Two months ago, principal Donna Geller was faced with a dilemma. She had set a date of June 6 for her elementary school's annual Field Day — and the parents of her Muslim students were outraged.
Geller's chosen date fell during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, the 30 days when observers are expected to refrain from eating or drinking anything from dawn to dusk.
Because Field Day involves outdoor games in the sun, Muslim parents fretted that their fasting kids could faint in the heat. When Geller suggested those children sit inside, parents again were furious.
"She would not cooperate with us," said a Muslim mom with two children who attend PS 70 in Astoria, Queens, and asked not to be named. "She told us that when you come to the United States, you have to assimilate."