Mustang Gazette

August 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Parents,


Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and were able to avoid Covid. We have lots of exciting things planned for the 2022-23 school year! We are expanding our after school enrichment program and our WIN block to ensure every student receives instruction designed to meet their individual needs. We are also working hard to create a Henry Ford community that includes ALL of our families. For example, we are partnering with the PTA to organize fun activities that bring families together. In addition to the annual Fall Festival and Pasta Dinner, we will be hosting a Winter Concert, a Valentine's Ball, and other fun inclusive events!


Maze Day is this Thursday, August 11th from 9:00 - 11:00 and 3:00 - 5:00 on campus. Students learn which class they are assigned to and staff is there to answer questions and help with any missing registration pieces. We look forward to seeing you there! For those of you who can not attend, class rosters and packets will be made available on the first day of school.


School starts on Wednesday, August 17 at 8:15. Student supervision begins at 8:00, on the yard. This year, campus is open to families for morning drop-off. You are also invited to join us for school-wide announcements every Monday morning on the blacktop! Due to Covid, we ask that you do not follow students to their classroom. Once the bell rings, please leave campus. If you need to talk to your child's teacher, you are welcome to call, email or ClassDojo them any time and schedule an appointment if needed.


Henry Ford has a history of low teacher turnover (which is a very good thing), so we only have a few new staff members this year. Please join me in welcoming:

  • Heather Harney, 2nd grade teacher
  • Michelle Beauchmin, English Language Development Resource Teacher
  • Roció Alegria, Bilingual, One Life Counselor
We are fortunate to have such highly qualified and experienced professionals join our team.



A Message from the Henry Ford PTA:

Hello Henry Ford community! We are looking forward to the new school year as we continue to support the learning experiences of all Henry Ford students. We are eager to engage with a diverse and mighty community of volunteers to serve staff & students through our various PTA supported programs & events. All are welcome as our students benefit the most when they see volunteers who reflect our diverse community. We will be sending out more info on how to support our school by becoming a PTA member, making a donation and volunteering, but for now we hope you can take a few minutes to fill out the google form below and SAVE THE DATES for our Ice Cream Social on Monday September 12th and our first PTA Meeting of the year on September 13th! GO MUSTANGS! PTA GOOGLE FORM: https://forms.gle/Hs8chibnvNCapbTP9

Important Information

2022-23 COVID Protocols

This new school year, we will continue to follow several precautionary measures in order for all of us to stay safe while we learn together.


Redwood City School District (RCSD) is following recommendations from the San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) COVID-19 Safe Schools Framework, which was developed for 202-223 in consultation with San Mateo County Health (SMCH), reflecting guidance for schools and districts including from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). 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

I will continue to keep you updated and informed about any changes to our District’s protocols throughout the school year.


Attendance

Students are automatically marked "Unexcused" in Power School until you notify the office to let them know that your child is out sick or has a doctor's appointment.

You can call the office at 650 482-2402, send a note or email our office staff: Shaunna Ingersoll: singersoll@rcsdk8.net or Lizette Vargas: lcvargas@rcsdk8.net



Bell Schedule:

School starts at 8:15 for ALL grade levels

Kinder Dismissal: 1:45, Thursday/Minimum Days 1:00, Super Minimum Days: 11:00

Please note that Kinder students will be dismissed at 12:30 until September 5th, 2022.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Dismissal: 2:30, Thursdays/Minimum Day: 1:30 , Super Minimum Days: 11:30

4th & 5th Dismissal: 2:45 Thursdays/Minimum Day: 1:30 , Super Minimum Days: 11:30

The bell rings at 8:12 every morning as instruction begins at 8:15.



Dismissal Procedures: Dismissal is staggered by grade level. Please do not get in the pickup lane early. 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 grade levels are welcome to arrive after 2:45. Students will be supervised until you arrive.


Safety Protocols: Please do not block the crosswalks, make U-turns in the middle of the street or bypass the pickup 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


RCSD Back to School Update:

https://www.rcsdk8.net/our-programs-and-services/enrollment/back-to-school-update


Volunteer Requirements:

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


After School Programs:

REACH: mstewart@redwoodcity.org

Catalyst Kids: BHuss@catalystkids.org


After School Enrichment:

Multiple after school enrichment opportunities will be available throughout the school year. Details for registration will be posted on ClassDojo.

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