January 9 – 13 2017

Happy New Year!

Dear Beckett Farm Families,

We are very excited to see you back from the holidays.  We hope you’ve had a restful break and the opportunity to enjoy the company of friends and family.  Here are celebrate-emojisome updates to help you ease back in to the swing of school.

Welcome back!

Mr. Matt and Ms. Lam

Baythorn PS Arts Program


The York Region District School Board offers an Elementary Integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School. If you are currently in grades four or five you may apply for the arts@baythorn program, where you will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music in a cooperative learning environment.

To learn more about the arts@baythorn program, you and your family are invited to attend an information evening at Baythorn Public School on:
Thursday, January 19that 7:00 p.m.
For more information please see the arts-flyer-2017

Flu Season

We are in the midst of a flu season. To stay healthy this flu season:

  • Get vaccinated against the flu, its not too late
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes and face
  • Do not share personal items such as drinking cups
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Do fist bump instead of shaking handssneeze-512

If you are sick with flu like symptoms, stay home and away from others (except to go to the doctor) until 24 hours after your fever is gone. Please remember to notify the office before 8:30 a.m. if your child is not coming to school.

Cold Weather Preparedness

All students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 are expected to go out for every recess unless the principal or vice-principal decides that weather conditions are so 2530l_25poor that it would be detrimental for them to be outdoors. Students are to come to school ready for winter and prepared to be outdoors up to 40 minutes twice a day. We always monitor the weather and, in extreme conditions e.g. wind chill from below -20; we may keep the students indoors or shorten the recess breaks. Studies show that fresh air and exercise is the best way to keep children well. Please remember to dress your child for outdoor play on a daily basis and assume they will play outdoors.

We sometimes receive requests from parents asking us to keep their children indoors during recess times because they are not feeling well. Unfortunately, we do not have the staff or facilities to supervise students who are sick or still recovering from an illness. Students with heavy colds, etc., which are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education, recesses or other outdoor activities, should remain at home until their condition improves. This will likely benefit the students concerned and prevent the spread of this illness to others.

Please make sure that your children are dressed properly for our invigorating winter days. It is advisable for students to bring extra pants and socks. A change is often necessary due to the wet and cold weather of the winter months. To avoid adding to our clothing collection in the Lost and Found, please be sure to label all articles of clothing. Boots, hats, mitts/gloves, scarves, and snow pants for the younger children will help make recess an enjoyable time.

Important: Drop off & Pickup

Keeping the “Kiss and Ride” car loop safe for Students
Beckett Farm P.S. is a walking school. That means that all families attending the school live within walking distance. Students are always encouraged to walk or ride a bike. If you choose to drive your child, please expect NO PARKING SPOTS available on school property.

Drivers, please obey the following rules:

The bus loop is for school busses only and is closed to all cars.
Kiss and Ride drop off and pick up area:

  • Pull your car as far forward in the yellow zone as possible before unloading students.
  • Students are only permitted to exit from the right side (passenger side) of the car.
  • Drivers MUST NOT leave their car unattended
  • No parking in the Kiss and Ride at any time. It is a NO PARKING FIRE ZONE.
  • Once you drop off your child, please follow the flow of cars and do not park to watch.
  • Obey teachers and staff on duty, they are there to help you and your children.
  • If you do not have time to wait in the loop, drop your child off on the side streets so they can walk to school.
  • If you must leave your car, park a block away and walk in.

We understand that parents are in a rush in the morning, but safety is our first priority. Let’s work together to keep our children safe!


icon-shot-300x300Grade 7 Students Hepatitis B Immunizations takes place this week.