Henry Ford School: April 24-28

School Assembly Notes

  • April Life Skill : COMPASSION is the feeling of wanting to help a person in need

This Week at Henry Ford Elementary

Monday, April 24

  • 6:30 pm RCSD School Modernization Meeting at John Gill Elementary

Tuesday, April 25

Wednesday, April 26

  • Earth Day/Walk to School
  • Kinder Field Trip: Elkus Ranch
  • 3:00-10:00pm Dine Out: Canyon Inn

Thursday, April 27

  • Minimum Day

Friday, April 28

  • Yearbook orders due
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip:  Marine Science Institute

Important Upcoming Dates

  • May 1-5, Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 3, 6-8 PM, MUB:  Literacy Night at Henry Ford
  • May 4, 7-8 PM, MUB: Kindergarten Orientation
  • May 8: SBAC testing begins
  • May 19: Pasta Dinner
  • May 25: Open House

Volunteer Needs

We are a California Honor Roll School!

ERP California Honor Roll School AwardOur school was chosen by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as a 2016 California Honor Roll recipient. We did not apply for this award (they found us!) and it is a great honor to have been chosen. Honor Roll schools are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps.

This award is given in collaboration with leading businesses and foundations (e.g. McKinsey & Co and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to establish a higher bar of performance than any other award. The Honor Roll is the only school recognition program in the state using data & analytics of  student achievement outcomes as the criteria, and is a growing resource for all schools to learn about best practices that increase student achievement.

Please be sure to congratulate our hardworking teachers and show your thanks next week!


Measure T School Modernization Meeting

RCSD’s School Modernization Plan is Underway!   Please join your first Neighborhood Meeting to discover more, provide input, and get involved.  The meeting is Monday April 24, 6:30 PM at John Gill Elementary.

Dine Out: Canyon Inn

Make your Hump Day easier by skipping dinner prep & dishes. Join us at Canyon Inn on Wednesday 04/26 for another Henry Ford Dines Out fundraiser. Mention our school and 20% of your bill (including drinks!) will go to the PTA. Includes takeout orders as well. See you there!


Order your yearbook directly online for $22 by April 28, 2017. You can buy a standard yearbook, or customize your book for FREE! Yearbooks will be delivered to your child the last week of school.

Literacy night

On Wednesday May 3,  6 – 8 PM in the Henry Ford Elementary Cafeteria, there will be an event hosted by Reading Partners and Redwood City REACH.  Henry Ford students and family members will enjoy an evening filled with literacy activities and read alouds by school staff, community members, and special guest author, Tim McCanna.  Events will run continuously throughout the evening and a light meal will be served.  All families will leave with free books to take home.

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up NEXT WEEK, May 1-5!  With help from families, the PTA will be providing something special for our teachers each day of the week, except Friday which is Principal Griffiths day to treat.  We encourage you to visit the volunteer sign ups for the Staff Breakfast on Wednesday 5/3 and the Afternoon Sips & Sweets on Thursday 5/4.  Our amazing teachers will love to feel our love for them!

Pasta Dinner

Our biggest FUNdraising event is just around the corner Friday May 19. Mark your calendars and buy discounted presale tickets online at

School Testimonials

Reviews are critical to our school’s reputation. We need your help to build up from which we will rotate 2 at a time 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)

Win Free Lifx Smart Bulbs

Do you dream about owning a smart home? Redwood City based LIFX has generously donated CES-winning smart bulbs to Room 11’s Pasta Dinner basket! 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

We have an exciting fundraiser. Ring would like to keep our neighborhood safe and support our neighborhood school! Ring video doorbells and perimeter cameras are highly recommended by the Redwood City Police Department. Through May, 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.


Details are in this flyer Henry Ford Ring Fundraiser and you can also contact

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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