WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR HUSKIES

images-1We have the best students, staff, and families at Hedenkamp! Thank you all for making Hedenkamp such a wonderful place to be.  We are also appreciative of all our families that donated canned goods. We were amazed by the amount we collected, your generosity will make a difference for families in need this holiday season.  We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and look forward to seeing you all back at school tomorrow, November 26,  for a full day of learning!

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

toy-drive-psa1The Chula Vista Police Activities League (CV PAL) was organized in 1992 to create and provide activities for all youth in our community. CV PAL especially targets less fortunate and “at risk” youth. CV PAL is a community based non-profit organization operated from the Chula Vista Police Department. During the holidays, CV PAL partners with the Chula Vista Welfare Council and the Chula Vista Elementary School District for the annual toy drive. CV PAL delivers toys and food to approximately 300 families and 900 children. Each family is  provided a box of food, a gift card for groceries, and a toy for each child. We are collecting toys at Hedenkamp for this worthy cause until November 30th!

Your Photos are Needed!!

Do you have any pictures of any school events that you would like to see in the yearbook?  Please email them to historian@huskiespta.com.  Please include the child/children’s name, grade and their teacher’s name.  You just might see it in the yearbook!

NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN REMINDERS

Thank you for your patience and understanding with our new traffic pattern. As you know, SanDag construction is continuing along East Palomar.  As we have been sharing on our blog for the past month, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction in front of Hedenkamp.  We expect traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately three months.  The new traffic pattern has inctrased congestion in the area near our school.  In order to help alleviate some of the delays we have implemented a new traffic pattern for pick up and drop off  and  have also adjusted our bus schedule slightly. Parents and staff should only enter and exit the school via Brashear Place. The Kindergarten loop on East Palomar is closed and used for staff parking only. Traffic flows in a single file line into the parking lot, through the loading zone, around the bus loop, and back onto Brashear Place to exit. The loading zone has been extended through the bus loop. No students are allowed to load/unload along East Palomar Street. Please know you will be ticketed if you attempt to drop off or pick up on East Palomar.  We also have an “Express Lane” that parents can utilize once their student(s) are unloaded/loaded. Parents may also utilize cul-de-sacs directly east and west of the school for loading and unloading purposes.  If you will pick up your child in the main drop off and pick up area all students will wait in the area near the bus loop.
To mitigate risks, our school buses arrive at Hedenkamp Elementary earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, avoiding parent traffic in the bus loop. In the afternoon the buses stage in the neighborhood to the west of Hedenkamp Elementary and wait for the all clear from the school. We are providing a 15-minute window for afternoon drop off as each day’s traffic flow will vary.
Temporary Construction Bus Schedule:
  • Santa Rita West & Montera Street (Wisteria Park)
    • Pick Up ~ 8:05 AM
    • Drop Off (M-TH) ~ 3:50 PM  – 4:05 PM (ETA for Regular Days)
    • Drop Off (F) ~ 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM (ETA for Minimum Days)
We have additional supervision for our bus riders before and after school given our adjusted bus schedule.
We ask everyone to have extra patience and drive cautiously.  Please allow for extra time.  Student Safety is a priority. We have additional cones in place in the loading and unloading area, we ask that all drivers stay within the cones so we are able to keep everyone safe.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
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NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN

As you know, SanDag construction is continuing along East Palomar.  As we have been sharing on our blog for the past month, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction in front of Hedenkamp early this week.  We expect traffic to be reduced to one lane in each direction for approximately three months.  The new traffic pattern will increase congestion in the area near our school.  In order to help alleviate some of the delays we will implement new traffic and drop off procedures and will also adjust our bus schedule slightly. The new procedures will begin on Tuesday, November 13.  Parents and staff will only be able to enter and exit the school via Brashear Place. The Kindergarten loop on East Palomar will be closed and used for staff parking only. Traffic will flow in a single file line into the parking lot, through the loading zone, around the bus loop, and back onto Brashear Place to exit. The loading zone will be extended through the bus loop. No students will be allowed to load/unload along East Palomar Street. Please know you will be ticketed if you attempt to drop off or pick up on East Palomar.  We will also have an “Express Lane” that parents can utilize once their student(s) are unloaded/loaded. Parents may also utilize cul-de-sacs directly east and west of the school for loading and unloading purposes.  If you will pick up your child in the main drop off and pick up area they will no longer wait near the flag pole.  They will wait in the area near the bus loop.
To mitigate risks, our school buses will arrive at Hedenkamp Elementary earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon, avoiding parent traffic in the bus loop. In the afternoon the buses will stage in the neighborhood to the west of Hedenkamp Elementary and wait for the all clear from the school. We will be providing a 15-minute window for afternoon drop off as each day’s traffic flow will vary.
Temporary Construction Bus Schedule (Begins Tuesday, November 13th)
  • Santa Rita West & Montera Street (Wisteria Park)
    • Pick Up ~ 8:05 AM
    • Drop Off (M-TH) ~ 3:50 PM  – 4:05 PM (ETA for Regular Days)
    • Drop Off (F) ~ 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM (ETA for Minimum Days)
We will have additional supervision for our bus riders before and after school given our adjusted bus schedule.
We ask everyone to have extra patience and drive cautiously.  Please allow for extra time.  Student Safety is a priority. We will have additional cones in place in the loading and unloading area, we ask that all drivers stay within the cones so we are able to keep everyone safe.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY

Monday, November 12th is Veterans Day.  School will be closed.veteransday

THANK YOU

Last week was an exciting week at Hedenkamp!  We appreciate all our families for joining us for our Mathsquerade, Give Thanks to Reading, and our Book Fair!  We had so much fun with all of you!  We also want to thank our parent volunteers, safety patrol, student council, and teachers for helping to ensure all the events were great successes!

SIXTH GRADE PARENT MEETING

Please join us on Wednesday, November 14th, in the library, from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm for a parent meeting. We will be discussing specifics related to the following:

  • How to be “in-the-know” as a 6th Grade parent
  • Camp
  • End-of-the-Year Traditions
  • Promotion
  • Fundraising & Volunteers

This meeting is meant for our 6th Grade parents/guardians (Students do not need to attend). We hope to see all of you next week!

HOLIDAY CANNED FOOD DRIVE AND TOY DRIVE

images-1The Chula Vista Welfare Council, the Chula Vista Elementary School District and the Chula Vista Police Action League will all be working together to collect canned food and new unwrapped toys. Please drop off new toys, canned foods, pasta, and rice between November 5 and November 16  in our MPR and Office.  All the food and toys will be donated to the Welfare council for later distribution.

MILITARY CARE PACKAGES

We are also collecting items to add to care packages that we will be sending to deployed service members throughout the school year.  We will be collecting items in the office until December 7.Please refer to the list of items below if you would like to donate. Thank you in advance for your support.

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¡No vayan a olvidar!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

imagesParent Teacher Conferences will begin Thursday, September 13, 2018 and continue through Friday, September 21, 2018..  Remember, all 1st-6th grade students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m during the conference period. Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 1:25 p.m.. Ensemble Students  will rehearse from 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursday this week and next week. Please make appropriate transportation and child care arrangements.  We look forward to seeing you all at parent teacher conferences soon.

GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Calling all Grandparents and Great Grandparents!!  Please join us on Monday,
facebook-grandparentsSeptember 1o @ 8:00 a.m. in the MPR to honor and celebrate our many, many Hedenkamp Grandparents.  Please come enjoy coffee, juice, and pan dulce with your grandchild.  After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to walk your grandchild to class and be introduced to the class.  We hope to see you all there!

ELAC MEETING

Please join us for our monthly ELAC meeting.  We will meet on Thursday, September 13th at 8:15 am in our MPR! We hope to see you there!

FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12 @ 5:30 p.m. for our Hedenkamp Family Literacy Night.. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening designed to engage our families in literacy activities and fun!  Please mark your calendars and plan on joining for a fun filled evening that fosters a love for literacy!

FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE

The Father-Daughter Dance is Friday, September 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Tickets are currently available here. Tickets are $15/per person so you will need to buy one ticket for each individual. For example, if a father and daughter are attending the dance, you will need to buy two tickets. If the father is bringing two daughters, you will need to buy three.

Tickets are available through September 9th (or until they sell out) and are available online only. Tickets will not be sold at the door. This is a very popular event.  There are no refunds for this event.

Mothers who wish to attend can only do so by volunteering. We welcome you to sign up here.

These events can only happen with the dedication of our volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there.

SUPPORT GIRL SCOUT TROOP 6534

Please join Hedenkamp and Girl Scout Troop 6534 and help kids practice the importance of protecting the environment. Drop off your used markers, highlighters and dry erase markers in the collection bin located in the office. Girl Scouts will ship them to Crayola to be repurposed! Thank you for your participation!

FALL BREAK

Our fall break will begin on Monday, September 24th and continue through Monday, October 8th.  School will resume on Tuesday, October 9th with a full day of instruction.

 

4TH ANNUAL PARENT ACADEMY

Save the date! Learn about tools, strategies, and resources to support your child’s success in school. Sessions will include Math, Writing, Reading, ELD, Technology, Health and Wellness, VAPA and more. Breakfast will be provided for all.  Our district’s Parent Academy is coming on Saturday, October 13 at Vista Square Elementary from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Registration will begin soon.  We hope to see you there!

