The Scott Spotlight
November 11, 2022
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.
Nov. 18: Half Day for Records Day (dismissal at 11:27 a.m.)
Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break Starts
Nov. 28: School Resumes
Dear Scott School Families,
Thank you for joining us for Parent/Teacher Conferences this week. It was invigorating for teachers and parents/guardians to talk about student growth and goals for the remainder of the year. Wow! Scott School students, staff, and families are just awesome. Thank you for your support because school and home connections and relationships are critically important to student success.
I want to give a shoutout of thanks to those who are active and retired military heroes. The sacrifices you and your family have made for my freedom is something I truly will never fully understand the breadth of but am deeply indebted to you for. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service to our country. I am proud to be an American because of you!
With gratitude galore,
Scott School Principal
Fall Book Fair Fun
Students had a fabulous time shopping at our fall book fair. Even if students were unable to purchase items, everyone was encouraged to check out book titles to find things of interest and to look for their favorites at our school library or even at the DeWitt Public Library.
Halloween Parade Pics
PTA Sponsored Conference Cuisine
Our DeWitt PTA did it again! They supported our teachers with Conference Cuisine dinners on parent teacher conference evenings. Our gratitude runs deep and spreads far for all that our PTA does to support our schools! Thank you, PTA and families who donated.
Scott School Apparel
Winter Weather Wear
It's true - - - winter weather is on the way. In fact, the forecast indicates we are in for some flurries this weekend. Please help your child be ready for the cold, winter wonderland ahead by sending him/her to school with the proper outdoor gear. Students are expected to wear a coat outside for recess when the temperature falls below fifty degrees. Below is a list of winter apparel that is recommended. Please let your child's teacher or Mrs. Schwarz know if your child is in need of any outdoor wear. We are happy to help!
Scarf (optional, but works great as a wind breaker)
IRIPS & Read By Grade Three
DeWitt Public Schools has been supporting students in literacy for years by providing reading interventions and using IRIPs (Individual Reading Improvement Plans) for students who perform below benchmark per their Acadience reading composite score. IRIPs will be provided to families at conferences for students who performed below benchmark on their fall Acadience Composite Score.
A few years ago, Michigan instated a Read by Grade Three Law to ensure students were equipped with the necessary reading skills to be a successful student as they transitioned from early elementary (third grade) to upper elementary (4th grade +) and beyond. Student performance on the ELA M-STEP is what our Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will use to determine student retention per this law. I will continue to keep third grade families informed on what to expect as we navigate the Read by Grade Three Law together in the spring. Here are some 'Facts for Families' documents from the MDE to learn more about the Read by Grade Three Law and how it may impact your child.
Evacuation Reunification Site
In case of an emergency that requires Scott School to evacuate the building, please read this detailed letter for information about our reunification site.
Weekend Survival Kit
The Weekend Survival Kit Backpack Program continues to be provided at Scott School this year. Weekend Survival Kits contain a little over two days’ worth of food. Typical food items include mac & cheese, granola bars, canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, oatmeal, soup, and SpaghettiOs / Ravioli. Children are eligible for the Weekend Survival Kit program based on need. Please know that there is no cost to you to participate in this program. Please contact DeAnn Schwarz, Scott School Social Worker, if you are interested in participating in this program. 517-668-3446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Old Newsboys Association helps our community by providing children with either shoes or boots. If your child needs new shoes or boots and the purchase of them would be a financial burden, please contact DeAnn Schwarz, Scott School Social Worker at 517-668-3446 or email@example.com so that she may get you the forms to complete. It is not necessary to include your income information if your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch. We will forward your form to the Old Newsboys Association, and they will send you a voucher for either shoes or boots. You may include all school age children on one family request form, even if they attend different buildings. Please do not send in duplicate requests if you included your child on another form.
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.
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.
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.