Dec 11-15

Scholastic Book Fair Results

Congratulations and many thanks to all our students, families, staff and admin for all their support during our recent Scholastic Book Fair. We sold over 400 books and made $1500.00 for our Learning Commons MakerSpace. We will be purchasing Dash & Dot Robotics in the near future to encourage student exploration with coding. A special thanks to Ms. Xu for her on-going support in the Learning Commons and the many staff who helped manage our crowds. Lastly, It couldn’t have been done without the help of our wonderful student library assistants. Job well done to all!

Winter Blitz Extravaganza

Monday, December 11th marks the kick-off of our winter blitz extravaganza. Our students will be engaged in many whole school activities that promote physical activity, mental well-being and healthy food choices. Students from kindergarten to grade 8 will work together and play together to celebrate the upcoming winter break. The last few weeks of school will see students decorating their classroom doors, spreading holiday cheer through games, songs, and many more activities that will help build a healthy self and happy school environment. Thank you to our MEW team (Mental Health, Equity and well-being team) made of incredible student leaders and teachers for their commitment and dedication to making the last two weeks before winter break a memorable part of their school experience.

Winter Concert: Wed. December 13

Beckett Farm P.S presents: Whimsical Winter Concert!
A concert performed by Grades 1 to 4 with special appearances by:

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • Beckett Rock’s band

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Day performance: 11:30am (doors open at 11:20am)
Evening performance: 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm)

For the evening performance, please have your child at the school between 6:00pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 13th.

Want a chance to have reserved FRONT row seating? Families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for each item donated to the Winter Clothing drive for a draw to win reserved front row seating at the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 13. The winter clothing drive begins on Monday, December 4th. We are collecting  NEW mittens/gloves, scarves, hats and socks.

Kindergarten Winter Concert: Friday December 15th

Kindergarten families are invited to join us on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 2:20PM – 3:20PM in our school gymnasium for our Kindergarten Winter Concert. The students are having a great time preparing for our special event. We hope you are able to join us!

Clothing Drive Continues

Beckett Farm Public School is partnering up with “Holiday Heroes”,  an organization run by the York Regional Police, to help support children in our community who are in need this winter season.

Families may choose to donate NEW unworn winter clothing this holiday season. Examples of winter clothing that are in need are:

  • Mittens & gloves
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Wool socks

The drive will continue until Thursday, December 14th. For every item donated to the Holiday Heroes campaign, families of students participating in the Winter Concert will be given ballots for a draw to win reserved front row seating during the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 13. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season!

Teenager Under Construction:

When our children reach puberty, their bodies change and they may look like adults but their brain, the last organ in the body to mature, is only 80% of its final form.  “That 20% gap, where the wiring is thinnest, is crucial and goes a long way toward explaining why teenagers behave in such puzzling ways – their mood swings, irritability, impulsiveness; their inability to focus, to follow through and to connect with adults;  and the temptation to use drugs and alcohol and to engage in other risky behaviour.” (The Globe and Mail, January 9, 2015 “A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to the teenage brain”).

The grade 7 and 8 Health Curriculum contains a unit on Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours to help our students learn critical information about the impact of substance misuse or abuse.  While informed discussion occurs in a school setting, ongoing dialogue in an open and caring family environment is very important to helping young people make healthy decisions.

Did you know?

  • 9% of Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 reported using alcohol in the past 12 months?

The rate of alcohol use increases significantly with each grade level.  In grade 7, 17% of students reported using alcohol at least once in the past 12 months and by grade 12, alcohol use escalates to 78%.

Many parents feel anxious about the transition to high school, they may feel  ill-informed about the risks and temptations of the teenage world.  We invite you to watch for inserts to our monthly newsletter that will offer information and links to helpful websites.

 

Upcoming Events:

Elementary Integrated Arts Program at Baythorn Public School.

If you are currently in grades four or five you may apply for the arts@baythorn program, where you will have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, and Music in a cooperative learning environment.  To learn more about the arts@baythorn program, you and your family are invited to attend an information evening at Baythorn Public School on: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

Applications will be available at bit.ly/arts_application2018 online after the January 18th, 2018 info night.  Please see this attached flyer and If you require further information, please call Baythorn Public School (905) 889-7992.