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Henry Ford School: October 7 – 11, 2019

THIS Week at Henry Ford Elementary

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10

  • Minimum day, dismissal at 1:30 PM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11

  • Henry Ford Spirit Day – wear your blue!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • October 18:  Fall Fiesta, 5 PM – 8 PM
  • November 12:  PTA Meeting @ 7 PM

PTA MEETING

There is a PTA meeting coming up on Tuesday, October 8 at 7 PM.  Childcare will be available. Agenda ( English, Spanish):

7:00    Welcome
7:05     Approval of Minutes
7:10     Healthy Cities Tutoring Presentation
7:20     Officers’ Reports

    •  Principal’s Report – Al Rosell
    •  Faculty Liaison’s Report – Amy Barstad
    • President’s Report – Keri King
    •  Treasurer’s Report – Jeff Waite

7:30     Committee/Event Updates

    • Box Tops – Ellen Jacobson
    • Direct Donation Campaign – Jeanette Camacho
    • Fall Fiesta – Jane Garrino/Keri King
    • Fall Fundraiser – Colleen Lewcocki/Corinne Tsui
    • Dinner Out – Jen Cambouris

8:00  New Business

    • Google Giving Week – Lisa Maurer

8:20 Adjournment

Mark your calendars with PTA Meetings for the coming year.  All meetings are in the staff room and begin at 7 PM unless otherwise indicated:

  • October 8:  PTA Meeting
  • November 12: PTA Meeting
  • January 14:  PTA Meeting
  • February 11:  PTA Meeting
  • March 10:  PTA Meeting
  • April 21:  PTA Meeting
  • May 19:  PTA Meeting

FALL FIESTA

Henry Ford PTA’s 15th Annual Fall Fiesta is coming up on October 18th from 5 PM – 8 PM.  Bring your family and friends for an evening of food, fun, and games!  The fun includes carnival games, food and drink, a pumpkins walk, a bake sale, the Haunted Classroom, and jumpy slides.  Mark your calendars!

Carnival game wristbands may be purchased in advance for $20 if pre-sale ticket order form is turned in with payment by Thursday October 17th.  Tickets are held at WILL CALL the night of the event.  Individual tickets for games are $1 each.  At the Fall Fiesta, there will be a raffle for a chance to win 4 tickets to Disneyland.  Drawing tickets may be bought in advance:  1 ticket for $1, 12 tickets for $10, or 25 tickets for $20.  Money and ticket stubs need to be turned in by Friday October 18th. Please turn in advanced purchases of wristbands and raffle tickets to your teacher.  

Volunteers are still needed for games. Thank you for your help and support.


staff appreciation breakfast

First Staff Appreciation Breakfast – October 30!! 

Our first Staff Appreciation Breakfast of the year is coming up on Wednesday, October 30. If you would like to participate, please bring a breakfast item, juice or coffee.  (The breakfast needs to accommodate approximately 80 hard working people). Here is an opportunity to send the Henry Ford teachers and staff big thank you for getting the year off to a great start.  Feel free to email if you need ideas or need to make arrangements to bring something the day before. Spread the word and thank you for your support!  http://henryfordpta.org/volunteer/?sheet_id=20


STEAM PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

STEAM Programs at Henry Ford need Volunteers!
The Henry Ford Makerspace (Rm 15) has been expanded and is almost ready for students!  What is a Makerspace?: Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage in science, engineering and tinkering.
We are one of two K-5 RCSD schools lucky enough to offer this unique STEAM Education resource FREE to students. Please visit our Amazon Wishlist for donation ideas here. Also look for ongoing supplies needed posted outside the room (15).
We need volunteers!  We look forward to offering The Lunch Club for 3rd-5th graders again this year and hope to offer an after school Maker Hour to give students more time to build, design, create and explore!  If you or anyone in the community is interested in supervising students in the Makerspace, please signup here!
FREE Coding Clubs!  Our goal is to offer FREE after school Coding Clubs to K-5 students at Henry Ford!  Scratch and Scratch Jr are free and fun to explore. No coding experience required to lead coding clubs – tutorials and lesson plans available.  Please contact Becky Foutch with any questions. If you would like to signup, you can do so here.

FALL FIESTA

Henry Ford PTA’s 15th Annual Fall Fiesta is coming up on October 18th from 5 PM – 8 PM.  Bring your family and friends for an evening of food, fun, and games!  Carnival game wristbands for unlimited fun are $20 with advanced purchase.  Individual tickets are $1 each.  The fun includes carnival games, food and drink, a pumpkins walk, a bake sale, the Haunted Classroom, and jumpy slides.  Mark your calendars!

Orange flyers for the Fall Fiesta went home on Thursday.  Wristbands may be purchased in advance for $20 if pre-sale ticket order form is turned in with payment by Thursday October 17th.  Tickets are held at WILL CALL the night of the event.  At the Fall Fiesta, there will be a drawing for a chance to win 4 tickets to Disneyland.  Drawing tickets may be bought in advance:  1 ticket for $1, 12 tickets for $10, or 25 tickets for $20.  Money and ticket stubs need to be turned in by Friday October 18th.  Thank you for your help and support.


HEALTHY CITIES TUTORING

Healthy Cities Tutoring – Reach a child. Touch a Family. Build a community.

This past school year, 438 caring volunteers each gave the gift of their time to help the 508 children in our program. Our community of volunteers range in age from 14-96 and provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students for 45 minutes per week to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. We expect the need for more volunteer tutors to grow at Henry Ford School and we hope you or someone you know will get involved in this rewarding volunteer experience. You will be able to choose your preferred time and age/grade of child for tutoring. Tutoring takes place at the school or in some cases, at a local public library.

Please mark your calendar for our annual training and orientation for new tutors which will be held on Wednesday, October 16, at White Oaks School, 1901 White Oak Way, San Carlos. There are two identical sessions, 8:30-10:30am OR 6:30-8:30pm. Please attend whichever one is most convenient for you. There will be a make-up training on Tuesday, October 22, in the Henry Ford School library from 6:30pm-7:30pm. We hope to see you there!

For more information to become a Healthy Cities tutor, visit healthycitiestutoring.org and click VOLUNTEER to complete the online application.


yes on measure h

Measure H provides local funding for our elementary and middle schools that can’t be taken by the State.  Thanks to our supportive communities and high-quality teachers, local student achievement has continued to grow.  however, the fact remains that our elementary and middle schools are among the lowest funded in San Mateo County and are now facing a $10 million-dollar deficit due to state mandated cost increases.  Measure H will provide an additional source of stable local funding to protect our students from additional cuts in the classroom, where it matters most, and ensure they are ready for high school and their futures.

Protect student success by voting Yes on H in order to attract and retain high-quality teachers, support reading and writing skills, maintain science, technology, engineering and math instruction, and reduce K-1 class sizes.  Measure H is fiscally accountable.  The funds stay local and cannot be taken by the state.  No money can be used for administrator salaries.  Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits ensure funds are spent as promised.  Senior citizen homeowners continue to be eligible for an exemption.  Measure H expires in 12 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.

For more information, see the flyer linked here.


PTA DONATIONs

Our school relies on contributions from families like yours to pay for programs that enrich the learning experience for all Henry Ford Mustangs. Please consider a donation of  $250 or more, but any amount is gratefully accepted. 

For full contributions include your child’s name, room number, and preferred t-shirt size in the notes. Separate donations for each child please.

We also have a monthly installments program at http://henryfordpta.org/donate/

DONATE TODAY!


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