the younger students be considerate of the teachers’ time and pick up their children on time.
- To truly benefit from Sunday School, students must attend consistently each Sunday.
- Students are awarded Sunday School certificates (or diplomas in the case of the senior class) if they attend at least 50% of Sunday School during the year.
- Students who have two absences or less throughout the Sunday School year will be awarded perfect attendance and will be acknowledged during the commencement program at the end of the year.
- Students who arrive to Sunday School after 10:30 a.m. will be marked late. Students will be marked absent for every three times they are late.
- Starting with the 3rd grade, boys are encouraged to serve as altar boys, and when serving in the altar they are counted present in Sunday School. In addition, if students attend Sunday School at another parish or they attend church for a memorial service, they are counted present. Please inform the teachers of any of these situations so that your child may receive credit for attending.
- The St. Photios trip is a privilege for seniors who are active in Sunday School. For the seniors to participate in the St. Photios trip, they must attend 50 percent of Sunday School prior to the trip.
- To ensure a rich Sunday School experience, it is important for the students to participate in the Curriculum Enrichment Activities, such as the Children’s Liturgy, the Oratorical Festival, Communion Breakfast, and the annual Christmas Program. Participation in these activities is strongly encouraged!
- Any student who will be three years of age on or before August 31 of the current year will be admitted to the 3-year-old class. Those enrolling in the 4-year-old class must be four years of age on or before the same date, and those entering the 5-year-old kindergarten must be five years of age on or before the same date. Other students should enroll in grades analogous to their public or private school grades. It is important to note that with the rise in popularity of the “TK” class in the secular classroom, there are most likely children who are a year ahead in the Sunday School class. We strongly recommend that a child be in the same grade in both Sunday School and their secular school so that they can graduate from both schools concurrently.
- Sunday School is a sacred time in a child’s life and should be respected as such. Therefore, misbehavior will not be tolerated. The first offense will be handled by the teacher. Upon the second offense, the child will be referred to the directors. For any offenses after that, the child will be referred to the priest and parents.
- No one is permitted to interrupt classes or pass out flyers or information without the permission of the directors.
- Students of Grades 3-12 should bring their Bibles each Sunday.
Sunday School Bad Weather Policy
- Parents are the best judge of road conditions and personal travel safety. In severe weather conditions or active snow and sleet, classes will be cancelled. In bad weather conditions, as in after a storm when secondary roads are not clear, it will be up to the parents. On these bad weather days, students will not be marked absent from class. Please check TV announcements for closings.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer and to participate in Sunday School activities. Please see your child’s teacher or the Sunday School directors to find out ways to become involved.