The Scott Spotlight

September 10, 2021

Principal: Linda Reha

School Address: 804 Wilson St. DeWitt, MI 48820

Office Phone Number: 517-668-3400

Attendance Phone Number: 517-668-3458

Website: https://scott.dewittschools.net/

    • 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.

School Events

2021-22 Calendar - 063021.pdf
District Diversity Logo Paw

Sept. 17 - No School: Teacher PD

Sept. 23 - Fall Picture Day

Reha's Report

Dear Scott School Families,

Our students continue to demonstrate just how awesome they are. An example is how well they follow school routines and procedures already. I am proud of the learners we have.

Acadience (reading) testing was completed this week, and our NWEA testing window starts on Mon., 9/20. Data from these screeners provides us with important benchmark information to develop instructional goals for each student that get monitored throughout the year. Celebrating areas of growth is always exciting, and equally rewarding is targeting areas for growth that help motivate students to put their best foot forward and discover the many joys in their learning progress.

Thanks for being a champion for your child. Remember, every child has unique and special abilities and everyone has the ability to learn. The rate and extent to that learning may look differently for each child, and that's the true beauty of being prideful of thousands of various qualities that make up the whole child.

Super proud principal,

Linda Reha

Fall Picture Day

Ordering fall pictures and a yearbook can only be done online by going to the following website and entering the key information below: https://lifetouch.com/order-pictures/

School Name: David Scott Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Thursday, September 23

Picture Day ID: EVT7RM29D


Forgotten Items at Home

Please remember to send your student with all necessary items each day (water bottles, lunches, jackets, etc.). Please only drop items off at the school that are essential to your student making it through the day. We have had a significant amount of items dropped off the first weeks of school. It's difficult to distribute items to students in a timely fashion when there is an abundance of things being dropped off. Forgetting items that are essential can be used as a good learning opportunity for students as they learn and grown into responsibility school citizens.

Staff Needed

Scott School is looking to hire a 6.33 hour/day educational assistant (instructional paraprofessional) and substitutes for teachers, educational assistants, and recess/lunch assistants. Please contact Linda Reha at RehaL@dewittschools.net or 517-668-3450 if you're interested in full time or temporary employment at Scott.

Learn More About Scott School

To learn more specific details about Scott School, check out these informative links:

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.

DeWitt_NSLP-SSO_letter_to_households_726468_7.pdf

Family Resources

Please read the attached letter to learn about resources available to our Scott School families.

***We also have new backpacks available. Please contact our main office or Mrs. Schwarz, our school social worker.

21-22 WSK and Newboys letter home (1).pdf

Apparel Donations Appreciated

Scott School is in need of gentle used and clean clothing for students to change into when there is an accident at school. We would be grateful for the following items and sizes:

  • boys t-shirts: 8/10 (size medium)

  • girls t-shirts: 8/10 and 10/12 (sizes medium and large)

Also, thank you to the many families who have reached out and asked what donations they could make to Scott School. Here is a list of things that we're looking for.

  • Yard Games (Cornhole, Ladder Balls, Yahtzee)

  • Balls (basketballs, kickballs, soccer balls, and footballs)

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Paper towels

Developing Responsible Passengers

Pick up and drop off has been going pretty smoothly overall, and we'd like to encourage you to teach your child how to enter and exit your vehicle and buckle up independently to help develop independent and responsible passenger skills. This will also increase safety in our driving loop by preventing adults from exiting their vehicle to help their child board their vehicle. Another benefit will be improved drop off and pick up time efficiency, which certainly makes everyone happy.

Thank you to families who are responsibly using our drop off and pick up loop. Our children watch the examples we model for them. Parking for drop off or pick up in front of the building is discouraged and picking up on Logan St. (beyond the bridge) is also frowned on because we don't have adult supervision in either area, and sometimes unexpected things happen that prevent drivers from being on time. These safety concerns worry us and also impact our ability to successfully implement our school drop off and pick up procedures. Thanks for making adjustments to your drop off and/or pick up routine to follow our school procedures if you haven't been.

Drop Off, Pick Up, and Parking Lot Procedures

Drop Off & Pick Up:

  • To help promote a safe and productive start to your child’s day, please be sure to drop your child off no earlier than 8:10 a.m. because students are not allowed to enter the building until that time, and there is no adult supervision outside prior to then.

  • Students dropped off will walk to the front of the building using the sidewalk, enter the vestibule through the main doors, and go to the cafeteria where there will be adult supervision until the first bell rings at 8:25 a.m. Students who arrive after the tardy bell (8:30 a.m.) must enter the building through the main entrance accompanied by a parent or guardian and be signed in at the office.

  • Please drive up as far as possible in the loop to drop off or pick up your child. Anywhere there is a painted blue line on the sidewalk area is where students should get in and out of vehicles.

  • Please do not drop your child off or pick your child up in the front of the building unless you are parking and entering the building with your child or to pick your child up.

  • Please do not drop your child off or pick your child up in the road. This is extremely dangerous and our local law enforcement patrols our street frequently to support school procedures and enforce the law for student safety.

