January 2022

January 14 2022

Welcome Back Letter 2021-2022 | Spanish Fork Junior High School

Dear Farmilies,

We hope everyone is keeping safe and well. We understand that each and every one of us is experiencing some anxiousness as we prepare to welcome our staff and learners back to school. Rest assured that we at Beckett Farmclosely follow Ministry, Public health and Board Covid 19 guidelines to maintain a safe place at our school. Please review the information below closely as you prepare to send your child/children back to school.

Learning Model Switch

Thank you for completing the form that was sent to families asking you to indicate if you wish to have your child attend school virtually at this time. Please note that your child is welcome to attend in person learning when they are ready to do so. If you wish to make a change, please inform your child’s teacher and the office at beckett.farm.ps@yrdsb.ca Requests will take 24 to 48 hours to process.

Model Switch form

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

COVID-19 DailyScreening – Changes Beginning Monday, January 17, 2022

Step 1:

Parents/Guardians of students are required to complete on-line self-assessment COVID-19 School and Child-Care Screening Tool on a daily basis,  prior to their child entering the school.  

Step 2

Upon completion of the self-assessment, Parents/Guardians will complete the response to the question:  

“Have you completed the self-screening tool?” in the Confirmation Form, using their child’s GAPPS account login information.

Schools will have access to a report in Trillium Reporting indicating students for whom the screening confirmation form was not completed.  We will be emailing families and calling if not completed.

We kindly request your cooperation and support in completing this 2 STEP process each day. 

Thank you.

New Public Health Measures

In addition to current health and safety measures, when schools reopen to students, York Region Public Health is requiring the use of masks for all Kindergarten students attending York Region schools. All students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 will be required to wear masks

Thank you for your ongoing support and patience. We will continue to share updates and information with you as it becomes available.  You can also follow the Board’s Twitter feed: @YRDSB, or for information about YRDSB’s reopening plan, visit:http://www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening.

Return of Chromebooks

All students that borrowed a Chromebook, or any other technology, are asked to return it to the school. Please have your child return it directly to their classroom and give it to their teacher to include in the classroom inventory.

Thank you.

What to bring to School:

Students should bring:

1.   Mask and Mask bag   (All students in Kindergarten to 8 must bring 3 layer masks to school. Please also bring a breathable bag or container for storage.)

2.  Backpack: easy to open (please do not hang any toys or hand sanitizer on the backpack) 

3. Snack and Lunch

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– in easy to open containers (reminder

– no food drop offs will be permitted)

4. Change of clothes (for younger students, clearly labeled that can be left at school.  (Recommended to put in a large resealable bag with your child’s name on it).

5. Refillable  water bottle (clearly labeled with your child’s name on it)  

6. Winter Clothes: (snow pants, gloves, hat) be aware of the weather and winter conditions) 

We will not accept any drop off of learning materials, lunch or clothing

Kindergarten Registration | Westridge Elementary School

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for September 2022 begins January 14 for the 2022-23 school year. Children who turn four or five years old during 2022, live within the school boundary and whose parents/guardians are public school tax supporters will be eligible to register for Kindergarten. 

There are several ways you can register for Kindergarten:

  • Online -Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at www.yrdsb.ca/kindergarten. It is recommended that families use a laptop or a desktop, rather than a mobile device to complete this registration. 
  • By email – Families can download the Elementary School Registration Form at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten and email the completed form to their school email address. Email addresses can be found on the school website
  • By phone – Families can request support from the school Principal/Vice-Principal to complete the registration form on their behalf by collecting the required information by phone. Families can request an interpreter, if needed, during this phone conversation. Call your local school.   
  • By mail or appointment. You can mail completed applications to the school, or request an appointment to drop-off your completed paper application form. Families are asked to follow all school COVID-19 protocols while on site. All permitted visitors must wear a mask. 

Please note, at this time, under our health and safety protocols, we cannot accept walk-in registrations. Once you have completed your application, the school will contact you to make an appointment to  review and verify the required documents

Our Kindergarten programs  are caring and welcoming where children learn through exploration, play and inquiry.  You can learn more at www.yrdsb.ca/Kindergarten. We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to the school. 

January 2022

Welcome back Farmilies!!!

Happy New Year!!!

We hope that all our farmilies had a wonderful break. We are very happy to welcome back our learners. Our students have once again demonstrated great resilience as we temporarily pivot back to online learning. Thank you for always supporting us as we adapt to new realities. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions and concerns.

We are confident that we will rise above all the current global challenges and continue to thrive here at Beckett Farm.

French Immersion (FI) Registration

FI registration will begin on January 14, 2022. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2022, and wishing to enroll in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enroll. The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information. Victoria Square Public School is the French Immersion school of this area. You are asked to register by February 4, 2022. Registration during this period is not first-come, first-served.

Page Programme at Queen’s Park

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Each year approximately 150 young students from across Ontario are selected to participate in Ontario’s Legislative Page Program. This unique educational program for Ontario students provides an opportunity to experience the provincial legislature in action and forge new lifelong friendships with peers from all over the province! 

The program is designed for outgoing, high-achieving, community-involved students who have demonstrated responsibility and leadership. Legislative Pages meet key parliamentary and political figures, and learn first-hand about Ontario’s Parliament and the legislative process. 

We are extremely proud of our grade 8 student, Athisha Surees who was selected to be the Page in 2021. Please join me in congratulating Athisha who has also demonstrated leadership in many areas of our school!!!

Here is a short video from Athisha where she speaks about her experience and selection process: https://bit.ly/3FaDFr4

If your grade 8 child is interested in participating in this programme please follow the link: 

https://www.ola.org/en/visit-learn/programs/about-page-program

Happy Makar Sankranti and Thai Pongal to all those who are celebrating!!!

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December 3 2022

School Loaner Device

Dear Farmilies,

Happy New Year 2022!!!

Following the Ministry’s announcement today, we are moving to online learning for all students for at least two weeks. To support virtual learning, we are loaning a device to your child/ren if you don’t have one at home. Please click on the link below for additional information regarding picking-up devices for your child/ren on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

https://adobe.ly/3mP5U8o

December 17

Dear Farmilies,

We take pride in our students’ achievements and the resilience that they have demonstrated during these unprecedented times. Our students worked hard and welcomed all the new learning. We thank all our staff for fostering a caring and compassionate learning environment while navigating through a hybrid model. We thank you, our Beckett Farmily, for supporting us and engaging with us to create a safe and enriching space for our learners.

Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Rajan

(Principal and Vice-Principal)

We wish everyone a very healthy, happy holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you back on January 3, 2021.

Winter clothing drive

Thank you for making this year’s Winter Clothing Drive the most successful yet! We collected 1,330 brand-new winter clothing items to distribute to people in our community this winter season. That’s a great accomplishment! 

We appreciate Ms. Mueller and Ms. Tsimidis’s efforts in organizing this initiative and leading it to its success.

Student Ambassadors:

Hear the Thunder!!!

We’re thrilled to share with you the first issue of the digital newspaper published by our incredible student ambassadors. Please join us in thanking our teachers, Mrs. Bannag and Mrs. Rachakonda for guiding our student leaders through this process. Stay tuned for more…..

To access this newspaper, please click on the youtube link: Youtube link

School cash online 

Donation

Our School Council is supporting the needs of the school through an online donation fundraiser.

Please find information in the two documents attached:

·   Donation Letter to Parents: https://adobe.ly/3qv2evh

·   Instructions for Donation Through School Cash Online: https://adobe.ly/3kwrr4D

Thank you for your generosity.

Vannakkam!

Tamil Heritage Month is fast approaching! 

Calling all Tamil families to help us plan our celebration of Tamil Heritage! This year’s theme is: “Tamil Women of Excellence”. You, your family, and/or community member can help in one of a few ways: 

·      Create a virtual workshop for students showcasing an element of your culture 

·      Create a short video for students that highlights a Tamil woman of excellence  

If you are interested in helping to celebrate Tamil Heritage and share your Tamil culture with our Beckett Farm staff and students, please email Ms. Angel at natasha.angel@yrdsb.ca

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December 10

School cash online: 

Seeking Donations for School Supplies - Huntingdon Health Center

Donation

Our School Council is supporting the needs of the school through an online donation fundraiser.

