April 15-19, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme April – Reusable Containers!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 15- Mindfulness Monday

April 16- Community Class Field Trip @12:30-2:00PM

April 17- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament @Unionville Meadows 11:30-12:30

April 18- Firefighter’s Presentation @9:30-10:30AM (Ms. Tsimidis and Ms. Pamenter’s class)

April 18- Grade 7/8 Skills Ontario Presentation

April 19- Diamond Day- Good Friday, NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 22- Diamond Day- Easter Monday, NO SCHOOL!

April 23-26- BOOK FAIR!

April 24- Science Fair!

April 25- Grade 4-8 Duffle Bag Theatre Presentation

A Closer Look

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Easter is the most important Christian holiday of the year.

Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus prior to his arrest, Good Friday his submission to death by crucifixion, and Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. Easter is considered to be the oldest and most important holiday in the Christian year, as the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus is meant to renew a Christian’s commitment to living a life of truth, justice and love.

Many Christians will mark Easter by attending Church services over the weekend, and for some, this includes a midnight mass and candlelight vigil on Saturday. Families often gather together for dinner on Sunday to celebrate the resurrection.

The symbols that are associated with the holiday in North America are taken from ancient roots. In fact, the word “Easter” derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess known as “Eostre.” The custom of dyeing eggs, symbols of new life, goes back to the ancient Egyptians, Persians and Romans. These popular symbols, however, are by no means common to all Christian peoples. In addition, many of these customs and symbols have counterparts in non-Christian celebrations of spring.

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Passover or Pesach, the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread (Matzah), commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.

The first full day of Passover/Pesach is a Diamond Day.

Passover is celebrated for eight days with special prayers and symbolic foods at home. It is a “Festival of Freedom” to remind Jews of how God released their ancestors from slavery and brought them to freedom in the Promised Land. Passover begins at sundown on the first day and ends at nightfall on the eighth day.

Passover is celebrated by more Jews than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar – perhaps because it is so essentially and uniquely a family holiday. The Seder (SAY-der) — the traditional meal held on the first night of this eight day holiday — is often attended by complete extended families. In Canada, many families also have a Seder on the second night. Because charity and community are important elements of the holiday, it is common for families to invite to their seder people who, for whatever reason, are not able to have one of their own.

We take this opportunity to acknowledge that many students, staff, and community will be observing Passover.

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Ridvan (pronounced Riz-wan) is a twelve-day festival, the most important one of the Baha’i year.

Ridvan, which means “paradise”, is the name of the garden in which Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, proclaimed His identity as a Messenger of God. This happened in 1863 as Baha’u’llah was about to be exiled from the city of Baghdad.

The twelve days of Ridvan commemorate the twelve days that Baha’u’llah spent in the Garden of Ridvan, on an island in The Tigris River. The First, Ninth, and Twelfth Days of Ridvan are considered significant holy days by Baha’is. The First Day was the day that Baha’u’llah identified himself as a Messenger of God. On the Ninth Day, His family joined Him in preparation for the journey into exile. The Twelfth Day represents the day that Baha’u’llah and His family were banished from Baghdad to Constantinople.

On the three holy days of Ridvan, Baha’is all over the world gather together to remember this joyous time in Baha’u’llah’s life (He spent the majority of His life in prison, and was exiled four times). Baha’is recite prayers, sing, read from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, and celebrate His life and teachings. Because of the global nature of the Baha’i Faith, rituals are discouraged. There are no specific foods, or activities associated with Ridvan, or any of the other Baha’i Holy Days

An aspect of Baha’i administration is associated with the time of Ridvan. There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith, so local Baha’i communities are administered by nine-member Local Spiritual Assemblies which are elected each year. These elections take place on the First Day of Ridvan.

We extend good wishes to all staff, students and members of the Baha’i community who will be celebrating Ridvan.

Scholastic Book Fair is coming to

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Dear Beckett Farm families,     

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school from Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m.  We invite your entire family to participate by purchasing the latest and greatest in books.

Your support of this fundraiser will help us purchase new materials and equipment for the Makerspace in our Learning Commons.

