June 10-14, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme June – Everything in its Place

Happening this week!

June 10- Mindfulness Monday

June 12- Areas Track and Field Meet @Bill Crothers SS

June 10- CC Splash Pad Field Trip @10:30AM-12:30PM

June 11- Volunteer Tea Appreciation Day in the staffroom @ 10:50-11:20AM

June 12- Musical Performance @ 6PM

June 13- Musical Performance @2PM and @6PM

June 13- Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown on hardtop

June 14- Holocaust Survivor Presentation Grades 6-8

Looking Ahead!

June 17- Mindfulness Monday

June 17- Grade 1 trip to Ripley’s Aquarium all day

June 19- Regional Track and Field Day

June 19- Grade 8 Graduation!!

June 21- Rain date Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown on hardtop

June 21- Career Fair @9:20-10:50AM

June 26- Report Cards Go Home

A Closer Look

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FUN FAIR SUCCESS!!

Dear Families,

Thank you for another amazing and successful Fun Fair Evening! The weather was beautiful, the food was great, the community turn out was fantastic and most importantly, the kids had a blast!!

This event would not have been possible if it were not for our dedicated, hardworking and committed Parent School Council! Thank you all for helping to make Beckett Farm PS a place where families, staff and students feel welcomed, included and at the centre of so many meaningful and engaging events. You really go above and beyond to foster such a strong and inclusive partnership with the school. We thank you for everything you do.

Thank you to our families who so generously contributed to the fundraising by coming out and enjoying the evening and partaking in the festivities and more so for kindly donating so many wonderful items to put into our raffle baskets! The baskets were so full that it was hard to pack some of them- LOL Our families generously donated so many wonderful items and really worked hard to help make the baskets and raffle prizes usable and practical!

Unfortunately though, one of our raffle prizes full of gift cards went missing and we are very saddened by this as not only were these gift cards donated by our families, but the student/family who rightfully won the prize was not able to take it home. It was a very busy night and we are hoping that anyone who may know its whereabouts or if someone picked it up by mistake that they contact the office or drop it off to the school.

Thank you once again for all your support and continued dedication to make BFPS a wonderful place to be!

 

Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) for Chinese Families

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June 3-7, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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June is Pride Month at YRDSB!

PRIDE MONTH AT YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD!

June is Pride Month around the globe. This month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City at the end of June 1969.

History of Pride Flag
The Pride Flag is internationally recognized as a symbol of pride, hope and diversity. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the Pride Flag as a response to the need for a symbol to support the LGBT rights movement. The current flag has six stripes, each with its own meaning:

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To show our commitment to safer environments, Beckett Farm PS  will fly the Pride flag for the month of June to show our solidarity and commitment to equity and inclusivity for all.

At Beckett Farm PS and within the greater York Region District School Board, we believe that:

  • Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence,
  • All students must be treated with respect and dignity and have access to schools
    where they are safe, welcome, accepted and included,
  • Developing resilient students who are engaged in their learning, who feel a sense of
    belonging in their school communities, and who feel supported to reach their highest potential,
  • We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that uphold and reflect the Seven Guiding Principles of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
  • We recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities,
  • As indicated in the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy, one of our system actions is to “interrogate and remove systemic barriers to well-being and achievement for underserved students through an anti-oppression lens.”

Unfortunately, we see examples of bullying, hate propaganda, cyberbullying, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other expressions of discrimination in our society which can sometimes spill over into our schools.

Flying the Pride flag:

  • demonstrates our commitment to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion.
  • signals our commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Ontario Human
    Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reflect the
    values held by Canadians and Ontarians.
  • aligns with the Director’s Annual Plan which identifies Equity and Inclusivity as a
    priority area

We acknowledge that everyone – government, staff, students, parents and members of the wider community – has an important role to play in creating learning and working
environments which are respectful, safer and inclusive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

June 3- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL

June 4- Last day of Ramadhan

June 5- Diamond Day- Eid Ul Fitr

June 7- Concert Band Field Trip

June 7- School Council Fun Fair! @ 5-8PM

June 13- Musical Performance

Looking Ahead!

