May 1 – 5

Grades 4 – 8 Spring Concert

Students in Grades 4 – 8 will be featured in the upcoming Spring Concert which is scheduled to take on Wednesday, May 3rd. There will be a daytime performance at 11:30am and an evening performance at 6:30pm. Doors will open at 6:00pm. Admission is free.

WOW Conference -Grade 8 South Asian/Tamil female students

On Saturday, May 6th, Educators for Students of South Asian/ Tamil Heritage in collaboration with community partners are hosting a South Asian/Tamil Girls Conference. The goal of the conference is to provide a day of coaching, mentoring and wellness for our South Asian/Tamil female students, beginning at the Grade 8 Level. Over 30 female GTA professionals will attend to lead the day’s learning. Interested South Asian /Tamil female Grade 8 students are invited to click on the following link to register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-offering-wisdom-conference-wow2017-tickets-33372708670.

The conference will run from 8:30 to 4:30 and will be held at Coppard Glen Public School in Markham.

The York Centre Presents: Coffee and Conversation, A Series of Workshops

In recognition of children’s Mental Health Week (May 1 – May 7, 2017), The York Centre for Children, Youth & Families is hosting a Coffee & Conversation series of workshops for interested community members. All of the workshops are free of charge. All you need to do is register in advance through the eventbrite links listed on the reverse side of the flyer. The format of the evenings will be structured, but informal. Each evening will include a presentation, discussion, coffee, and goodies, but not necessarily in that order! Come and join the conversation! Please see this flyer (PDF) for more information and workshop times.

York Region Public Health: Immunization

In the 2017/18 school year, York Region Public Health will visit all  elementary schools to provide school immunization clinics to Grade 7 students. The clinics offer vaccines for Hepatitis B, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Meningococcal A, C, Y, W-135 at no cost.

Under the Immunization of School Pupils Act, meningococcal vaccine is required for school attendance, unless an exemption is filed with public health. Hepatitis B and HPV vaccines are recommended, but not required for school attendance.

Parents of students entering Grade 7 in fall 2017 will receive consent forms in the mail in June. Please complete the consent form and return it to York Region Public Health to allow your child to participate in the immunization clinics. Detailed instructions can be found on the forms and accompanying letter. If the consent form is not completed, your child will not be able to receive vaccines at the clinic.

Parents and guardians who do not consent should still complete the forms and return them, indicating that you do not authorize York Region Public Health to immunize your child.

Visit york.ca/immunizations and click on School Immunization Clinics for more information.

Did you know? If your child has missed a required vaccination on Ontario’s routine immunization schedule, he/she can receive the vaccine at one of York Region Public Health’s Community Immunization Clinics. These evening clinics are offered throughout the summer, giving students the opportunity to catch up before returning to school. Visit york.ca/immunizations and select Community Immunization Clinics to learn more.

Parent workshop (Mandarin only) on “Building Healthy Self-Esteem in Children”

The workshop will be offered at the Markham South Welcome Centre on Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00-8:00pm.

家長講座: 培養高自尊和品德良好的孩子(普通話) 5月2日
致各位家長和监護人, 如果您有興趣了解如何提高孩子的自尊(自信),在5月2日(星期二)將有一個名為“培養高自尊和品德良好的孩子” 的講座. 詳情請參閱附件.  Flyer (PDF)

Translation: Parent Workshop “Building Healthy Self-Esteem in Children” (Mandarin only) May 2, Main text: Dear parents and guardians, if you are interested in knowing more about how to raise your child’s self confidence, please see the attached flyer for info about a workshop on May 2.

Previously Posted:

EQAO 2017 Standardized Testing

This year the EQAO tests will be administered at Beckett Farm P.S. as follows:

  • Juniors (Gr. 6) May 24 to May 26
  • Primary (Gr. 3) May 29 to May 31

Families, please make every effort to ensure that your child is not absent during this mandatory testing period. 

About the EQAO: The EQAO assesses how well Ontario’s public education system is developing students’ reading, writing and math skills. EQAO provides reliable and useful information that is used to help improve student achievement and ensure the accountability of school boards. By providing yearly standardized tests, the Ministry of Education hopes to increase the quality of education in Ontario, while also using the tests to make plans for future improvement.

The Welcome to Kindergarten program

The Welcome to Kindergarten program (WTK) offers resources and strategies for families in support of children and early learning. Our school will be hosting our WTK Family Orientation session on the evening of Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (time TBD).

Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: Getting Ready for School (PDF link) is a wonderful booklet for families in helping their child prepare for a successful transition to kindergarten.

We look forward to seeing you on the evening of Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (time TBD).

Talk Read Sing Play every day!

Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser

Over the next few weeks, our students will be supporting the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation through a fun 5K run/walk on Monday May 15th, 2017.
Each student will be given a collection envelope on Monday they can use to raise pledges from family and friends.

All monies raised will support the Markham Stouffville Hospital. As the communities around the hospital continue to grow, so do the patients who receive care and treatment at the hospital. The government can’t fund all equipment and other priority needs. The hospital relies on community support to drive innovation and enable growth.

Students who raise $25 or greater will receive a MSH RadTag Band on our school’s event day.

Envelopes are due back on
Friday May 5th, 2017.