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Hastings eNews - November 11 to 15

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Dear Hastings school community,

Here's what's happening at Hastings the week of November 11 to 15.

Please remember to visit our school website regularly for the most up to date information regarding Hastings school events. Also please remember to check the Hastings PAC website for information regarding PAC activities and events.

Safe Arrival Line

Please remember to call 604-713-5159 extension 35 to report all student absences. Please call the safe arrival line as soon as you know your child will be absent. More information regarding Reporting Student Absences and Student Sign In and Sign Out Procedures can be found on the Safe Arrival page under Families on our school website.

Hastings Lunch Program

Please remember ALL students participating in the lunch program should have submitted a lunch program enrolment form to the office. Also remember ALL students participating in the lunch program must complete and submit a monthly lunch program registration envelope. December lunch program envelopes are due Thursday, November 14. Extra forms/envelopes are available in the lunch room.

School Fees and School Cash Online

Please remember you can now pay school fees and other school-related costs safely, quickly and easily online! If you haven't already registered for School Cash Online, please click HERE for more information.

It's also possible to use the School Cash Online Donation Module to make donations to schools. Please click HERE for more information regarding making a donation to Hastings Community Elementary School.

Grade 7 Camp Fundraising

Hastings grade 7 students are fundraising for the camp the attended in October. For the upcoming holiday season, they will be selling chocolates and also taking preorders for poinsettias. Chocolate profits are 25% and poinsettias range from $5 to $5.50 a plant.

Chocolates can be ordered by clicking on this LINK, or using the chocolate catalogue to be sent home with students soon. You can forward the chocolate LINK to family and friends once you log in to the website.

Chocolate orders will be due Wednesday, November 27, and pickup will be Thursday, December 12, 8:45-9:15am or 2:45-3:15pm.

Poinsettia order forms will be coming out soon, payable by cash, cheque or etransfer. Poinsettia orders will be due Thursday, November 21, and pickup will be Monday, December 2 after school from 2:45-3:30pm.

Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) Letter from the Ministry of Education

Please find attached a letter from the Ministry of Education regarding the Foundation Skills Assessment.

Kindergarten Registration

Please read the attached newsletter, or visit our school website for more information regarding kindergarten registration for children born in 2015.

Parenting in a Digital World FREE Workshop

Please see attachment for more information.

VSB Student Threat Risk Assessment Protocol

The Vancouver School District and our community partners are committed to having safe, caring and inclusive schools. In the event that a student makes a threat of violence or harm to other students, staff or the school community the school will initiate the VSB student risk threat assessment process. Please see attached for more information.

Bell Schedule Reminder

Students and families are reminded our welcome bell rings at 8:55am, and our first period begins at 9:00am each morning. Students and families are asked to wait outside before school in the mornings until after our welcome bell rings. There is no need for students to enter the school before the welcome bell to drop off their backpacks or other belongings. Families are reminded to ensure their children are dressed appropriately for the weather. School staff are on supervision duty outside the school from 8:40 to 9:00am and from 3:00 to 3:20pm to ensure the safety of students. Before school, staff are busy preparing for the day, please help to ensure they have a quiet, distraction-free workspace.

Our bell schedule is available on the Contact Information page of our school website.

Visitors to the School Please Check In at the Office

All visitors to the school are reminded they must first check in at the office before continuing with their business in the school. Depending on the expected duration of their visit, visitors to the school may be asked to sign in and sign out, and/or wear an identification badge. Family members or caregivers picking up students at lunchtime or after school are encouraged to wait outside for their children until after the respective bells ring. Thank you for helping us to be aware of who is in our building, and for helping to keep our school safe.

Rainy Day Gear

As we move into the fall and winter, please remember all students are expected to go outside for some much needed physical activity and fresh air, even if it's raining. Students are encouraged to come to school dressed appropriately for whatever the weather conditions may be. During Vancouver's wetter seasons, this means students should have a waterproof jacket, and waterproof shoes or boots. An umbrella is also suggested. Please remember Vancouver weather can be unpredictable during the fall, winter and spring, and that even a day that starts out dry, could become rainy. Please contact the office if you need help acquiring rain gear for your child.

Upcoming Events

Hastings upcoming events are visible under Upcoming Events on our school website homepage. If you click View Full Calendar, you can see our Calendar of Events for the year. Only school wide events will be posted to this calendar. Events specific to individual classes will be communicated with families by classroom teachers.

Please note the following dates:

  • Monday, November 11 - Remembrance Day Holiday - SCHOOL IS CLOSED
  • Thursday, November 14 - December Lunch Program Envelopes Due
  • Friday, November 15 - Photo Retakes
  • Thursday, November 21 - PAC Harvest Potluck - More information to come
  • Friday, November 22 - PAC Meeting 9-9:30am in the Family Room 161

Hope you had a lovely long weekend, and have a wonderful week!

Vital Peeters

Principal

Hastings

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