The Scott Spotlight

December 20, 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.

School Events

Picture of District Diversity Logo Paw

Dec. 20: Holiday Recess Begins at End of the Day

Jan. 6: Classes Resume

Jan. 15: Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m)

Reha's Report

Dear Scott School Families,

I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday break, and welcome 2020 with good health, a positive outlook, and much prosperity. I send each and every one of you my very best!

Warm regards,

Linda Reha

Scott School Principal

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Holidays Around the World

Scott School students participated in a Holidays Around the World Immersion Day this week where they traveled with a passport to different countries (classrooms throughout the school) to learn about holidays, traditions, and cultures that others worldwide celebrate. Throughout their travel adventures, students identified similarities and differences to the winter holidays their own family observes. This day is always a student favorite. It's interesting and fun to learn and share celebrations that are cherished by others and ourselves!

Students with Passports Picture
Holidays Around the World Paper Suitcases Picture
Students Playing Dreidel Picture

Singing, Singing, and More Singing

The DeWitt High School Chamber Singers did some holiday caroling to fill our halls with joy and cheer while students listened and watched these amazing vocal performers. Later in the day, our own Scott School students participated in a Holiday Sing Along and sang various holidays songs in the gym to end the final school day on 2019.

Students Singing at Holiday Sing Along Picture
DHS Chamber Choir Singing to Students at Scott Picture

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.

Ashley from Mrs. Denning's third grade class was invited to the December luncheon.
Ashley from Mrs. Denning's Class Picture

Tis the Season of Sickness

This information is taken from the DeWitt Public Schools District K-12 Student Handbook 2019-2020, p.11

The purpose of this information is to help provide you with some guidelines for identifying when your child may be too sick to go to school. Always remember that your pediatrician or family physician is your best resource for questions or advice. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Fever: Your child should be without fever for 24 hours or more before returning to school. Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Your child should not be vomiting or have diarrhea for 24 hours or more before returning to school.

Runny Nose and Colds: A clear runny nose is acceptable in school without other symptoms. A yellow or green runny nose may be related to serious infections and your child should not be sent to school until these symptoms are gone or he/she has been seen and cleared by a physician.

Strep Throat: Your child may return to school after he/she has been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours with no fever.

Rashes: Rashes should be cleared by a physician or health care provider before a child attends or returns to school.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Your child may return to school when discharge from the eyes has stopped and the whites of the eye are white again. For bacterial conjunctivitis it usually takes 24-48 hours after starting antibiotic eye drops.

Substitutes Needed

DeWitt Public Schools is looking for individuals interested substituting in our support staff positions which include lunch room and playground assistants, student aides (paraprofessionals), secretaries, and food service. Times vary for these positions and can range from 1.5-8 hours each day. If you are interested in subbing, please call our DPS Administrative Office at 668-3000.

DPS is also looking for substitute teachers. DPS partners with Ingham ISD and EduStaff to contract with qualified substitute teachers. For additional information about EduStaff and substitute teaching opportunities in DeWitt Public Schools, visit to complete an application, or contact the DPS Administrative office at 668-3000 for additional information.

Paper Gator at Scott School

Scott School uses a Paper Gator to help keep the earth green by recycling paper. Students learn about the importance of recycling, and our school earns money for each Paper Gator (or bin) full of paper! Families are encouraged to “feed” our Paper Gator by dropping off paper recycling. The Paper Gator is located on the south side of the building right next to the bus loop, and all community paper recycling donations are welcome. Please keep our Gator feed to only paper though since that is all he can digest.

These items are ones that our Gator CAN accept: newsprint, catalogs/magazines, junk mail, phone books, school paper, hard and soft cover books.

These items are one that our Gator CANNOT accept: plastic, metal, trash, cardboard, paperboard, and glass.

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PTA Particulars

The following is information about the current events of the DeWitt Elementary PTA:

  • Last week PTA co-hosted a successful diversity night event with the DeWitt Community Partnership for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Dr. Dieter shared that another event is being planned related to LGBTQ+ issues.
  • The first PTA sponsored Zap Zone Family Fun Night is coming up next month on Friday, January 10th. The event is $20 per participant, includes all you can eat pizza and soda from 6-7 p.m., and unlimited laser tag and trampoline park from 6-9 p.m. Non-participants who would like to eat can do so for only $5. PTA hopes to see you there!
  • Next month, PTA will be accepting applications for our Teacher Grants. The decisions for grants will be made at the February PTA meeting. You are welcome to join PTA members and help decide what supplies or projects that will be supported, or you can watch our Facebook page for the results. All members are welcome to vote.
  • PTA is still accepting new members and membership renewals! Go to 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.

Thank you for your help in supporting our teachers, administration and support staff!

Happy Holidays - see you in 2020!

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.

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Attendance Line

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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.