For some members of our community, Halloween brings memories of dress-up parades, costume and pumpkin carving competitions, and classroom parties whereas for others it bears a very different meaning. As with each of our traditions and ways of doing things, it is valuable to revisit our practices to ensure that they are both equitable and inclusive. Together, we need to ensure that these practices are reflective of the values and realities of all our students. It is important for us to recognize that not all families celebrate and participate in Halloween, for many reasons including cultural, religious, socioeconomic and personal reasons. Teachers were asked to keep this in mind when planning Halloween activities.
Students celebrating this occasion in costume at our school must comply with the Safe School’s policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, weapons or replica weapons such as toy guns, knives, axes, swords, clubs, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0 and MUST be left at home. This policy applies to all students at all levels, including Kindergarten. Additionally, face masks are considered unsafe at school because they limit a child’s ability to see, and school staff are not able to recognize the wearer of a mask and may not know if the individual is a member of the school community. If you send your child with a mask, they will be asked to either carry it or wear it on the top of their head for safety.
Principals Tea, Thursday November 2
On Thursday November 2, from 2:30 – 3:30PM all parents are welcome to drop in and have tea and chat with Mr. Matt our principal. A translator will be available. For more information please see our flyer.
Holocaust Education Week
The week of November 2 to 9, inclusive, marks the 37th annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW). The focus of this year’s Holocaust Week is Pivotal Moments. The purpose of this week has historically been to raise awareness and encourage remembrance of the atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish people during the Nazi regime, in the hope of encouraging remembrance and denouncing intolerance of all people. HEW 2017 examines the post-Holocaust period, and the specific events that have shaped our understanding of the Holocaust. For more information on Holocaust Education Week and for a list of community events, please visit www.holocaustcentre.com
During the week of November 6-10, 2017, we will be recognizing the importance of treaties in the lives of all Ontarians. To bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province, legislation was passed in 2016 declaring the first week of November Treaties Recognition Week. As the first legislation of its kind in Canada, Treaties Recognition Week provides a recurring opportunity for teachers to co-plan learning activities about treaties during the school year, and will help promote awareness of these agreements in the broader public sector.
A Message from your School Council
Thank you to all the families who have already made a donation to the ‘Investment in Your Child’s Education’ fundraising program. This is the main fundraiser for our school and all of the contributions go directly back into the school to purchase equipment, materials, and technology to enhance your child’s learning. We have one more week to reach our school goal of $10500. A contribution of $25 from each family could raise over $12500. Students are getting very excited about earning the rewards for reaching our mini goals. So far they have earned a PJ day and Hat day!
Remembrance Day At Beckett Farm
Students at Beckett Farm are preparing for the Remembrance Day Service on Friday, November 10th, 2016. Our JK to Grade 8 assembly will be from 10:30 – 11:15 AM in the gym. The school will observe a moment of silence in Remembrance of those who have participated and lost their lives in conflicts around the world at 11 AM. Please feel free to join us as we pay tribute to our War Veterans as well as reflect on our Universal Message for World Peace. Seating will be limited in the gym due to the large student population. Poppies, courtesy of the Canadian Legion will be distributed to the students and we are asking for a contribution of a loonie from each child, which we will give to the Canadian Legion to support our Veterans.
Zero Waste Policy
The Eco Team has excellent news! We are officially getting compost bins for our school! In order to implement the green bins properly, the Town of Markham will be having a Zero Waste Assembly on Tuesday, November 21 where they will introduce staff and students to our new Zero Waste initiative.
Kids Kitchen: November Specials
For the month of November your child can enjoy any of the following: meatlasagna, or vegetable lasagna, or gluten-friendly meat lasagna, or turkey burger. Please see this attached flyer (PDF) for additional information.