APEX FUN Run

Thank you to everyone who is participating in our annual APEX Fun Run.  The APEX Team is having a great time meeting our students and modeling teamwork and leadership. We love that the APEX team is helping build STRONG HUSKY Leaders.  If you would like to donate please check out your child’s  “apex lanyard” that was distributed last Tuesday. All instructions are inside. Please visit myapexevent.com to donate. Use the student’s special “access code” printed on their lanyard to log in and enter your information online. This will help the apex team keep track of pledges. Please remember to Login your child’s shirt size online because every student will receive a free shirt on run day just for choosing their size online! The Fun Run is Thursday, August 16. Please be sure to send your child with a water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and clothes and shoes that they can run in. We hope you will be able to join us to cheer our Huskies on! As last year, there are three tracks and there will be three different times depending upon grade level.

9:00 am  – K, 1st, and 2nd Grades

10:00 am – 5th and 6th Grades

11:00 am  – 3rd and 4th Grades

DROP OFF and Pick Up Procedures

dropoffsignAs you know, we are very large school with over 1000 students! We love having such a large, vibrant school community!Having a large number of students means drop off and dismissal time can get very busy.  Please remember if you use any of our three drop off and pick up zones, you need to stay in your car and continue to pull forward at all times.  Please never leave your vehicle unattended in the yellow zones.  Also, please steer clear of all red zones, you will get ticketed if you stop there.  Please be sure your child knows where they should wait for you at dismissal. Thank you for your patience and cooperation at drop off and dismissal time.  We also appreciate you modeling appropriate and courteous behavior for our Huskies at all times.

Parent Workshop

We will hold a Parent Workshop on Wednesday, August 15 at 5:30 pm in the library.  Mr. DeVore and I will share how to read CAASPP, ELPAC, and Local Measures score reports.  We will also share technology tools you can use at home to support your child!  We hope to see you all there!

Picture Day

imgres-1Please mark your calendars.  Picture day is scheduled for Thursday, August 23.   Our PTA will use Gerardy as our photography vendor this year.

 

Support Girl Scout Troop 6534

Please join Hedenkamp and Girl Scout Troop 6534 and help kids practice the importance of protecting the environment. Drop off your used markers, highlighters and dry erase markers in the collection bin located in the office. Girl Scouts will ship them to Crayola to be repurposed! Thank you for your participation!

Child Nutrition Services

We encourage you to visit the Child Nutrition Services website to apply for free or reduced lunch for your child. Meal Application .  We strongly encourage all families to complete the application.  Our school receives additional funding based on the number of students that qualify for this program.

FIRST WEEK

HUSKY HUSTLE

We are excited to begin our Husky Hustle on Monday. July 30 at 8:15 am!  We encourage all students to participate.  It is a great way to get some exercise with your friends before school.  We will pass out a Popsicle stick this week to all runners, volunteers will mark the laps you run on the Popsicle stick this week.  We will begin using our scanning system to track laps next week.  If you are on campus between 8:15 and 8:35, please  join us for the Husky Hustle! We can’t wait to see you there!

PARKING, DROP OFF AND PICK UP

All of us at Hedenkamp want to thank our families and community members for their patience and understanding as we try to accommodate the many vehicles that arrive each morning and afternoon.

dropoffsignWe  strongly recommend that families begin to use the drop off and pick up areas we have established around the IMG_0493school.  They are:  Tabor Court, Kindergarten Loop and the Main Parking Lot. Although it may take a few minutes to move through the line, most if not all of the students are picked up by 3:25 p.m.  Please remember to always pull forward and never park in the pick up and drop off areas.

We also encourage families to walk, scooter, bike or carpool to school. As a school of over 1030 students, it helps if we can reduce the number of cars driving to campus daily.

Finally, we would especially encourage the parents of our 2nd-6th grade students to use the drop off and pick up areas and allow the parents of our younger students to park.

PTA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The PTA Membership Drive is off to a great start!.  PTA memberships expire annually, so remember to sign up as a PTA member for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Parents, students, and staff can join.

Your membership goes toward the many programs and events scheduled throughout the year.  Any donation amount is welcomed or select from the membership levels below:

  • Bronze – $10
  • Silver – $25
  • Gold – $35
  • Platinum – $50

Platinum members will be recognized on the PTA website and donor names printed in the 2018 – 2019 yearbook.

Look for a PTA Membership Form in your child’s back to school packet and return the completed form to school.  For your convenience,  sign up online at huskiespta.com/webstore.  Thank you in advance for your support!

 

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¡GRACIAS!