Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School

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School Yard FAQ

Dear Chamlian Family,
We write to you today with our hearts full of excitement over new possibilities for the endless betterment of our school. Here at Chamlian Armenian School, we strive to always provide our students with the best education and unparalleled learning environment. We take pride in being a second home to our kids and we take to heart the responsibility of nurturing our students into becoming well-rounded adolescents and successful adults. We have always kept our feet firmly grounded in the present, but our gaze and reach has always extended ahead into the future. This has been a consistent driving force throughout our four decades of history. As we look forward to the end of the unprecedented hardship Covid-19 brought to us all, and we foresee the return to the vibrant and full campus life as we knew it, we are overjoyed at the possibility to provide our students with a beautiful surprise, which will undoubtedly enhance their campus experience by leaps and bounds.
Focusing on excellence at Chamlian transcends the classroom and traditional academics. Providing our students with an inspirational environment, a space to feel comfortable and content in, while evoking feelings of home is the cornerstone of our school’s ideology. Recess, lunch, and dismissal are important and unforgettable aspects of every young person’s schooling. It is during this time that lifelong friendships are made, social skills are developed, and character is built. Outside is where our students get their daily exercise, and play games building their stamina as well as their ability to compete, but also be a part of the team.
A study done in 2010, and published in the Journal of Public health stated that “Renovated schoolyards increase the number of children who are physically active, as well as their overall activity levels, and reduce sedentary behaviors.” A Dutch study in 2016 and a Swedish study in 2014 additionally concluded that schoolyard layouts including more functional features such as multi-courts, alternative ball-courts, four-square markings, and nature inspired elements encourage physical activity for both genders, moderate the sharp decline in physical activity which occurs with age, and promoting health during school time.
Ensuring that our students have a beautiful, stimulating, and functional space to spend their breaks in is an integral part of their Chamlian experience, but most importantly it is an integral aspect of their health and well-being.
Knowing this, we have been preparing for the moment where we can align our reality with our vision, and today we are not only in a much better position to move forward with the renovation, but we have received the highest praise from the Board of Regents and the seal of approval to move forward with these amazing plans.
The project design for the yard was completed by a firm which solely focuses on large school outdoor spaces. Their approach is highly methodical, research based, and full of beautiful organic elements. The final version of our dream outdoor space for our students will include a brand new soccer field with seating area for spectators, two brand new full-court basketball courts, a renovated tennis court, a volleyball court, and a track and field 50 yard dash with timing components. Hopscotch, four corners, and hand ball are also incorporated. In addition, for those who want to relax, terraced shaded seating areas, a “buddy” shade tree, outdoor dining spaces reminiscent of a bright cafe, and a hangout space reserved for our 8th graders.This group of students represents the culmination of the Chamlian experience, and we want them to have this space as another way to make their last year noteworthy. Please see a sneak-preview in the pictures below.
The various components of the re-imagined yard will serve to cater to the unique personalities of all our students. As the old adage goes, there will be something for everyone!
However, as always, to make this concept a reality by the start of the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, we must resort to our fundraising activities and rely on the generous donations of our Chamlian family. We kindly ask that you consider donating towards this very worthy project through the various avenues listed below.
A Night in Tuscany” is a fundraising event which will take place at the beautiful Hamparian residence in late August. We encourage your attendance and support. Tickets will be limited, and the cost of sponsorship will be $1000 per couple. Tickets will go on sale next week and the deadline to purchase tickets will be set for June 30th.
In addition, you may purchase naming rights or a commemoration plaque with your family name, or children’s names which will be tiered and displayed in the yard as follows:
Naming Rights Opportunities:
  • Soccer field - $150,000
  • Terraced Shaded Seating - $100,000
  • 8th Grade Corner - $100,000
  • Basketball Court - $50,000 each (2 available)
  • Buddy Shade Tree - $30,000
Circle of Champions - Sports Ball Art Wall:
  • Basketball $5,000
  • Soccer ball $2,500
  • Volleyball $1,000
  • Tennis ball $500
Donations towards this project in any amount will be displayed as a banner on our website. Additionally, a rendition of our finished concept will be slowly revealed as donations are collected to reflect the percentage of sponsorship secured toward the total needed to complete this project. Help us reveal the final plans!
With the realization of this vision and the addition of these spaces, a plethora of goals are met. Passive and athletic spaces exist alongside each other to allow for each unique student to find their passion, explore their interests, and relax in a setting they can take pride in. This is in line with one of the many visions of our school: to educate and nurture the whole child and guide them as they build relationships and character all the while receiving a high tier education.
Dr. Talin P. Kargodorian, Ed.D.
Principal, Chamlian Armenian School