Pumpkin Festival Planning Committee - THANK YOU!!
The PFO's deepest thanks and gratitude go out to the dedicated members of the Pumpkin Festival Committee for their creativity, energy, collaboration, resilience and positive attitude. These parents role modeled the HKIS Vision through their dedication and hard work. Thank you, thank you!
The Pumpkins would also like to extend personal thanks for being given VIP treatment and being adopted, adored, decorated, carved and enjoyed by our great HKIS Community!
Pumpkin Festival Planning Committee 2016: the HKIS Community, the PFO and the Pumpkins salute you!
Amy Clayton, Angela Foo, Angela McCareins, Aude Zibell, Bel Quan, Bonnie Bajaj, Cheila Clemente, Christine Wai, Connie Chun, Deepa Bhagwani, Dominique Bradley, Don Shono, Eva Lind-Mallo, Grace Brennan, Imaan Bhatia, Irene Chung, Janet Chen, Jenny Lee, Jessie Chen, Jina Jung, Julianne Johnsky, Julie Ge, Julie Fried, Jun Liu, Juyong Kim, Karena Belin, Keerat Kaur, King Sze Yip, Kristin Richard, Lijing Zhu, Lina Doo, Linda Wu, Liz Powell, Liz Van Hell, Luiddy Pollock, Madhu Bahuguna, Martine Vanasse, Mary Johnson, Matt Durnin, Maura Tagliaferri, Otto Rincon, Ovril Puddefoot, Paola Bianchi, Renate Chu, Renee Yip, Sam Growdon, Sara Park, Selma Benmoussa, Sharon Chiu, Sim Leong, Somi Bhatnagar, Teresa Fox, Vilma Calix & Virginia DeBlank
Pumpkin Festival - AMAZING!!
After a week of turbulent weather, the sun came out to smile on the 2016 HKIS 50th Anniversary PFO Pumpkin Festival! The PFO was thrilled to organize the first of our major HKIS community events and to be able to hold it after an unpredictable week of weather. Despite the logistical challenges leading up to this year’s festival, it was our most successful Pumpkin Festival ever and it was all because of you! Thank you to all who supported the event by attending, volunteering, performing or as sponsors or vendors!
Thank you for all the delicious baked/made goods for the Bake Sale - with such a wonderful variety to select from, it continues to be a popular destination at the festival. We have also been blessed with loads of book donations and items for the Boo-tique, thank you for your generosity!
We couldn’t run these festivals without the tremendous support and energy from our volunteers ! Student volunteers from MS + HS play a key role in helping to set-up, run and tear-down the event. Again this year, students role modeled creativity and collaboration! There was an amazing pool of students who helped out wholeheartedly and with great attitudes.
Thank you for the wonderful support from our HS student leaders Myka Umali (Student Services), Samy Morton (Student Life), Serena Nanji-Totani (PR and Communications) and Madison Laskowski (Student Ambassadors), for helping to spread the word about the volunteer opportunities in their respective areas.
The same is true for our many adult volunteers. A sincere thanks to all of you who took a shift (or a few) to keep the Pumpkin Festival running smoothly! Extra special thanks to those that came in on Thursday to start set up and those that came in early with the sun on Saturday to make sure everything was in place for a BOOtastic time to be had by all!
We also want to thank our extremely generous sponsors and our food partners. We thank you all from the bottom of our orange-tinted hearts for your continued support of the HKIS community! We especially thank our Pumpkin Patch sponsor, The American Club , as well as the long-standing support from donors Santa Fe Relocation Group, Kwoon Chung Motors and alumnus Kelvin Hah from Yupi candy. We could not hold the Pumpkin Festival without all of our generous contributors and we are sincerely grateful.
The PFO's deepest thanks and gratitude goes out to the SPOOKtacular members of the Pumpkin Festival Committee for their energy, flexibility and positive attitude. Bonnie Bajaj , Virginia DeBlank , Selma Benmoussa and their amazing team of over 40 parents truly embodied the HKIS Vision of collaboration, creativity and resilience through their dedication and hard work. Thank you, thank you!
We could not turn the Middle School into a Halloween wonderland without the support of Anthony Hui , Kan Yip and the entire O&M team as well as Mr. Ale and his Security team ! This year in particular required extra work on their part, with them staying late on Thursday to make sure we could get a jump on setup before the T8 was hoisted. Thank you to the Middle School and Lower Primary for letting us take over their campus for a couple of days, and to both divisions for their support and flexibility when we needed to move setup ahead a day and shuffle rooms because of the weather.
Lastly - for the winners of the ever popular Pumpkin Weight Guess and Candy Guess Lucky Draw !
Thanks to all who submitted guesses for the weight of the GIANT pumpkin on Saturday! The pumpkin weighed in at 184 lbs or 83.5 kilos! We had two very good guessers this year! Congratulations to Siddharth Sengupta in Grade 10 with a guess of 83 kilos and Kelton Sonoda in Grade 4 who guessed 189 lbs. You will each receive a Bookazine gift card very soon.