June 10- Mindfulness Monday

June 10- Areas Track and Field Meet @Bill Crothers SS

June 10- CC Splash Pad Field Trip

June 11- Volunteer Tea Appreciation Day @ 10:50-11:20AM

June 12- Area Track and Field Rain Date

June 12- Musical Performance @ 6PM

June 13- Musical Performance @2PM and @6PM

June 13- Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown

June 14- Holocaust Survivor Presentation Grades 6-8

A Closer Look

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Eid-ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Muslim calendar, and marks the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims who had been observing Ramadan break the fast and celebrate its conclusion. Please note that this date may change subject to the sighting of the moon.

The day traditionally begins early with a prayer ceremony at the community mosque. Since this is a day to celebrate the renewal of one’s commitment to Islam, people may wear new clothes as a symbol of fresh beginnings. Families typically visit one another and exchange good wishes, hugs and handshakes and homes are often decorated to reflect the festive atmosphere of this special day.

On this festive and meaningful occasion for many members of the Islamic community, we join you in wishing staff, students and parents, a happy celebration.

Thursday, June 27, 2019, Early Dismissal in Elementary Schools

All schools in the York Region District School Board are committed to improving student achievement and well-being. On Thursday, June 27, 2019, an early release day will take place to allow elementary teachers and support staff to take part in meetings during the afternoon of that day. These meetings will allow for school staff to engage in culminating activities regarding the review and revision of the School’s Improvement Plan as well as year-end and transition activities that support student success.

As has been our practice in the past, students will attend school during the morning of Thursday, June 27, 2019, only. Students will be dismissed early that day at 12:10 PM. Arrangements will be made to ensure that students who are normally bused to and from school will receive transportation at this time. Parents/guardians whose children attend after-school child care should make appropriate arrangements to address this change in schedule.

Message From Our Trustee

As we near the end of the school year, this is a good time to celebrate all your child has learned and achieved. I hope that you have seen evidence of their growth and learning throughout the year.

Supporting the well-being and achievement of our students is a partnership with families and communities, and I want to thank you for all that you do to help strengthen our schools and support your child’s learning. We know that when you ask your child about their learning, help them make connections or participate in school events, our students and our schools’ benefit.

Over the past few months, I am humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to take part in a lot of wonderful events, celebrating student success and achievement. Having the opportunity to participate in various school councils and school visits, interacting with students, parents and system administrators allows me to listen to the most current topics we care about as a community. With the ever-growing City of Markham, we are attracting more people because of the inclusiveness and diversities.  I was excited, and at the same time very grateful, to celebrate the grand opening of a brand new school recently – Victoria Square P.S. I share the joy and success with the community thus far and wish you all the best in the upcoming years building a great school community like all others in the school board.

I look forward to continuing to build relationships with families over the summer months and in the 2019-2020 school year. As we go into the summer, there are many opportunities to continue supporting your child’s learning – whether helping to plan a family trip, visiting a local museum, gathering with your school mates for some sports and fun, reading a book or participating in one of the many exciting summer learning programs offered through the Board. I wish you all the best planning your summer.

I would also like to offer a special congratulations to the graduating class of 2019. We wish you all the very best as you move on to this next phase of your life. We look forward to welcoming back all of our new and returning families in the fall.

No matter what your plan is, I wish you and your families a great and safe summer 2019.  Please feel free to email me at ron.lynn@yrdsb.ca should you like to connect and chat.

Ron Lynn

Trustee

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York Pride Fest Parade June 15, 2019

YRDSB is committed to fostering a sense of belonging for all staff and students and engaging families and communities as supportive educational partners who enrich our schools.

Once again this year, York Region District School Board will participate in the annual York Pride Fest Parade taking place on Saturday, June 15 in downtown Newmarket. We would like to extend an invitation to all staff, union partners and members of our YRDSB parent community to participate.

