Weekend Update (January 13, 2023)

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New Social Media

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Executive Board Elections

PTA Executive Board nominations are open! Get involved with your PTA!

The nomination committee is currently seeking parent volunteers who can serve on the Hedenkamp Elementary PTA Executive Board for the 2023-2024 school year.

Would you like to volunteer in the spirit of support for students, teachers, and the Hedenkamp community? Do you know someone who would like to join our team of Hedenkamp PTA volunteers?

Get involved by completing our 2023-2024 PTA Election Google Form.

Open PTA Positions:

Please email Mrs. Odalis Lee at parliamentarian@huskiespta.com for more information.

Fundraisers

All day Wednesday, January 18, show the flyer above (or mention Hedenkamp Elementary) at California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Otay Ranch Towne Centre location to help support Hedenkamp PTA.

20% of proceeds will be donated (not valid on orders placed or fulfilled through third-party delivery).

If you aren’t familiar with CPK, they don’t just serve pizza, they also have salads, soups, pastas, sandwiches, etc.

The Loko Bean Cafe coffee cart will be returning to Hedenkamp Thursday mornings (but excluding this coming Thursday, January 19) from 6:30-9:00 am at the bus loop. The coffee cart includes espressos, lattes, mochas, and more.

% of proceeds goes to Hedenkamp PTA.

If you are interested in ordering for a Hedenkamp teacher or staff member, but maybe don’t have the time, you can text 858-997-6542 with the name of who you’d like to order for, and the order, and PTA will order and deliver on your behalf, followed by Venmo payment request.

Yearbook

The 2022-2023 Hedenkamp yearbook includes all grades and features photos of students, teachers, staff, school clubs and events. It is a great way for your Husky to remember their time at Hedenkamp! Preorder your yearbook for $35. You can have their name printed on the cover for an additional $5. Sorry, early bird pricing ended on December 31, 2022.

Preorder your yearbook at the Hedenkamp PTA Web Store. Deadline to purchase a yearbook is April 2, 2023.

Yearbooks will be distributed by the last day of school, pending the printer.

Yearbook Love Lines

Yearbook love lines (aka boosters) are short personalized messages to family, friends, staff and students that are placed at the end of the yearbook.  They are a great way to send a special message to your child recognizing all the hard work they have put into the school year.  Love lines can be written to Huskies in all grades (students and staff) and there is no limit to how many you can order.

A love line costs $5 and may contain up to 100 characters (including spaces and punctuation).  Purchase online at the Hedenkamp PTA Web Store. Deadline to purchase love lines is March 1, 2023.

Please note that all messages will be reviewed before they are placed in the yearbook. E-mail yearbook@huskiespta.com with any questions you may have.

Yearbook Photos

Get your pictures in the yearbook!  All grades are included in the yearbook so we need your help.  If you have great photos of school events, email them to us!  We can’t be everywhere to take pictures so help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific yearbook to remember this school year!

Deadline to submit photos is March 1, 2023.

Ways to submit photos for the yearbook:

Please submit photos that are:

  • school-related
  • digital, no hard copies will be accepted
  • high resolution (300 dpi jpg)
  • original files – no screenshots
  • full color
  • unaltered – do not crop, use photo filters, add text or create collages
  • not watermarked
  • recognizable – faces should be visible or partially visible
  • in focus – not blurry

Be sure to include your child’s name, grade, teacher and event info in your email.  This ensures that photos are placed on the correct pages.

If possible, rename your files:

  • 1 Child in photo: “X Grade_TeacherLast_ChildFirst ChildLast” e.g. “6th Grade_Mikulanis_Jane Smith”
  • Kids from the same class: “X Grade_TeacherLast kids” e.g. “4th Grade_Rose kids”
  • Kids from the same grade: “X Grade kids”  e.g. “2nd Grade kids”
  • For all other variations include event name or a description
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK.  EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE ACCURACY AND CLARITY.  IN THE EVENT OF AN ERROR OR OMISSION, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES AS THE YEARBOOK CANNOT BE REPRINTED.  LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BECAUSE LAYOUTS MUST BE FINALIZED AND SUBMITTED BY THE PRINTER DEADLINE.  THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!

