Spring Fair Returns Friday May 10!

The Spring Fair is back at Hastings Elementary Friday May 10 from 3-6 pm. 

🏰Bouncy castles 
🃏Carnival Games 
💖Glitter Tattoos
🍕Pizza, Hotdogs and Donuts
🍰 Cakes
🧩Family-friendly fun

The Spring Fair is the PACs biggest Fundraiser and Community event of the year. 

All proceeds, after expenses, go to important initiatives that help the children of the Hastings Elementary school , including classroom supplies, technology, art projects, field trips and more. 

Please get involved if you can. Below are different ways you can donate and help:

Donate your time – We need volunteers on the day , approx 40-60, to make the event run smoothly. Please email Janine at janinegiannelli@gmail.com to sign up for a 90 minute shift. Many hands make light work. 

Donate a Cake – Bake a cake and bring and drop it to the school anytime before 3pm on Friday May 10th. Cakes Galore is a fan fave of the kids, but we need cakes to make it happen.

Donate a Jolly Jar – (Another fan favourite ) Help your child make a jolly jar or encourage them to attend a lunch time jolly jar making session (TBA) at school with Jolly Jar expert Meg Roe. 

Sponsor or Donate Money – Maybe you own a small business and you would like to support your local community school. You can sponsor a carnival game or a bouncy castle. We have tiered sponsorship.   Contact Yvonne Connors at yconnors123@gmail.com if you are interested. 

Support your community – Buy tickets and donate them to others you might not otherwise would have attended the fair . Buy packs of 10 or 20 tickets and donate them. Contact  yconnors123@gmail.com

Donate Toys – Do your spring cleaning and donate gently used toys, games and puzzles. NO BOOKS PLEASE.  There will be a collection box at the front of school right by the office.  These items are used as prizes for kids who play the carnival games.

Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre will be on site for this event. See you Friday May 10 at 3pm!

Hastings Merch has Arrived!

Show off your school colours with a Hastings Elementary T-Shirt or Crew Neck Sweatshirt! T-shirts are 100% cotton available in black, green or white. Sweatshirts are 50/50 cotton/polyester blend available in black and white.

Sizes available from Youth Small to Adult XXL so the whole family can get involved! T-shirts are $15 and sweatshirts are $35. Profits go towards PAC initiatives to support Hastings Elementary School.

Order through School Cash Online or email info@hastingspac.ca to place your order. Current order deadline is April 5th.


We are so pleased to announce that we have officially launched Hastings Reads 2024!
Students have their goal-setting booklets, reading lists have been shared, and we’ve hosted
our first grade 6/7 lunchtime mentoring session! But there is still much to do, and an event like
this is most successful if we have many parent volunteers! There are many roles available at
various times and commitment levels.

A wonderfully rewarding experience for all involved, this initiative would not be possible without
the efforts of parent volunteers. Interested in being part of this meaningful initiative? Check out
the roles below and email hastingsreadslovesbooks@gmail.com to sign up. Grab a couple of
friends who might like to participate as well!


  • sponsorship outreach: starting anytime, this can be done on your own time (canvas local
    businesses for in-kind donations of prizes; arrange pickups and sending thank yous after
    event). *sponsorship letters, email copy, and thank you templates are all available
  • student presenter support: help with lunchtime sessions in school library to help with
    registration, ideas, presentation formatting and coaching); each Friday in April from 12-1pm.
  • author outreach: March – April (connect with authors of championed books for student
    messages); this can be done on your own time via email.
  • stage manager: during school day, at the dress rehearsal (midday on Friday, May 3rd), and
    on the day of the final event (afternoon of Monday, May 6th) – keep time, signal to presenters,
    control the lights.
  • party crew: late May / early June – date TBC – shop, pickup & coordinate supplies for
    Celebration of Literacy wrap party in gym (school-wide).
  • wrap up / feedback: May – beg. June (create and administer survey to students, parents and
    teachers post-event; communicate feedback to planning committee); can be done on own time.

Learn more about Hastings Reads 2024 HERE
Get the Official Hastings Reads 2024 booklist and see where it all started! Our inspiration for Hastings Reads was CBC’s Canada Reads which officially kicked off on March 4th!
Canada Reads 2024 Contenders
CBC Canada Reads 2024 Book Trailers

Purdy’s Easter Chocolate Fundraiser

Easter is coming early (Sunday, March 31) this year so get your chocolate orders in with the PAC Purdys Chocolatier Fundraiser!

Choose from Easter gift boxes, fun chocolate bunnies, Sweet Georgia Browns and more. Funds raised support Hastings Elementary PAC initiatives and events. Get your Easter gift-shopping done while supporting the school. 😊💜

Visit: https://fundraising.purdys.com/1269200-115796

Sign up with your email and ‘Join the Campaign’

Click Shop Online in the Tabs up top

Choose your chocolate treats!

Deadline to order is Feb 27th.

Products will be available for pick up at the school March 13th (the week before Spring Break)

PAC General Meeting – Weds Jan 24

Please join us in the school library on Weds Jan 24 from 6-8:30 pm.

On the agenda: the latest on the school from Principal Trevor Wrinch, votes on a variety of funding requests, and discussions about some of the things PAC would like to take action on, including the process of updating our Constitution.

Childcare is available for anyone who needs it.

You can find minutes from the last meeting here.

Please ensure you come to make sure your viewpoints and voices are heard –see you Wednesday!

Poinsettias Are Coming!

The famous Hastings PAC poinsettia sale is back!!! These stunning 16″ by 16″ plants are in 6″ pots, and available in red or white for just $12 each. Please fill out an order form at the Hastings Elementary office (cheques should be made out to Hastings PAC), or email info@hastingspac.ca to place your order. (Please specify # of plants and colour, and we’ll confirm your order after receiving your accompanying e-transfer.)

Don’t delay, the deadline is Dec 12th and these beauties often sell out. We’ll see you at pickup Dec 14th at the undercover area, either between 2:30-4 pm, or at the Winter Warm Up starting at 5!

Hastings Potluck – just 1 week away!

Please RSVP here, and let us know if you can volunteer to help things run smoothly — particularly with set up. Alt text follows below for anyone using an image reader.

You are invited to the annual Hastings Community Potluck Tues. Nov. 28 from 6-8 pm.

Please bring a meal –either homemade or store bought — that shares something about your heritage. Please have it at the gym by 5:45 pm. Don’t forget to label your dish with your name and the ingredients. Please also bring a serving spoon for your dish, as well as plates, cutlery, and reusable water bottles for you and your family.

There will be a quiet room and a COVID-safer room for people who feel more comfortable in less busy spaces.

See you there!