November 21-25 Updated

Dear readers, Please see our updated newsletter including a correction in the “Invest in your Child’s Education” explanation. Our apologies for the type-o.

We frequently post changes & updates to our weekly newsletter that may not get emailed out. Please always check our website, for the most current and up to date edition!

Save the Date: Math Night 2016

We are pleased to invite all parents and students to Beckett Farm’s inaugural Family Math Night on Wednesday November 30th, 2016 from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Let us engage you in a night of critical thinking, and problem solving through math games and puzzles.

Parent-Teacher Conference Informationteacher-share-icon

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews at the school on

  • Thursday, November 24th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 25th from 9:10 am – 12:10 pm.

This term, you will be able to schedule your Parent-Teacher Interviews online. If you wish to schedule a meeting with any of your child’s teachers, please follow the instructions below. If your child attends our Student Support Center with Ms. Miller, Ms. Gillard or Ms. Kniznik they will be in touch to coordinate. You will be able to schedule appointments until November 23rd at 9:00 pm.


1. Go to the Beckett Farm scheduling webpageregister
2. Enter the Parent Code and click “Sign In”
3. Please make a note of your confirmation #

Look for the Parent code in the letter being sent home on Monday.

Progress Reports

The purpose of the Elementary Progress Report Card is to communicate your reportschild’s progress towards the achievement of the curriculum expectations since the beginning of the school year. It describes how well, at this point in the year, your child is demonstrating the various learning skills and work habits. For this report card, teachers use a rating scale instead of letter grades or percentage marks. The rating scale is as follows:

  • Progressing Very Well
  • Progressing Well
  • Progressing With Difficulty

Teachers also write personalized comments that indicate what has been learned, the student’s strengths and next steps that home and school can collaboratively work on to improve student learning.

The development of learning skills and work habits needed to succeed in school and in life begins early in a child’s schooling. As students move through the grades, they develop and consolidate their learning skills and work habits in preparation for post secondary education and the world of work. In many subjects and disciplines in Grades 1 to 12, the development of the learning skills and work habits is further strengthened through the achievement of the curriculum expectations. Teachers will work with students and their parents/guardians to help them develop the following six learning skills and work habits:

  • Responsibility
  • Organization
  • Independent Work
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Self-Regulation

Each learning skill and work habit is evaluated on the report cards using the following scale:

  • E = Excellent
  • G = Good
  • S = Satisfactory
  • N= Needs Improvement

Please note that this report is not an evaluation or a record of achievement levels. It reflects preliminary observations of your child’s learning to date. It is our hope that this report will serve as a central part of rich discussions between home and school. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Invest in Your Child’s Education  Nov 14-28.

Beckett Farm continues to be committed to providing students with a strong and 20160111_5693b2966dc73well-rounded education. With this in mind, the School Council also endeavours to raise funds to provide a wide variety of educational experiences and tools for our children.

The Invest in Education program allows parents to donate funds directly to one of the three foci in Beckett farm’s improvement plan.  These foci come from the Board Improvement Plan. Please see the attachment below for further details and the donation form.  Your support of the students and programs at Beckett Farm are greatly appreciated.

A Message from your School Council:
Shop and Raise Funds at Chapters Book Store

We are please to announce that the School Council is hosting a fundraiser on Monday (21st of November) at Woodbine and Highway 7 branch of the Chapters bookstore.
Any purchases made by the Beckett Farm family at this store during the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00 pm on that day are eligible and will be processed as a Fundraiser. Following the Fundraiser, the store will tabulate sales and provide the school with an Indigo gift card totalling 20% of the Fundraiser sales before taxes.
As we are fast approaching the holiday season, this provides an opportunity for the Beckett family to do holiday shopping and at the same time support the school fundraiser.  There will be book readings and also Hana paining station run by a Council member during these hours.
School Council Fundraising Committee

Scholastic Book Fairunnamed

Our Scholastic Book Fair begins on Wednesday, November 23rd and runs until Thursday, December 1st. Families are welcome to drop-by during the interview evening on Thursday, November 24th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. It will be open daily during morning recess, lunch recess and after school from 3:45 – 4:15. The Book Fair will feature a variety of new fiction and non-fiction materials in both French and English. Monies raised will be used to host an author visit in the spring. Volunteers are always welcome to support the Fair. Please contact Ms. Sofos at 289.746.3276 for further information or to book a time slot to volunteer.