Henry Ford School: February 24 – 28, 2020

This Week at Henry Ford Elementary

MONDAY, February 24

TUESDAY, February 25 

  • Dine Out Fundraiser 10:30-9pm @ Sancho’s Taqueria

WEDNESDAY, February 26

  • Staff Appreciation Breakfast

THURSDAY, February 27

  • Minimum Day

FRIDAY, February 28


Important Upcoming Dates

•   February 25, 2020:  Dine Out Fundraiser at Sancho’s Taqueria in Redwood City 

  • February 24 – March 1 2020: Eat Out, Help Out benefitting RCEF


  •  February 26, 2020: Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Dine Out Fundraiser for Henry Ford

Support a local eatery and the school!  On Tuesday, February 25th from 10:30 am – 9 pm, eat at Sancho’s Taqueria on 3205 Oak Knoll Drive in Redwood City and 15% of the total bill will be donated to Henry Ford (take out included)!

Staff Appreciation Breakfast 

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Staff Appreciation Breakfast in December.  Another big hit!  The next feast is coming up on Wednesday, February 26. 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 a 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!

Desayuno de Agradecimiento al Personal – ¡18 de febrero!

Primero que nada: ¡muchas gracias a todos los que donaron comida para diciembre desayuno de agradecimiento al personal! ¡Fue un gran éxito!

El siguiente desayuno está programado para el miércoles 26 de febrero. Si desea participar, le pedimos que traiga algo de desayuno, jugo o café. Serán, aproximadamente, 80 personas (para que calcule cantidades). El objetivo es atender y agradecer a los maestros y al personal de Henry Ford, porque trabajan muy duro y por haber iniciado bien el año. Si tiene preguntas (o necesita ideas de qué traer), puede mandar un correo electrónico o mandarnos preguntar en la oficina. También puede decirnos si necesita traer algo desde el día anterior. Por favor, pase la voz. ¡Y gracias por su apoyo!

Project Cornerstone Newsletter


Enemy Pie

By Derek Munson


This book focuses on building interpersonal relationships and the Social Competency asset category. It also shows how caring adults can help create opportunities for friendships to bloom, even when misconceptions, prejudice and fear are obstacles.

Asset Information:

This book builds assets from 7 of the 8 categories:

  • Support-#1 Family Support, #2 Positive Family Communication and #4 Caring Neighborhood

  • Boundaries and Expectations-#13 Neighborhood Boundaries, #14 Adult Role Models, #15 Positive Peer Influence

  • Positive Values-#26 Caring and #31 Healthy Lifestyles

  • Social Competencies-#32 Planning and Decision Making, #33 Interpersonal

    Competence and -#36 Peaceful Conflict Resolution

  • Positive Identity-#37 Personal Power

  • Empowerment-#10 Safety

  • Constructive Use of Time-#18 Youth Programs, #20 Time at Home

The goals for this lesson are for students to:

  • Understand that prejudice may cause one to have a perceived enemy.

  • Learn not to judge others.

  • Develop a growth mindset that embraces meeting new people and discovering new things about classmates and friends.

  • Expand friendship making skills to include overcoming self-imposed obstacles, like prejudice and stereotyping.

  • Be aware that friendships can bloom and wilt.

  • Understand who is in their online community and how to communicate safely with them.

2020 Education Funding  Ballot Measures

2020 is a crucial year for education funding in California. As a parent, we know your children’s education is extremely important to you!

There are two important education funding ballot measures that the California State PTA has endorsed, that will help with K-12 funding as well as other areas. For more details, read the message from CAPTA at the bottom of this email.

The first opportunity to improve California education funding is coming up soon on the March 3, 2020 ballot. You can support education funding with your vote!

Did you know that parents traditionally have low voter turnout? We parents need to make our voices heard at the ballot box, for our children!!

Here is the proposition to look out for on the March ballot:

The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 (Proposition 13 of 2020). Will raise $9 billion for K-12 and $2 billion for each of California’s college systems (UC, CSU, Community Colleges) to construct and modernize school facilities. NOTE: This bond measure is UNRELATED to Prop. 13 (1978) and also UNRELATED to the “split-roll” initiative to revise Prop. 13 (1978) for corporations in November 2020.

If you are a registered voter, your ballots should be mailed to you between the first and third weeks of February. Please check the mail for your ballot and remember to vote YES on Proposition 13 in 2020!

Thank you in advance for voting to speak up for our California kids!