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 – 4:15 p.m.    After school

  • Closes Friday, April 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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Please bring in twigs or small branches from the ground, and deliver them to the bin outside the main school doors (beside the office) on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday this week before school. We will be using them to make our school’s garden. Please DO NOT bring these items inside the school. Your name will be put into a draw for a family pass to this year’s Fun Fair in June if you bring in these items.

Thank you!

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We have already begun to plan for the new school year! We will make every effort to place students in the best learning environment where we take into account their individual needs, academic achievement, emotional/social development and work habits. Class placements will occur in May.

When teachers and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:

  • needs of exceptional students
  • academic strengths and needs
  • social/emotional needs
  • gender
  • parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)

As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with the office- IN WRITING by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.

Thank you.

Mr. Matt and Ms. Prebtani

Beckett Farm ECO TEAM- Announcement

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Did you know that more than 1 billion plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?

With this in mind, we ask that your child bring in any plastic shopping bags you may have at home so that they can be sent away to be recycled into small pellets and used to make a variety of new products. With your support, we can help millions
of plastic bags get recycled instead of sent to the landfill!

Please send your child to school with plastic bags from March 25th to April 19th.

Thank you!
Beckett Farm Eco Team

York Regional Police Summer Camps

The York Regional Police are asking for referrals of Grade 4-8 students for the York Regional Police Summer Camps. There is no cost for students to attend, but it is on a first-come, firstserved basis. They are open to students who have not attended a YRP Summer Camp in the past.

Application deadline is April 18, 2019.

For more details: YRP Summer Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 8-12, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme April – Reusable Containers!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 8- Mindfulness Monday

April 9- Firefighters Presentation (classes: Lau, Monteith, Stuart)

April 9- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

April 10- International Day of Pink

April 10- School Council Movie night @6:30PM

April 11- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament @Coledale 4-6PM

April 12- Grade 4 Rocks and Minerals Presentation

April 13- Diamond Day- Vaisakhi

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 15- Mindfulness Monday

April 16- Community Class Field Trip @12:30-2:00PM

April 17- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament @Unionville Meadows 11:30-12:30

April 18- Firefighter’s Presentation @9:30-10:30AM (Ms. Tsimidis and Ms. Pamenter’s class)

April 19- Diamond Day- Good Friday, NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

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It is a day when communities across Canada and across the world unite to celebrate diversity and raise awareness about the need to stop homophobia, transphobia, discrimination and all forms of bullying.

On this annual day in April, individuals wear pink to show respect for diversity and to demonstrate support for learning and working environments which are safe and inclusive of people from all different backgrounds.

At Beckett Farm PS, we value and are committed to supporting all our diverse social identities that are present in and outside of our building, and we encourage all students and staff to show their support by wearing pink on this momentous day.

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Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, is celebrated in April every year. Vaisakhi is also celebrated in some other parts of India, particularly in some of the northern and eastern states.

For Sikhs, Vaisakhi celebrates the birth of the Panth Khalsa order (the Order of the Pure Ones) established by Guru Gobind Singh. It is at this time that Guru Gobind Singh gave the Khalsa order the five distinct symbols of purity and courage which would make Sikhs identifiable: the Kesh (unshorn hair); Kangha (the wooden comb); Karra (the iron bracelet); Kirpan (the sword) and Kachera (underclothing).

Some of the ways that this day is traditionally honoured include visiting a place of worship, participating in a mela (fair), indulging in mithai (sweets), fruits and lassi (a sweet yogurt drink), and taking a ritual bath or renewal.

We extend good wishes to all staff, students and members of the Sikh and Indian communities who will be celebrating Vaisakhi.

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April 10, 2019, Free Family Movie Night!
Please join us in the gym on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 6:30pm for the movie 2019.4.10 星期三晚上 6:30
欢迎 到学校体育馆一起观看电影:

Spider-Man: Into the
Spider-Verse
蜘蛛侠:平行宇宙

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comfortable!!! 有爆米花出售,每包$2. 请自带 水壶,毛毯,椅子舒适地观看电 影。

All students must be accompanied by their parent
or guardian for the entire evening
所有学生必须有家长或监护人全程陪同

Sponsored by BFPS School Council 此活动由学 校家长委员会赞助

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We have already begun to plan for the new school year! We will make every effort to place students in the best learning environment where we take into account their individual needs, academic achievement, emotional/social development and work habits. Class placements will occur in May.

