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, and now Teen Corner (ages 14-19)

Sunday School Schedule:

  • Classes run from 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 and follow along with the blue Divine Liturgy books which are in the pews. 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 and up: 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.

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 September 2017)

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary
Sunday School Year Calendar

Attend Divine Liturgy with your family. Classes begin immediately after Holy Communion and end after the Divine Liturgy (approx 12:15)

Dormition of the
Virgin Mary Sunday

2017/2018 Sunday School Year
Date Special Events/Notes
Sep 10th, 2017 Registration
Sep 17 Registration continues. CHEO SUNDAY: Please bring donations to Church.  The Sunday School Teachers have a meeting & pizza lunch after Liturgy.
Oct 1
Oct 8 No Sunday School. Happy Thanksgiving! Please attend Liturgy with your family
Oct 15
Thurs, Oct 19  6:30 p.m.: Parent Discussion on “Raising Children in the Orthodox Home” (in Church Hall)
Oct 22  Meet the Teachers! Parents please join your child in their classroom immediately following Communion
Oct 29
Nov 5  Clocks fall back by 1 hour  Father Alex to address the children in church sermon
Nov 12
Nov 19 Bring non-perishable food for Philoptochos food drive
Nov 26  Youth Sunday – Artoclasia prayer commemorating St. Catherine, patron saint of our youth.   Bring non-perishable food for Philoptochos food drive
Dec 3 Bring non-perishable food for Philoptochos food drive
Dec 10 Bring non-perishable food for Philoptochos food drive
Dec 17 Christmas Celebration today! Please be in class by 10:15 for preparation of Christmas Pageant.
Dec 24 No Sunday School. Christmas Eve! Please attend Liturgy with your family (morning and/or night)
Dec 31 No Sunday school. New Year’s Eve!  Please attend Liturgy with your family
Jan 7, 2018 Back to our regular routine
Jan 14 & 21
Jan 28 Godparent’s Sunday! Students are joined by their Godparents or Orthodox mentors for Liturgy, to receive Holy Communion and attend classes.  Father Alex to address the children in church sermon. Also commemorating The Three Hierarchs, whose Feast Day is on Jan 29
Feb 4
Feb 11 Meatfare Sunday
Feb 18 No Sunday School. Family Day Weekend!  Please attend Liturgy with your family.  Note: Today is Cheesefare Sunday (also known as Forgiveness Sunday).  Great Lent begins tomorrow!
Feb 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy, don’t forget to bring your Icon from home for the procession!
Mar 4 Father Alex to address the children in church sermon.
Mar 11 No Sunday School. March break. Please attend Liturgy with your family. Note: Today is the Veneration of the Holy Cross (we are halfway through Great Lent)
Mar 18 No Sunday School. March break. Please attend Liturgy with your family.
Mar 25 No Sunday School. Annunciation of the Theotokos & Hellenic Independence Day. Parade to follow the Divine Liturgy! Come with family and friends and let’s celebrate together.
Apr 1 Palm Sunday. Learn to make a Palm-leaf Cross! Father Alex to address the children in church sermon. Attend the Palm Sunday Luncheon with your family
Apr 8 No Sunday School.  Easter/Pascha! Attend Vespers of Love service with your family at 11:00 a.m.
Apr 15 Return to regular routine
Apr 22
Apr 29
May 6 Sunday School trip to Panagia the Comforter Monastery for Divine Liturgy & lunch!
May 13 Happy Mother’s Day! Classes as usual.  Attend the Mother’s Day Luncheon with your family
May 20 No Sunday School. Victoria Day weekend. Please attend Liturgy with your family
May 27
Jun 3
Jun 10 Please arrive at 9:45. Last Day of Sunday School: receive Graduation certificates!  Junior Choir performance.

The Directors and Teachers of our Sunday School are all VOLUNTEERS

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church Sunday School

Spiritual Leader: Fr. Alex Michalopulos

Directors: Joanna Niarchos and Tassy Lyras-Vassilyadi

JK/SK:  Anastasia Grillas, Ellena Tzavelas & Ioanna Karlis

Grades 1/2/3: Elia Palladino, Nick Lianos & Maria Provenzano

Grades 4/5/6: Joanna Niarchos & Costa Grillas

Grades 7/8:  Tassy Lyras-Vassilyadi

High School – Teen Corner (ages 14-19):  Kosta Stavrianeas