Please find information in the two documents attached:

·   Donation Letter to Parents: https://adobe.ly/3lTY2C7

·   Instructions for Donation Through School Cash Online: https://adobe.ly/3kwrr4D

Thank you for your generosity.

Vannakkam!

Tamil Heritage Month

Tamil Heritage Month is fast approaching! 

Calling all Tamil families to help us plan our celebration of Tamil Heritage! This year’s theme is: “Tamil Women of Excellence”. You, your family, and/or community member can help in one of a few ways: 

·      Create a virtual workshop for students showcasing an element of your culture 

·      Create a short video for students that highlights a Tamil woman of excellence  

If you are interested in helping to celebrate Tamil Heritage and share your Tamil culture with our Beckett Farm staff and students, please email Ms. Angel at natasha.angel@yrdsb.ca 

 Spirit week

Holiday Spirit Week 2018 - Star Center Elementary School

Next week, students and staff at BFPS will participate in spirit week. If you wish your child/ren to participate please follow the link: https://adobe.ly/3dC16OR

School Photos

Please note that the date for ordering photos of your child/ren has been extended until January 10. If you are still interested in ordering photos please do so by this date. 

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December 3

Greetings Beckett Farmilies!

Community Services | Stride Avenue Community School

We are very pleased to see the smiling faces of our students every day at the Farm. Our students are being engaged in their learning through a variety of activities that spark their creativity and inquisitiveness. Please join us in thanking our caring and supportive staff for enriching our students’ learning and fostering a safe and welcoming environment at Beckett Farm!

Winter Clothing Drive

Families are invited to join in this activity by donating winter clothing items. Details about how you can contribute are included in this link: https://adobe.ly/3xsM8nl

Grade 8 Virtual Open House

Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School is hosting a virtual grade 8 open house. Follow the link to access the flyer for details.- https://adobe.ly/3FPh9Vn

Online Safety: 

The York Region District School Board recognizes the inherent value that technology can bring to support student success and foster well-being, business excellence, and staff development. The acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes for Digital Literacy will support inclusivity, positive and meaningful relationships, innovation, engagement, responsibility, and optimism. 

It is expected that technology and technology products and services supplied by the Board will be used in an appropriate, responsible manner. Please review our Board’s appropriate use of technology policy by clicking on the following link: https://adobe.ly/3nUjUid

To protect your children from engaging in unsafe behaviours online please go over the following PowerPoint presentation with them and discuss the importance of safe online practices: https://adobe.ly/312MOn4

Also, please take a moment to review this social media rules tip sheet. https://adobe.ly/3CSdu7n

Family Services York Region (FSYR):

Please visit the link to get information about workshops and programmes offered during this winter by FSYR.

https://adobe.ly/3lAlR1B

November 26, 2021

Greetings Beckett Farmilies!

We are pleased with the progress that our students are making so far this year.  Our online and in person learners are engaged in many different opportunities to immerse deeply in their learning including through enriched inquiries into various topics; opportunities to research topics of interest; and through virtual visits with various guests including the latest visit from the David A. Robertson, author of The Barren Grounds and On the Trapline.

We are in an age of ever-increasing reliability on online tools and devices to enhance and enrich our students’ learning. While this is an extremely valuable experience, it comes with some challenges when applied inappropriately. 

Online Safety: 

Online Safety

The York Region District School Board recognizes the inherent value that technology can bring to support student success and foster well-being, business excellence and staff development. The acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes for Digital Literacy will support inclusivity, positive and meaningful relationships, innovation, engagement, responsibility and optimism. 

It is expected that technology and technology products and services supplied by the Board will be used in an appropriate, responsible manner. Please review our Board’s appropriate use of technology policy by clicking on the following link: https://adobe.ly/3nUjUid

To protect your children from engaging in unsafe behaviours online please go over the following powerpoint presentation with them and discuss the importance of safe online practices: https://adobe.ly/312MOn4

Also, please take a moment to review this social media rules tip sheet. https://adobe.ly/3CSdu7n

Trustee Greetings

Please find a letter from our Trustee Ron Lynn to the community at the following link.

Trustee letter: https://adobe.ly/3nTW4TG

Winter Clothing Drive

Winter Clothing Drive

Families are invited to join in this activity by donating winter clothing items. Details about how you can contribute are included in this link: https://adobe.ly/3xsM8nl

Grade 8 Virtual Open House

Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School is hosting a virtual grade 8 open house. Follow the link to access the flyer for details.- https://adobe.ly/3FPh9Vn

Grade 3 Gifted screening:

Grade 3 parent, gifted screening will take place between November 29 and December 1 at Beckett Farm

If your child/ren attend grade 3 at Beckett Farm, please read the attached letter for detailed information about the screening. 

Gifted screening letter

Please check the following links for specific details about the screening

Face to Face students: https://adobe.ly/3nS4Od1Remote Learners: https://adobe.ly/3FQFPwN

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November 19

We hope that you all found the Parent/Teacher Interviews with your child(ren)’s teacher informative as you learn more about the progress that is made so far this year and ways that collectively we can support each of our students to reach their goals this school year.

Covid 19 has had a major impact on our health and well-being. We are aware of the increasing need for support in the area of mental health for our students. In an effort to support this need, our Board has put together the ABC’s of mental health which focus on three key aspects: Acknowledge, Bridge, Connect.

Please click on the link below for more information about the ABC’s of mental health.

https://adobe.ly/3DAWjs7

GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

Beckett Farm Public School is thrilled to announce that it has started up its GSA this year. As a reminder, the GSA is a club for students who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and for students who want to be allies, supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The club is supervised by teacher advisors.

Our school and the York Region Board of Education believe that all students must be treated with respect and dignity and all students must have access to schools where they feel safe, welcomed, accepted and included.

At Beckett Farm, we are committed to eliminating harmful biases and prejudice that lead to discrimination and exclusion of our 2SLGBTQ+ students, staff and families. Having a GSA at our school not only provides a safe place for our 2SLGBTQ+ students and their allies to meet, discuss topics of interest, and work on important initiatives, it also signals to all students that we will not stand for bullying of any kind, including bullying against 2SLGBTQ+ students.

We are committed to upholding the principles outlined in the following:

·  Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

·  Ontario Human Rights Code

·  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

·  Bill 157: Keeping our Kids Safe at School

·  Policy 119: Developing and Implementing Equity and Inclusive Education Policies in Ontario Schools

·  YRDSB’s Equity and Inclusive Education Policy

·  YRDSB’s Caring and Safe Schools policy

·  YRDSB’s Equity Action Plan

·  The Director’s Action Plan

We also recognize the diversity within our 2SLGBTQ+ communities and acknowledge the intersectionality of other often marginalized identities (e.g. indigenous, racialized, disabled, etc.).

Thank you for your support of this extremely important club which will only serve to make our school a safe place for all!

Gifted screening for grade 3 students

If your child/ren attends grade 3 at Beckett Farm, please read the attached letter for detailed information about the screening. 

Gifted screening letter

Have a lovely Weekend!!!

November 12, 2021

November is Hindu Heritage Month

On December 8, 2016, the province of Ontario designated November as Hindu Heritage Month as outlined in the Hindu Heritage Month Act. Hindus first arrived in Canada at the beginning of the 20th century. During various waves of immigration, Hindus from all parts of the world continued to make Canada their home from the 1960s to the present day. There are many Hindus who have settled in the Greater Toronto Area, including York Region.

“By proclaiming the month of November as Hindu Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Hindu Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political, and cultural fabric. Hindu Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Hindu Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.”

Families are encouraged to share this information with their child/ren.  For more information on Hinduism, observances, and festivities, consult the following resources:

Hinduism – Origins, Facts & Beliefs

What is Hinduism?

Navratri Hindu festival

Progress Reports and Parent-Teacher Interview/Kindergarten Interview

Your child’s Progress Report Card will be distributed electronically during the week of November 15, 2021, using their Gapps account.

Parent-Teacher Interviews for grades 1-8 will be held on November 18 and 19.

Please check the letters which were also sent via email to your account for specific details about the Progress Report, Parent Teacher Interview, and Kindergarten Interview.

Progress Report: https://adobe.ly/3wFmewd

Kindergarten Interview https://adobe.ly/31YhW7V

Grades 1-8 Interview: https://adobe.ly/2YF7mkQ

LIFETOUCH SPRING PICTURE DAY April 22, 2021 | Wildwood School

Picture Day

Picture day will be held on November 17, All Day for students attending face to face. Typically, we will begin with Kindergarten classes first and then move our way up to the higher grades.

Our remote learners can have their pictures taken on the 19’th. Further details regarding scheduling the time will be provided early next week.

Donation

Our School Council is supporting the needs of the school through an online donation fundraiser.

Please find information in the two documents attached:

Thank you for your generosity.

Parent Ambassadors

Beckett Farm is a growing school and we are always welcoming new families who join us from Canada as well as from across the globe.  In order to make our newcomers feel welcome, we’d like to establish a Parent Ambassador program. In this role, you will be directing our new families to the appropriate contacts and resources available within the school. 

Thank you to all the parents who already signed up to be a Parent Ambassador @BFPS.

For all those families who are still interested, please fill this form: https://bit.ly/3C7y2Zb

Parent/Guardian Interests Form

Parents, Guardians, Family Members! We are interested to know what skills, talents, and hobbies you have so that we can share your expertise with our students. 

Thank you to all the parents who already completed the form. We encourage more parents to join this initiative by completing this form.: https://bit.ly/3F228iK

Disability Parking Spot

It has been noticed that some parents are parking in the Disability Parking spots. Please note that these spots are reserved exclusively for those with a disability permit. We request that you please refrain from using the spot if you don’t have the permit.

Drop-Off and Kiss and Ride Procedures

Please use the Kiss n Ride to drop off children in the morning. Drive around the parking lot to the right and stop at the Kiss N Ride area located at the pavement to the left of the parking lot entrance. Release your child only to the staff on duty and proceed out of the parking please follow the signs in the parking lot (see picture above)

November 5th

Dear families,

We had an amazing week at Beckett Farm. Below is some information about upcoming events….

Picture day 

Student Photo Day – North Canoe Elementary School

Please note that Picture Day is on November 17, all day for face-to-face learners. Our online learners may have their pictures taken on November 19, between 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Stay tuned for more details… 

Progress Reports

Electronic copies of Progress Reports will be distributed to families during the week of Nov 15, 2021. If you do not receive your child’s report card by the end of the school day on Wednesday, November 17, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible so that we can have one sent to you.

Parent-Teacher Conference

Administrators Adjust Parent-Teacher Conferences to Reflect a Virtual  Environment

Virtual Parent/Teacher interviews and/or conferences will be held on November 18 and 19. WE have assigned 15-minute time blocks for each student. You would have received the details regarding how to access EDSBY to book an interview time with your child’s teacher. Please let us know if you require translation for the interview to your 

Parent Ambassadors

We invite you to become a Beckett Farm Public School Parent School Ambassador.  

We are seeking a variety of Parent School Ambassadors to represent the richness of the cultures at Beckett Farm Public School. You are best positioned to engage in outreach, share information about community resources, invite other parents in and address the language and cultural barriers that so often impede a variety of parents to engage with the school, especially those new to Canada.

Your involvement can be as little or as much as works for you.  

You will act as someone to who newcomer parents can reach out to in order to get more familiar with our school and community.

Please complete the information in this form by Thursday, November 11th.

https://forms.gle/5zLF8XHUs6TMRaTT8

Thank you for your interest.

We will reach out to you soon with next steps.

Remembrance Day

Families are invited to join us for the Remembrance day service on Thursday, November 11 at 10:30 am. Please use Google meet Nickname: BFPSREMEMBERS to join the service.

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