May 11, 2020

A hello from our team at BFPS!

YRDSB Podcast: Learning and Caring Plan

Want to learn more about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan?

York Region District School Board launched a podcast called Tune In YRDSB in February as a way to entertain, inform and inspire learning through storytelling.  Tune In YRDSB has six episodes uploaded and accessible to the community.

The most recent episode is called Learning and Caring During COVID-19.  On this episode, Associate Director of Education Dr. Steven Reid speaks with Superintendents Kate Diakiw (Student Services and Well-Being) and Heather Sears (Curriculum and Instructional Services) about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan and answers some common questions related to it.

All episodes are available on Anchor.fm/yrdsb and you can subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to get future episodes as they are released.

Kindergarten Registration

While schools may not be open, families can still register for Kindergarten. Our school, along with all elementary schools in the Board, is now offering online registration. Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB.

Please note: A laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.

Alternatively, families can also complete the elementary school registration form and email it directly to the school. Once schools re-open, families will need to bring in their documents (e.g., birth certificates) for verification.

School Registration (Grades 1-12)

Families new to York Region District School Board registering a student in Grades 1-12 can submit the registration forms via email.

1. If you are required to register through the Reception Centre, please send a completed elementary or secondary school registration form to reception.centre@yrdsb.ca. Families can contact the Reception Centre directly with questions or if additional support is required.

2. Families who do not need to register through the Reception Centre can send a completed elementary or secondary student school registration form to their school email address. Use the school locator tool to identify your home school. School email addresses are available on the school websites.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to our school. Families are welcome to send questions regarding registration to the school’s email address found on schools’ website.

NEW! Grade 8 Reach Ahead 2020 Summer Credit Language Program & Grade 9 to 12 Students (Spanish & Mandarin)

  • Grade 8 students can now take a Grade 9 credit course this summer in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Grades 9 to 12 students can now take Level B or C summer credit courses in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Prerequisites are not required for any Level B international languages course.
  • This is an 18-day program (July 6-29, Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:33 p.m. daily) for one credit introductory (Level B) international languages course.
How to Register

YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

Non-YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

  • Complete the registration form.
  • Forms can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Continuing Education Services office located on the main floor of the Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning (36 Regatta Ave., Richmond Hill) between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This program is available at the following summer school locations:

  • Langstaff SS, Richmond Hill
  • Milliken Mills HS, Markham
  • Sir William Mulock SS, Newmarket
  • Tommy Douglas SS, Vaughan

More information is available from Continuing Education.

 

 

May 6, 2020

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Dear Families,

We are beginning the process of organizing classes for September 2020 with the ultimate goal of ensuring student achievement and well-being!

This is not an easy process and a great deal of time and thought go into balancing individual student need and classrooms meeting the needs of all students both academically and social-emotionally. Our goal is to place students in the most positive learning environment possible; given each individual student’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, and work and social habits.

When staff and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:

  • needs of exceptional students
  • academic strengths and needs
  • social/emotional needs
  • gender
  • parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)

As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with Bernadette.smith@yrdsb.ca  or  Fayza.prebtani@yrdsb.ca – IN WRITING by Monday, May 11 2020. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.

Thank you.

Ms Smith and Ms. Prebtani

May 4, 2020

May is:

Jewish Heritage Month and Asian South Asian Heritage Month!

Jewish Heritage MonthDr. Hedy Fry's tweet - "May is Jewish Heritage Month. As we ...

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month was given Royal Assent in the Senate of Canada on March 29, 2018. This legislation recognizes that “the month of May is meaningful for the Jewish community around the world” and designates the month as a time “to recognize the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric […] to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across the country.”
Canada is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in the world. There are close to 400,000 Jewish residents in Canada and almost half of that number resides in Ontario. Jewish settlers in Canada can be traced as far back as 1760. Jewish Canadians have proudly contributed to Canadian heritage in all of its facets including the military, the arts, government, business, academia, law, medicine, culture, and sports. Throughout the month of May, we celebrate the contributions Jewish Canadians make to our great country and our great province.

At YRDSB, we are committed to improving the well-being and achievement for all our students through engaging, equitable and inclusive learning environments, as well as curriculum and culturally relevant pedagogical opportunities.

