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Henry Ford School Newsletter, April 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

We had an exciting week welcoming back so many more students who started In-Person learning for the first time this year. Approximately 95% of our teachers are offering In-Person learning either in the morning, afternoon, or both. It was wonderful seeing so many more students engaged in learning and enjoying themselves on the playground. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students this week as I visited all the classrooms and reviewed safety protocols and expectations for the rest of the year.

Approximately 40% of students elected to remain with Distance Learning. More than half of our teachers are offering both In-Person and Distance Learning. Most of them are accomplishing this by splitting their day with In-Person teaching in the morning and Distance teaching in the afternoon.

Although the lessons look similar, teachers may be delivering instruction in two different modalities by preparing instruction for In-Person and Distance Students. But many of our teachers have elected to teach simultaneously because they wanted to avoid losing any students by having many of them switch classrooms.

We are so proud of the hard work our teachers are taking on to ensure students have the best experience and continue to progress in meeting their social and academic needs. All of us are invested more than ever to help students achieve their goals as we progress through the end of the year. I know parents who have made sacrifices to support their children during these challenging times and we appreciate those efforts.

I'm grateful for all the hard work our teachers and families are doing to collectively support our students. Thank you for all of your support.


Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal

Celebrate our learning!

Please send me an email of a photo of your child learning at home or a screen shot of their project and I will try to include it in upcoming newsletters.

For additional information, please visit our school website, and our PTA webpage!


12, Monday,

13, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

14, Wednesday, Super Citizen - Student of the Month - Assembly

14 & 21, Wednesday, RCSD Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

14, Wednesday, Next dine out at Canyon Inn (15% back to the school)

27, Tuesday, School Site Council, 4:00 PM

28, Wednesday, Super Citizen - Student of the Month - Assembly

30, Friday, Principal's Virtual Coffee Meeting with Parents, 9:00 AM

30, Friday, First Day of Spring Fundraiser


With the addition of more than 100 new students on campus, morning drop off was more challenging last week. As we work through expediting all the students entering campus in the morning, and as everyone becomes more acclimated with the safety protocols, we ask for your patience. As a reminder, every child must have a wellness screening form completed each morning. For many families, signing on line and completing the form electronically before 7:30 AM seems to work well:



Other families find the use of the paper hard copy of the screening form more convenient. The hard copies are available as you drive up. However, we encourage you to take enough copies for the week and have them ready to turn them in as your child is checked in each morning. We greatly appreciate your help and patience as we work to refine the process for everyone.

Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) Update

I am pleased to welcome the following parents who will be part of the Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) this Spring and into next school year: Jeanette Camacho, Kelly McCarthy, Joanne Penko, and Christine Yoshimoto. Staff members will also be joining the team. This group will focus on moving Henry Ford School forward, addressing concerns in the community, and proactively working on areas of focus. To contribute ideas to the Committee for review, feel free to complete this Form, and the Committee will begin reviewing the ideas in our bi-weekly meetings starting April 15, at 6:30 PM. We are excited to get started!

Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesdays is an optional seven-week asynchronous learning program focused on health and wellness for K-5th grade students. Wellness Wednesday lessons for children in grades K-5 are approximately 10 minutes long. The structure and learning tools are the same each week:

Step 1:

Students watch a fun interactive video with a different topic each week facilitated by nutrition experts.

Step 2:

Students engage through online games and activities to enhance learning.

Week 7: Nutrition & Health Lessons

A reminder that the district has set up an informational resource for parents and the community on the district web page called the Roadmap to Reopening of Schools.The district has also included a Parent's Guide to Distance Learning and in Spanish: Guía de Aprendizaje a Distancia para Padres to help support families.

Student breakfast and lunch drive through pickup times starting Wednesdays April 14 will be located at Adelante Selby, Garfield, Hoover, and Kennedy are as follows:

Day: Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:30 PM.

Learn more here

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ARTIST OF OUR YEARBOOK COVER 2020- 2021 WINNER Jaylene Hernandez! Her art will be displayed on the front of the yearbook you will receive in June. Runner Ups are: Kinder — Harper Christensen, 1st—Hope Waite, 3rd—Josie Cortez, 4th—Cole Waite, 5th—Ella Torrecillas. Thank you all for your artful designs!

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Don't Forget To Order Your Yearbook?

Remember that if you want to customize it by adding your own pictures, or the beloved autograph of your school friends before they become famous, you only have until April 15th. Use this link to order:

And if you have funny pictures to include, send them to

Spring into Auction! Henry Ford’s annual Spring Fundraiser is coming April 30th - May 14th! Enjoy the online festivities:

  • Auction - including a vacation home rental, custom chalk art, magic show, behind the scenes tour with the mayor, couture jewelry, personal training, ceramic lessons, evening cruise, art, and so much more. Highest bid wins!

  • Themed Class Baskets - with tons of cool items procured by classroom parents. The more tickets you buy the greater chance you have of winning, starting at $3 per ticket!

  • Wine Wall - $25 per ticket, every ticket wins a bottle of wine! If you would like to donate wine (value $20 or more) please contact us at


  • We need YOU! Open PTA positions for the 2021-22 school year. Be the new PTA President, Vice President or Treasurer! Current officers have spent rewarding years guiding the PTA and are now looking for some new voices. Whether you have been involved with the PTA or are new to volunteering, we welcome all. Training and support is provided. The President and VP positions, in particular, can be a shared team effort, divvy up responsibilities for a fun, manageable experience. If you and a fellow parent would like to join together then this is the perfect opportunity! New officers will be voted in during the last PTA meeting of the school year on Tuesday, May 18th. Please contact if you are interested and would like more information.

    • PTA Meeting on Tuesday, April 13th at 7pm. All are welcome!

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 993 8665 5690

    Passcode: 213141

    The next Dine Out (Take Out) is at Canyon Inn on Thursday, April 15th! Take a break from cooking and spread the word to family and friends. Mention Henry Ford when ordering and 15% of your bill will be donated to our school. Read all the details on the flyer here!