Director of Christian Education Report Annual Meeting January 2009
Presently the Church School (2008-9) consists of 50 children and 10 regular teachers. Our staff members are: Toddlers/Pat Harrison, – Preschool & Kindergarten/ Elizabeth Wassilkowsky, – Grades 1,2/Cheryl Evangelopoulos & Maria Kopulos, – Grades3, 4/Lynn Betsanes, -Grades5, 6/Lynn Rizo, Mary Jo Werbiansky, - Junior High/Aristea Zekios, - High School/Else Tennessen. Teaching Assistants include; Nicki McDougle & Christine Bishoff. Our substitute roster consists of Amy Dandeles and Chris Dandeles.
Additionally, Anthea Lukashonak visits the classrooms with monthly iconography sessions and Angela Tatooles heads the “healthy snack “ program. The first Sunday of month, the Jr. High and High Schoolers are scheduled to meet as “YO”, under the leadership of Lauren Dandeles.
· The Church School teacher’s kicked off lent with a “Teacher’s Celebration Party”. This party was an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful teacher-volunteers we have at St. Luke’s! It also gave us the opportunity to plan and discuss our annual family retreat. The retreat was held April 6, 2008 with and instructional Divine Liturgy for the children, and a theme of “Living the Jesus Prayer”. There were 35 children in attendance for the retreat and over 20 adults. This retreat was a great success, as the feedback we got was that it was very well planned, and everyone took “a lot home with them spiritually”. Every participant was given a prayer rope and was instructed how to pray on the ropes.
· Church School registration on September 7, 2008 with 50 children enrolled. The registration fee was $20 per students or $40 per family. A new class was formed for kids aged 16 to college age and is taught by Else Tennessen. We were able to obtain 2 new teacher assistants; Nicki McDougal and Christine Bishoff, but we lost a few substitutes and teachers from the year previous.
· December 7, 2008 St. Nicholas made his annual visit to the parish and the children’s classrooms, delivering special treats to the boys and girls.
Plans for 2009:
Overall Our Mission
To meet the spiritual education and social needs of our youth in order to keep our Church School program viable and growing.
We will continue to plan for the changes in our dynamic Education Department at St. Luke. As we are changing, there is a huge need for us to move forward in a different way for the future of our children in the Orthodox faith.
First and foremost, we are in dire need for DEDICATED Christians for the following positions;
· Teachers for young children; need 3 teachers