June 11, 2016
ISSUE | MUSLIM HOLIDAYS Call Christian breaks by their names, too After reading that Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia School District will add two Muslim holidays to the school calendar ("Phila. schools add 2 Muslim holidays," June 1) and looking at the list of school holidays for the next school year, I wondered: Are Christians chopped liver? The Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are named, and the Muslim holidays - Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha - will be identified, but Christmas and Easter are referred to as winter and spring breaks.
June 3, 2016
WILLIAM PENN once wrote that "governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them. " Mayor Kenney moved Philadelphia a step forward this week by adding two important Muslim holy days to the official list of school holidays. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the district will be closed, so Muslim students and staff can observe Eid al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha. The first marks the end of Ramadan, which is the Islamic holy month of fasting. The second celebrates the trials and triumph of the Prophet Ibrahim, known at Abraham in the Old Testament.
June 2, 2016
The School District of Philadelphia will add two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, to its academic calendar, beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Because the calendar was finalized before the decision was made, in the first year those wanting to observe the holidays will receive an excused absence. In future years, the holidays will be treated like any other. Holidays for students during the 2016-17 school year are shown below. Sept. 30: Teacher development day Oct. 3-4: Rosh Hashanah Oct. 12: Yom Kippur Nov. 8: Teacher development day Nov. 11: Veterans Day Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Dec. 26-Jan.
January 23, 2016 |
Philadelphia City Council on Thursday called on the city and the school district to officially recognize two Muslim holidays, which would give students and employees those days off. Speaking before a chamber packed with Muslim men wearing prayer caps and women wearing hijabs, Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. said the change would impact an estimated 200,000 Philadelphians who practice Islam. Jones said a friend had questioned his timing, considering the recent shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who said he had acted on behalf of Islam.
September 23, 2012
Siobhan A. Reardon is president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia Every day, the Free Library of Philadelphia works to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity for all who come through our doors. And at 3:15 each weekday afternoon, our branches throughout the city welcome a rush of some of our most creative, curious, and clever customers - Philadelphia's students. Whether they attend public, charter, private, or parochial school, these students gather together daily at the Free Library to read, interact, learn, and grow.
December 26, 2005 |
After the Thanksgiving turkey has been stripped and dumped, we're on to the next holiday - and the next controversy. Because when the air turns crisp and Christmas jingles jam the airwaves, one topic is practically guaranteed to begin rearing its monstrous head at PTA meetings and homeroom parties: religion. Not that religion is monstrous, mind you, but people can be - especially if they feel their religion is given short shrift at school. In typical fashion, one PTA member brings up the "holiday tree.
December 23, 2004 |
Fearing that classmates might misconstrue his motives, eighth grader Carter Bowman discreetly slipped chocolate-covered pretzels and Christmas ornaments into his teachers' mailboxes after school this week. "You really don't want to look like you're sucking up to the teacher," said Bowman, 13, of Doylestown. "But I wanted to give them a little token of thanks. " As students deposit boxes of candy, plates of cookies and jars of candles on teachers' desks today, teachers will be left to assess whether policy permits them to accept the gifts.
August 1, 2000 |
While others still slept, before the principal had even arrived, and as a work crew smoothed out the last bit of parking lot asphalt, parents and children yesterday began flocking to the new, three-story school building at B Street and Olney Avenue. It was the first day of classes for 700 middle-school children enrolled at the School District's first "year-round" school. "I look forward to it, the whole idea: uniforms and keeping them in school a little longer, because by August their minds go to mush," said Michelle Wallace, whose daughter Kendra, 10, is starting sixth grade.
February 18, 2000 |
On Monday, Presidents Day, Kimberly Fleming will be on the job as a receptionist at a Mount Airy medical office. Her first-grade son will be off for the day, though, shuttled off to his grandmother's home. "She's OK with it," a confident Fleming said yesterday. Cynthia Rice, an outreach and service coordinator for a private nonprofit agency, is off for the day, as are two school-age daughters. They'll still be learning at their Southwest Philadelphia home. "I have my kids at their books," she said with pride.
January 17, 2000 |
When children stay home from schools in West Chester today, it will be in part because of the efforts of the Rev. Devere Ponzo, a civil-rights leader. But even though West Chester was one of the first school districts in the state to honor Dr. King's birthday, Mr. Ponzo says the holiday has fallen short of what he envisioned. The district first honored Dr. King's birthday in 1969, 17 years before it was celebrated as a national holiday. For 31 years, West Chester schools have closed for Dr. King's birthday.