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Henry Ford School Newsletter, May 17, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

A few weeks ago we mentioned that all our students will be taking one final end-of-the-year assessment. Redwood City School District has been given permission to substitute the State's traditional SBAC test with the iReady assessment to measure student growth in ELA and Math. Although the traditional SBAC test is only administered to 3rd-11th grade students in the State, we will be assessing all our students starting this week.

Students who are on campus for in-person instruction will be given the assessment during their regular School hours. Students who are at home with Distance Learning have been invited by the teacher to come to school on a particular day to take the assessment in ELA and Math. Each grade level team has designated their days and times. You should have received your teacher's invitation. If you have not received the testing schedule for your child, please contact the teacher. This is an optional assessment for Distance Learning students. However, the whole District is administering the test for all grade levels. The results will help measure your child's proficiency levels in ELA and Math and help with placements for next year. If your child is unable to attend on the designated day, contact the teacher for an alternative time.

Also, last week I mentioned two summer programs. The first one is the District's 4-week Summer Enrichment Program. If you are interested for your child, click here for additional information and how to sign up. The second program is the Henry Ford Summer Reading Club. This is 5-week program where students will come on campus once a week to meet with a teacher, work on fun learning projects, and go to the library to check out books. The classes are small, and each session is 90 minutes per week organized by grade level. The program is meant to keep students reading for pleasure and to keep them excited about learning during the summer months.

Both of the summer programs are optional, but you may only sign up for one. The Summer Reading Club invitation will be coming via email this week. I want to thank our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Crawford, and our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Pulido, for helping to develop the program after I shared with them my vision to offer our students a fun summer learning program. They have done an amazing job. I also want to thank the handful of teachers who have volunteered to give up one day a week to come to school, open up their classrooms, and teach our wonderful students.

Good luck to all our students with this week's final end-of-year assessments.


Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal

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


18, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 993 8665 5690

Passcode: 213141

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

Webinar ID: 859 5923 5308, Password: rcsdbot, Backup: 7183511

21, Friday, 70s Disco Days

25, Tuesday, SSC, 4:00 PM

26, Wednesday, Principal's Super Citizen Assembly, 9:00 AM

27, Thursday, Redwood City Together, Walk & Bike

31, Monday, Memorial Day , No School


7-10 Monday -Thursday, Mustang Sprit Clothing Week

10, Thursday
, 5th Grade Promotion

10, Thursday, Last day for Students. School ends at 1:30 PM

10, Thursday, In-Person Students return iPads and Chromebooks

11, Friday, Distance Students return iPads and Chromebooks

11, Friday, Last Day for Teachers

Friday Was Bring A Favorite Staffed Animal To School Day

Our Student Council has declared every Friday as a Student Spirit Day. Last Friday was bring a favorite stuffed animal to School or online. From the many pictures below, you can tell how much fun this was for all our students. This was a fun spirit activity. This coming Friday is dress in 70s clothing. Now that's going to be interesting. I wonder how many of our students have seen the Brady Bunch?
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Student Council Declares SPIRIT DAYS

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

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.


The Henry Ford Spring Fundraiser is over and what amazing participation by our community! There was robust bidding and buying of raffle tickets which is incredible since everything was online this year. Thank you to all the families and friends who raised money for the School. And congratulations to all those who won and are taking home the generous donations we received from our community of businesses and families.

Thanks go to all the classroom basket coordinators and families who donated to your class baskets:

Room 1: Pam Barasch; Room 2: Anne Shahinian, Joanne Penko, Christina Martinez, Stephenie Rubio, Null Martinez; Room 3: Amy Barstad, Sheena Wilton; Room 6: Jamie Brown; Room 7,8,9: Federica Belli, Jeanette Camacho, Christy Picetti; Room 11: Sara Mrsny; Room 12: Evangeline McNeil; Room 13: Becky Foutch, Claire Hoagland, Meg Saito; Room 17: Stephanie Seeger; Room 22,23,24: Christine Yoshimoto; Room 25,26: Ellie Artale; Room 27: Keri King, Jeanette Camacho; Room 19: Ellie Artale; Room 20: Kay Enright, Ada Trigueros; Room 21: Nicole Caldwell, Tracy Wace

Special thank you to our Spring Fundraiser Committee. They figured out how to make this all-virtual event work, emailed/called/went to businesses/asked friends for the wonderful donations we received, manned the basket tables, and finally, will make sure the winners receive their winnings! This great team is:

Ellie Artale, Federica Belli, Jamie Brown, Jeanette Camacho, Keri King, Claire Hoagland, Kelley McCarthy, Krissie Rice, Christine Yoshimoto, Lisa LaRock (graphic design)