September 9-13, 2019

Feel our Thunder: Ignite, Learn, Grow! Go Bolts Go!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Congratulations on getting through the first week back with flying colours!

Thank you to all scholars and families that attended class on time and have returned the book of forms that was sent home on the first day.  If you have not done so please make sure to return the forms this week as the information is required for learning and student safety. These forms will include: the acceptable use of technology, dismissal procedure and lunchtime routines. These start-up forms must be signed and returned to your child’s teacher before September 13, 2019.

We hope that all families and scholars had a great start back to school! We welcome all our scholars, families and community partners back and we look forward to continuing our work together to make for another exciting year at Beckett Farm PS! Thank you to all our families, scholars and staff for helping us make the start of the year a smooth and successful one! Ms. Smith and I are excited to work with each one of you again and to our new members at Beckett Farm PS, we look forward to forming new relationships and getting to know you.

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Faith Day: Ashura

Ashura falls on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Lunar calendar. This commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.

Ashura has special significance for Shia Muslims because, on this day, Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad was martyred. Hussein, his family, and a number of his companions were killed at Karbala in Iraq. Hussein had refused to pay allegiance to the ruler of the time. This historic event in Karbala has had the greatest impact in the history of Shia Muslims. Shias believe that the message of Hussein was that he chose death rather than compromise his beliefs. Ashura and the nine days of Muharram preceding it are commemorated each year with gatherings and processions. Shiites around the world are in mourning during this period and keep alive the message of Hussein.

The Farms Funny of the Week:

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Looking Ahead:

September 23- PA Day, NO SCHOOL

September 24-27- Safety Week

September 24- Picture Day!

September 24- Parent Council Meeting @6:30PM

September 25- Curriculum Night

September 27- Terry Fox Run

A Closer Look

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Image result for reminderEntry bell is at 9:00AM. Our instructional day begins promptly at 9:10am. Supervision on the property begins as of 8:55am. Our goal is to have all of our students in their classrooms, ready to learn at 9:10am. Maintaining a morning routine is very important to ensure that students are ready to actively participate in their learning. Any students that enter the building past 9:10am are required to go to the office for a late slip.

Morning Drop Off: Keeping the “Kiss and Ride” car loop safe for Students

Beckett Farm P.S. is a walking school. That means that all families attending the school live within walking distance. Students are always encouraged to walk or ride a bike. If you choose to drive your child, please expect little to no parking spots available on school property.

Drivers, please obey the following rules:

  1. The bus loop is for school busses only and is closed to all cars.

Kiss and Ride drop off area:

  1. Pull your car as far forward in the yellow zone as possible before unloading students.
  2. Students are only permitted to exit from the right side (passenger side) of the car.
  3. Drivers MUST NOT leave their car unattended.
  4. No parking in the Kiss and Ride at any time it is a no parking fire zone.
  5. Once you drop off your child, please follow the flow of cars and do not sit to watch.
  6. Obey teachers and staff on duty, they are there to help you and your children.
  7. If you do not have time to wait in the loop, drop your child off on the side streets so they can walk to school.
  8. If you must leave your car, park a block away and walk-in.

We understand that parents are in a rush in the morning, but safety is our first priority. Let’s work together to keep our children safe!

More information regarding City of Markham common parking violations is available in this document.

Waste-free Boomerang Lunch ProgramImage result for waste free lunch

Did you know that school lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario? The average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms (66 lbs.) of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms (18,700 lbs.) of waste per school per year.

With this information in mind, Beckett Farm Public School is part of the waste reduction program. As part of this program, students are encouraged to have a “waste-free” and “boomerang” lunch.

A waste-free lunch (sometimes called a litter-less lunch) contains no throwaway packaging or food leftovers. As a first priority, lunches are packed in servings that will be completely eaten. To avoid any packaging, all food and drinks are packed in reusable containers within a reusable lunch bag or box. All containers are re-sealable so that leftover food and drink that is not eaten can be consumed (or composted) later.

