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It’s Almost Tuesday Tidbits (Sept. 16, 2019)

Thank You!

Thank you to all who attended the Dance with your Daughter! We’re so happy you were there and hope you enjoyed it! We’d also like to thank all of the volunteers who worked to help make this special night possible! Well done!

Book Fair Schedule Change

Please note, the Scholastic Book Fair Schedule has changed. The Book Fair will be open Tuesday, Sept. 17th from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm and on Wednesday, Sept. 18th from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. The Book Fair is located in the MPR. Come by and check out the selection, all are welcome!

Did you know volunteer help at the Book Fair is still needed?! Any help you can lend on Tuesday or Wednesday would be very much appreciated! Please click here to sign up for a volunteer shift at the Book Fair! Thank you so much!

If you aren’t able to shop the Book Fair with your child, that’s okay! You now have the option to give your student a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair with Scholastic e-Wallet. Simply create a free account, preauthorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available. Sign up for e-wallet at Https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/hedenkamp.

 

 

Books and Bagels, Thursday!

Please join the Hedenkamp Community on Thursday, September 19th at 8:00 a.m for the annual Books and Bagels Event in the MPR. This is a special opportunity to enjoy a bagel and spend some morning time reading with your children! All are welcome!

PTA Dance Name Change

RE: Father Daughter Dance name change Dance with your Daughter 

We would like to apologize for any frustrations that some members of the Hedenkamp community have felt regarding the recent name change of the Father Daughter Dance to Dance with your Daughter and our rollout of the name change. We regret the awkward implementation and any disappointment that the change may have caused.

The goal of the name change was to be both more inclusive of the diverse families at Hedenkamp Elementary School and to be more aligned with the PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Because of the need to be more aligned with the PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, votes by the board nor the membership at large were required to make this change. Throughout the years, concerns have been expressed to Board Members that the name of our dances do not feel inclusive to all of our students and families. There have been instances of families not participating because of the nomenclature. Our goal is and continues to be to advocate for our children, and to ensure they are represented and included.

We recognize the tradition that this dance represents for our community and will continue to represent while also making more children and parents feel welcome. If you have any additional comments, we encourage you to reach out to any of the Hedenkamp PTA Board Members, emails for each individual board member can be found immediately following the PTA’s mission statement.

We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to serve the Hedenkamp community this 2019 – 2020 school year.

Sincerely,

The Hedenkamp Elementary 2019-2020 PTA Board

PTAs everywhere must understand and embrace the uniqueness of all individuals, appreciating that each contributes a diversity of views, experiences, cultural heritage/traditions, skills/abilities, values and preferences.

When PTAs respect differences yet acknowledge shared commonalities uniting their communities, and then develop meaningful priorities based upon their knowledge, they genuinely represent their communities. When PTAs represent their communities, they gain strength and effectiveness through increased volunteer and resource support.

The recognition of diversity within organizations is valuing differences and similarities in people through actions and accountability.

These differences and similarities include age, ethnicity, language and culture, economic status, educational background, gender, geographic location, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position and tenure, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.

Therefore, PTAs at every level must:

•Openly assess beliefs and practices to assure inclusiveness and guard against discrimination;

•Make every effort to create a PTA board and membership that is inclusive and reflective of its community;

•Encourage that all PTA activities at the school be planned by a committee which is representative of the population;

•Foster programs and practices that eliminate bias, prejudice and misunderstanding within their communities;

•Become acquainted with the leaders of the many diverse groups in the community and collaborate with them to increase parent, family and community involvement;

•Educate its leaders and members to the needs, cultural beliefs, traditions and family structures of the population they serve; and

•Propose change wherever discriminatory practices are perceived.

•PTA values and appreciates diversity, which enriches and strengthens the structure of our society within our state and nation.

* This letter, in its original format, can be found here.

Dance with your Daughter

The Dance With Your Daughter (formerly known as the Father/Daughter Dance) is Friday, September 13 in the MPR from 6-8pm. The theme is “Enchanted Garden.” PTA Members attending the dance will be able to skip the long wait for photos and advance to the VIP Membership photo fast lane! Not yet a member? It’s okay, sign up here!

Please note, the Dance with your Daughter requires an admission ticket for entry. Tickets are no longer for sale and tickets will not be sold at the door. We hope you enjoy the dance!