When teachers and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:

  • needs of exceptional students
  • academic strengths and needs
  • social/emotional needs
  • gender
  • parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)

As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with the office- IN WRITING by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.

Thank you.

Mr. Matt and Ms. Prebtani

Beckett Farm ECO TEAM- Announcement

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Did you know that more than 1 billion plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?

With this in mind, we ask that your child bring in any plastic shopping bags you may have at home so that they can be sent away to be recycled into small pellets and used to make a variety of new products. With your support, we can help millions
of plastic bags get recycled instead of sent to the landfill!

Please send your child to school with plastic bags from March 25th to April 19th.

Thank you!
Beckett Farm Eco Team

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April 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Newmarket High School

505 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket, Ontario

Please see flyer to register: Say-No-To-Hate-Poster-v006-AODA

**May NOT be suitable for students under the age of 14

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April 24th, 6:30-7:30 @ Pierre Berton Public School

Parent Workshop Poster

 

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For more information please see flyer: PCMH Support Group Poster (1)

 

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Please see flyer for registration details: SC-Women Offering Wisdom South Asian Student Conference

 

 

 

April 1-5, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme April – Reusable Containers!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 1- Mindfulness Monday

April 2- World Autism Awareness Day!

We are still in the process of collecting Toonies for Autism the whole month of April! Thank you for your kind donations!

April 2- Kindergarten Field Trip to Willowgrove Farm (AM only)

April 3- Kindergarten Field Trip to Willowgrove Farm (AM only)

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 8- Mindfulness Monday

April 9- Firefighters Presentation (classes: Lau, Monteith, Stuart)

April 10- International Day of Pink

April 10- School Council Movie night @6:30PM

April 11- Junior Boys Basketball Tournament @Coledale 4-6PM

A Closer Look

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2019-2020 School OrganizationScreen Shot 2019-03-31 at 2.17.03 PM.png

We have already begun to plan for the new school year! We will make every effort to place students in the best learning environment where we take into account their individual needs, academic achievement, emotional/social development and work habits. Class placements will occur in May.

When teachers and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:

  • needs of exceptional students
  • academic strengths and needs
  • social/emotional needs
  • gender
  • parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)

As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with the office- IN WRITING by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.

Thank you.

Mr. Matt and Ms. Prebtani

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Monday, April 1, 2019; 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Richmond Green Secondary School,

1 William F. Bell Parkway, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2T9

Please see flyer for more information and to register: SC-Save the Date-14 and Muslim Documentary Screening Event

Beckett Farm ECO TEAM- Announcement

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Did you know that more than 1 billion plastic shopping bags are given out across Canada every year, all of which can be reused and recycled?

With this in mind, we ask that your child bring in any plastic shopping bags you may have at home so that they can be sent away to be recycled into small pellets and used to make a variety of new products. With your support, we can help millions
of plastic bags get recycled instead of sent to the landfill!

Please send your child to school with plastic bags from March 25th to April 19th.

Thank you!
Beckett Farm Eco Team

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April 2nd, 2019 marks the 12th anniversary of the very first World Autism Awareness Day. In 2007 this date was declared by the United Nations General Assembly, in order to bring the world’s attention to Autism, a spectrum disorder that affects tens of millions globally.

Please feel free to tweet pictures and words of support and/or post your stories through the Leading Edge as we raise our awareness for World Autism Day.

Our students and families appreciate your support. Thank you for joining in on World Autism Awareness Day celebrations on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019.

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April 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Newmarket High School

505 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket, Ontario

Please see flyer to register: Say-No-To-Hate-Poster-v006-AODA

**May NOT be suitable for students under the age of 14

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Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin on Thursday, April 11, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering online registration for our elementary program. Registering online will eliminate wait times and long line-ups.  To facilitate registration, on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 4:00 pm, online registration will be available for the first time through Edsby on our webpage:www.yrdsb.ca/international-languages

Families can still register in person at the language site starting April 11 and in September. Please contact our office at international.languages@yrdsb.ca  if you would like to register in person before September.

Did you know that the IIL Program has over 20 languages to choose from? Currently, we have approximately 15,000 students registered in our programs across the Board.  Students from SK to Grade 8 are eligible to take language classes that run once a week during weekday evenings (from Tuesday to Friday) or Saturday mornings for 2.5 hours. There are many new and exciting things in store for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year, such as the opportunity to learn the Indigenous languages Ojibwe and Cree.
Please note that due to space limitations, registration applications will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrolment or lack of teacher availability.
For more information about registration, courses, dates and locations, please visitwww.yrdsb.ca/international-languages or e-mail us at international.languages@yrdsb.ca.

imageAPRIL SPECIALS

PLEASE SEE FLYER: April 2019 Update

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April 24th, 6:30-7:30 @ Pierre Berton Public School

Parent Workshop Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 25-29, 2019

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 25- Mindfulness Monday!

March 27- FDK Water Presentation

March 27- Grade 8 Grad Picture Retakes!

March 27- School Council Family Badminton Night! @6:30PM

March 28- Black History/African Heritage Fair

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March 28- Stonebridge Circle of Support- Stand in Solidarity against Racism and Islamaphobia

March 29- Board Earth Hour/Power Hour @1-2PM

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 1- Mindful Monday

April 2- World Autism Awareness Day!

April 10- International Day of Pink

A Closer Look

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Beckett Farm Public School is getting into the school spirit this year by hosting our very own sports event on Thursday, March 28th, 2019. Your child has the opportunity to enjoy spending time with their friends and getting into school spirit while watching a basketball game hosted in the gym. This is an optional event for students which takes place during lunch recess.

Ticket admission is only $2. Also available for sale is popcorn for $2, adorable Emoji keychains for $2.00, and glow sticks for $1. All proceeds will go towards helping to fund the Grade 8 Graduation Trip.

We understand that some students have purchased the season’s pass which means that they do not have to pay for this game or the next, (No more season passes available).

Thank you!

Grade 8 Students (Salena, Sahrish, Tiffany, Maaya)

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On March 28th, our students will have an opportunity to showcase all of the rich learning that has been taking place in classrooms around the past, present and future of Black History/African Heritage. Our staff and students have been highly engaged in learning and recognizing the trials, tribulations, honours and rich contributions, both historic and present of our Black/African Heritage communities.

At this event, students will visit, in a gallery style walkthrough, each others’ projects, activities and learning journeys they have engaged in thus far.

Families are welcome to partake anytime between 9:50AM – 3:40PM!

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In the shadow of the horrific and violent event that has taken place in Christchurch New Zealand, Stonebridge PS will be holding a Circle of Support. It is an opportunity to stand in solidarity against Islamophobia and racism, to grieve the lives lost, and to give and receive support from one another.

Stonebridge Circle of Support March 28th 7-8pm

Location: 168 Stonebridge Dr., Markham

Please let us know if you will be able to attend this event:

https://forms.gle/tj9ch82omLKQa6A59

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Monday, April 1, 2019; 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Richmond Green Secondary School,

1 William F. Bell Parkway, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 2T9

Please see flyer for more information and to register: SC-Save the Date-14 and Muslim Documentary Screening Event

Parent Workshop: Healthy Video Gaming and Technology UseScreen Shot 2019-03-24 at 6.06.06 PM

April 24th, 6:30-7:30 @ Pierre Berton Public School

Parent Workshop Poster

Say No to Hate: Community ForumScreen Shot 2019-03-24 at 6.07.35 PM

April 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Newmarket High School

505 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket, Ontario

Please see flyer to register: Say-No-To-Hate-Poster-v006-AODA

**May NOT be suitable for students under the age of 14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 18-22, 2019

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To all our students, families, community partners and staff, we hope that you had a wonderful and restful break with your loved ones! We are looking forward to continuing our work with each of you and moving through our journey of learning together.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 18- Mindfulness Monday!

March 21- Faith Day: Naw Ruz

March 21- Faith Day: Holi

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 27- FDK Water Presentation

March 27- School Council Family Badminton Night!

March 28- Black History/African Heritage Fair

A Closer Look

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Naw Ruz (“New Day”) is the Baha’i and Iranian new year, which falls on the date of the vernal (spring) equinox and symbolizes the renewal of the world after winter.

