PAC Meeting

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7:00-8:15pm

Please note, the Hastings Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is having a general meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd from 7-8:30pm, hosted virtually by Zoom. All parents and guardians of Hastings students are welcome! Zoom link below. Agenda to follow shortly.

School Trustee Jennifer Reddy will be our guest at the PAC meeting. She will answer any questions you may have, as well as give us a bit of a crash course on what a school trustee does and how the role impacts learners.

We hope to see you there!

Hastings PAC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hastings PAC February General meeting
Time: Feb 23, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 824 6432 5211
Passcode: 963830

Inspiring Stories and Resources

Happy Black History Month! And Happy Lunar New Year too!

Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) has another week’s worth of inspiring stories and resources!

We hope you enjoyed all the stories from last week’s email and have shared some of what you learned with your kids. Now let’s dig in to this week’s stories!

1. Joe ‘Seraphim’ Fortes was so beloved by Vancouverites that more than 10,000 lined his funeral procession in 1922.
Learn More…

2. What you may have ‘learned’ about The Black Panthers may be far from the truth!
Learn More…

3. COINTELPRO was a counterintelligence agency that targeted and infiltrated groups that were deemed a threat to US politics. Both Martin Luther King and the Black Panthers were main focuses of the organization. One of COINTELPRO’s main core goals was to equate Black people and the civil rights movement as a constant, disruptive threat to white people and civil society. Sounds familiar!
Learn More…

4. Markiel Simpson is a local Black activist and a Hastings Elementary Alumnus(!) He works with the BC Community Alliance – an organization working hard to combat anti-black racism in BC schools. Listen to Markiel HERE
And donate to the BC Community Alliance’s important work

5. Maya Penn is an environmental activist, sustainable fashion designer and TED speaker, among many other talents….and she’s only 20 years old!
Learn More…

6. Visit Iron Dog Books, on Hastings St, to support local and pick up your next book by a Black author!
Follow their instagram for book suggestions
Connect with Iron Dog Books
Check out the VPL’s kids list

7. The Ensemble Theatre Company, in Vancouver, are running an online festival – Us: A Black Peoples Month Festival.
Learn More…

8. An online speaker’s event is happening this Friday at 10am! Changing The Narrative – is ideal for educators or anyone wanting to learn more about Black history in BC.
Learn More…
P.S. Some of our favorite kids’ books: A Place Inside of Me by Zetta Elliott, Happy to be Nappy by bell hooks, When Stars Are Scattered by Omar Mohamed & Victoria Jamieson, A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee. Tell us yours!

Speaker Series, Vol. 1 Michelle Wing

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 |7:00 – 8:00 pm | Zoom

We have a parent education speaker focused on anti-racism. On Wednesday, January 20th, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, join Michelle Wing to discuss what is anti-blackness, decolonization and white fragility. She will also share how racism shows up in schools and how it can be addressed.

Cost: By donation (sliding scale of $0-$20)

Register now!

Anti-Racism Committee Meeting

Monday, January 18, 2021 | 7:00 – 8:15 pm | Zoom

Any Hastings parent or guardian who is interested in supporting the work of anti-racism in the PAC is invited to join.

The PAC is committed to supporting the work of anti-racism at Hastings. At the end of the last school year, the PAC issued a statement of support for standing against racism, and committing to playing a role in creating a safe, inclusive and equitable environment at the school. While some members of the PAC executive have had some initial conversations about how we can work towards this goal, we believe that this is important work that many parents may be interested in being involved in.

To this end, we are hosting a series of Zoom meetings. We are inviting any parents who are interested in sharing and brainstorming ideas about what kind of anti-racism work we can engage with together. We will collectively decide on some actions to move forward with and look at roles we can all play.

You are invited to join us for this important conversation.

Black Shirt Day

Friday, January 15, 2021

The Anti-Racism Coalition Vancouver (ARC) is proposing Black Shirt Day in B.C. schools for January 15th, in support of anti-racism, and to mark the date of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

While Black Shirt Day won’t be an official event this year, ARC is working hard to make it a reality for 2022. This year’s inaugural event will be an important step in raising greater awareness of the civil rights struggle, and help foster solidarity against all forms of racism.

A small action can make a big difference. Join ARC to raise awareness this Friday, January 15th by wearing your black shirt.

Watch the segment from Global News.

Poinsettia Fundraiser

The holiday poinsettia fundraiser was a great success! Thank you to all of the parents who were able to participate and support the sale.  We made just over $1200. Way to go! Thank you to parents Jacqueline, Lisa, Greg, Jill, and Hastings own front office dynamo Maria, for their work to make it happen. The proceeds will be very helpful in funding classroom supplies including much needed mountable projectors at Hastings Elementary!

Food Security

Did you know the Hastings PAC has a Food Security subcommittee? Parent volunteers have put together some information for families with options for support in accessing healthy, low cost food as well as offering support through donations or volunteering.

Food programs available in Hastings-Sunrise

Kiwassa Food Hamper program: Contact Food Programs Coordinator Blain Butyniec T: 604-254-5401 ext. 253

Community Food Market offers our community a mix of fruits and vegetables with prices 10% lower than wholesale costs. Held each Wednesday from 2-5 pm in Pandora Park.

Grandview Woodland Food Connection: Food Hampers delivered to individuals. COVID Emergency Food Home Delivery Program
Contact Tel: 604-718-5895

Quest Food:

If you have any questions about these or other resources, please reach out to:

Offer your Support by Donating or Volunteering

Hastings Youth Council at Hastings Community Centre partnering with Give Back Van is hosting a clothing and food drive. Monday to Friday until December 18th – drop off at Hastings Community Centre – outside of the games room (to the right of the front door). Gloves, socks, scarves and new packages of face masks, non-perishable food.

KidSafe Project Society provides essential programs and services to referred Vancouver children and youth and provides support to our community through Hastings Elementary via children’s programming and food.

Backpack Buddies is a province-wide non-profit that provides kids with groceries on Friday after school that they can take home for the weekend to support food access for the whole family.
They have increased their programs significantly since COVID.

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society supports immigrant and refugee women and children to become active participants in Canadian society. They have partnered with the United Way to offer an emergency food hub with distribution centres in South Vancouver and Burnaby.