December 9-13, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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Some ways to help your child achieve in school:

  1. Attend parent-teacher interviews, curriculum days, school events
  2. Visit the school and it’s websites/blogs/newsletters
  3. Send your child to school ready to learn (nutritious breakfast; snacks, proper sleep, etc)
  4. Know school/board code of conduct policies 
  5. Get involved (School council, volunteering, story telling in the classroom, presentations, etc)
  6. Take attendance/punctuality to school seriously 
  7. Make time to talk about school with your child

This Week at the Farm:

December 9-13- Hour of Code

December 11- Primary Winter Concert:

Day time performance: 11:30 AM, Evening Performance: 6:30 PM

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert:

Daytime Performance: 2:30 PM

December 12- Grade 8 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Guidance Department Visit to Beckett Farm

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 16-21- Beckett Farm Spirit Days:

December 16- Scarf and Toque Day!

December 17- Favourite Sports Team Gear Day!

December 18- Beckett Farm Spirit Wear Day or wear Black, Powder Blue or Silver!

December 19- Winter Sweater Spirit Day! (aka Ugly Sweater Day)

December 20- PJ Spirit Day! With a morning Sing A Long and Movie

December 18- School Council hosts Holiday Movie Night @6:30PM

December 23- Jan 5- Winter Holidays! School Closed

A Closer Look

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Concert performed by Grades FDK/1 to 3

With special appearances by:

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • School of Rock
  • Grade 8 classes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Day performance: 11:30 am (doors open at 11:20 am)

Evening performance: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 PM)

**For the evening performance, please have your child at the school between
6:00pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Win FRONT row seating and a RESERVED PARKING spot!

Families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for each $10 gift card they donate towards the Holiday Heroes Campaign. For example, families that donate $20 will be given 2 ballots. We will have a draw to win reserved front row seating and a parking spot on the evening of the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11. The gift card collection will be from Monday, December 2nd until December 12th.  We are collecting gift cards for grocery stores and department stores.

Holiday Heroes Campaign

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Beckett Farm Public School is partnering up with “Holiday Heroes”, an organization run by the York Regional Police, to help support families in our community.

Families may choose to donate $10 gift cards for a grocery store or department store.

The drive will begin on Monday, December 2nd and run until Thursday, December 12th.

For EACH $10 gift card donated to the Holiday Heroes campaign, families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for a draw to win reserved front row seating and a reserved parking spot on the night of the winter concert on Wednesday, December 11. Ballots will be drawn on December 10th.

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Pizza Orders!Image result for pizza

Pizza orders are now up on cashonline for our next round of pizza (begins Wednesday January 8th).

The deadline for ordering is December 18th.

 

 

Frozen Treats for Sale at BFPS!

Jennifer Z Frozen Treats Ad

Parent Engagement and Network Workshop for Chinese Families

Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) Workshop for Chinese Families will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. See flyer for registration.

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Parents for Children’s Mental Health

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 Support Group Poster

 

 

 

 

 

December 2-6, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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How can I nurture my child’s mental health?

Help children build strong, caring relationships:

  • It’s important for children and youth to have strong relationships with family and friends. Spend some time together each night around the dinner table.
  • A significant person who is consistently present in a child’s life plays a crucial role in helping him develop resilience. This person—often a parent or other family member—is someone your child spends a lot of time with and knows he can turn to when he needs help.
  • Show your children how to solve problems that arise.

Help children and youth develop self-esteem, so that they feel good about themselves:

  • Show lots of love and acceptance.
  • Praise them when they do well. Recognize their efforts as well as what they achieve.
  • Ask questions about their activities and interests.
  • Help them set realistic goals.

