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Education

Sunday School

The Cathedral’s Sunday School program is the oldest in the DC-metropolitan area. Spanning generations, this program nurtures our most precious resource, our children. Children raised in this program are taught the spiritual values of Greek Orthodoxy, and are given a moral compass to guide them for the rest of their lives.  The goal of our program is simple: we wish to share the message of Christ’s love with our children and for them to live that message every day of their lives as they grow into the adults who will shape our world.

Our Sunday School, equipped with the latest and best teaching aids, a sound yet flexible curriculum, and staff by qualified teachers, has the following three goals:

  • To educate our children spiritually and morally, in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the faith and traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church
  • To develop in our children the habit of attending church regularly, studying the Scriptures, and participating conscientiously in the worship and sacramental life of our church
  • To cultivate in our children a Greek Orthodox conscience and devotion to our ideals and to prepare them so that they become faithful and devoted dynamic members of our church, our community, and our country

Today, our Sunday School has an enrollment of over 300 students and 15 classes. Please also see our community calendar or 2013-2014 tentative schedule for related dates and events.

To register for Sunday School, please contact the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 or download the Sunday School registration form (PDF).

Class Structure

The Saint Sophia Sunday School is organized into a Lower and Upper school to craft individual learning experiences for our children.  The lower school includes the nursery school class through 6th grade and the upper school includes the 7th grade through the 12th grade.  Both schools incorporate dynamic learning tools and techniques to generate interest and a love of learning our faith.

Schedule

The Sunday School term runs from mid-September and extends through the Sunday of Mother’s Day in May.  Each Sunday students are required to be in the church building by 10:00 a.m. and remain until they have been dismissed by their teacher (usually around 11:50 a.m.).

Contributions

A $20.00 registration fee is requested per child at the beginning of the Sunday School year.  Parents must be Saint Sophia Stewardship paying members in good standing for the year to qualify as a Saint Sophia steward in good standing, families must remit at least 75% of their current stewardship by registration time and 100% of their stewardship for all previous years. 

Facilities

Saint Sophia proudly houses its Sunday School in the Frosene Education Center which offers state of the art classrooms for the education of your child.  Each classroom is equipped with advanced audio/visual equipment so our teachers can use online, interactive teaching aids to bring their lessons to life.  Classrooms are located on the first and second levels of the Frosene Center and are accessible via the parking lot or from the lower level of the Cathedral via the atrium.

Curriculum

The Cathedral’s Sunday School curriculum is tailored to meet children’s spiritual needs across various ages.

For children in our lower school, our curriculum builds the foundation of Orthodox Christianity, helping children understand who God is, what is involved in the Divine Liturgy, and to use hand’s on teaching aids that bring their faith to life. 

For children in our upper school, the curriculum covers the core fundamentals of Orthodox Christianity including the Creed, the sacraments, and the Divine Liturgy. The upper school also incorporates bioethics and morality topics that help children address the challenges and pressures in their everyday lives.  From battling bullying to managing stress, the children learn to apply their Orthodox faith as a tool in their daily lives.

Please CLICK HERE to view the Sunday School Handbook.

Teen Talk

Teen Talk is a discussion group for the teenagers (7th grade – 12th grade), that provides them a firsthand opportunity to engage with the clergy on challenges in their everyday lives.

Faith Time

Faith Time is a discussion group for our younger students (2nd grade – 6th grade) and connects them with the clergy as they learn the basics of our faith and religious traditions. 

Saint Sophia Oratorical Club

The Cathedral’s teenagers are invited to join the Saint Sophia Oratorical Club to learn about speech writing, poem concocting and essay construction for the annual Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Open to all teenagers from 7th – 12th grade, the group meets monthly to develop speeches/essay/poems, learn about what makes a powerful presentation (either written or oral), and to critically evaluate their own opinions and the church’s stance on timely topics. The Saint Sophia team will compete against Sunday School students from across the Archdiocese during three rounds of competition: our district level competition in D.C. in March, a regional level in New York or Connecticut in May and the final Archdiocese level at rotating locations nationwide in June. 

Why Join?                       

For SPEECH, learn what makes a good speech great, and master public speaking skills.

For POETRY, let your creativity flow, it’ll be easy (I know), a verse or a sonnet, come ‘on, let’s get on it!

For ESSAY, let your pen (or keyboard) do the talking and learn how to build an organized, ironclad, argument.

To join or learn more, please contact Amanda Lockhart at amanda.k.lockhart@gmail.com.

Speech Topics List 2014

Poetry and Essay Flyer

Oratorical Contest Topics 2013

 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!

