Holy Martyrs Kindergarten Graduation

Future teachers, contractors, doctors, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, veterinarians, car salesmen, dancers, artists, a train conductor, a spy, a pilot, a boxer, a tennis player, a Rite Aid cashier, a singer, a surveyor, a chef, a chiropractor, a mommy, and a Hye Kach soldier all gathered on stage on Sunday, June 8, to perform at the Holy Martyrs Armenian Elementary School Kindergarten Commencement.

Parents and family gathered at the Encino Campus to watch 46 adorable five and six year olds deliver an outstanding performance of dance, song and poetry.

The one and a half hour long program commenced with the Armenian and U.S. Anthems, followed by Rev. Razmig Khatchadourian’s invocation and Emcee Linda Dukmajian’s opening remarks.

Applause filled the hall when Mrs. Carmen Der Garabedian’s students, adorned in full traditional costume, entered the stage. Each intricately detailed garment was generously designed and sewn by Armik Shahbol.

They were followed by Ms. Linda’s “Artsakh” dancers, jumping, hopping and swaying to the music. All the dances were choreographed/taught by dance instructor Ms. Lillia Margaryan, and the songs/lyrics by music instructor Alfred Mardoyan.

Principal John Kossakian delivered his message to the graduates, congratulating parents and families. After receiving their diplomas and posing with the principal, each cap and gown clad kindergartner walked up center stage and proudly announced to everyone what his/her chosen profession would be in the future.

Elementary Director Adrinee Aroyan invited kindergarten teachers Ms. Carmen and
Ms. Linda, kindergarten assistants Aznive Markarian and Maggie Yahyayan, co-curricular instructors Rafi Hagopian, Mr. Mardoyan, Arshag Markarian, Ms. Lilia and Talin Ordekian on stage to publicly acknowledge their hard work and dedication.

By the end of the program, the soon to be first graders had displayed their talents with flying colors and melted everyone’s hearts with their sweetness and innocence. Our future is most certainly in good hands!

Sunday, June 15, 4 p.m. 5th Grade Graduation, Avedissian Hall
Monday, June 16 Review day for Final Exams – Grades 6-10 – minimum day
Tue, Wed, Thu., June 17, 18, 19 Final Exams – Grades 6-11 – Minimum days
Friday, June 20 Makeup exams, summer assignmen’s, review of the administered exams
Friday, June 20 Last day of Regular Registration for 2008-2009 School Year
Saturday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. Senior Class – Prom/Banquet
Sunday, June 22, 4 p.m. Senior Class – Graduation
Monday, June 23 School closed
Monday, June 23 Late registration begins for 2008-2009 (Fee with penalty: $575)
Tuesday, June 24-26 Faculty development / meetings
Saturday, June 28, 4 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation
Saturday, June 28, 6 p.m. 8th Grade Graduation Banquet
Monday, June 30 Last day of the 2007-2008 academic year


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