June 3-7, 2019

The Farm’s Funny of the week:

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June is Pride Month at YRDSB!


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:


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 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


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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