January 20-24, 2020

SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW!

Notice has been provided by ETFO, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, that all YRDSB elementary school teachers will be conducting a one day strike affecting elementary schools on Monday, January 20, 2020 .

ETFO One Day Strike NOTICE public – January 20

A message from Kid’s Kitchen: Annotation 2019-12-01 122407

If school is closed, all lunches will be cancelled. Parents will not need to contact Kid’s Kitchen to cancel orders—it will be done automatically.

Thank you for patience and co-operation in allowing us to provide the best possible service.

We truly enjoy serving your community and the children!

Best regards,

The Kid’s Kitchen Team

Tamil Heritage Month- January

Inclusive School & Community Services, Chair of the Board Juanita Nathan, Settlement and Education Partnership in York Region (SEPYR), Educators for Tamil Student Success in partnership with Community Agencies will be hosting events to celebrate Tamil Heritage with our school communities.

These activities and events throughout the month are subject to the ongoing job action:

  • Tamil Heritage Month opening ceremony. January 3, 2020, Queens Park, Toronto, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm.
  • Tamil-Heritage-Month-Research-Assignment
    ● Tamil Canadian Diaspora: Distress and Resilience: training seminar for frontline services providers, educators, and health professionals. January 21, 2020, Middlefield Collegiate Institute.
    ● Bharathi Vizha: Cultural showcase celebrating 100 years of Bharathi. January 24, 2020, Tamil Isai Kalamantram, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm.
  • Youth Leadership Conference by Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action: TBD
  • Community Discussion on Future of Tamil Language Learning and Tamil Studies in
    Canada: in collaboration with Tamil Language Teachers to explore ways to strengthen Tamil studies among children, youth and young adults. Tamil Isai Kalamantram, January 26, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
    ● Markham Tamil Organization and Tamil Student Associations Thai Pongal Celebrations: Bill Hogarth Secondary School, January 17, 2020, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    ● Stouffville Tamil Community Thai Pongal Celebrations: Stouffville Secondary School, January 31, 2020, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
    ● Tamil Student Conference: TBD
    ● Indigenous and International Languages Program workshops hosted by Community Partners

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

 

Image result for FUNNY SCHOOL JOKES

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

MENTAL HEALTH JANUARY

BELL LET'S TALK

This Week at the Farm:

January 20- No School

Janurary 21-24- Grade 1-5 Intramurals during morning recess

January 21- School Council Meeting @ 6:30PM

January 22-23- Grade 1 Scientists in the School Program

January 23- Grade 7/8 VIP

January 25- Diamond Day- Lunar New Year

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

January 27-30- Grade 1-5 Intramurals at recess time

January 27- International Holocaust Remembrance Day

SC-International-Holocaust-Remembrance-Day

January 29- Beckett Farm Lunar New Year Festival of Learning for Families

6:30-7:30pm

Topics:

  • What are the differences between Canada’s and China’s education system?
  • How can we help our children succeed on their learning path?
  • What do we need to pay attention to as our children grow and develop?
  • How can you help your children express their emotions and handle stress?
  • How can you deal with your child’s frustrations and where can you ask for help

Lunar New Year Festival of Learning 2020 

January 30- VIP Grade 8

January 31- PA Day- NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

 

Beckett Farm PS Spirit Wear!

Dear Beckett Farm Families,

Go Thunderbolts Go!

Show your school spirit with Beckett Farm Spirit Wear! We will be selling Spirit Wear starting Monday, January 20, 2020 through Friday, January 31, 2020.

We are trying a new format for orders this year!

To check out our spirit wear and to place an order, please visit http://www.chewyapparel.ca/store/beckett-farm/ to purchase BFPS Spirit Wear. 

New this year, in support of our inclusion, equity and well-being here on The Farm, we have included a colour option for T-Shirt and Long Sleeve Shirts ONLY. Although these various acts of inclusion, equity and well-being are held during a particular month we love seeing our scholars recognize these movements throughout the year. 

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Ms. Rizzi. We look forward to seeing everyone in their Beckett Farm gear!

Thank you,

Ms. Rizzi

ines.rizzi@yrdsb.ca

September – Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is an event designed to educate people and promote awareness about the Canadian residential school system and the impact this system had on Indigenous communities for more than a century in Canada, and still does today.

October – Purple Shirt Day

Purple Shirt Day is an anti-bullying event that raises awareness about LGBTQ students and the impact of bullying on their well-being. Purple Shirt Day offers an important opportunity to raise awareness about inclusion and well-being of ALL students.

February – Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying initiative that raises awareness about bullying in schools. Pink Shirt Day is a national movement that was inspired by an act of kindness in a small town in Nova Scotia. This movement continues to grow nation-wide.

April – International Day of Pink

Your child’s BFPS pink shirt can also be worn in April for International “Day of Pink” where students take a stand for inclusion and acceptance of all people including our LGBTQ community.

March – Green Shirt Day

Earth Hour is an annual event, when millions of people and thousands of business worldwide turn off lights and shut down most electrical appliances to celebrate sustainability and show their support for strategies that will help solve the problem of global warming.

April – Blue – Autism Awareness Day

Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day that raises awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. On Autism Awareness Day we all “Light it Up Blue” and wear our BFPS blue shirts to show inclusion of all students!

JunePride

PRIDE is the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in our community. During the month of June, we celebrate and honour those who are a part of the LGBTQ community and allies of this community by wearing our PRIDE shirts.

June – Orange – Indigenous Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a national day that celebrates and honours First Nations, Metis and Inuit Canadians by commemorating their important histories and cultural contributions. 

Simplified Chinese Version:

Thunderbolts 加油! 穿上带有Beckett Farm精神的服饰展现学校精神! 2020 120 周一起我们将开始销售代表学校精神的服装一直到131日为止,请至以下网址上购买http:/ /www.chewyapparel.ca/store/beckett-farm/ to purchase Spirit Wear.

为表示本校对包容,平等及学生福祉的支持,从今年开始我们将仅对 T恤及长袖衫提供不同颜色的选项。尽管这些有关包容,平等和学生身心健康的活动仅在特定月份举行,我们仍乐于见到学生全年都穿着以示认同支持这些运动。

如果您有任何问题或疑虑,欢迎联络 Rizzi 女士,我们期待在 Beckett Farm 学校的活动中见到所有每一个人!

谢谢,

Rizzi 女士

ines.rizzi@yrdsb.ca

九月 —橘衫日

橘衫日活动旨在教育并提高人们对加拿大寄宿学校制度的认识以及它对加拿大原住民社区在过去一世纪以来至今都仍存在的影响。

十月 紫衫日

紫衫日是一个反霸凌活动旨在提高大众对 LGBTO 学生的认识以及霸凌对他们身心所造成的影响。紫衫日提供一个重要机会提高大众对所有学生的包容性以及他们的身心健康的重视。

二月粉红衫日 ¬

粉红衫日是一个倡导反霸凌的活动,旨在唤起大众对学校霸凌的重视。粉红衫日是由新斯科舍省一个小镇的善举所引发成为全国性运动。而此运动持续在全国各地发展中。

四月国际粉红衫日

您小孩的 BFPS 粉红衫也可以在四月份的国际粉红日中穿着,学生站出来表达对所有的人包括我们LGBTQ社区的包容与接受。

三月绿衫日

“地球一小时是个一年一度的活动。全世界数以百万计的人们以及成千上万的企业以关灯和关闭多数电器用品的实际行动方式庆祝并表达对得以解决全球暖化策略的支持。

四月蓝色自闭症意识日

自闭症意识日是国际公认的一天, 旨在提高人们对自闭症障碍患者的认识。在这一天我们都将点亮蓝色” 以及穿着我们的 BFPS 蓝色衫以表达对所有学生的包容!

六月自豪

自豪“ 是一个提倡自我肯定,尊严,平等并提高我们社区中男女同性恋,双性恋和变性人能见度的活动。在整个六月份里,我们穿着 PRIDE 衫来庆祝并荣耀那些 LGBTQ 社区的成员以及此社区的盟友。

六月 橘色 原住民日

原住民日是一个国定纪念日,通过纪念原住民他们的重要历史和文化贡献方式来庆祝并荣耀第一民族 First Nations,蒂斯人 Metis和因纽特 Inuit加拿大人。

Diamond Day- Lunar New YearImage result for lunar new year 2020

Lunar New Year is a cultural and religious celebration for many Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities

Many rituals are associated with this festive occasion. They include cleaning house, paying off debts, settling old arguments, and other means of making a “fresh start.” To celebrate, people may light firecrackers, hang poetry, enjoy a family feast (oranges and apples are considered lucky fruits), exchange gifts (adults may give children laisee, red envelopes filled with money), and buy new clothes or new shoes.

We wish all staff, students and community celebrating Lunar New Year a happy and joyful celebration in the company of family and friends.