Create a safe, positive home environment:

  • Be aware of your child’s media use, both the content and the amount of time spent. This includes TV, movies, Internet, gaming devices (whether hand-held, or played through a computer or TV). Be aware of who they might be interacting with in chatrooms and online games.
  • Be careful about discussing serious family issues—such as finances, marital problems, or illness—around your children. Children can worry about these things.
  • Provide time for physical activity, play, and family activities.
  • Be a role model by taking care of your own mental health: Talk about your feelings. Make time for things you enjoy.

https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/mental_health

This Week at the Farm:

December 2-6- FDK Classroom Visits continued

December 2-3- Dental Screening continued (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Possibly Gr 4)

December 3- COSN Delegation Visit to Beckett Farm PS

On December 3, Beckett Farm PS welcomes the COSN (Consortium for School Networking) Delegation to our school. These education leaders from around the world will be visiting our classrooms to observe and learn about the wonderful ways our staff and students engage in 21st Century learning. This includes how we are leveraging digital tools to engage our students in innovative learning practices to promote Global Competencies such as collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication. We are very excited to welcome our guests into our dynamic learning spaces! 

December 4- Daycare Winter Concert

December 4- Grades 2-4 participating in a Cartoon Workshop

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 9-13- Hour of Code

December 11- Primary Winter Concert:

Day time performance: 11:30 AM, Evening Performance: 6:30 PM

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert:

Daytime Performance: 2:30 PM

December 12- Grade 8 Pierre Elliot Trudeau Guidance Department Visit to Beckett Farm

A Closer Look

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Beckett Farm’s Very Own Celebrity!Image result for E Glasses"

One of our very own grade 4 student’s was asked to be on City TV news! Z.G. was asked to demonstrate her use of a new technology that she is testing out in class – E Sight Electronic Glasses for people with Low/Impaired Vision. We are very proud of Z.G for her leadership in sharing her learning with others to help improve the lives of many!

Check her out: Testing Electronic Vision

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Concert performed by Grades FDK/1 to 3

With special appearances by:

  • Concert Band
  • Concert Choir
  • School of Rock
  • Grade 8 classes

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Day performance: 11:30 am (doors open at 11:20 am)

Evening performance: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 PM)

**For the evening performance, please have your child at the school between
6:00pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday, December 11th.

Win FRONT row seating and a RESERVED PARKING spot!

Families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for each $10 gift card they donate towards the Holiday Heroes Campaign. For example, families that donate $20 will be given 2 ballots. We will have a draw to win reserved front row seating and a parking spot on the evening of the Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 11. The gift card collection will be from Monday, December 2nd until December 12th.  We are collecting gift cards for grocery stores and department stores.

Holiday Heroes Campaign

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Beckett Farm Public School is partnering up with “Holiday Heroes”, an organization run by the York Regional Police, to help support families in our community.

Families may choose to donate $10 gift cards for a grocery store or department store. 

The drive will begin on Monday, December 2nd and run until Thursday, December 12th.

For EACH $10 gift card donated to the Holiday Heroes campaign, families of students participating in the WINTER CONCERT will be given ballots for a draw to win reserved front row seating and a reserved parking spot on the night of the winter concert on Wednesday, December 11. Ballots will be drawn on December 10th.

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Trustee Newsletter Greeting

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Kindergarten French Immersion Registration

Registrations Begin January 17, 2020

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December Specials:

December 2019 Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25-29, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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TIP OF THE WEEK:

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Storytelling

  • Oral storytelling is a great way to engage children and also to enhance children’s vocabulary and oral language skills
  • Encourage children to add to the stories you are telling or make up their own
  • Can be done in your home lanugage

“Read” wordless picture books

  • Wordless picture books tell stories through pictures. This can be a fun way for parents and children to sit down together with books and talk about stories.
  • Children can learn how stories progress, make predictions, and develop a love for books.

Say rhymes and sing songs

  • rhymes, songs and chants can help build oral language skills, such as intonation and word stress
  • Can be done in your home language as well

Watch educational children’s television programs together

  • Promotes English language and literacy development. This can be a great way for both parents and children to learn English together.
  • TVO Kids is a great place to start

Read bilingual books

  •  Great way for ELL students and their parents and family to enjoy books together. In addition, they can both improve their reading skills along the way.

