The Scott Spotlight

November 19, 2021

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.

School Events

2021-22 Calendar - 063021.pdf
District Diversity Logo Paw

Nov. 28 - Start of Second Trimester

Nov. 24-Nov.28 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 18-Jan. 2 - Holiday Break

Reha's Report

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.

Truly grateful,

Linda Reha

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

Student safety is a priority. Please bring proper identification each time your child is picked up from school. Here are some ways adults picking up students can be identified:

  • Physical ID (ie. driver's license)

  • Personal ID by office staff

  • Other identification proof such as utility bills or other statements, credit card, etc., AND answer personal information that we have in Infinite Campus (ie. phone number, child's birthdate, etc.)

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.

Facts_Families_GCE_FinalDraft_653732_7 (1).pdf

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.

Gianna - third grade student picture

Walking School Bus Help Needed

DeWitt Schools is excited to again offer the Walking School Bus program for elementary-aged students this year, but the program needs volunteers! A Walking School Bus is a group of students and adult volunteers who walk or bike to-and-from school together. This program is an important component of our community’s Safe Routes to School initiative, and it provides students and families with many important benefits, including increased physical activity, decreased vehicular traffic around schools, and improved concentration at school. Volunteering for the program can include offering administrative support behind the scenes, or most critically, supervising students on their walk to or from school. An average time commitment per walk would be approximately 30 minutes. If you are interested in volunteering for the program or would like more information about the program and routes, please contact Danielle Guty at or access our volunteer interest form here.

DeWitt Elementary PTA Needs You

While this year the PTA events and meetings may look a bit different, our support for our teachers will not.

For now, our meetings will be happening virtually. While meeting participation is not mandatory, gathering together helps us to generate new ideas and form a strong connection. The membership dues help the PTA give money back to our elementary schools through teacher grants, fulfilling building needs and so much more!!

Remember, by joining the DeWitt Elementary PTA, you are showing that you care about our community and are investing in our students and staff!!



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)

  • Emailing:

  • Contacting:

Your voice and actions are impactful, make a difference, and can save lives!

Yearbook Ordering

It’s time to order your yearbook!

Yearbook ID Code:

Yearbook Code: 14438922

Order Deadline: 4/4/2022

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!

Scott School is excited to introduce the Walking School Bus as an alternative option for students travelling to or from school! With the WSB, your child can enjoy many benefits of walking to school including increased physical activity, reduced traffic at drop-off and pick-up, and, best of all, improved academic performance! In order to continue to offer this program, the WSB needs volunteers to lead our routes. Most critically, volunteers are needed as follows:

  • St. Jude Church to Scott School - volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for both the morning and afternoon (if there are not sufficient volunteers, we will not utilize this community meeting spot).

  • Springbrook Hills Church to Scott School - volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for both the morning and afternoon (if there are not sufficient volunteers, we will not utilize this community meeting spot).

  • Fuerstenau to Scott School - volunteers are needed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the morning and afternoon.

If sufficient volunteers are available, the Walking School Bus will run daily, departing from St. Jude and Fuerstenau at 8:05 a.m. and returning to St. Jude and Fuerstenau at 3:45 p.m. or departing Springbrook Hills Church at 8:00 and returning at 3:50. Contact Maureen Oberman at with questions; click here to register as a volunteer, or click here to register your child!

WSB S21 Flyer (1).pdf

Guests in the Building

Visitors and guests will be limited for the start of the school year. This will be re-evaluated once the year is well underway. We are hoping this protocol isn't necessary all year because we love having volunteers and guests in our school. Thank you, parents/guardians, for communicating and demonstrating confidence to your child that he/she is can independently enter the building every day. We will have many visible staff members, so as Mister Rogers said, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

Allergy Awareness

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.

Medical Forms

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

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!

Attendance Line

Attendance Matters Picture

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.