June 22-26, 2020- Last Week of Virtual Distance School!

Dear Beckett Farm Families,School is out...Summer upon us. | A.B.E. Remodeling, INC.

We are very happy to see all of our students finishing off yet another amazing and unusual year. Although this year has been one with challenges and one of unprecedented times, we are grateful that our scholars and families adapted to our new normal the best you can! There was certainly lots of new learning curves for us all- scholars, staff and families! Navigating school and life through this Pandemic was not an easy task, but we made it! We know that this Pandemic is not over and we hope and wish that everyone stays healthy and safe throughout the summer months. Thank you all for your unwavering support, committment, flexibility, patience and understanding as we muddled through together, learning together and alongside each other. We believe that with every obstacle in life comes opportunities and valuable skills that are gained. Resilience, innovation, patience and adaptability are just a few of the skills that hopefully were highlighted and experienced by all. Spending more quality time with our families, engaging in hobbies that we normally do not have time for (cooking, reading, exercising)  and slowing life down a little was an opportunity that came out of this for many we hope.

We do not know what the future lies ahead for us, but we do know that we are much more equipped and ready and resilient than before!

Thank you once again for all your support and confidence throughout the school year!

We wish you all a happy, healthy and safe summer!

“SEE” you all in September!

Student Pride Month Planning Team

Students on this team have selected 10 books to be read virtChild Reading Book clipart - Reading, Book, Hand, transparent clip artually and live throughout the month of June to the students in our community.

Tune in to each live session to hear the story and learn more about Pride Month!



  • Wednesday, June 24th at 1PM, we will feature “They She He Me” Stream the session live using this link
  • Thursday, June 25th at 3PM, will feature “Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag” Stream the session live using this link 

    Community Events/Information:

1) YRDSB Celebrates Graduates

Please see attached flyer for ways that YRDSB is celebrating our Grads!

YRDSB Celebrates Graduates

2) International and Indigenous Languages Fall Registration

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more information


4) Summer is almost here! Low Key Activities to Have Fun and Be Well!






June 15-19, 2020


Dear Beckett Farm Families and Students,

As many of you may know, my time at the Farm has come to a close. I will be moving to 2 new schools next year within YRDSB.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Vice Principal for the past 2.5 years. It has truly been an honour and a privilege serving the Beckett Farm PS community.  It has given me the opportunity to get to know you, your strengths and your unwavering dedication to learning and making BFPS an amazing place to be! Thank you for all your support, kindness and confidence throughout these years- you are a community of heart and soul. I hope you have felt my sincere desire to support and promote excellence in student achievement and well-being.  I wish the students all the best in their future endeavours and I hope our paths may cross in the future.

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome your new Vice Principal, Ms. SriPriya Rajan. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge to support student achievement and is excited to join the Beckett family. I know that each one of you will support and embrace Ms. Rajan with the same warmth and welcome that you have given me at my time at Beckett Farm PS.

All the best,
Fayza Prebtani

Retrieval of  Student Materials/Belongings from the School

Dear Families,

Re: Student Material Retrieval and Return Process 

Thank you for signing up for material retrieval to safely pick up items your children may have left at school and return items that belong to the YRDSB for Monday June 15 and/or Tuesday June 16. Families who are unable to sign up for a scheduled time should  email our school email address (beckett.farm.ps@yrdsb.ca) and school office staff will help.

Safety protocols will be in place as you enter school building, and will include:

  • practice social distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone not from your household;
  • wear a mask (if you choose);
  • use hand sanitizer as you enter and exit the building (Any one wearing gloves upon arrival will be asked to remove and discard them. Applying hand sanitizer to gloves is not considered an acceptable way of cleaning hands.);
  • use the designated entry/exit doors only;
  • expect that retrieval/return time slots will be 15 MINUTES ONLY

You are asked to wear a personal face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the spread of respiratory droplets to protect others. For more information about how to use face coverings properly, visit www.york.ca/covid19.  Masks and gloves will not be provided.

