Friday, April 16, 2021

 


What is Ramadan?

   Ramadan is a very special month for many Muslims all around the world. The month of Ramadan entails an action known as fasting.  Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The five pillars of Islam are in essential part of each Muslim’s faith. However, there are many exceptions that Allah has made, and depending on your situation, you can perform these actions in a different way or in a way that is more comfortable for the situation that you are in. Ramadan is the month in which Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the Angel Gabriel. This month is a very spiritual month for Muslims. During this month, Muslims must focus on their relationship with Allah, how to better themselves as Muslims, and how to become better people. Therefore, Muslims must stay away from sinful acts such as drinking, smoking, and many more acts that have been forbidden by Allah. This helps many Muslims create habits for themselves for the months to come so that they can be the best people possible. Ramadan usually takes place for about 29-30 days, and the ending of Ramadan is marked by a crescent moon. Usually, the local mosque takes care of the moon sighting and announces to the community what day Eid-ul-Fitr would be. Every day during the month of Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. This time is determined based on where you live.
    There are apps that have been created to provide these times, and the local mosque has these times set for the Muslims in the community. A commonly asked question for Muslims during this time is: You are not allowed to eat anything? Not even drink water? And the answer is YES! Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset. However, again, there are exceptions based on your situation. For example, if some children are too young but still would like to participate in this holy month, they usually do half-days or no food and some drinks. Or, if you are too old and physically cannot participate in the fasting, you are not required to. During Ramadan, many Muslims spend much of their time at the mosque praying and creating a closer relationship with Allah. Usually, these prayers and events last until midnight or even beyond that, and sometimes children make it a priority to go with their parents in order to get closer to Allah.

What does Ramadan mean to students and Muslims in general?

    Ramadan gives Muslims a “second chance” to say the least. It is a time to recharge, cleanse, and shift their focus to their relationship with Allah and change who they are as people. To many families, Ramadan gives them a chance to have a set time to join together to break their fast and bond over their prayers and share goals on becoming better Muslims. As much as Ramadan is important for your connection with Allah, it is also a time for families to come together to celebrate their fasting and feast together. Also in this month, all prayers that are sincere are answered. Therefore, Muslims take this to their advantage and use this time to make prayers to Allah for things like better health, forgiveness for all their sins, and basically everything else.

What can you do to help support Muslims around you who are fasting?

    For younger children, it is very important for them to stay away from people who are eating and drinking because it makes it very difficult for them to focus on the goal of Ramadan, which is to work on our patience, relationship with Allah, becoming better people, and being thankful for what we have. For older adults and teens, after fasting for a certain amount of time, it becomes a habit and something to look forward to because of the feeling you get when you are in this holy month. To make your Muslim brothers and sisters more comfortable, you may want to avoid eating or drinking around them, make them feel welcome to go perform their prayers at their set times, and most importantly, make sure that each individual Muslim student is comfortable having this information discussed or displayed because some may be shy to have this information shared with the entire class. Therefore, it is important to ask Muslim students privately what they are comfortable with and what they are not comfortable with. Lastly, if you see a Muslim brother or sister, you can greet them by saying Ramadan Kareem or Ramadan Mubarak which both mean Happy Ramadan!
 
    Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Ramadan and what it means to the Muslims in our community!
 
Yours truly,
Sereen Awawda
WG Senior 2021


NYS Testing
Our third and fourth graders will take the New York State English Language Arts Assessment next Wednesday, April 21st, and the NYS Math Assessment on Tuesday, May 4th. The test is only one session this year and should take no more than one hour. The tests, administered on the computer, will be given to only in-person students (not remote). Like every other day, please make sure your child comes to school well rested, well fed, and on time. Our fourth graders will also take the multiple choice portion of the NYS Science Assessment on Monday, June 7th.
      

                                                                



#PositivityInAction 


“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it” (Confucius).  Are you a person who sees it?  Next week we will learn about people who have the character strengths that allow them to appreciate beauty and excellence.  These people not only notice but they appreciate the world’s beauty and other people’s skills.  They don’t take things for granted.


Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-22 school year opened virtually in December and continues through April 30, 2021. If you have a child ready to begin Kindergarten in the fall, please click here to start the virtual registration process and schedule a meeting.


