The Scott Spotlight
October 11, 2019
Principal: Linda Reha
School Address: 804 Wilson St. DeWitt, MI 48820
Office Phone Number: 517-668-3400
Attendance Phone Number: 517-668-3458
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
First bell rings at 8:25 a.m.
Students shouldn't arrive before 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:20 p.m.
Oct. 15: NWEA Testing Window Ends
Oct. 16: Early Release Day for Teacher CLT
Oct 18: Fun Run
Oct. 23 & 24: Parent Teacher Conferences (4-7:30 p.m.)
Dear Scott School Families,
NWEA testing is coming to a close on Tuesday, October 15th. You can expect your child's report to come home on Friday, October 18th. It is important to recognize that this assessment is a growth one that measures a student's progress against themselves and national norms are used as a comparative. This assessment is only one measure of a student's performance on a given day and at a particular time. Although the data helps students goal set, helps teachers with instructional planning to meet individual student needs, and informs parents about their child's growth between benchmark periods (ie. fall to winter to spring), it is simply ONE assessment. It does not determine a child's intelligence nor define their self-worth. What it does is give another picture of a child's academic progress in reading and math along with other measures such as Acadience, DRA, and local assessments. Please keep in mind that student performance may have slight dips from benchmark to benchmark. Unless there is a significant dip, this isn't something to be alarmed by. Over time, a child's trajectory of growth, if graphed, should show an upward trend. It is also important to know that the assessment changes from being an audio and visual one (students use headphones, and it is read to them while they follow along) in second grade to only a visual one (students read it independently) in third grade.
On a separate note, October means Halloween for many families who observe this holiday. Please be sure to read communication from your child's teacher regarding party specifics (Halloween or Harvest) and important information about costumes. Some classrooms encourage costumes while others reserve costumes for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. If your child's class is encouraging costumes, please send it in a bag to put on before the party. Students should not wear costumes to school, and all costumes must follow the District Code of Conduct - no fake weapons and kind, inclusive, school-friendly costumes only please.
Scott School Principal
Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall is a children's book about a blue crayon who is mistakenly labeled as "red" and suffers an identity crisis, but in the end recognizes the value in being blue. This book is a great way to encourage children to feel comfortable and proud of their differences no matter who or what they identify as or with. Consider contacting the local library to see if this book is one you can check out to read as a family and have discussion about diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and equity. A fun activity to also include with your discussion is to encourage your child to draw and color (or design) crayons that represent for your family, neighbors, friends, etc. in ways that represent respectful similarities and differences.
Bond & Construction Update
Students from the multi-age classroom (MAC) are shown enjoying the updated library and new furniture at Scott School. All which were made possible by the bond. Thank you families and the community of DeWitt!
Last Friday, we used a soft lockdown at Scott School as a precautionary measure due to a threatening message found at the high school. When this happens, local law enforcement assist with details on what a soft lockdown should include depending on the level of threat and the location of it. Last week, our soft lockdown meant business continued as usual at Scott School except all activities were indoors, including recess. On a daily basis, interior doors are kept in a locked state, so in the chance we do have to go into a secure lockdown, doors can simply be pulled shut. During a soft lockdown, parents can typically enter the building, but we are even more alert about the purpose of entry to ensure everyone's safety. During a hard lockdown, parents and others, are not allowed building entry. This is to ensure everyone's safety and to reduce additional people and confusion during an already high alert event. Please know that our number one priority is always student safety first! That means communication to families may be delayed in order to secure the building, communicate with staff who are working diligently to protect students, and work with law enforcement. We will do our best to communicate to you as soon as possible. Our staff have been trained and have ongoing communication with law enforcement about ways to enhance our protocols. We take emergency drills very seriously and hope we experience zero or low level circumstances that require the use of our protocols. Nonetheless, we practice them so we are prepared in the unfortunate case we need them. If you have questions about any of our emergency drills, please feel free to contact Scott School Principal, Linda Reha.
Safe & Secure Entry
The safe and secure entry at Scott School directs traffic flow into our office to ensure our guests are greeted by school staff and sign in before entering the rest of the building. It is important that our building is secure throughout the day and that academic time isn't interrupted. Therefore, parents will be asked to drop items off in the office if they need to get something to their child or child's classroom. Please treat office staff kindly who are simply following this protocol. Also, please note that birthday invitations should not be handed out at school by a student unless all students in the class are invited. It's important that communication occur with the classroom teacher about the best time to distribute invitations and to confirm that all students in the class will receive one. This is defined on page 4 of our Scott Elementary School Handbook which can be found on our school website.
Scott's Annual FUN RUN Next Week on 10/18
We are only one week away from our annual Fun Run! We want to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support you have shown with this fundraiser! With your continued generosity, we know we can reach our goal! Donations will be accepted through October 26th, so there is still plenty of time to support Scott School students. Register at www.getmovinfundhub.com. Prizes will be awarded a few weeks after the event. We are looking for volunteers to help with this event, so if you're available and willing to join us, please contact DeAnn Schwarz at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will take place in the morning of October 18th. Below is the schedule. Families are welcome to join in the fun!