If you are currently using a board-issued laptop and you are returning to a YRDSB school in the fall, please keep your laptop for use over the summer. If you are not returning to a YRDSB school in September, you must return all YRDSB technology (e.g., laptop, chromebook, etc.). All students are expected to return the following items which belong to the school:

  • School library books
  • Teacher classroom library books
  • Classroom supplies
  • Musical instruments that belong to the school
  • Textbooks
  • Athletic uniforms and equipment
  • Anything else that is property of the YRDSB

Guidelines for Visit

  • Visits to the school must be conducted within the Public Health Guidelines. Physical distancing, single entry point and hand sanitization are expected to be strictly adhered to by anyone entering our buildings. Further, a self-screening must be conducted prior to entering the building.
  • Elementary school students, a parent/guardian is to retrieve materials with your child
    • One Parent and One Child only will be allowed into the building during the 15 minute time slot that you have for one classroom
  • Ensure you know your child’s homeroom, teacher’s name and/or locker number/combination
  • Secondary school students must retrieve items individually (with the exception of Community Class students)
  • No additional family members, particularly children, will be allowed to enter the building during the assigned time slot.
  • No access to washrooms or drinking fountains.
  • If your child has medication at the school, it will be bagged, labeled and available for pick up as you enter the building.
  • Desks, lockers and any other individual spaces must be cleared out, as all remaining items will be discarded. Lockers should be left open, and school locks may remain
  • Family members/students will be told where to return items (one central drop off for secondary, homeroom class for elementary). There will be no walking to other rooms

Our ultimate goal is to provide a safe and supportive process to allow for the retrieval of materials and return of school property. We know this has been a most challenging year, and we thank you for your cooperation as we facilitate a safe and organized  process.



Attached please find the parent’s guide and material retrieval & return process for your reference.


Student Material Retrieval and Return Process


Community Events/Information:

1) AEBS 2020 Scholarships for Black Students Graduating from York Region District School Board High School

 2020 AEBS List of Scholarships


more information


more information

4) Summer is almost here! Low Key Activities to Have Fun and Be Well!



June 1-5 2020

Greetings From our Trustee, Ron Lynn:ron lynn

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Letter from Director- May 27, 2020 (translated in Simplified Chinese)

Letter from Director – May 27 (Simplified Chinese)

June is Pride Month!

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:


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.

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 administration.

Beckett News:

Congratulations are in Order!Congratulations to the Award Recipients | Wallaceburg & District ...

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Angel who has received the prestigious York Region District School Board’s Excellence Award – East Area! Ms. Angel will receive an award in the fall and an announcement will be made on Board Media channels! Way to go Ms. Angel- very deserving indeed!

Student Pride Month Planning Team

Students on this team have selected 10 books to be read virtChild Reading Book clipart - Reading, Book, Hand, transparent clip artually and live throughout the month of June to the students in our community. Families can use the link in the flyer to stream the story time live!

Story Time June 2nd

Story Time June 5th

BFPS Scholars share ways they are staying healthy at home

Mindful - BFPS

Beckett Rocks!beckett rocks

Join Beckett Rocks!
Members of the Beckett Farm community will be heading out into our school neighborhood to drop off painted rocks with inspirational messages.
These messages are meant to remind us of how strong and united we are as a team and how truly missed and cared for each of you are as individuals.
New rocks will appear in our school neighborhood each week.
Rocks painted in certain colours and/or those with certain messages will be worth different point values that could earn you prizes!
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Retrieval of  Student Materials/Belongings from the School

Dear Families,

We know there have been many inquiries regarding if/when student belongings and materials can be retrieved from the school. YRDSB is working on a protocol for this. Once we receive direction from the board, we will certainly communicate the process with all families. Thank you for your patience with this matter.


Supporting Online Learning Reminder for Families and Students:

While schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year, we will continue to support your child’s learning and well-being. We know that learning at home looks different for each family. We have developed a number of resources and tips to help students and families. Please see attached letter:



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In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

***NOTE: Students must be logged into their GAPPS account in order to login!

Community Information and Events:

1) Citizenship ClassesCitizenship Changes, You, and Your IELTS Exam

ESL for Citizenship

York Region District School Board, in partnership with the government of Ontario (MCIIT), provides language classes for citizenship test preparation. This course develops effective language skills in preparing adult ESL learners (18+) to take the Canadian Citizenship test through a focus on specific vocabulary and necessary concepts.
Are you looking for free training to enhance your language skills in preparation for your Citizenship application?

