The Farm’s Funny of the week:
Happening this week!
Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM
April 15- Mindfulness Monday
April 16- Community Class Field Trip @12:30-2:00PM
April 17- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament @Unionville Meadows 11:30-12:30
April 18- Firefighter’s Presentation @9:30-10:30AM (Ms. Tsimidis and Ms. Pamenter’s class)
April 18- Grade 7/8 Skills Ontario Presentation
April 19- Diamond Day- Good Friday, NO SCHOOL
Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM
April 22- Diamond Day- Easter Monday, NO SCHOOL!
April 23-26- BOOK FAIR!
April 24- Science Fair!
April 25- Grade 4-8 Duffle Bag Theatre Presentation
A Closer Look
April 19, 21, 22- Diamond Days, Easter Western
Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year.
Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus prior to his arrest, Good Friday his submission to death by crucifixion, and Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Easter is considered to be the oldest and most important holiday in the Christian year, as the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is meant to renew a Christian’s commitment to living a life of truth, justice and love.
Many Christians will mark Easter by attending Church services over the weekend, and for some, this includes a midnight mass and candlelight vigil on Saturday. Families often gather together for dinner on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection.
The symbols that are associated with the holiday in North America are taken from ancient roots. In fact, the word “Easter” derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess known as “Eostre.” The custom of dyeing eggs, symbols of new life, goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Romans. These popular symbols, however, are by no means common to all Christian peoples. In addition, many of these customs and symbols have counterparts in non-Christian celebrations of spring.
April 20- Diamond Day, Passover
Passover or Pesach, the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread (Matzah), commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.
The first full day of Passover/Pesach is a Diamond Day.
Passover is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home. It is a “Festival of Freedom” to remind Jews of how God released their ancestors from slavery and brought them to freedom in the Promised Land. Passover begins at sundown on the first day and ends at nightfall on the eighth day.
Passover is celebrated by more Jews than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar – perhaps because it is so essentially and uniquely a family holiday. The Seder (SAY-der) — the traditional meal held on the first night of this eight day holiday — is often attended by complete extended families. In Canada, many families also have a Seder on the second night. Because charity and community are important elements of the holiday, it is common for families to invite to their seder people who, for whatever reason, are not able to have one of their own.
We take this opportunity to acknowledge that many students, staff, and community will be observing Passover.
April 21- Diamond Day, Ridvan
Ridvan (pronounced Riz-wan) is a twelve-day festival, the most important one of the Baha’i year.
Ridvan, which means “paradise”, is the name of the garden in which Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, proclaimed His identity as a Messenger of God. This happened in 1863 as Baha’u’llah was about to be exiled from the city of Baghdad.
The twelve days of Ridvan commemorate the twelve days that Baha’u’llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan, on an island in The Tigris River. The First, Ninth, and Twelfth Days of Ridvan are considered significant holy days by Baha’is. The First Day was the day that Baha’u’llah identified himself as a Messenger of God. On the Ninth Day, His family joined Him in preparation for the journey into exile. The Twelfth Day represents the day that Baha’u’llah and His family were banished from Baghdad to Constantinople.
On the three holy days of Ridvan, Baha’is all over the world gather together to remember this joyous time in Baha’u’llah’s life (He spent the majority of His life in prison, and was exiled four times). Baha’is recite prayers, sing, read from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, and celebrate His life and teachings. Because of the global nature of the Baha’i Faith, rituals are discouraged. There are no specific foods, or activities associated with Ridvan, or any of the other Baha’i Holy Days
An aspect of Baha’i administration is associated with the time of Ridvan. There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith, so local Baha’i communities are administered by nine-member Local Spiritual Assemblies which are elected each year. These elections take place on the First Day of Ridvan.
We extend good wishes to all staff, students and members of the Baha’i community who will be celebrating Ridvan.
Scholastic Book Fair is coming to
Beckett Farm Public School!
Dear Beckett Farm families,
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. 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 a.m. Recess
1:20 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Recess
3:40 – 4:15 p.m. After school
- Closes Friday, April 26th @ 2:00 p.m.
Classes will have the opportunity to visit the fair during school time.
Families are welcome to come after school at 3:40 p.m.
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
WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR OUR GARDEN!
Please bring in twigs or small branches from the ground, and deliver them to the bin outside the main school doors (beside the office) on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week before school. We will be using them to make our school’s garden. Please DO NOT bring these items inside the school. Your name will be put into a draw for a family pass to this year’s Fun Fair in June if you bring in these items.
2019-2020 School Organization
We have already begun to plan for the new school year! We will make every effort to place students in the best learning environment where we take into account their individual needs, academic achievement, emotional/social development and work habits. Class placements will occur in May.
When teachers and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:
- needs of exceptional students
- academic strengths and needs
- social/emotional needs
- parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)
As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with the office- IN WRITING by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.
Mr. Matt and Ms. Prebtani
Beckett Farm ECO TEAM- Announcement
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Did you know that more than 1 billion plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?
With this in mind, we ask that your child bring in any plastic shopping bags you may have at home so that they can be sent away to be recycled into small pellets and used to make a variety of new products. With your support, we can help millions
of plastic bags get recycled instead of sent to the landfill!
Please send your child to school with plastic bags from March 25th to April 19th.
Beckett Farm Eco Team
York Regional Police Summer Camps
The York Regional Police are asking for referrals of Grade 4-8 students for the York Regional Police Summer Camps. There is no cost for students to attend, but it is on a first-come, firstserved basis. They are open to students who have not attended a YRP Summer Camp in the past.
Application deadline is April 18, 2019.
For more details: YRP Summer Camp