 

Community Events

1) Parents for Children’s Mental HealthAnnotation 2020-01-19 121813

PCMH Support Group Poster

2) Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) for Chinese Families

Various workshops:

Lunar New Year Social

Reading Your Child’s Report Card

3) 21st Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

(Gr. 6-12)

21st Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 13-17, 2020

Tamil Heritage Month- JanuaryImage result for thai pongal in tamil

On October 5, 2016, Motion M-24 was passed in the Federal Parliament, officially proclaiming January of every year as Tamil Heritage Month (THM). Thus, we are pleased to invite you to join us in acknowledging and celebrating Tamil Heritage Month in Canada.

Tamil Heritage Month aims to celebrate the richness of the Tamil language and its literature, as well as to highlight the vibrant traditions, histories, arts, and cultures of Tamil Canadians. In addition, it seeks to recognize the significant contributions of Tamil Canadians in key areas of social, cultural, economic, and political spheres.

According to the Tamil calendar, January 14 begins the month of “Thai” and the start of the Tamil New Year. On this day Tamils around the diaspora will be celebrating Tamil New Year and Thai Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival. Thai Pongal is the most important and widely-celebrated festival amongst Tamils around the globe. Thai Pongal is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and a time to look forward to the New Year.
Pongal refers to rice cooked in milk and sweetened with chakkarai (brown cane sugar). On Thai Pongal, members of the family wake up early in the morning, dress in new clothes and gather together to cook the traditional Pongal meal. Additional ingredients used in this special dish include milk-roasted green gram (payaru), raisins, cashew nuts (optional), and cardamom. Pongal is served with fruits (banana and mango) on a banana leaf, and the family gives thanks to the sun and the farmers for a bountiful harvest before sharing the special dish with family members, friends and neighbours.

Inclusive School & Community Services, Chair of the Board Juanita Nathan, Settlement and Education Partnership in York Region (SEPYR), Educators for Tamil Student Success in partnership with Community Agencies will be hosting events to celebrate Tamil Heritage with our school communities.

These activities and events throughout the month are subject to the ongoing job action:

  • Tamil Heritage Month opening ceremony. January 3, 2020, Queens Park, Toronto, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm.
  • Tamil-Heritage-Month-Research-Assignment
    ● Tamil Canadian Diaspora: Distress and Resilience: training seminar for frontline services providers, educators, and health professionals. January 21, 2020, Middlefield Collegiate Institute.
    ● Bharathi Vizha: Cultural showcase celebrating 100 years of Bharathi. January 24, 2020, Tamil Isai Kalamantram, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm.
  • Youth Leadership Conference by Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action: TBD
  • Community Discussion on Future of Tamil Language Learning and Tamil Studies in
    Canada: in collaboration with Tamil Language Teachers to explore ways to strengthen Tamil studies among children, youth and young adults. Tamil Isai Kalamantram, January 26, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
    ● Markham Tamil Organization and Tamil Student Associations Thai Pongal Celebrations: Bill Hogarth Secondary School, January 17, 2020, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    ● Stouffville Tamil Community Thai Pongal Celebrations: Stouffville Secondary School, January 31, 2020, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
    ● Tamil Student Conference: TBD
    ● Indigenous and International Languages Program workshops hosted by Community Partners

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

 

Image result for funny school jokes

TIP OF THE WEEK: Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

This list is only a small starter’s kit for just bringing more kindness into the world. It doesn’t do kindness justice. To truly make an impact in the world, kindness is something we must demonstrate to each other every day. Kindness begets kindness. Pass it on and start a movement.

Image result for kindness tips

This Week at the Farm:

January 13-16- Grade 1-5 Intramurals during morning recess

January 17- PA Day- NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

Janurary 20-24- Grade 1-5 Intramurals during morning recess

January 21- School Council Meeting @ 6:30PM

January 22-23- Grade 1 Scientists in the School Program

January 23- Grade 7/8 VIP

January 25- Diamond Day- Lunar New Year

Staff Change

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is to inform you that Ms. Elsie Ng has accepted a full time position with the board as a Regional Elementary English Literacy Development Itinerant Teacher. We would like to congratulate Ms. Ng on this wonderful news! It is certainly an exciting time for Ms. Ng as she will bring her wealth of knowledge and expertise to service the school board and continue to make an impact on all the students, staff and families in a greater capacity.  We sincerely appreciate the dedication, strong commitment, passion, vast knowledge and the commitment to equity that Ms. Ng always brings to the classroom and to her profession. We wish her well as she starts her new and exciting journey. We know the students and staff will miss her greatly.

We would like to welcome Ms. M. Cheng to Beckett Farm P.S! Ms. Cheng will take on the role as a 0.5 English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. Ms. Cheng is an experienced teacher who has worked at a number of schools in our system and brings with her strong experience working in an ELL setting. As an experienced teacher, we know that she will bring the same strong commitment and consistency to implementing the ELL program.  To ensure a smooth transition with program planning for all the children in the classroom, Ms. Cheng and Ms. Ng have discussed such matters prior to her arrival. 

To reassure you that your child’s education and sense of belonging will continue to be our top priority at Beckett Farm P.S. We are working through the York Region District School Board’s hiring process to find a long term replacement for the other 0.5 part of the ELL position as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the school.

Sincerely,

Administration

Community Events:

1) Free Adult non-credit programs

Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) and LBS (Literacy and Basic Skills) programs.

YRDSB_LBS_Flyer_digital

ESL Classes General Ad

2) Hong Fook Youth and Family Program

Join us for a full day of games in the HF Digital Corner and
team activities in the gym. Make new connections and have fun!
For youth aged 11-14

歡迎參加我們專⾨設置給11-14歲的⻘少
年的康福全⽇數位空間項⽬!
享受有趣好玩的遊戲以及體育館的團隊
活動,結交新朋友!

PA Day Program Flyer – 2020

3)Parent Engagement and Network for Chinese Families- Lunar New Year Social

Annotation 2020-01-05 185843

 

 

 

 

 

January 6-10, 2020

Image result for happy new year 2020

Welcome back to all our scholars, staff and families! We hope that the holidays were a time for rest, relaxation and much happiness with loved ones.

We are excited to begin a new year and a new start, one filled with lots of fun, wellness and academic rigor for all of our scholars at Beckett Farm PS. We are looking forward to continuing our journey together and partnering with all of our families to ensure Academic Achievement and Well-Being for all of our scholars.

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for new year jokes

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

20 Things to Make More Time for in 2020:

  1. Reading books
  2. Sleep
  3. Gratitude
  4. Your passion
  5. Experiences as a family
  6. Listening to podcasts
  7. Helping the planet
  8. Exercise daily
  9. Meaningful conversations
  10. Learning meditation
  11. Trips with friends
  12. New connections
  13. Monitoring ego
  14. Fresh opportunities
  15. Local travel
  16. Removing judgement
  17. Finding your values
  18. Clearing negativity
  19. Making memories
  20. Service and charity

This Week at the Farm:

January 6- First Day Back to School!

January 8- Primary Firefighter Presentation

January 9- Grade 7s to Vivian Outdoor Education Centre (Ms. Baek and Ms. Prasoulis)

January 10- Grade 7s to Vivian Outdoor Education Centre (Ms. Hobbs and Ms. Panacci)

Vivian Outdoor Education Centre

January 10- Grade 3 Field Trip to YRDSB Heritage School House

HSHProgramGuide

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

January 13- Grade 4s to Vivian Outdoor Education Centre (Ms. Mathew, Ms. Gordon Rak)

Vivian Outdoor Education Centre

January 13- Grade 5s to Community Safety Village (Ms. Rizzi, Ms. Signer and Ms. Liu)

Community Safety Village

January 14- Grade 4s to Vivian Outdoor Education Centre (Ms. Pamenter, Ms. Sousa, Ms. Liu)

January 15/16/20-  Grade 2s to Vivian Outdoor Education Centre

January 17- PA DAY, NO SCHOOL!

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

School Council Updates

sc updates blog

Beckett Scholars’ Wall of Fame

Take a look at some amazing work done by our grade 8 scholars! Using creativity, critical thinking and innovative skills, our grade 8 scholars designed and created various simulations using different platforms (Minecraft, Tinkercad, etc) to demonstrate their understanding of cells.

 

 

Parent Engagement and Network for Chinese Families- Lunar New Year Social

Annotation 2020-01-05 185843

 

Diamond Day- Christmas Eastern Image result for orthodox christmas

December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches,
such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas
on January 7.

For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in
Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God,
and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on
December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian
churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament
account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians
acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings.
Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed my many non-Christians. Many
celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family and friends, and
attending services in Church.

We join you in wishing Christian students, staff and members of the community who will
be celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas and a joyful time of sharing.

Annotation 2019-12-01 122407

Preview of January Specials:

  • Sweet & Sour Chicken balls with steamed rice
  • (GF) Sweet & Sour Chicken with steamed rice
  • Chicken pot pie and Caesar salad
  • Steamed Dumplings with soya sauce

January 2020 Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 16-20, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for holiday jokes

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

Family Time and Learning Tips for the Holidays

Cook Together — Include your children in meal prep and baking for holiday gatherings. It’s a great way to have fun and teach kids about cooking and nutrition. While you’re cooking, you can practice math and reading skills—and demonstrate cool science concepts through various cooking techniques.

