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Henry Ford News Letter, November 9, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

Parent-Teacher Conferences will soon start this month. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you for a meeting day and time. Towards the end of the conference period, there will be no school for students on Monday or Tuesday, November 23, and 24, to allow parents time to meet with the teacher. Also, because of the Thanksgiving Holiday, there will be no school November 25-27.

Please make sure you take advantage of Parent-Teacher Conference to meet with your child’s teacher via Google Meet or Zoom to discuss his/her progress. To get ready you may want to make a list of items you would like to share with the teacher, examples: your child’s interests, strengths, and work habits; family situations; any major changes; assignments he/she might be struggling with.

Then, think about what information you need from the teacher. For instance, you may want to clarify assignment expectations and on- camera participation. This first official one-on-one meeting is very important especially if you were unable to attend the Back-to-School Night. You may even want ideas for helping your child with a difficult subject or ask for resources to support your child’s learning.

Working together towards a successful conference helps set the stage for a great rest of the school year. Also, you don’t have to wait for the teacher to set your appointment; you may contact your teacher via email to schedule your conference day.


Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal

- - - November Calendar of Events - -

All Meetings will be online; links will be emailed

9, Monday, Picture Make-up day

10, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

16, Monday, Henry Ford Learning Hub Opens

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

18, Wednesday, RCSD Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

23-24, Parent-Teacher Conferences

25-27 — Thanksgiving Holiday

Many Henry Ford Students Participated in our Jack O'lantern Display. Click on the video below for a tour.

Henry Ford School Jack O'lantern Display 2010

Preparing to Return to In-Person Teaching

A week ago all Redwood City School District families received a survey regarding the Return to In-Person Teaching starting in January. The majority of our teachers will return to School for in person instruction. Each grade level was given the task of determining the instructional plan their team felt would work best for them, their team, and their students.

Henry Ford has come to the consensus that our instructional model for January will be as follows. We will offer a model with guidelines from the County and State Health Department. Students coming back on campus will be divided into an A-Group and a B-Group. Students in the A-Group will come to School in the mornings at 8:15 AM for approximately 3 hours of instruction. The B-Group will come in the afternoon at approximately 12:00 PM for 3 hours of instruction. Both A and B groups will still work at home with asynchronous assignments either after School for A-Group or before school for B-Group. Both groups will have Wednesdays as an asynchronous day. The rational for continuing asynchronous days is in case the County/State reverts to a lock-down scenario. Families who decide not to return to In-Person Teaching may remain at home and a distance learning teacher will be assigned.

Soon you will receive a new survey to solidify your final choice now that the School has determined the model. You will be informed if your teacher will be returning for in-person Instruction in order for you and your child to make the best decision.

In the meantime, our teachers and members of the School Site Council will begin to outline our Safety Protocol Plan for a successful and safe return to School.

Project Cornerstone, A Character Building Program, Will Return

Plans are underway for Project Cornerstone. This is a wonderful character building program developed through the YMCA of Silicon Valley that strives to build a community where all adults support children and teenagers so that they thrive. There are more than 400 local schools and community partners focusing on the 41 identified developmental assets working to change the personal behavior of adults, strengthen programs that serve youth, and impact public policy. For the past four years, Henry Ford has been among them! For information on this wonderful program, check out their website below:

Shopping For The Holidays? — Think Henry Ford Through Amazon Smiles . . . .

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the online shopping we are all doing this year, don’t forget to select the Henry Ford PTA for Amazon Smile. Just visit, pick the Henry Ford PTA, and 0.5% of any eligible purchase from Amazon will be donated to the Henry Ford PTA.


Honey Bear Christmas Trees will be holding their fundraiser as usual this year. They will be donating 15% back to Henry Ford School if someone mentions our school when purchasing a tree. The Redwood City lot opens November 14th with San Carlos opening on November 21st. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors. The best thing to do is to print out the attached flyers in English or Spanish.