Observances & Recognition

2022-2023 School Year

The following dates and occasions are observed in a variety of ways as we strive to recognize and welcome staff, students, partners and community members.

Occasions included:

  • Have a direct tie to schools and/or children or
  • Are in appreciation of school staff or
  • Promote cultural competency or
  • Are Federal holidays or
  • Are religious observances that may be important to staff or students, especially those that impact the school day - ie. students or staff may be absent, may be fasting, need time to pray, may wear special attire or symbols

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Gender Equality Month
Music in Our Schools Month
National Nutrition Month
Social Work Month
Women’s History Month
Youth Art Month
Greek American Heritage Month
Irish American Heritage Month

February 22 through April 6 - Lent
2 - Read Across America
3 - Maintenance Worker Appreciation Day
6 - Magha Puja 
6-7 - Purim
6-10 - National School Breakfast Week
8 - International Women’s Day 
21 - NowRuz
22 - First Day of Ramadan 

Black History Month
Career and Technical Education Month
Children's Dental Health Month

6-10 - National School Counseling Week
14 - Valentine’s Day
15 - National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day
18-25 - National FFA Week 
20 - Presidents’ Day 
22 - National School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
22 - Ash Wednesday

Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
School Board Appreciation Month

1 - New Year’s Day
17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
22 - Chinese New Year 

Native American Heritage Month
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness

8 - National STEM/STEAM Day
8 - Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab (Sikh religious festival)
11 - Veterans Day/Armistice Day
15-19 - Geography Awareness Week
16 - Education Support Professionals Day
16 - National Parental Involvement Day
18 - Substitute Educators Day
24 - Thanksgiving Day

Czech Heritage Month
Italian-American Heritage Month
Polish-American Heritage Month
Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
National Principals Month

2- School Custodian Appreciation Day
3 - Child Health Day
4-5 - Yom Kippur 
5- Start of Count Period/Count Day
6- National Instructional Coaches Day 
6 - German-American Day
9-16 - Sukkot 
9-15 - Fire Prevention Week
10 - Indigenous People’s Day 
11-15 - National School Lunch Week
16-18 - Shemini Atzeret 
17-18 - Simchat Torah 
16-22 - America’s Safe Schools Week
18-22 - National School Bus Safety Week
24 - Diwali
25 - Birth of the Bab 
31 - Halloween


The occasions included on this list seek to honor, recognize and reflect staff, students and members of our community. This list is also to help educate and create awareness about observances, celebrations and occasions, including those that may impact staff and student attendance at school and which may be classified as excused absences per policy 5301A.

This list does not suggest or require observance, imply support or dictate activities and celebrations of recognition within the programs, teams, departments or buildings of Kent ISD or its affiliates. Recognition of dates may vary within teams and buildings when an occasion holds significance to a team. 

The dates and occasions listed are gathered from multiple sources including: