The Scott Spotlight
April 14, 2022
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.
April 15 - Good Friday / No School
Apr. 19 & 20 - 3rd Grade Math M-STEP Testing
April 25-28 - Reading NWEA Testing
May 2-5 - Math NWEA Testing
May 5 & 6 - Acadience Testing
Dear Scott School Families,
Wowzers! It was a busy, yet fantastically fun, week at Scott School. Students had an opportunity to attend our Spring Book Fair and although the books have been packed up, there is still an online ordering opportunity for families who are interested (see ordering information further down in this newsletter). Third graders took the English Language Arts (ELA) M-STEP this week too. If your child is a third grade student and took M-STEP, please give him/her a hug or high five for persevering and doing their personal best on this assessment. Next week third graders will take the Math M-STEP assessment, and after next week, second and third graders will complete NWEA (reading and math) assessments and Acadience testing. Although there is a lot of testing that occurs in the springtime, there are also fun activities in the works such as Field Day for all students and third graders will visit Herbison Woods for a building tour. Stay tuned for more details on these events when they get closer. In the meantime, if you are interested in volunteering for Field Day on June 3rd, please contact our PE Teacher, Mr. Holes, at email@example.com to let him know you're willing and available. Lastly, our Kind-A-Thon is going great! Thank you for supporting this fundraiser and encouraging your child to demonstrate additional acts of kindness throughout the month per the calendar. Additional teaching and talking about life skills and lifelong guidelines that help students develop positive interactions with others has been fun and rewarding. Our students are great kids who will grow into awesome adults - I am confident of that!
All my best,
Scott School Principal
IMPORTANT - Crosswalk Safey
Please help keep our students (and all pedestrians) who walk or bike to and from school safe by following driver safety laws. Although most students use the crosswalk at the stop sign on Wilson St. to cross the road, it is important to be alert for students crossing anywhere near school grounds. There was a close call with some of our students at the crosswalk right before Spring Break that could have been tragic. You have an important role in keeping our students safe by following these law tips.
Drivers must come to a complete stop at stop signs.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, so drivers must yield.
Drivers cannot park within 20 feet of a crosswalk. This means if you pick your child up and are in the car line near the crosswalk, you are obligated to leave this much space.
Drivers cannot park within an intersection. Again, if you pick up your child, wait patiently until cars move forward to avoid getting caught in the intersection.
Our local law enforcement partner with our school to assist with safety and will ticket if necessary to protect our students. Modeling expected driver safety is essential and contagious! Be a role model for our children and other drivers. Accidents at this crosswalk can be prevented by following crosswalk laws and being an attentive driver, especially when our students are walking or bike riding to and from school each day.
Spring Testing Info.
Spring testing has begun. 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 is scheduled as follows:
M-STEP ELA (3rd grade only): 4/12-4/14 (All third graders must have headphones or earbuds for this test.)
M-STEP Math (3rd grade only): 4/19 & 4/20
NWEA Reading: 4/25-4/28 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window.)
NWEA Math: 5/2-5/5 (Classroom teachers will communicate the two dates their students will test in this window.)
Acadience: 5/5 & 5/6
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.
Summer Learning Opportunities
Our local broadcasting service, the Michigan Learning Channel on PBS WKAR, is offering summer learning opportunities for students and families.
PTA Sponsored Staff Appreciation Week
Hello Scott School Families.
Each year we celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff members during the DeWitt Elementary PTA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week which is being held this year during the week of May 2nd to May 6th. Due to the overwhelming support from parents, last year was a HUGE success. All of the teachers and staff definitely felt the outpouring of support. We have been busy planning and we are excited for the opportunity to show our teachers and all staff members, once again, the appreciation they deserve!
We need your help to make this happen!! Please check the sign up genius link for more information and to sign up to support our amazing teachers and staff!
Thank you all so much,
Angela Straus - (517) 204-6566
DeWitt Elementary PTA Building Representative
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!
Spring Book Fair
Our online fair will run: April 11th-April 24th (our in person Book Fair was held April 11th-14th)
For more details about our Spring Book Fair including ordering information, please read this letter from Mrs. Wallick, our Media Coordinator.
2022-23 Class Placements
Families received a link to a Parent/Guardian Input Form via email today. 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 and requests for students to be in the same class with other students 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.
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.
Our KIDS childcare program is looking to hire individuals for the summer. Check out the posting here, and please pass this along to anyone you know looking for summer employment.
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.