For most Iranians, Naw Ruz is the first day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian solar year. Since ancient times, it has been the great national holiday of Iran, the only holiday celebrated by more than one religious group. During this day people join in making a fresh start, full of joy and hope for the coming year. Families and friends may gather at a celebratory dinner wearing new clothes and offering gifts to the children present. The table is decorated with fruit, coloured eggs, sweets, as well as symbolic objects such as holy book and a mirror.

The festival embodies a wealth of ancient rites and customs, and is part of the traditions of various groups. Naw Ruz is celebrated where ever Iranian culture has spread, particularly among the Zoroastrians of India, as well as amongst some of the peoples of Afghanistan, India, Syria and Turkey.

For people of the Baha’i faith, Naw Ruz is the “Day of God.” Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i tradition, declared this day to be one of feasting following a religious fast. Naw Ruz is one of the nine Baha’i holy days on which work is to be suspended. The day is often marked by prayer and celebration.

We extend best wishes to all staff, students, and community members celebrating Naw Ruz.

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Holi, the Hindu “Festival of Colours,” is an important annual Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of spring.

There are quite a few diverse accounts as to the mythical origins of Holi, but it is primarily considered both a festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil and devotion over ambition, as well as a rural and agricultural festival of fertility.

Holi is traditionally known as the “festival of colour” because the sprinkling of coloured powder (called abeer or gulal) is a major component of the celebrations. Water balloons containing gulal are tossed at friends and neighbours in the spirit of fun, and Indian drums (dhola) and songs often accompany the festivities.

Holi is usually celebrated with a great deal of zest and verve, as it is a time to remember the brightness and splendour of living, and a time to spread joy, colour and love.

Best wishes for a festive and happy Holi.

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On March 28th, our students will have an opportunity to showcase all of the rich learning that has been taking place in classrooms around the past, present and future of Black History/African Heritage. Our staff and students have been highly engaged in learning and recognizing the trials, tribulations, honours and rich contributions, both historic and present of our Black/African Heritage communities.

At this event, students will visit, in a gallery style walkthrough, each others’ projects, activities and learning journeys they have engaged in thus far.

 

 

 

 

March 4-8, 2019

Happening this week!

 Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 4- Mindful Monday!

March 5- Grade 1 Community Helpers Presentation

March 6- Grade 2- Scientists in the School

March 6- Junior/Intermediate Spring Concert:

11:20AM- Daytime Performance

6:30PM- Evening Performance

March 7- Grade 2 Scientists in the School

March 7- Kindergarten Wellness Day

March 8- Wellness Day Grades 1-8

March 8- Grade 2 Scientists in the School

MARCH 8: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE MARCH BREAK!!!

Looking Ahead!

MARCH BREAK: MARCH 11-15 NO SCHOOL!

March 18- First Day Back to school after March break!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

March 18- Mindful Monday!

March 21- Faith Day: Naw Ruz

A Closer Look

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 I hope everyone has had a great start to the second half of the school year. Over the past few months, I have had an opportunity to connect with families, students, staff members and with our broader community. I have seen a lot of exciting opportunities for students to explore their interests, celebrate their identities, and develop skills and knowledge that will benefit them in the future.

Many students are participating in skills competitions or other events where they problem-solve, innovate, collaborate and further develop their technical skills. Students compete in robotics, construction, hairdressing, transportation, 3D animation and much more. These events are among the many options available to help students explore different careers and pathways, and gain valuable experience. We are grateful for the support of community partners in helping to provide these great learning opportunities to our students.

I also want to express my appreciation to our broader school community. One of the priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to build collaborative relationships. The relationships that our schools have with families is so important. There are many different ways you can be involved – talking to your child’s teacher, asking your child about homework, or volunteering on a field trip or the school council. Your contributions make a difference to your child’s success and to the success of our schools.

I look forward to meeting and working together more with families, students and staff members in spring and summer. Feel free to contact or communicate with me and I wish you all a great spring and an enjoyable March Break.

