Welcome to the Henry Ford Elementary School PTA, in Redwood City, CA!
See below for upcoming events and important announcements.
welcome back to school, henry ford mustangs!
Hello Henry Ford families! We are excited to be back on campus, as we continue to support the learning experiences of all Henry Ford students. We are eager to engage with a diverse and mighty community of volunteers to serve students through our various PTA supported programs.
Important Upcoming Dates
Wed, May 18 -- Last day for Pasta Dinner DISCOUNTED PRICING! Order online (see 'Pasta Dinner' tab above), or turn in a paper order form to the office. Paper forms were sent home in Thursday folders, and are also available in the office.
Friday, May 20 5-8pm-- Pasta Dinner -- our most fun fundraising event, finally coming back after a COVID hiatus. Buy your tickets now! Check out the "Pasta Dinner" tab above for details.
Sunday, May 22 @ 8pm -- Online auction closes... be sure to place your bids before 8pm!
Tues, May 24 7pm -- Last PTA meeting of the year! Zoom link coming...
Thurs, May 26 6pm -- Open House, in-person!! Come see all the magic and learning that has happened in your child's classroom this year!
Fri, May 27 8:20am -- Coffee/Cafecito with the Principal, in-person, Room 4
Fri, May 27 -- Super Minimum Day, ALL students dismissed at 11:30am
Mon, May 30 -- Memorial Day. NO SCHOOL
Check out the Principal's May newsletter HERE
Pasta Dinner on Friday, May 20 5-8pm
There will be carnival games, field games with our awesome PE coaches, photo booth, dinner sponsored by Roma, and raffle drawings! It will be a fun night and a great opportunity to hang out with other school families.
Check out the 'Pasta Dinner' tab above, to buy tickets online at a discounted price! Deadline for discount pricing is May 18.
Note -- Wine Wall tickets are only available ONLINE
Don't forget to order your yearbook!! Order by June 3, so your yearbook is delivered, free of charge, for pickup at school. (After June 3, you will have to pay for shipping to your home.)
The Yearbook Club is excited to show off their hard work!
Do you have any questions about the yearbook, or want to get in involved in helping out with the yearbook?
Eat out around town, and earn money for our PTA!
Round Up at Redwood City BBQ
In addition to our monthly Dine Outs, Redwood City BBQ has offered to help us with our continued fundraising effort with their Round Up program.
When orders are placed online, guests will be asked whether they want to round up to the next dollar, and that money will be donated to the Henry Ford PTA!
Check out their menu and website HERE and be sure to ROUND UP!!
Thank you for participating in our last Dine Out, and stay tuned for the next one!
CityTrees on Apr 30
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped beautify our campus with 37 new trees!
Come volunteer on campus!
We desperately need volunteers to help in the classroom -- teach Art in Action and Project Cornerstone, chaperone field trips, help out in our Makerspace, and so much more!! No previous experience or expertise necessary, just a desire to hang out with kids in the classroom and help out our teachers.
In order to keep everyone safe on campus, there are some requirements including TB test/questionnaire, government-issued ID, and proof of COVID vaccination.
You can pick up all the necessary forms from the office, and they can help answer any questions.
Or see HERE for online instructions, and see you on campus!
As always, if you have any questions about volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Makerspace is open!
What is Makerspace, you might ask?
The Makerspace is an expansion of the STEAM (Science/Technology/
We have a new 3-D printer which we are excited to begin using. Our school has worked hard to expand STEAM programs knowing they provide opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving, independence, agency and cooperative learning. The Makerspace is a free-use space supported by the PTA, donations, staff and volunteers.
Amazon Wishlist (search “Henry Ford Makerspace”): https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/289UGYZGIJ5H?&sort=default
- Tape – all kinds
- Cardboard – all kinds
- TP & PT Tubes
- Paper/Plastic cups, plates
- Glue & Hot Glue Sticks
- Batteries: Coin, AA, AAA batteries
- Fabric Sewing Supplies (thread, needles, etc)
- Packing supplies (no styrofoam)
- Clean plastic food and beverage containers
- Craft sticks, straws
- Paper – all kinds
- Fabric, yarn, Velcro, ribbon
- Office supplies and tools
- Clorox Wipes
- OTHER – Get creative! No glass or styrofoam please!
Email email@example.com, if you are interested in volunteering.
We are opening up the MakerSpace for a Lunch Club AND an After-School Club, and we need parent volunteers!
See HERE for more info (scroll down to the section on Makerspace)
COVID is still here! Masks are optional but highly encouraged, especially indoors. Keep your student home if they are sick, get vaccinated, and continue COVID-testing regularly!
Families are invited to submit proof of vaccination here to help our school district in defining policies around testing and isolation.
RCSD has partnered with BayPLS to facilitate on-site COVID-19 testing. Each registered student will be tested once a week. See this flyer for more information from the District.
In order to be tested weekly at school:
1) Make sure your student is registered through Primary Health. Link here
2) Every week, schedule an "appointment" to consent for that week's test. Link here
In addition, there is weekly FREE COVID testing for all RCSD students and staff.
Thursdays 1:45pm -- 4:15pm at Kennedy. See HERE for details.
Free Weekend COVID testing in person by virusgeek - Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 2pm, 3399 Bay Rd, Redwood City, on the corner of Bay Rd and 10th Ave, register on https://www.virusgeeks.com.
Updated isolation/quarantine guidelines - The CA Department of Public Health has updated recommendations related to COVID and isolation. The full policy is available here, but please rely on messaging from our district and school for the latest details.
- Everyone who tests positive needs to isolate at home for at least 5 days, even if without symptoms and even if vaccinated.
- After day 5, if there are no symptoms AND there is a negative test, then the student can return to school. A mask should be worn at all timesaround others for at least 10 days, especially indoors.
- If unable to test or choosing not to test, AND no symptoms are present, isolation can end after day 10.
- If fever is present, isolation should continue until fever resolves.
- Fully vaccinated students that are identified as close contacts who are also asymptomatic do not need to isolate, and may continue to attend school or other activities.
Contact the office if one of your children tests positive. The office can help answer any questions, clarify the guidelines, and assist with testing to allow the child to safely return to school.
New Board position open -- HISTORIAN
The PTA is looking for a volunteer to fill the Historian position.
The Historian will capture the PTA’s annual activities and achievements by submitting a volunteer hours form and giving a report at the April or May PTA meeting. Email Becky Foutch for questions or more info firstname.lastname@example.org
Have extra kids' face masks, or gently used toys?
The school is going through lots of face masks (imagine 400+ students dirtying and breaking face masks!), and is looking for any donations of kids masks!
Doing some fall cleaning and finding any forgotten toys? The school could use any gently used toys as prizes for PBIS and recognition of other good deeds on campus.
Bring any donations to the front office!
Donate today and help fully fund programs at Henry Ford!
Consider making a tax-deductible donation. Any amount is gratefully appreciated and will make a difference.
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Have you created your parent account with Class Dojo?
This is going to be the main form of communication with the School! Don’t miss out on great updates from your teachers, Principal Knopf, photos, and upcoming fun activities.
If you haven’t received an invitation with the class code, please reach out to your teacher. General school information and classroom messages and updates are sent out via Class Dojo on a regular basis.
Henry Ford Spirit Wear
Show off your Mustang spirit! We make it easy by ordering online with items shipped to your home, or FREE pick-up at the store. Online orders supplied by Goetz Brothers, a local family owned and operated business. Turn-around time is 7-10 days
Shop as you normally do and the school earns money at AmazonSmile!
A percentage of your eligible purchases on Amazon will be donated to the school.
Order your 2021-2022 yearbook now!