Enjoy the weekend,
Brent

Friday, April 9, 2021

{faculty photo taken prior to pandemic}

 “West Genesee continues to focus on improving, every day, the educational opportunities and academic performance of each student.”

“The mission of the West Genesee Central School District, in partnership with the community, is to ensure that each student attains the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary, not only for lifelong learning, but also for becoming a cooperative, self-directed, productive, caring citizen.”


Great to be Back After Spring Break

It has been a great week at Stonehedge.  Our students came back from last week’s break ready to learn and happy to see their friends and teachers.  I feel very appreciative of our families and teachers, both in-person and remote, for all of the extra measures that have been taken to keep our students in-class, learning and safe throughout this school year. 
We took advantage of the mild weather and got the children out in the sunshine as much as possible this week.

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Stonehedge Elementary School is showing support and raising awareness by participating in the “light it up blue” campaign and wearing blue for Autism awareness.  We are committed to supporting every student and we recognize each student’s unique needs and gifts. You can learn more about autism and Autism Awareness Month hereabout what-autism

Positivity Project




The P2 Strength for next week is:  Fairness
 
 


Earth Day

The West Genesee High School Building Community Club, formerly called WGHSP2, and the High School ECOS (Environmentally Conscious Organization of Students) club have teamed up to celebrate Earth Day while also fundraising for green initiatives and P2 programs in the district. They are having an Earth Day apparel sale through Holy Shirt. There is an option to have the shirts delivered directly to your home. Here is the link to purchase.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened virtually on December 1, 2020 and has been extended until April 30, 2021. This will allow our families to register their children from the comfort of their home or office. Please click here to start the virtual registration process. This will schedule a telemeeting with you.
 
In The Near Future 

Wednesday, April 21 - ECC - 8:00 am - Stonehedge Library - Zoom
Wednesday, April 21 - PTA Meeting with Grade 2 Reps - 6:00 pm - Zoom
Wednesday, April 21 - BOE Meeting - 7:00 - WGHS Library/Stream
 
New York State Assessments

Wednesday, 4/21 - Grades 3 & 4 ELA (Computer Based)
Tuesday, 5/4 - Grades 3 & 4 Math (Computer Based)
Monday, 6/7 - Grade 4 Science (Written)
 
Have a great weekend!
Brent 

Friday, March 26, 2021



Happenings in the Near Future 

  • Saturday, March 27 - Report Cards available to view on Parent Portal
  • Monday, April 5 - no school - Last Day of Spring Recess
  • Wednesday, April 7 - Board Of Education Meeting - 7:00 pm - WGHS Library/Stream

 

 

Positivity Project

The P2 Strength for when we return is:  Identifying & Appreciating the Good in Others

 

 

 

 

 


 

                                                  

A Happy Note for Our Students Working Remote                             
The yearbook committee has not forgotten that you are still a big part of our school!   We want to include as many pictures of you attending school from home as we can.  Please send any great schooling from home pictures that you would like considered for the yearbook to lorynpetrik@gmail.com 
The deadline to email the pictures is Wednesday, April 7th
 

 


Traveling Outside the Country?











After arrival in the US, travelers must either quarantine for days with a test 3-5 days after travel, or quarantine for the full 10 days without a test. 


Spring Ahead … But Not So Fast Please.

We are so very thankful for all the help and cooperation that our families have given at arrival and dismissal time.  It seems to have been so successful that with the warmer weather, a few drivers have begun moving in and out of our traffic circle a little quicker.  Please remember to slow down a bit and watch out for the students and each other as you enter and exit the school grounds. There is greatly increased traffic on the grounds and we all need to be patient and observant.   Thank you. 


Play in a Park with a Fourth-Grade Friend 

Free National Park Service Passes will be accepted in New York State Parks this Year.

 



The pass applies only to the vehicle entry fee, and the 4th grader must be present in the vehicle. The pass will also be accepted at state historic sites for the pass holder and up to 3 adults for house tour fees. This is a pilot program as part of a series of initiatives to encourage youth visitation to state parks, historic sites and public lands. Fourth grade students can obtain and print their pass at https://parks.ny.gov/environment/connect-kids.aspx

I hope that your spring break is even better than you hope for!

Brent