Cultural Understanding AnnouncementsDISCLAIMER: 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.
** 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
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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.
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!