March 9-13, 2020

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Eco Theme March – Turn Off Computers and Monitors

The Farm’s Funny of the Week:

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Traffic signs give you important information about the law, warn you about dangerous conditions and help you find your way. Signs use different symbols, colours and shapes for easy identification. One very important traffic sign to obey is the STOP sign!

Did you know:

There were a variety of colors used for STOP signs until the late 1920s, when the background color was standardized for greater day and night visibility. Know what color this was? Not red – instead it was yellow! Actually, yellow was the color of STOP signs for almost 30 years!!!

After almost 30 years, in 1954, the STOP sign was changed to red. Why the change? There were several reasons:

  • Yellow is known for warning signs, therefore, the yellow STOP sign was not consistent with this.
  • Red traffic signals are use to signal vehicles to stop. So, the red STOP sign color is consistent with this.
  • Durable fade-resistant red coatings was finally available for signage.

A stop sign is eight-sided and has a red background with white letters. It means you must come to a complete stop. Stop at the stop line if it is marked on the pavement. If there is no stop line, stop at the crosswalk. If there is no crosswalk, stop at the edge of the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, stop at the edge of the intersection. Wait until the way is clear before entering the intersection.

All cars must stop at every stop sign! 

Families, you can see that when we exit the Beckett Farm PS parking lot, there are 2 stop signs! Please ensure when driving, to STOP completely at the stops signs– this is a very important rule to ensure the safety for everyone! 

This Week at the Farm:

March 9-13- BFPS Spirit Week (see details below)

March 11- Scientists in School Grade 2s


March 11 Family Yoga Night Cancelled

Looking Ahead at the Farm:

March 23- Back to school!

March 25- Grade 8 Graduation Picture Retake day

April 2- World Autism Awareness Day

A Closer Look

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Happy International Women’s Day!- March 8

An equal world is an enabled world.
#IWD2020  #EachforEqual

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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Check out some of the amazing work that our grade 8 scholars have been creating to help bring awareness to this cause:


Beckett Farm PS Spirit Week:

March 9-13, 2020

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(Info graphic designed by our student Ali M in grade 8!)

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Dear Beckett Farm Public School Parent/Guardian,

Would you like to welcome and support newcomer families to our school and give them a sense of belonging in our community?

It will only take a few minutes of your time and an open heart.

We invite you to become part of Beckett Farm Public School’s Parents Connect! group.

Please take a moment to complete the form at the following link to indicate your interest in becoming a member of our Parents Connect! group.

We ask that you please complete the form at the link above by Wednesday, March 11.

Stay tuned for an invitation to an orientation meeting after March Break which you can attend virtually or in person.   

Thank you for your interest and support of all our families at Beckett Farm Public School.  


Bernadette Smith, Manmeet Narang & Charmaine Chung

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This year, Beckett Farm is raising money to support Autism Speaks Canada throughout the entire month of April. Our mission is to increase understanding, acceptance and inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorder, advance innovative research, and make connections to lifelong services and supports for the autism community.

We are accepting donations via the Autism Speaks website. In addition, during the first week of April we will be selling blue frozen yogurt for $2.00 – all donations will go directly towards Autism Speaks Canada.


In addition, we have the pleasure of welcoming Krista Clinch from Autism Speaks Canada – who will bring awareness regarding Autism to our Junior and Intermediate students. Krista will also be discussing the significance of LIGHT IT UP BLUE (April 2nd) and officially kick-start our fundraising campaign with students.

Make a donation and together, Beckett Farm can help improve the lives of everyone living with autism. We thank you in advance for your contribution to this amazing cause.


Beckett’s Autism Advocates

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Dear Families,

It is critically important that any alternative arrangements made for picking up your child are to be communicated with the office or your child’s teacher. For example, if there will be another person picking up your child, you MUST let the office or your child’s teacher know. Also, if you will be picking up your child early, please make sure that you sign out your child at the office!

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. We want to ensure the safety of all our students.

School Council Japanese Lunch Make Up Days

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Elementary Summer School (Literacy & Numeracy)

Grade 6, 7 and 8


Summer Institute

SK to Grade 8 students


Community Events

1) Speakers Idol 2020

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GIVE is a collaborative partnership with SEPYR -Settlement Education Partnership of York Region and YRDSB.  We will be offering free six half day training sessions starting on March 23rd at the Markham North Welcome Centre for any school lunch assistants or parent/community volunteers in your school community that are interested in participating.

Markham Flyer March 2020