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Henry Ford School Newsletter, May 3, 2021

Principal's Message


Dear Henry Ford Families,


May has traditionally been the month where we give students the annual State assessment referred to as SBAC. This year because of the pandemic, states have been authorized to replace their traditional state exam with another assessment where they can measure students' growth in both language arts and math. RCSD has been given permission to move forward and assess all 3rd-8th grade students using iReady and to report all student scores to the State.


Consequently, we have elected to administer the iReady exam to all of our students. Although the iReady isn't as intensive or in depth as the SBAC, it does test students on several critical areas of language arts and math. It will give all of our teachers an additional set of data to compare with their other assessments and provide a more complete picture of each student's grade level standing moving into next year.


Students who are currently in Distance Learning, will receive an invitation from their teacher to come to school on two different days to take the ELA and Math assessments. By the end of the week, you should be receiving your child's day and time for the In-Person iReady assessment along with more specific information. Students who are currently at school with In-Person Teaching will take the test during their regular day.


The month of May has also been the School's annual Pasta Dinner and Auction Festival. It has been the biggest fundraiser of the year. Unfortunately, we weren't able to have the event last year nor can we this year. Nevertheless, the event has been transformed into the Spring Fundraiser. The auctions portion of the event is completely online. Last Friday, the auction opened up for bidding. You are now able to bid in the Auction, buy raffle tickets for the chance to win the many themed Class Baskets, and buy tickets for our first-ever Wine Wall.


Go to this link charityauction.bid/HF2021 to see all of the fabulous items and experiences donated from our wonderful community of businesses and families. The auction will stay LIVE through Friday, May 14.


Good luck, and enjoy!


Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal



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

— MAY EVENTS —

3- 14, Henry Ford Spring Fundraiser Auction: charityauction.bid/HF2021


5, Wednesday, RSCD Board Meeting, 7:00 PM (click on this link) wd=MWd4MVhxNm56NWZpRjZySU9UeG0ydz09

Webinar ID: 884 0789 7908

Password: rcsdbot

Backup Password: 4665527


7, Friday, No School


14, Friday, School Spirit Day, Stuffed Animal Day


14, Friday, Last Day of Spring Fundraiser Auction


18, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM


25, Tuesday, SSC, 4:00 PM


31, Monday, Memorial Day , No School

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH — — — —April Super Citizens

Congratulations to March Students of the Month — Super Citizens!

FIRST Graders. . . SECOND Graders . . . . THIRD Graders

Ashley C. . . . . . . . .Elissa M . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael B.

Mateo P . . . . . . . . Albert R . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michelle B.

Allison T . . . . . . . . .Violet H. . . . . . . . . . . . .Angel C.

Mason L . . . . . . . . .Mira L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charm M.

Isabella P . . . . . . . .Mathew E. . . . . . . . . . . Juvel V.

Owen M . . . . . . . . . Karina G. . . . . . . . . . . . .Katya G.

Cameron P . . . . . . .Matthew J. . . . . . . . . . .George J.

Bella P . . . . . . . . . . .Marilyn V. . . . . . . . . . . .Reese R.

Quin B. . . . . . . . . . . .Elisabeth L . . . . . . . . . Chrisangel T.

Emiliano N . . . . . . . Kenia C . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lyla L

Jose N . . . . . . . . . . .Louie O. . . . . . . . . . . . .Jaskamalpreet K.

Owen M. . . . . . . . . . Brittany P. . . . . . . . . . . .Jolina U.

Cameron P. . . . . . . . Brianna . . . . . . . . . . . . .Max J.

Bella P. . . . . . . . . . . .Mia A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Makai P.

Quin B


FOURTH Graders . . . . . . . . . FIFTH Graders

Genevieve M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander O.

Luca A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athan J.

Nathan O . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Issac G.

Magdalena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patricia V.

Olivia C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cindy A.

Cali R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lizeth M.

Athan H . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily R.

Daniel L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Yoshart C.

Gianna C . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Noel C.

Bryan T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gisela S.

Cristopher M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Valeria G

Camilia V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Katrina B.

Anthony M . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anthony S.

Bryan S

Principal Advisory Committee (PAC) Update

Last Thursday the members of the PAC meet again to continue the discussion and to brainstorm ideas to better our School community. The idea of forming this Committee was due in part to the challenge we have faced since school closures in March 2020. Many of our community-building activities and opportunities that students and families had to build friendship and feel connected to the School have slowly weakened and in some cases vanished.


The Committee was formed to provide School administration insight and ideas and to give recommendations to continue to strengthen Henry Ford. We appreciate the thoughts, comments, and suggestions that many of you provided on the suggestions document. Committee members had the opportunity to review the comments on their own, and some of these suggestions were brought for discussion last week. Please note that these suggestions were never meant for the Committee or others to reply, but all these ideas serve as a basis for our discussion and brainstorming.


This week the members heard from teachers and School staff on what they felt made Henry Ford unique, and its positive attributes. Also, several ideas were brought up to provide more connectivity and to build the School community as we start planning for the new year. PAC will meet again next week to continue the work. We are grateful for the members of PAC and the time they are devoting in the evenings to help Henry Ford continue to move in a positive direction.

Fundraiser Raffle Gift Baskets Are Here

Check out below some of the incredible baskets you could take home for only $3. Buy multi-packs of tickets to save money and increase your odds of winning. The baskets shown below are only a handful of the baskets available. Go on to the Spring Auction Fundraiser website for all the details and the full selection of baskets and Auction items available: charityauction.bid/HF2021

Not Interested in the Auction of Raffle, But you Would like to Still Support the School with Your Tax Deductible Donation?

You can make a difference by Making a Donation Today! Please make your tax-deductible donation online at https://henryfordpta.org/donate or mail your check to the School office (Attn: Direct Donations). Your donation can also be set up as a monthly pledge. If your company matches employee charitable giving, don’t leave money on the table. This can double, triple, even quadruple your donation! Fill out the matching gift forms with your HR. Any questions can be sent to: jgianino13@me.com. Thank you for your support.

Shop Amazon? You Can Help The School With Amazon

If you shop on Amazon, go to Amazon Smiles and click the link here to get started. Select the Henry Ford PTA, and 5% of any eligible purchases from Amazon will be donated to the Henry Ford School PTA. This is a super way to also help the School. Why not share this information with friends, neighbors? They can help us too!

Student Council Announces 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.


Monday - Thursday, JUNE 7-10, Henry Ford Spirit Clothing All Week.

Henry Ford Spirit Wear Clothing

Get you Henry Ford Spirit Wear Clothing while we still have sizes. Show your support by wearing Mustang clothing anytime. The last week of school is all Spirit Clothing Week. You may order your clothing by clicking on this link: https://henryfordschool.itemorder.com/sale or by donating via https://henryfordpta.membershiptoolkit.com/donations