October 21st- PA DAY, NO SCHOOL
Focus: Anti Black Racism (ABR)
The purpose of the October 21st PA Day will be for staff to engage in system-wide learning that brings about a shared understanding of the strengths of Black students. It is also intended that staff develop an understanding of anti-Black racism, and recognize the impact of anti-Black racism on the well-being and achievement of students.
Black Students continue to languish in Ontario’s education achievement and opportunity gaps, and it is essential that we use this time to engage in learning that addresses
historical and systemic knowledge gaps in order to best support our Black students.
Anti-Black racism refers to attitudes, stereotypes, prejudices, or beliefs that lead to actions that discriminate against Black or African students. Anti-Black racism is tied to the unique history of colonialism and the enslavement of Black people. Because anti-Black racism is systemic, it is embedded in institutions, including education.
By using anti-Black racism as a framework, a lens through which to examine how well Black students are faring in our schools and classrooms, it becomes clear that the disparities and disproportionalities in the school experience of Black students are not
isolated occurrences but patterns of underservice and underperformance to which we are compelled to respond.
For these reasons, the October 21, 2019 day of professional learning is designed to provide schools the opportunity to intentionally learn about and build relationships with the communities we serve. By engaging families, guardians and communities…we build trusting relationships with them and we understand and are responsive to their assets, lived experiences, perspectives and needs particularly for those harmed and/or marginalized by the education system.
Month of October: Islamic Heritage Month
Month of October: LGBT History Month
The Farm’s Funny of the Week:
TIP OF THE WEEK
When we think of supporting our children with math, we tend to focus on number sense – understanding numbers and basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), but have you ever thought about working on spatial reasoning?
Spatial reasoning involves thinking about the locations and movements of objects and ourselves, both physically and mentally, in space. Developing these skills has been shown to play a significant role in future math achievement. Working on spatial reasoning helps children find multiple entry points into math problems, see math visually and develops the skills necessary for success in many STEM careers. The neat thing is spatial reasoning is malleable and can be improved with education and experience!
Physical activity is a great way to help children develop their spatial reasoning skills. Here are some other activities to support spatial reasoning:
Puzzles and blocks are wonderful ways to help children develop their spatial reasoning abilities. While they engage in these activities, provide them with spatial language to support their learning (e.g., circle, triangle, tall, tiny, edge, side, line, between, into, forward).
To find out what your child will learn in math this year or to find other fun activities that you can do together as a family, please visit http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/Math/Pages/default.aspx.
This week at the Farm
October 18-November 2- WE SCARE HUNGER FOOD DRIVE
October 23- November 3- BFPS FUNDRAISER MIKO TOYS
October 21- PA Day, No School
October 22- School Council Meeting @6:30
October 23- Cross Country Regionals (October 25, rain date)
October 25- Grade 6 VIP Presentations (Community Police Officer visit)
October 25- Autumn Fundraiser Dance/Activities
October 25- Community Class Swimming Program
Looking Ahead at the Farm:
October 27- Diamond Day Diwali
October 31- Halloween (please see memo below)
November 1- Grade 7 Immunizations
November 1- Grade 8 Band Trip Field Trip to PET
November 1- Community Class Swimming Program
November 3-10- Holocaust Education Week
A Closer Look
Beckett Farm Public School Fundraiser!
凡于2019年10月23日至11月3日期间到多伦多或列治文山的Samko & Miko玩具货仓或在他们的网上购物，Samko & Miko将会把你的总销售额的10％捐赠给Beckett Farm
2019年10月23日 – 2019年11月3日
77 Fima Cres
60 East Beaver Creek Rd
Beckett Farm Public School
WE Scare Hunger:
Beckett Farm PS Food Drive
October 18th to November 2nd
Beckett Farm P.S. is taking part in the WE Scare Hunger initiative to raise awareness of food insecurity and collect food for the local Markham food bank.
The Markham Food bank offers food supplies and other basic necessities to its community members. This organization has been providing emergency food items to Markham residents in need since 1984.
Beckett Farm will collect non-perishable food items for our local food bank to make sure everyone in our community can stand up for hunger.
Non-perishable food items are things such as canned or boxed foods that DO NOT require refrigeration.
Some examples include:
- Hot cereal
- Cold cereal
- Pasta sauce
- Baby food
- Baby Formula
Along with food donations, the Markham Food Bank also now accepts donations of personal hygiene products.
Some examples include:
Let’s work together to SCARE HUNGER- PLEASE DONATE!
Beckett Farm thanks you for your generosity.
Halloween at Beckett Farm PS:
Halloween on October 31, 2019
For some members of our community, Halloween brings memories of dress-up parades, costume competitions, and classroom parties, whereas for others it bears a very different meaning.
In the York Region District School Board, Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence. As with each of our traditions and ways of doing things, we continue to revisit our practices in an effort to ensure that we, “Demonstrate equity and inclusivity in all we do”. It is important for us to recognize that not all families celebrate and participate in Halloween. The reasons for not participating are varied, and they include cultural beliefs, faith, socioeconomic status, and personal reasons.
At Beckett Farm PS, we continue to honour and respect inclusivity. On October 31st, 2019, students may choose to celebrate Halloween by dressing in costume and if so, must comply with the school policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, masks, etc. are not permitted and are not in compliance with The York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0. Some students may dress up in fall/autumn colours (orange, black, yellow, etc.) to recognize fall celebrations (giving thanks, etc). Dressing up for Halloween is not a school expectation. Further, any Halloween activities planned during the day will continue to connect with the curriculum and alternatives will always be provided.
Finally, many costumes are being sold in stores that do not fit with our Equity and Inclusivity policy. Cultural regalia or any outfit that perpetuates harmful stereotypes and stigmas should not be worn as a costume. For example, costumes based on tragic moments in history (such as slaves, Pocahontas etc.), represents a stereotype, mocks gender or commits cultural appropriation are not allowed. Traditional cultural clothing that is representative of one’s culture is not a costume.
- Traditional Indigenous dress
- Hijab, sari, South Asian red dots on foreheads
- Hats with attached hair (dreadlocks, an afro etc.)
Thank you for your understanding. Together, we will continue to proudly live out our belief that diversity is our strength, equity is our commitment and inclusion is our goal.
Benefits of PCMH Support Group:
• meet other parents with children who have similar challenges
• find encouragement and emotional support
• learn strategies to help your child or youth at home/school
• learn how to access resources in the community
PCMH is the only provincial, family-led, non-profit organization that provides a voice for families who face the challenges of child and youth mental health issues. PCMH provides support, education, and linkage between families, communities, agencies and government. PCMH believes in the promotion of family-centred principles of care. PCMH envisions a future in which children and youth with mental illness enjoy a high quality of life in welcoming and supportive communities. For more information and resources, please visit PCMH
Diamond Day- Diwali
October 27, 2019
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 Amritstar 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