The Scott Spotlight
November 22, 2019
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 shouldn't arrive before 8:15 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:20 p.m.
Nov. 22: Half Day of School Record Day (dismiss at 11:27a.m.)
Nov. 27, 28, & 29: Thanksgiving Break (no school)
Dec. 9: Report Cards Available to View in Infinite Campus
Dec. 18: Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m)
Dec. 20: Holiday Recess begins at end of the day
Jan. 6: Classes Resume
Dear Scott School Families,
First trimester has come to an end, and the growth students are demonstrating is amazing to witness! Next week, third grade students will be participating in Health Immersion Days where they will learn Michigan Model Health lessons that include topics such as social and emotional health, nutrition and physical activity, safety, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and personal health and wellness. Second grade students will also continue working hard on grade level curriculum standards,. Throughout the building, routines and procedures seem to be down pat, but we continue to seize opportunities daily to teach the importance or respectful, responsible, and safe behavior along with what it means to be a bucketfiller.
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. Teachers have also explored resources to teach Thanksgiving in a grade appropriate and in historically accurate way. At professional development this week, teachers dug deep into curriculum checklists and an article about the affects of poverty on student success to continue to learn and grow as culturally competent educators. 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, 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 Thanksgiving. Enjoy your break.
Scott School Principal
Mrs. Schwarz's Corner
Happy Fall Scott School Parents! We have a great first third of our year! After visiting classrooms to discuss respectful, responsible and safe behaviors and lessons, we are now moving into beginning our groups. All groups met for the first time this week and will continue to meet after our holiday break. Please reach out with any questions you may have.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving Break!
Also, please see the embedded document if you would like to read more information about Buddy our Therapy Dog and Buddy's PALS.
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 luncheon at the end of each month with Mrs. Reha and Mrs. Schwarz.
Liam from Mrs. McGinthy's second grade class was invited to the November luncheon.
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson is a wonderful children's book about identity and making connections with others. The following synopsis posted on Amazon.com about this book captures the reason why this is a good read for all children as they explore various aspects of their identity and discover ways they are comfortable sharing their story.
There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. This book reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Neighbor Niceties - Don't Block Driveways (please)!
Scott is a neighborhood school, and we have many wonderful neighbors who support our school. However, a concern that has been communicated many times this year is vehicles blocking driveways at the beginning and end of the day when drop off and pick up occurs. There are more students dropped off and picked up than typical this year which creates additional traffic on Wilson Street. Please be respectful of our neighbors by refraining from idling (or parking) your car in front of any driveway while waiting in the parent loop line. Allowing space for driveway access for all property owners is important and helps us maintain positive relations with our friendly neighbors and demonstrates respectful driver etiquette. Also, please follow road rules by parking in legal spots when needing to enter the building. There are an increasing number of drop off and pick up by vehicles not using the loop. This is strongly discouraged. Please follow our driving guidelines so pick up and drop off are safe for everyone and to prevent an unfortunate accident from occurring. Thank you for your attention to both of these concern areas.
In the last couple of weeks, several library books have been brought back to the school library torn, chewed on, colored in, or with water damage caused by leaking water bottle in a backpack. Here are some tips to help your child bring their library books back undamaged and on time.
Always keep library books...
- In a safe place at home and at school to help you know where they are located at all times
- In a plastic bag, inside your backpack, since you never know what the weather will be and you can read them whenever you are at home and whenever you are at school
- Away from small children and pets
- Away from food, drinks, dirty hands, crayons, markers, pens, pencils, scissors
Turn pages slowly and carefully
Use a bookmark to remind you where you left off, to be sure that you...
- Don't fold corners, bend or tear pages
- Don't mark pages with pen, pencil or markers
- Don't put an object, other than a bookmark, in a book to mark your place
Top Fun Run Pledge Goal Winners
Students who reached a $300 or more pledge goal were invited to participate in a Super VIP Pancake Breakfast with Mrs. Reha. These individuals went above and beyond to raise money for field trips (including transportation) and for school-wide positive behavior support incentives. Scott School raised just over $32,000 - - - the most ever to date! Thank you to students, families, and others who supported this fundraiser.
Winter Weather Wear
Tis the season to bust out all that winter weather wear so your child is equipped for cold elements while coming and going to school and also for recess outside on the playground. Please help your child select proper winter indoor clothing on a daily basis to wear to school too. Although shorts are comfortable and stylish, they are best suited for warm weather months, not for the blistery cold ones. Outdoor apparel such as a winter coat, warm hat, and gloves or mittens are essential items. When the snowy Michigan weather hits, snow pants and boots are also necessary. A scarf is certainly another great accessory to keep warm, but isn't a must. Thank you for helping your child be ready for Jack Frost weather and equipped for some fun in the snow.
Visitors - Lunchtime and Playground
Parents/Guardians enjoy making surprise visits to Scott School, and we welcome visitors during school hours. It is best to make these visits during lunchtime though to protect important classroom instructional time. We ask that lunch visitors wait in the office after signing in or in the seating area right outside of the office in lieu of walking to classrooms. This helps reduce distractions for all students and optimizes learning time. Also, we do not allow visitors on our playground during recess. This is to ensure the safety of our students while outside. Because Scott is a neighborhood school, it isn't uncommon for pedestrians to walk and ride bikes near our school grounds. By keeping our large playground strictly for our staff and student body, this allows playground staff to keep their attention on our students instead of investigating the purpose of other adults who enter our playground. During school hours, the playground is reserved for students and staff only. Thank you for understanding and respecting this important safety protocol.
Birthdays are a special time especially when a party outside of school is planned. To promote an inclusive environment, party invitations can only be handed out at school if all students in the classroom receive one. We understand that students may have a smaller friend group than their entire classroom of peers, so parties that are exclusive to select friends should be arranged outside of school.
The following is information about the current events of the PTA:
- Thank you to everyone who donated to and joined us for our annual Denim & Diamonds event! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps us fund PTA opportunities such as teacher grants, building allocations and staff appreciation week. We're already making preliminary plans for next year's event, and we hope to see you all there!
- We are excited to share that we are working with the DeWitt Community Partnership for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to co-sponsor another diversity related event next month titled "Let's Talk: Understanding, Recognizing and Interrupting Microaggressions" presented by Dr. Jay Marks. We hope that you can join us on Tuesday, December 10th from 6-8 p.m. in the DeWitt High School Commons for our event. Please feel free to join us at 5:30 p.m. before the event for a complimentary dinner provided by the PTA. The presentation by Dr. Marks is open to all parents and is also appropriate for students in Grade 6 and up. The district has coordinated with DARA to provide complimentary childcare for children 4 years old and up. Please RSVP to this important event at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUX7gFn0ajEcYFSEYepH_101YhOImQRc-JaNFOzrAmfbW5ig/viewform, or see the attached flyer for additional information.
- We are in the process of scheduling our ZapZone family fun nights. Please watch our Facebook page and this newsletter for the announcement of those dates.
- We are still accepting new members and membership renewals! Go to https://dewittpta2018.memberhub.store/ to become a member, sponsor a teacher or make a donation. You can join the PTA just to help support our schools - there is no time commitment or volunteer requirement.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education is changing to align with today's technology and families. Soon there will be no more clipping and only receipt scanning to support Scott School. It's simply to do, just download a the Box Tops for Education App and scan your grocery receipt. Any items that qualify will automatically credit our Scott School account. This costs nothing, but gives extra funds to our school to purchase resources and support events for students. We are still accepting clipped Box Tops, so if you have any, don't hesitate to send them in to our office.
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 p.m., for all after school changes.