HWE School News

Newsletter - January 27, 2023

Kori Knudson, Principal


First Bell         8:40 a.m.

Tardy Bell         8:45 a.m.

Dismissal 3:35 p.m.

HWE Office             517.668.3300  

Attendance Line     517.668.3347

Dates To Note

February 3

NWEA & Acadience reports come home

February 15

Half Day - CLT Day - Grades K-12

HWE Dismissal 12:12 p.m.

February 20

No School - Grades K-12

President's Day

March 1-23

HWE March Is Reading Month

March 3

Half Day - Records Day - Grades K-8

HWE Dismissal 11:42 a.m.

March 8

HWE Spring Picture Day

March 13-17

HWE Spring Book Fair

March 21 & 22

HWE Parent-Teacher Conferences


March 23

Half Day - Grades K-12

HWE Dismissal 11:42 a.m.

March 27 - 31

No School Grades K-12

DPS Spring Break

April 3

Classes Resume - Grades K-12

Physical Education News: January/February

Students in Physical Education class have welcomed in 2023 with fitness on their mind!  

We finished our bowling unit before the Holiday break, and we are discovering that our physical literacy skills in bowling can transfer over into volleyball!

To start our volleyball unit, students have worked on bumping, setting, and serving.  These testable skills will continue as we move into games and focus on how to play the sport.

February is National Heart Health Month!  Students at Herbison Woods PE will take part in learning more about their circulatory system and how to maintain a healthy heart!  Students will be introduced to different cardiovascular activities to keep their heart strong and healthy!

A Gentle Reminder

Please help your student remember proper footwear for PE.  I have seen an increase in Crocs, snow boots, and dress shoes during classes. The risk of injury increases if a student is wearing footwear that is not meant for physical activity.

Thank you for your help!

-Mr. Louisignau

Next Up for February/March: 

Basketball Skills/Cardio


Herbison Woods Panthers are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe

Dear Families, 

There’s nothing quite like a Snow Day in the middle of the week to put a little pep in our steps! Students came back with smiles on their faces, stories to share, and an excitement that only comes from these unexpected days! 

Our students have been working hard to complete their Winter Benchmark assessments by completing Acadience testing in reading and NWEA in reading and math. This window will wrap up today and we will be working hard to analyze the data and make any adjustments to instruction that are needed. 

Earlier this year I shared some of our building-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) with families. One of the classroom reinforcers that we use are Panther Paws. Classes earn a Panther Paw by being “caught” by another staff member for being respectful, responsible, or safe, as a class! We have recently been working on a new Panther Paw Challenge whereby students are working on earning Panther Paws as a grade level. Each grade level who earns 200 Panther Paws over the next month will have earned a grade level specific assembly full of fun games, staff challenges, and student and staff competitions. If students earn more than 200 Panther Paws, every 20 additional Paws will go toward an additional challenge for Mrs. Knudson! We are looking forward to these exciting events ahead, as we know our students are eager to work together toward this common goal! 

Thank you again for your continued support of our Herbison Woods Panthers! You make the work we do each day possible! 


Kori Knudson

Help Wanted!

Join the DPS Team at HWE

Playground Supervisor—This person supervises students to provide a safe environment during the recess period.  This is a 3.75 hour per day position, from 10:05 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. at Herbison Woods Elementary.  Please call the HWE office if you have questions about this position.  Visit the DPS website at https://www.dewittschools.net/human-resources#h.p_9LB3dEVe0irw to view and apply for this position.

PTA Updates

Who likes pizza?  The DeWitt Elementary PTA is partnering with Peppino's for the February FUNdraiser!  Peppino's will donate $1 from every pizza sold on Superbowl Sunday, February 12th from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

February Meeting:  The February meeting will be on Tuesday, February 21st from 7 -8:30 pm., in  the Schavey Road Elementary Cafeteria.  All are welcome.

HWE Yearbooks

Yearbooks for the 2022-2023 school year must be ordered before April 4, 2023.  Yearbooks can be ordered online from LifeTouch, the cost is $10.  Please use the link and yearbook id provided below.  Should you have any questions about ordering a yearbook, please contact Mrs. Houghtaling in the HWE office at 517.668.3343.

LifeTouch website: ybpay.com      HWE Yearbook id#: 14501123

Herbie Buck Store Donations

Our students continue to be very excited and motivated by our Herbie Buck Store. We are always accepting of donations such as small candies, school supplies, small toys, etc. In addition, we have also put together an Amazon Wishlist of items that we feel our students may enjoy. If you have any wrapped holiday candy that your family is wishing to part with, we would gladly use it at our next store. We appreciate your generosity and are grateful for your support! 

Label, Label, Label

Please be sure that your student’s belongings are labeled with their name—backpack, lunch box, coats, mittens, boots, snow pants, etc.  This helps us return lost and found items to the rightful owner.

Dress For The Weather

With winter in full swing, we want to remind you to please ensure that your child is coming to school each day with weather appropriate gear. This includes a coat, hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots. If you are in need of support to secure some of these items for your child, please reach out to Mrs. Nash at nashabi@dewittschools.net. Thank you for your help with this! 

Attendance Line

If your student will be arriving late or will be absent from school, you must call the attendance line at  668-3347 before 9 am.  Please leave your child’s name, homeroom teacher name and reason for the absence or tardy.  The attendance line is available twenty-four hours a day, seven-days a week.

Paper Gator

Our school utilizes the Paper Gator to help keep the earth green by recycling paper.  We are very excited about this recycling opportunity for our school.  And, we earn money for each Paper Gator (or bin) full of paper! 


We as a school “feed” the Gator on a regular basis.  Families should feel free to help us “feed” the Gator by dropping off their paper recycling.  The Paper Gator is located in our East or bus parking lot and can by utilized by Herbison Woods families, friends and community members.


What CAN go in the Paper Gator? What CAN’T  go in the Paper Gator Newsprint, Catalogs/Magazines, Plastic, Metal, Trash, Cardboard,

Junk Mail, Phone Books, School Paperboard, Glass 

Paper, Hard and Soft Cover Books

Student Illness

It’s that time of year again.. Here are some of our guidelines for common school illnesses. Always remember that your pediatrician or family physician is your best resource for questions or advice. These guidelines are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. (District K-12 Student Handbook 2022-23)

Fever: Your child should be without fever for 24 hours or more before returning to school.

Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: Your child should not be vomiting or have diarrhea for 24 hours or more before returning to school.

Runny Nose and Colds: A clear runny nose is acceptable in school without other symptoms. A yellow or green runny nose may be related to serious infections and your child should not be sent to school until these symptoms are gone or he/she has been seen and cleared by a physician.

Strep Throat: Your child may return to school after he/she has been on antibiotics for a full 24 hours with no fever.

Rashes: Rashes should be cleared by a physician or health care provider before a child attends or returns to school.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Your child may return to school when discharge from the eyes has stopped and the whites of the eye are white again. For bacterial conjunctivitis it usually takes 24-48 hours after starting antibiotic eye drops.

A special note, if you decide to send your child to school when he/she does not feel well, please make sure you let the school know how to contact you in the event your child needs you.

Additional Information:

Covid-19: If your child has any of  the following symptoms: fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, cough, runny nose, congestion, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, we encourage you to test your child before sending them to school.

Covid-19 testing kits and disposable masks are available for free at the Board of Education. Monday thru Thursday 8am to 4:30pm.

Current Information

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