Welcome Back 2020-2021!

Hello families,

It is so wonderful to be able to interact with you both in person and online. It is a different year and although much has changed, as educators we are happy to be able to interact with your children this year!

School’s Out for the Summer!

We have reached the end of the 2019/2020 school year. It has been a tumultuous year to say the least. We thank you for your continued partnership, resilience through the many challenges that presented themselves, and trust in us as we worked to serve our scholars to the best of our ability. If you weren’t able to join us at the virtual assembly, please enjoy the creativity and cherised moments at the following link. Thank you to all who contributed to this virtual event and to Ms. Signer, Ms. Angel and our BFPS student tech crew for all their efforts to make this event possible!


You are now able to access your child’s report card. If you are having difficulty, please see instructions at the following link.


We wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer ahead!

June 26, 2020

Reminder to Families Report Card Information

Letter to Families – Elem Report Card Jun 17 (Simplified Chinese)

Log into YRDSB Student Google Acct (Simplified Chinese)

Log into YRDSB Student Google Acct (Tamil)

Letter to Families – Elem Report Card Jun 17 (Tamil)

Summer Opportunities/SupportsSummer Opportunities for Students 2017 – UC Berkeley IEOR ...

1) Parent Letter re Online Summer Program Info

2) Connecting Communities: Resilience Through Art with the Memory Project Productions

3) YouthSpeak Workshops

4) International and Indigenous Languages Registration Information for Fall

5) Supports During the Summer Inclusive Schools and Community Services

6) Some Fun Summer Ideas/Activities to do with your Family

7) Wellness Tips

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1) Summer Games Created by our Grade 8s

2) Powerful Messages:

After studying a variety of different media techniques used in effective Public Service Announcements, the grade 7 scholars’ final media literacy task was to choose a current issue they are passionate about (LGBTQ rights, the environment, Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, smoking, bullying etc.) and create their own PSA. Check out the amazing work that some of our scholars were eager to share with the community!

For more amazing Talent and Creativity by our Beckett Scholars and Staff, please visit our:

Beckett Farm PS Announcements Page


Wising all our scholars, students and families a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer!Five Insurance Tips for the Summer Season - Park Insurance

June 22-26, 2020- Last Week of Virtual Distance School!

Dear Beckett Farm Families,School is out...Summer upon us. | A.B.E. Remodeling, INC.

We are very happy to see all of our students finishing off yet another amazing and unusual year. Although this year has been one with challenges and one of unprecedented times, we are grateful that our scholars and families adapted to our new normal the best you can! There was certainly lots of new learning curves for us all- scholars, staff and families! Navigating school and life through this Pandemic was not an easy task, but we made it! We know that this Pandemic is not over and we hope and wish that everyone stays healthy and safe throughout the summer months. Thank you all for your unwavering support, committment, flexibility, patience and understanding as we muddled through together, learning together and alongside each other. We believe that with every obstacle in life comes opportunities and valuable skills that are gained. Resilience, innovation, patience and adaptability are just a few of the skills that hopefully were highlighted and experienced by all. Spending more quality time with our families, engaging in hobbies that we normally do not have time for (cooking, reading, exercising)  and slowing life down a little was an opportunity that came out of this for many we hope.

We do not know what the future lies ahead for us, but we do know that we are much more equipped and ready and resilient than before!

Thank you once again for all your support and confidence throughout the school year!

We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

“SEE” you all in September!

Student Pride Month Planning Team

Students on this team have selected 10 books to be read virtChild Reading Book clipart - Reading, Book, Hand, transparent clip artually and live throughout the month of June to the students in our community.

Tune in to each live session to hear the story and learn more about Pride Month!



  • Wednesday, June 24th at 1PM, we will feature “They She He Me” Stream the session live using this link
  • Thursday, June 25th at 3PM, will feature “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag” Stream the session live using this link 

    Community Events/Information:

1) YRDSB Celebrates Graduates

Please see attached flyer for ways that YRDSB is celebrating our Grads!