6th Grade Photos

Hey 6th grade parents!

The 2022-2023 yearbook will have pages that feature baby photos of our 6th graders!  Share a photo of your cutie pie with us and have it in the yearbook for a lifetime!

Please choose ONE baby photo (we know it will be tough to choose!), rename it “First Last” and email it to yearbook@huskiespta.com by March 1, 2023. The photo file name will be the name listed to identify the baby on the page, be sure to check for typos.  Images not renamed with the student’s name will not be used.  Please include the name of your teacher in your email.

Please submit a baby photo that is:

  • an individual shot – no other people in the photo
  • forward facing (at least from the chest and up) and shows the baby’s face clearly
  • digital, no hard copies will be accepted
  • high resolution (300 dpi jpg)
  • original files – no screenshots
  • full color
  • unaltered – do not crop, use photo filters, add text or create collages
  • not watermarked
  • in focus – not blurry
PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK.  EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO INCLUDE ALL BABY PHOTOS.  IN THE EVENT OF AN ERROR OR OMISSION, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES AS THE YEARBOOK CANNOT BE REPRINTED.  LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BECAUSE LAYOUTS MUST BE FINALIZED AND SUBMITTED BY THE PRINTER DEADLINE. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!

6th grade parents if you can share this with your 6th graders:

The yearbook wants a photo of your favorite memory from being at Hedenkamp!  Was it running alongside your friends at the Apex Fun Run, marching in the Kindergarten Community Workers Parade, a field trip to Old Town, playing with your friends on the blacktop or meeting your teacher for the first time? 

Whatever it is, have your parents find a photo of it and email it to yearbook@huskiespta.com by March 1, 2023.  Please include the 6th grader’s name and the name of the teacher in your email. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE REVIEWED AND ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE YEARBOOK.  EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE ACCURACY AND CLARITY.  IN THE EVENT OF AN ERROR OR OMISSION, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGIES AS THE YEARBOOK CANNOT BE REPRINTED.  LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BECAUSE LAYOUTS MUST BE FINALIZED AND SUBMITTED BY THE PRINTER DEADLINE.  THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING!

National PTA Healthy Lifestyles

Making small changes as a family today can make a big difference for everyone’s mental health and well-being tomorrow. It can be hard to know where to start, but National PTA’s Healthy Minds Family Action Plan can help you commit to actions that will support your family’s well-being:

National PTA Standards Webinar Series

National PTA’s Center for Family Engagement is partnering with the Institute for Educational Leadership for a five-part webinar series to help district, school and parent/community leaders explore our six National Standards for Family-School Partnerships through panel discussions with leading practitioners, researchers and policymakers who are improving family-school partnerships so that all children can reach their full potential.

Join the first webinar in the series: Welcome All Families, Wednesday, January 25. Note time-frames are in Eastern Standard Time. Visit their Zoom Registration page to register and for the dates and time-frames of the remainder of the series.

Weekend Update (September 16, 2022)

PTA Membership Drive

PTA Membership Drive flyer

Hedenkamp has earned a “Silly Sock Day” for Monday, September 19, for reaching 100 PTA members! Please spread the word to become a member by visiting huskiespta.com/membership. We will also have a PTA table in front of the school on Tuesday, September 20, from 1:30-2:30 pm, with free popcorn for PTA members. Non-members can sign-up at the table with $10 in cash (or sign-up online via smartphone).

Huskies posing with PTA Goal Meter

Help us reach our end goal of 400 PTA members! Every time we reach a goal, the school gets a prize:

  • 150 members: Principal sings a song!
  • 200 members: Pajama Day!
  • 250 members: Free homework pass!
  • 300 members: Popsicles!
  • 350 members: Pie in Principal’s face!
  • 400 members: Extra recess!

