The Scott Spotlight
November 5, 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. 8-12 - Scott School Fall Book Fair
Nov. 9 & 11 - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences @ 4-7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 - Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m. dismissal)
Nov. 19: Half Day for Records Day (11:27 a.m. dismissal)
Dear Scott School Families,
The seasons seem to change around the same time our trimesters do. Please help your child come to school prepared for cold weather. A winter coat, hat, gloves, and eventually snow pants and boots are a must to stay warm and dry outside for recess. If you need assistance with winter apparel for your child, please contact me or Mrs. Schwarz, our school social worker. We want to help all students stay warm this winter!
Speaking of the trimester changing, we are excited for Fall Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences next week on Tuesday and Thursday. If you haven't received a meeting link from your child's teacher yet, you can expect to early next week. If you have any questions or miss the communication, reach out to your child's teacher.
Our first trimester comes to an end on Friday, November 19th which is Records Day for teachers in the afternoon, so dismissal that day will be at 11:27 a.m. Earlier that week on Wednesday, November 17th is an early release day for teacher collaborative learning time, and dismissal that day will be at 11:57 a.m. Please mark your calendar with these dates and times to help you plan for after school care if it is different than typical.
Finally, I want to thank all of our families and community members who got out and voted this week. I am grateful that the DPS bond passed, and we'll be starting the planning process for some much needed updates at Scott School and district-wide. I feel so fortunate to work in a district that values our schools. Thank you!
Scott School Principal
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.
DeBug & Unkind Behavior vs. Bullying
Students are learning how to resolve conflict by using our Scott School DeBug system and language which includes the following steps:
Get Adult Help
Students are taught that although these steps should be followed for small problems, they can be skipped for big problems or ones they are having a tough time managing after several attempts.
Social Worker's Section
Hello Scott School Families,
What a wonderful start to the school year we have had! Our students continue to amaze me everyday! Beginning in October, both 2nd and 3rd grade classes started learning about different social/emotional skills and tools through our Second Step Curriculum. Subjects that have been discussed so far are:
Lesson 1: 2nd & 3rd Grades - Respect
Lesson 2: 2nd Grade - Focusing Attention & Listening; 3rd Grade - Using Self-Talk
Lesson 3: 2nd Grade - Using Self-Talk; 3rd Grade - Being Assertive
Lesson 4: 2nd Grade - Being Assertive; 3rd Grade - Planning to Learn
Lesson 5: 2nd Grade - Identifying Feelings; 3rd Grade - Identifying Others' Feelings
Lesson 6: 2nd Grade - Learning More About Feelings; 3rd Grade - Understanding Perspectives
In addition to these skills, we have been doing a "Word of the Week" on our morning news. Words that we have learned so far are: Represent; superb, methodical, persevere, and blunder. Please be sure to ask your children about these new skills and words.
Thank you for sharing your children with us everyday!
Scott School Social Worker
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.
Emily is in Mrs. Kass's 2nd grade class. She attended the October 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!
Fall Book Fair
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 received a SignUp Genius email on Monday, October 25th.
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 email@example.com.
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.