The Scott Spotlight
March 10, 2023
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 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.
Mar. 15-21: Spring Book Fair
Mar. 21: Parent/Teacher Conferences - In Person
Mar. 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences - Virtual
Mar. 23: Half Day - Spring Break Begins (11:27 a.m. dismissal)
Apr. 3: School Resumes after Spring Break
Apr. 7: No School - Good Friday
Apr. 11-13: 3rd Grade ELA M-STEP Testing
Apr. 18 & 20: 3rd Grade Math M-STEP Testing
Apr. 24-27: Reading NWEA Testing
May 1-4: Math NWEA Testing
May 9-11: Acadience Testing
Dear Scott School Families,
Spring has shown itself on and off recently, but pretty soon we'll be able to officially say that spring has sprung! The warm weather and Spring Break are a combination of joy and happiness that summer weather is on it's way. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable time off, and your child returns to school rejuvenated for the remaining weeks until Summer Break. Longer days and time outdoors brings newfound energy and excitement for all, including myself. This weekend is Daylight Saving Time, so be sure to move your clocks ahead an hour. Although it's a bummer to lose an hour of weekend time, the upcoming change in seasons and arrival of longer days will provide outdoor opportunities for students and families.
When we return from Spring Break, students can expect M-STEP (3rd grade only), NWEA, and Acadience testing to occur. Headphones or earbuds are needed for all 3rd graders when they take the ELA M-STEP assessment, and all 2nd graders also need headphones or earbuds for both the Reading and Math NWEA assessments. Thank you for sending a pair into school with your child if you're able to. We will have a limited amount available for students who need them. Please read further down in this newsletter for preparation tips and testing dates. Thanks in advance for helping your child have a successful spring testing experience.
Scott School Principal
Spring P/T Conferences & Book Fair
We will be following a similar format for spring Parent Teacher Conferences that we did in the fall. A SignUp Genius was shared with families on March 6th.
Tues., 3/21 @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - In Person Conferences
Our Book Fair is open to families this night from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. See the flyer for more details.
Wed., 3/22 @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Virtual Conferences
Thank you, DeWitt PTA and families, for supporting Parent/Teacher Conference Cuisine for our staff this spring. Your support with meals makes a world of difference to us! If you are interested in donating, setting up, or cleaning up for Conference Cuisine which is on 3/21 and 3/22, click here. If you have questions, please contact Scott School's PTA Building Rep, Krista Howard at Krista.Jo.Howard@gmail.com or 517-575-5003.
March Is Reading Month
March is Reading Month has been a hit at Scott School! Students have enjoyed the theme Camp Read S'more with lots of fun activities and events scheduled each week.
DeWitt Mayor Leeming Reads at Scott
Scott School had the privilege of DeWitt Mayor Susan Leeming, visiting our school to read to a couple of classrooms for March is Reading Month. It was a joy to have an elected official at Scott School to contribute to our fun learning environment.
IMPORTANT - Spring Testing Info.
Spring testing will start shortly after we return from Spring Break. These assessments are not ones that students can study for, but you can help your child be test ready by encouraging your him/her make sure he/she does the following:
Gets a good night of sleep before each testing day.
Eats a healthy breakfast.
Attends school on testing days and be on time (students arriving late on testing days cannot test once a test session has started).
Perseveres and gives his/her very best effort.
Brings headphones or earbuds for testing (3rd grade needs a pair for the M-STEP ELA assessment, and 2nd grade needs a pair for the NWEA Reading and Math assessments.)
3rd Grade Only:
Completes M-STEP practice tests at home (must use Google Chrome) with this link: https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/
Select the M-STEP Online Tools Training button.
Click on the Sample Items Sets
Select Grade 3
Complete both the English Language Arts and Math (no calculators allowed) mini-assessments
Be sure to try out the testing tools located at the top of each question screen. These are useful tools to assist with taking the test.
Spring Testing will be as follows:
M-STEP ELA (3rd grade only): 4/11-4/13 (All third graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
M-STEP Math (3rd grade only): 4/18 & 4/20
NWEA Reading: 4/24-4/27 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window. All second graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
NWEA Math: 5/1-5/4 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window. All second graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
Read By Grade Three Law
Third grade parents/guardians, please read about the Read By Grade Three Law so you're informed. Third graders take the M-STEP for the first time in April, and the ELA test score is used to determine students who may benefit from retention.
Below is the latest PTA information to keep you up to date:
Join us at our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, March 14th from 7-8:30 pm in the cafeteria at Schavey Road. The PTA will be hosting, The Smart Talk, sponsored by Norton. Join us for this family presentation as we discuss the safe ways to navigate the internet. Parents and children are encouraged to attend.
Feel like volunteering? Keep your eye out for Conference Cuisine sign ups! The PTA always needs help taking care of our teachers during conferences!
Looking for ways to get more involved in the PTA? Elections will be held in April. We have open positions at every level - from various Committees to the Executive Board!
Sick = Stay Home
Please help keep our school community healthy by keeping your child home if he/she is ill. Read these CDC and health department resources and infographics below for steps to take if your child contracts COVID, is exposed to the virus, or contracts a different communicable disease.
There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building. 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.
School Breakfast & Lunch
School breakfast and lunch is available to all students. Unfortunately though, neither is no longer free to all students like it was the past two years. However, to apply for free and/or reduced lunch, click here. For additional information about how to create an account for your student and access menus, click here. Also, read the attached flyer for more details about how to create an account and contact information for our district Food Service Director, Sandy Leach.
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.
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.