This Week at the Farm:

November 25-29- FDK Classroom Visits continued

November 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair continued

November 26- School Bus Safety Sessions

November 27- Picture Re Take day

November 27-29- Grade 3 Gifted Testing

November 27- Neighbourhood Community Watch Presentation for all families @7:00PM

November 28- Dental Screening (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Gr 4)

November 28- Community Class Field Trip to Special Olympics Program (9:30-1:30)

November 29- VIP Grade 6

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

December 2-6- FDK Classroom Visits continued

December 2-3- Dental Screening continued (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Possibly Gr 4)

December 4- Daycare Winter Concert

December 4- Grades 2-4 participating in a Cartoon Workshop

December 11- Primary Winter Concert

December 12- Kindergarten Winter Concert

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Families, if you have not already done so, please return all School Fundraising Forms back to the school no later than December 6, 2019.

Message from School Council:

Beckett Farm School Council is launching the annual fundraising event and this will go on for 3 weeks. The students will be given a donation form to facilitate the collection on or before December 6, 2019. All donations will be used to purchase new technology equipment, books for our library, science kits and other items wherever the school sees the need. Please help us reach our goal of $10, 000 and enrich our school even more.

Thank you,

Your School Council

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November 18-22, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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PEAC

The Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee (PEAC) of the York Region District School Board’s purpose is to support, encourage and enhance parent engagement at the Board level in order to improve student achievement and well-being. The mandate of the Committee is to provide information and advice on parent engagement to the Board, communicate with and support school councils of schools of the Board and undertake activities to help parents of pupils of the Board to support their children’s learning at home and at school.

PEAC Meetings
Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and held at four times in each school year, usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Education Centre Aurora, 60 Wellington Street West Aurora ON.
 In addition to the four regularly scheduled meetings, two joint meetings will be scheduled with members of the Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee each school year.
​The Committee is composed of 12 parents, the Director of Education, one trustee and one alternate, two principals/vice-principals, one Superintendent, one Special Education Advisory Committee member, one Equity and Inclusivity Advisory Committee member, and one community representative.

PEAC Agenda

To access the current or previous PEAC agendas please go to the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Meeting Agenda page.

Note: Minutes for this Committee are accepted at the Board Meeting usually held at the beginning of the month. To view these minutes please go to the Board Meetings Agenda page.

This Week at the Farm:

November 18-22- FDK Classroom Visits

November 19- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

November 20-26- Scholastic Book Fair

November 21- Community Class Field Trip

November 21- Concert Band Performance @7:00PM- Pierre Elliot Trudeau HS

November 22- VIP Grade 6

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 25-29- FDK Classroom Visits continued

November 25-29- Scholastic Book Fair continued

November 26- School Bus Safety Sessions

November 27- Picture Re Take day

November 27-29- Grade 3 Gifted Testing

November 27- Neighbourhood Community Watch Presentation for all families @7:00PM

November 28- Dental Screening (JK, SK, Gr 2, Gr 7, Gr 4)

November 28- Community Class Field Trip to Special Olympics Program (9:30-1:30)

November 29- VIP Grade 6

 

A Closer Look

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Thank you to all our families that came out last week to the Parent/Teacher interviews! What a successful turnout we had!

It was wonderful to see so many of our families engaging in rich conversations with their child’s teacher! Student Achievement and  Well-Being is truly a partnership between our school and our families. We appreciate your continued support and engagement in your child’s learning and we hope to continue this partnership.

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Dear Beckett Farm families,     

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from Thursday, November 21 – Tuesday, November 26th.  We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in books. 

Your support of this fundraiser will help us to fund the cost of hosting an author visit in the spring.  

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 – 4:00 p.m.      After school

  • Closes Tuesday, November 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

Teacher-Librarians

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Eco Theme November:

What’s In/What’s Out!ecothemenovember

Staff , students and families are encouraged to Rethink their actions before disposing of an item.  That is, stop and consider the impact every disposal action will have on the environment and the world around us.

It is important to be well-informed about what goes in the Blue Box for recycling, the Green Bin for composting, the garbage bin for landfill.

Putting items in the Blue Box or Green Bin that shouldn’t be there can ruin an entire batch of recyclable and compostable material that will end up in landfill.

Please use the Bindicator Tool to help assist you in determining which bin to use when recycling!

