Henry Ford School: May 15 – 19

This Week at Henry Ford Elementary

Monday, May 15

Tuesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 17

Thursday, May 18

  • 4th Grade: Make Time for Fitness
  • Minimum Day
  • 1:20pm CA Honor Roll photo

Friday, May 19

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 23: PTA Meeting
  • May 25: Open House
  • May 29:  No classes – Memorial Day
  • June 2: Kinder BBQ

Volunteer Needs


In this month’s ABC book, “Recess Queen”, by Alexis O’Neill , Mean Jean the “recess queen” rules the playground with an iron fist. No one dares cross her path for fear of being hit, punched, or kicked. One day, a new girl shows up on the playground and catches Mean Jean completely off guard. Katie Sue is not the least bit intimidated by Mean Jean. Katie Sue actually invites Jean to join in a jump rope game! In no time, Jean and Katie Sue become friends.

Goals of lesson:

  1. Empower students to use their skills as UPstanders to create a safe and caring climate on the school playground.
  2. Practice using conflict resolution skills.
  3. Use the ABC student toolbox of techniques practiced all year in our ABC Lessons.
  4. Demonstrate a connection between student’s online and face to face community.

As a caring adult, here are steps you can use to help youth in emotionally charged conflicts:

  •   Help them identify the conflict.
  •   Without interruption, have each person describe briefly what happened.
  •   Use empathetic listening. No judging, just listening.
  •   Have each of the involved persons name how they feel with an “I statement”:

A. I feel ______ when ______because ______.

B. I feel ______ when ______because ______.

  •   Help children repeat and refine their statements until tension from the misunderstanding or conflict subsides.
  •   Celebrate the successful resolution of conflicts and acknowledge the compromise each person made so that the solution would work!
  • When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors… Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!

Ambassador Update

Summer Playdates

Mark your calendars for our Kindergarten Playdates this summer! Incoming Kindergartners can get a headstart on new friends, and families can get to know each other before the school year. Please sign up to help!


Reviews are critical to our school’s reputation and ability to attract great student families. We need your help to write content for from which we will rotate testimonials to feature on the homepage. It would be ideal to have a mix of parent, student, and teacher testimonials. If you and/or your child are able to help, please send to :

  • 2-3 sentence testimonial
  • Your photo (I will crop to a circle)
  • Your full name & whether you are parent, student, teacher
  • Your grade (if student or teacher)

Pasta Dinner

Our biggest FUNdraising event is just around the corner Friday May 19! All the details are at

Discounted presale tickets are available online from now through May 17.

The online auction is live! Winners need not be present to win or even be Henry Ford familes, so share the link with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, old classmates, local baristas, former flames, etc so everyone can get in on the fun. Our marquee item is a FREE HOME listing #84

This is an all-volunteer event, so please sign up to do your share. We need folks for setup, cleanup, and games.

Latest volunteer update:  We need more parent help running games, especially from 5 – 6 and 7 – 8.  No experience necessary.  Please consider volunteering!  We also need ice for the drinks.  If you think you can help out, please sign up.


How are we doing?

Do you love our school & PTA? Please complete this short survey by Friday May 26. Your feedback helps us improve, and also provides the needed data for us to apply for awards and grants to benefit Henry Ford. Thanks in advance!


Win Free Lifx Smart Bulbs

Do you dream about having a smart home? Redwood City based LIFX has generously donated CES-winning smart bulbs to Room 11’s Pasta Dinner auction listing! They have also provided Gen2 white LED bulbs to build the excitement. 120 winners will get a starter pack worth $45! To win:

1) Like the Henry Ford Facebook page
2) Share this Facebook post
3) Pick up your LIFX smart bulbs at Pasta Dinner

(2 winners max per household please)

Ring Fundraiser

Ring video doorbells and perimeter cameras are highly recommended by the Redwood City Police Department. Ring is offering $25 off a device to friends & family of Henry Ford Elementary. For every one of your purchases, they will also give $25 to our PTA. Just enter promo code 6503682981 at checkout. Only good through the end of this month, so act quickly!
Details are in this flyer Henry Ford Ring Fundraiser and you can also contact

School Modernization

Curious about how your tax dollars are being spent and how they will impact Redwood City? Get involved and learn about the improvements planned for RCSD school sites through Measure T funds. Most projects won’t impact our school for 7+ years, but you’ll be a Henry Ford neighbor long after your Mustangs move on to being proud alums.

Quick Start projects begin this summer! Rumors are that Henry Ford may receive sun shades for lunch areas but information has not yet been published. Please reach out to RCSD office and school board members to confirm final details and ensure that Henry Ford teachers & students receive immediate, adequate sun protection from Redwood City’s Climate Best.


Is your child reading a good book that they’d like to recommend to classmates? Fill out this form and we’ll share Student Selections on our website. S/he might even get featured in our newsletter!

Summer Reading

As we look forward to the end of a great school year, start preparing your students for summer reading & learning! Be on the look out for suggested reading lists from Henry Ford Elementary teachers, and details for “Read to a Teacher” event(s) during the summer.

Our Redwood City libraries always run an amazing summer challenge with reading prizes and weekly drawings for museum passes.

Barnes & Noble has a summer program for kids to earn a free book. Print a journal for each student, read & write about 8 books, then turn in to a local store (closest one is at Sequoia Station) to choose a free book. There are some good ones on the list like a silly Judy Moody and a thriller by John Grisham! (see below)

Do you know of any other summer reading programs? Share with us and we’ll spread the word to other Henry Ford school families on our school Reading Page. Thank you!

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Books

Direct Donation Drive

Our school relies on contributions from families like yours to pay for programs that enrich the learning experience for all Henry Ford Mustangs.


Families who donate the full contribution and/or sponsor a program can be featured on our website and possibly in our newsletter!

Amazon Smile

Are you an Amazon customer? You could support us in this NO-COST fundraiser just by doing your normal shopping! Learn how to get set up to shop on here:

Stay in Touch with PTA & other Parents

Receive notifications through text, email, or the Remind App. You choose! You can also message other parents in your class. Just text the PTA for instructions after you join.

Text @fordinfo to the number 81010 or click

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