LOS ANGELES — The Tekeyan Cultural Association (TCA) Arshag Dickranian School held several extracurricular activities recently to enrich the students’ educational and social experiences at the near end of their scholastic year.
The third Annual Field Day was held on May 16 on the school grounds. Organized by head coach Rudy Rameh and hosted by the Athletic Committee, the goal of the event was to express the importance of athletics and the spirit of competition as part of the school’s curriculum.
At 10 a.m., the competing teams made their entrance with a parade led by the Stars and Stripes, the Tricolor of Republic of Armenia, the flag of the State of California and the banners of Dickranian School, at the end of which they all sang the American, Armenian and school anthems. Prior to starting the series of events, which included various races, ball games and tug of war, the athletes ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade split into two teams aptly called Ararat and Arakadz. The parents also participated in the teams, with the Ararat winning in their game of soccer. At the end of the event, Principal Vartkes Kourouyan, Coach Rudy Rameh and the members of the Athletic Committee handed out trophies to the winners and medals to all the other participating students.
On June 3 and 4, the students of pre-kindergarten through fifth grade and students of sixth through 12th grades picnicked at Glendale’s Verdugo Park, accompanied by their teachers and parents. It was a day of full enjoyment and relaxation for the students and parents as well, being entertained with games and accommodated with snacks.
On June 10, the pre-kindergarten’s and kindergarten’s end-of-school-year program took place at the Walter and Laurel Karabian Hall. The program started with the opening remarks of the kindergarten homeroom teacher, Anahit Avenessian, which was followed by the performances of the pre-kindergartners and kindergartners. The variety program included individual and group recitations, songs about spring and summer sung both in English and Armenian, dances and short plays. The pre-K program was prepared by Madlena Marikyan assisted by Nina Mkrtchyan, while the kindergartners made their presentations under the watchful eyes of Avanesian and Mariam Nashikyan. The parents were delighted with their children’s performance, which was a reflection of what they had learned throughout the school year. Coffee and cookies were served at the end of the program in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, where parents enjoyed viewing the children’s artwork and paintings.