PASADENA—The Levon and Hasmig Tavlian School, which was established in 1992, opened its doors to its pre-school students last week. The school, which was the brainchild of Hasmig Tavlian and started with the strong support of her proud sons Vazken, Vatche and Vahe, is beginning the year with strong community support and an esprit de corps that will ensure a successful academic year.
“We are excited to begin the school year,” remarked Sako Ourfalian(chairman of the school board ). “Thanks to our teachers and administrators, our pre-schoolers are going to experience the best year ever at Tavlian. With a renewed sense of purpose, our school is going to deliver academic excellence and an authentic Armenian experience, to our most important asset – our students,” added Ourfalian.
As the school year begins it is helpful to be reminded that the Levon and Hasmig Tavlian Armenian Pre-School is among the most pre-eminent educational centers in southern California, serving as the only Armenian kindergarten in Pasadena accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). For knowledgeable parents, the NAEYC Accreditation has become the mark of quality, helping parents find the best possible early childhood experience.
On May 4 a broad and diverse number of dedicated Armenian Americans gathered at a celebratory banquet to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tavlian Armenian Pre-School. The banquet, which featured remarks from Sarkis Ourfalian (title) and School Director Helen Manoucherian, was held at Armenian Society of Los Angeles building and drew over 300 guests. The Tavlian family generously sponsored the May 4, 2012 banquet.
The banquet marking Tavlian’s 20thanniversary was also notable because of the depth of support the school enjoys across the Pasadena area. Young and old school supporters mingled with parents, teachers and dignitaries at the event, including His Eminence, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirosian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
A special moment during the banquet occurred when a former student, Shant Dimejian, recounted his time at the school during its first year in operation (1992). “Looking back at my time at the Tavlian Armenian Preschool and Kindergarten in 1992, I can honestly say that this special school was the foundation of my Armenian identity,” shared Dimijian during a visit to his old school on Sinaloa Avenue. “This school was a catalyst for the rest of my life. I remember the school being distinctly Armenian. I also remember the meals prepared at the school, with great love, by my grandmother,” Dimejian added with great pride.
Background on the Tavlian Armenian Pre-School, which has served our community with distinction for over two decades, may be found at the school’s user-friendly website tavlianpreschool.org.