Students dancing to a song with the words Commemorative observances and holidays for the 2023-2024 school year in a blue box

The purpose of the list is to serve as a guide for our schools to celebrate all families and students. The list specifically highlights groups that have not previously been celebrated or recognized, and are specific to our community. 

Our guidelines for choosing observances were that they could not be religiously founded. Special Emphasis Programs were used as a starting point for selecting observances. Employee groups or academic areas of recognition are identified when a school group’s state or national professional association has defined an observance or an official proclamation has been made. 

Starting in the Fall of 2023, the following commemorations will be honored:

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1-31: National Principals Month

Oct. 1-31: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Oct. 9-13: National School Lunch Week

Oct. 9: Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct. 16 - 20: National School Bus Safety Week 

Nov. 11: Veterans Day

Nov. 13-17: American Education Week

Dec. 4-8: Inclusive Schools Week

Dec. 10: Human Rights Day

Jan. 17: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Jan. 24-28: Minnesota Paraprofessionals Week

Feb. 1-28: African American History Month

Feb. 1-28: School Board Recognition Month

Feb. 5-9: National School Counseling Week

Feb. 23: School Bus Driver Appreciation Day

March 1-31: Music in Our Schools Month

March 1-31: Women’s History Month

March 2: Read Across America Day

March 4-8: National School Social Work Week

March 4-8: National School Breakfast Week

April 24: Administrative Professionals Day

May 1-31: American Indian Heritage Month

May 1-31: Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

May 3: School Lunch Hero Day

May 6-10: National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7: National Teacher Day

May 8: National School Nurse Day

June 1-30: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month

June 19: Juneteenth