Play Games — Playing board and trivia games during holiday get-togethers is a good way to enjoy quality time together. Look for ideas online. There are a variety of games—for all ages—that are fun and educational as well.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors — Play with your kids in the backyard or at a local park. If it snows, build a snowman or hit the slopes! You can find fun outdoor games that promote physical activity.

And Read Every Day — Take your kids to the local library and borrow books to read over the winter break. And spend time reading together—it helps children develop their literacy skills and excel academically.

PBSFamily Holiday Tips

This Week at the Farm:

December 16-21- Beckett Farm Spirit Days:

Annotation 2019-12-15 131214

December 18- School Council hosts Holiday Movie Night @6:30PM

December 23- Jan 5- Winter Holidays! School Closed

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

THANK YOU FAMILIES!Image result for holiday heroes campaign

Our YRP Holiday Heroes Campaign was a true success! Thank you to all of our families, Beckett Farm PS managed to raise $715 in gift card donations!!! These gift cards will be donated to support our families in need right here in our own communities!!!

Again, a huge thank you to all the families that contributed to this worthy cause- your generosity and kindness will go a long way to help others in need!

Faith Day- Chanukah-HanukkahImage result for hanukkah

Chanukah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” also known as the “Feast of
Dedication,” begins at sunset on December 23.

 

 

 

In Judaism, Chanukah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the
victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom and rededication of the
Temple in 165 B.C.E. and to celebrate the power of God and the
faithfulness of Israel.

During the celebration, the eight candles of the menorah, the Chanukah
lamp, are lit one day at a time. Card-playing is traditionally associated with
the festival, as is spinning the dreidel (a spinning top). Schools will be
acknowledging the festival through a variety of activities that promote
learning and understanding for all students.

We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who
will be lighting the menorah in their homes a joyful time of sharing.

Diamond Day– ChristmasImage result for merry christmas

December 25 (Western)/ January 7 (Eastern)

December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches,
such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas
on January 7.

For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in
Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God,
and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on
December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian
churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament
account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians
acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings.
Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed my many non-Christians. Many
celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family and friends, and
attending services in Church.

We join you in wishing Christian students, staff and members of the community who will
be celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas and a joyful time of sharing.

Faith Day- KwanzaaImage result for kwanzaa

December 26- January 1

Kwanzaa is a cultural observance created in 1966 to celebrate African inspired traditional values and African American ancestry and heritage.

 

Kwanzaa (“first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) is being observed by increasing numbers of African Canadian families.

On each day of the week during Kwanzaa, a candle is lit in a seven-branched
candelabrum called a kinara, to represent one of the seven principles celebrated during
Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative
economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Children often receive educational and cultural
gifts, and the week may end with a great feast – the Kwanzaa Karamu – followed by dance, music and readings. (adapted from A Chorus of Cultures: Developing Literacy Through Multicultural Poetry, by Alm Flor Ada, Violet J. Harris & Lee Bennett Hopkins).

We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who will be
celebrating Kwanzaa a joyful time of celebration.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE STAFF AT BECKETT FARM TO ALL OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. WISHING YOU ALL A RESTFUL AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH LOVED ONES.

SEE YOU BACK ON JANUARY 6TH!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 9-13, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for school funny jokes

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

Some ways to help your child achieve in school:

  1. Attend parent-teacher interviews, curriculum days, school events
  2. Visit the school and it’s websites/blogs/newsletters
  3. Send your child to school ready to learn (nutritious breakfast; snacks, proper sleep, etc)
  4. Know school/board code of conduct policies 
  5. Get involved (School council, volunteering, story telling in the classroom, presentations, etc)
  6. Take attendance/punctuality to school seriously 
  7. Make time to talk about school with your child

This Week at the Farm:

December 9-13- Hour of Code

December 11- Primary Winter Concert:

Day time performance: 11:30 AM, Evening Performance: 6:30 PM

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert:

Daytime Performance: 2:30 PM

December 12- Grade 8 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Guidance Department Visit to Beckett Farm

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 16-21- Beckett Farm Spirit Days:

December 16- Scarf and Toque Day!

December 17- Favourite Sports Team Gear Day!

December 18- Beckett Farm Spirit Wear Day or wear Black, Powder Blue or Silver!

