November 6 – 10

Parent Teacher Interviews via EDSBY

Parent-Teacher Interviews are on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017.

Beckett Farm Public School has started using an online process to manage our Parent-Teacher Interview scheduling. Edsby will allow families to easily reserve times to meet with their child’s teachers. Families will need to create an account in Edsby in order to reserve appointments. Only families who create an Edsby account prior to the schedule being opened will have access.

All families that have an email address on file at Beckett Farm P.S.  will receive an email directly from Edsby with instructions on how to create an Edsby account. Please check your junk mail folder to ensure you do not miss this opportunity. If you have not provided an email address to us, please call the school office at 289-746-3276.

Timeline

  • Nov 3 Parents and/or guardians to create Edsby accounts
  • Nov 10 Parent-Teacher Interview schedule opens for booking. An invitation to book appointments will be sent to your Edsby inbox with a notification to your email.
  • Nov 17 Interview Scheduling Closes
  • Nov 22 Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Nov 23 & 24 Parent-Teacher Interviews

Remembrance Day Service, Friday Nov. 10

Friday, November 10th, 2016. Our JK to Grade 8 assembly will be from 10:30 – 11:15 AM in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend (limited seating at the back).

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.

A Message from York Region:

Flu Season is on its way – are you ready?

Flu Season is on its way – are you ready?

Flu season is nearly here. Be prepared by getting the flu shot as early as possible. The first and best step to preventing influenza (the flu)), is to get the flu shot every year. Influenza spreads quickly and easily from an infected person to others. Everyone six months of age and older can get the flu shot.

Flu shots are available at:

  • Health care provider’s offices for people six months of age and older
  • Participating pharmacies,, for people five years of age and older

Visit ontario.ca/flu to find where you can get the flu shot.

How can the flu be avoided?

  • Get the flu shot!
  • Wash your hands well and often with soap and warm water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue out immediately. Wash your hands afterward. Cough into your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid large crowds and stay home when you are sick
  • Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected

To learn more about flu and the flu vaccine visit york.ca/flu


Holocaust Education Week: Tour for Humanity, Nov. 7

This year, on November 7, our Grades 4-6 students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique learning experience through the Tour for Humanity. The Tour for Humanity (tourforhumanity.com) is a mobile human rights education centre create by The Friends of Simon Weisenthal for Holocaust Studies. The purpose of T4H is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds, empowering them to raise their voices and take action against hate and intolerance, bullying and to promote justice and human rights.

Treaty Week (Nov 6-10)

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.

Popcorn Sales

Popcorn sales starts next week for one week. The cost is $2 a bag. Please send your child to school with exact cash.  If your child is in Kindergarten they will have had the chance to preorder. Forms have already been sent home.
Our Farmers Market has bananas and apples as well this week for 25 cents each.

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!

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.

Our school is supporting Zero Waste/Green Bins program. We are implementing green bin program by installing kitchen catcher in each classroom in November. Students will use Kitchen Catchers in their daily life. We would like to encourage each family in our community to support Green Bins. If you are willing to have a little kitchen catcher in your home please visit Town of Markham to get one for your home. https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/Markham/Residents/RecyclingWaste/RecyclingDepots

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.