Upcoming Dates & Celebrations
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This is the final Date-Driven Smore newsletter of this school year! The goal of this newsletter is to share District calendar dates, school-related appreciation days, national recognition celebrations, and if applicable, related community events.
These Date Driven Smores and their contents are a work in progress. There is a group of community members working behind the scenes to help identify dates, the explanations of importance, and how we as a District approach them. If we are missing anything or you wish to contribute information, please email email@example.com! We are open to feedback on these date-driven newsletters!
Stay tuned for the June "DNA" which will contain good news from around the district!
DISTRICT CALENDAR DATES
Operational dates listed within each month of the Annual District Calendar
June 2: FHS Graduation at 5:30pm (Possible Rain Date, Sunday, June 4th at 1pm)
June 7: No School for current Kindergarteners (Incoming Kindergarten Orientation)
June 19: Juneteenth (No School)
June 20: Last Day of School BLOCKS (Students who attend 4 days/week)
June 21: Last Day of School for BLOCKS (Students who attend 4.5 days/week)
June 22: Last Day of School for K - 11 (half-day, lunch is NOT served)
SOCIAL CELEBRATIONS & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
As we move into the month of June, the trending events and holiday acknowledgements listed below will begin to pop-up on social media. Here is a little information about the upcoming dates and what they mean.
Currently scheduled for Friday, June 2nd at 5:30pm, the graduation ceremony can be watched on cable and online in the following places:
Cable: Comcast CH 8, Verizon CH 41 and RCN CH 15
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/framinghamps/live
We are watching the weather closely. If we need to reschedule the graduation ceremony, the final decision will be made by 12:30pm tomorrow, Friday, June 2nd.
Month and Week Acknowledgements
Pride Month is celebrated in the United States every June. What began as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Uprising which occurred at the end of June 1969, is now a month dedicated to the uplifting of LGBTQIA+ voices, celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture, and the support of LGBTQIA+ rights. It is part activism and part celebration of all the LGBTQIA+ community has achieved over the years.
As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQIA+ people have had in the world, as well as to show support to our LGTBQ+ friends and family members. There are lots of ways you can get involved — as well as learn some important social history along the way. See more in the FPS Smore sent on May 25th: https://www.smore.com/das7y-pride-month-activities
Also, remember the City of Framingham's Pride Flag Raising Event is this Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 3:30PM–6:00PM (Memorial Building Plaza)
June 2: Gun Violence Awareness Day
June 2 is widely recognized by U.S. public health, education, and advocacy groups as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This observance is also known as “Wear Orange Day” and in some places kicks off "Wear Orange Weekend". See more in the FPS Smore sent this morning: National Gun Violence Awareness Day + Wear Orange Weekend
June 13th: #FPSPrideDay
Please join us in creating a visual representation of the supportive community that we have for our LGBTQ colleagues, students, and families.
We invite members of the FPS Community to participate by wearing purple or rainbow attire on Tuesday, June 13th. We hope you join us!
Get your gear ready and share your photos with us!
How to show your support:
1. Wear purple or rainbow colors on Tuesday, June 13th.
2. Snap a selfie or a group photo.
3. Share your photos using the instructions below.
BONUS! Be sure to let us know what school you represent!
Share a selfie or group photo showing your support for FPS Pride Day! Be sure to tag #FPSPrideDay AND @FraminghamPS on Twitter.
June 14th: Flag Day
When the American Revolution broke out in 1775, most regiments participating in the war for independence against the British fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to create the Continental Army—a unified colonial fighting force—with the hopes of a more organized battle against its colonial oppressors. This led to the creation of what was, essentially, the first “American” flag, the Continental Colors.
For some, this version of the flag was too similar to that of the British and George Washington soon realized that flying a flag that was even remotely close to the British flag was not a great confidence-builder for the revolutionary effort, so he pursued a new symbol of freedom.
On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress took a break from writing the Articles of Confederation and passed a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Source: https://www.history.com/news/what-is-flag-day (see more about Flag Day and facts about the U.S. Flag)
June 16th: National Neurodiversity Day
National Neurodiversity Day, also referred to as ND Pride Day and Neurodivergent Pride Day has been organized since 2018 by The Neurodiversity Foundation and takes place in mid-June each year. While it is a newer movement and growing, the goal is to support acceptance, inclusion and appreciation in society of people who are most unlike most others. They position it as a day to "celebrate your own unique traits, and how it benefits the world". We all have something unique and awesome to contribute, and on this day, all are invited to show what they are proud of!
On Neurodiversity Pride Day, you are invited to take a moment to reflect on what you are proud for in your own life, the love you bring to your families and friends, the value you add to teams and the everyday courage it takes to be yourself. It's a day to turn the page of a difficult past or present, and rejoice in the fact, that there is only one person like yourself. And that this uniqueness, is something to be proud of. You, be you, and this day invites all to celebrate your own way, the way you want to do so yourself.
June 19th: Juneteenth
What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas federal orders announced that slavery was now illegal. This took place two months after the surrender by the Confederates. Earlier attempts at “freeing the slaves” like the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) did not free enslaved people. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery and marks a second independence day that is celebrated in the Black and African American community.
What is the Juneteenth flag and what does it represent?
- The centered star represents Texas, the Lone Star State. It was in Galveston in 1865 where Union soldiers informed the country's last remaining enslaved people that, under the Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier, they were free. But the star also goes beyond Texas, representing the freedom of African Americans in all 50 states.
- The bursting outline around the star is inspired by a nova, a term that astronomers use to mean a new star. On the Juneteenth flag, this represents a new beginning for the African Americans of Galveston and throughout the land.
- The curve that extends across the width of the flag represents a new horizon: the opportunities and promise that lie ahead for black Americans.
- The red, white and blue represent the American flag, a reminder that slaves and their descendants were and are Americans.
Why should we all know and celebrate this holiday?
Juneteenth is more than an observance of freedom, it’s also a time to share the experiences of those who fought—literally and figuratively—to seek true freedom for future generations. The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering students to be advocates for change.
A celebration of freedom for any American is a celebration of the ideals that make our country what it is today. American identity emerged from shared faith in the transcendental ideal of liberty, not from shared blood. Therefore, any celebration of American freedom is a celebration for us all. Juneteenth is about liberty, not about race.
Source: FPS News Item from 2022 (individual sources included within)
Community Event: Juneteenth Fest
Framingham Community Vibes is behind the third annual Juneteenth celebration for the community. President Joseph Biden made Juneteenth the 12th federal holiday in 2021 and it commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. In July 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Juneteenth as a Massachusetts holiday.
The event takes place on Saturday, June 17th from 1pm - 6pm at Farm Pond Park (Dudley Road) and will feature food, music, games, a raffle, and face-painting. Bring your own chair/blanket. See the Flyers below and RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenthfest-2023-tickets-598838230267
June 21st: First Day of Summer
The first day of summer in North America is Wednesday, June 21. It also happens to be the longest day of the year! Why? Because on this day we will see the most hours of sunlight in the year. (though the amount of sunlight you’ll see depends on where you live. Most of the United States will see around 14-16 hours of sunlight.)
In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky. This marks the astronomical start of summer in the northern half of the globe. (In the Southern Hemisphere, it's the opposite: the June solstice marks the astronomical start of winter.)
Sources: USA Today