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Henry Ford School Newsletter, March 22, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Henry Ford Families,

We are looking ahead to a bright return after Spring break after finalizing details this coming week. We are all set! We also just finished the second trimester parent/teacher optional conferences last week. Thank you to those who were contacted by their child’s teacher and met to discuss their child's academic progress. We all have a collective effort to communicate, set goals, and support all of our students.

Students returning to school on April 8, for In-Person Teaching and Learning were sent an invitation last week to attend an optional Orientation session on School Safety Procedures and Protocols. The sessions will be held in small groups by grade levels here at School. If you haven't had a chance to reply, and your child will be starting on April 8, here is the link. Please respond by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 22.

As a reminder for this week, we have two minimum days. Tuesday is a super minimum day because of Teacher Professional Development. Teachers will end instruction at 11:45 AM. However, students' work day will continue as usual with asynchronous work. Friday, March 26, is a regular minimum day; school will end at 1:30 PM.

We hope you and your family enjoy special time together over Spring Break to rest and rejuvenate. Some family ideas may be bike riding, hiking, playing soccer, reading outdoors, board game playing, playing cards, reading for pleasure, visiting the local Bay trails and much more! We live in an amazing area so if your schedule allows, we should take advantage of good weather!

If you are interested in academic activities during Spring Break for your child, we encourage you to have your child practice on their own with their adaptive learning programs such as Dreambox, Imagine Learning, or iReady LA and/or Math on their chromebook.

On another note, I feel it's time to move forward with some planning and visioning for the rest of this year and next year 2021-2022. Therefore, I would like to organize a new Committee which I will refer to as the Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC). This committee can help problem solve and work through ideas that can be shared with the School Site Council, the PTA, the School staff and me as we plan more efficiently for the needs of the School in a variety of areas. Please read below in the subsequent sections for further information and if you might qualify and be interested in being part of the PAC team.

And finally, may I wish you all a wonderful break. When we return on April 5, our teachers and School staff will be making final preparations to welcome more of our students to school.

Enjoy your Holiday Spring Break!

Al Rosell, Ed.D., Principal


All Meeting Links will be emailed


22-26, Student Orientation Week — If your child is returning to In-Person Teaching in April

23, Tuesday, Professional Development Day, 11:45 AM - Students will have asynchronous work in the afternoon.

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

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 852 1000 1013
Passcode: 303748

24, Wednesday, Super Citizen Recognition

At Principal's Morning Assembly

24, Wednesday, P.E. - Crazy HAT Wednesday

See below for more details.

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

29 - April 2, Holiday / Spring Break

April 5, School Resumes

April 8, First Day of In-Person Teaching for new Students to Campus

Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC)

As I reflect on the challenges that started last year from March 2020, to the present, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is a prime opportunity to come together now more than ever to be reflective and continue to build our community and provide our students the best learning environment under our current circumstances and to look ahead for a bright future. I feel we need to optimize these remaining few months of school and plan for the start of 2021-2022. I would like to organize what I will refer to as the Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC). I look forward to the collaboration and to rely on the viewpoints of our parents and staff to make the best possible educational environment for our students.

For additional information, the purpose of the committee, who we are seeking, and the application, open the following link.




If for any reason your child is having technical issues with their District-issued device, chromebook or ipad, contact Tech Support. You can reach the School District Support at 650.482.2100, or fill in the form (English) or (Spanish). Many more resources available on the guide to remote learning for parents (spanish version).


With nearly a hundred students, their siblings, and families listening to our many teachers read some of their favorite stories, everyone seemed to have an enjoyable experience last Thursday night. It was a fun evening listening to all the stories. It was also a lot of fun seeing everyone on camera . . . . . . . . . See some of the participants' pictures below. Let's do it again!

Don't Be Left Without a Yearbook

You are still in time to order your yearbook! Don’t wait any longer! Use this link to order:
And if you have funny pictures to include, send them to

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MARCH MADNESS - Last Week - Crazy Hat Wednesday!

It’s our LAST WEEK of March Madness! Students and teachers have the chance to win a prize from their favorite PE+ program, and this week coaches want to see some CRAZY HATS on screen at the beginning of their LIVE Session!

How does it work?

Wednesday, 3/24, have your class join the live Wednesday session! The top 2 classrooms from each school in the District that have the most crazy hats win a PE+ March Madness T-Shirt for each student! Teachers from that classroom will also be gifted a $25 Amazon gift card!

What are the CRAZY HAT criteria?

  • A hat or some type of headband that is worn on the PE+ kid's head
    Creativity preferred, decorated hats (with parent permission) are encouraged - it cannot be a plain baseball hat

When do my students need to log in?

Wednesday, 3/24, coaches will be asking students to show their CRAZY HATS at the very start of class! Look at the Wednesday Live Schedule below for your class time and zoom link!

How will they track participation?

  • Zoom Report based on individual logins
  • Hats on the screen that are visible
  • FIRST AND LAST NAME of students on the screen to compare to rosters given to PE+ at the beginning of the year (if there are any updates - we ask teachers to please email

How will I know if I won?

A member from our PE+ team will contact the teacher via email with the subject line "March Madness Winner - Crazy Hat Challenge!", and they will include what you can expect from each classroom.

Additional Information:

  • Prizes will be distributed the week after Spring Break.
  • Rosters were given to the coaches at the beginning of the year; if for any reason your roster has been updated or may be missing someone from the class, please email the coaches at: before Wednesday, 3/24.


It’s not too late to order your “GO MUSTANGS!” pottery kit, kindly provided by Laurel Street Arts in San Carlos! Order your kit online to support Henry Ford, and pick it up at their store anytime or at Henry Ford on Friday, March 26, just in time for a Spring Break activity! And if you ordered a kit and want to share your art with everyone, please send photos of your in-process at finished pieces to

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 click the link here to get started. Pick the Henry Ford PTA, and 0.5% of any eligible purchases from Amazon will be donated to the Henry Ford School PTA.