May PAC Meeting

Monday, May 9th, 6:30 – 8:00pm via Zoom

Hear from the principal, vice-principal, and PAC executive on happenings around the school and issues that concern your kids!

May meeting agenda HERE (455KB pdf)
April meeting minutes HERE (327KB pdf)

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Speaker Series: Online Safety

The Uncomfortable Topic of Children and Online Pornography: Why You Shouldn’t Wait until High School to Talk About It

Wednesday, April 13th from 7:00 – 8: 30pm via Zoom

The PAC welcomes back Merlyn Horton in our third and final part of this online safety speaker series.

Curiosity about sexuality is a natural and normal part of your child’s development. However, with any reasonable access to the internet, their curiosity can expose them to extreme images and profoundly influence their sexual development. There are online sites available that can offer excellent information to children and youth, but only if we steer them in the right direction and openly talk with them about the effects of online pornography. 

We are delighted to announce that this webinar has been paid for in fully by an anonymous donor, so attendance is FREE for all parents that would like to participate.

Movie Night

Alaskan Nets – Thursday, March 31st at 6pm

Doors will open at 5:30pm. Movie starts at 6pm.

Tickets are FREE! Purchase your free ticket here so that we can keep track of the amount of attendees.

The Hastings Anti-Racism Committee (HARC) will be showing the documentary movie Alaskan Nets in the school gym. The movie comes to us from Tsimshian territory, where director Jeff Harasimowicz tells the story of the community of Metlakatla – the last remaining First Nation reserve in Alaska – and the high school boys basketball team, as they make a run for the state championship. Watch the TRAILER.

Bring a blanket and some movie snacks and let’s have some fun together in person!

So that everyone feels comfortable, we ask that masks are worn

Donations to the PAC’s new bursary fund for Indigenous Hastings graduates are welcomed by cash or cheque at the event.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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The next morning, on Friday, April 1st from 8:30am, Hastings’ Indigenous Enhancement Worker, Kristen Quesnelle, will be hosting coffee outside the school doors on Franklin – the SW corner of the building. She’ll be talking about Hastings Elementary’s new All-Nations Room, aka ‘The Nest.’ Everyone is welcome to attend. Look for the bright green Hastings tent!

Indigenous Hastings Graduate Bursary

The PAC is launching a new bursary fund for Indigenous Hastings graduates!

You are invited to make a donation to the fund by donating to the Hastings PAC at events (cash or cheque), or through School Cash Online. Just select fund destination ‘E-Hastings PAC’, (NOT E-Hastings), and add the note ‘Indigenous Bursary’ in the message section to specify the funds are to be used for that purpose. For online donations you will receive a tax receipt.

December PAC Meeting

Wednesday, December 1st from 6:30-8pm, on Zoom

Please sign up for PAC emails to receive the Zoom link and meeting reminders.

We will be joined by our Principal and Acting Vice Principal, as well as the PAC Chair for reports on school happenings and upcoming events.

All parents and guardians of Hastings School students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Have your say on PAC spending and get involved in decisions that affect your child. We very much hope you will join us.

Please find the minutes and approved budget from the October AGM and general meeting HERE (695KB pdf).

Poinsettia Fundraiser

Poinsettias (Red, White or Pink) – $12 each

Decorate your home or office, or give these festive potted flowers as a gift!  They are a lovely size at 16” x 16” planted in a 6” pot. All money raised will go towards school technology upgrades. 

Order Deadline: Wednesday, December 8th

Pick Up: Thursday, December 9th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Further information on pick up location (either at the school or near the school) will be provided closer to the day. 

There are a couple ways you can place your order: 

  1. VSB SCHOOL CASH ONLINELog in to your account. Choose from the three options listed (pink, white, red) and add to your shopping cart. To help the PAC keep track of the orders, please email info@hastingspac.ca to let us know you placed your order online. You could either forward your VSB receipt, or confirm what you ordered in a simple email – or you could fill out the order form (1.2MB pdf) and scan/snap and email it to us or drop off at the school office – whatever is easiest for you. 
  2. ORDER FORM + CHEQUE OR CASH – If you would prefer to place your order using a cheque or cash as payment, please complete the order form and drop it off at the school office.

Thank you so much for supporting our fundraiser!

Speaker Series Volume 2

Gaming: The Good, The Bad and The Lonely

Thursday, December 2nd, 7:00-8:30 pm via Zoom

Tickets are by donation (min $1). Reserve your spot today!

The PAC welcomes back Merlyn Horton in Part Two of this three part Speaker Series on Online Safety.

Are you worried that your child is spending too much time gaming?
Does it seem like they are not happy doing anything else?
Are they more upset after they game, than before?
Do you really know who they are talking to on that headset?
What is being spoken about? 

Gaming is a big part of most children’s live, actually part of all our lives!  From grocery store rewards cards to global scavenger hunts, our lives are becoming ‘gamified’. Games are used to develop skills and train professionals. It’s important to appreciate games and gaming before we acknowledge the risks and concerns.

This webinar will talk about gaming; pro-social and education uses of gaming, concerns about excessive gaming (and how to remedy it) and exposure to inappropriate content in-game and online (and how to remedy it).

Following the webinar, participants will get a link to a webpage with links to follow up and learn more about gaming, it’s role in children’s lives and futures, and how to best guide your child to making life-long, positive gaming choices.

Tickets are available by donation, starting at $1. For planning purposes it helps us to have registrations in advance. We are grateful for any donations to assist us with the cost of the speaker. Please pay what you can afford – thank you!

All registrants are invited to submit any questions or topics that you would like to see included as part of the session. Please email info@hastingspac.ca with your questions.

Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gaming-the-good-the-bad-and-the-lonely-tickets-216075516687 

Hastings Anti-Racism Committee

The next HARC meeting is Wednesday, November 3rd from 7-8pm on Zoom.

The Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) is a sub-committee of the Hastings PAC. We are committed to playing a role in creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment at the school. All Hastings parents, guardians, and school staff are welcome to attend every meeting. We welcome you to share ideas about what kind of anti-racism work we can engage in together for this school year!

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/4586354914?pwd=L2puS1Y5YmREOXNsUlhnOXBGaVgxdz09