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					                      RIVERSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
                           Communications and Public Relations Office


DATE:           August 1, 2008
TO:             All Managers
FROM:           Dianne Pavia
RE:             Important Dates 2008-2009


Listed below are dates that I hope will assist you in planning special recognition events. I’ve added
links to websites (where available) that can provide more information. District wide and community
events are indicated in bold. Religious observances you should be aware of are in italics.

Please let me know if your school or department is planning an event or activity around any of the
observances listed here.

AUGUST 2008

August 11               Board of Education meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
August 14-15            RUSD Managers’ In-Service
August 20               RUSD New Employee Welcome Breakfast
                        7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, Poly’s Arthur Littleworth Theater
August 25               First day of school


SEPTEMBER 2008

Library Card Sign-Up Month                                                                         www.ala.org
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

September 1         Labor Day
September 2         Board of Education meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
September 2         First Day of Ramadan
September 7         Grandparents’ Day
September 8         International Literacy Day                              www.reading.org
September 11        Patriot Day
September 15        Board of Education meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
September 15-16     Mexican Independence Days
September 16        Mayflower Day
September 17-23     Constitution Week**
September 17        Citizenship Day
September 20        Riverside Mayors’ Ball For The Arts
                    5:00-10:00 PM, White Park
                    Theme: From Bach to Rock
September 21        International Day of Peace              www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus
September 22        First day of Autumn
September 29        4th annual Riverside College and Career Fair
                    5:00-8:00 PM, Riverside Convention Center
September 30-Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah
                    Begins at sunset on Sept. 29

**A law passed by Congress in 2005 requires districts that receive federal funds to provide all students an
educational program on the Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17.
OCTOBER 2008

Crime Prevention Month
Czech Heritage Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
Computer Learning Month                                                www.computerlearning.org

October 3            Office Personnel Workshop
                     UC Riverside Extension Center, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 6            German American Heritage Day
October 6            Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)

October 7-13         Fire Prevention Week                                        www.nfpa.org/FPW
October 9            Yom Kippur (begins at sunset October 8)
October 11           Fritts Ford RAD Dinner
                     6:00 PM, Fritts Ford, 8000 Auto Drive, Riverside
October 13-17        National School Lunch Week                        www.schoolnutrition.org/nslw/
October 14-15        Sukkot (begins at sunset October 13)
October 16           World Food Day                                       www.worldfooddayusa.org
October 16           Principal for a Day, various sites
October 19-25        National Character Counts Week                       www.charactercounts.org
October 20           Board of Education meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
October 23           United Way kick-off barbecue
                     11:30 AM, Educational Options Center
October 20-24        National School Bus Safety Week                                  www.napt.org
October 21           Shiemini Atzeret (conclusion of Sukkot, begins at sunset October 20)
October 22           Simchat Torah
October 24           United Nations Day                                   www.un.org/events/unday
October 25           Make A Difference Day                            www.usaweekend.com/diffday
October 27-31        Red Ribbon Week
                     Theme: Believe! Achieve! Succeed! Drug-free!
October 31           Halloween

NOVEMBER 2008

American Indian Heritage Month

November 2           Standard time begins. Move clocks back one hour at 2:00 AM.
November 3           Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)

November 4           Election Day
November 10-16       Youth Appreciation Week                           www.optimist.org
November 10-11       All school sites closed –Veterans Day holiday
                     District office will be open on Monday, Nov. 10
November 11          Veterans Day
November 14          REEF Grant Applications due toLauna Whitlock
November 16-22       American Education Week                            www.nea.org/aew
                     (co-sponsored by the National Education Association, National PTA, and other
                     educational associations)
November 17          Board of Education meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
November 19          182nd anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

November 19          National Education Support Professionals Day
November 20          National Parental Involvement Day              www.projectappleseed.org
November 23-29       National Family Week                           www.nationalfamilyweek.org
November 24-28       Thanksgiving Break – all school sites closed
                     District office will be open Monday, Nov, 24-Wednesday, Nov, 26
November 27          Thanksgiving Day
November 30          Mark Twain’s Birthday


