C&M Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School Opens its Doors for the 2019-20 Academic Year

By Louisa Janbazian

It’s another new School Year. Teachers, students, and parents, after a two-month break, have enthusiastically returned to their daily lives and challenges at Merdinian School. For the 38th year, by the grace of God, the School opened its doors to Armenian children and embraced them with the promise of a safe environment, where the students will grow up and develop in spirit and mind.

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 8:00 am, Merdinian School welcomed 36 full time faculty members and 230 students, who were ready to start the new academic year with renewed energy, goals, and opportunities. As the “First Bell” rang, students, faculty, parents, and Board members gathered at the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall for the Opening Ceremony of the current school year. The program started with National anthems led by music teacher Alice Der Kevorkian, followed by the recitation of Psalm 121 by three 6th grade students led by Religion Department Chair Lena Ekmekjian.

Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Merdinian School Board member and Senior Pastor of the Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church of Pasadena, CA addressed the students, parents, and the teachers with the Bible verse “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52), and emphasized that “Merdinian’s students are called upon to develop and grow not only physically, but also in academics, education, wisdom as well as Christian and Armenian heritage. As such, when they successfully complete their schooling, they will be able to find favor from God and from men.”

Board Vice Chair Rita Meneshian addressed the students, faculty, and parents on behalf of the School Board, and thanked the parents for entrusting their children’s education to Merdinian School.

In her remarks, School Principal Lina Arslanian gladly announced the increase in student numbers and made a quick overview of the summer camp activities as well as current and new programs to be implemented in the coming school year, such as the revamping of the technology curriculum and the new Technology Lab equipped with new computers, 3D printers (which were gifts from departing 8th grade students), a Robotics table, and Chromebooks to be used by the 5th-8th grade students in their classrooms and at home.

After introducing the teaching staff and their responsibilities for the 2019-20 academic year, Mrs. Arslanian concluded her remarks and said “We continue to find new ways to live our mission, educate our students, and pursue excellence. Together we are transforming teaching and learning.”

The Opening Ceremony ended with the singing of the Lord’s Prayer “Hayr Mehr” and Benediction offered by Rev. Megerditchian.

The Merdinian Preschool held its Opening Ceremony on Monday, August 19, 2019. Mrs. Arslanian welcomed the students and expressed her enthusiasm over the expansion of the Preschool to accommodate 74 preschool students. She thanked the Preschool Director Marijan Kevorkian for her input and valuable leadership and wished the preschool faculty the best for a productive and successful year. Mrs. Kevorkian, in her turn, welcomed all parents assuring them that their children at Merdinian Preshool will enjoy loving care in a nurturing environment. The parents then visited the classrooms for an orientation session with their children’s teachers.

Established in 1982 by the Armenian Missionary Association of America and the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Merdinian School, located in Sherman Oaks, CA, is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. Merdinian strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual. For more information, you may contact the School directly at 818.907.8149.

Merdinian School Announces Expansion of Preschool

In an effort to address a long student waiting list, C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School has expanded its preschool capacity once more, five years after the initial increase in 2014 from 36 to 57 students. We are pleased to announce that currently, the school will be able to accommodate 74 preschool students. A new classroom has been opened to accommodate the additional students.

Our preschool is licensed by the State of California to serve the needs of children ages 3 to 5 years. The objective of the preschool program is to provide an age and developmentally appropriate curriculum combined with Christian, Armenian, and American education to enhance the growth of the child as an individual. Creative activities are incorporated daily to teach children skills needed to move to the next developmental stage. Experimentation, exploration, and discovery are encouraged. Our experienced teachers help children learn in a caring, warm, loving, and nurturing environment.

God has blessed our efforts with a thriving Merdinian School and a highly qualified and dedicated faculty, staff, and Board of Directors. We pray for God’s continued blessings and our community’s ongoing full support.

Established in 1982, Merdinian is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The school offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. Merdinian strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual.

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Dr. Daniel and Juliette Abdulian Honored at Merdinian 37th Annual Banquet

By Joyce Abdulian

The joyous atmosphere at the Phoenicia Banquet Hall on Sunday evening, April 28, 2019  felt  like a family reunion within a Celebratory Banquet. The evening was planned by the Merdinian School Women’s Auxiliary, and Co-Chaired by Ani Hanessian and Louisa Janbazian. 

Louisa Janbazian welcomed the full house by quoting former AMAA Vice President, Peter Kougasian, Esq at the 30th Annual  Merdinian banquet, “Why Merdinian?  What is the purpose of a Christian, Armenian education in this increasingly secular world….? Without the kind of education children receive at Merdinian School, how will our children come to see, that Christian faith is not just tradition, or superstition, or ethics, …but rather that Christian faith is so important, that for its sake, their Armenian forebears went to their death. We are here today, because we want a School where young minds are at least exposed to the idea that right and wrong really are sacred commandments…

Women’s Auxiliary/Banquet Co-Chair Louisa Janbazian Welcomes the guests.

Master of Ceremonies, The Honorable Alice Altoon, created a warm and informative atmosphere as she moved the program along; also sharing the family connections she has with her first cousin, honoree Dr. Daniel Abdulian.

After the singing of the American and Armenian National Anthems by soloists Arpy Aintablian and Raffi Kerbabian, the opening prayer was given by Rev. Hendrik Shanazarian, Associate Pastor of the United Armenian Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Dr. Nazareth Darakjian, AMAA Board President, congratulated the honorees for their many years of dedication to the Merdinian School and AMAA—both having served for years on the AMAA Board.

A full table of Abdulian/Atikian cousins, which included the honoree’s children, Dr. John, Richard, and daughter Diana, were all present to honor their Uncle Daniel and Juliette. Everyone enjoyed greeting the many relatives and friends present, making an evening full of warm exchanges. Juliette’s daughter, Tamara Jabour, of Nashville, Tennessee, was pleased to be at the event. Mr. Aram Boulgourjian, first Principal of Merdinian, as well as many teachers and parents were in attendance.

The booklet message from Dr. John and Linda Kay Abdulian and family is worthy of quoting. “In love and honor of Dr. Daniel and Juliette Abdulian for their long devotion and stewardship to Christian education and the Merdinian School.  They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”  

Dedicated Principal, Lina Arslanian congratulated the honorees for their years of devotion to the School. She also shared a poignant account of her appreciation of Dr. Daniel as her personal physician.

Principal Lina Arslanian


Five year old Zoey Atachian, Merdinian Preschool student, brought down the house as she sang the Armenian song Menk Chenk Tzeker Sourp Kirkeh (We don’t leave the Bible) accompanied by her grandmother, Esther Assilian. Enjoying the limelight, she continued impromptu reciting a Bible verse she had learned in school. Vahe Snapyan, a dignified 8th grade student gave an eloquent, emotional recitation of Zarmanali Hye (Amazing Armenian) by Poet Gevorg Emin. Soloists, Soprano Arpy Aintablian and Tenor Raffi Kerbabian, presented a meaningful musical program of Armenian songs, the last of which was Dr. Daniel’s favorite, “How Great Though Art.”

Elizabeth Agbabian
Elizabeth Agbabian

Mrs. Elizabeth Agbabian introduced the honorees, depicting how experiences in their youth formed their life’s actions of dedication and service.  She gave an interesting history of the honorees’ family lives in Kessab and Aleppo. She shared her personal and family friendship with both, presenting their life-long love and commitment to the C&E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School and the AMAA. She also shared how the brothers, Drs. Daniel, Jack, and Misak were a trio of healing hands in the community. 

Merdinian Board of Directors Chairman, Dr. Vahe Nalbandian, presented the honorees with a gift and Lifetime Achievement Award—thanking them for their years of generousity, dedication, and service to the School. The honorees graciously accepted the honor bestowed upon them—Dr. Daniel in his usual dignified manner. Juliette expressed her appreciation by personally thanking everyone involved with the planning and execution of the evening. It was evident how much the evening meant to both of them. Well Done Good and Faithful Servants. 

Women’s Auxiliary Co-Chairs Ani Hanessian and Louisa Janbazian presented a $20,000 check to Dr. Nalbandian as the Auxiliary’s contribution to the School for scholarships and operations.

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Women’s Auxiliary/Banquet Co-Chairs Ani Hanessian and Louisa Janbazian with Board Chairman Dr. Vahe Nalbandian and Principal Lina Arslanian

Dr. Nalbandian introduced Mrs. Azniv Ghazanian, a long-time parent of three Merdinian students—who will miss the school, now that her children have moved on. She lovingly spoke of her years with the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) and the life-long friendships forged. She shared how the Merdinian outstanding education within a Christian environment was of foremost importance to her and her family. Perhaps grandchildren will bring her back.  

The “Kessab” element was very apparent. Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Senior Pastor of Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church of Pasadena, shared how he is a cousin with the late Anush Abdulian. His closing comments and prayer came with a comment directed to Dr. Daniel in their own beloved Kessab dialect.

The devotion to Merdinian, not only by our honorees Dr. Daniel and Juliette Abdulian, but by the entire community, keeps the legacy of the School’s founders Charlotte and Elise Merdinian vital. These two sisters planted the seed for countless children to reap the benefits of their benevolence—and pass it forward.

Established in 1982, Merdinian is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. The School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual.

Administrative Office of Merdinian School Dedicated to the Late Dr. Misak Abdulian

Family and friends attending the dedication of the Administrative Offices plaque in honor of Dr. Misak Abdulian.
Ընտանիքի անդամներ եւ բարեկամներ Մերտինեան Վարժարանի Վարչական Գրասենեակի Տօքթ. Միսաք Ապտուլեանի անունով անուանակոչութեան արարողութեան ընթացքին։

Hourig Abdulian with the plaque dedicated to her husband, Dr. Misak Abdulian. Հուրիկ Ապտուլեան, իր ամուսնոյն՝ Տօքթ. Միսաք Ապտուլեանի յիշատակին զետեղուած նշանատախտակին դիմաց։

By Joyce Abdulian

On a clear, crisp morning on Saturday, March 9, the family of Dr. Misak Abdulian, along with his wife Hourig and family members, gathered at the C&E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School, to unveil a plaque that was placed in front of the Administrative office of the School in his memory. Other Abdulian family members and friends were there to join in the honor, as was School Principal Lina Arslanian.

Dr. Misak, along with his brothers, Dr. Jack, Dr. Daniel and Dr. Hrair, were founding members of the Merdinian School. Dr. Misak actually discovered the property on which the School was built, and spent his life in support of it—both financially and physically, serving on the Board for many years.

Rev. Hendrik Shanazarian, Pastor at the United Armenian Congregational Church of Los Angeles, led the group in prayer. School Board Chairman, Dr. Vahe Nalbandian shared pleasant memories of the honoree. Mr. Harold DeMirjian, Board member and life-long supporter of the School, also spoke. Mrs. Juliette Abdulian, School Board and Women’s Auxiliary member, shared her thoughts.

Son, Dr. Michael Abdulian, spoke of how his father’s upbringing in Kessab, Syria, in an Armenian Evangelical family, formed his lifelong love of education and service. Dr. Abdulian’s two granddaughters, Alene and Alexia, spoke lovingly of their “Bebo” and were proud to carry his name. A reception followed at the Faculty Lounge, where family members and friends continued to share their memories of Dr. Misak and his love towards the School.

Established in 1982, Merdinian is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. The School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual.

Standing in front of the Administrative Offices Plaque—The family of Dr. Misak Abdulian L-R: Mr. Leif and Mrs. Mari Olsen, Hourig Abdulian, Alene and Alexia Abdulian, Drs. Silvia and Michael Abdulian. Տօքթ. Միսաք Ապտուլեան նշանատախտակին դիմաց կայնած ընտանիքի անդամներ – Լէֆ Եւ Մարի Օլսըն՝ Հուրիկ Ապտուլեան, Ալին եւ Ալէքսիա Ապտուլեան, Տօքթորներ Սիլվիա եւ Մայքըլ Ապտուլեան։

Մերտինեան Վարժարանի Վարչական Գրասենեակը
Կ՚անուանուի Տօքթ. Միսաք Ապտուլեանի Անունով


Շըրմըն Օգս, Քալիֆորնիա – Շաբաթ, Մարտ 9-ի առաւօտ, երջանկայիշատակ Տօքթ. Միսաք Ապտուլեանի ընտանիքը իր կնոջ՝ Հուրիկի եւ ընտանիքի անդամներուն հետ մէկտեղ հաւաքուեցան Շարլոթ եւ Էլիզ Մերտինեան Հայ Աւետարանական Վարժարանը՝ Վարչական Գրասենեակի պատին զետեղուած նշանատախտակի բացման արարողութեան՝ ի յիշատակ Տօքթ. Ապտուլեանի։ Ներկայ էին նաեւ Ապտուլեան ընտանիքի այլ անդամներ, բարեկամներ, Վարժարանի Հոգաբարձական Կազմի անդամներ, ինչպէս նաեւ դպրոցի տնօրէնուհի՝ Լինա Արսլանեան։