 

 

 

November 11-15, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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21st Century Mathematics

There are 2 ways to engage students in learning mathematics:

1)  Show students methods and they repeat them. This approach is used in most schools, but the methods often lack meaning, and students reasonably ask: when are we going to use this? Additionally, students only ever get to use what they were shown, not select a method themselves, one of the most important mathematical acts.

2)  Engage students in rich, open, visual and creative tasks. They use their intuition and thinking, and choose methods that can be useful in the task. When they need to learn new methods, teachers teach them inside the task. Students immediately see how important they are and learn them more deeply. They engage in the important acts of choosing and making connections between ideas.

The second approach is much more effective; however, teachers tell us that they do not have time to use open, rich tasks that students take in different directions. They see the lists of methods set out in curriculum standards and in text books and decide they only have time to show them briefly to students then move on. This is because our curriculum standards are over packed with outdated content that students will never need or use.

(youcubed.org)

Conrad Wolfram Teaching Kids Real Math with Computers

 

This Week at the Farm:

November 11- Remembrance Day

Please join us for our Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:30 in the Gymnasium. It is a day that we show our respect and gratitude to the serving and previous members of our armed forces who have sacrificed for our country. There will be performances by our choir, band as well as from some of our classes.

November 13- Progress Report Cards go home

November 13- Family Badminton Night hosted by SC @6:30PM

November 14- Parent-Teacher Interviews PM

November 15-  PA DAY- NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Interviews AM)

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 18- December 5- FDK Classroom Visits

November 19- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

November 20-29- Scholastic Book Fair

November 21- Community Class Field Trip

November 22- VIP Grade 6 Presentations

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Thank you to all our families, staff and students for your generosity and kindness towards contributing to our Food Drive- WE SCARE HUNGER.

The school collected a total of 2120 items to donate to the Markham Food Bank.

The Markham Food Bank is a registered non-profit charity working to alleviate food insecurity for Markham community members. With the help of volunteers and donations, the Markham Food Bank offers food supplies and other basic necessities to community members.

“I HAVE FOUND THAT AMONG ITS OTHER BENEFITS, GIVING LIBERATES THE SOUL OF THE GIVER.”

– MAYA ANGELOU

 

 

 

November 4-8, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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Progress Report Cards Grades 1-8: Frequently Asked Questions: (Excerpts from Growing Success)

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KINDERGARTEN: Understanding your child’s Kindergarten Report

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Message from our Principal:

Dear Parents/Guardians of Beckett Farm Public School,

 I am so pleased to be returning to work tomorrow after being absent for the past few weeks to attend to personal matters.  I would like to thank Sharon Moss, Acting Principal during this time, for her leadership and partnership with our Vice Principal Fayza Prebtani.  Their support and responsiveness enabled the consistent and effective functioning of our dynamic school in support of our students, staff, and community.  As well, my sincere appreciation for the consistent and dedicated efforts of all our staff who work relentlessly to ensure optimal learning for all our students each and every day.  

As the proud Principal of Beckett Farm Public School, I am excited to re-immerse in the work ahead to continue our collective journey and partnership in education.   

 Sincerely,

Bernadette Smith

This Week at the Farm:

November 3-10- Holocaust-Education-Week

November 5- Grade 6 Trip to the Zoo

November 6- FREE Family Movie Night hosted by School Council @6:30PM

**ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

November 6- Take Your Kids to Work day (Grade 9 Students)

Take Our Kids to Work” (TOKW) is a national initiative that provides our grade 9 students with the opportunity to OBSERVE a work environment for one day. As suggested by the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Report, the program will support students to begin planning their future career path by helping them better understand the world of work. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, students will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative or family friend learning basic workplace skills.

November 8- VIP Presentations for Grade 6 students

Elementary schools working with police to prevent bullying through the delivery of a “Values, Influences and Peers” (VIP) program for Grade 6 students.

