Mustang Gazette

November 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Henry Ford Families,

Thank you to all the families that were able to participate in Trunk or Treat. I'd also like to thank those of you who were not able to participate, and did not show up to view the parade. I know it was hard to miss. But, by following the Covid protocols, you not only kept our kids safe, you were a positive role model for your children. They are always watching you and learn by example!


Conferences are being held virtually on Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd. Campus will be closed the entire week. You should be hearing from your child's teachers soon to set up an appointment. Translation is available to those who need it.

Conferences are an important component to your child's academic success. They help strengthen the relationship between families and school, provide time for parents to ask questions, share concerns and get strategies to support learning at home. During the conference, the teacher will review your child's progress towards mastery of grade level standards and the practices in place to ensure your child is making significant growth.

For more information on Parent/Teacher conferences and what you can do to prepare, visit:


In addition to creating a nurturing learning environment, Henry Ford works hard to promote healthy habits. Every student receives 50 minutes of PE twice a week. During PE, students stretch, run and play organized games. Our district is working hard to create balanced lunches that include whole grains, protein, fruits and vegetables. Please avoid sending sugary treats to school to celebrate your child's birthday. In addition to promoting healthy eating, many students have food allergies that can be life threatening. If you really want to send something to school for the class, please consider items that can be used at school (pencils, fidget toys, journals..).


Project Cornerstone is officially up and running! Thank you to all the classroom volunteers.

This month in your child’s classroom, students are reading Simon’s Hook. In this book, Simon is teased because he’s having a “bad hair day.” Simon’s Hook helps children learn that there are many ways to respond to teasing, and offers several examples of ways that kids can empower themselves and avoid becoming a victim of someone else’s hurtful behavior.

By teaching our children how to navigate friendships, peer relationships, and social cruelty, we create a stronger school community where all students feel safe and know that they belong.

To learn more about Simon’s Hook, you can visit the website at

Important Information


Virtual kinder tours will be held for incoming kinder families twice a month. The presentations will be recorded and posted on our website for those who cannot attend.

  • Wednesday, 11/10 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 12/15 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 1/12 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm

Meeting Link:


Please take a few minutes to share your feedback about Henry Ford and the RCSD. This survey is given to students in grades 3rd - 8th, staff and families every fall. We use the data to help us determine what is working and what needs to be addressed.


Kinder: 1:45 every M, T, W, F and 1:00 on Thursdays
1st - 3rd: 2:30 every M, T, W F and 1:30 on Thursdays
4th - 5th: 2:45 every M, T, W F and 1:30 on Thursday

*Please do not arrive early as traffic backs up!

Student Safety: We want every child to be safe! Do not block crosswalks, make U-turns in the middle of the street or let your child out of the car in the middle of the street.


Daily Wellness Survey:

COVID-19 Vaccination for Youth Clinic Calendar

COVID-19 Guidelines for Children

Updated Pandemic Framework:

Onsite BayPal Covid-19 Weekly Testing

BayPal will be at Henry Ford every Monday from 10:15 to 12:15 and Thursday from 7:15 - 9:45 to administer the Covid-19 rapid antigen test. BayPal will only test students whose parents/guardians request testing.

Covid-19 Antigen Test Consent Form

All students must have parental consent to be eligible for testing and to receive an invitation to participate in weekly testing. Please find the Primary Health consent link below:


The Parent Education Series (Classes offered in English and Spanish)

Scholarship Program for Free Swim Lessons

If your son or daughter is the first in your family to learn to swim, they are eligible for a Scholarship for Swim Lessons of up to $350. Please take 5 minutes to apply for the scholarship at The scholarship is open to kids ages 4 to 16.

The scholarship is offered by the First Generation Swim Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization started by a local Bay Area high school student. At least 10 scholarships will be awarded this fall. Please email if you have any questions about the scholarship program.

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.

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