Happening this week!
October 22: PA Day- No School
A Closer Look
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty- October 17
Spirit Day- October 18
Each year, students, educators and allies bring attention to the need for safer and more inclusive learning and working environments for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (2SLGBTQ+) people. October 18, 2018, is Spirit Day. It is an annual day in October when millions of North Americans wear purple to show their support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to take a stand against bullying. Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities and parents wear purple to send a message that 2SLGBTQ+ youth are to be celebrated and respected for who they are.
At Beckett Farm PS, Purple Day is focusing on inclusion for all. We always want to create a safe environment where all our students feel welcomed and a sense of belonging, no matter what their social identity. Our focus will always be inclusion. We are in a public school system and a public school system welcomes and celebrates diversity. In a word, we are promoting inclusion for all.
Youth Arts Program
The Youth Arts Program celebrates the incredible artistic talents of young Ontarians aged 12-18. Each year, youth from across the province are invited to display their works of art throughout the Legislative Building, from January through March, showcasing their creativity and diverse artistic abilities. Artwork submitted consists of a variety of media including photography; sculptures; ceramics and pottery; drawings in ink, pencil and charcoal; acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings.
Online applications are accepted from September 10th to October 15th. Visit the Youth Arts Program image gallery to view previous submissions.
Please click the link: Youth Arts Program
Quest 2018 Call for Student Voice Talk Proposals
The Quest for Well-Being: Making Connections, Making Commitments is excited to announce that this year we will be hosting the Student Voice Talks again. At Quest 2018, we are inviting students to present through TED style talks, slam poetry, spoken word or rants. The ‘Talk’ will be required to be focused on well-being and approximately 5 minutes in length.
International Baccalaureate Programme
Information Night: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is student-centred with a focus on developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world. The Programme emphasizes critical, compassionate thinking, community involvement and intercultural understanding. It is founded on international standards and assessment. Students who complete the Programme earn both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.
We invite students who will be starting Grade 8 in September to find their area IB School or Candidate School on the YRDSB School Locator (http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/pages/school-locator.aspx) and join us for an information evening to discover what we can offer.
Please see the flyer for more info:
The York Region District School Board (“the Board”) is firmly committed to ensuring that the Board Community is provided with a barrier-free environment that affords independence and treatment with dignity to all. We believe that all members of the Board community have the right to experience inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity in all aspects of their interactions with the Board.
An electronic reporting tool that provides all members of the school community an opportunity to identify and describe particular impediments they, or someone they know, are experiencing in obtaining access to Board services or buildings. The identified barrier is reviewed by the appropriate staff and responded to accordingly.
In 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 www.yrdsb.ca/escs. This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments.