Happening this week!
November 6 Diamond Day: Diwali
November 6&7- Dental Screening
November 9– Remembrance Day Service @ 10:30am
November 13– SC Meeting @6:30PM
November 14– SC Movie Night @6:30PM
November 14– Take Your Kid to Work Day
November 16– Grade 5s to Ontario Science Centre
November 21– Progress Reports go home
November 21-27– Book Fair
A Closer Look
Diwali- Diamond Day
Diwali (short for Deepavali, meaning ‘line of lamps’), also known as the Festival of Lights is a Hindu, Sikh, and Jain festival that originated in India.
It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali signifies many different things to different people. For most Hindus, Diwali is dedicated to the Goddess of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. In Bengal, Diwali honours the goddess, Kali. For Sikhs, the festival commemorates the return of the sixth guru to the Holy city of Amritsar after his release from detention. For the Jain community, it commemorates the passing into Nirvana of Mahavira. It also may be the beginning of a new year for farmers who plant their crops after Diwali, as well as for business people and merchants who traditionally settle all accounts on this day and begin the new financial year. Everywhere it is celebrated, it signifies the renewal of life.
To celebrate this joyous and important festival, people get together with friends and family, exchange gifts of sweets and greet each other with the words ‘Subh Diwali’. Some set off fireworks and wear new clothes. Many light little clay lamps, called dipas or diyas, candles and even neon lights.
Schools will be acknowledging this festival through a variety of activities that promote sharing and understanding among students and staff.
We join you in wishing your students, staff, and members of the community who celebrate Diwali, a happy and festive time with friends and family.
Public Health Announcement: Flu Shot
The first and best step to preventing the flu (or influenza), is to get the flu shot every year. The flu spreads quickly and easily from an infected person to others and anyone can get it. Getting the flu shot can protect you, your family and those around you. Students may be at higher risk of getting the flu as they come together in close public spaces including the classroom, gymnasium, cafeteria and library.
The flu shot is especially important for students who have a chronic condition (e.g. asthma, diabetes) or those who live with or have close contact with a pregnant woman, kids less than five years old, or a resident of a nursing home or other chronic care facility since these groups are at higher risk of getting very sick or being hospitalized because of the flu.
Flu shots are free and are readily available at:
- Health care provider’s offices for people six months of age and older
- Participating pharmacies, for people five years of age and older
In addition to getting the flu shot annually, here are some other health tips that can help prevent the spread of the flu:
- Wash your hands well and often with either soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze (if you do not have a tissue, cough into your upper sleeve)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Stay home when you’re sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and shared items
It’s important to get the flu shot as early as possible as it can take nearly two weeks for the influenza vaccine to take full effect.
To learn more about the flu and flu vaccine, visit york.ca/flu
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The Alliance of Educators for Black Students (AEBS)
AEBS is united in our purpose to promote the achievement and well-being of Black students. A Conference for Students (Grades K-12) and their Families/Supporters.
The African proverb,“It takes a village to raise a child”, speaks to the importance of forming partnerships within families and community to nurture the well-being and success of our children and youth.
This conference aims to equip families and students for navigating the schooling experience, forge a partnership with the community, and support the process of mapping the journey to success.
More details: SC-AEBS-Family-Conference-Flyer
We Scare Hunger!
Beckett Farm PS Food Drive
Runs from October 18th to November 2nd
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:
- SMALL BAGS OF RICE/PASTA
- CANNED PEAS
- CANNED MILK
- GRANULATED SUGAR
- Baby Food
Beckett Farm thanks you for your generosity.
Holocaust Education Week
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.
Winter is around the corner and so we would like to take this opportunity to clarify our policy on lunch service during inclement weather for your school.
If the school buses are cancelled due to inclement weather and the schools are OPEN – Kid’s Kitchen lunches will still be delivered.
Lunches will not automatically be cancelled due to bus cancellations.
If your child is not going to school, please call us at 905-944-0210.
We will extend our cancellation time to 8am ONLY on the days when the buses are cancelled. Our regular cancellation time is 7am. Cancellations will be accepted by PHONE Only.
If you do not cancel lunch, it will be delivered to the school and still charged to your account.
Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help.
Sincerely, Ruchi Vij & Pragna Khanna and the Kid’s Kitchen Team 905.944.0210