The Scott Spotlight
October 14, 2022
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 may be dropped of at 8:10 a.m. or later. Supervision is not available before 8:10 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:20 p.m.
Oct. 21: No School - Teacher PD
Oct. 28: Fall NWEA Reports Sent Home
Oct. 31: Halloween Parade at 9:25 a.m.
Dear Scott School Families,
Students are enjoying the cooler temps and the fall leaves. They are also getting super pumped about Halloween. Please read the sections in this newsletter pertaining to "dos and don'ts" for costume selections and also details related to party celebrations and our parade. Halloween will be here before we know it. Thank you for helping your child have a fun and safe experience by following our school guidelines.
Parent Teacher Conferences are also coming soon on November 9th and 10th. We will be offering in person conferences on the 9th and virtual conferences on the 10th. By accommodating our busy families with these options, we are hoping to meet everyone's needs. A SignUp Genius will be shared with families through Infinite Campus on Monday, October 24th. If time slots for your preferred conference format fill up, don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher. We don't want this to be a barrier for you to meet and conference about your child's progress.
Please remember that students do not have school on Friday, October 21st to allow staff to participate in professional development. Our district will be continuing safety training for elementary and secondary staff a portion of the day, and at the building level, we will be analyzing school-wide data, developing growth goals, and doing diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Thank you for supporting our professional learning!
All my best,
Scott School Principal
Halloween, Celebrations, & Parties
To promote a safe and secure indoor school environment, create an inclusive atmosphere for all students, and to reduce distractions for the duration of the school day, the following school celebration guidelines will be followed:
Classroom celebrations will be kept to one hour.
Healthy snacks and alternatives to food to support allergies and our wellness policy are encouraged. Some classrooms may have a “no food” policy due to allergies.
Only volunteers and party classroom coordinators may be allowed in the classroom to help support classroom celebration activities per individual teacher request/classroom needs.
Volunteers and party classroom coordinators may not bring any additional guests including siblings (of any age), relatives, etc.
Volunteers and classroom coordinators must complete the I-Chat Form and be cleared if they at any time are going to work with students independent of where the classroom teacher is.
Halloween/Fall Celebration Specific:
Scott families may attend an outdoor Halloween parade of students around the building. More information about the parade time and location will be shared with families.
Simple costumes will be allowed at school.
Scott School students are allowed to wear simple costumes to school. Be mindful of student’s ability to participate in classroom learning and also PE and recess activities.
Costumes should be tasteful, modest and appropriate for a school environment.
Costumes shall have no representation of violence, horror characters or be scary; no blood or weapons.
Wearing costumes is an opportunity but not an obligation. Families may choose whether or not their child participates.
Weather permitting, Scott School students will be participating in an outdoor Halloween parade at 10/31 at 9:25 a.m., and families are welcome to come and watch the parade. Additional details will be emailed to families through Infinite Campus as the date gets closer.
Fall P/T Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 9th and 10th. To accommodate our busy families, Scott School will provide both in person and virtual conference opportunities. If time slots get filled for your preferred conference format, please reach out to your child's teacher. We are happy to work with you to meet your format needs. Be on the lookout for the SignUp Genius on Monday, October 24th.
Wednesday, November 9th from 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: In Person Conferences
Thursday, November 10th from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Virtual Conferences
Our Fall Book Fair is this same week for students and will also be open to families on Wed., Nov. 9th.
Scott School Apparel
We are excited to offer Spirit Wear for Scott School! This is a great way for students to show their school pride and is a perfect gift idea.
To view apparel selections and to order, please visit The Scott School Online Store between October 14th -23rd (offering youth and adult sizes)
Original Works Fundraiser
It's time for Original Works! Read this flyer for more information.
Fall Book Fair
Our fall Book Fair is almost here, so mark your calendars for November 7th-11th. Click on the flyer to find out more information.
DPS Football Games
Please follow these guidelines to help make high school football games safe and enjoyable for all who attend.
DeWitt students must remain on our side of the stadium.
Students must leave all footballs at home, as playing catch, games, etc. is not acceptable with so many spectators in the stadium.
It is an expectation that elementary students are chaperoned. The concourse (common area between the stands and concessions) is not a play space.
