Mustang Gazette

September 2022

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Message from the Principal

Dear Henry Ford Families,


The first two weeks of school have been amazing! Students came back to school ready to learn and have quickly adjusted to their new teachers and classmates. I've had the opportunity to observe every classroom and am proud to say that students are engaged and on task! We are lucky to have such dedicated a staff and parents who are actively involved in their child's education. We look forward to working with you to support your child throughout the year.


Please sign up with ClassDojo, if you have not already done so. The teachers and I use ClassDojo on a regular basis to communicate with families. Just like the Newsletter, there is a feature that translates all messages into your language of choice. You are welcome to send me messages via ClassDojo or email me directly at jknopf@rcsdk8.net. Feel free to stop by the office anytime between 8:00 - 4:00 if you need help adding ClassDojo to your device.


Positive Based Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

During the first week of school, students were introduced to the rules: Be Responsible, Be Respect and Be Safe. Every class rotated through the various settings on campus where they received a short overview of the rules. See photos below. Now that they have learned the rules, staff will hand out Mustang Tickets to students who are "caught" setting a good example. Mustang tickets are collected weekly and entered into a raffle.


The underlying foundation of PBIS is to set students up for success. We teach students the rules and acknowledge them when they are behaving appropriately, rather than punishing them for not following the rules. This year, we are incorporating a Student of the Month Assembly into PBIS. Every month, we will focus on a different character trait. The character trait for the month of September is Respect. Each teacher will nominate their most "Respectful" student.The Student of the Month assemblies will be held on the last Thursday of the month in lieu of outdoor morning announcements. All families are invited to join us as we will incorporate the traditional flag salute and song into the assembly. Parents/Guardians of the Student of the Month will receive invitations to ensure they do not miss the special event.

Important Information

COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Reporting Form for Students with COVID /Forma para reporter que su hijo/a tiene COVID:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjT9TpUXTf0y3VMe5wQVsniMkUB4MWDkd2NlAQJ-BqWYKhPQ/viewform


Redwood City School District is following recommendations from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework. You can find our District’s 2022-23 protocols at https://www.rcsdk8.net/our-stories-and-initiatives/2022-23-covid-protocols-in-rcsd-schools


BIRTHDAY POLICY:

Birthdays are exciting for young children and we want our students to enjoy their special day. As such, the names of our birthday students are announced over the loud speaker and each classroom has their own birthday recognition process in place. You do not need to send anything to school. However, if you would like to send something for your child's class, please do not send food. You are welcome to send items such as a special pencil, eraser, small toy, sticker, etc. This is in alignment with the RCSD Board Policy on School Celebrations.


DISMISSAL:

4th - 5th Grade Parents/Guardians: Please do not get in the pick-up lane before 2:45. The bell to dismiss students rings at 2:45, but by the time the classes make it to the front of the school, it is closer to 3:00!

Our goal is to have all the 1st - 3rd grade students picked up before the upper grade students come out. Families with students in both upper and lower grades are welcome to arrive after the 4th and 5th graders are dismissed. Your child will be supervised until you arrive.


Student Safety: Please do not block the crosswalks, make U-turns in the middle of the street or bypass the pick-up line to pull into an empty spot. The system in place is designed to keep students safe and only works if everyone follows the rules!



RESOURCES

Henry Ford Parent & Student Handbook:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BrtCumS110jSy8bohAcxQgNzxDEZDUB6/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103157373239344590510&rtpof=true&sd=true


School Breakfast/Lunch Menu

https://www.myschoolmenus.com/instance/1175/district/1184/school/9278/menu/32077


Volunteer Requirements:

https://www.rcsdk8.net/careers/volunteer


After School Programs:

REACH: mstewart@redwoodcity.org

Catalyst Kids: BHuss@catalystkids.org


After school Enrichment:

Basketball, Art and Robotics fliers attached below. Please contact Stanford Youth Parks if you need financial support.

Girls on the Run: Information to be sent home soon!

More enrichment opportunities to come!



Fire Safety and Prevention: A Disaster Prep Town Hall

Fire Marshal Gareth Harris, Redwood City Fire Department

Thursday, September 1, 2022, 6:00pm – 7:00pm PT, Online Event (Meeting)

Register: https://disasterprepfiresafety2022shd.eventbrite.com



Seguridad y prevención de incendios: un ayuntamiento de preparación para desastres

Gareth Harris, Jefe de bomberos, departamento de bomberos de Redwood City

Jueves, 1 de septiembre de 2022, 6:00pm - 7:00pm PT, evento en línea (reunión)

Registro: https://disasterprepfiresafety2022shd.eventbrite.com

Enlace Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82511081954?pwd=bElTU21hQmI4Zms4T0FEQ1NaQXMyZz09

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Henry Ford School

Henry Ford is a neighborhood school that celebrates the diversity of its kindergarten through fifth grade students. Our commitment is to meet the needs of all students by providing the academic, social, and emotional successes that are essential to the development of a child's potential.