Dear parishioners and friends of Greek School Portland,
will be reading these lines, three months of operation of the Digital Greek
School Portland will be completed. This period has been a particularly
challenging one. However, we managed to turn the challenges into
opportunities, which enriched the school’s program enormously. We could
not achieve that without the Greek School team that works untiringly and
quietly for the common purpose, inspired by the Greek
filotimo, giving their
best and expecting nothing in return, but the progress of the school and
It was not easy to proceed to this social distancing
new era, using distance learning. In this challenge, our academic
advisors, Louiza Kondilis, Eva Prionas and Katerina Chiotis were always
there to offer their expertise. They helped us effectively to build a
cohesive online curriculum using an interactive digital platform, while
upgrading the traditional teaching methods and tools.
more, distance learning allowed us to bring on board two more native and
highly experienced Greek language teachers. At this moment we have three
native Greek language teachers, Sofia Iosifidi, Maria Anagnostidou and
Christos Monohir, who guarantee the high educational level of our school.
We also had to deal with practical issues: how our students could
get their books and art material. So, we chose two Sundays to distribute
the material; this gave us the joy to meet in person, while keeping the
social distance, with our students and their parents. The art material,
built and classified by Irini Karanicas, our art teacher, proved to be the
highlight of each lesson. Our students are excited to open their weekly
envelope and do the activity with their teacher.
had to inform people about the existence, the program and the news of our
Greek School, because we say yes to social distancing but no to isolation.
In this framework, Thomas Spathas volunteered to build, and to constantly
update, our very first website and Nick
Vettas created and manages our social media. Moreover, Catherine Chachas
arranges reliably our zoom links and platform.
All the above could
never be accomplished without the financial contribution from the
Endowment Fund and the unconditional support of Isidoros Garyfalakis.
The best advocates of the school are our students and parents, who
have been responding enthusiastically from the very first moment and keep
supporting the school and cooperating wonderfully.
To all these wonderful people, our Greek School Portland says a
Theodora Nakou - Director