Homecoming Spirit Week & Assembly Recap
Free MSU STEM Opportunity
Michigan State University is hosting an educational., informative, fun event on Saturday, November 5th called Girls' STEM Day. This event is for K-4th graders, is filled with hands-on activities, and is FREE! Registration is required, and chaperones may bring up to three students. Registration deadline is October 31st, or until max capacity is reached.
Picture Retake Day
Have no worries if your child missed Picture Day or their picture isn't one you'd love to frame and hang on the wall. Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Thursday, November 3rd.
Fun Run Highlights
Our school-wide Fun Run event and fundraiser was a huge success and will allow for enrichment activities as well as support positive behavioral incentives at Scott School. Thank you for your support and helping us raise just over $25,000.
We are in need of the following clothing items and will gladly accept gently used items in good condition. Thank you if you're able to donate to our clothing closet.
Girls leggings sizes 6-8 and 10-12
Boys sweatpants sizes 10-12 and a few 6-8
Girl and boys plain t-shirts (no logos) sizes 6-8 and 10-12
Sick = Stay Home
Please help keep our school community healthy by keeping your child home if he/she is ill. Read these CDC and health department resources and infographics below for steps to take if your child contracts COVID, is exposed to the virus, or contracts a different communicable disease.
Denim & Diamonds
Denim & Diamonds is our DeWitt PTA's biggest fundraising event of the year, and it's a ton of fun. Be sure to save the date on your calendar if you'd like to have an enjoyable evening out and support our elementary schools all at the same time.
KIDS Program Employment
The KIDS Program is hiring! Several shifts and age ranges available, please call 668-3464 for inquiries or click here to apply online.
DPS Continuity of Services Plan
To learn more specific details about DeWitt Public Schools, check out information in this informative link:
We are always seeking teacher and support staff subs. If you're interested in substitute teaching, please contact Jennifer Lee at 517-668-3009 to find out more information. If you're interested in subbing in our lunchroom, playground, library, or as a paraprofessional, please call our office at 517-668-3400.
Catch a Ride on the Walking School Bus!
Unfortunately we don't have enough volunteers to start he Walking School Bus at Scott this year. Please consider volunteering so this can be possible. The Walking School Bus (WSB) is designed for students to walk to or from school with adult supervision. With the WSB, your child can enjoy many benefits of walking to school including increased physical activity, and reduced traffic at drop-off and pick-up. In order to offer this program, the WSB needs volunteers to lead our routes.
Click here to sign your child up for the Walking School Bus.
Click here to sign up to be a Walking School Bus volunteer.
Important Note: All volunteers for DeWitt Public Schools must complete the ICHAT Volunteer Form and get cleared before volunteering.
There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building. Pack items that do not contain nuts for your child's lunch and snack. It is critically important that we provide a safe learning environment for all students, and your help with this is needed and appreciated. Please always contact your child's teacher if you have a concern about an allergy or other health condition related to your child that they should be aware of. Also, if your child has a medical need, including food or other allergies, don't forget to update your child's Medical Management Plan by completing and submitting the district forms to the office before school starts so we can follow protocols to keep your child safe.
School Breakfast & Lunch
School breakfast and lunch is available to all students. Unfortunately though, neither is no longer free to all students like it was the past two years. However, to apply for free and/or reduced lunch, click here. For additional information about how to create an account for your student and access menus, click here. Also, read the attached flyer for more details about how to create an account and contact information for our district Food Service Director, Sandy Leach.
In order for Scott School personnel to administer medication to your child when we return to in person instruction, you must:
Submit a completed district medication form to our office.
Be sure all medications are brought to and stored in our office.
Be sure prescription medication is in its original container accompanied with a physician’s signature.
Be sure non-prescription medication is in its original container accompanied by a parent’s signature.
Please communicate with your child's teacher if he/she takes medication daily at school.
If your child has a medical condition, please be sure to complete a Medical Management Plan for your child and turn it in at the office.
Medication and other medical forms can be found on our DeWitt Public Schools website.
Looking for Additional Support?
Our school social worker, Mrs. Schwarz, is always willing to assist students and families in any way possible. In addition to working closely with your child's teacher, consider reaching out to her if you have questions or need support. She is truly amazing at what she does! She can be reached at 517-668-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 pm, for all after school changes.