The Scott Spotlight
March 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.
Mar. 14 - Second Trimester Report Cards Available to View in Infinite Campus
Mar. 15 & 17: Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences from 4-7:30 p.m.
Mar. 16 - Early Release Day for Teacher CLT (11:57 a.m. dismissal)
Mar. 24 - Half Day to start Spring Break (11:27 a.m. dismissal)
Apr. 4 - School Resumes after Spring Break
Dear Scott School Families,
Even though we had a snow day today, there are signs that spring is nearly here. In fact, Spring Break is only two weeks away! Remember to set your clocks ahead an hour this weekend for daylight saving time, and don't forget virtual Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday and Thursday nights next week. If you forgot to schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher, just reach out to him/her to do so. We are eager to share all the learning and growing that's happened with your child since the fall.
Once we return from Spring Break, we'll be gearing up for spring testing which will start at the end of April. Acadience and NWEA will take place for all students as usual and third graders will also take the Michigan State Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) test for the first time. More detailed information, including scheduled dates, will be shared with families soon. Although these tests aren't one that students can prepare for, being in attendance and on time to school on testing days, getting a good night of sleep, and eating a healthy breakfast are all ways you can help your child be test ready.
As the warm weather sets in, sometimes so does spring fever. Schools are required to monitor student attendance and send truancy letters each time a specific number of absences occur. The State and our school district understand that COVID has contributed to absenteeism and consider reasons for absences when reviewing attendance reports. However, we are required to notify families with truancy letters to inform them that missing school has an educational impact on their child. Please understand this is procedural, that we care about your child's educational success, and want to work with you and your child with attending school on time and regularly. Thank you for partnering with us on this. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me or Mrs. Schwarz, our school social worker, if we can help with attendance, including resources, for you and your child.
Scott School Principal
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 (dates will be shared soon), and the ELA test score is used to determine students who may benefit from retention.
2022-23 Class Placements
Gathering information for 2022-23 class placements will start soon. Families will receive a letter with a Parent/Guardian Input Form in April. This form is the most conducive and beneficial way to provide input for placement consideration. If you would like to provide input, please use the form in lieu of sending emails. DeWitt Public Schools uses a balanced classroom approach to class placements. Therefore, teacher requests cannot and will not be honored. Thank you for respecting this process and trusting that our school team works extremely hard on every student's placement for a positive school experience.
Scott School is having a Kind-A-Thon fundraiser this spring to help fund enrichment opportunities for students. Check out the April calendar of kindness events and fundraiser details in this two-page document. We appreciate your support!
March Is Reading Month
Ride the Wave is this year's March is Reading Month theme. The building is decorating in all things water related, and students are having a blast with the calendar of events planned for them. Finding joy in reading is such a thrill. Thank you for supporting your child by encouraging reading and logging minutes at home not only this month but all year long.
DeWitt Elementary PTA
Thank you, DeWitt Elementary PTA, for providing Conference Cuisine meals for teachers and staff on Parent Teacher Conference nights next week. YOU make a difference!
Mental Health Family Night
If you or someone you know is looking for ways to support the mental health of a child or children, consider attending or passing along this virtual event opportunity to learn information and about resources to help parents/guardians with important mental health topics.
Girls On The Run Opportunity
Is your daughter looking for an after school activity that focuses on boosting self-confidence and growing healthy relationships with other girls? Girls On The Run might be just the experience for her!
Talking to Your Kids About Global Conflict and Easing Their Fears
If you're seeking ways to support your child with the war in Ukraine, below is a blurb for a webinar that parents/guardians may find beneficial.
Affordable Connectivity Program
Salutations from Mrs. Schwarz
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.