The Scott Spotlight
November 19, 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.
Nov. 28 - Start of Second Trimester
Nov. 24-Nov.28 - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 18-Jan. 2 - Holiday Break
Dear Scott School Families,
Although social studies units at Scott School don't encompass the historical events surrounding Thanksgiving, teachers have worked hard to emphasize kindness, gratitude, and thankfulness in lessons and discussions to embrace an essence of this holiday. This week specifically during professional development time on Wednesday, teachers explored resources and learned ways to teach Thanksgiving in age and grade appropriate, culturally sensitive, and historically accurate ways. Discussions about the necessity to recognize and respect that not all families celebrate Thanksgiving was also a focus of this portion of professional development.
Teachers have also started planning for the upcoming winter holiday season to provide students with opportunities to learn about religious and other holidays celebrated in addition to Christmas since not all students may celebrate the same holidays or in the same way. It is our commitment to continue to learn, grow, and create awareness around diversity in many ways including secular and non-secular holidays and traditions.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season no matter if you do or do not observe the upcoming holidays, I hope you and your family can pause and recognize the important things in your life and keep perspective on the many things you have to be grateful for. In addition having good health and a wonderful family, I am thankful.....
that you entrust your child/children with our staff at Scott School.
for our respectful, responsible, and safe student body and families.
for the kind, passionate, and effective staff in our building.
for the involved, supportive, and safe community in which we live and/or work in.
for the many blessings the come my way every day.
Thank you for contributing to my thankfulness.
What are you thankful for?
I wish you and your family a lovely and safe 5-day break.
Scott School Principal
Scott School T-Shirt Ordering Opportunity
We are thrilled to offer students an opportunity to order a Scott School t-shirt and show their school pride. Our DeWitt Online Store is the only way to purchase one or more of these sweet shirts, and all online orders will be accepted from 11/19-11/30. Thank you for understanding shirt orders may not be in before our December Holiday Break.
ID Requirement for Students to be Picked Up
Read by Grade Three Law
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 sent home with students today who met the criteria for one based on our fall Acadience testing. Classroom teachers will email families who can expect an IRIP.
Just a few short 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.
Panther Pride Student Spotlight
Each week every classroom at Scott School has a Panther Pride drawing from all Panther Pride slips earned by students for demonstrating respectful, responsible, safe, and bucketfilling behavior. Lucky drawing winners are invited to a Panther Pride recess or luncheon at the end of each month with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.
Gianna is in Mrs. Greenfield's 3rd grade class. She attended the November Panther Pride Recess.
Walking School Bus Help Needed
DeWitt Elementary PTA Needs You
OK2SAY is a statewide, confidential reporting system that focuses on early intervention and prevention and is available to anyone who has information about a student safety threat. If you know of any student who is a safety concern to themselves or others, please don't remain silent and instead consider:
Calling: 8-555-OK2SAY (652729)
Texting: OK2SAY (652729)
Your voice and actions are impactful, make a difference, and can save lives!
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.