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December 1, 2014

One of the district’s Core Values, as adopted by the board of education in 2010, is Diversity. Galloway Township enjoys a rich diversity of people – those born in Atlantic County or some other part of New Jersey as well as from many places across the United State and families immigrating here from every corner of the earth. This diversity enriches and challenges us as educators to learn about the customs and cultures of those students and colleagues whose background differs from your own. Our students and their families serve as important sources of information, and help us weave together a rich cultural tapestry.

Instead of succumbing to the "material madness" of December (shopping, eating, parties, traveling, more shopping…), take a moment to reflect on some of the traditions of your friends and neighbors. You might even find inspiration to include some of these customs into your own celebrations!

December 8: Bodhi Day
This Buddhist holiday commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma, experienced enlightenment. To the Buddhist, it is a day of remembrance and meditation, much like the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus on December 25th. To the layman, a good way of recognizing this important event in Buddhism is to dwell on its meaning and place reminders in the home of this event.  Often, colored lights are strung about the home to recognize the day of enlightenment.  They are multi-colored to symbolize the many pathways to enlightenment.  The lights are turned on each evening beginning on December 8th and for 30 days thereafter.  A candle is also lit for these thirty days to symbolize enlightenment.
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December 17 – 24: Hanukkah
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar – this year that day is December 17.
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December 21 – 25: Pancha Ganapati
Pancha Ganapati is a modern five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21 through 25 in honor of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Guardian of Culture. The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Western convert to Hinduism.
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December 21: Yule
Yule or Yuletide is a pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas. Yule is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, and symbolizes the "re-birth" of the sun, as the days will continue to get longer post-solstice.
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December 25: Christmas
Christmas Day is an annual religious and cultural holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated culturally by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season.
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December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (Collective economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
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Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Meeting the Standard of Excellence
609.748.1250, ext.

The Nutrition/Wellness Committee
meets Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 from 1 - 2pm
in GTMS - Room B201
for more info, call 748-1250, ext. 5047

A Good Read: The GTPS Library
Media Centers Fall 2014 Newsletter!

Do you have a child between the ages 2-7?
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2014-2015 District Calendar (PDF)
BOE Approved: Feb. 24, 2014

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NEW! Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report Cards (PDF; Posted December 10, 2014)
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School District Volunteers are needed!
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Important District Documents & Presentations:
NEW! NJ ASK 2014 Presentation (PDF; Oct. 27, 2014) | PARCC Information (PowerPoint & Handout - Sept. 2014)
Homework - The Galloway Schools Way | Teacher Evaluation System (Word, PDF) | Principal Evaluation System (Word, PDF)
2014 School Performance Reports (3-17-14) | Understanding Your School Budget/Taxes (8-25-14)

Public Service Announcements:

Study Commission on Violence in NJ Convenes December 4 - CLICK HERE for more information (PDF)
Recently Laid Off from the Casinos? Help is Here:
The United Way Provides Help in Hard Times | Community FoodBank Supplemental Program
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