Henry Ford School: May 14 – May 18

THIS Week at Henry Ford Elementary

MONDAY, May 14

  • Pre-buy basket tickets before or after school


  • Pre-buy basket tickets before or after school
  • 11:15 Fire Drill
  • SBAC testing continues
  • Library closes for the year


  • Pre-buy basket tickets before or after school


  • Pre-buy basket tickets before or after school
  • 4th grade:  Make Time for Fitness
  • Minimum Day


  • Mustang Pride – wear your shirts!
  • Pasta Dinner, Basket Drawing, Silent Auction, Carnival – begins at 5 PM!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 22:  PTA Meeting, 7 PM
  • May 24:  Open House, 6 – 7:30
  • May 28:  Memorial Day – no classes
  • May 31:  Field Day/Volunteer Breakfast
  • June 1:  Last day of PE+

Volunteer Needs


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PASTA DINNER is Friday, May 18!

This is a reminder that Henry Ford’s Annual Pasta Dinner, Carnival and Basket Event is coming up this Friday.  Catalogs were sent home in last week’s Thursday folder so be sure to check out all of the amazing baskets being raffled off.  While you’re browsing, check out the great online auction offerings as well.  Remember, you don’t need to be present to win.

The online auction closes at 8pm Friday, May 18th, and bidding is officially open.  You can pre-buy basket tickets before or after school Monday through Thursday of this week.

Get ready in 3 easy steps:

  1. Buy tickets – May 16th is the last day to buy discounted presale tickets.  Click here for details.
  2. Volunteer – Make this a great event for your kids. Volunteer here.
  3. Bid in the auction –  Before 8:00pm on Friday, May 18th to win amazing items! Winners need not be present to win.  Winners do not even need to be Henry Ford families, so share the link with friends and family so everyone can get in on the fun. 

Henry Ford PTA’s 24th Annual Pasta Dinner, Basket Drawing, Online Auction, and Carnival, including a special appearance by the Stanford Band is only a few weeks away on Friday, May 18th. Dinner and carnival run from 5 pm – 8 pm.  Pasta dinner by Vin Santo Ristorante.

Purchase tickets by Wednesday May 16th for a discount.  

  • To purchase tickets with cash or check payable to Henry Ford PTA, fill out the bottom portion of the green flyer that came home in the Thursday folder, attach payment, and turn in to the office or your child’s teacher.
  • To purchase tickets using credit card or PayPal click here.

Dinner tickets and carnival wristbands (which include unlimited game play) will be held at WILL CALL at the event.  They will not be sent home.  Dinner includes pasta with choice of meat sauce or marinara, salad, bread, drink, and dessert served by our incomparable teachers and enthusiastic 5th grade waiters.  Bring your family and friends to this evening of food and fun!

Dinner Tickets:

Pre-Sale $10 Adult, $8 Child                    At the Door;  $12 Adult, $10 Child

Carnival Wristband:

Pre-Sale:  $20                   At the Door:  $25

The pasta dinner, carnival, and auction are the school’s largest fundraiser of the year.  The money raised fund technology, P.E., Art in Action, Project Cornerstone, music, field trips, classroom supplies, and so much more.   In order to make this all-volunteer event a success, we are asking families to help in various ways including set-up, clean-up, and running games. Click here to volunteer.

Don’t forget to sign up to help!


This month’s ABC book: “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson shows the difficulties and rewards of making a new friend.  The summer had seemed perfect until Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood, quickly becoming the narrator’s “enemy number one”.  The narrator’s father, a caring adult in his life, offered to help with a recipe for enemy pie.  The chief ingredient in enemy pie was time spent in the company of “the enemy”.  Thanks to Dad’s special recipe, Jeremy and the narrator discover they have a lot in common and become friends.

Goals of lesson:

  1. Understand that prejudice may cause one to have a perceived enemy.
  2. Learn not to judge others.
  3. Develop a growth mindset that embraces meeting new people and discovering new things about classmates and friends.
  4. Expand friendship making skills to include overcoming self-imposed obstacles, like prejudice and stereotyping.

To reinforce this lesson at home:

  • Talk with your child about her or his friends. Ask questions to find out what they’re like.
  • Get to know your child’s friends and their families. Point out what you like about them.
  • Don’t jump to conclusions based on first impressions.
  • When your child is involved in a conflict with a friend, listen to find out what is happening.
  • Role-play how to start a conversation with someone new.
  • Listed are a few qualities of a good friend. Discuss with your child what each word means:  loyal, trustworthy, open-minded, encouraging, caring

When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

Connect with other Parents

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All parents & caretakers are invited to join their classrooms’ group chats to stay in touch with others in their classroom through text, email, or the Remind app. You choose! It’s so handy for playdates, missed assignments, field trips, etc.

Text @fordinfo to the number 81010 or click and then message the PTA for further instructions.


Our school relies on contributions from families like yours to pay for programs that enrich the learning experience for all Henry Ford Mustangs. For the 2017-18 academic year, a full student contribution is $200.  While we prefer a full annual contribution, any amount is gratefully accepted. We also have a new monthly installments program at


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