February 13-17

Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAKWEEK

Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK Week) is here! At Beckett Farm, staff and random-acts-of-kindnessstudents will be spreading love and kindness by doing random acts of kindness all week! Please visit http://randomactsof.us/beckett-farm  to pledge, and post acts of kindness! This Kindness Generator will keep a count of acts of kindness– let’s make Beckett Farm the kindest school!

Concussions

A concussion is a common form of brain injury that can result from a direct or stress-essentials-course-health-and-safety-elearning-1indirect hit to the head or body, causing excessive, rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. Concussions can happen while playing a sport, from being involved in a motor vehicle collision, from slipping and falling or other activities. A concussion can cause changes in brain function that may lead to many different symptoms. They require immediate medical attention.

If someone gets a concussion:

  • Stop the activity or game right away
  • Do not leave the injured person alone
  • Make sure they see a doctor as soon as possible, on the day of the injury
  • If the injured person is knocked unconscious, call 911 to have an ambulance take them to a hospital immediately
  • Do not move the injured person or remove athletic equipment, like a helmet, as there may also be injury to the cervical spine
  • Wait for paramedics (EMS) to arrive
  • Notify your school

Class Placement

We are now planning for next school year! We will soon be coming together as a staff to carefully consider class placements for the 2016-2017 school year. The staff at Beckett Farm care deeply about student needs. The experience, instructional expertise and passion for teaching children give our teachers the unique qualifications to recommend student placement decisions. Rest assured that placing students and balancing classes will include the best opportunities for student achievement and well-being.

A balanced class reflects the diversity of our community and allows the variety of interests and talents of our learners to emerge and be appreciated. A harmonious class unit provides a balance of opportunities for a range of learners to succeed through appropriate challenges.

The following are the criteria we use to guide our placements:

  • Balance of Ability, Interests and Talents – all children are unique and different. The teacher’s task of providing meaningful learning programs is enhanced when classes are created to accommodate instructional groupings.
  • Learning Style – how does the learner go about the process of learning? What kind of environment would best suit the learner?
  • Social Blending – what is the best cluster of individuals to effectively and efficiently learn? This should not be viewed as a grouping of friends. At particular stages, some close friends learn best in separate classes.

Do we need to know something particular about your child that you feel we do not already know? Aside from requesting a particular teacher, or for your child to be with a specific friend, parent input is taken into consideration. If you have information to share with us, it must be shared in writing by April 14th, 2017.

A Message from York Region: Winter Activities

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“After The Fire” Public Meeting Feb. 15

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  • When: Wednesday, February 15th, 6:30 pm
  • Where: Beckett Farm Public School Markham

Fire & Emergency Services will be in attendance to answer questions about fire safety. Questions? Contact Us: 905-477-5530

Building Lifelong Grit Feb 23

  • William Armstrong Public School Presents
  • Building Lifelong Grit with Bev Miller
  • Thursday Feb 23rd at 7 p.m.

Join Bev Miller (M. Ed.) as she speaks about growth mindsets, optimism, and how we can help our kids learn to deal with setbacks in life. The presentation will examine practices and beliefs that can help to create a growth mindset in children and teens, so that when “life happens” they will be better equipped to respond to challenges with determination and grit. We all want our children to succeed; supporting and teaching them resilience and optimism in the face of setbacks can be the basis for their accomplishment in every arena of effort.

Child care will be available.
Presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the library

York Region Police Message: Road Safety

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