YRDSB Celebrates Graduates

2) International and Indigenous Languages Fall Registration

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more information


4) Summer is almost here! Low Key Activities to Have Fun and Be Well!






June 15-19, 2020


Dear Beckett Farm Families and Students,

As many of you may know, my time at the Farm has come to a close. I will be moving to 2 new schools next year within YRDSB.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Vice Principal for the past 2.5 years. It has truly been an honour and a privilege serving the Beckett Farm PS community.  It has given me the opportunity to get to know you, your strengths and your unwavering dedication to learning and making BFPS an amazing place to be! Thank you for all your support, kindness and confidence throughout these years- you are a community of heart and soul. I hope you have felt my sincere desire to support and promote excellence in student achievement and well-being.  I wish the students all the best in their future endeavours and I hope our paths may cross in the future.

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome your new Vice Principal, Ms. SriPriya Rajan. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge to support student achievement and is excited to join the Beckett family. I know that each one of you will support and embrace Ms. Rajan with the same warmth and welcome that you have given me at my time at Beckett Farm PS.

All the best,
Fayza Prebtani

Retrieval of  Student Materials/Belongings from the School

Dear Families,

Re: Student Material Retrieval and Return Process 

Thank you for signing up for material retrieval to safely pick up items your children may have left at school and return items that belong to the YRDSB for Monday June 15 and/or Tuesday June 16. Families who are unable to sign up for a scheduled time should  email our school email address (beckett.farm.ps@yrdsb.ca) and school office staff will help.

Safety protocols will be in place as you enter school building, and will include:

  • practice social distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone not from your household;
  • wear a mask (if you choose);
  • use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit the building (Any one wearing gloves upon arrival will be asked to remove and discard them. Applying hand sanitizer to gloves is not considered an acceptable way of cleaning hands.);
  • use the designated entry/exit doors only;
  • expect that retrieval/return time slots will be 15 MINUTES ONLY

You are asked to wear a personal face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets to protect others. For more information about how to use face coverings properly, visit www.york.ca/covid19.  Masks and gloves will not be provided.

If you are currently using a board-issued laptop and you are returning to a YRDSB school in the fall, please keep your laptop for use over the summer. If you are not returning to a YRDSB school in September, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, chromebook, etc.). All students are expected to return the following items which belong to the school:

  • School library books
  • Teacher classroom library books
  • Classroom supplies
  • Musical instruments that belong to the school
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Anything else that is property of the YRDSB

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines. Physical distancing, single entry point and hand sanitization are expected to be strictly adhered to by anyone entering our buildings. Further, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • Elementary school students, a parent/guardian is to retrieve materials with your child
    • One Parent and One Child only will be allowed into the building during the 15 minute time slot that you have for one classroom
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom, teacher’s name and/or locker number/combination
  • Secondary school students must retrieve items individually (with the exception of Community Class students)
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building during the assigned time slot.
  • No access to washrooms or drinking fountains.
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up as you enter the building.
  • Desks, lockers and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded. Lockers should be left open, and school locks may remain
  • Family members/students will be told where to return items (one central drop off for secondary, homeroom class for elementary). There will be no walking to other rooms

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property. We know this has been a most challenging year, and we thank you for your cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized  process.



Attached please find the parent’s guide and material retrieval & return process for your reference.


Student Material Retrieval and Return Process


Community Events/Information:

1) AEBS 2020 Scholarships for Black Students Graduating from York Region District School Board High School

 2020 AEBS List of Scholarships


more information


more information

4) Summer is almost here! Low Key Activities to Have Fun and Be Well!



June 1-5 2020

Greetings From our Trustee, Ron Lynn:ron lynn

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Letter from Director- May 27, 2020 (translated in Simplified Chinese)

Letter from Director – May 27 (Simplified Chinese)

June is Pride Month!

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:


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.

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 administration.

Beckett News:

Congratulations are in Order!Congratulations to the Award Recipients | Wallaceburg & District ...

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Angel who has received the prestigious York Region District School Board’s Excellence Award – East Area! Ms. Angel will receive an award in the fall and an announcement will be made on Board Media channels! Way to go Ms. Angel- very deserving indeed!

Student Pride Month Planning Team

Students on this team have selected 10 books to be read virtChild Reading Book clipart - Reading, Book, Hand, transparent clip artually and live throughout the month of June to the students in our community. Families can use the link in the flyer to stream the story time live!

Story Time June 2nd

Story Time June 5th

BFPS Scholars share ways they are staying healthy at home

Mindful - BFPS

Beckett Rocks!beckett rocks

Join Beckett Rocks!
Members of the Beckett Farm community will be heading out into our school neighborhood to drop off painted rocks with inspirational messages.
These messages are meant to remind us of how strong and united we are as a team and how truly missed and cared for each of you are as individuals.
New rocks will appear in our school neighborhood each week.
Rocks painted in certain colours and/or those with certain messages will be worth different point values that could earn you prizes!
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Retrieval of  Student Materials/Belongings from the School

Dear Families,

We know there have been many inquiries regarding if/when student belongings and materials can be retrieved from the school. YRDSB is working on a protocol for this. Once we receive direction from the board, we will certainly communicate the process with all families. Thank you for your patience with this matter.


Supporting Online Learning Reminder for Families and Students:

While schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, we will continue to support your child’s learning and well-being. We know that learning at home looks different for each family. We have developed a number of resources and tips to help students and families. Please see attached letter:



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

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

***NOTE: Students must be logged into their GAPPS account in order to login!

Community Information and Events:

1) Citizenship ClassesCitizenship Changes, You, and Your IELTS Exam

ESL for Citizenship

York Region District School Board, in partnership with the government of Ontario (MCIIT), provides language classes for citizenship test preparation. This course develops effective language skills in preparing adult ESL learners (18+) to take the Canadian Citizenship test through a focus on specific vocabulary and necessary concepts.
Are you looking for free training to enhance your language skills in preparation for your Citizenship application?

This program may be right for you if you are:

  • CLB 3+ in Speaking
  • Applying for Citizenship
  • Preparing for the Citizenship test
  • Interested in learning about Canadian history, geography, government, etc.
How do I start?
Registration is ongoing. A language assessment may be necessary to start the training.


2) Distance Learning Adult Programs AvailableDistance Learning Flat Contour Illustration With Smiling Students ...

YRDSB is still offering adult programs through distance learning. Improve your skills at home. Courses available include:

· Adult Literacy and Basic Skills

· English as a Second Language

· Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

You can access learning by phone or online. You can register and start learning at any time. If you have a question or would like to register for a class, please:

· Email uplands@yrdsb.ca.

· Call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122 and leave us a message.

3) Black Youth Legacy Conference:

4) Black History Month Poster Contest Voting:Get set to vote in the general election in Northern Ireland - BBC News

Dear Families,

During the month of February, York Region District School Board held a student poster contest to determine our official Black History Month poster for 2021.

We received over 250 submissions, and a panel of experts has narrowed it down to four finalists. In order to determine the winner, the Board will be holding a virtual vote open to all YRDSB students and staff. Voting will take place via this Google form that will also be distributed over social media.

Voting is limited to one vote per person and will take place from June 3-5.

5) Free Live Tour from Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People:The Museum of the Jewish People receives a major renewal campaign ...

Dear Parent/Guardian,

You are invited to join a unique and FREE live tour from Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People, on June 16th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Please see the attached flyer for more information. The tour explores synagogues from diverse Jewish communities around the world including from the Caribbean, Egypt, Ukraine, Germany, India, Ancient Greece, Italy, and Poland. You will have the opportunity to view Beit Hatfutsot’s world-renowned collection of synagogue models and their associated original artifacts.

This opportunity was coordinated for mid-June, following the month of May designated as Jewish Heritage Month, as a way for interested YRDSB families and parents to take part in learning about Jewish culture and heritage. We recognize that there are opportunities all year-round to learn about the diverse communities that make up our schools, in addition to the heritage months throughout the year. For instance, Ontario’s Arts Curriculum encourages students to learn about a variety of works of art and artistic traditions from diverse communities, times, and places.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please register using the online registration form by June 12th to book your spot for the live tour on June 16th. This opportunity is made available for free to YRDSB students and their families. If you would like additional information about the tour and have any questions, please email YRDSB’s Community Partnership Developer leonora.buskin@yrdsb.ca. Alternatively, leave her a voicemail with your name and number at 905-727-0022 x 4101 and your call will be returned.

After completing the registration form, you will be sent an email receipt with information on how to access the live tour with a link to the live tour. The live tour is made available through the ZOOM video platform. You do not need to download ZOOM to participate. To ensure privacy, the primary video footage presented during the live tour will be of the tour guide and the tour itself, and participants’ videos will be disabled and muted. This set up is to ensure privacy of our participants. You will be able to ask questions during the live tour through a chat box feature. For a small group, it may be possible for participants to ask questions unmuted; however, the chat box will nevertheless be used as the primary method for asking questions.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this opportunity!

Beit Hatfutsot Family Engagement Flyer



May 11, 2020

A hello from our team at BFPS!

YRDSB Podcast: Learning and Caring Plan

Want to learn more about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan?

York Region District School Board launched a podcast called Tune In YRDSB in February as a way to entertain, inform and inspire learning through storytelling.  Tune In YRDSB has six episodes uploaded and accessible to the community.

The most recent episode is called Learning and Caring During COVID-19.  On this episode, Associate Director of Education Dr. Steven Reid speaks with Superintendents Kate Diakiw (Student Services and Well-Being) and Heather Sears (Curriculum and Instructional Services) about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan and answers some common questions related to it.

All episodes are available on Anchor.fm/yrdsb and you can subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to get future episodes as they are released.

Kindergarten Registration

While schools may not be open, families can still register for Kindergarten. Our school, along with all elementary schools in the Board, is now offering online registration. Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB.

Please note: A laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.

Alternatively, families can also complete the elementary school registration form and email it directly to the school. Once schools re-open, families will need to bring in their documents (e.g., birth certificates) for verification.

School Registration (Grades 1-12)

Families new to York Region District School Board registering a student in Grades 1-12 can submit the registration forms via email.

1. If you are required to register through the Reception Centre, please send a completed elementary or secondary school registration form to reception.centre@yrdsb.ca. Families can contact the Reception Centre directly with questions or if additional support is required.

2. Families who do not need to register through the Reception Centre can send a completed elementary or secondary student school registration form to their school email address. Use the school locator tool to identify your home school. School email addresses are available on the school websites.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to our school. Families are welcome to send questions regarding registration to the school’s email address found on schools’ website.

NEW! Grade 8 Reach Ahead 2020 Summer Credit Language Program & Grade 9 to 12 Students (Spanish & Mandarin)

  • Grade 8 students can now take a Grade 9 credit course this summer in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Grades 9 to 12 students can now take Level B or C summer credit courses in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Prerequisites are not required for any Level B international languages course.
  • This is an 18-day program (July 6-29, Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:33 p.m. daily) for one credit introductory (Level B) international languages course.
How to Register

YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

Non-YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

  • Complete the registration form.
  • Forms can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Continuing Education Services office located on the main floor of the Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning (36 Regatta Ave., Richmond Hill) between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This program is available at the following summer school locations:

  • Langstaff SS, Richmond Hill
  • Milliken Mills HS, Markham
  • Sir William Mulock SS, Newmarket
  • Tommy Douglas SS, Vaughan

More information is available from Continuing Education.



May 6, 2020

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Dear Families,

We are beginning the process of organizing classes for September 2020 with the ultimate goal of ensuring student achievement and well-being!

This is not an easy process and a great deal of time and thought go into balancing individual student need and classrooms meeting the needs of all students both academically and social-emotionally. Our goal is to place students in the most positive learning environment possible; given each individual student’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, and work and social habits.

When staff 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 Bernadette.smith@yrdsb.ca  or  Fayza.prebtani@yrdsb.ca – IN WRITING by Monday, May 11 2020. 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.

Ms Smith and Ms. Prebtani