September 24-28, 2018

Upcoming Dates

Sep 24, 2018
Sep 25, 2018
School Council Meeting
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sept 26, 2018
Rowan’s Law Day
Sep 27, 2018
Grades 1-3 Markham Fair (AM)
Terry Fox Run (PM) Rain date: October 5th
Sep 28, 2018
Orange Shirt Day
Area Cross Country
Sep 28, 2018
School Council:  Movie Night “Under the Stars” 
Islamic Heritage Month
October 3, 2018
Curriculum Night
6:30-7:30- Flyer will be sent home this week with students.

A Closer Look

Rowan’s Law Day

Rowan’s Law Concussion Safety was enacted in March 2018. As a requirement of this Act, the last Wednesday in September in each year has been proclaimed as Rowan’s Law Day. The purpose of this day is to increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools.

On September 26, 2018, staff and students of York Region District School Board (YRDSB) will recognize Rowan’s Law Day and the serious effect concussions can have on student learning, achievement and well-being. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. Concussions are not limited to people who play sports and are not just a bump to the head!

Rowan’s story

Concussion Fact Sheet

Concussion & You: A Handbook for Parents and Kids

Video messaging


TERRY FOX RUNImage result for terry fox

Who: Beckett Farm Public School Community

What:  The Terry Fox Run

When: Thursday, September 27, 2018 (Rain date October 3)

Where: Beckett Farm Public School

Why: To continue Terry Fox’s legacy and raise money for cancer research.

Beckett Farm students will be running to raise money for cancer research. We are urging students to ask their family and friends for donations using the pledge sheets sent home. If you are unable to fundraise, please consider donating $2.00 to this charitable cause. Please have all pledges in by the run date, September 27.

For people wanting to donate ONLINE, you can visit and your funds will be automatically added to our school’s fundraising goal.


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Friday, September 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Movie: Early Man
  • Please bring some lawn chairs, mats, blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult.
  • Popcorn will be sold ($2.00)
  • Please bring a reusable bottle to fill up water at our water filling stations


Orange Shirt Day: September 28, 2018Image result for orange shirt day

The orange shirt day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973. Six-years-old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform. Webstad has felt the impact of that event long after it occurred, “that feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years. Even now, when I know nothing could be further than the truth, I still sometimes feel that I don’t matter.” The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters. We are encouraging everyone to wear orange on Friday, September 28th in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not survive. The message for our students is a message of caring and empathy and that every child matters.


Islamic Heritage MonthImage result for diversity

Parent/Guardian and Child Workshop/Literature Cafe

Discovering Islamic Art with Your Child Workshop Description In recognition of Islamic Heritage Month, parents/guardians with their children grades K to 12 are invited to participate in a free Art History Workshop facilitated by the Aga Khan Museum. This workshop will consist of an introduction to the Aga Khan Museum and an understanding of the diversity and pluralism in Islam through the museum collection. Families will explore patterns from the art and architectures of the museum and Islamic artifacts. Each participant will create and take home their own tile. York Region parents/guardians can register at any of the school locations. Registration will be confirmed via email from Inclusive School and Community Services.

Please refer to the flyers for more details and locations:




Screen Shot 2018-09-23 at 6.23.45 PMIn November 2018, York Region District School Board will invite all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS). The purpose of this census survey is to better understand YRDSB’s diverse student population as well as students’ experiences in school and outside of school. Families with a child in Kindergarten to Grade 6 will be invited to complete the survey online with their child at home. Students in Grades 7-12 will be invited to complete the survey online during class time. If you are a parent/guardian of child(ren) in Grades 7-12 and do not want them to participate in the survey, please contact CCI Research at 1-866-450-4907 no later than October 9, 2018.

The surveys are voluntary and confidential. Information about the surveys and the process is available at This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments.

A letter will be sent home with students on Tuesday, September 25th with more details.