Student Art Fundraiser

A message from the class…

Hello Hastings Community!

Division 18’s Grade 5/6 students would like to invite you to our art fundraiser, ‘Building Black Futures’, at The Laughing Bean!

Our class has been inspired by the important contributions of Black icons and the Black Lives Matter movement, and has organised this fundraiser in the hopes that it can serve as a small but meaningful step in the building of Black futures in Vancouver.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will present art made by students featuring important Black trailblazers and icons. These artworks are not only visual representations, but also educational keepsakes: they include short biographies celebrating the life and accomplishments of these famous figures. It is our hope that by sharing these works with our community we can help spread their stories and contributions more widely.

This art exhibit and fundraiser will take place at The Laughing Bean and will run from Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27. The Laughing Bean is open until 4 pm every day. Artworks will be sold on a sliding scale starting at $10. The Laughing Bean accepts cash and debit. 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Hogan’s Alley Society, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and preserving Vancouver’s Black History!

We hope you can visit the exhibit!:)

Division 18 students

Volunteer Call-outs

Lend a helping hand at Hastings School

The PAC has several call outs for help, if you are interested in donating some time:

Staff Appreciation Breakfast – June 30th
Set-up in the undercover area; Laughing Bean to provide coffee and pastries
Needs help to prep decorations and help on the day (set up 8:30am; tear down 1pm); contact the PAC at

Garden Summer Watering Call Out
Need one more family to take one week over summer; contact the PAC at

Hastings Day One – Welcome Back Event September 2021
Happens on first day of school; great opportunity to reach out and meet new parents
Contact the PAC at if interested in helping out / planning early September.

Walking School Bus Call Out
Need more parent volunteers to make it happen; contact the PAC at

2021 Scholarships

The Hastings Elementary PAC has granted scholarships to graduating high school students from Templeton and Vancouver Technical, in the amount of $1000 per school.
Nominees must be Hastings Elementary alumni who are going on to post-secondary education and have demonstrated exemplary community service during their time in secondary school. The PAC gives the school administration and staff full discretion to nominate and award the students they feel meet the requirements.

Templeton – x4 $250 scholarship recipients:

Recipient:  Jessica C.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Athletics grade 8-11
– Strong grades
– Active in school with clubs: Chemistry club, Foods club, Women’s robotics club, Yearbook
– Volunteering: Hastings Corn Roast (2017), Kids First, Hastings Spring Fair (2018), Little Mountain Place, BC Children’s Hospital

School they will be attending: UBC
Subject they intent to study: Science

Recipient:  Christina D.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Strong student
– Tons of volunteering: Little Mountain Place, Three Links Centre, Kids First program, student council with mini school, Hastings Spring Fair and Corn Roast (2017)

School they will be attending: University of Toronto
Subject they intent to study: Life Sciences

Recipient:  Elizabeth W.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Academic achievement
– Top scholar grade 8-12
– Volunteerism and school activities: Yearbook, Robotics, student council with mini school, environmental youth alliance, neighbourhood clean ups, Hasting Corn Roast and Spring Festival (2017), Three Links Care Centre
– Athletics grade 8-11
School they will be attending: UBC, SFU, Waterloo or University of Toronto
Subject they intent to study: Computer Science

Irene X.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Templeton / Community):
– Wonderful student
– Volunteered with LEOs Club to do work in the community for the past 5 years.  Some events: parent-teacher nights/cancer fundraisers/food drives/Hastings Rec and Reading program leader (July 2019), Hastings Winter Warm up (2018),
– Templeton Athletics – team manager, school clubs

School they will be attending: UBC
Subject they intend to study: Accepted to Sauder School of Business

Van Tech – $1000 scholarship:

Recipient: Dylan K.

Why they were nominated (contribution to Van Tech / Community):
– class leadership
– charisma, encouragement of others
– commitment to French language
– great all around student

School they will be attending: SFU
Subject they intend to study: Kinesiology

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Indigenous Peoples Day

TODAY is Indigenous Peoples Day!

Check the Hastings School website for more info on the above Coast Salish inspired project plus more beautiful art around the school.

If your child has participated in any projects celebrating Indigenous Heritage Month, please send a photo to – we’d love to feature it on the PAC website!

The Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) is a sub-committee of the Hastings PAC, and would like to share the following message…

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!!

Today is a day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the first peoples of this land – First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. We hope you find the below links helpful for starting some conversations and planning events with your family!

1. Consider adding your name to the petition calling for all BC educators to receive mandatory training in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

2. The First Peoples’ Map of BC has just launched. It’s a unique platform where Indigenous people can upload their local languages, cultural touchpoint and highlight local artists.

