Cultural Understanding Announcements

DISCLAIMER: Scholars’ Academy Celebrates and Prides Itself in Its Diversity. Scholars’ Academy shares insights into multiple religions that represent our students’ and larger community’s beliefs which promotes cultural understanding. These announcements are informed by a team of students and staff as part of our school’s Supportive Environment CEP Goal #2’s Action Plan. These Cultural Understanding Announcements educate students and are not designed to promote any specific belief system over another.Scholars' Academy prides itself on its diversity in every way.When people from a multitude of backgrounds work, learn, and break bread together, understanding and respect for all are enhanced. By learning more about cultural celebrations and historical nuances, we are able to celebrate our respective unique qualities as well as human commonalities. As we deepen our cultural understanding and respect for one another, our appreciation for one another and humanity is enhanced. This is the synergy of Scholars' Academy.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that happens annually on March 17th to mark the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The color green, pots of gold, shamrocks, and leprechauns are often associated with the celebration. Many places celebrate with parades that include Irish Dancing, Bagpipes, and many people enjoy eating corned beef and cabbage on this day. It is said that "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day" but on behalf of The Scholars' Academy, we hope all who celebrate this holiday enjoy this special day.

Daylight Saving Time (3/10/19)

The practice of setting the clocks forward 1 hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. This idea began in World War I, when the German Empire set their clock ahead by 1 hour on April 10, 1916. This was used to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort. This daylight saving time (3/10/19), make sure to turn your clocks forward by 1 hour!

Ash Wednesday (3/6/19) is mainly a Catholic holiday in which ashes are marked on the forehead of parishioners (a person who goes to a particular local church) in the shape of a cross. It marks the beginning of Lent, a 40 day period (not including Sundays) that ends with Easter. Sundays are excluded as they are the days in which people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Sabbath day of rest.

Cultural Understanding

  • March is Music In Our Schools Month! This is a national month to celebrate the importance of music education in all schools and to help to celebrate music in our day to day lives.
  • In the United States the month of March is observed as Women’s History Month. Becoming a national celebration in 1987 this month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society. The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes a yearly theme, The 2019 Women’s History Month theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” The theme honors "women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society."
  • March is also celebrated as Irish-American Heritage Month, during this Month we celebrate St.Patrick’s day and the tremendous role Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the development of the nation. After the Great Famine in Ireland many families were forced to emigrate to this country and now nearly 33 million Americans have Irish ancestry including nine of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. “For centuries, the tenacious Irish spirit, paired with American self-reliance, has helped Irish immigrants and their descendants realize incredible dreams” many architects, businessmen, presidents and even first responders were from Irish Roots, this month gives everyone a chance to discover Irish culture and appreciate some of the ways Irish immigrants have contributed to the United States.

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and friendship. The idea originated during the Middle Ages. This holiday got its named from two Roman martyrs (a person who is killed because of their beliefs) for love, both named Valentine. The first Valentine was beheaded February 14th, but not before leaving a signed note that says from your Valentine. The second Valentine was also beheaded on the 14th of February because he went against the Roman law and married a couple before they served as soldiers. An ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia has also been linked back to Valentine's Day. This festival is a celebration where young men chose the name of a young girl to escort to the festivities. The custom of selecting a sweetheart spread through Europe and evolved into the celebration of love that we know today.

Scholars' staff and students from Key Club arranging flowers for delivery

Happy Chinese New Year

**Chinese New Year is a Spring Festival that celebrates a year of hard work and wishes everyone good luck for the upcoming year. Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar and it usually falls between January 21 and February 20. Every year represents a different animal from the 12 chinese zodiacs. These animals consists of the goat, rooster, rat, ox, monkey, pig, snake, tiger, rabbit, dog, horse, and dragon. This year is the year of the pig. Traditions for Chinese New Year is to wear red because it represents good luck. Children receive red envelope filled with money. We hope your Chinese New Year is filled with luck! **Disclaimer

Who will win the Super Bowl LIII?

This upcoming weekend, is the most famous and note-worthy football game that is watched every year. This year, the American football game between the two-time defending American Football Conference champion New England Patriots and the National Football conference champion Los Angeles Rams will be competing to detrmine the NFL chamipon of the 2018 season. Followed by this heating game, will be the spectacular haftime show with Maroon 5 and special guests, Travis Scott and Big boi. So hop on to your TV, this Sunday 2/3, 6:30 p.m. to watch the final showdown of this season!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The school will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2018, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday held on the third Monday of January each year, this is celebrated around his birthday, which is January 15th. This day celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential African American civil rights leader, a recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, and an activist for nonviolent social change. He is well known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and his fight for racial equality in the United States.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Consider how this quote relates to The Scholars' Academy CHART attributes, and continue to be Cooperative, Hard Working, Amiable, Respectful, and Trustworthy scholars.