This program may be right for you if you are:

  • CLB 3+ in Speaking
  • Applying for Citizenship
  • Preparing for the Citizenship test
  • Interested in learning about Canadian history, geography, government, etc.
How do I start?
Registration is ongoing. A language assessment may be necessary to start the training.


2) Distance Learning Adult Programs AvailableDistance Learning Flat Contour Illustration With Smiling Students ...

YRDSB is still offering adult programs through distance learning. Improve your skills at home. Courses available include:

· Adult Literacy and Basic Skills

· English as a Second Language

· Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

You can access learning by phone or online. You can register and start learning at any time. If you have a question or would like to register for a class, please:

· Email uplands@yrdsb.ca.

· Call 905-731-9557 or 905-305-4122 and leave us a message.

3) Black Youth Legacy Conference:

4) Black History Month Poster Contest Voting:Get set to vote in the general election in Northern Ireland - BBC News

Dear Families,

During the month of February, York Region District School Board held a student poster contest to determine our official Black History Month poster for 2021.

We received over 250 submissions, and a panel of experts has narrowed it down to four finalists. In order to determine the winner, the Board will be holding a virtual vote open to all YRDSB students and staff. Voting will take place via this Google form that will also be distributed over social media.

Voting is limited to one vote per person and will take place from June 3-5.

5) Free Live Tour from Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People:The Museum of the Jewish People receives a major renewal campaign ...

Dear Parent/Guardian,

You are invited to join a unique and FREE live tour from Beit Hatfutsot, The Museum of the Jewish People, on June 16th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Please see the attached flyer for more information. The tour explores synagogues from diverse Jewish communities around the world including from the Caribbean, Egypt, Ukraine, Germany, India, Ancient Greece, Italy, and Poland. You will have the opportunity to view Beit Hatfutsot’s world-renowned collection of synagogue models and their associated original artifacts.

This opportunity was coordinated for mid-June, following the month of May designated as Jewish Heritage Month, as a way for interested YRDSB families and parents to take part in learning about Jewish culture and heritage. We recognize that there are opportunities all year-round to learn about the diverse communities that make up our schools, in addition to the heritage months throughout the year. For instance, Ontario’s Arts Curriculum encourages students to learn about a variety of works of art and artistic traditions from diverse communities, times, and places.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please register using the online registration form by June 12th to book your spot for the live tour on June 16th. This opportunity is made available for free to YRDSB students and their families. If you would like additional information about the tour and have any questions, please email YRDSB’s Community Partnership Developer leonora.buskin@yrdsb.ca. Alternatively, leave her a voicemail with your name and number at 905-727-0022 x 4101 and your call will be returned.

After completing the registration form, you will be sent an email receipt with information on how to access the live tour with a link to the live tour. The live tour is made available through the ZOOM video platform. You do not need to download ZOOM to participate. To ensure privacy, the primary video footage presented during the live tour will be of the tour guide and the tour itself, and participants’ videos will be disabled and muted. This set up is to ensure privacy of our participants. You will be able to ask questions during the live tour through a chat box feature. For a small group, it may be possible for participants to ask questions unmuted; however, the chat box will nevertheless be used as the primary method for asking questions.

Thank you for taking the time to read about this opportunity!

Beit Hatfutsot Family Engagement Flyer



May 11, 2020

A hello from our team at BFPS!

YRDSB Podcast: Learning and Caring Plan

Want to learn more about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan?

York Region District School Board launched a podcast called Tune In YRDSB in February as a way to entertain, inform and inspire learning through storytelling.  Tune In YRDSB has six episodes uploaded and accessible to the community.