Ron Lynn

Trustee

Newcomer to York RegionCamp Opportunity in Partnership with York Region Police

Once again we are offering Newcomer to York Region Camp in partnership with YR Police.  This will be a Free full day camp, from July 2-5 at the Community Safety Village. If you know of any students currently in grades 5-6 that are new to York Region (not just newcomers to Canada) please encourage their families to apply.

Applications are due on March 22nd. 

Space is limited so will be on a first come first serve basis.

Please note families will have to provide transportation to and from the CSV.  The camper must not have participated in a York Regional Police Camp in the past (attending a York Regional Police Camp at the Community Safety Village is a one-time opportunity)

Also note: completing the form does not guarantee a spot.  Thank you.

New to the Region Summer Camp Application 2019

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PARENTS’ Support Group

Does your child’s anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, learning disability, or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult?

Please see flyer for more details:

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WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL AND SAFE MARCH BREAK!!

 

 

 

February 25-March 1, 2019

February is African Heritage/Black History Month!

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Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsals every Tuesday @1:20PM and Thursday @8AM

February 25- Mindfulness Monday

February 25- Intermediate Boy’s Basketball Areas

February 27- Pink Shirt Day and Presentations for students

February 28- Grade 5/6 Guest Speaker

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsals every Tuesday @1:20PM and Thursday @8AM

March 6- Junior/Intermediate Spring Concert:

11:20AM- Daytime Performance

6:30PM- Evening Performance

March 8- Wellness Day

March 11-15- MARCH BREAK- NO SCHOOL

A Closer Look

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Wednesday, February 27th, is National Pink Shirt Day. Celebrated annually around the globe.

Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, took a stand against homophobic bullying after a new student was harassed and threatened for wearing pink. David and Travis bought dozens of pink shirts and distributed them to their male classmates to wear the next day. The word got out online and hundreds of students showed up in pink, some from head-to-toe, to stand together against bullying.

To recognize Pink Shirt Day at Beckett Farm, we ask you to consider wearing a pink shirt to show your spirit in creating a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment which promotes healthy relationships.

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PARENTS’ Support Group

Does your child’s anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, learning disability, or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult?

Please see flyer for more details:

PCMH Support Group Poster

NAAM (WE) Workshop

Inclusive School and Community Services, YRDSB Educators for Tamil Student Success, YRDSB Come Together To talk about:

US Our Identities, Our past, present and future, Our struggles and actions.

Please see flyer for more details:

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Regional Parent Symposium – April 17, 2019

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Musicians 24 years of age and younger are invited to submit an original song on the theme of ending youth violence.

Please see attached flyer for more details: YRP – Voices of Violence-2019

African Heritage/Black History Month!

Celebration of Black History/African Heritage Month has been a part of Canadian society since the 1950s. Lieutenant Governor Hal Jackman declared February as Black History month in Ontario in 1993, and it was in 1995 that the Honorable Jean Augustine made the same declaration in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

These declarations set the stage for acknowledgement of the contributions of peoples of African Heritage to the cultural, economic, political and social fabric of Canada dating back to the early 1600s. They also increased our awareness that people of African Heritage are an integral part of Canadian history.

During the month of February, we deliberately reflect upon the legacy of African history in all its various forms, and we join all Canadians in celebrating Black History/African Heritage month. By contemplating on persons of African heritage, famous and not so famous, who have been of significant influence through their ideas, words and actions, we appreciate the place of African history in the history of the world.

Black History/African Heritage History Month events in York Region

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February 18-22, 2019

Monday, February 18- Family Day- No School!

February is African Heritage/Black History Month!

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Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsals every Tuesday @1:20PM and Thursday @8AM

February 18– Family Day, NO SCHOOL!

February 20- Grade 8 Grad Photos (AM)

February 21- Firefighter’s Presentation: Ms. Liu, Ms. Mueller, Ms. Rustagi and Ms. Ng’s classes

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsals every Tuesday @1:20PM and Thursday @8AM

February 27- Pink Shirt Day

February 28- Grade 5/6 Guest Speaker

A Closer Look

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Youth Speak Conference- Mental Health and Awareness for Parents and Caring Adults

Hear from our YOUTH SPEAKERS, who will share their personal stories and how they were able to cope with mental health challenges, bullying and substance misuse.