**Advent is a four week celebration that marks the beginning of the Christmas season. It is a time of spiritual preparation before the celebration of the birth of Christ. This period involves a reflection about what it meant for the world before Christ came. They prepare the church and their hearts for the true meaning of christmas. On each Sunday of Advent, there is a particular theme. The first week is faithfulness, the second represents hope, the third represents joy, and the fourth represents love. Many churches light candles on a advent wreath. The first three weeks you light a purple candle and the last week you light a pink. In certain churches, there is a white candle that is lit to represent Christ. **DISCLAIMER

Human Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document drafted by representatives from all regions of the world, which outlined fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration contain articles that touch on the rights to freedom, justice, peace, dignity, education, etc. Human Rights Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 1950. It is celebrated on December 10th each year and is marked by speeches and activities designed to bring attention to the issues surrounding the most pressing Human Rights issues worldwide.

This is an image that has a candelabra in the middle with nine candles. On top of it, it reads Happy Hanukkah.

** Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish festival, also known as the festival of lights. On each day, one candle on the Menorah (an eight branched candelabra) is lit and this process continues until all eight candles are lit. The reason for this holiday is based on the story of the Maccabees battle with the Greeks. It is told that one pure bottle of olive oil lasted for eight days in the Holy Temple, but it should have lasted only for the first day. It is customary to eat fried foods on Hanukkah because of the significance of oil to the holiday. To everyone who celebrates this holiday, Happy Hanukah! **Disclaimer

** Thanksgiving, which occurs on the fourth Thursday of November, is a holiday that continues to be a day for Americans to gather for a day of feasting, football and family. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For years since, Thanksgiving has been celebrated. But it wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving day to be held each November. In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday. On behalf of The Scholars Academy, we hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoys this time with loved ones to give thanks for all the good things in life. **Disclaimer

6th Anniversary since Hurricane Sandy

As the stress and turmoil of Hurricane Sandy continue to fade into the background, we look forward with energy and anticipation for tomorrow.The community and school have improved over the past six years.When one reflects, it is clear that when people work together, they can overcome anything.Have a great day and appreciate something you normally wouldn't notice, something mundane that you may typically take for granted. You never know when you will miss it!This link will take you to several Scholars' Academy Hurricane Sandy videos produced by students.
This is an image illustrating All Saints Day, which takes place on November 1st.

All Saints Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church that is celebrated anually on November 1st. This holiday is dedicated to all the Saints in Church that have attained heaven. All Saint's Day is mainly focused on the well known saints.

All Souls Day is a solemn celebration in the Roman Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 2nd. This holiday commemorates all of those who have died and are now in Purgatory (a place or state of suffering), being cleansed of sins and punishment by becoming pure in order enter the gates of Heaven.

This is an image illustrating All Souls Day, which takes place on November 2nd.

The Jewish holiday Sukkot, is celebrated until the evening of September 30th. Sukkah is the Hebrew word for ‘booth’ or ‘tabernacle’. Sukkots were the huts in which the Jewish people lived during their years in the desert after they left slavery in Egypt and before they arrived in the Promised Land (Israel). Sukkot begins two weeks after Rosh Hashanah and comes at the end of the High Holy days, which are the most serious days of the Jewish year.

On behalf of The Scholars Academy we hope all who celebrate this holiday enjoy.

Yom Kippur marks the beginning of Yom Kippur. This holiday is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar and is a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance. It is celebrated at the end of the High Holy Days, which are the ten days after Rosh Hashanah. On behalf of The Scholars’ Academy, we hope all who celebrate this holiday enjoy.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Enjoy to all who celebrate this month.

There is no school Monday 9/10 & Tuesday 9/11 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. RoshHashanah is "the head of the year" in Hebrew. The holiday begins the evening of September 9th and ends Tuesday evening, 9/11. Some Rosh Hashanah celebrants enjoy symbolic meals that may include apples dipped in honey, to symbolize a sweet new year. Pomegranates also are used by some which symbolizes faithfulness due to their many seeds and in some traditions, a round challah sweet bread is eaten, which symbolize the circle of life. The common greeting for Rosh Hashanah is L’shanah tovah which is the hebrew way of saying Happy New Year. We wish all Scholars' Academy family and friends who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah a healthy and happy new year! Embrace and enjoy all of the things that matter most in life. We will see everyone back to school on Wednesday, September 12th.

Scholars' Academy Celebrates FLAG DAY!

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

"Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation," it said.

Eid-el-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr means "festival of breaking the fast". This holiday marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan that was 30 days of fasting and praying. On the morning of Eid, Muslims gather for prayer to celebrate the end of Ramadan. On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, we wish all those who celebrate Eid Mubarak!