January 28 – February 1, 2019

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Please see flyer below for more information and activities that are available through the board to commemorate this month.

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Happening this week!

January 27- International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 28- Mindful Monday

January 28- Tamil Heritage Month Assembly

Gr. 3-8 at 11:25AM 

Gr. K-2 at 12:15PM

February 1- PA Day NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead!

February 4- Lion Dance Presentation

All families are welcome to join us in celebrating Lunar New Year at Beckett Farm PS with a traditional Lion Dance Performance by Sunny Tang Martial Arts Centre!

The performance will be from 2:20-2:45PM in the gymnasium. 

February 5- Lunar New Year!

February 6- Winter Walk Day

February 13- Report Cards go home!

A Closer Look

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Knitting Club at Beckett Farm PS!Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 7.24.43 PM.png

Due to a combination of student voice and our personal love of knitting and crocheting, we are starting a Knitting and Crocheting Club (we are working on coming up with a snazzier name!).  Students have voiced a desire to knit/crochet items for various charitable organizations, and so that is one of our main goals for the club.  Others just simply want to learn or have a space to participate in a mindful, creative activity.  So far, the club is mostly comprised of Intermediate students with a few grade 5s and 6s.  If there is an overwhelming request for a club for younger students, we may look into that later in the year.

We are looking for more donations of yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch markers, etc.  If you have any that you no longer want or need, please send them our way!  Please drop off any donations to the office! 

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Dear Families,

In recent years, we have experienced an increase in extreme winter weather. As a result, we have reviewed how we respond on inclement weather days. There may be rare occasions where unprecedented winter weather events occur and we need to close all schools and Board locations.

Closures will be considered when facilities may not be safe for students and staff members to attend school for the full day. This may include events that significantly limit school operations such as a significant snowfall or ice storm that restricts access to the school site, causes widespread or prolonged power failures or downs power lines.

In keeping with our current practice, we will continue to keep our schools open as much as possible. However, it is important that families have alternate childcare arrangements planned for the rare occasions when schools may be closed. Before and after care programs will also not operate if schools are closed. Please ensure that you take the time to make plans in the event of an emergency school closure.

School Transportation Cancellations

We will continue to cancel school transportation if road conditions are unsafe for buses and taxi service or are expected to deteriorate significantly by the time students are to be bused home. Bus cancellations don’t necessarily mean there is an emergency school closure. Schools will remain open unless otherwise stated.

If transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will also be cancelled for the afternoon. Students not attending school due to inclement weather will not be coded as absent, but we do ask families to let the school know if your child will not be attending school that day. For more information on inclement weather days, please visit our website yrdsb.ca

Communication about transportation and school closures

Decisions about school transportation and school closures will be made as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. To find out if transportation is cancelled or schools are closed, please check:

  • Student Transportation Services website: school bus city
  • Student Transportation Hotline: 1-877-330-3001
  • Board website and school websites
  • @YRDSB Twitter account
  • Radio and TV media outlets

We will do our best to notify families in advance when we may be considering closing school and Board offices. Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff members and families. If you have any questions, please speak with your school principal.

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education York Region District School Board

Translation of letter in different languages:

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January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This date was designated by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in November 2005. The day is an international memorial day for the victims of the Nazi holocaust, which saw the murder of 6 million Jews, 2 million Roma people, and 15,000 people who were LGBTQ. January 27 was selected because it is the date when the Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019 Community Events:

Film Screening of “Who Will Write Our History

Co-presented with Hot Docs tickets

Antisemitism Here and Now: IHRD with Deborah Lipstadt

Co-presented by CIJA tickets and more information

National Policy Conference on Holocaust Education

January 26-27, 2019, FSWC

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Celebration of Black History/African Heritage Month has been a part of Canadian society since the 1950s. Lieutenant Governor Hal Jackman declared February as Black History month in Ontario in 1993, and it was in 1995 that the Honorable Jean Augustine made the same declaration in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

These declarations set the stage for acknowledgement of the contributions of peoples of African Heritage to the cultural, economic, political and social fabric of Canada dating back to the early 1600s. They also increased our awareness that people of African Heritage are an integral part of Canadian history.

During the month of February, we deliberately reflect upon the legacy of African history in all its various forms, and we join all Canadians in celebrating Black History/African Heritage month. By contemplating on persons of African heritage, famous and not so famous, who have been of significant influence through their ideas, words and actions, we appreciate the place of African history in the history of the world.

Black History/African Heritage History Month events in York Region

2019 grades 1 – 6 ahm bhm writing contest

February 6th, 2019 is Winter Walk Day!Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 7.30.35 PM.png

Winter Walk Day is celebrated by schools across Canada on the first Wednesday of February each year. Walking and wheeling to and from school is fun every day, so we encourage you to journey outside throughout the entire month of February!

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february 2019 update

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