For any questions, check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or contact:

  • Jean Liu, School Funding Advocate (
  • Keiko Smith, CA 17th District PTA VP of Advocacy & Community Concerns (

Important Reminder for School District employees: There are strict restrictions against using school district resources (including emails) for political activity. If you are receiving this email on a school district email account, you cannot forward this email.

The school facility bond measure, numbered Prop. 13 of 2020 is completely UNRELATED to the Schools and Communities First initiative. It is an education funding BOND measure to construct and modernize school facilities focusing on health and safety concerns.



In 2020, two important school funding measures are facing California voters: the Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020, and the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020.

California State PTA, with its long history of advocating for the improvement of public schools, is supporting both.

Despite having the fifth-largest economy in the world, California is 41st in the nation in terms of per-student funding, and 40th in percentage of taxable income spent on education. This is unacceptable – our children deserve better! More funds must be allocated to revitalize schools and ensure that students get a well-rounded, top-notch education in modern, secure facilities. The billions both of these measures will raise will not only improve the safety and infrastructure of school facilities, but will also allow districts to fund a full curriculum, which includes science and arts education.

For many of us, it is no surprise that many of our communities lack the necessary funding to improve their facilities and expand their curriculums. Without the necessary funds, California schools are failing to adhere to mandates in such areas as arts education and science learning. By supporting both of these funding measures, however, we support the mission-driven impact we strive for on behalf of all children and families across the state.

We urge you to support the passage of both these ballot measures. Doing so will benefit your children, families and communities. Here’s a bit on each one, and what you can do to help California State PTA ensure their approval:




The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020 (also known as Proposition 13-2020) will raise $9 billion for the K-12 system and $2 billion for each of the three higher education segments (UC, CSU, and Community Colleges) to construct and modernize school facilities. It will appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

We strongly encourage you to vote for this bond measure in March. Click here to read more about it on the CAPTA website – you’ll find a summary of the measure and links to useful documents, including the full text of the measure and the California State PTA Study Committee Report. Click here to read the press release.




The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2020 (also known as the “split roll” initiative), will raise approximately $12 billion in annual funds for public education, local governments and community services by reassessing and taxing certain commercial properties at current market value. The initiative will appear on the November 2020 statewide ballot if it gets enough signatures to qualify by April 14.

We urge you to sign the petition, which you can do by clicking here. The campaign is also seeking volunteers to help collect signatures. Click here to volunteer.  

Click here to read more about the initiative on CAPTA’s website – you’ll find a summary of the initiative, a link to the full text, the fiscal impact report, and many more documents. Click here to read the press release.


Eat Out, Help Out

Dine out at a participating restaurant, and a percentage of your bill will be donated to RCEF to support Redwood City School District students. February 24th through March 1!

Thank you to our restaurant partners:

Bottle Shop
Franklin Street Cafe
La Viga
LV Mar
Patty Shack
Portobello Grill


RCEF and the participating restaurants are using Deeding to track donations. Deeding will donate $1 for downloading and using the app at participating restaurants.

1. Download the Deeding app via the App Store or Google Play and register today.

2. Dine out at the participating restaurants and pat yourself
on the back for helping Redwood City kids receive a top notch education!
Jason Galisatus
Executive Director
Redwood City Education Foundation 
Phone: 650-521-1772

Henry Ford Field Trips 2019-2020

Environmental Volunteers on site March
Elkus Ranch 5/7/20
Maddux Park walking 6/2/20

First Grade:
Woodside Plaza walking Jan or March
DeAnza Planetarium March or April

Second Grade:
SMC Museum/public bus 2/18 & 2/19
HEAL Farms 5/12, 5/13
CuriOdyssey 3/17 & 3/31
MSI on site 3/13
Maddux Park walking 6/4

Third Grade:
Baylands 2/19 & 2/20
Children’s Discovery Museum no date
Environmental Volunteers 2/18/20 on site

Fourth Grade:
Hidden Villa
Ano Nuevo
Academy of Science
Make time for Fitness
Covered Wagon on site

Fifth Grade:
Outdoor Ed 12/9
Tidepools 3/2 & ¾
Levi Stadium 5/19

Henry Ford Bell Schedule

  • Regular school hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
    • Grades 1st – 3rd:  8:15 AM – 2:30 PM
    • Grades 4th – 5th:  8:15 AM – 2:45 PM
    • Kindergarten:  8:15 AM – 1:05 PM
  • Early Dismissal Hours:  Thursday (minimum day)
      • Grades 1st – 5th:  8:15 AM – 1:30 PM
      • Kindergarten:  8:15 AM – 1:05 PM
  • School Office Hours:  8 AM – 3:30 PM

Super Minimum Day dismissal is now 11:45 AM

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


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