- 8:40-9:20 a.m.: Brya, Cochrane, Greenfield, Merrifield, Munich, & Wilson
- 9:30-10:10 a.m.: Anderson, Bird, Flegel, Dennings, Krumm, Larson, & McGinthy
- 10:20-11:00 a.m.: Hingst, Hyde, Kass, Sauve, Toth, & Zarotney
Thanks again, Scott Families! Scott School Rocks!
Fall Book Fair
Our Scott School Fall 2019 Scholastic Book Fair is Tues., 10/22 through Thurs., 10/24. Students will have time scheduled during the week to shop and the fair will also be open Wednesday and Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. for parent shopping during conferences. We need volunteers to help during student shopping times. Please email our media specialist, Ms. Ruble, if you are available and interested at: rublek@DeWittschools.net.
DeBug & Unkind Behavior vs. Bullying
Students have learned how to resolve conflict by using our Scott School DeBug system and language which includes the following steps:
- Walk Away
- Talk Friendly
- Talk Firmly
- Get Adult Help
Students are taught that although these steps should be followed for small problems, they can be skipped for big problems.
Sometimes students and adults use various descriptors for unkind behavior. The following definitions are useful when using language with children to describe unexpected behavior, so they understand the difference.
- Rude: Unintentionally saying or doing something that hurts someone else.
- Mean: Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).
- Bullying: Intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.
Capturing Kids' Hearts
DeWitt Public Schools has provided opportunities for teachers to attend Capturing Kids' Hearts training over the past several years. This training embodies many strategies and tools to develop and maintain healthy relationships within the school community. Students with strong connections to trusted adults become motivated and ready learners. One component of Capturing Kids Hearts is creating a classroom social contract which students develop, sign, and follow. Another emphasis of this training is having consistent rules and expectations for following them. When students break the social contract, the following questions are asked to help redirect their behavior:
- What are you doing?
- What are you supposed to be doing?
- Are you doing that?
- What are you going to do about it?
Try using these questions consistently at home when de-escalating situations or redirecting your child's behavioral choices. Our guess is that these questions will prove to be just as effective at home as they are at school. To learn more about Capturing Kids Hearts watch this short video clip of Flip Flippen (founder) on the Today Show.
DPS Homecoming Spirit
Homecoming week at Scott School was filled with fun dress up days that followed a Disney theme all week long and ended with a spirited pep assembly put on by members of the DHS band, cheerleaders, and football players. Our gym rocked with panther pride!
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is changing to align with today's technology and families. Soon there will be no more clipping and only receipt scanning to support Scott School. It's simply to do, just download a the Box Tops for Education App and scan your grocery receipt. Any items that qualify will automatically credit our Scott School account. This costs nothing, but gives extra funds to our school to purchase resources and support events for students. We are still accepting clipped Box Tops, so if you have any, don't hesitate to send them in to our office.
Read about particulars, updates, and events from the DeWitt PTA:
- Membership is growing, and we have already surpassed our total membership from last year, but there is still plenty of time to join! Go to https://dewittpta2018.memberhub.store/ to become a member, sponsor a teacher, or make a donation. You can join the PTA just to help support our schools - there is no time commitment or volunteer requirement. If you would like to join us for our next meeting, we will be at the DeWitt Middle School Learning Commons (library) on Tuesday, November 12th from 7-8:30 p.m.
- Our annual Tailgate event is today, October 11th, before the DHS homecoming football game. It's going to be a wet night, but the rain won't hamper our Panther Pride! Starting about 4:30 p.m. we're going to be selling hot dogs, popcorn, chips and drinks, along with a few spirit wear items. We're also going to be assisted by teachers and administrative staff, so make sure you stop by our tent!
- Halloween is just around the corner and so is our annual Monster Mash! Join us Monday, October 21st at the DeWitt Middle School from 6-8 p.m. This is a family friendly event for the kids to show off their costumes and dance, dance, dance! There is no cost for this event, but we are collecting individually wrapped snacks for the school snack pantries if you would like to donate. We will be selling pizza, chips, drinks, and treats for dinner.
- Next month is our highly anticipated annual Denim & Diamonds event. This is an adults only event with games of chance, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, all while enjoying a huge silent auction and a spirited live auction. The silent auction will include the classroom baskets that we are collecting donations for now. Tickets are on sale at: https://www.dewittfoundation.org/eventsx/denim-diamonds-2019-registration. They are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Denim & Diamonds will be Saturday, November 9th from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. at the Banquet & Conference Center of DeWitt. Kids can enjoy their own night out at DARA for a "Drop Your Kids Off" night that same evening. Besides being a fun night out, this is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is a great way to support our schools thru the PTA.
More PTA Awesomeness
Scott School, PTA Reps, Deanna Gates and Sherry Kristof brought some fall cheer to Scott School's Staff Lounge! We are grateful for the support PTA and our reps give our staff all year long.
When your child is absent, please call the Scott School Attendance line: 517-668-3458. Substitute Teachers cannot access a teacher's email, so please call the office when your child is going to be absent, will be dropped off or picked up outside of regular school hours, or has a transportation switch. Please call before 3:00 p.m., for all after school changes.