3. Urban Ink is a Vancouver theatre company that uplifts Indigenous and diverse voices through storytelling and performance and they are celebrating their 20th anniversary!
Check out Urban Ink

4. Orene Askew, aka DJ O Show, is a local DJ, a member of the Squamish Nation council and a motivational speaker. Also being black and a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community has given her a unique perspective and now a documentary is being made about her!
Learn More

5. Now that we can travel throughout the province again (hurrah!), maybe the Indigenous Tourism BC website can help plan your trip. 

 6. Join Autumn Peltier – 16-year-old Chief Water Commissioner from Anishinabek First Nation – in calling for an end to boil water advisories on First Nation reservations.
Tell your kids about this TEEN activist!

Happy Indigenous Heritage Month!

And now message from HARC… 

As we did for Black History Month, the PAC’s Hastings Anti-Racism Committee (HARC) will be sending out a series of emails to celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month. We encourage you, as parents, to bring some or all of these stories to your kids. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

1. Haida artist, Tamara Bell, started the growing memorial on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery – placing 215 pairs of childrens’ shoes, in tribute to the remains found by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation at the residential school there. Above the memorial, a sign reads,

‘Know more than the names of the land. We are past the point of gratitude. It’s time to commit to more than live, work and play.’

A land acknowledgement rolls easily off most people’s tongues but how much do you know about the people you are thanking?
Learn more about the…

Musqueam Nation 
Tsleil Waututh Nation – People of the Inlet
Squamish Nation

2. Abigail Echo-Hawk, of the Pawnee Nation, and the chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board, asked for PPE to help protect the community from Covid-19. She received something very different and turned it into an act of resistance and resilience.

Read the Story

3. Speaking of fashion, Supernaturals Modelling, is the first Indigenous Modelling Agency.

Learn More

4. Let’s stay in the fashion category…Christian Allaire, member of the Ojibwe Nation and a writer for Vogue magazine, has just released his first book – “The Power of Style – How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures.”

Learn More

5. Kaniehti:io Horn, member of the Mohawk Nation, hosts a new podcast – ‘Telling Our Twisted Histories,’ in which Indigenous stories are decolonized and retold.

Learn More

6. A month-long gathering and showcase of Indigenous Performing Arts and Indigenous artists has already begun as the Talking Stick Festival (TSF) continues its 20th Anniversary celebrations!

Did you know June is also Filipino Heritage Month AND Pride Month?! SO many people and stories to celebrate!! 

The Walking School Bus is doing a call out for committee members!

It's cool to walk to school

The super popular Walking School Bus (WSB) was suspended due to COVID, but we are hopeful that we can get it up and running again soon!

The WSB not only helps parents get their kids safely to school, it also provides leadership opportunities for senior students and for students to form connections between different grades and programs. It also provides a fun way for students to have additional physical activity on a daily basis, and to decrease the level of vehicle congestion around school. In an era of growing awareness around climate change, every participant in the WSB is taking steps forward to the planet we want to have in the future.

An initiative like this take organizing and planning, so if you are interested in being involved in the restart, please email the PAC at and we can connect you with other parents.

Let’s come together

It is with heavy hearts that we open this email with the tragic news of a terrorist attack in London, Ontario killing four members of a Muslim family and leaving a 9 year old boy orphaned.

As Yusuf Siraj with the Islam Unravelled Anti-Racism Initiative said this week:

“If you feel attacked, or targeted, and no one stands up for you – no one’s there to say that’s wrong, we don’t approve that, we don’t accept that – then people might start think that this belief is mainstream when it is not.”  

With this in mind, here are three ways you can stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and support anti-racism:

    •    Attend the second Vancouver vigil to remember the victims and challenge extremist ideologies TONIGHT – Thursday, June 10 at 7pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
    •    Tell your political representatives to support the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ calls for an immediate National Action Summit on Islamophobia, to dismantle systemic and violent forms of Islamophobia.
    •    Share or donate to the fundraiser set up by extended family for the Muslim community through the Salman Family Sadaqa Jariya Fund.

Next week we will begin sharing a series of emails celebrating Indigenous Heritage month. We encourage you, as parents, to bring some or all of these stories to your kids. And we hope you find these resources and suggestions for action are helpful as we each find our own ways to understand, honour and build a safer, more inclusive and equitable school and community.  

The next Hastings Anti-racism Committee (HARC) meeting will be held next Monday, June 14th from 7-8pm on Zoom. All Hastings parents and guardians are welcome to attend every meeting. Zoom link here: