The Scott Spotlight
February 11, 2022
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.
Feb. 16 - Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m. dismissal)
Feb. 21 - No School: President's Day
Dear Scott School Families,
Winter NWEA testing concluded today. Families can expect reports to come home on Friday, February 25th. Remember, this assessment is a snapshot of a student's performance during a moment in time. Although we hope to see growth from fall to winter, most importantly, we look at trends in the data over time and want to see an upward trajectory of growth from when a student first took NWEA (ie. kindergarten) to now.
Many classrooms are or will be participating in virtual Impression Five science lessons throughout the remainder of the year as enrichment opportunities to compliment the science standards taught with our Mystery Science program. Pre-COVID, students often took field trips to places such as Impression Five to extend learning and since that has been tricky to do during the pandemic, teachers have brought experiences to them through virtual learning. This is one of many enrichment opportunities our annual fundraiser allows us to provide for students. We are hoping to have a fundraiser this spring to allow us to continue these types of valuable experiences for students.
Students are also continuing to receive tier I social-emotional instruction through a Second Step curriculum, and students are also receiving social-emotional extension lessons and supports in the classroom through activities and conversations. In addition, target skills are discussed and even sometimes role played on the Morning News. Continued focus on having safe bodies and resolving conflict using a Problem Solving Wheel and our DeBug system have been the forefront of instruction since physical aggression and touching others seems to be problem behaviors our data indicates students still need support with. Please consider discussing appropriate ways to problem solve at home that include peaceful and productive resolutions while teaching that physical management is unsafe and typically tends to lead to greater conflict or problems. Constructive problem resolution is an important life skill necessary now and throughout adulthood.
Even though we've had a blast of snow recently, we're over the halfway hump of winter and spring will be here before we know it. Thank you for continuing to send your child with appropriate weather apparel even when it starts to warm up. Our Scott School Handbook specifies that students should wear a jacket or coat until it's above 50 degrees outside. In the meantime while the weather is still pretty brisk, I hope you and your family enjoy these last weeks of winter while it lasts.
P.S. Don't forget to order a 2021-22 yearbook for your child if you're interested. Scroll down in this newsletter for ordering information.
All my best,
Scott School Principal
Learning About Other Countries & Cultures
Mrs. Toth's third graders dove into learning about other countries and cultures recently. They even put together an international cookbook. What a great way to learn about diversity around the world!
Winter and a snowy playground = tons of fun for Scott School students.
Name Sign Needed - Pick Up Loop
Please help our pick up loop run efficiently by putting a large, legible sign with your child's first and last name printed on it in your car window in some fashion that our staff can read it. This will allow vehicles to move quickly and safely through our loop. This will help everyone get in and out of the loop in a flash. Thank you!
Lunch Assistant Needed
Have you ever considered working for DeWitt Public Schools? Scott School is looking for a Non-Instructional Assistant to join our terrific team and work in our lunchroom two hours a day. The role includes engaging and supervising students and washing tables. We're looking for someone who enjoys working with children, is interested in working in a school environment, and is seeking a fun environment to work in a couple hours a day. Click here to apply and learn more about this position. Below is the job title language for the posting to look for. Please spread the word to friends and family who may be interested if you're not in the market for a new job.
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.
In order for Scott School personnel to administer medication to your child, parents/guardians 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.
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.