Husky Wear Sale

Husky Wear Sale flyer

We will have 240+ shirts available for sale in 3 different designs/colors per the flyer above. Additionally, we’ll have samples of items available for pre-sale (pay now and shipment will arrive later). Pre-sale items are pullover hoodies, full zip hoodies, soft shirts, and v-neck shirts. We’ll have a table for pre-sales (example of order form, pricing varies depending on size) and a table for regular sales.

Scholastic Fall Book Fair Volunteers

Volunteers needed for Scholastic Book Fair

We will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair next week, from Monday, September 19 to Friday, September 23.

The Scholastic Book Fair empowers our students to choose books they love, and with so many options, they’re sure to find themselves in the pages. We hope that you can offer your time and talents to help students become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers – which in turn makes them bolder, prouder, and stronger individuals. And since every purchase benefits our school, helping is twice as rewarding.

We can’t run a successful Book Fair without your help. Please visit our SignUpGenius webpage to view available dates and time-frames to sign up for volunteering: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4dafa62ba0f85-fall

  • Cleared Volunteers can sign-up for as many time-slots as available.
  • Non-Cleared Volunteers can volunteer a maximum of 2 days. This only applies if the slots are during school hours. Before and after school slots have not limits.
  • Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) students can volunteer to help with the book fair. They have to follow the same volunteer guidelines as adult volunteers. Student volunteers can help with the trinket table, manning the traffic at the door, and helping students. Students can not sign up for the cash register slots.

As a token of our appreciation, volunteers can select 1 book ($15 max) of their choice. 1 book max per book fair. Only volunteers signed-up will receive a book. 

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook Sales Flyer

Early bird pricing of $30 for the 2022-2023 Hedenkamp Elementary Yearbook is available now until December 31st! You also have the option to personalize the front of the yearbook with a name for an additional $5. Order a yearbook now at huskiespta.com/yearbook.

Husky Howl Committee Meetings

Husky Howl Committee meetings

If you are interested in helping to plan the Husky Howl, attend the Husky Howl Committee meetings to be held on Fridays at 2:00 pm in the MPR or the Library on the following dates:

  • September 16
  • September 23
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • Final meeting to be held on Wednesday, October 26, at 3:30 pm

The Husky Howl will be held on Friday, October 28.

PTA Executive Board

2022-2023 Executive Board

There’s a lovely red paw print as a placeholder for our VP Fundraising position, when it could be replaced with your lovely face instead! Most of our fundraisers are already established as well. If you are interested, please e-mail parliamentarian@huskiespta.com.

Apex Fun Run Fact Sheet

Apex Fun Run 2022 Fact Sheet for Hedenkamp Elementary

Thank you to everyone that supported the Apex Fun Run whether with encouragement, volunteerism, and/or pledges. Check out the Fact Sheet above for a summary on how our Huskies did. Also, as a reminder, please share any photos you might have with yearbook@huskiespta.com to possibly be used for the yearbook.

Robeks Fundraiser

Robeks fundraiser flyer

Robeks will come again this Monday, September 19 (which isn’t part of the “every other week” pattern) to sell strawberry and mango flavored smoothies, in front of the school, but this time at 1:55 pm (minimum day dismissal time for 1st-6th grade, due to Parent/Teacher Conferences). Please note that quantities are limited.

Resources

4th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium cancellation flyer

Unfortunately, the 4th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium scheduled for September 17 has been cancelled.

Notes from the Backpack PTA Podcast

Our National PTA hosts a Teacher Talk Miniseries “Notes from the Backpack” podcast. Episode 61 is on Supporting Children through School Transitions, featuring guest Deborah Farmer Kris. Whether your child is struggling to get out the door in the morning, experiencing anxiety in the classroom or melting down when they get home, Deborah has advice to ease your back-to-school transition.

Weekend Update (Friday, September 9, 2022)

Robeks Smoothies Fundraiser

Robeks fundraiser flyer

Robeks will be selling strawberry and mango flavored smoothies again this coming Monday, September 12, after school from 2:55-3:25 pm, in between the kinder loop and the main parking lot. Smoothies are $3 each (cash only please). Robeks sold out of their 120 smoothies last time! After this Monday, the next time Robeks will come out will be on October 17 (due to the upcoming Fall Break and Teacher Prep Day).