DECEMBER 2008

December 1         World AIDS Day                                           www.worldaidsday.org
December 7         Pearl Harbor Day
December 8         Board of Education Meeting – annual organizational meeting
                   (5:30 PM, Board Room)
December 9         Id al-Adha (Muslim holy day)
December 10        Human Rights Day
December 15        Bill of Rights Day
December 16        Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party (1773)
December 17        Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ Flight near Kitty Hawk (1903)
December 21        First Day of Winter
December 22-29     Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
December 22-January 2        Winter Break – all school sites closed, District Office closed
December 25        Christmas
December 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa


JANUARY 2009

January 1            Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary
January 1-3          Japanese New Year
January 7            Christmas Day (Orthodox)
January 12           Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
                     *Note: All 2009 Board dates are tentative. The Board will adopt the 2009 calendar at its December 8.
                     2008 meeting
January 14           Day of Respect
                     Theme: Believe! Achieve! Succeed! Violence-free!
January 19           Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (observed)
January 26           Chinese New Year
January 31           Academic Decathlon (speech/interview)
                     Corona High School

FEBRUARY 2009

Black History Month                                                                          www.blackhistory.com
National Children's Dental Health Month                                                              www.ada.org

RUSD Science Fair - TBD

February 1           National Freedom Day
                     (Commemorating the signing of the 13th Amendment
                     which abolished slavery in 1865.)
February 2           Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
February 2-6         National School Counseling Week                      www.schoolcounselor.org
February 2           Groundhog Day
February 7           RUSD History Day, Earhart Middle School (tentative)
February 7           Academic Decathlon Competition (essay, written test, and Super Quiz)
                     Corona High School
February 10          Academic Decathlon Awards Ceremony
                     Riverside Convention Center
February 15-21       Take Your Family to School Week                      www.pta.org
February 13          Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday (observed)-All sites closed.
February 16          George Washington’s Birthday (observed)-All sites closed.
February 17          National PTA Founders Day
February 17          Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
February 18          Riverside County Mock Trial Regional Competition – Round 1
                     (Regional courts)
February 21          Riverside County Mock Trial Regional Competition -- Round
                     (Riverside Hall of Justice)
February 25          Riverside County Mock Trial Regional Competition – Round 3
                     (Riverside Hall of Justice)
February 28          Riverside County Mock Trial Regional Competition – Round 4
                     (Riverside Hall of Justice)
                     Awards Ceremony: 1:30 PM, Riverside Convention Center


MARCH 2008
American Red Cross Month                                                         www.redcross.org
Irish American Heritage Month
Music in Our Schools Month                                                          www.menc.org
National Middle Level Education Month                                           www.principals.org
National Nutrition Month                                                          www.eatright.org
Women's History Month                                                               www.nwhp.org
Youth Art Month                                                                   www.acminet.org
March 2               NEA’s Read Across America Day                        www.nea.org/readacross
March 2               Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
March 2-8             National Foreign Language Week
March 4               Riverside County Mock Trial Regional Competition – Round 5 (Elite Eight)
                      (Riverside Hall of Justice)
March 3-7             National School Breakfast Week www.schoolnutrition.org/Index.aspx?id=1100
March 7               Riverside County Mock Trial Semi-Finals and Finals and Awards Ceremony
                      Riverside Hall of Justice
March 8-14            Girl Scout Week
March 8               Daylight Saving Time begins – At 2:00 AM, set clocks ahead one hour
March 8               International Women’s Day
March 9               Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 AM. Move clocks one hour ahead.
March 11              Johnny Appleseed Day
March 14              Albert Einstein’s Birthday
March 15-21           National Poison Prevention Week                     www.poisonprevention.org
March 16              Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
March 19              Absolutely Incredible Kid Day              www.campfireusa.org/a_i_kid_day
March 20              First Day of Spring
March 21              Baha’I New Year’s Day
March 21              Riverside County History Day
                      Corona High School (Awards ceremony: 6:00 PM)
March 25            Smoke-free Day
                    Theme: Believe! Achieve! Succeed! Smoke-free!



