• Kaleidoscope – Amazing Together

    On Friday June 18th, 2021 SCSD will not have school in honor of Juneteenth.  This is a day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States and celebrating African American freedom, culture, and achievements. 

    On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers brought news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to Texas.  News traveled so slowly that Texas did not hear of the Proclamation until 2 YEARS after it occurred.

    Our school librarians have provided us with some resources for our students and community members.

    SOMERS HIGH SCHOOL    https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/76126

    PRIMROSE Suggestions are attached as PDF Files

    African American Experience Primrose

    Cultural Diversity Primrose

    Carribean Experience Primrose

    From the NY Public Library  https://www.nypl.org/blog/2019/06/18/juneteenth-kids-books

    We also celebrate LGBTQ+ PRIDE this month with the goal of recognizing the contributions of the LGTBQ+ community and providing all students with a safe and inclusive learning environment.

    Book Suggestions:  https://www.readbrightly.com/9-great-lgbtq-books-kids/


    Community Input Requested

    We would like to increase awareness of and respect for differences that may affect our students and community. We hope that you will consider sharing some of your culture with us! Please submit stories, traditions, artwork, and recipes to vgoodfriendsheridan@gmail.com. Thank you!



    What do you celebrate and recognize in Spring? What traditions are involved?

    May Celebrations Include:

    ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States

    JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH Recognizes the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievements of American Jews.

    May 1  INTERNATIONAL WORKER’S DAY Also known as May Day, it celebrates the social and economic achievements of workers worldwide. The day commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886 in Chicago, in which police and protesters clashed following a workers’ strike for an eight-hour work day.  

    May 3 WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY Serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.

    May 5th CINCO DE MAYO In 1862 Mexican forces defeated French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla.

    May 8 LAILA AL-QADR  Islamic Commemorates the night that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “Night of Power.” Often set on the 27th day of Ramadan, Sunnis may observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th and Shīʿite (Shiite) observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd day of Ramadan.

    May 9 MOTHER’S DAY Children of all ages show appreciation for their mothers and mother figures

    May 13 ASCENSION DAY Christian Holiday also known as Holy Thursday, celebrated 40 days after Easter/Pascha, it commemorates the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.

    May 13 EID AL-FITR Islamic Holiday; The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

    May 17-18  SHAVUOT  Jewish “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

    May 21 WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable society based on mutual respect.

    May 23 DECLARATION OF THE BÁB  Bahá’í Commemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith, announced in Shíráz, Persia, that he was the herald of a new messenger of God.

    May 26 VISAKHA PUJA Buddhist Holiday also known as Vesak or Buddha Day, it marks the birth, spiritual awakening and death (nirvana) of the historical Buddha. (This date may vary based on region or sect.)

    May 28 ASCENSION OF BAHÁ’U’LLÁH Bahá’í Observance of the anniversary of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

    May 30 ALL SAINTS’ DAY Eastern Christian In Orthodox churches observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost, it commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints.

    May 31 Memorial Day A federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces


    Community Input Requested

    We would like to increase awareness of and respect for differences that may affect our students and community.  We hope that you will consider sharing some of your culture with us!  Please submit stories, traditions, artwork, and recipes to vgoodfriendsheridan@gmail.com.  Thank you!



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    What do you celebrate and recognize in December? What traditions are involved?

    According to the Anti-Defamation League (No Place for Hate programs) holidays are based on the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used for civil dating purposes. Many religions and cultures follow various traditional calendar systems often based on the phases of the moon with occasional adjustments for the solar cycle. Therefore, specific Gregorian calendar dates for observances differ from year to year. In addition, calculation of specific dates may vary by geographical location and differing sects within a religion.

    December Celebrations Can Include:

    December 1 WORLD AIDS DAY • International day of action to learn about and work towards combatting HIV and AIDS.

    December 3 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES • Raises awareness about persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

    December 6th ST. NICHOLAS DAY • Western Christian Holiday.  In some European countries children leave out a clog or shoe hoping for a gift.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas_Day

    December 8 BODHI DAY • Buddhist Also known as Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar.

    December 10 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY • On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    December 11–18 CHANUKAH • Jewish Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the Temple to the service of God in 164 BCE. Commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek King, Antiochus, who sought to suppress freedom of worship.

    December 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE • Christian Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531. It is thought that Mary’s actions were to show solidarity with humble, not powerful, people.

    December 15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY • Commemorates the signing into law of the ten original amendments of the United States Constitution in 1791. Click on the link for live virtual programs and Q and A sessions from the National Constitution Center.

    December 21 WINTER SOLSTICE • Marks the first day of winter. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the shortest of the year with the sun shining closest to the Southern Hemisphere and the farthest from the Northern Hemisphere. “Solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because, during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still.


    December 21 YULE • A celebration of the Winter Solstice and one of the oldest winter celebrations world wide from German Paganism. The earliest references to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period lasts somewhere around two months, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January.

    December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE & NOCHEBUENA  Celebrated on this date every year. For Latin American cultures, this is often the biggest feast for the Christmas season and is an annual Spanish tradition. In SpainLatin AmericaPacific Islands, and the Philippines, the evening consists of a traditional family dinner.

    December 25 CHRISTMAS • Western Christianity Commemorates the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.

    December 26 2020– January 1, 2021KWANZAA A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili.

    December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE • In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink. etc.


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