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Henry Ford School Newsletter, November 23, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, a holiday based on the concept of gratitude, I want to express my appreciation to our parents, students, teachers, and staff. This has been an unusual year that will not be easily forgotten. I am grateful for everyone's understanding and support as we have worked through the challenges of Distance Learning. I have been impressed as I visit classrooms virtually and see how our students have adopted to the new norm of learning via their computer. Students seem comfortable with the routines. I find most of them engaged. They have figured out how to maneuver through the world of online virtual learning.

As we reflect on Thanksgiving, even though we may be disappointed with certain aspects of this year, all of us should be grateful for our children, our families, and our friends. Although most of us won't be able to travel to be with our loved ones like in previous years, we can still reach out to them thanks to technology, the same technology that students are using to connect with their teachers every day during school.

As in the past, during this time of the year, our teachers are in the middle of Parent/Teacher Conferences. If you have not responded to the email or phone call that you may have received about your conference date, please reach out to your child's teacher to schedule a time. Tuesday is the last day to meet with the teacher prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. However, your child's teacher will want to meet with you right away the following week. Please email the teacher or call the office: 650-482-2404.

May all of us reflect on our wonderful blessings. May we teach our children to appreciate all that we have. And may they understand that we should give gratitude for our lives and the opportunities offered us. Thanksgiving Day is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Al Rosell, Ed.D.

Principal, Henry Ford School

– – – – – – – CALENDAR OF EVENTS – – – – –

All Meeting Links will be emailed


23-24, Parent Teacher Conferences

25-27 — Thanksgiving Holiday


1, Tuesday, School Site Council, 4:00 PM

8, Tuesday, Super Minimum Day, School ends at 11:45 AM

8, Tuesday, PTA Meeting, 7:00 PM

18, Friday, Super Minimum Day, School ends at 11:45 AM

PARENT SURVEY — In-Person Learning Return to School

Please look for your final survey to inform us if you desire to have your child return to In-Person Learning starting January 19, 2021.

In the survey you will be informed if your child's teacher will return to In-Person Teaching and Learning or if the teacher will remain Distance Learning for the rest of the school year.

The survey should answer most of your questions. Students who select In-Person Teaching will be placed either in the morning session starting at 8:15 AM or the afternoon session starting at 12:15 PM. Siblings will have the same schedule. However, we will not be able to accept requests. It would be impossible to grant everyone's choice. If families don't have the flexibility to attend either the morning session or the afternoon session, families should consider remaining with Distance Learning. After classes are organized, and if we have space, we will consider changing students to a different schedule.

Please look for an email by Tuesday with a survey for each of your children's teachers.


Families United have started their second year at Henry Ford. Their purpose is to provide 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. Our participants have finished four weeks of lessons. The whole family is invited to participate. Below is a video of what last week's lesson focused on. We thank our families who are part of this wonderful educational class and for submitting photos so we can see what they have been learning. Keep up the good work, and thank you!

See click on the video link below for an example of some of student activities that typically take place at the sessions.

Week 3 Tuesday


Redwood City School District Enrollment — School of Choice (SOC) season for 2021-22 will launch at 9 AM on Monday, November 30, 2020. You can find the full timeline below.

Important Information:

  • Meet RCSD Night has been cancelled this year.
  • Enrollment and SOC opens Monday, November 30, 9 AM.
    • Online enrollment and SOC application are the priority.
    • Parents who need face-to-face help can visit the District Office (DO) or stop by the School by appointment only (only one parent at a time in the office, no waiting lines, no waiting room). Walk-ins at the DO will be asked to make an appointment and come back.
  • The first SOC window closes Friday, January 22, 3 PM.

  • Virtual Tours

Families may take a virtual Tour (English) or (español) to learn about each of our Schools. Based on data from previous years, Meet RCSD Night is a key deciding factor for parents to decide on the school best for their child. This page has information about our School and others with the type of programs being offered.

Please share the timelines with any family interested in attending Henry Ford School:

DO YOU SHOP ON AMAZON? Please Help Henry Ford and Visit Smiles on Amazon . . . . Help raise money for the School

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the online shopping we are all doing this year, don’t forget to select the Henry Ford PTA for Amazon Smile. Just visit, pick the Henry Ford PTA, and 0.5% of any eligible purchase from Amazon will be donated to the Henry Ford PTA.


Honey Bear Christmas Trees will be holding their fundraiser as usual this year. They will be donating 15% back to Henry Ford School if someone mentions our School when purchasing a tree. The Redwood City lot opens November 14th with San Carlos opening on November 21st. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors. The best thing to do is to print out the attached flyers in English or Spanish.