November 8- Firefighters Presentation for Primary students

November 8- Community Class Swimming Program

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 11- Remembrance Day

November 13- Progress Report Cards go home

November 13- Family Badminton Night hosted by SC @6:30PM

November 14- Parent-Teacher Interviews PM

November 15-  PA DAY- NO SCHOOL (Parent-Teacher Interviews AM)

A Closer Look

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Holocaust Education Week

The week of November 3 to 10 inclusive marks the 38th annual Holocaust Education Week. The Holocaust was a systemic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its allies, and it’s critical that we not allow this cruel chapter of modern history to fade from memory.

The focus of this year’s Holocaust Education Week is The Holocaust AND NOW. This theme captures the relationship between the Holocaust and the current global rise of
Antisemitism. During this week we also want to acknowledge that people of colour, the Romas, people with physical disabilities, and those who identified as 2SLGBTQ were subjected to intolerance and persecution in Europe. As one means of working towards a world free of intolerance, racism and hatred, we encourage educators to discuss the Holocaust, the other occurrences of genocide across the globe, and the many people who literally put their lives on the line and fought for social justice in the face this hate.

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Beyond Islamic Heritage Month

Inclusive School and Community Services (ISCS) and the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS) invites our YRDSB school communities (families, staff, and students) to an exciting evening of learning and dialogue. Children will have an opportunity to listen to stories by Muslim authors, while families, staff, and community engage in learning and dialogue that celebrates diverse Islamic Heritages.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bill Hogarth Secondary School Cafeteria, 100 Donald Sim Avenue, Markham

Registration and Program Details

SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD NEEDED!crossing guard

Your community and the City of Markham needs your help!

Every morning and afternoon, many parents, guardians and children use your local intersection to get to and from school. It is vital that we do everything that we can to make sure that they arrive safely.

Local help is needed!

Crossing guards are the eyes and ears of the community. Join a great team of paid employees today, and help us all make a difference!

NO WORK DURING SUMMER AND HOLIDAYS

The position in question has two 30 minute shifts:

AM: 8:40 – 9:10

PM: 3:40 – 4:10

The pay is $17/hour

JOIN OUR TEAM! CONTACT STAFFING SERVICES TODAY!

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October 28-Nov 1, 2019

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The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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This page contains brochures and other resources to help communicate with parents and guardians regarding the assessment and evaluation policies and procedures found in Board Policy and Procedures #305 and the Ministry of Education Growing Success policy document.

The brochure Supporting your Child’s Learning through Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting summarizes the content of Growing Success of which parents should be most aware including the structure of the current progress and provincial report cards. It is available in 22 languages found on this page.

This Week at the Farm:

October 18-November 2- WE SCARE HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

October 23- November 3

BFPS Fundraiser Miko Toys/Educational Supplies

October 31- Halloween: Please read memo below for more information

Halloween

November 1- Grade 7 Immunizations

November 1- Grade 8 Band Field Trip to Pierre Elliot Trudeau H.S.

November 1- PAJAMA DAY!!

November 1- Community Class Swimming Program

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

November 6- Take Your Kids to Work day (Grade 9 Students)

Take Our Kids to Work” (TOKW) is a national initiative that provides our grade 9 students with the opportunity to OBSERVE a work environment for one day. As suggested by the Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel Report, the program will support students to begin planning their future career path by helping them better understand the world of work. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, students will spend the day at the workplace of a parent, relative or family friend learning basic workplace skills.

November 3-10- Holocaust-Education-Week

November 5- Grade 6 Trip to the Toronto Zoo

November 6- Family Movie Night hosted by School Council @6:30PM

November 8- VIP Presentations for Grade 6 students

Elementary schools working with police to prevent bullying through the delivery of a “Values, Influences and Peers” (VIP) program for Grade 6 students.

November 8- Firefighters Presentation for Primary students

November 8- Community Class Swimming Program

A Closer Look

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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.

COMING SOON:

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Ms. Rizzi’s Grade 5 students have been asked to open POP UP SHOPS on the grounds of Beckett Farm P.S.

This short term store will run on two dates (TBD) where Spirit Wear will be sold.

We would like to hear from the scholars and families of Beckett Farm P.S. to know which Spirit Wear item you would like to purchase at the pop up shops. The Grade 5 students will use the data collected to determine how much of each product we should purchase for the pop up shop.- we are making real life math connections!