The most recent episode is called Learning and Caring During COVID-19.  On this episode, Associate Director of Education Dr. Steven Reid speaks with Superintendents Kate Diakiw (Student Services and Well-Being) and Heather Sears (Curriculum and Instructional Services) about YRDSB’s Learning and Caring Plan and answers some common questions related to it.

All episodes are available on Anchor.fm/yrdsb and you can subscribe on your favourite podcast platform to get future episodes as they are released.

Kindergarten Registration

While schools may not be open, families can still register for Kindergarten. Our school, along with all elementary schools in the Board, is now offering online registration. Families can access the online Kindergarten registration information at bit.ly/KindergartenYRDSB.

Please note: A laptop or desktop computer is strongly recommended to complete the online registration, rather than a mobile device.

Alternatively, families can also complete the elementary school registration form and email it directly to the school. Once schools re-open, families will need to bring in their documents (e.g., birth certificates) for verification.

School Registration (Grades 1-12)

Families new to York Region District School Board registering a student in Grades 1-12 can submit the registration forms via email.

1. If you are required to register through the Reception Centre, please send a completed elementary or secondary school registration form to reception.centre@yrdsb.ca. Families can contact the Reception Centre directly with questions or if additional support is required.

2. Families who do not need to register through the Reception Centre can send a completed elementary or secondary student school registration form to their school email address. Use the school locator tool to identify your home school. School email addresses are available on the school websites.

We look forward to welcoming our new students and families to our school. Families are welcome to send questions regarding registration to the school’s email address found on schools’ website.

NEW! Grade 8 Reach Ahead 2020 Summer Credit Language Program & Grade 9 to 12 Students (Spanish & Mandarin)

  • Grade 8 students can now take a Grade 9 credit course this summer in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Grades 9 to 12 students can now take Level B or C summer credit courses in Spanish or Mandarin.
  • Prerequisites are not required for any Level B international languages course.
  • This is an 18-day program (July 6-29, Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:33 p.m. daily) for one credit introductory (Level B) international languages course.
How to Register

YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

Non-YRDSB Students – Registration opens March 9, 2020

  • Complete the registration form.
  • Forms can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Continuing Education Services office located on the main floor of the Dr. Bette Stephenson Centre for Learning (36 Regatta Ave., Richmond Hill) between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

This program is available at the following summer school locations:

  • Langstaff SS, Richmond Hill
  • Milliken Mills HS, Markham
  • Sir William Mulock SS, Newmarket
  • Tommy Douglas SS, Vaughan

More information is available from Continuing Education.



May 6, 2020

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Dear Families,

We are beginning the process of organizing classes for September 2020 with the ultimate goal of ensuring student achievement and well-being!

This is not an easy process and a great deal of time and thought go into balancing individual student need and classrooms meeting the needs of all students both academically and social-emotionally. Our goal is to place students in the most positive learning environment possible; given each individual student’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, and work and social habits.

When staff and administration meet, we strive to create balanced classes based on the following criteria:

  • needs of exceptional students
  • academic strengths and needs
  • social/emotional needs
  • gender
  • parental/guardian input based on academic programming needs of their child (e.g. need to work in a certain structured environment)

As parents/guardians, if you have any input regarding your child, questions or comments, please share with Bernadette.smith@yrdsb.ca  or  Fayza.prebtani@yrdsb.ca – IN WRITING by Monday, May 11 2020. It is important to note that the final decision regarding your child’s placement will be that of the School’s Administration and Staff.

Thank you.

Ms Smith and Ms. Prebtani

May 4, 2020

May is:

Jewish Heritage Month and Asian South Asian Heritage Month!

Jewish Heritage MonthDr. Hedy Fry's tweet - "May is Jewish Heritage Month. As we ...

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month was given Royal Assent in the Senate of Canada on March 29, 2018. This legislation recognizes that “the month of May is meaningful for the Jewish community around the world” and designates the month as a time “to recognize the important contributions that Jewish Canadians have made to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric […] to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the inspirational role that Jewish Canadians have played, and continue to play, in communities across the country.”
Canada is home to the fourth largest Jewish population in the world. There are close to 400,000 Jewish residents in Canada and almost half of that number resides in Ontario. Jewish settlers in Canada can be traced as far back as 1760. Jewish Canadians have proudly contributed to Canadian heritage in all of its facets including the military, the arts, government, business, academia, law, medicine, culture, and sports. Throughout the month of May, we celebrate the contributions Jewish Canadians make to our great country and our great province.

At YRDSB, we are committed to improving the well-being and achievement for all our students through engaging, equitable and inclusive learning environments, as well as curriculum and culturally relevant pedagogical opportunities.

Jewish Heritage Month Event

Asian South Asian Heritage Monthsouthasianheritagemonth hashtag on Twitter

The South Asian Heritage Act of 2001 established the foundation upon which South Asians, whose origins are or can be traced to the Indian subcontinent, can see themselves reflected in the fabric of Ontario and our schools.

In May 2002, The Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. This acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia and their contributions to Canada. It also provides an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage towards the growth and prosperity of Canada.

As we approach the month of May, staff and students and families are encouraged to join Ontarians and Canadians who will be coming together to celebrate the rich and vibrant heritage of people of Asian and South Asian descent.

Mental Health WeekMental Health Week - Canadian Mental Health Association

May 4 to 10, 2020 marks the annual CMHA Mental Health Week. Especially this year, we need to pay attention to our mental health. All 5 in 5 of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Unfortunately, in any given year, 1 in 5 of us will also personally experience a mental illness. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting changes to social interaction and health services is testing our personal resilience and coping strategies.

This year’s Canadian Mental Health Association campaign challenges us to not only #GetLoud about mental health, but also to #GetReal. We encourage you to visit these resources to support your own mental health:
CMHA Mental Health Week: Your Mental Health
Starling Minds – Managing Stress and Anxiety from COVID-19
CAMH – Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
 ComPsych Mental Health Awareness Toolkit

The Canadian Mental Health Association has just launched a brand
new toolkitto help you #GetReal about mental health, including a look at your own mental health.



In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

***NOTE: Students must be logged into their GAPPS account in order to login.

Please complete this very brief Survey to let us know if your children have visited the website and provide any other feedback.  We would like to make this site as valuable for our scholars as we can.

Thank you!!


April 26, 2020

RamadanHappy Ramadan, Ramzan Mubarak 2020 Wishes, Images, Messages ...

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting and contemplation for Muslims.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is referred to in the Qu’ran (Koran) as
a blessed month in which the teachings of the Qu’ran were revealed to the Prophet
Muhammad. During Ramadan, most Muslims fast during the hours of daylight and increase their focus on prayer and contemplation. At the end of each day, the fast is traditionally broken with a prayer and a light meal called the iftar.

Ramadan is considered a time for Muslims to recommit themselves to practicing
compassion and generosity for others, as well as a time to cultivate spiritual renewal
within themselves and their communities.

During this time of reverence and renewal, we extend our good wishes to staff, students,
parents and members of the Islamic community who will be observing Ramadan.

Ramadan Mubarak to all those celebrating and observing this holy month.


In an effort keep our students connected and feel a sense of “normalcy” during these trying times, Beckett Farm PS has created a BFPS Announcements Website  where students (and families:) can access announcements, activities such as Mindful Moments, Jokes of the day, Tips and Tricks, Useful links, and other relevant information to help our scholars stay connected!

If you haven’t already done so, please encourage your children to visit this site.

Please complete this very brief Survey to let us know if your children have visited the website and provide any other feedback.  We would like to make this site as valuable for our scholars as we can.

Thank you!!

Skills Ontario Women in Trades and Technologies Virtual Conference 202Skills Ontario celebrates International Women's Day - Collision ...0

We are excited to share with you that Skills Ontario has moved their Women in Trades & Technologies Conference to a virtual webinar!  Details for registration are shared below and in the attachment.


  1.  Please use your YRDSB GAPPS email address to register for a space.  In addition, Each registered spot counts for one streaming device. Once you are registered, the link you receive should not be shared. If you wish to view the conference on more than one device, ensure to register a spot per device.
  2. Please only enter your first name during registration, last name is optional and should not be entered.      Skills Ontario Women in Trades Conference Flyer_May 5, 2020 (9)

School Mental Health OntarioStaying Mentally Healthy: Get Professional Help If You Need It ...

