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Back to School Letter from Dr. Lewis

posted Sep 3, 2013, 11:24 AM by Lisa Kreinbring

September 3, 2013 

Dear Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School Families:

I would like to welcome you all to a new school year. My staff and I are extremely excited about this school year.  As the founding principal of Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School, I have the opportunity and privilege to work with you to create a strong foundation for lifelong learning for your children, and to help them understand that it can be fun and engaging.

In our second year as a school community, we are looking forward to strengthening the great things that were started last year.  More than 380 students have joined our school community for this new school year.  We have 30 energetic, highly qualified teachers and staff members who are eager to work with your children.

Curriculum Night and our first parent meeting will take place on September 10th at 6:00 p.m.  The parent meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m.  It is important that all parents attend.  We will be sharing important information regarding our curriculum and after school programs.  It will also be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher.

The work to build a strong school community starts now. Here are four ways you can help:

  1. Get your children excited for school.  Encourage them to be eager, to be ready to learn, to be innovative, and to be positive. Read to them and with them.  The school day starts at 8:20 a.m. and students will be tardy after 8:25 a.m.  The school day ends at 4:00 p.m.  Students are engaged in learning up until 4:00 p.m. so parents please limit the amount of early pick-ups.
  2.  Support the culture of our school and the safety of our students by taking steps to ensure that your child will be in proper dress code every day. We require a logo shirt, navy or black bottoms, and closed toe shoes for all students.
  3.  Partner with your child’s teacher.  They are available for you to call on their cell phones from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Also check your child’s studio website for weekly updates and academic resources for students to use at home.
  4. Please be sure to communicate any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s education to myself or your child’s teacher.  I look forward to working with you all this year!

We value parents and we will do our best to give 110% every day to educate your children.  I look forward to getting to know each of you in the coming weeks and months. If you have any questions, please contact us at 313-826-1159.



Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D.