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



Monday, Jan 24 @ 9am -- Cafecito en español.  Join with google meet


Tuesday, Jan 25 @ 4pm --  School Site Council Meeting.  Join with google meet


Friday, Jan 28 @ 9am -- Virtual Coffee with the Principal. Join with google meet




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!!


Our next Dine Out is scheduled for WednesdayFeb 9 at Zareen's, 20% back to our PTA!



Volunteers Back on Campus!


Exciting news from RCSD -- volunteers are now allowed back on campus!  This will allow volunteers to help in the classroom, help with Art in Action and Project Cornerstone, chaperone field trips, help out in our Makerspace, and so much more!!


We especially need volunteers for Art-in-Action for the 3rd/4th/5th grade classrooms, and for MakerSpace!!  No previous experience or art 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. 


See HERE for instructions, and see you on campus!



Makerspace will open soon!  


What is Makerspace, you might ask?

The Makerspace is an expansion of the STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) opportunities that teachers provide in their classrooms.  The space cultivates creative ways for students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering, art and tinkering.  


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 and volunteers. 


Email steam@henryfordpta.org, if you are interested in volunteering.  

We are hoping to open up the MakerSpace for a Lunch Club, and also an After-School Club, and we need volunteers!


See HERE for more info (scroll down to the section on Makerspace)



COVID Reminders


Let’s all do our part to make sure our school remains open! Make sure you and your kids wear masks (covering mouth and nose), sign up your kids for testing at school, vaccinate your family, use at home kits and rapid antigen tests, and limit activities out of school (especially if indoor).


Stay up-to-date with the District quarantine/isolation guidelines detailed HERE.


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.  


Updated isolation/quarantine guidelines - The Department of Public Health of California has published updated recommendations related to COVID and isolation which also apply to our students. The full policy is available here, but please rely on messaging from our district and school for the latest details. From what we know (and thanks to our school staff for the presentation at the PTA meeting):

    • 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.

In general, 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.


And don't forget to complete your Daily Wellness Survey before 7:30am every morning!

You can also complete a paper form, available onsite.  Or print a copy HERE



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 president@henryfordpta.org



Yearbook Club needs old digital cameras


The Yearbook Club, composed of 4th and 5th graders, is up and running!    

But, we still need digital cameras.  If you have one gathering dust, consider donating to the Yearbook Club, so our "press team" can take photos and create an amazing yearbook!

Contact yearbook@henryfordpta.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

Order spirit wear here



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. 

Simply sign-up at AmazonSmile and enter Henry Ford.



Order your 2021-2022 yearbook now!  

Order your yearbook at TreeRing.


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