September 23-27, 2019


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.


Happening this week at the Farm:

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

September 24- PICTURE DAY


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- Diamond Day- Rosh Hashana

September 30- ORANGE SHIRT DAY



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


Concussion and you- A Handbook for Parents and Kids

Concussion Poster that can be ordered by contacting:

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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