Jewish Heritage Month Event

Asian South Asian Heritage Monthsouthasianheritagemonth hashtag on Twitter

The South Asian Heritage Act of 2001 established the foundation upon which South Asians, whose origins are or can be traced to the Indian subcontinent, can see themselves reflected in the fabric of Ontario and our schools.

In May 2002, The Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. This acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage towards the growth and prosperity of Canada.

As we approach the month of May, staff and students and families are encouraged to join Ontarians and Canadians who will be coming together to celebrate the rich and vibrant heritage of people of Asian and South Asian descent.

Mental Health WeekMental Health Week - Canadian Mental Health Association

May 4 to 10, 2020 marks the annual CMHA Mental Health Week. Especially this year, we need to pay attention to our mental health. All 5 in 5 of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Unfortunately, in any given year, 1 in 5 of us will also personally experience a mental illness. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting changes to social interaction and health services is testing our personal resilience and coping strategies.

This year’s Canadian Mental Health Association campaign challenges us to not only #GetLoud about mental health, but also to #GetReal. We encourage you to visit these resources to support your own mental health:
CMHA Mental Health Week: Your Mental Health
Starling Minds – Managing Stress and Anxiety from COVID-19
CAMH – Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
 ComPsych Mental Health Awareness Toolkit

The Canadian Mental Health Association has just launched a brand
new toolkitto help you #GetReal about mental health, including a look at your own mental health.

 

BFPS SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS WEBSITE!

In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

***NOTE: Students must be logged into their GAPPS account in order to login.

Please complete this very brief Survey to let us know if your children have visited the website and provide any other feedback.  We would like to make this site as valuable for our scholars as we can.

Thank you!!

 

April 26, 2020

RamadanHappy Ramadan, Ramzan Mubarak 2020 Wishes, Images, Messages ...

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting and contemplation for Muslims.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is referred to in the Qu’ran (Koran) as
a blessed month in which the teachings of the Qu’ran were revealed to the Prophet
Muhammad. During Ramadan, most Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and increase their focus on prayer and contemplation. At the end of each day, the fast is traditionally broken with a prayer and a light meal called the iftar.

Ramadan is considered a time for Muslims to recommit themselves to practicing
compassion and generosity for others, as well as a time to cultivate spiritual renewal
within themselves and their communities.

During this time of reverence and renewal, we extend our good wishes to staff, students,
parents and members of the Islamic community who will be observing Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating and observing this holy month.

BFPS SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS WEBSITE!

In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

Please complete this very brief Survey to let us know if your children have visited the website and provide any other feedback.  We would like to make this site as valuable for our scholars as we can.

Thank you!!

Skills Ontario Women in Trades and Technologies Virtual Conference 202Skills Ontario celebrates International Women's Day - Collision ...0

We are excited to share with you that Skills Ontario has moved their Women in Trades & Technologies Conference to a virtual webinar!  Details for registration are shared below and in the attachment.

Students:

  1.  Please use your YRDSB GAPPS email address to register for a space.  In addition, Each registered spot counts for one streaming device. Once you are registered, the link you receive should not be shared. If you wish to view the conference on more than one device, ensure to register a spot per device.
  2. Please only enter your first name during registration, last name is optional and should not be entered.      Skills Ontario Women in Trades Conference Flyer_May 5, 2020 (9)

School Mental Health OntarioStaying Mentally Healthy: Get Professional Help If You Need It ...

This is a great resource to help us all stay mentally healthy with our families at home! You will find 12 easy and fun mental health practices to try with your children at home.

School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO-SMSO) has been working with educators to develop a set of practices that cover the six domains of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that are found in the Ontario elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum. These skills include (terms in brackets are official titles in the HPE Curriculum):

  1. Managing stress (Stress Management and Coping)
  2. Identifying emotions (Identification and Management of Emotions)
  3. Staying positive (Positive Motivation and Perseverance)
  4. Nurturing relationships (Healthy Relationship Skills)
  5. Knowing yourself (Self-Awareness and Sense of Identity)
  6. Planning and problem-solving (Critical and Creative Thinking – Executive Functioning)

There are practices in each of these domains to help students build upon each of these skills.

Here’s one for Identifying Emotions:

Emotion Charades: Emotional charades is similar to regular charades, but you act out different feelings!