In an effort to reduce our school’s waste, we are also asking that students participate in a “boomerang” lunch. A boomerang lunch means that any packaging and uneaten food brought to the school by your child will be taken home to be disposed of. The benefits of this program are:

  • You can see exactly what your child consumes in the day.
  • Any leftover food is not wasted but saved for another day.
  • You save money! A waste-free lunch can cost as little as $2.50 per day, whereas a regular lunch containing pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more per day.
  • You help reduce the cost of waste disposal so the school’s resources can be put to better use.

We will begin our “boomerang” and “waste-free” lunch program on October 10th. Please see below for more tips on creating waste-free lunches. Thank you in advance for helping your family and our school reduce waste!


The Student Eco Team, Beckett Farm Public School

Reminder: We are a Nut-Free SchoolImage result for nut free

There are students in our school who have a life-threatening allergy to nuts which can cause an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that is so severe that it can cause death. The throat closes and the child cannot breathe. This allergic condition differs from any other allergic reactions in that it is life-threatening. contact with trace amounts of the nut allergen (through ingestion or touch) can trigger this type of reaction. The ONLY way to ensure a safe environment is to avoid bringing nut and nut products onto the school premises.

Please check the ingredients label on any food you may send with your child for lunch or snack. Ensure that peanuts/tree nuts are not listed in the ingredients. Also ensure, that there is no warning of “may contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts” or “manufactured in a facility that handles peanuts/tree nuts”. The warning may vary between manufacturers but they will identify if there is a risk that the food product contains nuts. Examples of tree nuts are almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews etc. If there is no warning on the ingredients label and no peanut/tree nuts listed, then you may send the food item for your child.

We respectfully ask that children wash their hands thoroughly before arriving at school to ensure that he/she is not bringing any trace amounts of the allergen to the classroom and common areas such as the library, playground and washrooms. Your support in this important matter is deeply appreciated and critical to ensuring the safety of all of our students. Together we can ensure a safe environment for all.

Thank you!

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Beckett Farm is looking to hire new School Assistants!  As our school population is growing, we are in need of more competent, capable and caring adults to supervise our students during lunch and recess times.  This is a paid position with the York Region District School Board.  If you are interested in joining the Beckett Team, contact Mrs. Khan in the office at  (289) 746-3276. Training will be provided.


Hot Lunch Program Starts September 9, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our hot lunch program effective Monday, September 9, 2019. We will be offering this program on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Our provider this year will again be Kids Kitchen. Please see the attached link if you would like to sign your child up. Should you have any questions please contact the office.

September specials:

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Chickpea spinach curry with basmati rice & cucumber raita

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Dear Families,

York Region District School Board’s Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program is pleased to offer over 20 languages at 35 different sites from Tuesday to Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Our Board has one of the largest International and Indigenous Languages programs in the province with approximately 15,000 students who register each year.

Classes run 2.5 hours once a week for 30 weeks for Elementary SK-8 students who want to learn a new language or maintain their heritage language.  The cost of the entire program is $20.00.  Program brochures will also be sent home from your child(ren)’s school.

We would like to share with you our program information:

  • New student registration (New registrants must submit a copy of the Birth Certificate) begins at the language location during the specified registration hours listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Please note online registration through EDSBY is now closed so families must register in person.
  • The first day of classes begin at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Students pre-registered online through EDSBY are to attend the first day of classes at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure.
  • Huron Heights Secondary School is a new language site opening for the 2019-2020 school year.

For elementary courses, registration times and locations, please see our updated flyer.

For elementary program information, please visit:

If you require any further information, please contact us at:

Non-Credit English as a Second Language Classes for Adults and Literacy-Based Skills ProgramImage result for adult classes

Non-credit adult programs such as ESL, LINC and Literacy Basic Skills programs will commence on September 11, 2019.

Please see attached flyers:

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PCMH Support Group Poster for more information