The Scott Spotlight
February 28, 2020
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.
Mar. 6: Half Day for Records Day (11:27 a.m.)
Mar. 16: Spring Pictures
Mar. 19: Early Dismissal for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m.)
Mar. 20: Sign Up Genius Sent to Families for P/T Conferences
Mar. 26: Half Day (11:27 a.m.)
Mar. 27: No School
Mar. 30 - Apr. 5: Spring Break
Apr. 7 & 9: Spring P/T Conference (4-7:30 p.m.)
Dear Scott School Families,
The winter NWEA testing window ended on February 25th, and Scott School is already making plans for spring testing. Third grade families, please write the following M-STEP dates on your calendar to avoid appointments or vacations if possible. NWEA dates vary by classroom, so families can expect to learn these dates when testing gets closer.
- ELA M-STEP: April 28-April 30
- Math M-STEP: May 5-6
Please help us have a smooth and successful testing experience by ensuring your third grade student is at school and on time these dates. Although there will be some makeup dates for testing, these students miss other class activities and learning opportunities by being pulled out of class. There will be more to come about M-STEP preparation such as eating a healthy breakfast, getting a good night of rest prior to testing, and ways to encourage your child to give it their all without heightening anxiety. Remember, a testing does NOT define a child; it provides growth and/or proficiency measurement data as a snapshot of a child's learning. However, it is important to remember that the Michigan Department of Education is using the ELA M-STEP to gauge a student's readiness to move on to fourth grade per the Read at Grade Three Law.
Scott School Principal
Absences & Attendance Policy
Per our District Attendance Policy which follows the County Attendance Policy, we are to alert families when a student reaches 10 days, 15 days, and 20+ days of absences throughout the school year. We do this in the form of attendance letters that are sent out on a regular basis. If you receive an attendance letter, there is no need to be alarmed. We understand that attendance is affected by a number of excused reasons such as illness and vacation days. If the school has any concerns with attendance, you will receive a notification through email or a phone call from the building administrator (Linda Reha) and/or the truancy officer (Pat Wilson) with a request to speak further about attendance concerns. If you receive an attendance letter, this is simply for your information only and for your records. If you have any questions about our attendance policies please contact our main office.
Kiwanis Dictionary Assembly
The Kiwanis Club of St. Johns donated personalized dictionaries to all third grade students yet again this year, and students had a joyous time at a Dictionary Assembly. A student rep from each classroom sat on stage and played a Jeopardy style game by using a dictionary to locate answers to questions that were asked while the rest of the third grade student body sang the famous Jeopardy tune. Thank you Paul Perpich, and the St. Johns Kiwanis Club for making this event possible each year!
Brrrr....It's Still Chilly Outside
Michigan weather seems to like to trick us. Just when it seems to warm up just to make us think that spring is here, snow flurries remind us that we're not yet out of the winter woods. Our Scott School Handbook indicates that students are to wear a coat outside if the temperature is 50 degrees and cooler. Please help us by sending warm outdoor apparel until it's clear that spring weather is here to stay.
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.
Candy Grams for a Good Cause
Scott School's Student Government sold Candy Grams for Valentine's Day and the money raised is being donated to PE Teacher, Marcus Fray and his family. Marcus was diagnosed with ALS before the start of the school year, and Scott School students, staff, and families are fighting right by his side. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped sort and distribute Candy Grams, and thank you to a very generous Scott School parent for donating Charms suckers to this charitable fundraiser. A total of $1,333 was raised for the Fray family.
The following is information about the current events of the PTA:
- Save the Date: Our last Zap Zone family fun night of the year will be a summer kick-off party on the last day of school! The event is scheduled for Friday, June 5th from 6-9 p.m. For $20 per person, you will receive unlimited laser tag and trampoline park all evening, as well as all-you-can-eat pizza and soda from 6-7 p.m. Non-participants can eat for only $5. The PTA earns a portion of the proceeds from this event. We hope to see you there!
- Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, March 10th at 7 p.m. Please note that this meeting will be held at the Herbison Woods Media Center (library). We will be voting on building allocations and discussing an idea to restructure some of our volunteer positions. With our meeting being at Herbison Woods, we will also have the chance to see the new book vending machine purchased with PTA funds.
- 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.
MSU offers many program opportunities for students and families. Here are a few new ones to check out! It's never too early to expose young children to career fields that may interest and motivate them to believe they can do whatever they aspire to.
March is Reading Month
Reading Month is nearing and this year's theme is 'Catch the Reading Wave'. Excitement is in the air because Scott School staff have been getting into the spirit and working hard on planning for a fun and motivating month of activities that promote reading. Be on the lookout for a reading month calendar to come home soon.
Scott School Spring Book Fair Information
We are excited to announce that we will be trying a new company for our Spring Book Fair! Classrooms will be shopping during the school day on April 7th-9th, and schedules will be determined and shared soon. Our Book Fair will also be open in the evenings of Tuesday, April 7th and Thursday, April 9th from 4:00-7:15 p.m. Make up shopping will be between 9:00-10:30 a.m. on Monday April 13th. We are really very excited to work with a new company and experience all that they offer. There will be a Sign Up Genius sent out for volunteer help; please consider if you're available. Our Media Specialist, Mrs Ruble, is also be looking for volunteers to help with set up and close down. Please keep your eyes peeled for the Sign Up Genius to donate your time. We appreciate all the help we can get during this busy event.
Seeking Rock Donation & Delivery
The story, Only One You by Linda Kranz, will be read to students this spring, and they will paint their own special rock to display in the outdoor landscape by the office to provide a warm welcome to all students and guests who enter Scott School. If you or anyone you know has a landscape company who would be willing to donate 550 clean cobblestone rocks (3-4" in diameter) and deliver them to Scott before the end of March, please email Mrs. Reha at Rehal@dewittschools.net. Containers for unloading the rocks into will be provided. Thank you for helping with this fun project which will promote diversity, acceptance, and simply just being awesome!
ICHAT to Volunteer
We are entering the season of Field Trips here at Scott School. Just a reminder that if you are interested in attending your child's class trip, as well as helping in the classroom, you MUST complete an ICHAT (volunteer background check) first. This background check is only good for one year, so if you completed one last year, you’ll need to complete a new one again this year. Staff and students appreciate all our families do to support learning at Scott!
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 www.edustaff.org to complete an application, or contact the DPS Administrative office at 668-3000 for additional information.
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.
We are currently looking for a Parent Volunteer to help with Box Tops. If you are interested please email Denise Urbain at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You
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.