  • Please do not park your car to drop your child off or pick your child up unless you are entering the building. Parking is limited at Scott School, and this creates challenges for staff to get to work on time and creates more sight line barriers for pedestrians and drivers after school.

  • Students who are picked up after school are to wait on the sidewalk area located on the south side of the building where the parent driving loop is. Adult supervision will be at the loop after school daily to supervise students and assist with safety.

  • Please post a sign in a visual area in your vehicle window with your child's first and last name printed in large legible font. This helps staff helping at the loop call students on a speaker system for efficient boarding.

  • Although our students quickly learn the procedures for being dropped off and picked up, your help in following our guidelines will help ensure and model safety for our students.

Parking Lot & Other Safety Requests:

  • Please avoid parking in the parking lot to drop off or pick up your child. Use the loop - that's what it's designed for. Parking should only occur when a parent/guardian must enter the building.

  • Please resist the urge to drop your child off or pick your child up on Logan Street (across the bridge on our playground). Drop off and pick up locations other than the area that is designated (driving loop) for this creates safety concerns. We care about your child!

  • Please drive the speed limit (25 mph) and come to a complete stop at the stop sign on Wilson St. Our 2nd and 3rd grade walkers and bikers often cross here and trust that you are watching for them.

It's normal for students to experience some anxiety at the start of the school year, and our school staff will be visible and eager to help all students find their classroom and get settled into a school routine. However, please communicate with us if your child experiences significant anxiety and stress about transitioning to school after the first week. We are happy to help!

Some Example of Car Signs for the Pick Up Loop:

Neighborhood Niceties

Scott is a neighborhood school, and we have many wonderful neighbors who support our school. However, a community concern is vehicles blocking driveways at the beginning and end of the day when drop off and pick up occurs. Please be respectful of our neighbors by refraining from idling (or parking) your car in front of any driveway while waiting in the parent loop line. Allowing space for driveway access for all property owners is important and helps us maintain positive relations with our friendly neighbors and demonstrates respectful driver etiquette. Also, vehicles cannot stop in the intersection where the stop sign is located south of your building. We are fortunate to have support from our local law enforcement to keep our students, community, and school safe, so please know these traffic violations could result in police issuing tickets. In addition, please follow road rules by parking in legal spots when needing to enter the building. Using other areas besides the drop off and pick up loop is strongly discouraged. Please follow our driving guidelines so pick up and drop off times are safe for everyone by preventing an unfortunate accident from occurring and helping us keep good relations with our neighborhood community members. Be sure to follow turn sign when exiting the loop. Vehicles must make a righthand turn only to keep traffic flow steady and to avoid an accident. Also, please be sure to stop and leave the legal amount of space between your vehicle and the crosswalk as you approach the stop sign on Wilson St. to allow visibility of children crossing to get to and from school. Lastly, please keep in mind that our staff need to be on time to work to teach and support your child, so please allow staff access to the staff parking lot when they arrive to work each day. Thank you for your attention to these concern areas.

We're excited that the Walking School Bus (see information below) is planning to start up at Scott School. Please consider this opportunity for your child to walk to school and get some fresh air, exercise, and make new friends by walking with a trusted adult. This will also benefit families by avoiding wait time in the parent loop line.

Catch a Ride on the Walking School Bus!

Scott School is excited to introduce the Walking School Bus as an alternative option for students travelling to or from school! With the WSB, your child can enjoy many benefits of walking to school including increased physical activity, reduced traffic at drop-off and pick-up, and, best of all, improved academic performance! In order to continue to offer this program, the WSB needs volunteers to lead our routes. Most critically, volunteers are needed as follows:

  • St. Jude Church to Scott School - volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for both the morning and afternoon (if there are not sufficient volunteers, we will not utilize this community meeting spot).

  • Springbrook Hills Church to Scott School - volunteers are needed Monday through Friday for both the morning and afternoon (if there are not sufficient volunteers, we will not utilize this community meeting spot).

  • Fuerstenau to Scott School - volunteers are needed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the morning and afternoon.


If sufficient volunteers are available, the Walking School Bus will run daily, departing from St. Jude and Fuerstenau at 8:05 a.m. and returning to St. Jude and Fuerstenau at 3:45 p.m. or departing Springbrook Hills Church at 8:00 and returning at 3:50. Contact Maureen Oberman at obermanmau@dewittschools.net with questions; click here to register as a volunteer, or click here to register your child!

WSB S21 Flyer (1).pdf

Guests in the Building

Visitors and guests will be limited for the start of the school year. This will be re-evaluated once the year is well underway. We are hoping this protocol isn't necessary all year because we love having volunteers and guests in our school. Thank you, parents/guardians, for communicating and demonstrating confidence to your child that he/she is can independently enter the building every day. We will have many visible staff members, so as Mister Rogers said, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

Allergy Awareness

There are some Scott students who have health-threatening nut allergies in our building. Scott School is a 'No Nut' building this year. 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.

Medical Forms

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 schwarzdea@dewittschools.net.

You can expect further communication from Mrs. Schwarz about a social/emotional questionnaire for families to fill out with their child. Please be sure to help your child complete the questionnaire when you electronically receive as this will help to inform guidance services. Stay tuned!

Attendance Line

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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.