October 29-Nov 2, 2018

Happening this week!

October 31


November 1-8

Holocaust Education Week

Upcoming Dates:

November 6 Diamond Day: Diwali

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 21– Progress Reports go home

November 21-27– Book Fair

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

A Closer Look

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At Beckett Farm PS, we continue to honour and respect inclusivity. On October 31st, 2018, students may choose to celebrate Halloween by dressing in costume and if so, must comply with the school policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, masks, etc. are not permitted and are not in compliance with The York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0. Some students may dress up in fall/autumn colours (orange, black, yellow, etc.) to recognize fall celebrations (giving thanks, etc). Dressing up for Halloween is not a school expectation. Further, any Halloween activities planned during the day will continue to connect with the curriculum and alternatives will always be provided.

Please see the letter attached for more details

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.

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The week of November 1 to 8, inclusive, marks the 38 annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW). The focus of this year’s Holocaust Education Week is Illumination the Shadows: Untold Stories of the Holocaust. With millions of pages of historical documents, photographs and film recorded by perpetrators, victims and rescuers, along with thousands of hours of recorded testimony from survivors as well as perpetrators, the Holocaust is the most documented case of genocide in the world. During this week we also want to acknowledge those who were also targeted by this regime as a result of their social identities. People of colour, the Roma (commonly referred to as Gypsies), people with physical disabilities, and those who identified as LGBTQ were also subjected to intolerance and persecution in Europe. We encourage educators to discuss, the Holocaust of World War II, the many different people who stood for social justice for all, and also the many other forms of genocide, worldwide in the past and present, as means of working towards the end of intolerance, discrimination and hatred.

Unionville HS Arts Program Information Night

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

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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. A 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.

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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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