Տօքթ. Միսաքը, իր եղբայրներուն՝ Տօքթ. Ճէքի, Տօքթ. Դանիէլի եւ Տօքթ. Հրայրի հետ մէկտեղ եղած են Մերտինեան Վարժարանի հիմնադիրները։ Տօքթ. Միսաք գտած էր դպրոցի ներկայ տարածքը եւ երկար տարիներ ծառայած էր Վարժարանին՝ անոր նեցուկ կանգնելով նիւթապէս, ֆիզիքապէս եւ որպէս անդամ անոր Հոգաբարձական Կազմին։

Լոս Անճելոսի Հայ Միացեալ Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիի հովիւ՝ Վեր. Հենրիկ Շահնազարեան առաջնորդեց ներկաները աղօթքով։ Հոգաբարձական Կազմի Ատենապետ՝ Դոկտ. Վահէ Նալպանտեան պատմեց Տօքթ. Միսաքի կեանքէն հաճելի դրուագներ։ Խօսք առաւ նաեւ Հոգաբարձական Կազմի անդամ եւ դպրոցի երկար տարիներու նուիրեալ՝ Հէրըլտ Տէմիրճեան, յիշելով Տօքթ. Ապտուլեանի անսակարկ նուիրումը Վարժարանին։ Հոգաբարձական Կազմի, ինչպէս նաեւ Վարժարանի Տիկնանց Օժանդակ Մարմինի անդամ՝ Տիկին Ժուլիէթ Ապտուլեան անդրադարձաւ Տօքթ. Միսաքի թողած աւանդին։

Տօքթ. Միսաքի որդին՝ Տօքթ. Մայքըլ Ապտուլեան յիշեց իր հայրը, թէ ինչպէս ան հասակ առնելով եւ դաստիարակուելով Քէսապի Հայաբնակ գիւղին մէջ՝ Հայ Աւետարանական ընտանիքի յարկին տակ կերտած էր իր տարիներու սէրը եւ նուիրումը կրթութեան եւ ծառայութեան հանդէպ։ Տօքթ. Մայքըլի դուստրերը՝ Ալինը եւ Ալեքսիան, սիրով խօսեցան իրենց «Պէպո»յին մասին եւ թէ ինչպէս հպարտութեամբ կը կրեն իրենց մեծ հօր անունը։

Յետ բացման արարողութեան, հիւրասիրութիւն տեղի ունեցաւ ուսուցչակազմի սրահին մէջ, ուր ներկաները շարունակեցին իրար հետ կիսուիլ բարի յուշեր Տօքթ. Միսաքի կեանքէն՝ անդրադառնալով Դպրոցին հանդէպ ունեցած անոր սիրոյն եւ նուիրումին մասին։

Մերտինեանը հիմնադրուած է 1982-ին եւ միակ Հայ Աւետարանական Վարժարանն է Միացեալ Նահանգներուն մէջ։ Դպրոցը կ՚ընդգրկէ լայնածաւալ ծրագիր, որու նպատակն է ջամբել գերազանց կրթական ծրագիր, բարձր բարոյական արժէքներ եւ Հայ Քրիստոնէական դաստիարակութիւն։ Դպրոցը կը ձգտի ստեղծել անվտանգ եւ սնուցող միջավայր մը, ուր իւրաքանչիւր աշակերտ կը ստանայ անհատական ուշադրութիւն՝ դառնալու յաջող ու պատասխանատու անհատ։

Merdinian School Welcomes “DUKHOV” Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education and Science of RA

Rev. Serop Megerditchian escorts Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan, RA Minister of Education and Science

By Louisa Janbazian

On Wednesday, January 16, Mr. Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia visited Merdinian School in Sherman Oaks, CA, accompanied by John Shirajian, President of Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), Jirayr Abrahamyan, President of the Alumni Association of the Polytechnic Institute of Armenia, and Dr. Vardan Gevorkyan. The students greeted Mr. Harutyunyan in the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the School singing the song “Dukhov.” After Principal Lina Arslanian’s welcoming words and Armenian language teacher Aline Shirajian’s introduction about the background of the School, Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Merdinian Board member and Pastor of the Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church of Pasadena, greeted the Minister and the guests and talked about the significance of the educational work and the mission of the Armenian Evangelicals world-wide – in the Diaspora and in Armenia, highlighting Armenian Missionary Association of America’s (AMAA) Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan. Minister Harutyunyan addressed the students and answered questions directed to him by some of the students regarding the education and the school system in Armenia, and concluded his remarks emphasizing the importance of the Armenian schools in the Diaspora. The students presented a few patriotic songs dedicated to Yerevan, which was greatly appreciated by the Minister. The program ended with a prayer by Rev. Megerditchian. A reception followed the program in the faculty lounge, where Faculty and Board members continued their conversations with the guests in an intimate atmosphere.


