The Scott Spotlight
December 6, 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.
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,
I hope all of our Scott School families had a wonderful Thanksgiving and break. I want to wish all of you a calm and enjoyable few weeks as we gear up for holiday break, and I hope you have traditions and festivities planned that bring you and your family joy and pride. Although this time of year is portrayed as a festive one for most, I recognize it's not always the case for everyone. Please be sure to reach out to me, your child's teacher, and/or our school social worker, Mrs. Schwarz, if we can support your child or family in any way.
I want to take a moment to express gratitude to the many adult role models who are at Scott School daily for drop off, pick up, and to volunteer. Often you read my email pleas about driver safety, drop off procedures, and other requests to help our school run efficiently and safely. Today, I want to give a shout out of recognition for all of you who follow the guidelines and requests without exception. Thank you for modeling for our children that you value following our procedures by using the loop for drop off and pick up before and after school. Thank you for refraining from parking illegally to bypass the loop and also abstaining from parking and taking up a spot that is needed for our staff in order for them to get into the building and prepare for students. Thank you for making sure your child is to school on time and doesn't get picked up early on a regular basis. Your practice of this demonstrates that you value education and respect the need for your child to be at school on time and for the entire day. Thank you for sending your child to school with proper winter apparel, so they are equipped for the cold and wet weather elements when outside for recess. Thank you for being supportive of school-wide and classroom expectations and collaborating on goal setting even when sometimes there are tough conversations had. The list goes on regarding how many things our families do right to model for our students. We may not always realize how much this impacts children, yet it really does. They are watching, listening, and learning from us. They see how we react to uncomfortable situations, how we productively problem solve conflicts, how we participate in celebrations and set positive, and how we set appropriate yet realistic expectations. They listen to the words we choose, the things we say, and the tone we use to express ourselves. They admire, respect, and love us, so they learn through our everyday practices. Our children are watching, listening, and learning. Not only do I thank all of you who are positive role models in big moments and small ones, it's likely that our children will too someday after they grow up and become productive citizens in the community in which they reside, valued employee or employer at the place in which they work, and have healthy relationships with others. So, even though there will likely always be a small handful of adults whose actions demonstrate a lack of respect, a sense of entitlement, or that they are the exception to the rule, law, or expectation, there are so many of you who continue to stay the course and do the right things.
Every. Single. Day.
For that, I thank you. Please remember just how much you matter in the eyes of a child, and what you say and do matters too!
Scott School Principal
Kindness Week: Dec. 16-20
Our Scott School Student Government is sponsoring a week of spreading kindness December 16-20th. Our school will focus on a different act of kindness to help others or brighten someone's day as follows:
- Mon., 12/16: High-fives and Smiles Galore
- Tues., 12/17: Eat Lunch with Someone New
- Wed., 12/18: Let Someone Else Go First
- Thurs., 12/19: Write a Thank You Note to School Staff (custodians, bus drivers, secretaries, etc.)
- Fri., 12/20: Help a Teacher Clean the Room
DeWitt Community Food Drive
Scott School participated in the DeWitt Community Food Drive once again this year. It's always heartwarming when our students are able to join in efforts to help others in need and develop awareness of the positive power of community collaboration for a cause that truly makes an impact on the lives of others. Thank you to all those who sent in items to support the DeWitt Community Food Drive!
Secular and non-secular holidays, customs, and traditions are special because personal and family identities and values are important. The passions we hold for holidays that are near and dear root us in connections to others with similar beliefs and practices. The phrase "Happy Holidays" triggers emotions for some who feel marginalized when the holiday they identify with isn't addressed. For example, Christmas is a well known holiday celebrated by a vast number of people because we live in a Christian-dominant world. However, teaching or acknowledging holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Las Posadas, Diwali, Chinese New Year, and the list goes on and on, is equally important so students learn about diversity and acceptance through other traditions, cultures, and religions. This also affords students opportunities to develop empathy and understanding about how those who identify in minority groups feel marginalized throughout historical and even modern day experiences and exposure to things such as advertisements, movies, songs, breaks/vacations (school and work), and even decorations. Although some may find it cliche or even a way to avoid offending others, the expression "Happy Holidays" can truly be an intended message of inclusion and acceptance to all with a universal sentiment of well wishes to spread joy and happiness. Scott School will be observing the upcoming holiday season with a Holidays Around the World day on December 17th where students will have passports and travel to different classrooms to learn about various holidays, celebrations, customs, and traditions around the world. Consider extending this teaching and learning to your family by exploring holidays, customs, and/or traditions that are different than those you practice.
The following is information about the current events of the PTA:
- 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.