Please see flyer for more details: SC-York-Pride-Fest-Parade

 

 

 

 

 

May 31, 2019

PRIDE MONTH AT YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD!

June is Pride Month around the globe. This month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City at the end of June 1969.

History of Pride Flag
The Pride Flag is internationally recognized as a symbol of pride, hope and diversity. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the Pride Flag as a response to the need for a symbol to support the LGBT rights movement. The current flag has six stripes, each with its own meaning:

Capture

To show our commitment to safer environments, Beckett Farm PS  will fly the Pride flag for the month of June to show our solidarity and commitment to equity and inclusivity for all.

At Beckett Farm PS and within the greater York Region District School Board, we believe that:

  • Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence,
  • All students must be treated with respect and dignity and have access to schools
    where they are safe, welcome, accepted and included,
  • Developing resilient students who are engaged in their learning, who feel a sense of
    belonging in their school communities, and who feel supported to reach their highest potential,
  • We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that uphold and reflect the Seven Guiding Principles of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
  • We recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities,
  • As indicated in the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy, one of our system actions is to “interrogate and remove systemic barriers to well-being and achievement for underserved students through an anti-oppression lens.”

Unfortunately, we see examples of bullying, hate propaganda, cyberbullying, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other expressions of discrimination in our society which can sometimes spill over into our schools.

Flying the Pride flag:

  • demonstrates our commitment to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion.
  • signals our commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Ontario Human
    Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reflect the
    values held by Canadians and Ontarians.
  • aligns with the Director’s Annual Plan which identifies Equity and Inclusivity as a
    priority area

We acknowledge that everyone – government, staff, students, parents and members of the wider community – has an important role to play in creating learning and working
environments which are respectful, safer and inclusive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

 

 

May 27-31, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 27-31st- BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK!

May 27-30- EQAO GRADE 3

May 27- Mindfulness Monday

May 30- Grade 4 Scientists in School

May 30- Grade 7/8 Track and Field Day

May 31- Grade 4-6 Track and Field Day

May 31- FDK Field Trip to the Ontario Science Centre

May 31- Select Grade 7/8s at Step Out Dance Competition

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

June 3- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL

June 4- Last day of Ramadhan

June 5- Diamond Day- Eid Ul Fitr

June 7- Concert Band Field Trip

June 7- School Council Fun Fair!

June 13- Musical Performance

A Closer Look

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Cultural Connect Summer Camp!

Dr. Roz is running her annual Cultural Connect Summer Camp at Parkland PS again this summer. It’s for kids ages 8 and up.

The 4-week camp is FREE, and includes lunch and snacks!  Yes, FREE!  Many of the students with social/emotional/behavioural difficulties have really thrived in their summer camp.

Here’s more information: http://www.drrozshealingplace.com/programs-services/cultural-connect-summer-camp/

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Monday, June 17th
PARENTS’ Support Group-all are welcome!
Topics: Self Care and parent discussion/resource sharing

Please see flyer for more details: PCMH Support Group Poster

Website Refresh Survey: Help us improve our websites

We are refreshing the www.yrdsb.ca website and our school websites, and invite you to share your feedback through a brief survey. The information from the surveys will help us ensure that the content, navigation and layout meet the needs of students, families and community members.

Our websites provide important information about our school and Board, resources to help your child succeed, school programs and more.

The two-part survey is anonymous, confidential and voluntary, and should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions please contact communications@yrdsb.ca.

The survey will be available until June 12 at bit.ly/YRDSBwebsurvey.

 

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Highlights for June:

End of Year Lunch Special

Our beef and chicken sliders are 100% homemade with no fillers or additives!

2 Beef sliders, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

or

2 Chicken sliders, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

or

Veggie burger, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

June Specials

Our monthly lunch specials are available as a combo or an entrée only.

Butter Chicken with basmati rice

or

Chickpea spinach curry with basmati rice

JUNE 2019 Update

 

 

 

May 21-25, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 20- Victoria Day, NO SCHOOL

May 21-24– EQAO GRADE 6

May 22- Badminton Night for families (School Council Hosts) @6:30PM

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 27-31st- BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK!

May 27-30- EQAO GRADE 3

May 27- Mindfulness Monday

May 30- Grade 4 Scientists in School

May 30- Grade 7/8 Track and Field Day

May 31- Grade 4-6 Track and Field Day

May 31- FDK Field Trip to the Ontario Science Centre

May 31- Select Grade 7/8s at Step Out Dance Competition

June 7- FUN FAIR!!!

A Closer Look

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

During the week of May 21-24, 2019, your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division, Grade 6 and the week of May 27-30, 2019, the Primary Division, Grade 3.

In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL AND ON TIME FOR ALL THOSE DAYS!

EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (www.eqao.com), click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).”

If you have any questions, please call me or your child’s teacher.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Prebtani

Vice-Principal

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PLEASE HELP DONATE!

Beckett Farm’s Annual Fun Fair!!!!

Rain or Shine!

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May Specials
  • BBQ Chicken with corn niblets (gluten-friendly)
  • Turkey veggie cheese wrap
  • Grilled veggie, black bean cheese wrap
For everyday inquiries about the Kid’s Kitchen program at your school, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Team at 905-944-0210 or information@kidskitchen.ca
See flyer for more details: MAY 2019 Update

Coffee Chat with Trustees and Board Chair- Markham

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South Asian Heritage Month Student Contest 2019

Theme: South Asian Heritage in the Canadian Context

Topic (choose one):

  • How do you embody your South Asian identity?
  • What does being South Asian mean to you?
  • Who is your South Asian hero? Why?

Why a South Asian Heritage Contest:

  • To celebrate South Asian heritage and identity
  • To recognize South Asians who have made a significant contribution to the world
  • To provide an avenue for Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching/Learning

Qualifying Submissions:

  • Open to all York Region District School Board students K-12
  • One entry per student
  • Must be the original work of the student
  • Entries must be received by May 31, 2019
  • Submission through Google Form

Judging Criteria:

  • Consistency with theme, Creativity and Originality Decisions:
  • Outstanding participants will be notified during the week of June 11, 2018
  • Prizes will be awarded at the participants’ schools

Questions? Please contact: Wahid Khan by email wahid.khan@yrdsb.ca or 905-884-2046 ext 227

Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee – Call for Membership Application Process

We wish to bring to your attention a Call for Membership Application process for the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Committee (PEAC) now underway.  This process invites parents, guardians or caregivers of students attending schools in the following areas to apply.
The available positions include:
CEC East – one elementary, one secondary
CEC West – one elementary
CEC Central – one elementary
CEC North – one elementary, one secondary
PEAC is an advisory committee responsible for providing advice to the Board on strategies to support and strengthen the engagement of parents, families and communities. The Committee’s mandate involves and is not limited to:
  • developing strategies and initiatives the Board can  use to effectively communicate to parents/guardians to engage them in improving student achievement and wellbeing
  • working with school councils of schools of the Board and, through the Board’s Director of Education, with employees of the Board
  • identifying and reduce barriers to parent engagement

The Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee webpage details the PEAC application process, vacancies, and PEAC’s role and responsibilities

An information session for interested parents, guardians and caregivers will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at EC-Aurora in the boardroom

Thank you for your assistance with this endeavour and for your commitment to supporting parent engagement.

 

May 13-17, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 13- Mindfulness Monday

May 14- SODA Track and Field Meet

May 14- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

May 15- Welcome to Kindergarten Night @6-7PM

May 16- Grades 6-8 Track and Field Day

May 17- Grades 4-5 Track and Field Day

May 17- Immunizations Grade 7s

May 17- Possible Badminton Regionals

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 20- Victoria Day, NO SCHOOL

May 21-24- Grade 6 EQAO

May 22- Badminton Night for families (School Council Hosts) @6:30PM

A Closer Look

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

During the week of May 21-24, 2019, your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division, Grade 6 and the week of May 27-30, 2019, the Primary Division, Grade 3.

In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL AND ON TIME FOR ALL THOSE DAYS!

EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (www.eqao.com), click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).”

If you have any questions, please call me or your child’s teacher.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Prebtani

Vice-Principal

Lunch container safety at Beckett Farm 

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A gentle reminder to please refrain from sending glass containers of any kind with your children to school (lunch containers, water bottles, etc) as this does pose a safety concern. We have had on multiple occasions broken glass due to such containers being brought to school.  If you have any questions, please see the office.

Thank you for your support to maintain a safe environment for student and staff.

 

Tamil Genocide:  A Seminar Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Mullivaikal Massacre

Screening of Documentary:  Channel 4: No Fire Zone

Panel Discussion: Historical and Political Context, Legislated Discrimination and Legitimate Resistance War Crimes and Genocide, Remembering the Victims Migration and Mobilization, The State and the Role of the Diaspora

Monday, May 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Middlefield Collegiate Institute 525 Highglen Avenue, Markham, L3S 3L5

Please confirm your attendance by registering

Importance of Sun Safety

SunSense Newsletter

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May 6-10, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 5- Start of Ramadhan

May 6-10- Mental Health Week

May 6- Mindfulness Monday

May 7- Mental Health Presentations for students by Sara Westbrook

May 7- Mental Health Presentation for families @6:45-8PM

May 7- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Gordon Rak and Ms. Mathew’s classes

May 8- School Council Movie Night @6:30PM

May 9- Fitspirit Club @ Downsview Park

May 10- Grade 7/8 Genocide Survivor Speaker Presentation

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 13- Mindfulness Monday

May 14- SODA Track and Field Meet

May 14- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

May 15- Welcome to Kindergarten Night @6-7PM

May 16- Grades 6-8 Track and Field Day

May 17- Grades 4-5 Track and Field Day

May 17- Immunizations Grade 7s

May 17- Possible Badminton Regionals

May 21-24 – EQAO Grade 6

May 27-30 – EQAO Grade 3

A Closer Look

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Families, please join us for an evening presentation from Sara Westbrook, specializing in resilience, confidence and emotional well-being. This will be an adults-only event. 

Child Minding will be available for school-aged children between the ages of 4-13.

Where: Beckett Farm PS, Learning Commons

When: May 7, 2019 @6:45-8:00PM

適應能力強的家庭的三個習慣

請於五月七日,星期二,

晚上6:45到8:00來到Beckett Farm公立小學一起參加一個(只供成人的)特別講座。此講座能讓你認識三個能夠幫助你的孩子建立適應能力、自信及良好情感狀態的習慣。

Please see flyer: ParentPresentationNewFlyerBeckettFarm (002)

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Ramadhan is beginning of the holy month of fasting and contemplation for Muslims. It is 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 Ramadhan, most Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and also 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.

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

At Beckett Farm PS, there will be a room dedicated to those students/staff who are observing Ramadhan to use while fasting during morning recess and the lunch hour as well as a place for prayer.

Lunch container safety at Beckett Farm 

Image result for no glass containers Dear Families,

A gentle reminder to please refrain from sending glass containers of any kind with your children to school (lunch containers, water bottles, etc) as this does pose a safety concern. We have had on multiple occasions broken glass due to such containers being brought to school.  If you have any questions, please see the office.

Thank you for your support to maintain a safe environment for student and staff.

 

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Beckett Recognitions!

Congratulations to Free and Jamil in Grade 8 for willing awards at the Alliance of Educators for Black Students Annual Achievement Awards
on May 2nd!

Congratulations to Ahastan, Yanushan, and Piraveen in Grade 8 for winning awards at the Uukkamathu Kaividale Awards of Excellence on April 30th!

Tamil Genocide:  A Seminar Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Mullivaikal Massacre

Screening of Documentary:  Channel 4: No Fire Zone

Panel Discussion: Historical and Political Context, Legislated Discrimination and Legitimate Resistance War Crimes and Genocide, Remembering the Victims Migration and Mobilization, The State and the Role of the Diaspora

Monday, May 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Middlefield Collegiate Institute 525 Highglen Avenue, Markham, L3S 3L5

Please confirm your attendance by registering

Importance of Sun Safety

SunSense Newsletter

 

 

April 29-May 3, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month!

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, 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.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 29- Mindfulness Monday

May 1- Grade 7/8 VIP Presentation

May 3- Grade 8 Grad trip to Niagara Falls!

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 5- Start of Ramadhan

May 6-10- Mental Health Week

May 6- Mindfulness Monday

May 7- Mental Health Presentations for students by Sara Westbrook

May 7- Mental Health Presentation for families @6:45-8PM

May 7- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Gordon Rak and Ms. Mathew’s classes

May 8- School Council Movie Night @6:30PM

May 9- Fitspirit Club @ Downsview Park

May 10- Grade 7/8 Genocide Survivor Speaker Presentation

May 21-24 – EQAO Grade 6

May 27-30 – EQAO Grade 3

A Closer Look

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Families, please join us for an evening presentation from Sara Westbrook, specializing in resilience, confidence and emotional well-being. This will be an adults-only event. 

Where: Beckett Farm PS, Learning Commons

When: May 7, 2019 @6:45-8:00PM

適應能力強的家庭的三個習慣

請於五月七日,星期二,

晚上6:45到8:00來到Beckett Farm公立小學一起參加一個(只供成人的)特別講座。此講座能讓你認識三個能夠幫助你的孩子建立適應能力、自信及良好情感狀態的習慣。

Please see flyer: ParentPresentationNewFlyerBeckettFarm (002)

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Ramadhan is beginning of the holy month of fasting and contemplation for Muslims. It is 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 Ramadhan, most Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and also 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.

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

At Beckett Farm PS, there will be a room dedicated to those students/staff who are observing Ramadhan to use while fasting during morning recess and the lunch hour as well as a place for prayer.

Educators for Students of South Asian Heritage (ESSAH) Chai House Read-In 2019

In recognition of South Asian Heritage Month, ESSAH welcomes educators, families and community to our Chai House Read-In. Structured like a café house, our event allows attendees to participate as both audience members and presenters.

Please see flyer: SC-ESSAH-Chai-House-Read-In-May

 

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Rider Safety Information

Student Transportation Services of York Region, (STSYR), is excited to announce a new rider safety information initiative for parents/guardians and students who access school bus transportation.

Please see flyer: Safety Program Memo to Parents

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

 An Adult School Crossing Guard is needed in our area.  Currently, there is a vacancy at Beckett Ave & Brock Ave.  As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancy.

The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 shifts per day (morning and afternoon), each shift either half an hour or one hour in length depending on the location. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2019, is $17.00 per hour.

Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment,  are provided for all Crossing Guards. Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak English, have sound judgment in dealing with traffic and be in general good health, as standing and walking for a period of time is a major requirement of the position.

Please contact Ms. Khan in the office if you are interested.

 

 

 

April 22-26, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme April – Reusable Containers!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 22- Diamond Day- Easter Monday, NO SCHOOL!

April 23-26- BOOK FAIR!

April 23- Junior Girls Area Basketball

April 24- Science Fair! Daytime show (10AM-3PM) + Evening Show @6:30PM!

April 25- Grade 4-8 Duffle Bag Theatre Presentation

April 25- Junior Boys Basketball Areas

April 26- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Tsimidis and Ms. Pamenter’s classes

April 26- Diamond Day- Holy Friday

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 28- Diamond Day, Easter (Eastern)

April 29- Mindfulness Monday

May 1- Grade 7/8 VIP Presentation

May 3- Grade 8 Grad trip to Niagara Falls!

A Closer Look

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For Christians following the Eastern Julian calendar, Easter is one of the most important holidays of the year.

Holy Friday commemorates the passion of Jesus Christ. The Eastern churches focus on the burial.

Many of the traditions that bond generations together in the Orthodox tradition occur during the celebration of Easter. One of the most prominent rituals of the Orthodox Easter is the forty-day Lenten fast, where no meat or dairy is eaten. The fast is typically broken on Sunday morning at 1 or 2 a.m. following the evening Church service where candles are lit and a celebratory hymn is sung in the honour of the resurrection of Christ.

We join you in wishing a Happy Easter to all staff, students and community members who will celebrate Easter in the Orthodox tradition.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming to

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Dear Beckett Farm families,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 26th. We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in books.

Your support of this fundraiser will help us purchase new materials and equipment for the Makerspace in our Learning Commons.

The book fair will be open daily during the following times:

10:50 – 11:20            a.m. Recess

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.    Lunch Recess

3:40 – 4:15 p.m.    After school

  • Closes Friday, April 26th @ 2:00 p.m.

Classes will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school time.

Families are welcome to come after school at 3:40 p.m.

Please note that there will not be any regular book exchange during this week in order to accommodate the Book Fair.

Remember to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar. Thank you for helping to foster a love of reading by attending our Book Fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

CASH and/or cheques made payable to Beckett Farm PS are accepted.

See you at the Fair!

Ms. Sofos and Ms. Signer

Teacher-Librarians

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

 An Adult School Crossing Guard is needed in our area.  Currently, there is a vacancy at Beckett Ave & Brock Ave.  As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancy.

The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 shifts per day (morning and afternoon), each shift either half an hour or one hour in length depending on the location. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2019, is $17.00 per hour.

Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment,  are provided for all Crossing Guards. Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak English, have sound judgment in dealing with traffic and be in general good health, as standing and walking for a period of time is a major requirement of the position.

For anyone wishing to inquire about employment, please contact Anthony Kagan at 905-737-1600.

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Family Engagement Event!

Join us for an evening of:

  • Interactive Booths
  • Educational Activities
  • Community Partnerships
  • Community Building

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019                 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Richmond Green Secondary School

1 William F. Bell Pkwy, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2T9

For more information, please contact:

  • Alice Chu alicewan-ling.chu@yrdsb.ca
  • Initha Subramaniam initha.subramaniam@yrdsb.ca
  • Joanne Tang joanne.tang@yrdsb.ca
  • Sophia Han sophia.han@yrdsb.ca
  • Wahid Khan wahid.khan@yrdsb.ca

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We are pleased to announce that we are now offering online registration for our elementary program. Registering online will eliminate wait times and long line-ups.  Online registration is available through Edsby.  Please see the attached brochure for more information about our programs. 
Families can still register in person at the language site now and in September. Please contact our office at international.languages@yrdsb.ca  if you would like to register in person before September. 
For more information about registration, courses, dates and locations, 

please visit 
www.yrdsb.ca/international-languages or e-mail us atinternational.languages@yrdsb.ca.

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April 24th, 6:30-7:30 @ Pierre Berton Public School

Parent Workshop Poster

 

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Please see flyer for registration details: SC-Women Offering Wisdom South Asian Student Conference

 

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Are you a student in a publicly funded school in Ontario?

Will you be between Grades 7 and 12 during the 2019–2020 school year?

Do you want to impact Ontario students’ educational experience?

If yes, you should consider submitting an application on to be a member of Education on Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Student Advisory Committee!

The Student Advisory Committee is a group that helps foster a two-way conversation between Ontario’s students and EQAO. Students are the focus of EQAO’s work, and we value learners’ perspectives on everything that we do.

During its inaugural year, the Student Advisory Committee met three times virtually. These meetings allowed committee members to provide feedback and advice on key areas of focus as well as promising practices to support students writing EQAO assessments.

As EQAO seeks to continuously improve our programs, we want to ensure that students’ voices are being heard. The Student Advisory Committee is a unique forum for students to share ideas and experiences.

Please see flyer for more details: Invitation – EQAO Student Advisory Committee

Please see Application if interested: Application Form – EQAO Student Advisory Committee