Cultural Understanding



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.



November 1: All Saints Day

All Saints Day which commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

November 2nd: All Souls Day

November 2nd: All Souls Day, which commemorates all faithful Christians who are now dead. In the Mexican tradition, the holiday is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (October 31 and November 2), which is a time of remembrance for the dead ancestors and a celebration of the continuity of life.

November 9-10: Eid Milad Un Nabi

An Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events.

November 11: Veterans Day

As a Reminder there will be no school on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Veterans day is an annual U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of the first World War in 1918. On behalf of The Scholars’ Academy, we would like to thank all of our service Men, Women and families for your service and sacrifices.

November 12th: Plane Crash in Rockaway

On November 12, 2001 Rockaway experienced a day many will never forget. At 9:14am flight 587 took off from JFK Airport and was headed for the Dominican Republic with 260 passengers and crew on board. Unfortunately, the plane did not make it, after hitting extreme turbulence the tail and rudder completely broke off in Jamaica Bay, the pilot was unable to control the plane and soon after it crashed into numerous homes in Rockaway where five residents were killed when the plane crashed. This disaster hit Rockaway especially hard as the community was still trying to recover after September 11th where almost 70 people from Rockaway and Breezy Point lost their lives. A memorial for this is located at Beach 116th street on the boardwalk where a yearly ceremony is held and the names of those lost are read aloud by family members.

November 12th: Gurpurab

November 12th is the Sikh holiday of Gurpurab, This holiday celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji who was the founder of the sikh religion. Guru Nanak Dev Ji set up a unique spiritual, social and political platform based on equality, fraternal love, goodness and virtue which deems that individuals must perpetually learn and stay humble. This is one of the most sacred festivals for Sikhs.

The holiday will officially be celebrated on Saturday but prayers have started today in Gurdwaras across America. Happy Gurpurab to all who celebrate!

November 28th: Thanksgiving

The school will be closed this Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th in observance of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an annual national holiday celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday in November. This is a day to “give thanks” by gathering with family and friends for a traditional meal that includes a turkey. This holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. 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.


December 1st-24th: Advent

Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November. Many Christians purchase an Advent wreath that include four candles that will be lit each Sunday before Christmas.

December 7th: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941, at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II. The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. We remember this day and all the brave men and women who fought during World War II to end the evils of the Nazi Regime.

December 21: The Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice, also known as the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. For Pagans and Wiccans this is a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal, and new beginnings as the sun makes way back to the earth. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky.

December 22nd-December 30th: Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah to all in our Scholars' Community who are celebrating this holiday which begins Sunday, December 22nd and lasts until Monday December 30th.

At the centre of the Festival of Lights is the lighting of the menorah - a nine candelabra - on the first night of Hanukkah. The remaining candles are lit on consecutive nights and by the eighth night of Chanukah all the candles have been lit.

Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, an army of Jewish rebels, who reclaimed the Temple of Jerusalem from the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus.

To celebrate the Maccabees sought to light the Temple’s Menorah, however they only found a one-day supply of oil.

Surprisingly the one-day supply lasted for eight days which was enough time to prepare new oil under conditions of ritual purity and tradition.

Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate!

December 25: Christmas

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, many families celebrate Christmas with a Service on Christmas Eve. Many cultures celebrate with Santa Clause, that is based on St. Nicholas, traditions believe a man in a red suit will bring gifts for children who have been good and coal to those who have been “naughty”. Many people will give and receive gifts to family and friends and celebrate with dinners and gatherings. Our students kick-started the holiday season with an amazing donation of toys that will be donated to children in NYC Homeless Shelters.

On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, We hope you all enjoy your time off, Have a Merry Christmas.

December 26–January 1: Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage. Many people will dress in African clothing and decorate their homes in African artwork, this is a cultural holiday and not a religious ones so it can be celebrated by Africans from all religious backgrounds. On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, We hope all who celebrate have a Happy Kwanzaa


We hope you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year we will see all students and staff back on January 2, 2020.


January 1, 2020: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 6th: Epiphany

Epiphany Day is a Christian holiday that marks the day that the Three Kings visited Jesus. They followed a bright star that foretold the birth of a new king and brought gifts of gold. This holiday is celebrated in Western Roman Catholic and Protestant churches.

January 7th: Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox Christmas celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, this 12 day season is from December 25th - January 5th and is sometimes called the Incarnation of Christ. Many Christians follow the modern-day Gregorian Calendar that has Christmas on December 25th but Orthodox Christians follow the Julian Calendar that has it on January 7th.

January 14th: Orthodox New Year

Orthodox New Year is celebrated as the first day of the new year according to the Julian Calendar. This is celebrated in Orthodox churches in Russia, Serbia, and other Eastern European Countries. The Julian calendar places Christmas on January 7th and New Year’s a week later.

January 20th: Martin Luther King Day

School will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January each year. This day celebrates the life and achievements of 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.

Martin Luther King once said, “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Take time to reflect on this quote and how it relates to The Scholars' Academy CHART behavior, and continue to be Cooperative, Hard Work, Amiable, Respectful, and Trustworthy students.

January 25th: Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is China's most important festival that involves Family reunions, decorations and the giving of red envelopes. Chinese New Year is celebrated based on the Lunar calendar and usually falls between January 21 and February 20th. The Calendar is based on a 12 Year animal cycle that many associates with the celebration and this year 2020 will be the year of the Rat. Happy New Year to all who celebrate it on this special day.

January 27th: Commemoration in Memory of the Holocaust Victims

The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in 1945, the Annual International Day of Commemoration to remember the victims of the Holocaust that were murdered by Nazis in the 1930s and 40s. This was one of the most horrific genocides in history with an estimated 11 million lives lost. Please take this day to remember those who suffered through this tragic event and the families of those lost loved ones.

January 31th: Guru Har Rai’s Birthday

The birthday of Guru Har Rai, the seventh of the ten Gurus of the Sikh religion.


In the United States, the month of February is observed as Black History Month or National African American History Month. We use the month to remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history.

February 1st is also National Freedom Day, On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln and Senate signed a resolution to outlaw slavery that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution.

The celebration can be felt nationally and worldwide as many organizations host events that educate on the rich culture, and memorable figures of African American history. As a new month of remembrance begins, let’s consider the important reasons why Black History Month is observed each year and continue to be Cooperative, Hardworking, Amiable, Respectful & Trustworthy Scholars'.

" We are not makers of History. We are made by history" -Martin Luther King Jr

February 2nd: Groundhog Day marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox. The holiday is commemorated when a famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerges from his burrow after a long winter nap and looks for his shadow. This holiday was first celebrated on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The tradition goes that this day is used to help determine how many weeks of winter might be left. It is said that if it is cloudy and he does not see his shadow, we will stay above ground as spring is on its way but if the sun comes out on that day and he sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter.

February 2nd: The Super Bowl is the season finale championship game of the National Football League (NFL) in the United States. The matchup for this game is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). This event is one of the most-watched television events in the United States.

February 9th: Tu Bishvat is celebrated as the New Year for trees. This day falls in January or February each year and is one of the four New Years in the Jewish Calendar.

February 14th: Valentine’s Day is a day for a celebration of love and friendship. Every year people celebrate this day by sending messages of affection to partners, family members, and friends.

February 17th: School Closed Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents Day. President's Day, or Washington's Birthday as it is still legally known, was originally designed as a celebration of George Washington's birthdate. In 1880, Congress voted to make this the first national holiday that honored an individual. In 1968, Congress enacted the Uniform Monday Bill, to give workers as many long weekends as possible. This moved as many holidays to a standard Monday each year. Many states were already honoring Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12th, and this celebration was combined with George Washington's birthday, for one federal holiday. It is observed on the third Monday in February each year.

The School will be closed for Midwinter Recess February 17th-21st and all students and staff will return on Monday, February 24th.

February 25th: Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

February 26th: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent in the Christian faith. As a display of atonement, ashes are marked on worshippers' heads. Lent, which is observed during the seven weeks prior to Easter, is a time of reflection and preparation for the Holy Week and is observed by fasting, charitable giving, and worshipping.


March is Women’s History Month. Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.

March 8th: Daylight Savings Time Begins

Daylight Savings time had begun in an effort to help save energy and provide workers with more hours of serviceable daylight during the long summer days. Daylight Savings Time was first introduced in the U.S. in 1918. However, it was not until 1966, when the Uniform Act was passed, that all states had to either observe DST or pass a state law to abstain.

March 8th: International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world. It’s purpose is to promote women’s equality, encourage support for repressed women and promote appreciation toward women everywhere. Many organizations, including the United Nations, use this day to also celebrate extraordinary achievements of ordinary women.

March 9th: Purim

Purim (Hebrew: פּוּרִים) is a Jewish Holiday which commemorates Jewish people being saved from extermination in Persia. The story of Purim comes from the Biblical book of Esther. On this day, many students dress up in costumes and enjoy some hamantaschen, a traditional three-cornered pastries filled with poppy seeds or other sweet fillings.

March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that happens annually on 17 March 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. Some people think wearing the color green will bring good luck, and others wear it to honor their Irish ancestry. 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.

March 19th: First Day of Spring

First Day of spring- Spring traditionally marks the end of winter and the beginning of a season that signifies longer days and warmer temperatures. The first day of Spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox. This marks the day that the Sun's path is directly over the equator. This day also contains an equal amount of daytime and nighttime. This day typically occurs each year on March 20, and on March 21 for some years.

March 19th: St. Joseph’s Day

The feast of St Joseph commemorates Joseph, the husband of the virgin Mary and Stepfather of Jesus. Joseph married Mary and later discovered that she was pregnant. Knowing that this child was not his own but not wanting any harm to come to her, he sent her away. Joseph only brought her back when an angel came to him in a dream explaining that the child Mary carried inside of her was conceived from the Holy Spirit. It is believed that Joseph died before Jesus began his public life as an adult as there is no mention of Joseph in the bible after Jesus' childhood. The feast of St. Joseph is celebrated annually on March 19th

March 22nd: Lailat al Miraj

Lailatul Miraj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج) commemorates Prophet Muhammad's ascension to heaven. Muslims believe that on this night, an angel came to the Prophet, washed his abdomen with Zamzam water, and filled his heart with wisdom and belief. Then, Muhammad was called by God from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he prayed at the Masjid Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem). From Jerusalem, he ascended to heaven, where he was honored by being allowed to see God directly, visiting the highest levels of heaven, and leading all the past Prophets in prayer, including Joseph, Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jesus, and John the Baptist.

On behalf of The Scholars' Academy, we hope all who celebrate these holidays enjoy.