HMADS second graders present a puppet show.

Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School at Barnes & Noble

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Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School at Barnes & Noble

By Janet Marcarian

BAYSIDE, NY — December 2, 2009 will be remembered by the HMADS kindergarteners as “Barnes & Noble’s Day.”

“How come?” one might ask. The answer is very simple: it is customary for Principal Zarmine Boghosian, to greet her school children and faculty on a daily basis. Most mornings she will engage the students with current events, historical facts and newsworthy information.

HMADS is an educational institution, which believes in the importance of reading. Reading stimulates young minds and promotes creativity along with imagination. Children use these “tools” to embrace unknown worlds, fantastic characters and most of all they learn to interact with their surroundings. HMADS advocates all of the above by holding book fairs every November. This year the PTO tried a new venture. The doors of Barnes & Nobles at (Bay Terrace) were open to all students — from nursery through sixth grade. Faculty, students, parents and grandparents were greeted by Anna Avalone and Boghosian.

Talar Hovsepian, fifth grade, greets the guest author and the audience.

A short program followed. The kindergarteners presented “Chica Chica Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. They sang in tune and had lots of fun with the alphabet.

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The first and second graders had guest readers who enjoyed themselves. The turning of the pages with its colorful drawings was mesmerizing for the children. The stories were also appropriate for their age group. The first graders’ Gingerbread Men was read by Alexa Kevorkian and the second graders’ The Stowaway was read by Kathy Deukmedjian. Decorative puppets were also presented by the second graders. The third graders were dressed as their favorite characters. With great poise, they presented the fascinating traits of their book heroes. The fourth graders enlightened us with the “tools” of good writing and took us back to school by revealing the knowledge of Figurative Language. They could easily explain symbolism, personification, the protagonist or antagonist of a particular story. At the end, the fifth and sixth graders thrilled everyone with the humor of Shel Silverstein’s poems. With a clear understanding, they delivered the ironic and poignant messages hidden in his collection of poems known as Where the Sidewalk Ends.

HMADS students present Shel Silverstein’s poems.

As the time neared to dismissal, children, parents, and grandparents roamed through the store to seek more books, educational items and eventually made their purchases. Thanks to the persons in charge, Lana Kazangian and Hripsime Bakhshian, event co-chairs, and Mina Hovsepian, PTO chair, this undertaking was a great success.

The culmination of the day was a visit with guest author, Michael Bobelian. He presented his book, Children of Armenia, with dignity and eloquence. He emphasized the consequences of unacknowledged injustice and how emotional turmoil turns into such unbearable anguish that a living survivor of the Armenian Genocide will bend to an act such as revenge.

Michael Bobelian addresses the audience.

Bobelian was gracious and signed many of his books that were purchased.

Congratulations to all participants for their effort and belief in the education of our youngsters.

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