January 13-17, 2020

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On October 5, 2016, Motion M-24 was passed in the Federal Parliament, officially proclaiming January of every year as Tamil Heritage Month (THM). Thus, we are pleased to invite you to join us in acknowledging and celebrating Tamil Heritage Month in Canada.

Tamil Heritage Month aims to celebrate the richness of the Tamil language and its literature, as well as to highlight the vibrant traditions, histories, arts, and cultures of Tamil Canadians. In addition, it seeks to recognize the significant contributions of Tamil Canadians in key areas of social, cultural, economic, and political spheres.

According to the Tamil calendar, January 14 begins the month of “Thai” and the start of the Tamil New Year. On this day Tamils around the diaspora will be celebrating Tamil New Year and Thai Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival. Thai Pongal is the most important and widely-celebrated festival amongst Tamils around the globe. Thai Pongal is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the previous year and a time to look forward to the New Year.
Pongal refers to rice cooked in milk and sweetened with chakkarai (brown cane sugar). On Thai Pongal, members of the family wake up early in the morning, dress in new clothes and gather together to cook the traditional Pongal meal. Additional ingredients used in this special dish include milk-roasted green gram (payaru), raisins, cashew nuts (optional), and cardamom. Pongal is served with fruits (banana and mango) on a banana leaf, and the family gives thanks to the sun and the farmers for a bountiful harvest before sharing the special dish with family members, friends and neighbours.

Inclusive School & Community Services, Chair of the Board Juanita Nathan, Settlement and Education Partnership in York Region (SEPYR), Educators for Tamil Student Success in partnership with Community Agencies will be hosting events to celebrate Tamil Heritage with our school communities.

These activities and events throughout the month are subject to the ongoing job action:

  • Tamil Heritage Month opening ceremony. January 3, 2020, Queens Park, Toronto, 6:00 pm- 8:30 pm.
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    ● Tamil Canadian Diaspora: Distress and Resilience: training seminar for frontline services providers, educators, and health professionals. January 21, 2020, Middlefield Collegiate Institute.
    ● Bharathi Vizha: Cultural showcase celebrating 100 years of Bharathi. January 24, 2020, Tamil Isai Kalamantram, 6:00 pm -10:00 pm.
  • Youth Leadership Conference by Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action: TBD
  • Community Discussion on Future of Tamil Language Learning and Tamil Studies in
    Canada: in collaboration with Tamil Language Teachers to explore ways to strengthen Tamil studies among children, youth and young adults. Tamil Isai Kalamantram, January 26, 2020, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
    ● Markham Tamil Organization and Tamil Student Associations Thai Pongal Celebrations: Bill Hogarth Secondary School, January 17, 2020, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
    ● Stouffville Tamil Community Thai Pongal Celebrations: Stouffville Secondary School, January 31, 2020, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
    ● Tamil Student Conference: TBD
    ● Indigenous and International Languages Program workshops hosted by Community Partners

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:


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This Week at the Farm:

January 13-16- Grade 1-5 Intramurals during morning recess

January 17- PA Day- NO SCHOOL

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

Janurary 20-24- Grade 1-5 Intramurals during morning recess

January 21- School Council Meeting @ 6:30PM

January 22-23- Grade 1 Scientists in the School Program

January 23- Grade 7/8 VIP

January 25- Diamond Day- Lunar New Year

Staff Change

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This is to inform you that Ms. Elsie Ng has accepted a full time position with the board as a Regional Elementary English Literacy Development Itinerant Teacher. We would like to congratulate Ms. Ng on this wonderful news! It is certainly an exciting time for Ms. Ng as she will bring her wealth of knowledge and expertise to service the school board and continue to make an impact on all the students, staff and families in a greater capacity.  We sincerely appreciate the dedication, strong commitment, passion, vast knowledge and the commitment to equity that Ms. Ng always brings to the classroom and to her profession. We wish her well as she starts her new and exciting journey. We know the students and staff will miss her greatly.

We would like to welcome Ms. M. Cheng to Beckett Farm P.S! Ms. Cheng will take on the role as a 0.5 English Language Learner (ELL) teacher. Ms. Cheng is an experienced teacher who has worked at a number of schools in our system and brings with her strong experience working in an ELL setting. As an experienced teacher, we know that she will bring the same strong commitment and consistency to implementing the ELL program.  To ensure a smooth transition with program planning for all the children in the classroom, Ms. Cheng and Ms. Ng have discussed such matters prior to her arrival. 

To reassure you that your child’s education and sense of belonging will continue to be our top priority at Beckett Farm P.S. We are working through the York Region District School Board’s hiring process to find a long term replacement for the other 0.5 part of the ELL position as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the school.



Community Events:

1) Free Adult non-credit programs

Adult ESL (English as a Second Language) and LBS (Literacy and Basic Skills) programs.


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2) Hong Fook Youth and Family Program

Join us for a full day of games in the HF Digital Corner and
team activities in the gym. Make new connections and have fun!
For youth aged 11-14


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3)Parent Engagement and Network for Chinese Families- Lunar New Year Social

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