Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion Commitee

Welcome McCoppin families! The Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Frank McCoppin strives to ensure that all families feel recognized, represented, and welcome at our school. Throughout the year, we will put up educational materials recognizing the diversity of our community around the school, and share related learning activities with teachers and staff. Frank McCoppin is a General Education school, and we strive to support Principal Lee in ensuring that our curriculum represents everyone, and does not privilege one tradition over another.

If you have a tradition you would like to share with the school, please let us know! We also encourage you to work with your teacher to visit your child’s classroom to discuss various family practices and traditions. Each of us makes our community a stronger, more vibrant elementary educational institution.

Throughout the year, we hope to engage with McCoppin families to learn more about our community, and to disseminate a survey that will help us to get a broader picture of the collective. We also hope to support teachers in devising and offering relevant cross-cultural curriculum to students. Last year, our Multicultural Potluck was a big hit and we hope to continue this tradition as well.

If you feel you could contribute to this mission, please join us to share your knowledge! If there is a particular event you could assist in planning or supporting to enrich the school’s cross-cultural education, let us know! We look forward to a new school year edified by McCoppin’s incredible diversity, from returning families to new!


Lindsay Gifford, Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology

Clare Raj

XuânThu Phạm

Multicultural Calendar 2019/2020

Frank McCoppin Elementary Multicultural Calendar 2019-2020


24 Jayanti/ Krishna Janmashtami – Krishna’s birthday (Hindu)

26 Women’s Equality Day – US 19th Amendment guarantees women’s right to vote

31 Hijra – Islamic New Year; beginning of Muharram

September: Hispanic Heritage Month

2 Labor Day (NO SCHOOL); Ganesh Chaturthi – celebration of Ganesh (Hindu)

10 Ashura – 10th of Muharram (Islamic)

29 Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year;

October: Bullying Prevention Month; LGBT History Month

8 Dassera (Hindu)

9 Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement (Jewish)

14 Indigenous People’s Day/ Dίa de la Raza (NO SCHOOL)

14-20 Sukkot – Fall Festival (Jewish)                                                                                                         

27 Diwali – Festival of Lights (Hindu)

31 Halloween

November: Native American Heritage Month

1 All Saints’ Day (Christian)

10 Mawlid an-Nabi – Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Islamic)

11 Veteran’s Day (NO SCHOOL)

25-29 Thanksgiving Recess (NO SCHOOL)


1-24 Advent (Christian)

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

23-3 Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

23-30 Hanukkah – Festival of Lights (Jewish)

25 Christmas (Christian)

26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa (African American)


10-12 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (NO SCHOOL)

20-24 No Name-Calling Week

24 Lunar New Year (NO SCHOOL)

February: Black History Month

14 Valentine’s Day

15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

17 Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)

22 Maha Shivaratri – Great Night of Shiva (Hindu)

26 Ash Wednesday (Christian)

March: Women's History Month

9 Magha Puja (Buddhist)

10 Holi – Festival of Colors (Hindu); Purim – Festival of Lots (Jewish)

17 St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)

19 Nowruz – Persian New Year

30 César Chávez Day (NO SCHOOL)

30-Apr. 3 Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

April: Celebrate Diversity Month; Autism Awareness Month

7-9 Theravada New Year (Buddhist)

9-16 Passover (Jewish)

10 Good Friday (Christian)

12 Easter (Christian)

24-May 23 Ramadan – Month of fasting (Islamic)

May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month; Jewish American Heritage Month

5 Cinco de Mayo

7 Buddha Day (Buddhist)

19 Lailat al-Qadr – Quran revealed (Islamic)

24 Eid al-Fitr – Breaking the Fast (Islamic)

25 Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)

June: LGBT Pride Month

2 Last Day of School