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Closure of School’s Extended to End of May

Dear Families, as you may have already heard, the Minister of Education has announced the current closures of all Ontario Schools will be extended until at least May 29, 2020 as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is the full letter to families from YRDSB:

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Minister of Education that the current closure of all Ontario schools will be extended until at least May 29, as part of the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools in York Region District School Board will continue to be closed to students during this time. You will receive additional information about the potential opening closer to the end of May. We do not have information about extensions beyond this date.

It is critically important at this time to continue to follow the direction of public health to practise social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this pandemic virus. Please note that, in accordance with the Provincial Emergency Declaration, school grounds remain closed and inaccessible to the public, which includes playgrounds and school yards.

Online Learning

We will continue to support your child’s education through online teacher-led learning, and I thank you for your patience as we have been implementing new ways of teaching and learning on this scale. If you have any questions about your child’s online learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher. While our schools may be closed, we remain dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being.

I’m sure you have a lot of questions and concerns about the further extension of school closures. The Minister of Education continues to reassure Ontarians that school closures will not affect students’ ability to graduate and that Ontario students will not lose this school year. More information regarding online learning will be sent to you in the near future.

Graduations and Celebrations

I know many students are also concerned about the postponement or cancellation of graduations and other important milestone events. Due to the extension of the closures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel end-of-year celebrations such as proms and semi-formals. In addition, we are regrettably postponing June graduations with a goal to reschedule for the fall of 2020. More information will be made available as soon as logistics are finalized, including information on how graduates may obtain a copy of their diploma.

On our website www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 you can find information about school closures, answers to many of the questions you may have about school closures as well as resources to support student learning and student and family well-being. You can also follow the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb for up-to-date information.

I wish you continued health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Juanita Nathan,

Chair

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education

April 13, 2020

Community Resources:

1) CERB  (CaAPPLICATION PROCEDURE IN CHINESE 加拿大紧急应变计划(CERB)申请详情和常见问题 and HAND UP FOR KIDS

 We have two resources to share: 

a) The step-by-step explanation and contact number for further support to help our Chinese communities tremendously.

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/X3d5wTF1udjtwt2-OpRi7A

b)  Hand Up for Kids:  Google Form fill out for upto $25 value of breakfast care packages delivered to homes in some GTA areas including Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIqcMEBCpzpQXr_S9K2BmdGab_PFTnGHcZU0Ex00tKRNhQKQ/viewform

 2) AEMS (Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students)

Dear Friends of AEMS,

We hope this message finds you well.

As we continue to work in partnership and solidarity to support our most vulnerable students and families during this time, the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students would like to share with you culturally relevant resources that may be of use.

Please note that list is not exhaustive.  The information provided is accurate as of the time of writing.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Emotional Well-Being:

  • Naseeha provides an anonymous, non-judgmental, confidential and toll-free peer support helpline for youth experiencing personal challenges.  Naseeha’s services are open to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, physical and mental health, and religion.
  • Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles. Khalil Center utilizes faith-based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the science of psychology towards addressing psychological, spiritual and communal health.
  • SMILE provides support to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Upcoming webinars are creating spaces for virtual community gatherings for youth and families.
  • The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes human rights and civil liberties.  Discrimination, including xenophobia or Islamophobia arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be reported to NCCM.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Physical Well-Being:

  • Canadian Muslim Response Network (CMRN) is a coalition of some of Canada’s leading Muslim civil society organizations. Those in need of support can complete a request for a  COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Kit.
  • Nisa Homes has locations across Canada to provide transitional homes for immigrant, refugee, non-status, and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Those in York Region can contact the Scarborough location at 1 888 456 8043 ext. 406, or scarborough@nisahomes.com
  • Humanity First (1-855-647-0444) offers food assistance.  Those who are self-isolating can also receive support with emergency supplies, urgent supplies, medication pickup, groceries, and advice.
  • Volunteers from the COVID-19 Helpline (1-855-879-1919) and the Good Neighbour Project (647-873-2230) and Humanity First can pick up and deliver groceries and household essentials for those who are unable to do so due to illness, self-isolation, disabilities, or otherwise vulnerable e.g., senior citizens).
  • Mosques in Ontario A comprehensive guide to mosques across Ontario.  Depending on capacity, various mosques are providing support, such as food supplies and counselling, in response to COVID-19 needs. Please contact your local mosque directly.

