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 27-30- 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.


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 (, 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


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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
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 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.