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Hastings eNews - October 18, 2020

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Hello Hastings school community, 

Here’s what’s happening at Hastings. 

Please continue to visit the VSB website, the Hastings school website and the Hastings PAC website for information regarding district, school and PAC events.   

Communicating Student Learning (CSL) Conferences

Students will be dismissed at 2pm Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22 to allow for October CSL conferences. To maintain physical distancing and other health and safety protocols, conferences will be held virtually via Teams, or by phone. If you're unable to participate in a Teams or phone conference, please contact your child's teacher to make alternate arrangements. 

This year, conference scheduling will be done using Microsoft Bookings. Please refer to the Hastings October CSL Conferences email sent to families October 14 for booking instructions.  

If you’ve made a booking but have not received a confirmation email and/or a link to a Teams meeting with your child’s teacher, please contact your child’s teacher to confirm your booking. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we learn to use this new system. 

No School for Students Friday, October 23

Please remember Friday, October 23 is a province wide professional development day. There will be no school for students. 

Please Pay School and Agenda Fees Online

This year’s general school supply fee is $35 per student, and agendas for the classes that are using them cost $5 per student. These fees are now payable on School Cash Online. Families will need to register for School Cash Online before they can pay fees. Please visit the Fees page of our school website for more information.  

The school supply fee for students returning to in-person instruction October 13 is $31.50 (prorated based on a cost of $3.50 per month). 

As a reminder, the Vancouver School Board will not deny a child access to the school supplies required for his or her educational program because of financial hardship. Nor will any child be excluded from activities where a fee is charged. If at any time there is a financial challenge, please contact the school principal. All requests will be treated confidentially. 

Please complete the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Consent form and VSB Acceptable Use of Technology Policy (AUP) online

The CASL consent form and AUP can both be completed online at myforms.vsb.bc.ca

  • The CASL consent form only needs to be completed once and is good for the duration of your child’s time with the VSB. All families are asked to please complete the new online CASL consent form.
  • Please be sure to choose the correct AUP (K-3 or 4-12) and read and acknowledge it with your child(ren).
  • Hastings families are not required to complete the Adobe CC Consent Form at this time. 

Reporting Student Absences

Please call 604-713-5159 extension 35 before 9:00 am or as soon as you know your child will be absent to report all student absences. 

Please Ensure Your Child Arrives at School On Time

Our welcome bell rings at 8:55 am and teachers will be at their class’s designated drop off/pick up location from a little before 8:55 am to a little after 9:00 am to welcome their students. Please ensure your child arrives at school on time so they can enter the school safely with their teacher and the rest of their class. Students who arrive after their class has left, must report to the office before going to class. Parents accompanying late students, please call 604-713-5507 before entering the school. 

Please Ensure Your Child is Dressed Appropriately for the Weather

In order to maintain our Covid-19 safety protocols, maximizing physical distance and minimizing physical contact, all students must remain outside the school before the start of the school day and all students must go outside during recess and outdoor playtime. 

Please ensure your child comes to school dressed appropriately for the weather. Suggestions for appropriate rainwear include waterproof boots, a raincoat with a hood, rain pants and an umbrella. As the weather gets colder, gloves, toques and warmer layers to go underneath a water-resistant coat are advised. For younger students who may find it difficult to resist splashing in muddy puddles, families may want to send a change of socks or a full change of clothes. 

Please speak with your children about the importance of remaining warm and dry and healthy when outdoors during these unprecedented times. 

If your family needs help acquiring rain/winter clothing for your children, please contact your child's teacher or the school office. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 21 & Thursday, October 22

  • Early Dismissal - All students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm to allow for Communicating Student Learning conferences.

Friday, October 23

  • Province Wide Pro D Day - No school for students

Wednesday, October 28

  • PAC Annual General Meeting, 7:00 pm online. Please visit PAC website for more information. 
    • If you would like to receive regular email updates from the PAC, please email info@hastingspac.ca to be added to the mailing list. Note that your address will not be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Attachments (under Resources)

  • Canadian Parents for French Welcome to Kindergarten flyer

Have a wonderful week! 

Vital Peeters and Susan Dent

Hastings Administration

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