December 19- Winter Sweater Spirit Day! (aka Ugly Sweater Day)

December 20- PJ Spirit Day! With a morning Sing A Long and Movie

December 18- School Council hosts Holiday Movie Night @6:30PM

December 23- Jan 5- Winter Holidays! School Closed

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

BFPS 6th Annual Winter ConcertAnnotation 2019-12-01 121438

Concert performed by Grades FDK/1 to 3

With special appearances by:

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • School of Rock
  • Grade 8 classes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Day performance: 11:30 am (doors open at 11:20 am)

Evening performance: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 PM)

**For the evening performance, please have your child at the school between
6:00pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Win FRONT row seating and a RESERVED PARKING spot!

Families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for each $10 gift card they donate towards the Holiday Heroes Campaign. For example, families that donate $20 will be given 2 ballots. We will have a draw to win reserved front row seating and a parking spot on the evening of the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11. The gift card collection will be from Monday, December 2nd until December 12th.  We are collecting gift cards for grocery stores and department stores.

Holiday Heroes Campaign

Annotation 2019-12-01 122026

Beckett Farm Public School is partnering up with “Holiday Heroes”, an organization run by the York Regional Police, to help support families in our community.

Families may choose to donate $10 gift cards for a grocery store or department store.

The drive will begin on Monday, December 2nd and run until Thursday, December 12th.

For EACH $10 gift card donated to the Holiday Heroes campaign, families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for a draw to win reserved front row seating and a reserved parking spot on the night of the winter concert on Wednesday, December 11. Ballots will be drawn on December 10th.

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!Image result for gift card"

Pizza Orders!Image result for pizza

Pizza orders are now up on cashonline for our next round of pizza (begins Wednesday January 8th).

The deadline for ordering is December 18th.

 

 

Frozen Treats for Sale at BFPS!

Jennifer Z Frozen Treats Ad

Parent Engagement and Network Workshop for Chinese Families

Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) Workshop for Chinese Families will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. See flyer for registration.

SC-PENWorkshop

Parents for Children’s Mental Health

PCMH is the only provincial, family-led, non-profit organization that provides a voice for families who face the challenges of child and youth mental health issues.

PCMH Support Group Poster

 

 

 

 

 

December 2-6, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for funny school jokes"

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

How can I nurture my child’s mental health?

Help children build strong, caring relationships:

  • It’s important for children and youth to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.
  • A significant person who is consistently present in a child’s life plays a crucial role in helping him develop resilience. This person—often a parent or other family member—is someone your child spends a lot of time with and knows he can turn to when he needs help.
  • Show your children how to solve problems that arise.

Help children and youth develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves:

  • Show lots of love and acceptance.
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests.
  • Help them set realistic goals.

Create a safe, positive home environment:

  • Be aware of your child’s media use, both the content and the amount of time spent. This includes TV, movies, Internet, gaming devices (whether hand-held, or played through a computer or TV). Be aware of who they might be interacting with in chatrooms and online games.
  • Be careful about discussing serious family issues—such as finances, marital problems, or illness—around your children. Children can worry about these things.
  • Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
  • Be a role model by taking care of your own mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/mental_health

This Week at the Farm:

December 2-6- FDK Classroom Visits continued

December 2-3- Dental Screening continued (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Possibly Gr 4)

December 3- COSN Delegation Visit to Beckett Farm PS

On December 3, Beckett Farm PS welcomes the COSN (Consortium for School Networking) Delegation to our school. These education leaders from around the world will be visiting our classrooms to observe and learn about the wonderful ways our staff and students engage in 21st Century learning. This includes how we are leveraging digital tools to engage our students in innovative learning practices to promote Global Competencies such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication. We are very excited to welcome our guests into our dynamic learning spaces! 

December 4- Daycare Winter Concert

December 4- Grades 2-4 participating in a Cartoon Workshop

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 9-13- Hour of Code

December 11- Primary Winter Concert:

Day time performance: 11:30 AM, Evening Performance: 6:30 PM

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert:

Daytime Performance: 2:30 PM

December 12- Grade 8 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Guidance Department Visit to Beckett Farm

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

Beckett Farm’s Very Own Celebrity!Image result for E Glasses"

One of our very own grade 4 student’s was asked to be on City TV news! Z.G. was asked to demonstrate her use of a new technology that she is testing out in class – E Sight Electronic Glasses for people with Low/Impaired Vision. We are very proud of Z.G for her leadership in sharing her learning with others to help improve the lives of many!

