Mustang Gazette

October 15, 2021

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Message from the Principal

Dear Henry Ford Families,


It is hard to believe we are halfway through October! I have spent the last few weeks observing classrooms and have been consistently impressed by the quality of instruction and the dedication of the teachers here at Henry Ford. I have been equally amazed by the level of parent involvement. Thank you for all you do to support our students and for making Henry Ford a true community.



HALLOWEEN


Students are invited to wear their costumes to school. We will host the parade first thing in the morning. No toy weapons or gory masks please. After the parade, students will be asked to remove all accessories. Please send your child to school with a bag to store their items. Students who can not sit comfortably in their desks, while in costume, will need to bring a change of clothes to school.

Please DO NOT send candy to school. Students will receive a bag of treats at the end of the parade. You are welcome to donate candy to the PTA to place in the bags.


NON-HALLOWEEN PARTICIPANTS


Any students that do not celebrate Halloween or prefer not to participate in the parade are invited to story time, with popcorn, in the library. Apart from the short parade, school will resume as normal.


PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES


Conferences are being held virtually on Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23. Campus will be closed the entire week. Teachers will be sending home sign-up sheets for conferences soon.



PROJECT CORNERSTONE


Project Cornerstone is starting back up at Henry Ford! Project Cornerstone is a program designed to help all students feel valued, respected, and known at school.


This month, classes will be reading Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, by Carol McCloud. The bucket represents our need to be filled with positive, caring words. When we are kind to each other, we increase our happy feelings and good thoughts that fill our buckets.

The book also discusses bucket dippers, whose negative behavior removes happy feelings from buckets and makes us feel sad. The goal of this lesson is to help students intentionally choose to fill buckets with kindness in order to treat each other with respect.


Reinforcing these strategies at home will help your child practice how to create a positive, caring school climate where students treat each other respectfully. Ask your child to tell you more about Bucket Fillers, Bucket Dippers and how to keep a Lid on a Bucket!

Important Information

AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL


Kinder: 1:45

1st - 3rd: 2:30

4th - 5th: 2:45 Please do not arrive early as traffic backs up!


Thursdays are Minimum Days

Kinder: 1:00

1st -5th: 1:30


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.


COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES


Daily Wellness Survey: https://bit.ly/38osxsw


Cuestionario diario de bienestar: https://bit.ly/38osxsw


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:

https://my.primary.health/r/redwoodcity?registration_type=student



COVID-19 Vaccination for Youth

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for children? A discussion with public health experts will be held later this month as it is expected that the vaccine for 5-11 year olds will be available soon. You are invited to join the discussion with San Mateo County Health and the San Mateo County Office of Education.

https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/2153335/districts/5653



COVID-19 Guidelines

Henry Ford works closely with the district and follows the recommendations outlined in the Pandemic Recovery Framework. Detailed information regarding RCSD COVID-19 Guidelines can be found on the district web page.


RESOURCES


Short Term Financial Support for Internet Connectivity

Link attached


Understanding and supporting students with ADHD

https://www.understood.org/

https://www.youtube.com/c/HowtoADHD

Free Parenting Classes

https://www.ymcasv.org/ymca-project-cornerstone/schools/school-programs/parent-engagement/parent-education


Please feel free to reach out to the office if you have any questions or need support.

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.