Established in 1982 by the AMAA, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America and local Armenian Evangelical Churches, Merdinian is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States supported by the AMAA.

The Merdinian School Women’s Auxiliary Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Honors Suzie Phillips, a Founding Member

By Louisa Janbazian

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Verdugo Hall of Castaway Restaurant in Burbank, CA was filled with joy and great enthusiasm as friends and supporters of the C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School gathered together for a Fall Luncheon to celebrate the School’s Women’s Auxiliary and its 20th Anniversary and to pay tribute to one of the founding members, Suzie Phillips.

After an Invocation offered by Rev. Hendrik Shanazarian, Interim Pastor of the United Armenian Congregational Church of Los Angeles, the School’s dedicated and dynamic Principal Lina Arslanian, accompanied by three students, gave an update on the School’s successes and achievements. Principal Arslanian commended the support and love of the members of the Women’s Auxiliary to Merdinian School and expressed her “gratitude for an amazing celebration luncheon on this special anniversary and heartfelt congratulations to the honoree, Suzie Phillips, a founding member!” The three students then expressed their utmost pride to be at Merdinian, where they pursue excellence not only in academics, but in learning about their Armenian Christian heritage.

Following lunch, the Hamazkayin Niari Dance group, under the direction of Catherine Hairabedian, entertained the guests with several authentic Armenian dances, which were received with much enthusiasm.

Dina Tilkian Phillips, the Auxiliary’s first Chairperson, reflected on the formation and early days of the Auxiliary, when a group of dedicated women from the greater Los Angeles area came together as a support group to help the School both financially and morally. She then introduced honoree Suzie Phillips, who graciously hosted the first meeting of the newly formed Auxiliary group 20 years ago. Describing Mrs. Phillips, she said: “Most importantly, Suzie loves the Lord and has a heart of service and a spirit of generosity to help others, and this has been a shining example to all her family.”

Ani Hanessian and Louisa Janbazian, current Co-Chairs of the Merdinian Auxiliary, invited Mrs. Phillips to the podium. As a token of appreciation, they presented her with a framed page from the 1998 Merdinian School Yearbook showing two group photos from the Auxiliary’s first year and the following words, describing the formation of the Women’s Auxiliary: In May 1997, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School was formed. The purpose of the Auxiliary is to support Armenian Evangelical Education, promote interest in the Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School, further the mission of the School and render financial support, in all cooperating with the Principal and the Board of Directors. The Auxiliary is an affiliate of the Armenian Missionary Association of America. The first meeting of the newly formed Women’s Auxiliary was held at the home of Suzie Phillips in the presence of the late Rev. Dr. Movses B. Janbazian, Executive Director of the AMAA.

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Phillips

Mrs. Phillips expressed her gratitude for this honor and said: “I feel, as members of the Auxiliary, we are helping the students to grow in some small way. From the Principal to the teachers to the visiting ministers, we are all planting that seed in each student’s heart, so the children will grow and become leaders of their community. And the most important thing we are planting in each little heart, is the Word of God for it will stay with them forever.”

With their love, dedication and effort, Mrs. Phillips and her husband George R. Phillips have been a blessing to the School since its formative days. They have indeed heeded God’s word; “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

Established in 1982, the C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. The School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual. For more information you may contact Principal Arslanian at 818.907.8149.


Վերամուտ է։ Մերտինեան Վարժարանի տնօէնութիւնը, ուսուցչակազմը, աշակերտներն ու ծնողները երկու ամսուան դադարէ մը ետք, կը վերադառնան դպրոցական իրենց առօրեայ կեանքին ու մարտահրաւէրներուն։ Վարժարանս, 37-րդ տարին ըլլալով կը բանայ իր դռները հայ մանուկներուն եւ պատանիներուն դիմաց ու գրկաբաց կ՛ընդունի զանոնք, խոստանալով ապահով միջավայր, ուր հայ մանուկը հասակ պիտի առնէ ու զարգանայ հոգիով ու մտքով։