Student applications are now available for the Washington Metropolitan Area 44th AHEPA Scholarship program.  Students eligible for an award will be honored at this year’s Awards Program on May 18, 2014 held at the Hilton Washington, DC/Rockville Hotel in Rockville, MD.  This program has honored 1,508 students and awarded $804,975 in scholarships.

To be considered for a scholarship award, you must: 1) be affiliated with either the AHEPA family or the Greek Orthodox Church; 2) be a graduating high school senior; 3) have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B average or better); and 4) have participated in extracurricular activities and/or lettered or received awards in varsity interscholastic sports.

Your application promises to make this year’s program better than ever!

CLICK BELOW FOR APPLICATIONS:
Student Letter and Guidelines

AHEPA Student Application

Father Dimitrios Lee, Ionian Village and Summer Camp Opportunities 

Ionian Village is a three week summer experience that operates from a beautiful seafront campsite on western Peloponnesus in Greece on the coast of the Ionian Sea. The camp facility accommodates nearly 200 campers and 50 Staff Members in white-washed cabins and bungalows. The campground was developed and built with the intention of fostering an Orthodox Christian community and providing a Greek village experience for all participants. The facilities are centered around the traditional white-washed Chapel of Saint Iakovos and include a private beach, an oversized swimming pool, shady pine forests, an amphitheater, a large hall for gatherings and activities, an open-air cafeteria, a soccer field, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, and a basketball court.

Teens and young adults that participate in Ionian Village travel across Greece, venerate the relics of saints, walk in the footsteps of the Apostles, and visit significant sites of Greek history and culture. Ionian Village is a unique summer camping program located in Greece and operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Session one of camp is June 23rd to July 12th. Father Dimitri Lee is the spiritual leader of this first session. Join him and our group of Saint Sophians today! 
 
Session two of camp is July 20th to August 8th.

Camp registration opens up February 1, 2014. For more information contact Fr. Dimitri Lee directly at frdimitri@saintsophiadc.com, or 301-919-3595, www.ionianvillage.org. 

Camp Saint Paul is a one week camp that has four different sessions beginning on June 30th. 

Week 1: June 30-July 6
Week 2: July 7-13
Week 3: July 14-20
Week 4: July 21-27

Camp takes place at the beautiful campsite of Camp Hope on Lake Bantam in the Berkshire Hills of Litchfield, Connecticut. Campers will enjoy a fun filled week of activities, games, discussions, and water-sports. In 2011, over 325 campers experienced the fun, friendships, and Orthodox lifestyle that are uniquely Camp Saint Paul. 

We were again fortunate enough to be visited by His Eminence, who was greeted enthusiastically by the entire camp with Greek dancing and songs. Camp Saint Paul continues to be the crown jewel of the Youth Office of the Direct Archdiocesan District. It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for our youth to experience Christ and our Orthodox faith alongside their friends, peers, and mentors.

Registration for camp opens March 3rd, 2014. Contact Fr. Dimitri Lee at frdimitri@saintsophiadc.com, or
301-919-3595, to register your child today! Website: www.campsaintpaul.org. 

 

 

Announcements

 

Teaching Staff

The program is run by over 30 dedicated volunteer teachers and staff, many of whom are graduates of the program themselves. The staff bring a variety of backgrounds to further enrich the Sunday School program and include public and private school teachers, academics, professionals, and, of course, mothers and fathers of some of the children. This tight knit group extends back over 50 years with teachers touching generations of the cathedral’s youth.

Academic Dean: Diane Cerniglia (Upper School)

Academic Dean: Stracie Maniatis (Lower School)

Administrator: Vivian Kambanis 301-570-4432

Sunday School Staff 2013-2014

Lower School
Stracie Maniatis, Academic Dean
Maria Spanos, Special Projects Director

Nursery / Age 3: Diane Stratakos, Alicia Clark

Pre-Kindergarten / Age 4: Lynne Courtney, Mary Ann Nasou

Kindergarten: Mary Cranford

1st Grade: Carol Trigonoplos, Pam Glekas-Spring

2nd Grade: Stracie Maniatis, Pam Lewton

3rd Grade: Kelly Tanzi

4th Grade: Eugenia Ufholz, Christina Ufholz

5th Grade: Dina Kaldis 

6th Grade: Jim Polis

Upper School
Diane Cerniglia, Academic Dean
Amanda Lockhart, Special Projects Director

7th / 8th Grade: Joanne Kenny, Van Andros

9th / 10th Grade: Margo Anderson, Ted Theodorou

9th Grade / Altar Boys: Pete Sbily

11th  / 12th Grade: Diane Cerniglia, Amanda Lockhart


Registering for Sunday School

To register for Sunday School, please contact the Cathedral office at 202-333-4730 or download the Sunday School registration form (PDF).