Culturally Relevant Academic Resources:

  • 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilization from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.  Inquiry-based learning is supported through extensive digital resources relating to a wide variety of curricula, and current events.  Recent topics relevant to COVD-19 include:

o   Keep Your Distance – Health Lessons from the History of Pandemics

o   Inoculation from East to West

o   Hospital Development in Muslim Civilisation

  • The Aga Khan Museum’s #MuseumWithoutWalls project allows visitors to enjoy the Aga Khan Museum and participate in Museum programming virtually.  This initiative includes Pocket Performances, Lunchtime Talks, Virtual Tours and more.

AEMS would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to essential workers, front-line staff, and all those striving to ensure all our communities are taken care of despite limited and diminishing funds and resources.

 

April 8, 2020

Dear Families of Beckett Farm Public School.

We hope that you are all keeping well and finding ways to enjoy quality time with your family during this time of social distancing as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Though the school buildings are closed, our hearts and minds are with you and our scholars, your children, as we work diligently to create meaningful learning opportunities.

 

Today marks the first day of distance learning.  You will have recieved information from YRDSB as well as your child’s teacher to inform you of how we plan to proceed over the next little while.

We ask for your continued support and patience as we embark on this new journey together with optimism, hope, and an open mindset.  Please ensure that you and your child check emails and information sent by the teacher through the platform of communication that has been established such as Google Classroom.  If you do have questions, please reach out to the teacher for clarification.  Note that we may not have all the answers at this point.  We continue to work as a school, with our board, and with service providers to access timely information which in turn we will pass on to you.  Though the road may be a little bumpy to start, we will persevere and achieve success on this new journey by working together.

 

As an effort to stay connected with our scholars, our Scholar Ambassador team has created a BFPS Announcements website.  We will be posting announcements here similar to the announcements that we would have shared at the beginning of the school day.

Please share this link with your child and check it regularly throughout the week:

BFPS Announcement Website

A good strategy is to “Favourite” websites that your child will be referring to by using the “Star” at the very right side of the URL address bar in their web browser.

In this way, they will be easily able to access the various places that they are visiting regularly.

As always, we thank you for your partnership and committment to all we do and all we are at Beckett Farm Public School.  We will continue to strive for excellence in all we do.  We are excited about this learning journey ahead and will work to ensure a positive experience for all.

Take care and be safe.

Sincerely,

Bernadette Smith                 Fayza Prebtani

亲爱的Beckett Farm 家长,

我们希望大家都保持良好状态,并在与社会隔离的这段时间里找到与家人度过美好时光的方法,因为我们大家都在努力减少COVID-19的传播。尽管学校大楼关闭了,但在我们努力工作以创造有意义的学习机会的过程中,我们全心全意地与您以及我们的学者和您的孩子们在一起。

今天标志着远程学习的第一天。您将从YRDSB以及您孩子的老师那里获得信息,以告知您我们计划在接下来的一小段时间内如何继续学习。

我们将以乐观,希望和开放的心态踏上这一新的旅程,希望得到您的持续支持和耐心。请确保您和您的孩子查看老师通过已建立的交流平台(例如Google课堂)发送的电子邮件和信息。如果您有任何疑问,请与老师联系以进行澄清。请注意,目前我们可能还没有所有答案。我们将继续与学校,董事会和服务提供商合作,以获取及时的信息,然后我们会将这些信息传递给您。尽管这条道路起步可能有些困难,但我们将通过共同努力,在新的旅程中坚持不懈并取得成功。

‪为了与我们的学者保持联系,我们的学者大使团队创建了BFPS公告网站。我们将在此处发布类似于在上学日开始时将发布的公告的公告。
‪请与您的孩子分享此链接并在一周内定期检查它:
https://sites.google.com/gapps.yrdsb.ca/bfps/home

‪一如既往,我们感谢您与我们在贝克特农场公立学校所做的一切以及我们所做的一切。我们将继续努力追求卓越。我们为这次学习之旅感到兴奋,并将努力确保所有人的积极体验。
care保重并确保安全

一个好的策略是通过使用Web浏览器中URL地址栏最右侧的“星标”,将您的孩子将要引用的网站“收藏”。

通过这种方式,他们将能够轻松進入他们定期溜滥的各个地方。

‪一如既往,我们感谢您与我们在Beckett Farm 学校所做的一切以及我们所做的一切。我们将继续努力追求卓越。我们为这次学习之旅感到兴奋,并将努力确保所有人的积极体验。
请大家保重并确保安全

真诚的
校长Mrs. Smith 副校长Mrs. Prebtani

Happy March Break!

