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The students made larks from dough. Memorial Day of the Forty Sebaste Martyrs.

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

Magpies, Larks - the day of the national calendar of the Slavs, falling on March 9 (March 22). Memorial Day of the Forty Sebaste Martyrs. The name of the day comes from the Forty Sebaste martyrs. According to the folk calendar, on this day the winter ends - spring begins, the day with the night is measured -equals.

Larks (waders, turtles) were also called cookies in the form of birds or sun baked for the holiday.

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Congress of Orthodox 2017

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

Now that the first emotions have subsided, it is appropriate to recall how three wonderful February days passed, surprisingly warm in all respects. This year 35 people took part in the Congress (a record number of participants today), including guys from Russia and Argentina. Every day of the Congress began and ended with a prayer. Our congress was honored by guests from Russia: the Archbishop of St. Petersburg and North-Russian Sofroniy (Musiyenko) and the clergyman of the St. Petersburg diocese, Hieromonk Ignaty (Krutkov), who prepared wonderful and interesting conversations with the youth. In addition to the guests, Archpriest Nikita (Grigoryev), Priest Victor (Zavodov), Hierodeacon Pavel (Lipin) and Nikolai Budzilovich spoke with reports. Also, in separate groups of boys and girls, "frank conversations" with Priest Dimitri and Mother Alexandra Dobronravov were held.

Photos, credit to Arthur Mifedov-Frolov

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Prototype AP Russian Exam: OPI are scheduled on Saturday, March 18, 2017, and Saturday, March 25, 2017

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

American Councils

9-12 grades students are taking NEWL Prototype AP Russian Exam 2017. The first part of the exam is the Oral Proficiency Interview. American Councils certified examinators test students' speaking, listening and understanding skills.

Oral Proficiency Interviews are scheduled on Saturday, March 18, 2017, and Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Every student has the assigned time slot for the interview. Information about the assignments was distributed to the parents and students on February 15, 2017.

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Tatiana Alekseevna Rodzianko gives a speech before the "Snow Maiden" performance

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

I thank all those who came to share our celebration with us. I especially thank you for your attention and interest in our studies and work for the good and benefit of our younger generation. This is our succession, our future, our hope.

In the coming year - 2017 - our Russian school will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The time has flown by. It seems not so long ago that we opened the school, and here we already exist for 10 years. But very precious years! And the precious work, carried out during this comparatively short period of time. A Russian proverb says: "A little goes a long way". Our joint work in school is this very proverb.

Our school was founded in 2007. This year wasn’t easy for all of us, a watershed year in many respects. And it was a turning point for all of us, each in his own way. Some dark paths radically changed the path of our Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Our bishops joined the Moscow Patriarchate, which was always considered non-canonical. And this act changed its previous path of complete freedom from worldly authorities, more so from the Godless regime in Russia. For us, the Orthodox Russian people, scattered across the globe after the Revolution of 1917, it was a betrayal of freedom and purity of our precious Truth of Christ. I won’t go into the details of this change. I will only say that at the time of our school’s appearance, it turned out to be necessary and popular for many.

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Snow Maiden 2017

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

Deep in the forests of Northern Russia, in an isba (log hut), lived an old wood cutter and his wife. Times were hard, for winter had set in and deep snow covered the ground.

The wood cutter and his wife were both kind and hardworking but they were also sad and lonely, for they were childless and there was no-one to care for them or to help them through the cold winter.

The days passed slowly, with hard work their only comfort. There was wood to chop and food to find.

Then one day, whilst clearing an area so they could chop some more wood, they began to pile together heaps of snow. Remembering the games they used to play in their childhood, the old couple began to shape the snow into human form. By the time they had finished they were nearly frozen but the image of the young girl they had created was so beautiful, it was beyond description.

“See wife,” said the old man, “our daughter Snegurochka.” (Snow maiden.) The old woman smiled but as her husband turned away, there were tears in her eyes.

In the forest the twigs crackled and snapped, for watching the old couple was none other than Father Frost, an old winter god that lived deep in the forest glades.

Father Frost felt pity for the old couple and, at that moment, he decided to create for them a daughter in his own spirit. He scratched his long white beard and pondered for a while before raising the great staff he carried into the air. A frizzle of magic ripped through the forest.

The old couple turned to admire once more their handiwork and were astonished to see, standing in their garden, the most beautiful pale maiden with long flaxen hair.

She was dressed in a long, light blue robe, its collar and cuffs trimmed with soft fur; her robe was covered in shimmering snowflakes. On her head was a hat of fur and snowflakes that looked a little like a crown and which sparkled like an icy flame. Her shoulders were covered with a cape of dark blue and on her feet she wore embroidered boots.

The old couple blinked in wonder and dis

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You are invited to watch a performance of "The Snow Maiden"

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

Our school will celebrate the New Year at 2pm on January 22, 2017. The celebratory program includes a presentation of "The Snow Maiden" under the guidance of the Director Irina Tarrant, a dance around the Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus, gifts, and a buffet.

It will be held at 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.

Tickets for children six and under are free; for those 6-18 - $15 and for those who are 18 and older - $20.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The students in the upper classes of our school

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

We are proud of the students in the upper classes of our school.

The children not only learn well and do their homework, but also willingly help the younger children and teachers of the school.

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A traditional Russian pelmeni (dumpling) luncheon was organized for the students, parents and teachers of our school school on October 22, 2016.

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

A traditional Russian pelmeni (dumpling) luncheon was organized for the students, parents and teachers of our school school on October 22, 2016.

This traditional pelmeni luncheon is held every year in October. It is the first joint meeting of parents and school teachers. These pelmeni were prepared with sour cream and condiments. Pelmeni usually accompany a traditional Russian feast with warm toasts and friendly joyful accolades.

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The Learning Center is open

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

The Learning Center is open. Photos.

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Calendar 2016-2017

Published by: Pavel Borisovich Molchanov

The upcoming school year will be filled with traditional events:

  • Pelmeni (Russian Dumplings)
  • Larks
  • Blini (Pancakes)
  • Theme of the Day
  • Christmas Performance
  • Graduation Ceremony

The academic program for the 2016-17 year includes 26 lessons and final annual exams. The school year will begin on September 10, 2016 with registration and the first lessons taking place. The year will end with the graduation ceremony on May 21, 2017, commemorating ten years of its founding.

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