This is a great resource to help us all stay mentally healthy with our families at home! You will find 12 easy and fun mental health practices to try with your children at home.

School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO-SMSO) has been working with educators to develop a set of practices that cover the six domains of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that are found in the Ontario elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum. These skills include (terms in brackets are official titles in the HPE Curriculum):

  1. Managing stress (Stress Management and Coping)
  2. Identifying emotions (Identification and Management of Emotions)
  3. Staying positive (Positive Motivation and Perseverance)
  4. Nurturing relationships (Healthy Relationship Skills)
  5. Knowing yourself (Self-Awareness and Sense of Identity)
  6. Planning and problem-solving (Critical and Creative Thinking – Executive Functioning)

There are practices in each of these domains to help students build upon each of these skills.

Here’s one for Identifying Emotions:

Emotion Charades: Emotional charades is similar to regular charades, but you act out different feelings!

emotional charades

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Closure of School’s Extended to End of May

Dear Families, as you may have already heard, the Minister of Education has announced the current closures of all Ontario Schools will be extended until at least May 29, 2020 as part of an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here is the full letter to families from YRDSB:

Dear families,

We have received notice from the Minister of Education that the current closure of all Ontario schools will be extended until at least May 29, as part of the ongoing effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. All schools in York Region District School Board will continue to be closed to students during this time. You will receive additional information about the potential opening closer to the end of May. We do not have information about extensions beyond this date.

It is critically important at this time to continue to follow the direction of public health to practise social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this pandemic virus. Please note that, in accordance with the Provincial Emergency Declaration, school grounds remain closed and inaccessible to the public, which includes playgrounds and school yards.

Online Learning

We will continue to support your child’s education through online teacher-led learning, and I thank you for your patience as we have been implementing new ways of teaching and learning on this scale. If you have any questions about your child’s online learning, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher. While our schools may be closed, we remain dedicated to supporting your child’s learning and well-being.

I’m sure you have a lot of questions and concerns about the further extension of school closures. The Minister of Education continues to reassure Ontarians that school closures will not affect students’ ability to graduate and that Ontario students will not lose this school year. More information regarding online learning will be sent to you in the near future.

Graduations and Celebrations

I know many students are also concerned about the postponement or cancellation of graduations and other important milestone events. Due to the extension of the closures, we have made the difficult decision to cancel end-of-year celebrations such as proms and semi-formals. In addition, we are regrettably postponing June graduations with a goal to reschedule for the fall of 2020. More information will be made available as soon as logistics are finalized, including information on how graduates may obtain a copy of their diploma.

On our website www.yrdsb.ca/covid19 you can find information about school closures, answers to many of the questions you may have about school closures as well as resources to support student learning and student and family well-being. You can also follow the Board’s twitter feed @yrdsb for up-to-date information.

I wish you continued health and well-being.


Juanita Nathan,


Louise Sirisko

Director of Education

April 13, 2020

Community Resources:


 We have two resources to share: 

a) The step-by-step explanation and contact number for further support to help our Chinese communities tremendously.


b)  Hand Up for Kids:  Google Form fill out for upto $25 value of breakfast care packages delivered to homes in some GTA areas including Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan! 


 2) AEMS (Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students)

Dear Friends of AEMS,

We hope this message finds you well.

As we continue to work in partnership and solidarity to support our most vulnerable students and families during this time, the Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students would like to share with you culturally relevant resources that may be of use.

Please note that list is not exhaustive.  The information provided is accurate as of the time of writing.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Emotional Well-Being:

  • Naseeha provides an anonymous, non-judgmental, confidential and toll-free peer support helpline for youth experiencing personal challenges.  Naseeha’s services are open to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family makeup, social status, income, ability, physical and mental health, and religion.
  • Khalil Center is a psychological and spiritual community wellness center advancing the professional practice of psychology rooted in Islamic principles. Khalil Center utilizes faith-based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the science of psychology towards addressing psychological, spiritual and communal health.
  • SMILE provides support to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Upcoming webinars are creating spaces for virtual community gatherings for youth and families.
  • The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes human rights and civil liberties.  Discrimination, including xenophobia or Islamophobia arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be reported to NCCM.