Wishing all of our staff, scholars and families a very happy and safe March Break!

We hope that this time off allows you all to decompress, rejuvenate and take care of your physical and mental health.  It has been an unusual year for sure with many challenges and uncertainties- however, we have and will continue to persevere and move forward with optimism, hope and resilience!

Be well, stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone back on April 6th!

If you are interested:

HERE’S THE ENTIRE LIST OF EDUCATION COMPANIES OFFERING FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Scholastic Learn at Home

 

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School Closure Notice

 

 

March 9-13, 2020

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Eco Theme March – Turn Off Computers and Monitors

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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TIP OF THE WEEK:

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Traffic signs give you important information about the law, warn you about dangerous conditions and help you find your way. Signs use different symbols, colours and shapes for easy identification. One very important traffic sign to obey is the STOP sign!

Did you know:

There were a variety of colors used for STOP signs until the late 1920s, when the background color was standardized for greater day and night visibility. Know what color this was? Not red – instead it was yellow! Actually, yellow was the color of STOP signs for almost 30 years!!!

After almost 30 years, in 1954, the STOP sign was changed to red. Why the change? There were several reasons:

  • Yellow is known for warning signs, therefore, the yellow STOP sign was not consistent with this.
  • Red traffic signals are use to signal vehicles to stop. So, the red STOP sign color is consistent with this.
  • Durable fade-resistant red coatings was finally available for signage.

A stop sign is eight-sided and has a red background with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the stop line if it is marked on the pavement. If there is no stop line, stop at the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop at the edge of the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, stop at the edge of the intersection. Wait until the way is clear before entering the intersection.

All cars must stop at every stop sign! 

Families, you can see that when we exit the Beckett Farm PS parking lot, there are 2 stop signs! Please ensure when driving, to STOP completely at the stops signs– this is a very important rule to ensure the safety for everyone! 

This Week at the Farm:

March 9-13- BFPS Spirit Week (see details below)

March 11- Scientists in School Grade 2s

March 16-20- MARCH BREAK, NO SCHOOL

March 11 Family Yoga Night Cancelled

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

March 23- Back to school!

March 25- Grade 8 Graduation Picture Retake day

April 2- World Autism Awareness Day

A Closer Look

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Happy International Women’s Day!- March 8

An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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Check out some of the amazing work that our grade 8 scholars have been creating to help bring awareness to this cause:

 

Beckett Farm PS Spirit Week:

March 9-13, 2020

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(Info graphic designed by our student Ali M in grade 8!)

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Dear Beckett Farm Public School Parent/Guardian,

Would you like to welcome and support newcomer families to our school and give them a sense of belonging in our community?

It will only take a few minutes of your time and an open heart.

We invite you to become part of Beckett Farm Public School’s Parents Connect! group.

Please take a moment to complete the form at the following link to indicate your interest in becoming a member of our Parents Connect! group.

https://forms.gle/zo7di8gn8dHTNivo6

We ask that you please complete the form at the link above by Wednesday, March 11.

Stay tuned for an invitation to an orientation meeting after March Break which you can attend virtually or in person.   

Thank you for your interest and support of all our families at Beckett Farm Public School.  

Sincerely,

Bernadette Smith, Manmeet Narang & Charmaine Chung

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This year, Beckett Farm is raising money to support Autism Speaks Canada throughout the entire month of April. Our mission is to increase understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder, advance innovative research, and make connections to lifelong services and supports for the autism community.

We are accepting donations via the Autism Speaks website. In addition, during the first week of April we will be selling blue frozen yogurt for $2.00 – all donations will go directly towards Autism Speaks Canada.

Link: https://autismspeaks.crowdchange.co/13373

In addition, we have the pleasure of welcoming Krista Clinch from Autism Speaks Canada – who will bring awareness regarding Autism to our Junior and Intermediate students. Krista will also be discussing the significance of LIGHT IT UP BLUE (April 2nd) and officially kick-start our fundraising campaign with students.

Make a donation and together, Beckett Farm can help improve the lives of everyone living with autism. We thank you in advance for your contribution to this amazing cause.

Sincerely,

Beckett’s Autism Advocates

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Dear Families,

It is critically important that any alternative arrangements made for picking up your child are to be communicated with the office or your child’s teacher. For example, if there will be another person picking up your child, you MUST let the office or your child’s teacher know. Also, if you will be picking up your child early, please make sure that you sign out your child at the office!

