ORANGE SHIRT DAY!

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To recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors, our scholars will be selling orange Beckett Farm T-Shirts.

Orange Shirt Day sales will begin on Curriculum Night on Wednesday September 25, 2019 and continue during morning recess in front of the office for $15 per shirt.

Scholars are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on Monday, September 30, 2019 to commemorate the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes at this time of the year and forced to attend residential schools.

Please contact Ms. Rizzi if you have any questions.

Your support is greatly appreciated! 

 

 

September 23-27, 2019

NO SCHOOL TOMORROW- SEPTEMBER 23! PA DAY

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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One of the most important things you can teach your children is to recognize what they are feeling and to express their feelings in words. Help your children grow by teaching the many words for different emotions, and using examples when those feelings arise in themselves and others.

People’s actions can be “bad” but the feelings themselves are never “bad”. One reason children get stuck and don’t want to talk about feelings, even if you ask them to, is because they can confuse how they feel as being “bad” or “a problem” when it is actually the tough thing that happened that is the problem. Feelings are like important road signs, if we understand them and listen to them. They can teach us where to go next and what to look for.

Many children shut down when they are upset because they think all feelings except for happy ones are negative and shameful. When you teach your kids the language for many different feelings and invite them to explore and share them, it makes difficult feelings normal and healthy. The result is the development of emotional smarts and social skills. They can deal with what they are feeling, and have stronger friendships too. This also helps them have better self-esteem.
Even anger can be helpful when kids learn how to cope with it. The emotion of anger brings awareness that something is hurtful. When we recognize that we are hurt, our problem-solving skills can improve.

(https://www.carizon.ca/7-tips-improve-childs-mental-health-emotional-well/)

Happening this week at the Farm:

September 24-27- SAFETY WEEK, Safety Assemblies happening for all students

September 24- PICTURE DAY

September 24- SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING @6:30 PM

September 25- CURRICULUM NIGHT @ 6:30-7:45 PM

September 26- CROSS COUNTRY AREAS- Milliken Mills Park 9:00-2:00 PM

September 27- TERRY FOX RUN

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

September 30- Oct 4- JUNGLE SPORT SCHOOL PROGRAM

September 30- Diamond Day- Rosh Hashana

September 30- ORANGE SHIRT DAY

October 2- FIRST DAY OF PIZZA DAY!

October 2- CROSS COUNTRY AREAS (RAIN DATE)

October 4- MARKHAM FAIR FIELD TRIP (Grades 1-3)

A Closer Look

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Families please join us on September 25, 2019, for a meet and greet with our educators at Beckett Farm PS. This will be an opportunity for you to visit your child(ren)’s classroom and enjoy a short presentation from your child(ren)’s educators regarding the curriculum and the learning that is happening this year! It will also provide an opportunity for you to meet and greet all the wonderful educators involved in your child’s learning this year.  There will be 2 presentations that will be exactly the same, one from 6:30-7:00 and the other from 7:05-7:35. This allows for those families with more than one child to attend multiple sessions.

Teachers are looking forward to meeting all the parents of their students and as a result, will not have the time or privacy to speak about individual student progress. We will have an opportunity to discuss specific students in a more intimate setting; parent-teacher interview night later in the year.

In addition, there will be a number of community partners set up in the foyer with information regarding the variety of programs/services that are offered in York Region.

We look forward to meeting all our families that night!

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Our very first School Council Meeting will be held on September 24, 2019, at 6:30PM. All families are encouraged to come out and be the voice for your child(ren) and partner with us in setting the direction for our school. Your voice matters and we look forward to seeing our families there!

School Council Lunch Program

BFPS School Council is glad to continue offering a lunch program to students and staffs. Lunch menu items have been designed specifically for our school lunch program by Kome Shokudo, all of which comply with the Ministry of Education’s Food and Beverage Policy and Nut-Free Policy. Students will have new flavours to try each week and will not have the same dish for over 4 weeks.

BFPS 学校委员会很高兴继续为学生和员工提供午餐计划。 午餐菜单 是专门由米食堂 Kome Shokudo 定制的,所有午餐都符合教育部的食 品和饮料政策和无坚果政策。 学生每周都会尝试新口味,并且在 4 周 内菜肴不会重复。

Please see BFPS School Council Lunch Program

Terry Fox Run- September 27

Dear Beckett Farm Public School Family,

In 1980 a young man from British Columbia captivated Canadians with his determination, commitment and energy to find a cure for cancer.  His name was Terry Fox.

This year our school will be holding its annual Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 27, 2019, to commemorate Terry’s inspirational Marathon of Hope. Each student will take part in this wonderful event and everyone is asked to bring in “Toonies for Terry” beginning this week. We call it Toonies for Terry but donations of all sizes are welcome and very much appreciated.

We are looking to blow donations out of the water this year and raise the most money ever! Let’s all get creative with ways to collect donations.

Also, we’ve added an incentive for students, if:

$4500 is raised we get a pyjama day,

$5000 we get an extended recess!

Students and staff will be outside this week at the drop off loop with Shoes to Fill! Please have your change ready and drop it into a shoe!

We are urging students to ask their family and friends for donations using the pledge sheets sent home.
Please have all pledges in by the run date, September 27, 2019.
For families wanting to donate ONLINE, you can visit TerryFoxBeckettFarmPS and your funds will be automatically added to our school’s fundraising goal of $5000

​Thank you!

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From September 30-October 4, Junglesport is coming to our school! This is a climbing and adventure program and has been running programs for 15 years all across Ontario and Quebec schools. It is a program that is designed to benefit students of all ages, abilities and needs.

Main philosophy:  S.A.F.E.- Safe, Active, Fun, Educational

Please see Parent letter for more details

We are very excited to bring this program to our school and we know our scholars will be thrilled!

A consent and information letter went home on Friday. Please ensure that these are returned back to the school this week!

Rowan’s Law Day

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, staff and students of York Region District School Board (YRDSB) will recognize Rowan’s Law Day and the serious effect concussions can have on student learning, achievement and well-being. By increasing concussion awareness and knowledge, we can change Ontario’s culture around sports, physical activity and injury. Concussions are not limited to people who play sports and are not just a bump to the head!

Resources for parents/guardians:

York Region Public Health

Concussion fact sheet

PARENT’S PATHWAY FOR CHILD AND YOUTH CONCUSSION

Concussion and you- A Handbook for Parents and Kids

Concussion Poster that can be ordered by contacting:  injury.prevention@york.ca

Diamond Day- Rosh Hashana

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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and begins a solemn ten-day period of contemplation and self-examination that ends with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah is the first of the High Holy Days, and the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration beginning on the first day of Tishrei – the first month of the Jewish lunar year. According to the Hebrew calendar, days begin at sundown. Hence, Rosh Hashanah begins the evening before Rosh Hashanah day.

These High Holy Days are the most religious days of the year for many Jews, and is a time for reflection and atonement. Many families attend synagogue, praying for peace among nations, among peoples, and within themselves in the coming year. Many people have a special meal where blessings are recited over different symbolic dishes including apples, honey, dates, and pomegranates.

Orange Shirt Day

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The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.

Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform.

Webstad has felt the impact of that event long after it occurred, “that feeling of worthlessness and insignificance, ingrained in me from my first day at the mission, affected the way I lived my life for many years. Even now, when I know nothing could be further than the truth, I still sometimes feel that I don’t matter.”

The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

We encourage YRDSB staff, students and families to wear an orange shirt on September 30, 2019, to recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors.

Grade 8 High School Information Nights:

Bill Crother’s Secondary School:

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Unionville Highschool:

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September 16-20, 2019

The Farms Funny of the Week:

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Questions to ask instead of “How was your day”

  1. If school were a ride at the fair, which ride would it be? Why?
  2. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want
    it to be? Why?
  3. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?

 

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

September 23- PA Day, NO SCHOOL!

September 24-27- Safety Week- Safety Assemblies happening for all students

September 24- Picture Day

September 24- Parent Council Meeting @6:30PM

September 25- Curriculum Night

September 27- Terry Fox Run

A Closer Look

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SAFETY FIRST!

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Kiss and Ride drop off area- Key Points to Remember:

  • Students are only permitted to exit from the right side (passenger side) of the car.
  • Drivers MUST NOT leave their car unattended
  • If you must leave your car, park a block away and walk-in.

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Our very first School Council Meeting will be held on September 24, 2019, at 6:30PM. All families are encouraged to come out and be the voice for your child(ren) and partner with us in setting the direction for our school. Your voice matters and we look forward to seeing our families there!

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Families please join us on September 25, 2019, for a meet and greet with our educators at Beckett Farm PS. This will be an opportunity for you to visit your child(ren)’s classroom and enjoy a short presentation from your child(ren)’s educators regarding the curriculum and the learning that is happening this year! It will also provide an opportunity for you to meet and greet all the wonderful educators involved in your child’s learning this year.  There will be 2 presentations that will be exactly the same, one from 6:30-7:00 and the other from 7:05-7:35. This allows for those families with more than one child to attend multiple sessions.

Teachers are looking forward to meeting all the parents of their students and as a result, will not have the time or privacy to speak about individual student progress. We will have an opportunity to discuss specific students in a more intimate setting; parent-teacher interview night later in the year.

In addition, there will be a number of community partners set up in the foyer with information regarding the variety of programs/services that are offered in York Region.

We look forward to meeting all our families that night!

Grade 8 Families:

Are you interested in the International Baccalaureate Programme?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is student-centred with a focus on developing intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills for students who live, learn and work in a rapidly changing world.

The Programme emphasizes critical, compassionate thinking, community involvement and intercultural understanding. It is founded on international standards and assessment. Students who complete the Programme earn both an Ontario Secondary School Diploma and an IB Diploma.

We invite students who will be starting Grade 8 in September to find their area IB School or Candidate School on the YRDSB School Locator: (http://www.yrdsb.ca/schools/pages/school-locator.aspx) and join us for an information evening to discover what we can offer.

Please see flyer for more details: Save the Date – 2019-2020 School Year

Terry Fox Run

Dear Beckett Farm Public School Family,

In 1980 a young man from British Columbia captivated Canadians with his determination, commitment and energy to find a cure for cancer.  His name was Terry Fox.

This year our school will be holding its annual Terry Fox Run on Thursday, September 27, 2019, to commemorate Terry’s inspirational Marathon of Hope. Each student will take part in this wonderful event and everyone is asked to bring in “Toonies for Terry” beginning this week. We call it Toonies for Terry but donations of all sizes are welcome and very much appreciated.

We are looking to blow donations out of the water this year and raise the most money ever! Let’s all get creative with ways to collect donations.

Who: Beckett Farm Public School Community

 

What:  The Terry Fox Run

 

When: Friday, September 27, 2019 (Rain date October 3)

 

Where: Beckett Farm Public School

 

Why: To continue Terry Fox’s legacy and raise money for cancer research.
We are urging students to ask their family and friends for donations using the pledge sheets sent home.
One fundraising idea is to carry a single running shoe around to friends, family and neighbours and ask for their donations to the Terry Fox Foundation and FILL THE SHOE!
Please have all pledges in by the run date, September 27, 2019.
For families wanting to donate ONLINE, you can visit TerryFoxBeckettFarmPS and your funds will be automatically added to our school’s fundraising goal of $5000

​Thank you!

 

September 9-13, 2019

Feel our Thunder: Ignite, Learn, Grow! Go Bolts Go!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Congratulations on getting through the first week back with flying colours!

Thank you to all scholars and families that attended class on time and have returned the book of forms that was sent home on the first day.  If you have not done so please make sure to return the forms this week as the information is required for learning and student safety. These forms will include: the acceptable use of technology, dismissal procedure and lunchtime routines. These start-up forms must be signed and returned to your child’s teacher before September 13, 2019.

We hope that all families and scholars had a great start back to school! We welcome all our scholars, families and community partners back and we look forward to continuing our work together to make for another exciting year at Beckett Farm PS! Thank you to all our families, scholars and staff for helping us make the start of the year a smooth and successful one! Ms. Smith and I are excited to work with each one of you again and to our new members at Beckett Farm PS, we look forward to forming new relationships and getting to know you.

Please check this blog every week as our school news and updates will be posted here.

How to subscribe to this newsletter

  • Navigate to BFPSnews.com
  • On the right-hand side of the page, enter your email where it says “Weekly Updates in your Inbox” and click subscribe.
  • Check your email to confirm your subscription by clicking on the blue button “Confirm Follow.”
  • Note: You may also choose to unsubscribe from these emails at any time (by clicking on the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the emails).

Please help us spread the news to the Beckett Farm community by directing them to this site. We look forward to staying in touch with you this upcoming school year. If you have questions regarding the Beckett Farm Newsletter, please contact us at beckett.farm.ps@yrdsb.ca or by telephone at (289) 746-3276.

Faith Day: Ashura

Ashura falls on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Lunar calendar. This commemorates the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.

Ashura has special significance for Shia Muslims because, on this day, Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad was martyred. Hussein, his family, and a number of his companions were killed at Karbala in Iraq. Hussein had refused to pay allegiance to the ruler of the time. This historic event in Karbala has had the greatest impact in the history of Shia Muslims. Shias believe that the message of Hussein was that he chose death rather than compromise his beliefs. Ashura and the nine days of Muharram preceding it are commemorated each year with gatherings and processions. Shiites around the world are in mourning during this period and keep alive the message of Hussein.

The Farms Funny of the Week:

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Looking Ahead:

September 23- PA Day, NO SCHOOL

September 24-27- Safety Week

September 24- Picture Day!

September 24- Parent Council Meeting @6:30PM

September 25- Curriculum Night

September 27- Terry Fox Run

A Closer Look

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Morning Drop Off: Keeping the “Kiss and Ride” car loop safe for Students

Beckett Farm P.S. is a walking school. That means that all families attending the school live within walking distance. Students are always encouraged to walk or ride a bike. If you choose to drive your child, please expect little to no parking spots available on school property.

Drivers, please obey the following rules:

  1. The bus loop is for school busses only and is closed to all cars.

Kiss and Ride drop off area:

  1. Pull your car as far forward in the yellow zone as possible before unloading students.
  2. Students are only permitted to exit from the right side (passenger side) of the car.
  3. Drivers MUST NOT leave their car unattended.
  4. No parking in the Kiss and Ride at any time it is a no parking fire zone.
  5. Once you drop off your child, please follow the flow of cars and do not sit to watch.
  6. Obey teachers and staff on duty, they are there to help you and your children.
  7. If you do not have time to wait in the loop, drop your child off on the side streets so they can walk to school.
  8. If you must leave your car, park a block away and walk-in.

We understand that parents are in a rush in the morning, but safety is our first priority. Let’s work together to keep our children safe!

More information regarding City of Markham common parking violations is available in this document.

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Did you know that school lunches are a major source of waste in Ontario? The average student’s lunch generates a total of 30 kilograms (66 lbs.) of waste per school year, or an average of 8,500 kilograms (18,700 lbs.) of waste per school per year.

With this information in mind, Beckett Farm Public School is part of the waste reduction program. As part of this program, students are encouraged to have a “waste-free” and “boomerang” lunch.

A waste-free lunch (sometimes called a litter-less lunch) contains no throwaway packaging or food leftovers. As a first priority, lunches are packed in servings that will be completely eaten. To avoid any packaging, all food and drinks are packed in reusable containers within a reusable lunch bag or box. All containers are re-sealable so that leftover food and drink that is not eaten can be consumed (or composted) later.

In an effort to reduce our school’s waste, we are also asking that students participate in a “boomerang” lunch. A boomerang lunch means that any packaging and uneaten food brought to the school by your child will be taken home to be disposed of. The benefits of this program are:

  • You can see exactly what your child consumes in the day.
  • Any leftover food is not wasted but saved for another day.
  • You save money! A waste-free lunch can cost as little as $2.50 per day, whereas a regular lunch containing pre-packaged items can cost $4.50 or more per day.
  • You help reduce the cost of waste disposal so the school’s resources can be put to better use.

We will begin our “boomerang” and “waste-free” lunch program on October 10th. Please see below for more tips on creating waste-free lunches. Thank you in advance for helping your family and our school reduce waste!

Sincerely,

The Student Eco Team, Beckett Farm Public School

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There are students in our school who have a life-threatening allergy to nuts which can cause an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that is so severe that it can cause death. The throat closes and the child cannot breathe. This allergic condition differs from any other allergic reactions in that it is life-threatening. contact with trace amounts of the nut allergen (through ingestion or touch) can trigger this type of reaction. The ONLY way to ensure a safe environment is to avoid bringing nut and nut products onto the school premises.

Please check the ingredients label on any food you may send with your child for lunch or snack. Ensure that peanuts/tree nuts are not listed in the ingredients. Also ensure, that there is no warning of “may contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts” or “manufactured in a facility that handles peanuts/tree nuts”. The warning may vary between manufacturers but they will identify if there is a risk that the food product contains nuts. Examples of tree nuts are almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews etc. If there is no warning on the ingredients label and no peanut/tree nuts listed, then you may send the food item for your child.

We respectfully ask that children wash their hands thoroughly before arriving at school to ensure that he/she is not bringing any trace amounts of the allergen to the classroom and common areas such as the library, playground and washrooms. Your support in this important matter is deeply appreciated and critical to ensuring the safety of all of our students. Together we can ensure a safe environment for all.

Thank you!

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Beckett Farm is looking to hire new School Assistants!  As our school population is growing, we are in need of more competent, capable and caring adults to supervise our students during lunch and recess times.  This is a paid position with the York Region District School Board.  If you are interested in joining the Beckett Team, contact Mrs. Khan in the office at  (289) 746-3276. Training will be provided.

 

Hot Lunch Program Starts September 9, 2019

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting our hot lunch program effective Monday, September 9, 2019. We will be offering this program on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays. Our provider this year will again be Kids Kitchen. Please see the attached link if you would like to sign your child up. Should you have any questions please contact the office.

September specials:

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Chickpea spinach curry with basmati rice & cucumber raita

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Dear Families,

York Region District School Board’s Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program is pleased to offer over 20 languages at 35 different sites from Tuesday to Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Our Board has one of the largest International and Indigenous Languages programs in the province with approximately 15,000 students who register each year.

Classes run 2.5 hours once a week for 30 weeks for Elementary SK-8 students who want to learn a new language or maintain their heritage language.  The cost of the entire program is $20.00.  Program brochures will also be sent home from your child(ren)’s school.

We would like to share with you our program information:

  • New student registration (New registrants must submit a copy of the Birth Certificate) begins at the language location during the specified registration hours listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Please note online registration through EDSBY is now closed so families must register in person.
  • The first day of classes begin at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Students pre-registered online through EDSBY are to attend the first day of classes at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure.
  • Huron Heights Secondary School is a new language site opening for the 2019-2020 school year.

For elementary courses, registration times and locations, please see our updated flyer.

For elementary program information, please visit:

http://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/ConEd/Pages/International-Languages-Elementary-Program.aspx

If you require any further information, please contact us at:

international.languages@yrdsb.ca

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Non-credit adult programs such as ESL, LINC and Literacy Basic Skills programs will commence on September 11, 2019.

Please see attached flyers:

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PCMH Support Group Poster for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 10-14, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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Eco Theme June – Everything in its Place

Happening this week!

June 10- Mindfulness Monday

June 12- Areas Track and Field Meet @Bill Crothers SS

June 10- CC Splash Pad Field Trip @10:30AM-12:30PM

June 11- Volunteer Tea Appreciation Day in the staffroom @ 10:50-11:20AM

June 12- Musical Performance @ 6PM

June 13- Musical Performance @2PM and @6PM

June 13- Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown on hardtop

June 14- Holocaust Survivor Presentation Grades 6-8

Looking Ahead!

June 17- Mindfulness Monday

June 17- Grade 1 trip to Ripley’s Aquarium all day

June 19- Regional Track and Field Day

June 19- Grade 8 Graduation!!

June 21- Rain date Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown on hardtop

June 21- Career Fair @9:20-10:50AM

June 26- Report Cards Go Home

A Closer Look

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FUN FAIR SUCCESS!!

Dear Families,

Thank you for another amazing and successful Fun Fair Evening! The weather was beautiful, the food was great, the community turn out was fantastic and most importantly, the kids had a blast!!

This event would not have been possible if it were not for our dedicated, hardworking and committed Parent School Council! Thank you all for helping to make Beckett Farm PS a place where families, staff and students feel welcomed, included and at the centre of so many meaningful and engaging events. You really go above and beyond to foster such a strong and inclusive partnership with the school. We thank you for everything you do.

Thank you to our families who so generously contributed to the fundraising by coming out and enjoying the evening and partaking in the festivities and more so for kindly donating so many wonderful items to put into our raffle baskets! The baskets were so full that it was hard to pack some of them- LOL Our families generously donated so many wonderful items and really worked hard to help make the baskets and raffle prizes usable and practical!

Unfortunately though, one of our raffle prizes full of gift cards went missing and we are very saddened by this as not only were these gift cards donated by our families, but the student/family who rightfully won the prize was not able to take it home. It was a very busy night and we are hoping that anyone who may know its whereabouts or if someone picked it up by mistake that they contact the office or drop it off to the school.

Thank you once again for all your support and continued dedication to make BFPS a wonderful place to be!

 

Parent Engagement and Network (PEN) for Chinese Families

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June 3-7, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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June is Pride Month at YRDSB!

PRIDE MONTH AT YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD!

June is Pride Month around the globe. This month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City at the end of June 1969.

History of Pride Flag
The Pride Flag is internationally recognized as a symbol of pride, hope and diversity. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the Pride Flag as a response to the need for a symbol to support the LGBT rights movement. The current flag has six stripes, each with its own meaning:

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To show our commitment to safer environments, Beckett Farm PS  will fly the Pride flag for the month of June to show our solidarity and commitment to equity and inclusivity for all.

At Beckett Farm PS and within the greater York Region District School Board, we believe that:

  • Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence,
  • All students must be treated with respect and dignity and have access to schools
    where they are safe, welcome, accepted and included,
  • Developing resilient students who are engaged in their learning, who feel a sense of
    belonging in their school communities, and who feel supported to reach their highest potential,
  • We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that uphold and reflect the Seven Guiding Principles of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
  • We recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities,
  • As indicated in the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy, one of our system actions is to “interrogate and remove systemic barriers to well-being and achievement for underserved students through an anti-oppression lens.”

Unfortunately, we see examples of bullying, hate propaganda, cyberbullying, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other expressions of discrimination in our society which can sometimes spill over into our schools.

Flying the Pride flag:

  • demonstrates our commitment to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion.
  • signals our commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Ontario Human
    Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reflect the
    values held by Canadians and Ontarians.
  • aligns with the Director’s Annual Plan which identifies Equity and Inclusivity as a
    priority area

We acknowledge that everyone – government, staff, students, parents and members of the wider community – has an important role to play in creating learning and working
environments which are respectful, safer and inclusive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

Happening this week!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

June 3- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL

June 4- Last day of Ramadhan

June 5- Diamond Day- Eid Ul Fitr

June 7- Concert Band Field Trip

June 7- School Council Fun Fair! @ 5-8PM

June 13- Musical Performance

Looking Ahead!

June 10- Mindfulness Monday

June 10- Areas Track and Field Meet @Bill Crothers SS

June 10- CC Splash Pad Field Trip

June 11- Volunteer Tea Appreciation Day @ 10:50-11:20AM

June 12- Area Track and Field Rain Date

June 12- Musical Performance @ 6PM

June 13- Musical Performance @2PM and @6PM

June 13- Grade 1-4 Firefighters Splashdown

June 14- Holocaust Survivor Presentation Grades 6-8

A Closer Look

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Eid-ul-Fitr falls on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Muslim calendar, and marks the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims who had been observing Ramadan break the fast and celebrate its conclusion. Please note that this date may change subject to the sighting of the moon.

The day traditionally begins early with a prayer ceremony at the community mosque. Since this is a day to celebrate the renewal of one’s commitment to Islam, people may wear new clothes as a symbol of fresh beginnings. Families typically visit one another and exchange good wishes, hugs and handshakes and homes are often decorated to reflect the festive atmosphere of this special day.

On this festive and meaningful occasion for many members of the Islamic community, we join you in wishing staff, students and parents, a happy celebration.

Thursday, June 27, 2019, Early Dismissal in Elementary Schools

All schools in the York Region District School Board are committed to improving student achievement and well-being. On Thursday, June 27, 2019, an early release day will take place to allow elementary teachers and support staff to take part in meetings during the afternoon of that day. These meetings will allow for school staff to engage in culminating activities regarding the review and revision of the School’s Improvement Plan as well as year-end and transition activities that support student success.

As has been our practice in the past, students will attend school during the morning of Thursday, June 27, 2019, only. Students will be dismissed early that day at 12:10 PM. Arrangements will be made to ensure that students who are normally bused to and from school will receive transportation at this time. Parents/guardians whose children attend after-school child care should make appropriate arrangements to address this change in schedule.

Message From Our Trustee

As we near the end of the school year, this is a good time to celebrate all your child has learned and achieved. I hope that you have seen evidence of their growth and learning throughout the year.

Supporting the well-being and achievement of our students is a partnership with families and communities, and I want to thank you for all that you do to help strengthen our schools and support your child’s learning. We know that when you ask your child about their learning, help them make connections or participate in school events, our students and our schools’ benefit.

Over the past few months, I am humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to take part in a lot of wonderful events, celebrating student success and achievement. Having the opportunity to participate in various school councils and school visits, interacting with students, parents and system administrators allows me to listen to the most current topics we care about as a community. With the ever-growing City of Markham, we are attracting more people because of the inclusiveness and diversities.  I was excited, and at the same time very grateful, to celebrate the grand opening of a brand new school recently – Victoria Square P.S. I share the joy and success with the community thus far and wish you all the best in the upcoming years building a great school community like all others in the school board.

I look forward to continuing to build relationships with families over the summer months and in the 2019-2020 school year. As we go into the summer, there are many opportunities to continue supporting your child’s learning – whether helping to plan a family trip, visiting a local museum, gathering with your school mates for some sports and fun, reading a book or participating in one of the many exciting summer learning programs offered through the Board. I wish you all the best planning your summer.

I would also like to offer a special congratulations to the graduating class of 2019. We wish you all the very best as you move on to this next phase of your life. We look forward to welcoming back all of our new and returning families in the fall.

No matter what your plan is, I wish you and your families a great and safe summer 2019.  Please feel free to email me at ron.lynn@yrdsb.ca should you like to connect and chat.

Ron Lynn

Trustee

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York Pride Fest Parade June 15, 2019

YRDSB is committed to fostering a sense of belonging for all staff and students and engaging families and communities as supportive educational partners who enrich our schools.

Once again this year, York Region District School Board will participate in the annual York Pride Fest Parade taking place on Saturday, June 15 in downtown Newmarket. We would like to extend an invitation to all staff, union partners and members of our YRDSB parent community to participate.

Please see flyer for more details: SC-York-Pride-Fest-Parade

 

 

 

 

 

May 31, 2019

PRIDE MONTH AT YORK REGION DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD!

June is Pride Month around the globe. This month was chosen to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City at the end of June 1969.

History of Pride Flag
The Pride Flag is internationally recognized as a symbol of pride, hope and diversity. In 1978, Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, designed the Pride Flag as a response to the need for a symbol to support the LGBT rights movement. The current flag has six stripes, each with its own meaning:

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To show our commitment to safer environments, Beckett Farm PS  will fly the Pride flag for the month of June to show our solidarity and commitment to equity and inclusivity for all.

At Beckett Farm PS and within the greater York Region District School Board, we believe that:

  • Equity and Inclusive Education is the foundation for excellence,
  • All students must be treated with respect and dignity and have access to schools
    where they are safe, welcome, accepted and included,
  • Developing resilient students who are engaged in their learning, who feel a sense of
    belonging in their school communities, and who feel supported to reach their highest potential,
  • We are committed to ensuring equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that uphold and reflect the Seven Guiding Principles of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy.
  • We recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the presence of indigenous, racialized, disabled and other diverse identities,
  • As indicated in the Indigenous Education and Equity Strategy, one of our system actions is to “interrogate and remove systemic barriers to well-being and achievement for underserved students through an anti-oppression lens.”

Unfortunately, we see examples of bullying, hate propaganda, cyberbullying, homophobia, transphobia, racism and other expressions of discrimination in our society which can sometimes spill over into our schools.

Flying the Pride flag:

  • demonstrates our commitment to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion.
  • signals our commitment to upholding the principles outlined in the Ontario Human
    Rights Code and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reflect the
    values held by Canadians and Ontarians.
  • aligns with the Director’s Annual Plan which identifies Equity and Inclusivity as a
    priority area

We acknowledge that everyone – government, staff, students, parents and members of the wider community – has an important role to play in creating learning and working
environments which are respectful, safer and inclusive.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office.

 

 

May 27-31, 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 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

Looking Ahead!

Musical Rehearsal: Thursday’s @8AM

June 3- PA DAY- NO SCHOOL

June 4- Last day of Ramadhan

June 5- Diamond Day- Eid Ul Fitr

June 7- Concert Band Field Trip

June 7- School Council Fun Fair!

June 13- Musical Performance

A Closer Look

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Cultural Connect Summer Camp!

Dr. Roz is running her annual Cultural Connect Summer Camp at Parkland PS again this summer. It’s for kids ages 8 and up.

The 4-week camp is FREE, and includes lunch and snacks!  Yes, FREE!  Many of the students with social/emotional/behavioural difficulties have really thrived in their summer camp.

Here’s more information: http://www.drrozshealingplace.com/programs-services/cultural-connect-summer-camp/

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Monday, June 17th
PARENTS’ Support Group-all are welcome!
Topics: Self Care and parent discussion/resource sharing

Please see flyer for more details: PCMH Support Group Poster

Website Refresh Survey: Help us improve our websites

We are refreshing the www.yrdsb.ca website and our school websites, and invite you to share your feedback through a brief survey. The information from the surveys will help us ensure that the content, navigation and layout meet the needs of students, families and community members.

Our websites provide important information about our school and Board, resources to help your child succeed, school programs and more.

The two-part survey is anonymous, confidential and voluntary, and should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any questions please contact communications@yrdsb.ca.

The survey will be available until June 12 at bit.ly/YRDSBwebsurvey.

 

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Highlights for June:

End of Year Lunch Special

Our beef and chicken sliders are 100% homemade with no fillers or additives!

2 Beef sliders, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

or

2 Chicken sliders, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

or

Veggie burger, Pasta salad & Pink lemonade

June Specials

Our monthly lunch specials are available as a combo or an entrée only.

Butter Chicken with basmati rice

or

Chickpea spinach curry with basmati rice

JUNE 2019 Update

 

 

 

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.