Your Voice Matters! We kindly ask that you take 2 minutes to fill out the survey.

BFPS SPIRIT WEAR POP SHOP SURVEY

The survey will only be open from October 28 – November 2

Please continue to view the Beckett Blog for the Grand Opening date of the Pop Up Shop! Feel free to contact Ms. Rizzi with any questions ines.rizzi@yrdsb.ca

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  • Meatball sub on a whole wheat bun (veggie and halal options available online)
  • Chicken teriyaki with basmati rice

November 2019 Update for more information

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AEBS is united in our purpose to promote the achievement and well-being of Black students

Let’s Talk:

Anti-Black Racism Sharing Circle

YRDSB Staff are invited to join us for reflection and open conversation around the ways Anti-Black Racism is experienced in schools.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CEC Central, 317 Centre Street East, Richmond Hill

Register here

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Beyond Islamic Heritage Month

Inclusive School and Community Services (ISCS) and the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS) invites our YRDSB school communities (families, staff, and students) to an exciting evening of learning and dialogue. Children will have an opportunity to listen to stories by Muslim authors, while families, staff, and community engage in learning and dialogue that celebrates diverse Islamic Heritages.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Bill Hogarth Secondary School Cafeteria, 100 Donald Sim Avenue, Markham

Registration and Program Details

 

 

 

 

 

October 21-25, 2019

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.

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The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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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: 

Primary 

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)

Junior 

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Intermediate

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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

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Beckett Farm Public School Fundraiser!

MIKO FUNDRAISER

MIKOPART2

FLYER

筹款活

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

Public School!请转發给您的朋友和家人。

就像1、2、3样简单!

购物

何时:

2019年10月23日 – 2019年11月3日

何地:

伦多店

77 Fima Cres

M8W 3R1

列治文山店

60 East Beaver Creek Rd

L4B 1L3

线购物代码 

BECKETT-F19

印章

请通知收银员你正在參加这项筹款活动,我们的组别名字为:

Beckett Farm Public School

收银员会将印章印在收据正本的后面

提交

请于11月22日前把带有印章的收据正本送往办公室

**若在网上购物就不用提交收据,筹款小组将会把总销售记录下来

**若在店內购物,请保存影印件或扫描件。如果商品有缺陷并且需要更换,Samko &

Miko将接受收据的影印件或扫描件**

 **请注意,我们将不接受任何有折扣的收据**

请到Samkotoys.ca查看传单、地图、营业时间及所有的优惠

FLYER

WE Scare Hunger:

Beckett Farm PS Food DriveImage result for we scare hunger

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:

  • Sardines
  • Hot cereal
  • Cold cereal 
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Crackers 
  • Baby food 
  • Baby Formula
  • Rice

Along with food donations, the Markham Food Bank also now accepts donations of personal hygiene products.

Some examples include:

  • soaps
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • toothbrushes

Let’s work together to SCARE HUNGER- PLEASE DONATE!

Beckett Farm thanks you for your generosity.

Halloween at Beckett Farm PS:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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
  • Sombreros
  • 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. 

Sincerely,

Administration

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 15-18, 2019

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In 2007, the Government of Canada declared the month of October as Canadian Islamic History Month. The province of Ontario passed the Islamic Heritage Month Act (2016) to recognize and affirm the important contributions that Muslims make in Ontario as part of the vibrant social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our province.

Please connect with the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS) and Inclusive School and Community Services for information about upcoming events including our Islamic Heritage Month – Beyond the Month Community Event for staff, families, and students.

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The month of October commemorates the impact that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals have had in our local communities, nationally and internationally.  It is an opportunity to build awareness of the contributions the 2SLGBTQ+ community has made in Canada and abroad.

The affirmation of gender diversity in our learning and working environments means that we recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of Indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities among our students and staff. Likewise, knowledge about 2SLGBTQ+ history helps to address the systemic barriers that contribute to heterosexism and cissexism.

