Welcome to the Henry Ford Elementary School PTA, in Redwood City, CA!
See below for upcoming events and important announcements.
Hello Henry Ford families! We are so excited to start school, reunite with old friends and meet new friends.
As another school year begins, we will continue to work 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.
Be sure to check back regularly for updates and events.
>> Read our Fall Welcome Letter HERE!
>> Tell us how you would like to stay in touch by filling out this Google Form HERE!
Important Upcoming Dates:
Thurs, Aug 11, 9-11am and 3-5pm -- Maze Day -- Get all of your back to school information at Maze Day, held on-campus. This is your opportunity to wind through each checkpoint (Get it? Maze Day?) to ensure your child is ready to go on the first day of school. Stay tuned for more information and details.
Wed, Aug 17 -- First day of the 2022-2023 school year!
Wed, Sept 7, 6PM -- Back to School Night
Mon, Sept 12, 6:30PM -- Ice Cream Social
Tues, Sept 13, 7PM -- First PTA Meeting - Via Zoom
Come volunteer with us!
We always welcome volunteers 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.
We also have the following PTA POSITIONS that need filling!:
PTA HISTORIAN (The Historian will capture the PTA’s annual activities and achievements.)
- FALL FIESTA ORGANIZER (Volunteer lead for our October fall fundraiser carnival event - you'll have lots of help and guidance to make for easy planning!)
- SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR ORGANIZER (Scholastic Book Fair is held in the Spring)
- GARDEN VOLUNTEERS (Organize garden cleanups and bring students into the garden!)
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
Eat out around town, and earn money for our PTA!
Stay tuned for the next monthly Dine Out at a local Redwood City restaurant. Enjoy some great food, support a local establishment, AND earn money for your 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!!
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.
The FDA approved the 3rd dose for children older than 5 just a week ago. Stanford has appointments already available, but very few clinics offer it at this point. Make sure to check with your pediatrician or on myturn.ca.gov especially if traveling this summer.
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.
It's never too early to order your yearbook. Or if you want to get involved with the yearbook or Yearbook Club, even better!! Contact email@example.com
And you can still order a 2021-2022 yearbook!! Yearbooks can be shipped directly to your home.
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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Get important dates, event information, access to resources to help connect you with Henry Ford.
Just leave your name and email on our sign up form here.
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. Site opens at the start of the school year and 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!