We had two lucky draw Candy Guess winners! Congratulations to the following two students: Vedika Bahuguna in Grade 4 and Aidan Ting in Grade 5. Congrats on your candy jars!
Thank you one and all and please mark your calendars NOW for HKIS 50th Anniversary PFO World’s Fair on April 1, 2017!
Enjoy your Pumpkins & Happy Halloween !
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL 2016
WE ARE ON FOR SATURDAY - COME ENJOY SOME FUN AFTER OUR SOGGY WEEK!
Pumpkins – Games – Prizes – Entertainment – Book Sale – Shopping Bootique – Bake Sale – Charity Expo – Food – Fun – Dragon Shop – Free Bus Transportation – and MORE!
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Middle School Campus - Tai Tam
The wait is almost over - and hopefully most of the stormy weather come Saturday morning too! Pumpkin Festival is a RAIN or SHINE event! Activities have all been moved undercover in anticipation so everyone can stay nice and dry. After Tropical Cyclone Haima passes us on Friday, come out to the Tai Tam Campus for a BOO tastic time during the 50th Anniversary of HKIS! If the T8 signal is lowered by 8am Saturday and there are no Red or Black Rain warnings, Pumpkin Festival is on . If we are sadly still under a T8, Red or Black Rain warning, we will activate a backup plan for Sunday, October 23rd.
PUMPKIN FESTIVALGet ready for some fun! The PFO Pumpkin Festival is one of our most popular events of the year. You'll find games and prizes for kids, student entertainment, the always popular book sale, a delicous bake sale, shopping Boo-tique, charity expo, and 'lots of food and drinks. And free bus transportation is provided through out the event. There truly is something for everyone at this event.
What do you get
when you cross a
snowman & a vampire?
What kind of pants
do ghosts wear?
- Boo - Jeans!
What does a skeleton
say before dinner?
- Bone appetit!
What would you find
on a haunted beach?
- A sand-witch!
What is the Pumpkin Festival?
Pumpkin Festival is the first of the PFO's really big, awesome, over-the-top, fun day of community! Pumpkins? Check! Food? Check! Games? Check! Entertainment? Check! More? You bet!!!
It's a time for the entire HKIS community to come together and enjoy a fun-filled day. The day includes student-led entertainment, all sorts of food, carnival games and prizes, used book sale, activities by HKIS student charities, a yummy bake sale, Boo-tique shopping, and so much more. And, of course the best part -- a pumpkin patch! Just in time for Halloween.
Hosted at the Middle School campus in Tai Tam, you'll find complimentary bus transportation to and from campus throughout the day. The Dragon Shop will also be open for your convenience.
This truly is fun for the entire family! And all proceeds go back to HKIS.
- Prizes + Donations
- Bake Sale
- Used Book Sale
- Security + Transportation
- Boo-tique Shopping
- Student Charity Expo
- Carnival Games
- PR + Signage
- Pumpkin Patch
As part of the Entertainment Committee, you'll solicit and organize time slots of student-led entertainment (singing, dance performances, instrumentals, dramatic readings, etc.) for the day, working with HKIS AV and performers to determine equipment needs. You'll also connect with the PR Committee to place a Call for Talent through school newsletters and posters.
As part of the Volunteers Committee, you'll collect volunteer slots needed from other committees. Manage the online sign-up and distribution of the adult and student volunteers list. Oversee on-site volunteer sign-in. Tabulate final MS + HS volunteer hours for class and charity awards.
BAKE SALE COMMITTEE
As part of the Bake Sale Committee, you're not allowed to eat all the yummy treats. But you are allowed to request and coordinate donations of baked goods, manage online donation commitments, coordinate drop-off/collection of treats, set-up, set prices for items, oversee sales, and tear-down.
SECURITY + TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
As part of the Security + Transportation Committee, you'll coordinate with HKIS staff to provide adequate security measures, work with HKIS bus coordinator to organize buses for complimentary transportation to and from the event. Manage parking assignments for vendors and committee members.
PR + SIGNAGE COMMITTEE
As part of the PR + Signage Committee, you'll work with the PFO VP of Communications to place Pumpkin Festival announcements in the school newsletters and on the PFO website via email. You'll also help with coordinating poster and banner production, and supervise and coordinate posting of these materials with MS and HS student volunteers. Graphic designers are also welcome to help design flyers and posters.
There is still space available for more volunteers in the committee areas of Games, Decorations and Entertainment Stage Coordination. Now is the time to join this team of passionate and fun-loving helping hands! Our bewitching co-chairs, Bonnie Bajaj, Virginia DeBlank and Selma Benmoussa are looking forward to welcoming you! We meet Tuesday mornings and our final planning meeting will be:
Pumpkin Festival Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 18
9 - 10:30 a.m.
HS 504 Conference Room (between HoS and Admissions Offices & to left of main stairs)
We look forward to seeing you there!