Henry Ford School: May 22-26

This Week at Henry Ford Elementary

Monday, May 22

Tuesday, May 23

  • PTA Meeting, 7 PM, Staff Room – Last meeting of the year!

Wednesday, May 24

Thursday, May 25

  • Minimum Day
  • Open House, 6 – 7:30

Friday, May 26

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 29:  No classes (Memorial Day)
  • May 31:  Staff vs. 5th grade kickball
  • June 1:  Field Day
  • June 2: Kinder BBQ
  • June 9: Last Day of School

Volunteer Needs

Pasta dinner


All auction item winners need to pick up their prizes within ONE WEEK of auction closing (May 26th, 2017) or items will go to the next highest bidder.

Check your email to see if you won an auction item, and for designated pickup days & times. Contact to make other arrangements if necessary.

thank you!

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the Pasta Dinner Event a success. It took many people and many hours dedicated to Henry Ford so we want to send out a hearty thanks to:

  • Event Chairs
  • Basket Drawing and Online Auction Committee
  • Classroom Basket Coordinators
  • PTA Website and Auction Support
  • Catalog Design and Assembly
  • Food Procurement and Preparation Crew
  • Teachers and Staff
  • 5th Graders
  • Parent Game Helpers and Movers
  • Set-up and Clean-up Helpers
  • Menlo-Atherton High-School Game Helpers

We raised over $20k! These funds are critical to pay for Henry Ford programs such as PE, art, music, and Project Cornerstone.

Thank you families & friends of Henry Ford for your support. Go Mustangs!


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.

Learn more at

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 and our Instagram page. 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)

Reviews in Spanish would be impressive and welcome!

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This could be you. Or your student!



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!


Free Smart Bulbs at Open House

Redwood City startup LIFX has generously donated CES-winning smart bulbs to Henry Ford! Stop by the table in front of our school after Open House on Thursday to make sure you’re signed up for PTA communications and you can get a  starter pack of Gen2 white LED bulbs worth $45! Please spread the word with other Henry Ford parents. (2 winners max per household please)

NEW! Sponsorships

Do you know any local businesses who would like to invest in our students and demonstrate a commitment to quality education & community engagement? We are introducing a sponsorship program for the 2017-18 school year, so please share this opportunity with interested parties. Reach out in person, by phone, or email and give out this link

Sponsors will be recognized for their contribution on our website.

Last Chance for Ring Discount

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


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! 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.

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!

California Honor Roll

Our California Honor Roll banner is here! Thank you to everyone who showed up for our group photo. Check our Awards page and Instagram for photos.  And stop by the Kindergarten playground fence to check it out for yourself. Be sure to tag any photos with #HenryFordElementary.

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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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Be sure to subscribe to our PTA newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on school activities! Your engagement helps your student succeed. Go to You can also find the Subscribe box on the bottom (mobile) or top right (desktop) across our PTA website.

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