Students have been attending the Yiasou Festival every September since our school was founded in 2004. This is our first field trip of the year. Students ride to the festival on buses and meet chaperones on site, breaking into small groups who spend their time touring the Holy Trinity Campus, enjoying Greek food, music and dancing. It is a great opportunity, especially for our new students and parents, to be introduced to the Greek culture in a fun and exciting way.
From Wikipedia: pronounced 'Ohi Day', (Anniversary of the "No") is celebrated throughout Greece, Cyprus and the Greek communities around the world on 28 October each year. OXI Day commemorates the rejection by Greek dictator Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.
Parents are invited to celebrate this day of Greek Independence, with a performance in our Gym building. This performance includes Greek music, speakers and dancing.
Greek Letters Day
This is a celebration of the kind deeds of others and the founding fathers of teaching. This is celebrated with plays, poems and Ellinomatheia awards from the previous year. Parents of the students receiving awards are invited.
5th Grade Bridging Ceremony
In this ceremony, 5th grade scholars walk the halls of the school beginning with Kindergarten. Students line the hallways and wish the 5th grade students well on their journey to Middle School. Students and parents then meet in the Middle School Multi-Purpose room for a brief presentation and awards. Refreshments are served after this event.
8th Grade Graduation
This is the ceremony where we bid farewell to our 8th grade scholars. Students and families are seated in the Middle School Multi-Purpose Room where a brief presentation and awards are given. Refreshments are served after the ceremony.
Middle School Dances
Our Middle School Student Council hosts several dances throughout the year for our 6th - 8th grade students. Themes are decided on by members of Student Council.
4th & 5th Grade Movie Night
For 4th and 5th Grade students only, this social event gathers the students together in the Middle School Multi-Purpose Room where they enjoy a movie and snacks together.
Mother & Son Bowling
This event gives mothers and sons some quality, fun time together, creating memories and connections to other Socrates families. Grades 1-3 only.
Daddy Daughter Dance
This traditional event, gives daughters and Dads (or other male family members) a chance to dress up and enjoy a night of refreshments, dancing and fun in our Middle School Multi-Purpose Room. Grades 1-3 only.
Donuts with Dad
Dads come in for this Kindergarten only event and enjoy a donut breakfast and musical performance with their scholar.
Muffins with Mom
Moms of Kindergarten scholars are invited for muffins and a musical performance in the Middle School Multi-Purpose Room.
This short run event is for Middle School students only. Students walk/run one mile and then share in giving thanks during a
gathering in the Multi-Purpose Room.
This Staff favorite occurs before Thanksgiving. Parents rack up volunteer hours by baking pies and donating them to the school. Staff members draw numbers and win a random pie to enjoy over the holiday.
Boosterthon Fun Run & Middle School Color Run
This fundraiser is sponsored by the Socrates Academy Foundation. Students win prizes for how much they read in conjunction with pledges for donations given to the school.
Socrates Academy Gala
This fundraiser is an elegant evening of music, dancing, food and Greek culture while we raise money to support our wonderful school.
This night is hosted by the Socrates Academy Foundation or PFI and is held in the Multi-Purpose room. Families come in and play bingo, enjoy refreshments and win prizes.
Greek Independence Day - March 25th
This day is a celebration of the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821.
This Second Grade event is hosted at the end of the year. Parents come to the Multi-Purpose Room to view and celebrate their scholar's writing., where their student invites their parent to view and celebrate their writing.
NJHS Blood Drive
This event is held each year to support the life-giving need for blood in our community.
This event combines competition and basketball as teams comprised of students, alumni, parents and staff compete in a tournament to see who will hold the Socrates Academy March Madness title.
This week hosts a different daily theme that allows students to dress up and show their school spirit. Previous themes have included sports day, pajama day, Panthers pride day and professional day. Our kids love taking a break from their uniforms to show their school pride.
Mix It Up
This event is held around Halloween and celebrates diversity. Students get "mixed up" during lunches and are seated with other students that they would not usually sit with. This encourages students to socialize with other students that they generally would not get to know due to class schedules, etc.
Veterans Day Performance
First graders perform a patriotic musical program in the Middle School Multi-Purpose Room to honor our veterans. Parents and families are invited to attend.
"Our son still stays in touch with friends he made at Socrates Academy, where he learned, grew, enjoyed community, sincerely liked his teachers, and grew in service opportunities with njhs."
- Kathy C., Socrates Parent