Hear from YORK REGIONAL POLICE how we can protect youth from cyberbullying

Please see attached flyer for more details: YouthSpeak-flyer-final 2019

STUDENT WELL-BEING AND SUCCESS

What is SEAS? SEAS (Supporting East Asian Students) is a group of educators who are committed to responding to the lived experiences of East Asian students by advocating for their improved achievement and well-being through equitable practices. Building relationships with students’ families, educators, community members and partners is also a focus of our work.

Workshops include:

• Let’s Talk Legalization of Cannabis

• Our Voice: Student Experiences and Challenges

• How to Talk So Kids Will Listen

• How to Encourage Healthy and Responsible Use of the Internet for Youth

When & Where: Wednesday, March 20, 2019,  Unionville High School, 201 Town Centre Blvd. Markham

Agenda: 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Light Dinner and Registration 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Opening Remarks and Student Voices 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm Workshop and Closing

Please register now! Deadline is Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Registration Link

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African Heritage/Black History Month!

Celebration of Black History/African Heritage Month has been a part of Canadian society since the 1950s. Lieutenant Governor Hal Jackman declared February as Black History month in Ontario in 1993, and it was in 1995 that the Honorable Jean Augustine made the same declaration in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

These declarations set the stage for acknowledgement of the contributions of peoples of African Heritage to the cultural, economic, political and social fabric of Canada dating back to the early 1600s. They also increased our awareness that people of African Heritage are an integral part of Canadian history.

During the month of February, we deliberately reflect upon the legacy of African history in all its various forms, and we join all Canadians in celebrating Black History/African Heritage month. By contemplating on persons of African heritage, famous and not so famous, who have been of significant influence through their ideas, words and actions, we appreciate the place of African history in the history of the world.

Black History/African Heritage History Month events in York Region

2019 grades 1 – 6 ahm bhm writing contest

2019 GRADES 7 – 12 AHM BHM Writing Contest

Regional Parent Symposium – April 17, 2019

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Musicians 24 years of age and younger are invited to submit an original song on the theme of ending youth violence.

Please see attached flyer for more details: YRP – Voices of Violence-2019

 

 

 

 

 

February 11-15, 2019

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Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsals every Tuesday @1:20PM and Thursday @8AM

February 11- Mindful Monday

February 11-15- Kindness Week!

February 12- SC Meeting @6:30-8PM

February 12- Firefighters Presentation Ms. Mueller and Ms. Liu’s classes

February 13- Report Cards go home!

February 14- Grade 7s to Vivian Outdoor Centre

February 14- St. Valentine’s Day

February 15- National Flag Day

Looking Ahead!

February 18- Family Day, NO SCHOOL!

February 20- Grade 8 Grad Photos (AM)

February 27- Pink Shirt Day

A Closer Look

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PARENTS’ Support Group

Does your child’s anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, learning disability, or behaviour challenges make parenting difficult?

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

Please see attached flyer for more details: PCMH Support Group Poster

Youth Speak Conference- Mental Health and Awareness for Parents and Caring Adults

Hear from our YOUTH SPEAKERS, who will share their personal stories and how they were able to cope with mental health challenges, bullying and substance misuse.

Hear from YORK REGIONAL POLICE how we can protect youth from cyberbullying

Please see attached flyer for more details: YouthSpeak-flyer-final 2019

Regional Parent Symposium – April 17, 2019

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Musicians 24 years of age and younger are invited to submit an original song on the theme of ending youth violence.

Please see attached flyer for more details: YRP – Voices of Violence-2019

African Heritage/Black History Month!

Celebration of Black History/African Heritage Month has been a part of Canadian society since the 1950s. Lieutenant Governor Hal Jackman declared February as Black History month in Ontario in 1993, and it was in 1995 that the Honorable Jean Augustine made the same declaration in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

These declarations set the stage for acknowledgement of the contributions of peoples of African Heritage to the cultural, economic, political and social fabric of Canada dating back to the early 1600s. They also increased our awareness that people of African Heritage are an integral part of Canadian history.

During the month of February, we deliberately reflect upon the legacy of African history in all its various forms, and we join all Canadians in celebrating Black History/African Heritage month. By contemplating on persons of African heritage, famous and not so famous, who have been of significant influence through their ideas, words and actions, we appreciate the place of African history in the history of the world.

