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Henry Ford School Newsletter, May 10, 2021

Principal's Message


Dear Henry Ford Families,


First of all, for all the moms who may be reading this today, Happy Mother's Day! We are excited to report that as we plan for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we have been informed that all classes will be in person starting Wednesday, August 18, for five days a week. Thursdays will be our minimum days like the previous years before the pandemic. I am sharing this information with everyone now because many of you are early planners, and August will be upon us in three months.


Other exciting news is that Henry Ford will once again enjoy the company of school volunteers. We value the help that so many of you provide us here on campus in a variety of ways. As of this week in

May, volunteers may come to school following these guidelines:

  • All volunteers need to be vaccinated.

  • All volunteers will need to complete a Visitor's Wellness Form every time they plan to visit before they enter the campus.

  • All volunteers will be able to support throughout the School’s common areas, with the exception of classrooms.

  • New volunteers looking for opportunities will need to first work with the Department of Human Resources following this process.


We will continue to plan for as normal of a school year as possible. Unless we hear differently, all students, staff, and visitors will continue to follow the 4 Pillars as outlined in the Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools, including:

  • 3 feet physical distancing between students

  • 6 feet physical distancing between adults and students

  • Avoid gatherings and mixing of groups

  • Wash hands often

  • Provide optional COVID-19 testing for staff


Also, Redwood City School District (RCSD) is planning stages of an in-person summer program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. The program will run for four weeks, June 21 - July 16, 2021. A morning academic focus on hands-on science will re-engage students and build academic skills such as English language arts and mathematics through experiments and investigations. Afternoon activities, run by Boys and Girls Club Program youth leaders, will focus on arts-based and play-based whole-child socio-emotional experiences helping students reconnect with peers. If you are interested for your child, click here for additional information and how to sign up.


Additionally, our School is also in the planning stages to offer a summer program to help our students to continue to be motivated about reading and learning. The program will be referred to as the Summer Reading Club. It will take place in person in the School Library. About half a dozen or more of our teachers have signed up to meet with students once a week for about 90 minutes. Students will be able to check out books, work on fun projects, and learn or reinforce a particular concept. The program will start the week of June 21. Further information on the program and how to sign up will be forthcoming.


In the meantime, I want to make sure everyone is aware of our huge online fundraiser that is currently taking place to help our School. Please click on this link: charityauction.bid/HF2021


Enjoy the week!


Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal



For additional information, visit our school's website, the PTA webpage! and our Facebook

— MAY EVENTS —

9, Sunday, Happy Mother's Day!


12, Wednesday, First Super Citizens for May


14, Friday, School Spirit Day, Stuffed Animal Day


14, Friday, Last day to bid on our Fundraiser Auction: charityauction.bid/HF2021


18, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM


19, Wednesday, RSCD Board Meeting, 7:00 PM (click on this link)


25, Tuesday, SSC, 4:00 PM


31, Monday, Memorial Day , No School

Don't Miss Out — Auction Bidding Closes Friday

Bid and buy raffle tickets here: charityauction.bid/HF2021 We have a cash option to buy raffle tickets starting Monday, May 10, during school drop off.

The Auction items are excellent. So many fabulous items and experiences donated from our wonderful community of businesses and families. The auction went live last week. But it closes at 8:00 PM this Friday, May 14.


All the money raised helps Henry Ford! Here are some of the amazing things you can take home or experience:

  • Auction (the highest bid wins!) - Pull-the-fire Alarm, Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Mayor Howard, Evening Sail around the Bay, Bike Tune Up, and more!

  • Buy-it-now Items - Storytime with Mrs. B, Monthly Marquee Message and more. Act fast before these items are gone!

  • Themed Baskets (the more tickets you buy the greater chance you have of winning!) - Fire Pit Movie Night, Star Wars Legos, Apple Watch, Nintendo Switch, American Girl Doll, CA$H, and more!

  • Wine Wall - Tickets are currently sold out! If we receive any more wine donations we will open up ticket buying. If you would like to make a wine donation or procure a wine donation, please contact us at auction@henryfordpta.org.

Thank you for supporting Henry Ford and helping provide essential programs and enrichment opportunities. To learn more about how the money raised supports the School and our students, go to www.henryfordpta.org/our_pta.

Student Council Declares SPIRIT DAYS

Friday, May 14 — Stuffed Animal Day. Bring your favorite stuffed animal/character to School or on camera.


Friday, May 21 — 70s Disco Day. Dress in 1970s clothing.


Friday, May 28 — Pajama Day. Wear your favorite Pajamas.


Friday, June 4 — Hat Day. Wear any appropriate hat.


June 7- 10 – Mustang Spirit Clothing Week.

Families United Continue Strong Each Week

For the last several months we have been sharing every so often many video clips to show the work and activities our students and families have been working on with Families United. Last school year we offered these same classes on site in the evenings. We are grateful that Families United has been able to figure out how to still offer these wonderful classes online for our families who have been interested. Families United has a goal of developing better communities through education of the whole family using educational principles. Their family-based classes focus on reading, math, science, technology, health, and arts to create a healthy community with passion for lifelong learning and development.


Click on the youtube video below to see what some of our students have been learning at home this last week.

Familias Unidas Virtual Workshop 2021- Week 4

Don't Be Left Out

Order your YEARBOOK! Don’t wait any longer! Use this link to order: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=101456358697603
And if you have funny pictures to include, send them to yearbook@henryfordpta.org.