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We want to ensure the safety of all our students.

School Council Japanese Lunch Make Up Days

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Elementary Summer School (Literacy & Numeracy)

Grade 6, 7 and 8

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Summer Institute

SK to Grade 8 students

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Community Events

1) Speakers Idol 2020

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2) GIVE- GET INVOLVED VOLUNTEER IN EDUCATION

GIVE is a collaborative partnership with SEPYR -Settlement Education Partnership of York Region and YRDSB.  We will be offering free six half day training sessions starting on March 23rd at the Markham North Welcome Centre for any school lunch assistants or parent/community volunteers in your school community that are interested in participating.

Markham Flyer March 2020

 

 

 

 

March 2-6, 2020

Eco Theme March – Turn Off Computers and Monitors

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TIP OF THE WEEK:

Seat Belt SafetyImage result for seatbelt safety kids

 

 

 

Did you know:

  • Seat belts save an estimated 13,000 lives every year. That’s around 35 people every single day!
  • You are 30 times more likely to be ejected from your vehicle in a crash if you don’t wear a seat belt. 
  • In the front seat of a car, occupants wearing seat belts can reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 45%. In a small truck, that jumps to 60%.
  • Ontario requires children to be either in a safety seat, in a booster seat, or wearing a seat belt, depending on their age, height, and weight. 

If you are driving, you can face a fine if you or anyone in your vehicle under age 16 is not wearing a seat belt or secured in a proper child seat. If you are convicted, you will be fined between $200 and $1,000

FAMILIES, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE BUCKLED UP WHEN RIDING IN A MOTOR VEHICLE! IT IS THE LAW! THIS INCLUDES WHEN YOU ARE PICKING UP AND DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.

This Week at the Farm:

March 2-6- Kreative in Dance Styles Workshops Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-8)

March 4- Primary Firefighters Presentation

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

March 11- Scientists in School Grade 2s

March 11- Family Yoga Night @7PM (details to follow)

March 16-20- MARCH BREAK, NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

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Dear Parents,

You should have received a memo last week regarding an initiative that the school in partnership with School Council would like to start called “The Walking School Bus.” This initiative will enable students to walk to school safely as well as have some additional benefits listed below.

A Walking School Bus is a safe and convenient way for children to walk to school with adult supervision. Some of the benefits include:

  • An additional 15-20 minutes of physical activity each day
  • Opportunity to learn road safety and navigation skills
  • A safer school zone due to less traffic
  • Better concentration in the classroom

In the memo sent home, there was a survey that we asked families to fill out to gauge interest in whether you would like your child to participate in the program and/or if you would like to volunteer as part of the organizing committee or walk volunteer.

Please take some time to fill in the survey and return it to school by March 6 to your child’s classroom.

Copies can be found below (both in English and Chinese)

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Hot Lunch Program – Highlights for March 2020

Back by popular demand:

  • Spaghetti with Meatballs in tomato sauce (other versions available online)
  • Tuna Sandwich on a whole wheat kaiser

March 2020 Specials

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An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual.

York Region District School Board is proud to recognize International Women’s Day. In 1977,the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day.

Community Events

1) Fatoumata Diawara Musical Performance

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2) FSYR (Family Services of York Region)

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3) Speakers Idol 2020

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4) York Region Alliance of African Canadian
Communities (YRAACC)

Sankofa Mentoring Program for youth between the ages of 12 and 18

The Sankofa Mentoring Program is rooted in an African Rites of Passage
framework that highlights the principles of Unity, Self-Determination,
Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose,
Creativity, Faith and Self-Respect.

York Region African Canadian Communities Sankofa Mentoring Program Flyer

5) GIVE- GET INVOLVED VOLUNTEER IN EDUCATION

GIVE is a collaborative partnership with SEPYR -Settlement Education Partnership of York Region and YRDSB.  We will be offering free six half day training sessions starting on March 23rd at the Markham North Welcome Centre for any school lunch assistants or parent/community volunteers in your school community that are interested in participating.

Markham Flyer March 2020

 

 

 

February 24-28, 2020

Black History Month- February

2020 AEBS African-Canadian Speakers and Resources

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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TIP OF THE WEEK:

ROAD SAFETY!

