Fall Break Tidbits (Sept. 29, 2019)

Parent Academy, Register Today!

“This is Chula Vista Elementary School District’s 5th year hosting a parent-centered conference dedicated to partnering with parents in their efforts to support their child’s emotional and academic development.” (

Now is the perfect time to register for the 5th Annual CVESD Parent Academy! We are so fortunate to have this opportunity offered to all Hedenkamp parents! Please be sure to register for this free event as soon as possible by visiting: The Parent Academy will take place on Saturday, October 19th, from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM, with an amazing free breakfast starting at 7:30 AM! The Parent Academy will be located at Vista Square Elementary School, 540 G Street, Chula Vista, 91910. For more information, please contact Angelica Maldonado, Parent Engagement Coordinator at (619) 425-9600 ext. 1465. Hope to see you there!

PTA Reflections 2019

PTA Reflections is a National PTA program that has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. (, August 2019)

If your child enjoys visual art, photography, or creative writing, please consider submitting a piece of their work for the 2019 Reflections Program! “Look Within” is the theme for all submissions this year. Please note, the entries must be created solely by the child. Submissions and a completed student entry form must be turned in to room 408 no later than Monday, October 14, 2019.  Questions? Please email

PTA Reflections 2019- How To Enter

PTA Reflections 2019- Official Rules

PTA Reflections 2019- Entry Form

Husky Howl Ticket Sales and Volunteer Link

The annual Hedenkamp Husky Howl fundraiser event is scheduled for Friday, October 25th from 4:30 until 8pm, with PTA members only admission beginning at 4:00pm. (If you are not yet a member, you can click here to join today!) The Husky Howl will include music, carnival games, local food vendors and Inflatable World rides for children to enjoy! Tickets will be required for all game and vendor purchases and one wristband per child is required for any child who wishes to use inflatable rides. Tickets and wristbands are now on sale at a special discounted price at the Hedenkamp PTA Webstore and will be available through Sunday, October 20th. In-person sales will be held on the school campus October 22-23rd from 8:15-9:00 am. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Husky Howl, but will only be offered at full price. Please consider taking advantage of the pre-sale by purchasing your tickets and wristbands early. Please view the flyer for details: Husky Howl Oct-25-2019 

Donations of dessert items (store bought) for the Cake Walk would be very much appreciated; please drop off at the Hedenkamp front office on Friday, Oct. 25th. Thank you so much!

The Husky Howl would not be possible without parent support! We would love to have your help as a volunteer at this fun event! Please sign up for a Husky Howl volunteer shift by clicking here! We are so thankful for your continued support!

Support Hedenkamp PTA with AmazonSmile!

Did you know that you can support Hedenkamp PTA with your Amazon shopping?! Simply sign in using your Amazon account at and choose to support Hedenkamp PTA. Android mobile systems are now supported as well, please visit the  PTA Retail Rewards page for details.

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://



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.


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.