September 26-30

Curriculum Night
Only 4 days away! Mark your calendars, Beckett Farm P.S is hosting our annual Curriculum night on Wednesday September 28, from 6:00 – 7:45 pm.
This evening will be an opportunity for the families to come see our school, visit classrooms and meet the teachers. Teachers are enthusiastically preparing to engage you in the instructional program. You will be able to learn more about our efforts in the areas of mathematics instruction, modern learning strategies as well as mental health and well being initiatives.
Teachers are looking forward to meeting all the parents of their students and as a result will not have the time or privacy to speak about individual student progress. We will have an opportunity to discuss specific students in a more intimate setting; parent teacher interview night later in the year.
Please find attached a copy of our Curriculum Night 2016-2017 Agenda.
We hope you can join us!

Beckett’s Farmers Market NOW OPEN!

When: Every morning recess, beginning Tuesday September 27th. Cost: 25 Cents What: Each week 1 – 2 fruits and/or vegetables will be on sale at our Farmer’s Market. Students are asked to listen to morning announcements to hear what will be sold each week. Why: To provide fresh, affordable and healthy snacks. This week we will offer apples, mini carrots and bananas.

West Nile Virus Facts
York Region Community and Health Services (Public Health) has asked that we share the attached West Nile Virus Factsheet with you. You may also find this information on their website: If you have any questions, please contact Community and Health Services directly at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.

Safety Week
As part of safety week, all across York Region, teachers and students will be engaging in important conversations and activates that bring awareness to school safety.  Learning about what to do in a moment of crisis as well as practicing our routine safety drills will be activities integrated in our week.  We will also be holding a safe schools assembly to review what is safe and appropriate behaviour.  Parents, please do your part in keeping our school community safe by obeying traffic and parking signs, slowing down when driving in the school zone as well as listening to staff on morning drop off and after school pick up duty.  Remember rules are there to help keep everyone safe!
Please see the attached brochure titled “Heading to School?” for smart tips around road safety.
Thank you for your continued partnership

Learning for Parents: Adult Literacy & Basic Skills
Uplands Community Learning Centre

Would you like to upgrade your skills in English, Math or Computers? Are you seeking employment? Applying for college, second career or an apprenticeship?
We offer free classes to help you prepare for work or further your education in order to achieve your goals.
Our program is offered at no cost to Ontario residents aged 19+ by the York Region District School Board with support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.
Classes are offered at three convenient locations:

Uplands Community Learning Centre
8210 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON L4J1W6

Yorkworks Stouffville
111 Sandiford Drive, Stouffville, ON L4A 0Z9

Participation House (adults with special needs)
9 Butternut Lane, Markham ON L3P 3M1

Please see the attached flyer “Adult learning” for program details.
Call 905–731-9557 for more information or to book your assessment today!
Get started on your path to success!

School Assistants
Do you have an hour of free time?  Do you want to get involved and support your child’s school?  We have the perfect opportunity for you!  We are seeking independent, caring and assertive individuals to help with our lunch time supervision.  This is a PAID position through our board.  If you are interested in joining our team please contact the school office and speak to Mrs. Khan.  We look forward to working with you.

Terry Fox Run
Don’t forget, the Terry Fox Run will take place on Thursday September 29th in the pm.  Remember to send your child(ren) to school dressed appropriately for the weather and also ready to be active.  This means running shoes, a hat and a water bottle is a must!  We hope to raise some money to support the research towards a cure for cancer.

Change in Seasons calls for Change in Clothing
As we head into Autumn the average temperature will drop.  Although there may be some fluctuation throughout the day, we encourage parents to have students dressed appropriately. With the exception of heavy rainfall, our students will go outside for recess.  Studies show being out doors and being active help promote good health.  Some suggestions for Autumn dressing include:

  • layers
  • Light jacket
  • Hat (sun protection)
  • socks and close toe shoes
  • rainboots for wet days

Trip to Markham Fair: 
Grade 1, 2 and 3 students will be attending the Markham Fair on Friday, September 30. The trip will support the learning of our students in a variety of Science curriculum topics such as Daily and Seasonal Changes in Grade 1 and Living Things in Grade 1, 2 and 3.  The cost of the trip is $7.00 which is to be paid online using School Cash Online. For more information please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

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