April 26, 2020

RamadanHappy Ramadan, Ramzan Mubarak 2020 Wishes, Images, Messages ...

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting and contemplation for Muslims.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is referred to in the Qu’ran (Koran) as
a blessed month in which the teachings of the Qu’ran were revealed to the Prophet
Muhammad. During Ramadan, most Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and increase their focus on prayer and contemplation. At the end of each day, the fast is traditionally broken with a prayer and a light meal called the iftar.

Ramadan is considered a time for Muslims to recommit themselves to practicing
compassion and generosity for others, as well as a time to cultivate spiritual renewal
within themselves and their communities.

During this time of reverence and renewal, we extend our good wishes to staff, students,
parents and members of the Islamic community who will be observing Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating and observing this holy month.

BFPS SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS WEBSITE!

In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

Please complete this very brief Survey to let us know if your children have visited the website and provide any other feedback.  We would like to make this site as valuable for our scholars as we can.

Thank you!!

Skills Ontario Women in Trades and Technologies Virtual Conference 202Skills Ontario celebrates International Women's Day - Collision ...0

We are excited to share with you that Skills Ontario has moved their Women in Trades & Technologies Conference to a virtual webinar!  Details for registration are shared below and in the attachment.

Students:

  1.  Please use your YRDSB GAPPS email address to register for a space.  In addition, Each registered spot counts for one streaming device. Once you are registered, the link you receive should not be shared. If you wish to view the conference on more than one device, ensure to register a spot per device.
  2. Please only enter your first name during registration, last name is optional and should not be entered.      Skills Ontario Women in Trades Conference Flyer_May 5, 2020 (9)

School Mental Health OntarioStaying Mentally Healthy: Get Professional Help If You Need It ...

This is a great resource to help us all stay mentally healthy with our families at home! You will find 12 easy and fun mental health practices to try with your children at home.

School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO-SMSO) has been working with educators to develop a set of practices that cover the six domains of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that are found in the Ontario elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum. These skills include (terms in brackets are official titles in the HPE Curriculum):

  1. Managing stress (Stress Management and Coping)
  2. Identifying emotions (Identification and Management of Emotions)
  3. Staying positive (Positive Motivation and Perseverance)
  4. Nurturing relationships (Healthy Relationship Skills)
  5. Knowing yourself (Self-Awareness and Sense of Identity)
  6. Planning and problem-solving (Critical and Creative Thinking – Executive Functioning)

There are practices in each of these domains to help students build upon each of these skills.

Here’s one for Identifying Emotions:

Emotion Charades: Emotional charades is similar to regular charades, but you act out different feelings!

emotional charades

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Closure of School’s Extended to End of May

Dear Families, as you may have already heard, the Minister of Education has announced the current closures of all Ontario Schools will be extended until at least May 29, 2020 as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is the full letter to families from YRDSB:

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Minister of Education that the current closure of all Ontario schools will be extended until at least May 29, as part of the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools in York Region District School Board will continue to be closed to students during this time. You will receive additional information about the potential opening closer to the end of May. We do not have information about extensions beyond this date.

It is critically important at this time to continue to follow the direction of public health to practise social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this pandemic virus. Please note that, in accordance with the Provincial Emergency Declaration, school grounds remain closed and inaccessible to the public, which includes playgrounds and school yards.

Online Learning

We will continue to support your child’s education through online teacher-led learning, and I thank you for your patience as we have been implementing new ways of teaching and learning on this scale. If you have any questions about your child’s online learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher. While our schools may be closed, we remain dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being.

I’m sure you have a lot of questions and concerns about the further extension of school closures. The Minister of Education continues to reassure Ontarians that school closures will not affect students’ ability to graduate and that Ontario students will not lose this school year. More information regarding online learning will be sent to you in the near future.

Graduations and Celebrations

I know many students are also concerned about the postponement or cancellation of graduations and other important milestone events. Due to the extension of the closures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel end-of-year celebrations such as proms and semi-formals. In addition, we are regrettably postponing June graduations with a goal to reschedule for the fall of 2020. More information will be made available as soon as logistics are finalized, including information on how graduates may obtain a copy of their diploma.

On our website www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 you can find information about school closures, answers to many of the questions you may have about school closures as well as resources to support student learning and student and family well-being. You can also follow the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb for up-to-date information.

I wish you continued health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Juanita Nathan,

Chair

Louise Sirisko

Director of Education