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Hastings eNews - December 2 to 6

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Dear Hastings school community,

Here's what's happening at Hastings the week of December 2 to 6.

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.

Welcome to Mme Claire Pijanowski

Welcome to Mme Claire Pijanowski who joined our staff last week. She will be at Hastings Wednesdays, job sharing with Mme Christine Gagnon, in our Division 1F kindergarten French immersion class.

Hastings Winter Warm-Up Tuesday, December 10

Hastings school community, you're invited to a special seasonal event Tuesday, December 10 from 5 to 7pm in the Hastings gym. Please see the attached Winter Warm-Up document for more information. Hope to see you there!

Hastings Winter Concert

Thanks in advance to our new part-time teacher-librarian and prep teacher, Ms Katelyn, who has taken on organizing a winter concert. Families are invited to attend the concert Thursday, December 19 from 11 to 11:45am. A dress rehearsal for students will be held the day before the concert. A list of performing divisions will be shared with families soon.

Communicating Student Learning (CSL)

For the 2019-20 school year, VSB teachers are continuing to work to better align their reporting practices with the redesigned curriculum. The goal is to create a reporting process that is more timely and responsive with increased student ownership and parent involvement. Teachers have the opportunity to report to parents in more flexible ways while providing clear and understandable information about their child.

Teachers are required to engage in a minimum of 5 communications of student learning with families over the school year. A communication of student learning must help a student answer the questions: Where am I now? Where am I going? What do I need to get there? Two of the communications must be written: a mid year written report that will be sent home at the end of January, and a year end written report that will be sent home at the end of June. Other communications can include: 3 way conferences, electronic portfolio reviews, parent-teacher conferences, reflections on student work, Fresh Grade or other online platforms, telephone conversations, Individual Education Plan meetings, celebrations of learning, etc.

Please contact your child's teacher for more information regarding CSL in their class.

PAC Class Rep Callout

Are you a parent looking to get involved at Hastings?

Help the PAC by becoming a Class Rep!

The Hastings Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is seeking parent/guardian class representatives.

As a class rep, we ask that you:

  • attend monthly PAC meetings,
  • hear the Principal and VP's monthly reports,
  • bring feedback and questions, and
  • share valuable information with other parents.

Sign up or request more info by emailing the PAC at

Please see the attached PAC class rep callout document for a list of divisions seeking class reps.

PAC Harvest Potluck

The PAC Harvest Potluck, last Thursday, November 21 was an excellent event! The food and treats were delicious and the entertainment was top notch! Thank you to Ms Ann and Ms Nina and all the students who participated in the Hastings Choir performance and thank you to all the family members, students and staff who helped make this event such a success.

Kindergarten Registration

Please click HERE for more information regarding kindergarten registration for children born in 2015.

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, December 2 - Hastings students and staff will be participating in the first of our two required lockdown drills. Lockdown is used to protect school occupants from a dangerous person within the school. Our school liaison officer, Constable Jen Jackman, and other VPD constables will be at the school helping with our drill.
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Hastings Winter Warm-Up 5 to 7pm in the gym. Please see above and attached for more information.
  • Thursday, December 19 - Hastings Winter Concert - Families are invited to attend our Winter Concert from 11 to 11:45am in the gym. A list of performing divisions will be available soon.
  • Friday, December 20 - Last day of school before Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6 - Back to school

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

Vital Peeters



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