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Image result for SLOW DOWN SCHOOL ZONEPLEASE SLOW DOWN WHEN DROPPING YOUR CHILDREN OFF AT SCHOOL IN THE KISS AND RIDE LOOP!

Image result for beckett farm public schoolImage result for stop signPLEASE OBEY ALL SIGNS! A STOP SIGN MEANS COME TO A COMPLETE STOP PLEASE!

(If you don’t stop, you can be fined $400 to $2,000 and get six demerit points for a first offence. If you are convicted a second time within five years, the penalty is a fine of $1,000 to $4,000 and six demerit points. You could also go to jail for up to six months ontario.ca)

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Where a school-crossing guard displays a red and white stop sign, you must stop before reaching the crossing and remain stopped until all people, including the school crossing guard, have cleared the entire roadway and it is safe to proceed.

Drivers who don’t follow the stopping requirements may receive a substantial fine and get three demerit points.

Our children’s safety is paramount! Let’s make our school roads safer for everyone! Do your part, slow down and follow all the rules of the road.

Thank you,

Beckett Farm Staff

This Week at the Farm:

February 24-28- Kreative in Dance Styles Workshops Primary (Grades K-3)

February 26- National Pink Shirt Day

**Students will be able to purchase a Pink Shirt Day Beckett Farm T-shirt for $15 at morning recess in front of the office on Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 26. Limited quantities!

February 26- Grade 8 Graduation Trip Information Evening for Families @6:30PM

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

March 2-6- Kreative in Dance Styles Workshops Junior/Intermediate (Grades 4-8)

March 4- Primary Firefighters Presentation

March 11- Scientists in School Grade 2s

March 11- Family Yoga Night @6:30PM (details to follow)

March 16-20- MARCH BREAK, NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

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Please remember to sign your child(ren) up on Cash On Line for the Kreative In Dance Styles workshops happening in the next couple of weeks. The deadline to pay is February 24, 2020. The workshop is $7.00/child.

大家好,谨在提醒您,我们学生的舞蹈工作坊即将举行。如果您还没有注册您的孩子,请通过学校现金在线注册。付款是$ 7.00

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“Take your kindness to new heights! This Pink Shirt Day, and every day, let’s Lift Each Other Up.

Our theme for this year’s Pink Shirt Day is “Lift each other up”; a simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences and celebrate the things that make us unique. When we lift each other up, we see past the things that separate us and see instead the things that unite us as people.”

Pink Shirt Day is a globally recognized day in support of anti-bullying, upstanding behaviour and simple acts of kindness. On February 26, 2020, we are encouraged to practice kindness and wear pink (or a shade of red) to show that we do not tolerate bullying.

**Students will be able to purchase a Pink Shirt Day Beckett Farm T-shirt for $15 at morning recess in front of the office on Tuesday, February 25 and Wednesday, February 26. Limited quantities!

In honour of Pink Shirt Day, YRDSB Caring and Safe Schools is looking to celebrate the everyday upstanders, those students who stand up to bullying and/or exemplify kindness in their schools.

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Dear Grade 8 families,

Please join us on February 26th from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Learning Commons for an information night regarding the Grade 8 Graduation Trip. This will be an opportunity for you to receive more detailed information about the trip as the tour company will be there to present these details and itinerary. It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. We hope to see you there.

Administration

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Frozen treats are sold each week on Fridays at morning recess! The cost of each frozen treat is $2. Flavours include: chocolate ice cream, vanilla frozen yogurt, orange sorbet, blue raspberry sorbet, and lime sherbert. Families can pre-purchase Frozen Treats using Cash Online for the months of March and April.

*Last day to pre-order treats in Wednesday, February 26th.

Community Events

1) Parents For Children’s Mental Health

PCMH Support Group Poster

2) Alliance of Educators for Black Students

BlackHistoryMonthPosterContest

3) York Region Alliance of African Canadian
Communities (YRAACC)

Sankofa Mentoring Program for youth between the ages of 12 and 18

The Sankofa Mentoring Program is rooted in an African Rites of Passage
framework that highlights the principles of Unity, Self-Determination,
Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose,
Creativity, Faith and Self-Respect.

York Region African Canadian Communities Sankofa Mentoring Program Flyer

4) Fatoumata Diawara Musical Performance

MACCA_Black _History_Month_Event

5) FSYR (Family Services of York Region)

FSYR_workshop_series

6) Speakers Idol 2020

speakers idol 2020