October 10 – 13

Islamic Heritage Month

In recognition of Islamic Heritage Month, parents, guardians and students grades 1 to 8 are invited to participate in a free Art History Workshop (October 18, 19, 23) facilitated by the Aga Khan Museum. Please see attached flyer.

Hot Lunch Program

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our hot lunch program effective Monday October 16th. We will be offering this program on Mondays and Thursdays. Our provider this year will be Kids Kitchen. Please see the attached link if you would like to sign your child up. Should you have any questions please contact the office.

The Importance of Providing Lunch on Time

Please note that students only have 20 minutes to eat. It is important that lunch is provided on time to ensure that your child is properly supervised and prepared to go outside as per the Ministry of Education’s mandate. This is especially true for our younger students who require more time to complete their meal. Classrooms need to be cleaned and prepared for the afternoon session and this cannot happen if your child is still in the classroom.

Waste-free Boomerang Lunch Program

Did you know that school lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario? The average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms (66 lbs.) of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms (18,700 lbs.) of waste per school per year.

With this information in mind, Beckett Farm Public School is starting a school-wide waste reduction program. As part of this program, students are encouraged to have a “waste-free” and “boomerang” lunch starting on Tuesday, October 10th.

A waste-free lunch (sometimes called a litter-less lunch) contains no throwaway packaging or food leftovers. As a first priority, lunches are packed in servings that will be completely eaten. To avoid any packaging, all food and drinks are packed in reusable containers within a reusable lunch bag or box. All containers are re-sealable, so that leftover food and drink that is not eaten can be consumed (or composted) later.

In an effort to reduce our school’s waste, we are also asking that students participate in a “boomerang” lunch. A boomerang lunch means that any packaging and uneaten food brought to the school by your child will be taken home to be disposed of. The benefits to this program are:

  • You can see exactly what your child consumes in the day.
  • Any leftover food is not wasted but saved for another day.
  • You save money! A waste-free lunch can cost as little as $2.50 per day, whereas a regular lunch containing pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more per day.
  • You help reduce the cost of waste disposal so the school’s resources can be put to better use.

We will begin our “boomerang” and “waste-free” lunch program on October 10th. Please see below for more tips on creating waste-free lunches. Thank you in advance for helping your family and our school reduce waste!


The Student Eco Team, Beckett Farm Public School


Individual EQAO results

Individual EQAO results for students who were in Grade 3 & Grade 6 last year (2016-17) have been sent home last week. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you!


Dental Screening October 16-18

York Region Public Health dental staff will be providing dental screening and referral for children in “even” Grades (JK, SK, 2, 4, 6, 8)  in your school on Oct 16,17,18/2017.  Children in “odd” Grades may arrange dental screening via public health. Additional information available here.

Picture Day is October 27

Grade 7 Vaccinations October 27

Grade 7 HPV & HEP B vaccinations will occur Friday October 27th in the afternoon. Parent letter and required consent form (PDF) available here.

Message from York Region Public Health

Dear Parents of Grade 7 Students,

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

If you have not already sent a completed consent form to York Region Public Health, please do so now using the attached form. Detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the form can be found on the form and accompanying letter. If a completed consent form is not received, your child will not be able to be vaccinated at the clinic.

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

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.

Unionville High School Arts Program

Information Session: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Seats must be reserved by calling Flato Markham Theatre Box Office at: 905-305-7469 (after October 1).

On-line Application Opens: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (guaranteed audition).
Auditions: January 25 – January 31, 2018