Welcome to Sunday School !


Table of Contents

i. Welcome to Sunday School!
ii. School Year Calendar
iii. Volunteer Staff

Welcome to Sunday School!

Our goal is to make Sunday mornings a fun learning experience for the children. We accomplish this through age-appropriate crafts, songs, discussion and group activities and attending Liturgy. Living our faith begins with the family. Please lead your children in prayer, make the sign of the cross together, say the Lord’s Prayer, etc. at home and we reinforce this at Sunday School.

Registration Age: Children must be 4 years of age by December 31st in order to enroll in the current school year.

Grades: Classes are from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 8.

Sunday School Schedule:

  • Classes run from the 2nd Sunday in September through to the 2nd Sunday in June (calendar is attached).
  • Families are asked to arrive upstairs in church at 10:10 a.m., to participate in the Divine Liturgy together.  Students are asked to sit with their family or in the reserved front pews with their classmates and teachers. At Communion time, the children will be called up to receive Communion first, then they will proceed (with their teachers) to their respective classes where they will have a snack and their interactive lesson. 

Pick Up Time:

  • JK through Grade 4: immediately following Church Service. Please be prompt as the teachers must wait in the classroom with the children until you arrive.
  • Grades 5 – 8: Children will be allowed to leave the classroom once Church has ended (even if parents have not arrived)

Dress Code:

All students are to dress in respectful attire, appropriate for Church.


The teachers must be able to contact you in case of an emergency. If you will not be in church, please provide the teachers with a contact number where you can be reached.

Attendance & Certificates:

  • Graduation Certificate – awarded to child who has attend 50% of more of the scheduled classes indicating that curriculum requirements were completed
    • Perfect Attendance – child has attended all classes
    • Excellent Attendance – child has only missed up to 3 classes
  • Participation Certificate – awarded to child who has attended less than 50% of the scheduled classes
  • When selecting students for roles in performances/functions, attendance will be taken into consideration as practices occur during Sunday School


Students are asked bring a small offering to class each week (OrthoDollars or cash). This teaches stewardship and encourages the children to take pride in their Church through active participation and support.

Holy Communion:

The importance of Holy Communion and how to prepare to receive, is an integral part of the life of Orthodox Christians. Father Alex asks that the parents discuss this with their children and prepare them to receive Holy Communion.

It is important to notify the teachers if your child is not prepared to receive Communion. Please note that if a child expresses to the teacher that he or she does not wish to receive Communion on any given Sunday, the teacher will respect that child’s wishes.

Supply Fee:

A $20.00 classroom fee per family is being requested, in lieu of holding Bake Sales. Parents will only be asked to bring nut-free baked goods for special occasions: Christmas Celebration, Godparent Sunday and Graduation.

Communication: Throughout the year we will be sending emails to families with important information and updates. Please ensure that hcosundayschool@gmail.com is on your safe list and that any changes to your email addresses are communicated to the Sunday School Directors.

If you miss a Sunday, please check the Hellenic Community of Ottawa and District website, under the Sunday School heading for any letters, forms or updates that were given to the children that week. The website is located at: http://www.helleniccommunity.com/youth-recreation/sunday-school

Parental Help: We welcome parents who would like to assist our Sunday School team at various events and at special times of the year. Please do not hesitate to speak with any of the volunteer Sunday School staff about questions that you may have, or to provide constructive suggestions and offer your assistance in any way that you see is needed throughout the year.

We wish you all a happy School Year!

School Year Calendar (updated January 2017)

The Dormition of the
Virgin Mary School Year Calendar

Meet in church by 10:15 a.m. 

Dormition of the
Virgin Mary Sunday

2016/2017 Sunday School Year
Date Special Events/Notes
Sep 11th, 2016 Registration & First Day of Classes
Sep 18th Second day of classes! Registration Continues
Sep 25th Hike for CHEO; Sponsor your child/family member (Liturgy begins at 8:45 a.m.)
Oct 2nd
Oct 9th No Sunday School. Happy Thanksgiving! Please attend Liturgy with your family
Oct 16th Meet the Teachers (Parents to attend the first half of Sunday School class with their children)
Oct 23rd
Oct 30th
Nov 6th  Clocks fall back by 1 hour Meet with Father Alex.  Reminder: Clocks fell back by 1 hour last night
Nov 13th  Day trip to Panagia the Comforter Monastery for Divine Liturgy & Lunch
Nov 20th
Nov 27th National Youth Sunday.  Meet in church at 9:55  for the Artoclasia prayer
Dec 4th
Dec 11th
Dec 18th Christmas Celebration! Classes begin early, at 10:05.  Junior Choir performance!
Dec 25th Merry Christmas! (No Sunday School). Please attend Liturgy with your family on Dec 24
Jan 1st, 2017 Happy New Year! (No Sunday school). Please attend Liturgy with your family
Jan 8th
Jan 15th
Jan 22nd
Jan 29th Godparent’s Sunday! Godparents attend classes.  The Three Hierarchs Luncheon
Feb 5th
Feb 12th
Feb 19th No Sunday School. Family Day Weekend!  Please attend Liturgy with your family. Meatfare Sunday.
Feb 26th Cheesefare Sunday (also known as Forgiveness Sunday). Great Lent begins tomorrow!
Mar 5th Sunday of Orthodoxy, don’t forget to bring your Icon from home for the procession!
Mar 12th No Sunday School. March break. Please attend Liturgy with your family.
Mar 19th  No Sunday School. March break. Please attend Liturgy with your family.
Mar 26th
Apr 2nd
Apr 9th Palm Sunday. Learn to make a Palm-leaf Cross!  Palm Sunday Luncheon
Apr 16th No Sunday School.  Easter/Pascha! Attend Vespers of Love service with your family at 11:00 a.m.
Apr 23rd
Apr 30th
May 7th
May 14th Happy Mother’s Day! Classes as usual.  Mother’s Day Luncheon
May 21st No Sunday School. Victoria Day weekend. Please attend Liturgy with your family
May 28th
Jun 4th
Jun 11th Please arrive at 9:45! Last Day of Sunday School: Graduation certificates!                              Junior Choir performance.

Volunteer Staff

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Sunday School

Spiritual Leader: Fr. Alex Michalopulos

Directors: Tassy Lyras-Vassilyadi and Joanna Niarchos

JK / SK: Chrysanthi Bizoglou, Anastasia Hanstead, Antonia Lafkas

Grades 1 & 2: Joanne Karakasis, Elia Palladino, Alexa Hatzopoulos

Grades 3 & 4: Ageliki Apostolakos-Argiris, Alexei Alswiti, Dimitri Georgaras

Grades 5 & 6: Ioanna Fourlas Bizoglou, Georgie Kourkopoulos

Grades 7 & 8: Tassy Lyras Vassilyadi, George Tzavelas

Junior Choir Instructors: Angela Kokkinos, Melina Kokkinos