The Farm’s Funny of the Week:
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Family Time and Learning Tips for the Holidays
Cook Together — Include your children in meal prep and baking for holiday gatherings. It’s a great way to have fun and teach kids about cooking and nutrition. While you’re cooking, you can practice math and reading skills—and demonstrate cool science concepts through various cooking techniques.
Play Games — Playing board and trivia games during holiday get-togethers is a good way to enjoy quality time together. Look for ideas online. There are a variety of games—for all ages—that are fun and educational as well.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors — Play with your kids in the backyard or at a local park. If it snows, build a snowman or hit the slopes! You can find fun outdoor games that promote physical activity.
And Read Every Day — Take your kids to the local library and borrow books to read over the winter break. And spend time reading together—it helps children develop their literacy skills and excel academically.
This Week at the Farm:
December 16-21- Beckett Farm Spirit Days:
December 18- School Council hosts Holiday Movie Night @6:30PM
December 23- Jan 5- Winter Holidays! School Closed
A Closer Look
THANK YOU FAMILIES!
Our YRP Holiday Heroes Campaign was a true success! Thank you to all of our families, Beckett Farm PS managed to raise $715 in gift card donations!!! These gift cards will be donated to support our families in need right here in our own communities!!!
Again, a huge thank you to all the families that contributed to this worthy cause- your generosity and kindness will go a long way to help others in need!
Faith Day- Chanukah-Hanukkah
Chanukah, the Jewish “Festival of Lights,” also known as the “Feast of
Dedication,” begins at sunset on December 23.
In Judaism, Chanukah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the
victory of Judah the Maccabee for religious freedom and rededication of the
Temple in 165 B.C.E. and to celebrate the power of God and the
faithfulness of Israel.
During the celebration, the eight candles of the menorah, the Chanukah
lamp, are lit one day at a time. Card-playing is traditionally associated with
the festival, as is spinning the dreidel (a spinning top). Schools will be
acknowledging the festival through a variety of activities that promote
learning and understanding for all students.
We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who
will be lighting the menorah in their homes a joyful time of sharing.
Diamond Day– Christmas
December 25 (Western)/ January 7 (Eastern)
December 25 is Christmas for most Christians in the West. Some Orthodox Churches,
such as the Ukrainian Church, follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate Christmas
on January 7.
For Christians, Christmas is a joyous religious celebration of the birth of Jesus in
Bethlehem. Christians recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the Son of God,
and accept him as their Saviour and Lord. Western Christianity celebrates Christmas on
December 25 following the Gregorian calendar. Some followers of Eastern Christian
churches follow the Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas in early January.
Christmas has a long tradition of gift giving which originates with the New Testament
account of the Three Wise Men bearing gifts to the newborn baby. Many Christians
acknowledge this aspect of Christmas on January 6th, or the Day of the Three Kings.
Christmas has also become a secular holiday enjoyed my many non-Christians. Many
celebrate Christmas by exchanging gifts, singing, visiting with family and friends, and
attending services in Church.
We join you in wishing Christian students, staff and members of the community who will
be celebrating Christmas, a Merry Christmas and a joyful time of sharing.
Faith Day- Kwanzaa
December 26- January 1
Kwanzaa is a cultural observance created in 1966 to celebrate African inspired traditional values and African American ancestry and heritage.
Kwanzaa (“first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) is being observed by increasing numbers of African Canadian families.
On each day of the week during Kwanzaa, a candle is lit in a seven-branched
candelabrum called a kinara, to represent one of the seven principles celebrated during
Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative
economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Children often receive educational and cultural
gifts, and the week may end with a great feast – the Kwanzaa Karamu – followed by dance, music and readings. (adapted from A Chorus of Cultures: Developing Literacy Through Multicultural Poetry, by Alm Flor Ada, Violet J. Harris & Lee Bennett Hopkins).
We join you in wishing students, staff and members of the community who will be
celebrating Kwanzaa a joyful time of celebration.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE STAFF AT BECKETT FARM TO ALL OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. WISHING YOU ALL A RESTFUL AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH LOVED ONES.
SEE YOU BACK ON JANUARY 6TH!!