Culturally Relevant Resources for Physical Well-Being:

  • Canadian Muslim Response Network (CMRN) is a coalition of some of Canada’s leading Muslim civil society organizations. Those in need of support can complete a request for a  COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Kit.
  • Nisa Homes has locations across Canada to provide transitional homes for immigrant, refugee, non-status, and Muslim women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Those in York Region can contact the Scarborough location at 1 888 456 8043 ext. 406, or scarborough@nisahomes.com
  • Humanity First (1-855-647-0444) offers food assistance.  Those who are self-isolating can also receive support with emergency supplies, urgent supplies, medication pickup, groceries, and advice.
  • Volunteers from the COVID-19 Helpline (1-855-879-1919) and the Good Neighbour Project (647-873-2230) and Humanity First can pick up and deliver groceries and household essentials for those who are unable to do so due to illness, self-isolation, disabilities, or otherwise vulnerable e.g., senior citizens).
  • Mosques in Ontario A comprehensive guide to mosques across Ontario.  Depending on capacity, various mosques are providing support, such as food supplies and counselling, in response to COVID-19 needs. Please contact your local mosque directly.

Culturally Relevant Academic Resources:

  • 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilization from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.  Inquiry-based learning is supported through extensive digital resources relating to a wide variety of curricula, and current events.  Recent topics relevant to COVD-19 include:

o   Keep Your Distance – Health Lessons from the History of Pandemics

o   Inoculation from East to West

o   Hospital Development in Muslim Civilisation

  • The Aga Khan Museum’s #MuseumWithoutWalls project allows visitors to enjoy the Aga Khan Museum and participate in Museum programming virtually.  This initiative includes Pocket Performances, Lunchtime Talks, Virtual Tours and more.

AEMS would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to essential workers, front-line staff, and all those striving to ensure all our communities are taken care of despite limited and diminishing funds and resources.


April 8, 2020

Dear Families of Beckett Farm Public School.

We hope that you are all keeping well and finding ways to enjoy quality time with your family during this time of social distancing as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Though the school buildings are closed, our hearts and minds are with you and our scholars, your children, as we work diligently to create meaningful learning opportunities.


Today marks the first day of distance learning.  You will have recieved information from YRDSB as well as your child’s teacher to inform you of how we plan to proceed over the next little while.

We ask for your continued support and patience as we embark on this new journey together with optimism, hope, and an open mindset.  Please ensure that you and your child check emails and information sent by the teacher through the platform of communication that has been established such as Google Classroom.  If you do have questions, please reach out to the teacher for clarification.  Note that we may not have all the answers at this point.  We continue to work as a school, with our board, and with service providers to access timely information which in turn we will pass on to you.  Though the road may be a little bumpy to start, we will persevere and achieve success on this new journey by working together.


As an effort to stay connected with our scholars, our Scholar Ambassador team has created a BFPS Announcements website.  We will be posting announcements here similar to the announcements that we would have shared at the beginning of the school day.

Please share this link with your child and check it regularly throughout the week:

BFPS Announcement Website

A good strategy is to “Favourite” websites that your child will be referring to by using the “Star” at the very right side of the URL address bar in their web browser.

In this way, they will be easily able to access the various places that they are visiting regularly.

As always, we thank you for your partnership and committment to all we do and all we are at Beckett Farm Public School.  We will continue to strive for excellence in all we do.  We are excited about this learning journey ahead and will work to ensure a positive experience for all.

Take care and be safe.


Bernadette Smith                 Fayza Prebtani

亲爱的Beckett Farm 家长,








‪一如既往,我们感谢您与我们在Beckett Farm 学校所做的一切以及我们所做的一切。我们将继续努力追求卓越。我们为这次学习之旅感到兴奋,并将努力确保所有人的积极体验。

校长Mrs. Smith 副校长Mrs. Prebtani