May 21-25, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 20- Victoria Day, NO SCHOOL

May 21-24– EQAO GRADE 6

May 22- Badminton Night for families (School Council Hosts) @6:30PM

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 27-31st- BIKE TO SCHOOL WEEK!

May 27-30- EQAO GRADE 3

May 27- Mindfulness Monday

May 30- Grade 4 Scientists in School

May 30- Grade 7/8 Track and Field Day

May 31- Grade 4-6 Track and Field Day

May 31- FDK Field Trip to the Ontario Science Centre

May 31- Select Grade 7/8s at Step Out Dance Competition

June 7- FUN FAIR!!!

A Closer Look

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

During the week of May 21-24, 2019, your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division, Grade 6 and the week of May 27-30, 2019, the Primary Division, Grade 3.

In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL AND ON TIME FOR ALL THOSE DAYS!

EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (www.eqao.com), click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).”

If you have any questions, please call me or your child’s teacher.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Prebtani

Vice-Principal

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PLEASE HELP DONATE!

Beckett Farm’s Annual Fun Fair!!!!

Rain or Shine!

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May Specials
  • BBQ Chicken with corn niblets (gluten-friendly)
  • Turkey veggie cheese wrap
  • Grilled veggie, black bean cheese wrap
For everyday inquiries about the Kid’s Kitchen program at your school, please feel free to contact our Customer Service Team at 905-944-0210 or information@kidskitchen.ca
See flyer for more details: MAY 2019 Update

Coffee Chat with Trustees and Board Chair- Markham

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South Asian Heritage Month Student Contest 2019

Theme: South Asian Heritage in the Canadian Context

Topic (choose one):

  • How do you embody your South Asian identity?
  • What does being South Asian mean to you?
  • Who is your South Asian hero? Why?

Why a South Asian Heritage Contest:

  • To celebrate South Asian heritage and identity
  • To recognize South Asians who have made a significant contribution to the world
  • To provide an avenue for Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching/Learning

Qualifying Submissions:

  • Open to all York Region District School Board students K-12
  • One entry per student
  • Must be the original work of the student
  • Entries must be received by May 31, 2019
  • Submission through Google Form

Judging Criteria:

  • Consistency with theme, Creativity and Originality Decisions:
  • Outstanding participants will be notified during the week of June 11, 2018
  • Prizes will be awarded at the participants’ schools

Questions? Please contact: Wahid Khan by email wahid.khan@yrdsb.ca or 905-884-2046 ext 227

Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee – Call for Membership Application Process

We wish to bring to your attention a Call for Membership Application process for the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Committee (PEAC) now underway.  This process invites parents, guardians or caregivers of students attending schools in the following areas to apply.
The available positions include:
CEC East – one elementary, one secondary
CEC West – one elementary
CEC Central – one elementary
CEC North – one elementary, one secondary
PEAC is an advisory committee responsible for providing advice to the Board on strategies to support and strengthen the engagement of parents, families and communities. The Committee’s mandate involves and is not limited to:
  • developing strategies and initiatives the Board can  use to effectively communicate to parents/guardians to engage them in improving student achievement and wellbeing
  • working with school councils of schools of the Board and, through the Board’s Director of Education, with employees of the Board
  • identifying and reduce barriers to parent engagement

The Parent, Family and Community Engagement Advisory Committee webpage details the PEAC application process, vacancies, and PEAC’s role and responsibilities

An information session for interested parents, guardians and caregivers will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at EC-Aurora in the boardroom

Thank you for your assistance with this endeavour and for your commitment to supporting parent engagement.

 

May 13-17, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 13- Mindfulness Monday

May 14- SODA Track and Field Meet

May 14- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

May 15- Welcome to Kindergarten Night @6-7PM

May 16- Grades 6-8 Track and Field Day

May 17- Grades 4-5 Track and Field Day

May 17- Immunizations Grade 7s

May 17- Possible Badminton Regionals

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 20- Victoria Day, NO SCHOOL

May 21-24- Grade 6 EQAO

May 22- Badminton Night for families (School Council Hosts) @6:30PM

A Closer Look

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

During the week of May 21-24, 2019, your child will be participating in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Assessment of Reading, Writing and Mathematics, Junior Division, Grade 6 and the week of May 27-30, 2019, the Primary Division, Grade 3.

In six one-hour sessions, students will complete a variety of assessment activities designed to allow them to demonstrate their skills and knowledge relating to reading, writing and mathematics as described in The Ontario Curriculum. The assessment is administered province-wide and is developed by Ontario teachers and assessment experts to reflect curriculum expectations.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE AT SCHOOL AND ON TIME FOR ALL THOSE DAYS!

EQAO has developed a “Parent’s Guide to EQAO Tests” and “Questions and Answers for Parents” (available in 20 languages) to give you more information about the assessments and an understanding of what to expect. To access these resources, go to the EQAO Web site (www.eqao.com), click “Parent Resources” and then select “Primary Division (Grades 1–3) and Junior Division (Grades 4–6).”

If you have any questions, please call me or your child’s teacher.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Prebtani

Vice-Principal

Lunch container safety at Beckett Farm 

Image result for no glass containersDear Families,

A gentle reminder to please refrain from sending glass containers of any kind with your children to school (lunch containers, water bottles, etc) as this does pose a safety concern. We have had on multiple occasions broken glass due to such containers being brought to school.  If you have any questions, please see the office.

Thank you for your support to maintain a safe environment for student and staff.

 

Tamil Genocide:  A Seminar Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Mullivaikal Massacre

Screening of Documentary:  Channel 4: No Fire Zone

Panel Discussion: Historical and Political Context, Legislated Discrimination and Legitimate Resistance War Crimes and Genocide, Remembering the Victims Migration and Mobilization, The State and the Role of the Diaspora

Monday, May 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Middlefield Collegiate Institute 525 Highglen Avenue, Markham, L3S 3L5

Please confirm your attendance by registering

Importance of Sun Safety

SunSense Newsletter

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May 6-10, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month!

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 5- Start of Ramadhan

May 6-10- Mental Health Week

May 6- Mindfulness Monday

May 7- Mental Health Presentations for students by Sara Westbrook

May 7- Mental Health Presentation for families @6:45-8PM

May 7- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Gordon Rak and Ms. Mathew’s classes

May 8- School Council Movie Night @6:30PM

May 9- Fitspirit Club @ Downsview Park

May 10- Grade 7/8 Genocide Survivor Speaker Presentation

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 13- Mindfulness Monday

May 14- SODA Track and Field Meet

May 14- School Council Meeting @6:30PM

May 15- Welcome to Kindergarten Night @6-7PM

May 16- Grades 6-8 Track and Field Day

May 17- Grades 4-5 Track and Field Day

May 17- Immunizations Grade 7s

May 17- Possible Badminton Regionals

May 21-24 – EQAO Grade 6

May 27-30 – EQAO Grade 3

A Closer Look

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Families, please join us for an evening presentation from Sara Westbrook, specializing in resilience, confidence and emotional well-being. This will be an adults-only event. 

Child Minding will be available for school-aged children between the ages of 4-13.

Where: Beckett Farm PS, Learning Commons

When: May 7, 2019 @6:45-8:00PM

適應能力強的家庭的三個習慣

請於五月七日,星期二,

晚上6:45到8:00來到Beckett Farm公立小學一起參加一個(只供成人的)特別講座。此講座能讓你認識三個能夠幫助你的孩子建立適應能力、自信及良好情感狀態的習慣。

Please see flyer: ParentPresentationNewFlyerBeckettFarm (002)

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

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

At Beckett Farm PS, there will be a room dedicated to those students/staff who are observing Ramadhan to use while fasting during morning recess and the lunch hour as well as a place for prayer.

Lunch container safety at Beckett Farm 

Image result for no glass containers Dear Families,

A gentle reminder to please refrain from sending glass containers of any kind with your children to school (lunch containers, water bottles, etc) as this does pose a safety concern. We have had on multiple occasions broken glass due to such containers being brought to school.  If you have any questions, please see the office.

Thank you for your support to maintain a safe environment for student and staff.

 

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Beckett Recognitions!

Congratulations to Free and Jamil in Grade 8 for willing awards at the Alliance of Educators for Black Students Annual Achievement Awards
on May 2nd!

Congratulations to Ahastan, Yanushan, and Piraveen in Grade 8 for winning awards at the Uukkamathu Kaividale Awards of Excellence on April 30th!

Tamil Genocide:  A Seminar Marking the 10th Anniversary of the Mullivaikal Massacre

Screening of Documentary:  Channel 4: No Fire Zone

Panel Discussion: Historical and Political Context, Legislated Discrimination and Legitimate Resistance War Crimes and Genocide, Remembering the Victims Migration and Mobilization, The State and the Role of the Diaspora

Monday, May 13, 2019, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Middlefield Collegiate Institute 525 Highglen Avenue, Markham, L3S 3L5

Please confirm your attendance by registering

Importance of Sun Safety

SunSense Newsletter

 

 

April 29-May 3, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme: May – Conserve Water

May is Asian/South Asian Heritage Month!

In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. This acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage towards the growth and prosperity of Canada.

As we approach the month of May, staff and students, families are encouraged to join Ontarians and Canadians who will be coming together to celebrate the rich and vibrant heritage of people of Asian and South Asian descent.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 29- Mindfulness Monday

May 1- Grade 7/8 VIP Presentation

May 3- Grade 8 Grad trip to Niagara Falls!

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

May 5- Start of Ramadhan

May 6-10- Mental Health Week

May 6- Mindfulness Monday

May 7- Mental Health Presentations for students by Sara Westbrook

May 7- Mental Health Presentation for families @6:45-8PM

May 7- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Gordon Rak and Ms. Mathew’s classes

May 8- School Council Movie Night @6:30PM

May 9- Fitspirit Club @ Downsview Park

May 10- Grade 7/8 Genocide Survivor Speaker Presentation

May 21-24 – EQAO Grade 6

May 27-30 – EQAO Grade 3

A Closer Look

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Families, please join us for an evening presentation from Sara Westbrook, specializing in resilience, confidence and emotional well-being. This will be an adults-only event. 

Where: Beckett Farm PS, Learning Commons

When: May 7, 2019 @6:45-8:00PM

適應能力強的家庭的三個習慣

請於五月七日,星期二,

晚上6:45到8:00來到Beckett Farm公立小學一起參加一個(只供成人的)特別講座。此講座能讓你認識三個能夠幫助你的孩子建立適應能力、自信及良好情感狀態的習慣。

Please see flyer: ParentPresentationNewFlyerBeckettFarm (002)

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

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

At Beckett Farm PS, there will be a room dedicated to those students/staff who are observing Ramadhan to use while fasting during morning recess and the lunch hour as well as a place for prayer.

Educators for Students of South Asian Heritage (ESSAH) Chai House Read-In 2019

In recognition of South Asian Heritage Month, ESSAH welcomes educators, families and community to our Chai House Read-In. Structured like a café house, our event allows attendees to participate as both audience members and presenters.

Please see flyer: SC-ESSAH-Chai-House-Read-In-May

 

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Rider Safety Information

Student Transportation Services of York Region, (STSYR), is excited to announce a new rider safety information initiative for parents/guardians and students who access school bus transportation.

Please see flyer: Safety Program Memo to Parents

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

 An Adult School Crossing Guard is needed in our area.  Currently, there is a vacancy at Beckett Ave & Brock Ave.  As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancy.

The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 shifts per day (morning and afternoon), each shift either half an hour or one hour in length depending on the location. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2019, is $17.00 per hour.

Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment,  are provided for all Crossing Guards. Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak English, have sound judgment in dealing with traffic and be in general good health, as standing and walking for a period of time is a major requirement of the position.

Please contact Ms. Khan in the office if you are interested.

 

 

 

April 22-26, 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 22- Diamond Day- Easter Monday, NO SCHOOL!

April 23-26- BOOK FAIR!

April 23- Junior Girls Area Basketball

April 24- Science Fair! Daytime show (10AM-3PM) + Evening Show @6:30PM!

April 25- Grade 4-8 Duffle Bag Theatre Presentation

April 25- Junior Boys Basketball Areas

April 26- Firefighter’s Presentation, Ms. Tsimidis and Ms. Pamenter’s classes

April 26- Diamond Day- Holy Friday

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

April 28- Diamond Day, Easter (Eastern)

April 29- Mindfulness Monday

May 1- Grade 7/8 VIP Presentation

May 3- Grade 8 Grad trip to Niagara Falls!

A Closer Look

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For Christians following the Eastern Julian calendar, Easter is one of the most important holidays of the year.

Holy Friday commemorates the passion of Jesus Christ. The Eastern churches focus on the burial.

Many of the traditions that bond generations together in the Orthodox tradition occur during the celebration of Easter. One of the most prominent rituals of the Orthodox Easter is the forty-day Lenten fast, where no meat or dairy is eaten. The fast is typically broken on Sunday morning at 1 or 2 a.m. following the evening Church service where candles are lit and a celebratory hymn is sung in the honour of the resurrection of Christ.

We join you in wishing a Happy Easter to all staff, students and community members who will celebrate Easter in the Orthodox tradition.

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. 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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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

 An Adult School Crossing Guard is needed in our area.  Currently, there is a vacancy at Beckett Ave & Brock Ave.  As you can imagine, the safety of children is paramount, and the community is urgently feeling the impact of the vacancy.

The program typically runs from September to June each year. Guards are required to work 2 shifts per day (morning and afternoon), each shift either half an hour or one hour in length depending on the location. The rate of pay as of January 1, 2019, is $17.00 per hour.

Full training on proper procedure and health and safety matters, as well as proper attire and equipment,  are provided for all Crossing Guards. Anyone wishing to apply should be able to speak English, have sound judgment in dealing with traffic and be in general good health, as standing and walking for a period of time is a major requirement of the position.

For anyone wishing to inquire about employment, please contact Anthony Kagan at 905-737-1600.

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Family Engagement Event!

Join us for an evening of:

  • Interactive Booths
  • Educational Activities
  • Community Partnerships
  • Community Building

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019                 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Richmond Green Secondary School

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

For more information, please contact:

  • Alice Chu alicewan-ling.chu@yrdsb.ca
  • Initha Subramaniam initha.subramaniam@yrdsb.ca
  • Joanne Tang joanne.tang@yrdsb.ca
  • Sophia Han sophia.han@yrdsb.ca
  • Wahid Khan wahid.khan@yrdsb.ca

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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.  Online registration is available through Edsby.  Please see the attached brochure for more information about our programs. 
Families can still register in person at the language site now and in September. Please contact our office at international.languages@yrdsb.ca  if you would like to register in person before September. 
For more information about registration, courses, dates and locations, 

please visit 
www.yrdsb.ca/international-languages or e-mail us atinternational.languages@yrdsb.ca.

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

Parent Workshop Poster

 

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

 

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Are you a student in a publicly funded school in Ontario?

Will you be between Grades 7 and 12 during the 2019–2020 school year?

Do you want to impact Ontario students’ educational experience?

If yes, you should consider submitting an application on to be a member of Education on Quality and Accountability Office’s (EQAO’s) Student Advisory Committee!

The Student Advisory Committee is a group that helps foster a two-way conversation between Ontario’s students and EQAO. Students are the focus of EQAO’s work, and we value learners’ perspectives on everything that we do.

During its inaugural year, the Student Advisory Committee met three times virtually. These meetings allowed committee members to provide feedback and advice on key areas of focus as well as promising practices to support students writing EQAO assessments.

As EQAO seeks to continuously improve our programs, we want to ensure that students’ voices are being heard. The Student Advisory Committee is a unique forum for students to share ideas and experiences.

Please see flyer for more details: Invitation – EQAO Student Advisory Committee

Please see Application if interested: Application Form – EQAO Student Advisory Committee

 

 

 

 

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

Image result for family movie nightPopcorn will be sold at $2 each, please bring your own water bottle, blanket, chair and get
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

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

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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

Dear Parents & Guardians,Screen Shot 2019-03-31 at 1.24.21 PM

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.

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

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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

Save the Date “14 & Muslim” Documentary Screening EventScreen Shot 2019-03-24 at 6.04.39 PM.png

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