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)
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 on that day.
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
- End-of-the-Year Traditions
- 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
The 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.
Care Package Donation List
Please check out the learning and fun we had at Hedenkamp last week!