Board & Brew Fundraiser

Board & Brew fundraiser flyer

Spread the word to your friends and family to have Board & Brew (Eastlake location at 1610 Millenia Avenue) for dinner (and/or a nightcap) on Tuesday, September 13, between 4:00-8:00 pm. You can even call ahead and place your order for easy pick up.

20% of purchases will go back to Hedenkamp! Just show the flyer above on your smart phone (or show a printed version) for Hedenkamp to receive fundraiser credit. Unfortunately, fundraiser credit is not applicable for online orders.

VP of Fundraising

VP of Fundraising flyer

We have 1 position left on our Executive Board to fill – VP of Fundraising. Most of our fundraisers are already established, and you will be working with a great team in overseeing and reporting on the events. Description of the VP of Fundraising duties can be found on capta.org. Please contact Mrs. Odalis Lee for more information or if interested: parliamentarian@huskiespta.com

PTA Membership Drive

Membership Drive flyer

From September 12-23, visit our Membership page to become a PTA member. For as little as $10 a year, your membership helps fund all the amazing programs and resources such as school dances, library books, assemblies, computers, teacher grants, staff appreciations, and much more! We are currently at 100 members, with a goal of 400 members. Students will receive incentives as we reach towards our 400 members goal. Together, we make our school a community!

Reminder – Yearbook Photos

E-mail yearbook photos

Get your pictures in the yearbook!  All grades are included in the yearbook so we need your help.  If you have great photos of school events like 1st day of school, award ceremonies, Apex Fun Run, Food Truck Family dine-in, sports tryouts, Safety Patrol, classroom activities, etc., email them to: yearbook@huskiespta.com.

We can’t be everywhere to take pictures so help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific yearbook to remember this school year!

For photo guidelines and more information about our 2022-2023 Hedenkamp Yearbook, visit our Yearbook webpage.

Husky Howl Committee Meeting

Husky meeting

Thank you to everyone that met in the library and virtually on Zoom today for the 1st Husky Howl Committee meeting. We are excited to be planning the return of the Husky Howl slated for Friday, October 28.

In the past, activities associated with the Husky Howl have been inflatables, costumes, entertainment, food, and more! We will continue planning at a 2nd meeting to be held on Friday, September 16, at 2:00 pm, on-campus in the MPR.

Scholastic Fall Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held from September 19-23 (this is also Parent/Teacher Conferences Minimum Days). We will be sending more details such as time-frames and volunteer sign-ups soon.

Calendar

Hedenkamp PTA Calendar

As we hold our various PTA meetings to plan and discuss upcoming events, details or dates may change which we will communicate out. Additionally, you can also reference our PTA Meetings and PTA Events listing on our Calendar webpage.

Resources

4th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium flyer

Our Ninth District PTA (serving San Diego and Imperial County PTAs) is continuing to partner with Rady Children’s Hospital and Rady’s Center for Healthier Communities to offer their annual Suicide Prevention Symposium to be held virtually on Saturday, September 17, from 9:00-12:30 pm (with an optional workshop from 1:00-2:30 pm). Registration is $10. For more information and to register, visit the Ninth District PTA webpage.

Nestle Waters 10 ways to get kids to drink water

With the recent heat wave and Fall sports just around the corner, it’s important for kids to stay hydrated. Check out this infographic on 10 ways to get kids to drink water (instead of juice, soda, etc.).

Notes from the Backpack PTA podcast

Our National PTA hosts a Teacher Talk Miniseries “Notes from the Backpack” podcast. Episode 60 is on Improving Student Wellness, featuring guest Leona Fowler. Excerpt: Our nation is facing an adolescent mental health crisis. Teens are struggling in the classroom and at home. Our guest, Instructional Support Specialist and Social Emotional Learning Lead, Leona Fowler, shares her experiences navigating these challenges and what approaches can equip our kids with the coping skills they need. She discusses how mindfulness and other social emotional learning techniques can improve student wellness at school and at home.