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Director of Christian Education Report Annual Meeting January 2013

Maria Kopulos

Presently the Church School (2012-2013) consists of 66 children and 11 regular teachers. Our staff members are: Toddlers/Pat Harrison, – Preschool & Kindergarten/Suzanne Kopulos, – Grades 1 & 2 / Cheryl Evangelopoulos & Lynn Betsanes, – Grade 3 / Maria Kopulos & Adolph Galinski, – Grades 4, 5&6/ Lynn Rizo & Mary Jo Werbiansky, - Grades 7 & 8 (Junior High) /Aristea Zekios, - High School/Sub Deacon John Segvich & Theo Poulos. Angela Tatooles heads the “healthy snack” program.

Spring 2012:
Dave & Anthea Huisman have graciously given us their time and talent by creating an icon wall in the church school hallway.
A 40-day Bible Challenge was conducted during Lent. A Kindle Fire was awarded to Madeline Segvich for the children and for the adults, Tammy Tsiones.
The last day of church school was Sunday, May 20.

Summer: The summer was spent preparing for a new church school that began with a refreshing start.

Fall: The first day of classes was 9/10/12.
There was a $10.00 per child registration fee for books.
Icon Education is up and rolling this year.
We have 2 teachers retiring after this school year, Lynn Rizo and Mary Jo Werbiansky.
December 2, 2012 we had a visit from St. Nicholas.
Karen Verderber and Pat Harrison put together a Christmas program for children up to 3rd grade.
Time was spent thinking about setting up the Education Office, looking at centralizing all the materials in the office, rather than having them scattered throughout all the rooms, and thinking about a time to organized and have a good cleaning/organizing of all the classrooms and office area. A computer was donated and it is in the process of being hooked up to the copier so teachers can print lessons from church and not their homes for their classes.
High School class has been high on the list, on gaining momentum for January's parent meeting as well as upcoming events for them.
Attendance has been surprisingly low this first semester; I hope it will get better for the next year!

Upcoming Plans for 2013:
To meet the spiritual education and social needs of our youth in order to keep our Church School program viable and growing.
Setting up Office, using this space as a centralized location for supplies, organizing it for better use of our inventory.
Setting up Office Computer: on the internet, adding software that is good for teacher's use, obtaining a printer, and hooking this up to the copier as well (need printer as a back-up in case one or both is not working). This way, teachers can print all their lessons.
Finding a few more teachers/substitutes for 2013, as we have need in 2 classrooms.
Ensuring that Sub Deacon John has support for the Youth Organization (Its Mission).
Making sure that we have all the necessary supplies to function in the following years. (this includes books and video)
Creating a Lenten activity that is helpful to our children and adults, awaiting Fr. Andrew ideas/approval
Making sure that all teachers’ needs are met.
Making sure the children are engaged and motivated to learn, but giving them what they need.


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