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Hastings eNews - June 26, 2020

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Dear Hastings school community, 

What an interesting first year as administrators at Hastings this has been! Susan and I are thankful for the opportunity to have gotten to know our students, families and staff, and we’re looking forward to continuing to learn with those of you who are returning next school year.  

At this point, we’re not sure what the beginning of next school year will look like. We’re planning for all eventualities and will share more information as it becomes available. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all work to get through these unprecedented times. Enjoy a safe and happy summer and see you in the fall. 

Please continue to visit the VSB website and the VSB’s COVID-19 Updates page regularly for the most up to date information regarding the current situation. Please visit the Hastings school website for the most up to date information from Hastings and please visit the Hastings PAC website for updates from PAC. 

Congratulations to the Hastings Grade 7 Class of 2020!

Congratulations to the Hastings Grade 7 Class of 2020! We wish you all the best for next year and beyond! 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to all the family members, friends and other community members who volunteered their time to accompany classes on field trips, to drive students to sports and other extracurricular events and to help with class and school activities this year. These activities and events aren’t possible without your support. Please find attached a small token of our appreciation. 

Farewells and Welcomes

Congratulations and farewell to teacher-librarian, Frances Renzullo and intermediate teacher, Sandra Patrick, who are both retiring this year! We thank them for their years of service to the Hastings school community and wish them a happy, relaxing retirement. 

Thank you and farewell to the following staff who will not be returning to Hastings next year:

  • Antonio Magnanao - Assistant Building Engineer
  • Gurinder Aujla - Intermediate Teacher
  • Jessica van der Kuur - Primary Teacher 
  • Katelyn Vanier - Prep Teacher 
  • Lisa Petersen - Intermediate Teacher
  • Morgane Pocard - Intermediate Teacher
  • Nancy Chong - Resource Teacher 

Welcome to the following staff who will be joining the Hastings team next year:

  • Ellen Nielsen - Intermediate Teacher
  • Loraie Nicols - Support Worker
  • Michael Weiss - Intermediate Teacher 
  • Shannon Veall - Intermediate Teacher 

Welcome back to intermediate teacher, Daniele Carrera, who will be returning from leave. And welcome back to intermediate teacher, Danny Jutras, who will remain at Hastings for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Welcome to Kindergarten and Gradual Entry

Welcome to kindergarten students and families joining the Hastings school community for the 2020-2021 school year! We’re looking forward to meeting you in the fall. Information regarding Welcome to Kindergarten and the kindergarten gradual entry process will be emailed to new kindergarten families next week. 

Not Returning to Hastings for 2020-2021?

Families with children in grades k to 6, who will not, or may not be returning to Hastings for the 2020-2021 school year, please email to let our office staff know. 

Dates to Remember

Please note the following dates may be subject to change depending on COVID-19 restrictions. Up to date information regarding the return to school will be emailed to families at the end of August or the beginning of September.

  • Tuesday, September 8 - Back to School - Students attend for 1 hour from 9 to 10am. New kindergarten students, please follow the gradual entry schedule to be emailed to families.
  • Wednesday, September 9 - First Full Day of School - New kindergarten students, please follow the gradual entry schedule to be emailed to families. 

Have a super summer! 

Susan Dent & Vital Peeters


on behalf of Hastings Community Elementary School

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