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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TIP OF THE WEEKScreen Shot 2019-09-22 at 1.32.07 PM

Ontario’s Education Act requires school boards to provide special education programs and services for children who need them.
School Boards are required to establish Identification, Placement, and Review Committees (IPRCs) in order to identify those students who need special education programs and services. These committees must have at least three people, one of whom must be a school principal or a Board supervisory officer. IPRCs follow a formal process governed by provincial law (Regulation 181/98).

The York Region District School Board is committed to student success. We recognize that students develop and learn in different ways, and that some students will require special education programs and services, tailored to meet their individual needs.
This Parent Guide explains how IPRCs identify students who need special educational programs, outlines your rights as a parent and describes how your involvement will help to make good educational decisions for your child.

SD-IPRCparentguide

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Many cultures have a time to celebrate the end of the growing season when all crops
have been harvested for winter. The ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all
celebrated at harvest time and thanked their gods and goddesses.

Today, throughout the world, we still celebrate at this time.

Thanksgiving is a day when people get together with their families to express gratitude
for all the good things that have happened during the year: for health, family, friends, and of course, food of the harvest.

We often think of European settlers as having started the celebration in North America.
However, harvest feasts were held long before that. Aboriginal peoples throughout the
continent harvested and preserved food to be stored for the long winter ahead and gave
thanks.

Regardless of the country or culture, the story is similar. People gave thanks for a
successful harvest in a new land. Since then many other people have immigrated to
Canada and the United States and brought the customs of giving thanks too.

On this day of celebration and gratitude, we wish the students, staff and parents who
observe Thanksgiving a happy and restful holiday.

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

October 17- Spirit Day- WEAR PURPLE

October 21- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL

October 21- PA Day – NO SCHOOL

October 23- Cross Country Regionals

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park

3291 Stouffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5, Canada
October 25- Autumn Fundraiser Dance/Activity Day
October 25- Community Class Swimming @ 10:30-2:30

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

Beckett Farm Public School Fundraiser!

MIKO FUNDRAISER

MIKOPART2

FLYER

筹款活

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

Public School!请转發给您的朋友和家人。

就像1、2、3样简单!

购物

何时:

2019年10月23日 – 2019年11月3日

何地:

伦多店

77 Fima Cres

M8W 3R1

列治文山店

60 East Beaver Creek Rd

L4B 1L3

线购物代码 

BECKETT-F19

印章

请通知收银员你正在參加这项筹款活动,我们的组别名字为:

Beckett Farm Public School

收银员会将印章印在收据正本的后面

提交

请于11月22日前把带有印章的收据正本送往办公室

**若在网上购物就不用提交收据,筹款小组将会把总销售记录下来

**若在店內购物,请保存影印件或扫描件。如果商品有缺陷并且需要更换,Samko &

Miko将接受收据的影印件或扫描件**

 **请注意,我们将不接受任何有折扣的收据**

请到Samkotoys.ca查看传单、地图、营业时间及所有的优惠

FLYER

WE Scare Hunger:

Beckett Farm PS Food DriveImage result for we scare hunger

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:

  • Sardines
  • Hot cereal
  • Cold cereal 
  • Pasta sauce 
  • Crackers 
  • Baby food 
  • Baby Formula
  • Rice

Along with food donations, the Markham Food Bank also now accepts donations of personal hygiene products.

Some examples include:

  • soaps
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • toothbrushes

Let’s work together to SCARE HUNGER- PLEASE DONATE!

Beckett Farm thanks you for your generosity.

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Each year, students, educators and allies bring attention to the need for safer and more inclusive learning and working environments for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (2SLGBTQ+) people.

October 17 is Spirit Day. It is an annual day in October when millions of North Americans wear purple to show their support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to take a stand against bullying. Students, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals, celebrities and parents wear purple to send a message that 2SLGBTQ+ youth are to be celebrated and respected for who they are.

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“One of the keys to ending child poverty is addressing poverty in the household, from which it often stems.  Access to quality social services must be a priority.”
— UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed on October 17 each year since 1993. It is an event to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide.

Persons living in poverty experience many interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from realizing their rights and perpetuate their poverty, including:

  • dangerous work conditions
  • unsafe housing
  • lack of nutritious food
  • unequal access to justice
  • lack of political power
  • limited access to health care

2019 Theme: Acting Together to Empower Children, their Families and Communities to End Poverty

 

 

 

 

 

October 7-11, 2019

SCHOOL’S ARE OPEN TOMORROW:)

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In 2007, the Government of Canada declared the month of October as Canadian Islamic History Month. The province of Ontario passed the Islamic Heritage Month Act (2016) to recognize and affirm the important contributions that Muslims make in Ontario as part of the vibrant social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our province. 

Please connect with the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS) and Inclusive School and Community Services for information about upcoming events including our Islamic Heritage Month – Beyond the Month Community Event for staff, families, and students.

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The month of October commemorates the impact that gay, lesbian and transgender individuals have had in our local communities, nationally and internationally.  It is an opportunity to build awareness of the contributions the 2SLGBTQ+ community has made in Canada and abroad.

The affirmation of gender diversity in our learning and working environments means that we recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of Indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities among our students and staff. Likewise, knowledge about 2SLGBTQ+ history helps to address the systemic barriers that contribute to heterosexism and cissexism.

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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Mathies Home Supports contains a variety of activities that families can work on at home to build fluency with mathematical concepts.

Additionally there are stories that can be read to help families and caregivers explore math concepts with children aged 5 to 7.  These stories are also available in French.

 

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Together, with the support of all our families, students, staff and community, we not only reached our goal, but we surpassed it!!!

Thank you to all of you for supporting this great cause for the Terry Fox Foundation!

Students will enjoy a Pajama Day at school!!!!

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

October 9- Diamond Day– Yom Kippur

October 14- Thanksgiving Holiday- NO SCHOOL

October 21- PA Day – NO SCHOOL

October 23- Cross Country Regionals

Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park

3291 Stouffville Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X5, Canada

A Closer Look

Image result for a closer look

Beckett Farm Public School Fundraiser!

MIKO FUNDRAISER

MIKOPART2

FLYER

筹款活

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

Public School!请转發给您的朋友和家人。

就像1、2、3样简单!

1 购物

何时:

2019年10月23日 – 2019年11月3日

何地:

伦多店

77 Fima Cres

M8W 3R1

列治文山店

60 East Beaver Creek Rd

L4B 1L3

线购物代码 

BECKETT-F19

2 印章

请通知收银员你正在參加这项筹款活动,我们的组别名字为:

Beckett Farm Public School

收银员会将印章印在收据正本的后面

3 提交

请于11月22日前把带有印章的收据正本送往办公室

**若在网上购物就不用提交收据,筹款小组将会把总销售记录下来

**若在店內购物,请保存影印件或扫描件。如果商品有缺陷并且需要更换,Samko &

Miko将接受收据的影印件或扫描件**

 **请注意,我们将不接受任何有折扣的收据**

请到Samkotoys.ca查看传单、地图、营业时间及所有的优惠

FLYER

 

October 9: Diamond Day- Yom KippurImage result for yom kippur 2019

Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, is the most solemn of the Jewish Holy Days.

At synagogue, the evening service is called Kol Nidre. People ask for forgiveness of their
sins and forgive others of theirs. Jews refrain from all eating and drinking on this day.

In this period of celebration, reverence, and prayer, we wish a Happy New Year to staff,
students, parents/guardians, and members of the community who observe this High
Holiday.

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Each year our grade 3 and grade 6 students participate in EQAO standardized testing. We commend the efforts of our students and those who support them, including our staff and families.  EQAO results are one of the many ways we measure student success and provide a snapshot of results across our Board and the province.  This data is a source of information to support the ongoing improvement of student learning.

The 2018-2019 results have been released this month and we are pleased to see that as a school, Beckett Farm P.S. is performing above both the York Region District School Board and the province of Ontario in most areas. Please see the table below, extracted from our full school report.

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eqao grade 6 2018-19

Table: Beckett Farm P.S. compared against YRDSB (school board) and province (Ontario) in both Junior (grade 3) & Primary (grade 6) divisions in all subject areas tested.

This data is publicly available from the EQAO official website, links below:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR STUDENTS!