APRIL 2009

Keep America Beautiful Month                                                     www.kab.org


RUSD Volunteer Recognition event -- TBD
April 2           International Children’s Book Day                            www.usbby.org
April 6-10        Spring Break – all school sites closed
                  District Office will be open all week
April 7           World Health Day
April 9-10        Passover, First Days (begins at sunset, April 8)
April 12-18       National Library Week                                   www.ala.org/pio/nlw
April 13          Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
April 10          Good Friday
April 12          Easter
April 13-19       Young People’s Poetry Week
April 14-15       Riverside County Science Fair
                  National Orange Show, San Bernardino
April 15-16       Passover, Concluding Days
April 19-25       Administrative Professionals Week
April 19-25       National Student Leadership Week
April 19-25        Public School Volunteer Week
April 21          Volunteer Recognition Event, Board Room
April 22          Earth Day                                            www.earthday.net
April 22          Administrative Professionals Day (Secretary’s Day)
April 24          Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
April 25          National Arbor Day
April 27-May 1    School Building Week                               www.cefpifoundation.org
April 27          Healthy Schools Day
April 28          Historic Schools Day
April 29          Senior Citizens in Schools Day
April 30          Schools as Centers of Community Day

MAY 2009

Better Hearing and Speech Month                                               www.asha.org
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month                                  www.fitness.gov
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Preservation Month
National Sight-Saving Month                                         www.preventblindness.org
May 1-7               National Physical Education and Sports Week        www.naspeinfo.org
May 1                 Law Day                                          www.abanet.org
May 3-10              National Music Week
May 3-9               Be Kind to Animals Week
May 3-9               National Teacher Appreciation Week             www.nea.org/teacherday
May 4-10              Respect for Law Week and Day of Non-Violence
May 4                 Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
May 5                 National Teacher Day                           www.nea.org/teacherday
May 6                 National School Nurse Day                               www.nasn.org
May 8             VE (Victory in Europe) Day
May 9             Day of Non-Violence
May 13            California Day of the Teacher
May 17-23         National Educational Bosses Week                            www.naeop.org
May 17-23         Classified School Employees Week                             www.csea.com
May 18            Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
May 29-30         Shavuot (Festival of Weeks -- Begins at sunset on May 28)
May 31            World No-Tobacco Day                            www.worldnotobaccoday.com


JUNE 2009

RASM Reception and Retirement Dinner – TBD

June 1            Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
June 4            Project T.E.A.M commencement
                  7:00 PM, RUSD Board Room
June 5            World Environment Day                                    www.unep.org/wed
June 8            Poly High School graduation
                  6:00 PM, Riverside Community College
June 9            North High School graduation
                  Riverside Community College
June 10           King High School graduation
                  6:00 PM, King High School
June 10           Ramona High School graduation
                  6:00 PM, Ramona High School
June 11           Arlington High School graduation
                  6:00 PM, Ramona High School
June 11           Central Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:30 AM, Central Middle School Quad
June 11           Chemawa Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:30 AM, Ramona High School
June 11           Earhart Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:30 AM, King High School
June 11           Gage Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:00 AM, Gage Middle School
June 11           Sierra Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:00 AM, Sierra Middle School
June 11           University Heights Middle School promotion ceremony
                  9:00 AM, University Heights Middle School Quad
June 12           Raincross/Summit View graduation ceremony
                  6:00 PM, Ramona High School Stadium
June 12           Lincoln High School graduation ceremony
                  6:00 PM, Riverside Convention Center
June 15-19        National History Day competition, University of Maryland
June 12           Anne Frank’s Birthday
June 14           Flag Day
June 15           Board of Education Meeting (5:30 PM, Board Room)
June 18           Riverside Adult School graduation ceremony
                  6:00 PM, RCC Landis Performing Arts Center
June 22           12th annual REEF Golf Tournament, Canyon Crest Country Club