Check her out: Testing Electronic Vision

BFPS 6th Annual Winter ConcertAnnotation 2019-12-01 121438

Concert performed by Grades FDK/1 to 3

With special appearances by:

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • School of Rock
  • Grade 8 classes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Day performance: 11:30 am (doors open at 11:20 am)

Evening performance: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 PM)

**For the evening performance, please have your child at the school between
6:00pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Win FRONT row seating and a RESERVED PARKING spot!

Families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for each $10 gift card they donate towards the Holiday Heroes Campaign. For example, families that donate $20 will be given 2 ballots. We will have a draw to win reserved front row seating and a parking spot on the evening of the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11. The gift card collection will be from Monday, December 2nd until December 12th.  We are collecting gift cards for grocery stores and department stores.

Holiday Heroes Campaign

Annotation 2019-12-01 122026

Beckett Farm Public School is partnering up with “Holiday Heroes”, an organization run by the York Regional Police, to help support families in our community.

Families may choose to donate $10 gift cards for a grocery store or department store. 

The drive will begin on Monday, December 2nd and run until Thursday, December 12th.

For EACH $10 gift card donated to the Holiday Heroes campaign, families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for a draw to win reserved front row seating and a reserved parking spot on the night of the winter concert on Wednesday, December 11. Ballots will be drawn on December 10th.

Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!Image result for gift card"

Trustee Newsletter Greeting

Trustee Greetings for school newsletters Dec2019 – Trustee Lynn

Kindergarten French Immersion Registration

Registrations Begin January 17, 2020

SL-FI-newsletterinsert

Annotation 2019-12-01 122407

December Specials:

December 2019 Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25-29, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for teacher school jokes"

TIP OF THE WEEK:

Supporting our ELL students at home:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

Storytelling

  • Oral storytelling is a great way to engage children and also to enhance children’s vocabulary and oral language skills
  • Encourage children to add to the stories you are telling or make up their own
  • Can be done in your home lanugage

“Read” wordless picture books

  • Wordless picture books tell stories through pictures. This can be a fun way for parents and children to sit down together with books and talk about stories.
  • Children can learn how stories progress, make predictions, and develop a love for books.

Say rhymes and sing songs

  • rhymes, songs and chants can help build oral language skills, such as intonation and word stress
  • Can be done in your home language as well

Watch educational children’s television programs together

  • Promotes English language and literacy development. This can be a great way for both parents and children to learn English together.
  • TVO Kids is a great place to start

Read bilingual books

  •  Great way for ELL students and their parents and family to enjoy books together. In addition, they can both improve their reading skills along the way.

This Week at the Farm:

November 25-29- FDK Classroom Visits continued

November 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair continued

November 26- School Bus Safety Sessions

November 27- Picture Re Take day

November 27-29- Grade 3 Gifted Testing

November 27- Neighbourhood Community Watch Presentation for all families @7:00PM

November 28- Dental Screening (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Gr 4)

November 28- Community Class Field Trip to Special Olympics Program (9:30-1:30)

November 29- VIP Grade 6

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 2-6- FDK Classroom Visits continued

December 2-3- Dental Screening continued (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Possibly Gr 4)

December 4- Daycare Winter Concert

December 4- Grades 2-4 participating in a Cartoon Workshop

December 11- Primary Winter Concert

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert

School Fundraising FormsImage result for fundraising"

Families, if you have not already done so, please return all School Fundraising Forms back to the school no later than December 6, 2019.

Message from School Council:

Beckett Farm School Council is launching the annual fundraising event and this will go on for 3 weeks. The students will be given a donation form to facilitate the collection on or before December 6, 2019. All donations will be used to purchase new technology equipment, books for our library, science kits and other items wherever the school sees the need. Please help us reach our goal of $10, 000 and enrich our school even more.

Thank you,

Your School Council

DonationForm-EN&CH (1)

 

 

 

November 18-22, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for funny school jokes"

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

PEAC

The Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) of the York Region District School Board’s purpose is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the Board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The mandate of the Committee is to provide information and advice on parent engagement to the Board, communicate with and support school councils of schools of the Board and undertake activities to help parents of pupils of the Board to support their children’s learning at home and at school.

PEAC Meetings
Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and held at four times in each school year, usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Education Centre Aurora, 60 Wellington Street West Aurora ON.
 In addition to the four regularly scheduled meetings, two joint meetings will be scheduled with members of the Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee each school year.
​The Committee is composed of 12 parents, the Director of Education, one trustee and one alternate, two principals/vice-principals, one Superintendent, one Special Education Advisory Committee member, one Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee member, and one community representative.

PEAC Agenda

To access the current or previous PEAC agendas please go to the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Meeting Agenda page.

Note: Minutes for this Committee are accepted at the Board Meeting usually held at the beginning of the month. To view these minutes please go to the Board Meetings Agenda page.

This Week at the Farm:

November 18-22- FDK Classroom Visits

November 19- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

November 20-26- Scholastic Book Fair

November 21- Community Class Field Trip

November 21- Concert Band Performance @7:00PM- Pierre Elliot Trudeau HS

November 22- VIP Grade 6

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 25-29- FDK Classroom Visits continued

November 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair continued

November 26- School Bus Safety Sessions

November 27- Picture Re Take day

November 27-29- Grade 3 Gifted Testing

November 27- Neighbourhood Community Watch Presentation for all families @7:00PM

November 28- Dental Screening (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Gr 4)

November 28- Community Class Field Trip to Special Olympics Program (9:30-1:30)

November 29- VIP Grade 6

 

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

Parent/Teacher InterviewsImage result for parent teacher interviews"

Thank you to all our families that came out last week to the Parent/Teacher interviews! What a successful turnout we had!

It was wonderful to see so many of our families engaging in rich conversations with their child’s teacher! Student Achievement and  Well-Being is truly a partnership between our school and our families. We appreciate your continued support and engagement in your child’s learning and we hope to continue this partnership.

Scholastic Book Fair at Beckett Farm PS!Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 10.09.19 PM

Dear Beckett Farm families,     

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from Thursday, November 21 – Tuesday, November 26th.  We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in books. 

Your support of this fundraiser will help us to fund the cost of hosting an author visit in the spring.  

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 – 4:00 p.m.      After school

  • Closes Tuesday, November 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

Pierre Elliot Trudeau Open House

PETopenhouse2019

Eco Theme November:

What’s In/What’s Out!ecothemenovember

Staff , students and families are encouraged to Rethink their actions before disposing of an item.  That is, stop and consider the impact every disposal action will have on the environment and the world around us.

It is important to be well-informed about what goes in the Blue Box for recycling, the Green Bin for composting, the garbage bin for landfill.

Putting items in the Blue Box or Green Bin that shouldn’t be there can ruin an entire batch of recyclable and compostable material that will end up in landfill.

Please use the Bindicator Tool to help assist you in determining which bin to use when recycling!

 

 

 

November 11-15, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

Image result for school funny jokes"

TIP OF THE WEEK:Screen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

21st Century Mathematics

There are 2 ways to engage students in learning mathematics:

1)  Show students methods and they repeat them. This approach is used in most schools, but the methods often lack meaning, and students reasonably ask: when are we going to use this? Additionally, students only ever get to use what they were shown, not select a method themselves, one of the most important mathematical acts.

2)  Engage students in rich, open, visual and creative tasks. They use their intuition and thinking, and choose methods that can be useful in the task. When they need to learn new methods, teachers teach them inside the task. Students immediately see how important they are and learn them more deeply. They engage in the important acts of choosing and making connections between ideas.

The second approach is much more effective; however, teachers tell us that they do not have time to use open, rich tasks that students take in different directions. They see the lists of methods set out in curriculum standards and in text books and decide they only have time to show them briefly to students then move on. This is because our curriculum standards are over packed with outdated content that students will never need or use.

(youcubed.org)

Conrad Wolfram Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers

 

This Week at the Farm:

November 11- Remembrance Day

Please join us for our Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30 in the Gymnasium. It is a day that we show our respect and gratitude to the serving and previous members of our armed forces who have sacrificed for our country. There will be performances by our choir, band as well as from some of our classes.

November 13- Progress Report Cards go home

November 13- Family Badminton Night hosted by SC @6:30PM

November 14- Parent-Teacher Interviews PM

November 15-  PA DAY- NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Interviews AM)

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 18- December 5- FDK Classroom Visits

November 19- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

November 20-29- Scholastic Book Fair

November 21- Community Class Field Trip

November 22- VIP Grade 6 Presentations

Thank you!Image result for kindness"

Thank you to all our families, staff and students for your generosity and kindness towards contributing to our Food Drive- WE SCARE HUNGER.

The school collected a total of 2120 items to donate to the Markham Food Bank.

The Markham Food Bank is a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members. With the help of volunteers and donations, the Markham Food Bank offers food supplies and other basic necessities to community members.

“I HAVE FOUND THAT AMONG ITS OTHER BENEFITS, GIVING LIBERATES THE SOUL OF THE GIVER.”

– MAYA ANGELOU