December's Buzz

Posted by Nadira Presley on 12/10/2021

A Note from Ms. Mary Curley, Director of Communications,
Chester County Intermediate Unit, to You and Your Families

Greetings!

This is one of my most favorite times of the year! It is a time for gathering with family and friends. It is a time for looking back and looking forward. It is a time when we can still change the direction in which we are headed to make sure we are successful. It is a time when we can celebrate all that we have accomplished.

It is also a time to give thanks. I am so very thankful for the hard work of our students and staff. This past year has been hard. In many ways, it was harder than last year. Students and staff had to learn new ways to learn and new ways to teach. Again, we had to find our inner strength to keep going during a really tough time.

I am so very proud of everyone. Through it all, you have been able to focus on learning. You have accepted every challenge and now deserve a well-earned break.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful winter break filled with laughter, love and good health!

 

Happy "Pawlidays" from Ms. Curley Jack and Fiona in FedorasJack and Fiona
and her pups, Jack & Fiona

 

 


December 2nd: Special Education Awareness Day

From Legal Expulsion Due to a Disability or Differing Ability to Inclusivity:
The Journey of Special Education and Fight for Equal Opportunity

From 1893 to now, The United States has made great strides in providing support for those with disabilities or differing abilities in public schools. Whereas it was once argued in a Massachusetts Supreme Court that a school was legally able to expel a student who was "weak in mind", we are fortunate for those who fought to introduce and pass laws that protect all students and the fundamental right to equal education. We have certainly come a long way, although there is always work to be done. As we continue to ensure we are not only upholding the current laws, we must also keep working to improve them and implement them consistently. Learn about the history of Special Education in our country!


All Work and Some Play Here at BVA!

Supervisors wrapped desk

 

Although we work hard here at BVA, we do like to have
a little fun now and again! While decorating our areas for the upcoming contest, we decided to wrap
our Operation Manager's desk! We had a great
time and he loved it!

 

 

 


Driver Education Banner Image

The road to success starts with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU)! The CCIU offers Driver Education and Testing Services for both high school students and community members in the Chester County region and beyond!

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our Driver Education Centers, visit drive.cciu.org.


Congratulations, BVA Students of the Quarter
and Students of the Month!

Students of the Quarter

Student of the Month Nominees 

Students Who Finished Their Course(s) Early


December Holidays and Fun Facts

Hanukkah

• Hanukkah 2021 begins on November 28th and ends on December 6th
• Hanukkah means "dedication" in Hebrew
• Many Hanukkah dishes are fried to symbolize the miracle oil that
  burned for eight days straight
• Harry Truman was the first President to celebrate Hanukkah at The
  White House
• The dreidel was created as a distraction so that the Greek-Syrians did not
  see the Jewish folk engaging with their scriptures
• Over 17.5 million jelly doughnuts are consumed in Israel throughout the
  holiday of Hanukkah
• Hanukkah changes dates throughout each year. Sometimes it can even
  align with Thanksgiving
• Hanukkah was not originally a holiday for giving gifts; it only became a         
  tradition when Christmas gift-giving became more popular
• In 1993, Astronaut Jeff Hoffman celebrated Hanukkah in space
• The Torah, the book of Jewish beliefs, does not mention Hanukkah

Christmas

• Christmas Day, December 25th, is a day that Christians celebrate
   the birth of Jesus Christ, although nobody really knows when exactly
   Christ was born as this is not mentioned in the Bible. Some say the
   Pope  determined this date
• Coca-Cola ads helped create the image of Santa Claus being a
   jolly old man wearing all red
• In Ukraine, finding a spider in a spider web on Christmas is a sign of
  good luck
• In Japan, it is tradition to go to KFC for Christmas dinner
• Christmas trees were first used by ancient Egyptians and Romans

Kwanzaa
•  
 Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and ends on January 1st
•    Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966
•    Kwanzaa is a celebration of harvesting the first fruits of the season
•    During each night of Kwanzaa, a candle is lit. Each candle has
     a different meaning

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is celebrated on December 31st
• While people in New York watch the ball drop at midnight, people
   in Vincennes, Indiana watch watermelons drop from up high!
• In Denmark, citizens smash plates on their friends' doorsteps to bring
  good luck
• In Romania, citizens dress as bears during New Year's Eve to
  chase away the evil spirits
• In Japan, bells are rung exactly 108 times during the New Year's celebration
• In Johannesburg, South Africa, citizens celebrate the New Year by
  throwing old furniture out windows
• A common South American tradition during New Year's is to walk around
  with an empty suitcase. The "Suitcase Walk" is the first step in having
  a year full of new adventures!

Bodhi Day 

• Bodhi Day is a Buddhist Holiday meaning "enlightenment" or 
  "awakening". It is celebrated on December 8th by all Buddhists
  over the world

Yule

• Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice, which occurs on  December 21st,     the longest day of the year. It symbolizes the  sun's "journey back to Earth"
   in anticipation of Spring


And for the Rest of Us...
There's Festivus!

• Popularized by the show, "Seinfeld", Festivus has taken on quite the life of its own!

• It is celebrated on December 23rd

• An aluminum pole is the symbol of Festivus. The idea to symbolize
  the holiday with a simple pole was born out of exhaustion from the
  "commercialization of Christmas"

• "The Airing of Grievances" is a Festivus tradition that involves letting
   everyone knows all the various ways in which they have been disappointed,
   each other over the past year

• "The Feats of Strength" is a physical match between two people, and it is
  not over until one is pinned to the ground

• You can buy a Festivus Pole! "Wagner Cos. of Milwaukee began selling
   Festivus Poles several years ago as a bit of a joke. But the railings
   manufacturing company has sold more than 7,000 poles so far" 

• Festivus dates back to 1966. Writer Dan O'Keefe celebrated it first with his
  family. His son, Daniel O'Keefe made Festivus a household name by
  becoming a writer on Seinfeld, thus introducing Festivus to the world

• Perhaps most interestingly, Florida recognizes Festivus as an actual holiday,
  and there is a Festivus display in the rotunda of the State's Capitol! 

 

BVA Wishes You and Yours a Wonderful Winter Break Filled with
Health and Happiness!