November 19-23, 2018

Happening this week!

November 21– Progress Reports go home

November 21-29– Book Fair

November 22&23– Parent Teacher Interviews

November 23– PA Day NO SCHOOL

November 23- Faith Day- Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Upcoming Dates

November 26-29- Book Fair Continued

November 27– Picture Re-take day

November 29– Grade 7 Junior Achievement Program

November 30– Intermediate Boys Regional Volleyball

A Closer Look

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Faith Day- November 23

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

The birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, is celebrated annually.

The birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, is the most important Gurupurab (celebration of Sikh gurus) in the Sikh religious community.

Born in C.E.1469 in the province of Punjab, India, Nanak sought to heal the divide between Hindus and Muslims and expressed a message of love and harmony for all of humanity.  For his followers, his birthday marks off time of rededication to humanitarian ideals and acts.

The time leading up to Guru Nanak Dev Ji is traditionally filled with prayers, hymns and chants in praise of the guru. On the day of the festival, the Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy book) is decorated with flowers and carried in a procession. In the evening, many people illuminate their homes with lamps and candles.

On this festive and meaningful occasion for many members of the Sikh community, we join you in wishing staff students and parents a happy celebration.

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By now, families should have received the letters for the Every Student Counts Survey.

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(ren) in Kindergarten to Grade 6 are encouraged to complete the survey online with their child(ren) at home by November 30, 2018.

Each child has been given a unique survey code to use when filling out the survey. Beckett Farm Public School encourages all families/students to take some time to complete the survey. It should only take about 20 minutes.  The surveys are confidential. Information about the surveys and the process is available

This important initiative will help us work together to create equitable and inclusive school environments. Thank you for your support!


学生的意见对我们十分重要。2018 年 11 月,York Region District School Board(约 克区公校教育局)将邀请全体学生参加 Every Student Counts Survey (《“每一名学 生都重要”调查(ESCS)》)。本次全体学生调查的目的,是为了更深入地了解 YRDSB (约克区公校教育局)多元化的学生族群,以及学生在学校内外的体验。调查结果将用于 改善我们的学校,并且:

● 查找并消除影响学生学业的系统性障碍;

● 创造更加公平和包容的学校环境;并且,

● 提升学生的成绩和身心健康。

CCI Research 已与教育局签约合作开展这项调查,他们会确保数据私密、安全并遵 守所有相关法律。为了确保调查对象年龄相称,该机构设计了两份调查问卷。这些调查都 是自愿参与,内容保密。

面向幼儿园至 6 年级学生的调查问卷

家里有幼儿园至 6 年级学童的家长将受邀与孩子一同在家完成在线调查。11 月份, 学校将发信到每一个家庭,信内附有在线调查的链接及说明。家里有一位以上幼儿园至 6 年级学童的家长,需要分别为每一个孩子完成调查。在线调查将提供英文、简体中文、繁 体中文、波斯语、古吉拉特语、希伯来语、韩语、旁遮普语、俄语、泰米尔语、乌尔都语、 越南语等版本。如果因为残疾而需要使用印刷版、大字体或盲文的调查问卷,请在 2018 年 10 月 9 日之前致电 1-866-450-4907 联系 CCI Research。

7-12 年级学生的调查问卷 11 月份,所有 7-12 年级的学生将受邀在课堂上完成在线调查。在线调查将提供英文、 简体中文、繁体中文、波斯语、俄语、泰米尔语和乌尔都语版本。为了便利残疾人使用, 还有印刷版、大字体和盲文的调查问卷。需要特殊安排才能完成调查的学生,学校工作人 员会提前做好相应准备。这项调查属自愿性质。学生可以跳过不愿意回答的问题。如果您 是 7-12 年级学童的家长/监护人,并且不希望孩子参加调查,请在 2018 年 10 月 9 日之前 致电 1-866-450-4907 联系 CCI Research。

由于本次调查的主要目的之一,是查找并消除影响学生成绩的各类障碍,YRDSB (约克区公校教育局)在每份调查问卷都会设置一个独特代码,将调查数据与学生成绩数 据挂钩。为确保资料机密,调查问卷上并无直接识别信息(例如您孩子的姓名)。调查结 果概要(仅限分组数据)将于 2019 年春季在学校和教育局网站上发布。

如果您对这项调查有任何疑问,请联系校长。如需了解此次调查的详情(即常见问题 和调查问题),请访问

这项重要的调查将推动我们一同努力,创造公平和包容的学校环境。家长和监护人是 我们在教育上最有力的合作伙伴。对您的支持,我们谨致谢意!


Louise Sirisko

Director of Education (教育总监)


Raising Innovators & Entrepreneurs

Attention Parents of Grade 7/8 Students

  • Wondering what your child’s pathway to success will be?
  • Worried about the impact of societal changes on your child’s career future?
  • Wanting to support your child’s creativity and teach them how to harness it?
  • Wondering what supports are available within YRDSB and York Region for youth innovation and entrepreneurship?

Please see attached flyer for more details: NovParentNight


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At Beckett Farm Public School

Dear Beckett Farm families,

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from November 22 – November 29th.

We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in books.

Your support of this fundraiser will help us purchase new materials and equipment for the Makerspace in our Learning Commons.

The book fair will be open daily during the following times:

10:50 – 11:20            AM Recess

1:20 – 2:00 p.m.    Lunch Recess

3:40 – 4:15 p.m.    After school

We will be open during the Parent Interview evening on November 22nd from 4:00-7:30 p.m.  We will also be open on the PA day, November 23rd from 9:00-12:00 p.m.

Classes will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school time as well.

Families are welcome to come during these times to make their purchases.

Please note that there will not be any regular book exchange during this week in order to accommodate the Book Fair.

Remember to mark the Book Fair dates on your calendar. Thank you for helping to foster a love of reading by attending our Book Fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

CASH and/or cheques made payable to “Beckett Farm PS” are accepted.

See you at the Fair!

Ms. Sofos and Ms. Signer


Dress for the Weather

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This is a reminder to parents and families that as the weather is changing and it is getting colder and snowier, please send your child(ren) with appropriate attire and outdoor wear. This includes jackets, boots, mitts, hats, snow pants, etc. Students will be required to go outside during recesses and your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. We want to ensure all of our students get the benefit of being outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and getting the daily physical activity!