Երկուշաբթի, Օգոստոս 20, 2018, առաւօտեան ժամը 8-ին հնչեց դպրոցական ներկայ տարեշրջանի առաջին զանգը եւ Մանակապարտէզէն մինչեւ 8-րդ կարգի աշակերտները իրենց ուսուցիչներու ընկերակցութեամբ շտապեցին դէպի վարժարանիս «Արամ եւ Անայիս Տ. Պուլղուրճեան» սրահ, ուր իրենց կը սպասէին Տնօրէնուհին ՝ Տիկին Լինա Արսլանեանը, հոգաբարձութեան ներկայացուցիչ՝ Տիկին Րիթա Մէնէշեանը, Պատուելի Հէնրիկ Շահնազարեանը եւ վարժարանիս ծնողներու ստուար հոյլ մը։

2018-2019 տարեշրջանի բացման արարողութեան, աշակերտները նախ ամերիկեան եւ ազգային ուխտերը կատարեցին եւ ապա Տիկին Ալիս Տէր Գէորգեանի ղեկավարութեամբ` երգեցին զոյգ քայլերգները, որուն յաջորդեց Սաղմոս 23-ի արտասանութիւնը, կրօնի բաժանմունքի պատասխանատու՝ Տիկիn Լենա Էքմէքճեանի առաջնորդութեամբ։

Տիկին Արսլանեան ողջունեց բոլորը եւ ապա հրաւիրեց Պատուելի Հէնրիկ Շահնազարեանը, որ աղօթքով ու աշակերտներուն ուղղուած հոգեպարար պատգամով իր բարեմաղթութիւնները փոխանցեց Մերտինեան Վարժարանի մեծ ընտանիքին։ Ապա Տիկին Արսլանեան բեմ հրաւիրեց հոգաբարձական կազմէն Տիկին Մէնէշեանը, որ իր խօսքը փոխանցէ աշակերտներուն։

Տիկին Արսլանեան հաճոյքով յայտարարեց վարժարանիս աշակերտներու թուական աճին մասին եւ արագ ակնարկ մը կատարեց ամրան կայացած ճամբարի իրագործումներուն եւ յառաջիկայ տարուան իրագործելիք ընթացիկ ու նոր ծրագիրներուն վրայ, հաստատելով թէ, ընդառաջելով ծնողներու փափաքին, արդէն իսկ գործի կը դրուի արեւմտահայերէնի զուգահեռ, արեւելահայերէնի դասաւանդման կրթական ծրագիրը նախակրթարանի առաջին երեք դասարաններուն մէջ։ Ան յորդորեց ծնողները գործօն մասնակցութիւն բերելու վարժարանի առօրեայ աշխատանքներուն, յանձնարարելով, որ սերտ կապեր ունենան դպրոցին հետ՝ կամաւոր ծառայութիւններ մատուցելով անոր։

Ապա Տիկին Արսլանեան ներկայացուց 2018-2019 տարեշրջանի ուսուցչական կազմն ու պաշտօնէութիւնը, բոլորին մաղթելով առողջ, յաջող եւ իրագործումներով լի տարեշրջան մը. ան իր երախտագիտական զգացումները յայտնեց անոնց, որոնք ոգեւորութեամբ աշխատեցան սատարելով նոր տարեշրջանի հեզասահ ընթացքին։

Բացման հանդիսութիւնը փակուեցաւ «Հայր Մեր»ով, որմէ ետք աշակերտները նոր խանդավառութեամբ մեկնեցան իրենց դասարանները, հանդիպելու իրենց ուսուցիչներուն, նոր ու նախկին դասընկերներուն եւ սկսելու նոր տարեշրջանը նոր յոյսերով, նոր խանդով։

Նոյն օրը ժամը 9:30-ին տեղի ունեցաւ Մերտինեան Վարժարանի Նախամանկապարտէզի վերամուտի հանդիսութիւնը։

Խօսք առաւ Նախամանկապարտէզի պատասխանատու Տիկին Մարիժան Գէորգեանը, որ իր կարգին ողջունեց բոլոր ծնողները վստահեցնելով, որ Մերտինեանի Նախամանկապարտէզին մէջ իրենց զաւակները պիտի վայելեն սէր, գուրգուրանք եւ հոգածութիւն։ Ապա բոլորը ուղղուեցան իրենց դասարանները, ուրկէ կէսօրին մեկնեցան տուն։

Բարի վերադարձ դպրոց ու բարի տարի։

C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School Holds Year-End Programs and Commencement Exercises


By Louisa Janbazian

Sherman Oaks, CA — The C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School once again successfully completed its 36th academic year in June with Year-End Programs and Graduation Ceremonies.

We will forevermore hold and cherish all that we have accomplished as a unified class and let us commit to defending the image of Merdinian since, we, as the graduates and future alumni, must influence others and give back to this great center of excellence. Ani Karajayan

The Commencement Exercises of the Elementary and Middle Sections were held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in the Aram and Anahis D. Boolghoorjian Hall of the School. After the National Anthems and Invocation offered by Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Ministry Coordinator of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, the graduates of the Elementary section presented a program of recitations and songs, followed by the presentation of their diplomas. The salutatorians of the Elementary section graduates were Evelina Aharonian and Austin Yeghishian, and the Valedictorian was Abigail Chatalyan.

On behalf of the school Board, Chairman Dr. Vahe Nalbandian praised God for another successful year and expressed his gratitude to the staff, parents and Board members, who had worked tirelessly throughout the year in pursuit of excellence at Merdinian School. Addressing the students he said, “Your teachers have worked very hard to provide you with the best education they can. What your parents and teachers expect of you, in return, is that you try your best in whatever you do and, most importantly, behave responsibly. In addition to hard work, perseverance is another key ingredient for your success.”

We all have potential to make an impact in this world by committing to our values. We will accomplish our goals as proof of all of Merdinian contributions, especially the proof of God’s love and fruit of His labor. Nicole Tilkan

In his keynote message, Rev. Megerditchian addressing the parents said, “Your children are your treasurers. Invest in them by providing an Armenian-Christian education.” And addressing the students he said, “You are the pride of the Merdinian School, your parents, your Church and the entire Armenian Nation. Safeguard and treasure your forefathers’ Christian faith, their national identity and their golden Armenian language.” Concluding his message and quoting from the Անլռելի Զանգակատուն (Unsilenced Steeple) of the great Armenian Poet Baruyr Sevag, he said, “Be that Unsilenced Steeple, which always rings Armenian School, Christ Centered faith of the Armenian nation, patriotism and humanitarianism.”

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Following Rev. Megerditchian’s message, the 8th graders presented a program of recitations and patriotic songs. Salutatorians of the Middle School graduates were Nicole Tilkan and Ani Kosoyan and the valedictorians were Marianna Dzhuryan and Ani Karajayan.

Following the presentation of diplomas and awards, Principal Lina Arslanian congratulated all the graduates and said, “At the core of a successful educational or career experience are the virtues of integrity, responsibility, diligence, determination, and perseverance. Make the right choices for yourselves so you stay focused on your goals and face challenges as they come your way. Most of all, Look up to God. Praise Him and thank Him for all of His wonderful blessings. Keep God in mind in every event of your life so He can guide you, teach you, fill you with His power, protect you, and lead you forward. “

The Graduation Ceremony concluded with a Benediction offered Rev. Megerditchian.
On Saturday, June 2, the kindergarten class held its own Graduation Ceremony. A class of twenty-four students graduated from kindergarten. Harut Khachatryan, Pastor of Christian Education at United Armenian Congregational Church of Los Angeles offered the Invocation and the Benediction as well as shared a short message with the graduates and their parents based on the Book of Proverbs Chapter 2. “My Children, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, and if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” (Verses 1-5). Before receiving their diplomas, the graduating students presented a beautiful program of songs, recitations, and dances.

«Մերտինեանը մեր երկրորդ տունը դարձաւ, իսկ Մերտինեանի ուսուցիչները՝ մեր երկրորդ ծնողները։ Մերտինեանի մէջ մենք ստացանք բարձր ուսում եւ կրթութիւն։ Դարձանք հայրենասէր ու ազգասէր եւ Քրիստոնեայ հայեր»։ Ani Kosoyan

Established in 1982, the C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School is the only Armenian Evangelical School in the United States. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. The School strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual. Beginning with the next academic year, Merdinian School will start offering Armenian language instruction in both the Eastern and Western Armenian dialects. For more information you may contact principal Arslanian at 818. 907-8149

«Ուրախութեամբ կը յայտրարեմ թէ յաճախած եմ Մերտինեան Հայ Աւետարանական Վարժարան ու անոր երջանիկ շրջանաւարտներէն մէկն եմ։» Marianna Dzhuryan