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Henry Ford School Newsletter, February 5, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

At the end of last month, approximately 35% of our students elected to come back to campus. We are excited to be providing students this wonderful opportunity to be back at school with their teachers. We also commend the teachers who voluntarily elected to provide In-Person Teaching and Learning. It is so exciting to see students every morning. I'm very impressed when I walk into the classrooms. Students seem very focused and attentive as they diligently follow through with their teacher's directions and assignments.

It's no secret that our Governor is seeking to provide ways for all students to return to In-Person Teaching and Learning before the end of the school year. However, whether or not more classrooms return to school, we know parents will still have the option to keep their child at home with Distance Learning.

If your child is at home with Distance Learning, please be conscientious about the following concerns that many of our teachers are experiencing with a handful of students in their class. Although the vast majority of students are following through with their responsibilities, many are not finishing their assignments on Wednesdays. A larger amount of students are particularly late coming back from recess and lunch. It is hard enough to follow along on a computer, but when a student signs back in late, it seems especially hard to catch up or even understand what is being taught. Many students are shy to ask questions. They know everyone is watching them on camera. As a result, many students prefer not to say anything.

Additionally, a bigger issue is the amount of students who turn off their cameras or focus their camera towards the ceiling. Recent anecdotal data has given us a good idea why many students have this practice. However, it is counterproductive and difficult for teachers to know if students are paying attention or even mentally present.

Whether your child is here on campus or at home with Distance Learning, I'm urging all our families to follow up with their child by monitoring their work assignments for Wednesdays, as well as their daily assignments that students are required to do. If you are at home with your child, or if they are being monitored by a family member or sitter, please check up on them frequently. Words of encouragement and praise for their attentiveness and effort go a long way to motivate any child.

Thank you for your continual help and support.

Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal

— — — — — — —CALENDAR OF EVENTS _ _ _ _

All Meeting Links will be emailed


8, Monday, DELAC Meeting, 5:45 PM

9, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

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

15 -19, Holiday / Ski Week — No School

23, Tuesday School Site Council, 4:00 PM

— — FORD MOTORS of Redwood City — — — — THANK YOU VERY MUCH ! ! ! — —

Last month one of our community partners, Ford Motors of Redwood City, donated 2,000 masks. We are so grateful for their generosity. With the opening of school to In-Person Teaching and Learning, this was a much welcomed gift. We have nearly 170 students and staff members on campus daily. Every so often a student may forget their mask or their mask is unusable. With 2,000 masks on hand, we now have plenty of extras for students and staff members. Thank you Ford Motors of Redwood City!

FRIDAY - Material Pick Up

Students' new materials and weekly work packets are available on Fridays from 3:00 -7:00 PM. Because of the start of school and for the purpose of keeping the campus safe, the gates are locked during schools hours. The gates are open daily after school from 3:00-6:00 PM.


Every two weeks students are able to reserve books on their device. Many students have taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity. On a student's Chromebook or iPad, they would go to Cleaver and find "Alexandria." Students would then look for the book they want. If it is available, they can reserve it. The book would be ready to pick up on the designated Friday, the same day as Material Pick Up.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the year:

Kinder - 2nd Grade . . .Dates 3rd - 5th Grade

February 12 . . . . . . . . . February 26

March 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . March 12

March 19 . . . . . . . . . . . March 26

April 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . April 16

April 23. . . . . . . . . . . . . April 30

May 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 6

The May 6 date is for all grades. This will be the last library check out of the year.

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FAMILIES UNITED — New Classes Start Next Week

Families United is starting a new session of classes to support families. The organization provides Parent Education classes to our Spanish-speaking families who are not as familiar with our educational system and expectations. Their goal is to build better communities through education of the whole family. They offer family-based classes with a focus on reading, math, science, technology, health, and arts to create a healthy community with passion for lifelong learning and development.

Currently the classes are being offered online, and our next virtual session will start on Tuesday, February 9, at 6 PM. After this first session, the classes will be held on Thursdays. We are excited for a new set of families to be guided through the program. If you are interested or know of any families who could benefit, please contact the School office at: 650-482-2404. You can also sign-up directly through this link:

Click on the video link below for a glimpse of some of the student and family activities that typically take place at the sessions.


Week 3 Tuesday

DINE OUT at Mountain Mike's Pizza, Redwood City

After the success of our dine outs, the next one will be at Mountain Mike Pizza, on Wednesday, February 10th! You can now read the flyer here. Be sure to let them know you are a Henry Ford parent to have 20% of your bill donated to the School.

Healthy Cities Tutoring 7th Annual Perfect Pairing

Save the date, February 26th, for Healthy Cities Tutoring 7th Annual Perfect Pairings Benefit!

As always, there will be food, wine, and stories of our Perfect Student-Tutor Pairings. Be inspired by the impact our tutors make and the connections they share.

This year, there are many ways you can participate:

  • Register for and attend our free online event

  • Enjoy delicious food and drinks with one of our Perfectly Paired Party in a Box options from Domenico Winery

  • Participate in our Fund-A-Pairing & Silent Auction

  • Invite your friends and share the fun

Keep an eye out for registration information in next week's newsletter! Interested in Sponsoring our event. Sign-up Now!