Black History/African Heritage History Month events in York Region

2019 grades 1 – 6 ahm bhm writing contest

2019 GRADES 7 – 12 AHM BHM Writing Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 4-8, 2019

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Happening this week!

February 4- Mindful Monday

February 4- Lion Dance Presentation

All families are welcome to join us in celebrating Lunar New Year at Beckett Farm PS with a traditional Lion Dance Performance by Sunny Tang Martial Arts Centre!

Staff, students, families are encouraged to wear traditional cultural clothing or dress in red, gold/yellow

The performance will be from 2:20-2:45PM in the gymnasium. 

February 5- Lunar New Year!

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February 6- Winter Walk Day

February 6- Firefighters Presentation Ms. Ng and Ms. Rustagi’s classes

February 6- YMCA workshop Portable students

February 8- FDK Mystic Drumz Presentation

Looking Ahead!

February 11-15- Kindness Week!

February 11- Mindful Monday

February 12- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

February 12- Firefighters Presentation Ms. Mueller and Ms. Liu’s classes

February 13- Report Cards go home!

February 14- Grade 7s to Vivian Outdoor Centre

February 15- National Flag Day

A Closer Look

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February 5, 2019

Lunar New Year is a cultural and religious celebration for many Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities.

Many rituals are associated with this festive occasion. They include cleaning house, paying off debts, settling old arguments, and other means of making a “fresh start.” To celebrate, people may light firecrackers, hang poetry, enjoy a family feast (oranges and apples are considered lucky fruits), exchange gifts (adults may give children laisee, red envelopes filled with money), and buy new clothes or new shoes.

Schools will acknowledge this occasion through various activities that promote sharing and understanding.

We wish all staff, students and community celebrating Lunar New Year a happy and joyful celebration in the company of family and friends.

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African Heritage/Black History Month!

Celebration of Black History/African Heritage Month has been a part of Canadian society since the 1950s. Lieutenant Governor Hal Jackman declared February as Black History month in Ontario in 1993, and it was in 1995 that the Honorable Jean Augustine made the same declaration in the House of Commons in Ottawa.

These declarations set the stage for acknowledgement of the contributions of peoples of African Heritage to the cultural, economic, political and social fabric of Canada dating back to the early 1600s. They also increased our awareness that people of African Heritage are an integral part of Canadian history.

During the month of February, we deliberately reflect upon the legacy of African history in all its various forms, and we join all Canadians in celebrating Black History/African Heritage month. By contemplating on persons of African heritage, famous and not so famous, who have been of significant influence through their ideas, words and actions, we appreciate the place of African history in the history of the world.

Black History/African Heritage History Month events in York Region

2019 grades 1 – 6 ahm bhm writing contest

2019 GRADES 7 – 12 AHM BHM Writing Contest

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Due to a combination of student voice and our personal love of knitting and crocheting, we are starting a Knitting and Crocheting Club (we are working on coming up with a snazzier name!).  Students have voiced a desire to knit/crochet items for various charitable organizations, and so that is one of our main goals for the club.  Others just simply want to learn or have a space to participate in a mindful, creative activity.  So far, the club is mostly comprised of Intermediate students with a few grade 5s and 6s.  If there is an overwhelming request for a club for younger students, we may look into that later in the year.

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Winter Walk Day is celebrated by schools across Canada on the first Wednesday of February each year. Walking and wheeling to and from school is fun every day, so we encourage you to journey outside throughout the entire month of February!

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The Regional Municipality of York’s Integrated Children’s Services Division works closely with different partners to offer a wide range of child care and early years services to children aged 0-12 and their families. The Child Care and Early Years Service System Plan will provide a common focus and priorities to meet the community’s changing needs. It is important that services are responsive, accessible, affordable and high-quality.

To inform our planning, we want to hear from you about gaps in the system and learn about what is most important to you. This survey should take approximately 6-8 minutes and can be completed individually or collectively as a School Council. It will be open until February 8, 2019. Your responses are voluntary and will be kept anonymous and confidential, and will be used with feedback received from other partners in the final Service Plan.

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Regional Parent Symposium – April 17, 2019

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