May 8 – 12

FUN FAIR at Beckett Farm! Wednesday June 7th 

A message from your school council: You won’t want to miss out on the first ever FUN FAIR at Beckett Farm! Purchase your tickets on School Cash Online for a evening full of food and fun. There will be music, dancing, 3 different kinds of bouncy castles, mini manicures, helium and animal balloons, a magic show, and games. You can feast on hamburgers, hotdogs, and samosas and all your favourite carnival treats like cotton candy, freezies and popcorn! This will be a wonderful community building event for you and your family to celebrate with your friends and even make new ones!

YRDSB Survey for Parents/Guardians

Parents/guardians are invited to participate in a survey before May 19. This survey provides an important opportunity for parent/guardian voice. Results will be used to guide planning to support student achievement and well-being.

The English version of the survey is available online. Paper surveys are available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Hebrew, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Sri Lankan Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese. Please contact the school to request a paper copy.

We value your input and encourage you to complete the survey. The information you provide will be anonymous, considered confidential and kept in strict accordance with all relevant legislation.  Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Faith Day: May 10 Wesak

Wesak, is the most important festival of the year for the Buddhist community.  It is the observance that commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Final Nirvana of the Buddha. Wesak is celebrated in a number of ways around the world. There is often the ceremonial release of small creatures, such as birds or turtles, as a symbol of the Buddha’s compassion for all things.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program in Mandarin and English (May to June) 親子正面教育免費課程(普通語及英語) 五月至六月

致各位家長和監護人, 如果您有興趣了解如何應付孩子的反叛行為, 幫助孩子建立家庭作業習慣及處理焦慮, 在五月至六月將有一個名為“親子正面教育” 的免費課程(普通語及英語) . 詳情請參閱附件. (Translation: Dear parents and guardians, if you are interested in knowing more about how to handle rudeness and disrespect, encourage healthy homework habits, and help your child coping with anxiety, please see the attached flyer for a free Triple P program coming up in May and June).

Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser

A reminder that pledge envelopes for our Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation are due.  We will be participating in a fun 5km run/walk onMonday May 15th, 2017. 

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.

Popcorn sales:  This week, our school will be selling popcorn at our Farmers Market. Buttersalt, White Cheddar, Dill Pickle, Low-fat Caramel and Ketchup are available for $2.00 each. As well, we have bananas and apples this week for 25 cents each.

Reminders (Previously Posted):

EQAO 2017 Standardized Testing (dates updated)

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!