Monday, April 2, 2018
We welcome all our students, staff and families back tomorrow.
April 2, 2018
World Autism Awareness Day!
April 2nd, 2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the very first World Autism Awareness Day. In 2007 this date was declared by the United Nations General Assembly, in order to bring the world’s attention to Autism, a spectrum disorder that affects tens of millions globally. On October 23, 2012, a World Autism Awareness Day Bill was passed by members of the House of Commons in Canada which officially recognizes April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day in Canada.
This year, World Autism Awareness Day falls on Easter Monday, so Raise the Flag celebrations will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd in schools and Municipalities across Ontario.
On Tuesday, April 3, students, staff and families are encouraged to wear something Blue to show our support for our friends and families who are on the Autism Spectrum.
Also, Beckett Farm will be hosting Autism in Mind (AIM) annual Toonie 4 Autism Program. AIM is a local registered charity committed to making a difference in the lives of children with Autism in the GTA. They focus on providing early intervention services such as school readiness and social skills programs, as well as Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) therapy for children ages 2.5-10. Their ultimate goal is to equip children with the ability to integrate into their communities and their local school system.
The Toonie 4 Autism campagin willl start on April 3, 2,018 and run for the month of April. The objectives of this campaign are:
· To raise awareness about Autism among students and to promote the message that children with Autism are just different, not less
· To educate students about the positive impact of community involvement
· To support families living with ASD by letting them know that they are not alone and their challenges matter to all of us in the community
· To raise funds to support AIM’s direct services in the community
We are asking students to donate a toonie and sign the leaf shaped support card. We will place each card on the tree in the front entrance of our school.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to decorating our school tree throughout the month of April!
Grade 3 Swim to Survive
Thursday, April 5
Highlights for April
Spring Lunch Feature
Butter chicken with basmati rice and cucumber raita (yogurt/cucumber)
This item is gluten-friendly.
BBQ Chicken with corn niblets (gluten-friendly)
Beef meatballs with mashed potatoes
Available in Halal and Vegetarian options.
Stay Green Program! Please see April 2018 Update
Easter: April 6-8 (Eastern)
Christianity observes its most important holidays of the year between April 6 – 8th for the Eastern Julian calendar.
Holy Friday on April 6th, commemorates the passing of Jesus Christ. The Eastern churches focus on the burial. Many of the traditions that bond generations together in the Orthodox tradition occur during the celebration of Easter. One of the most prominent rituals of the Orthodox Easter is the forty-day Lenten fast, where no meat or dairy is eaten. The fast is typically broken on Sunday morning at 1 or 2 a.m. following the evening Church service where candles are lit and a celebratory hymn is sung in the honour of the resurrection of Christ.
We join you in wishing a Happy Easter to all staff, students and community members who will celebrate Easter in the Orthodox tradition.
Summer Institute Program
The Summer Institute Program is now accepting applications. Below are direct links to supports to help you answer any questions you may receive.
Easy Access to Important Information & Documents
Safety Reminder for Children
It’s a good time for parents/families to remind children about personal safety.
Here’s what children need to know:
- Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province. This can be done through rhyme or song.
- How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
- How and under what circumstances to call 911.
- To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle. A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.
- Make sure they know they have a right to say “no” to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable. Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.
- To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someone’s home without their parent’s permission.
- If home alone, never admit it when answering the phone. Never answer a knock at the door or speak through it. Adults can be very persuasive. Teach your child to call you if there is a knock at the door and if they fear for their safety, teach them to call 911. Make sure they know that police officers are there to help them and would not get mad if it were a false alarm.
- If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home or to a public place. If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming while doing so.
- It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.
It is never too early or too late to teach children the importance of personal safety. Common sense, communication and consistency are the keys. Remind children to alert a responsible adult if something strange happens that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
For more information on this subject, visit www.yrp.ca.