The Scott Spotlight
October 22, 2021
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. 25 - SignUp Genius for Fall Conference Emailed to Families
Nov. 4 - Fall Picture Retakes
Dear Scott School Families,
Scott School focuses on positive behavior supports and interventions to encourage and reinforce expected behavior. A noticing we've had school-wide this year is an increase in emotional regulation difficulty and physical aggression when students face adversity or want immediate gratification to fulfill a need. We have taught expected behavior (what it is, what it looks like, and what it sounds like) in all settings throughout the school day, and teachers and our social worker are working hard to provide social/emotional instruction in the classroom. All staff support positive behavior by giving students Panther Pride slips when they notice a student demonstrating actions that reflect our school rules of being respectful, responsible, safe, and a bucket filler. These slips go into a classroom weekly drawing, and winners are invited to attended an end of the month celebration with me and Mrs. Schwarz, our school social worker.
Please help support our school-wide behavioral systems by recognizing positive behavioral choices your child makes at home when facing adversity and problem solving. Also, family conversation about how physical aggression to solve problems or get what we desire is not a good solution is valuable to your child's learning. Demonstrating a safe and controlled body is essential to everyone's safety. Using kind words and strategies can also de-escalate situations and help with problem solving. This work is critically important to help our young students develop appropriate problem resolution techniques and support development of expected behavior now and into adulthood. Although not an excuse, students experiencing remote learning at various times since March of 2020 has delayed some social and emotional development that they would typically experience. Our second graders in particular have not had a full year experience of in person instruction yet, so the "it' takes a village" sentiment is needed more than ever before. Thank you for talking about conflict resolution at home, including what expected behavior is and practicing appropriate strategies for calming our brain and body. We will continue teaching and reinforcing positive behavior and using developmental appropriate redirects for error corrections too.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
Halloween Parties & Costumes
We're gearing up for Halloween school celebrations and costume wearing. Thank you for understanding we won't be having guests attend parties this year to reduce COVID exposure opportunities to our student body and staff. While you're having fun looking for Halloween costumes with your child, please keep in mind costumes must be school appropriate and meet our district dress code. Weapon accessories of any sort are not allowed at school, and gruesome costumes that depict a violent event are also not permissible. Other non-weapon accessories not worn as part of the costume (ie. things that are carried, etc.) should remain at home too so they are not lost, damaged, or a distraction to the learning environment. Inflatable costumes, although cute and fun, are not school appropriate and prohibited. Lastly, when shopping for that perfect costume, please consider your child's ability to navigate the school day when wearing it. Students may wear simple costumes to school on Friday, October 29th. The day will be exciting and fun, and hang ups such as an extravagant costume that doesn't allow for ease of movement and comfort may take away from all of the fun-filled Halloween activities scheduled. Your child's classroom teacher will share details about the classroom Halloween celebration coming up next week. Students enjoy all the treats they get from trick or treating, but please keep them home so students eat brain-based foods during the school day to help their learning and behavior.
Fall Book Fair
Fall NWEA Data
Here are some highlights of our fall NWEA testing:
2nd Grade Reading = 73% of second grade students are performing at the average, high average, and high level in reading.
2nd Grade Math = 86% of second grade students are performing at the average, above average, and high level in math.
3rd Grade Reading = 78% of third grade students are performing at the average, high average, and high level in reading.
3rd Grade Math = 82% of third grade students are performing at the average, above average, and high level in math.
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled from Tues., 11/9 and Thurs., 11/11 from 4-7:30 p.m. Conferences this fall will be virtual and families can expect to receive a SignUp Genius email on Monday, October 25th.
Picture Retakes & Yearbook Ordering
Staff Needed - Employment Opportunities
DeWitt Public Schools still has several job openings we're looking to fill. Please consider applying or passing this information along to anyone you think would be a great fit and who would enjoy working in a school setting.
Free Breakfast & Lunch Opportunity
DeWitt Public Schools is participating in the Seamless Summer Option as part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs this year. This means that every child can access a free school lunch and/or breakfast each day. Read the attached document for more details, and please be sure to complete and submit the necessary paperwork for Free and Reduced Lunch because this information determines the amount of state and federal funding our school receives.
There will only be one lunch choice this year, and it will be a cold, boxed option. Stay tuned for an updated menu to be posted on the district website soon. At this time, students will not be able to purchase only milk. We are hoping to add this option at some point in the year.
Catch a Ride on the Walking School Bus!
Guests in the Building
There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building this year. 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.
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.
You can expect further communication from Mrs. Schwarz about a social/emotional questionnaire for families to fill out with their child. Please be sure to help your child complete the questionnaire when you electronically receive as this will help to inform guidance services. Stay tuned!
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.