October 22-26, 2018

Happening this week!

October 22: PA Day- No School

October 24
Grade 7s to Vivian Outdoor Centre
October 24
SC Badminton Night!
6:30-8:30PM in the Gym
All families are welcome to join!
October 25
Grade 7 Hep B and HPV Vaccinations
October 26
Picture Day
October 26
Grade 8 Band Trip to Pierre Elliot Trudeau H.S.

Upcoming Dates:

November 6&7- Dental Screening

November 9– Remembrance Day Service

November 13– SC Meeting @6:30PM

November 14– SC Movie Night @6:30PM

November 14– Take Your Kid to Work Day

November 22&23– Parent Teacher Interviews
November 23PA Day NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

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We Scare Hunger

Beckett Farm PS Food Drive

Runs from October 18th to November 2nd

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Beckett Farm is working with the We Scare Hunger program to collect food for the Markham Food Bank.  This organization has been providing emergency food items to Markham residents in need since 1984. We will collect non-perishable food items for our local food bank to make sure everyone in our community can stand up for hunger.

Over 21,791 individuals in Markham live in poverty every day, 22% of which are children.

Non-perishable food items are things such as canned or boxed foods that DO NOT require refrigeration. Some examples include:

  • JAM
  • Baby Food

Beckett Farm thanks you for your generosity.

Free Yoga and Women’s Support Group In Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, PunjabiImage result for yoga

Every Tuesday starting October 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

More details: SC-YogaandWomensSupportGroup


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Date & Time: Thursday October 25th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Highgate Public School (35 Highgate Drive, Markham, ON L3R 3R5)

More details: SC-PENWorkshop

Tamil Parents and Guardians Network Information Sessions In Tamil and EnglishImage result for information session

When: Sunday, October 28;  Sunday, November 4; Sunday, November 11; Sunday, November 25; Sunday, December 9 Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: Milliken Mills High School, 7522 Kennedy Road, Markham ON L3R 9S5

More details: SC-Tamil-Parents-Guardians-Network-Information-Sessions

Legalization of Cannabis Resources

As of October 17, 2018, it will be legal for individuals 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. It remains illegal for anyone under the age of 19. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.

 Regardless of age, cannabis is not allowed on school property or at school-related events at any time.

It is illegal for anyone regardless of age to smoke or vape any substance, including cannabis:

● at school, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20m of these grounds

● on children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20m of playgrounds

● in child care centres, or where an early years program is provided

● in places where home child care is provided – even if children aren’t present

There will be consequences for students if they are believed to be in possession or under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or cannabis. Suspension will be considered.

There are exceptions if the medicinal use of cannabis is outlined in the student’s Health Care Plan.

If a student gives alcohol or cannabis to anyone under the age of 19, the school will contact police, suspend the student and consider expulsion. In YRDSB, we want families and students to be informed about the facts of cannabis legalization. To support this learning, you may find the following resources helpful. You can also request a hard copy through the school office.

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers need to know


We will continue to provide students with information and support to make positive and healthy decisions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school’s administration team.

 Quest 2018 Call for Student Voice Talk ProposalImage result for student voice

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.

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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.

Please visit: barrier busters

  • Click on the “accessibility for all” icon on the bottom left hand side of the page;
  • On the “accessibility for all” page click on “Barrier Buster” on the top right hand
    corner; and
  • Complete the “Barrier Buster” form and click “Submit”.

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 www.yrdsb.ca/escs. This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments.