HWE Newsletter

February 10, 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

Herbison Woods Panthers are Respectful, Responsible, and Safe

Dear Herbison Woods Elementary Families, 

Thank you for your continued support of our Herbison Woods Panthers! Our students have shown growth over the school year and we continue to monitor their progress closely. 

Our Fifth Grade Students celebrated their 1000th Day of School on February 10, 2023. Our wonderful teachers planned many exciting events for the day! Students wrote out 1,000 words they know, identifying them as nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc. They had a chance to dress up, enjoy a few snacks, and enjoy many academic activities that were specifically designed to have a focus on 1,000. We are so grateful to have your students at DeWitt Public Schools for the last 1,000 days! They have worked hard and grown immensely! 


Kori Knudson

PTA FUNdraiser

Who likes pizza?  

The DeWitt Elementary PTA is partnering with Peppino's for this February FUNdraiser! 

Peppino's will donate $1 from every pizza sold on Superbowl Sunday, February 12th from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. to the PTA!  

Enjoy pizza!  Support local!  Support the PTA!  Watch football!

Dates To Note

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 24

No School Grades K-12


March 27 - 31

No School Grades K-12

DPS Spring Break


April 3

Classes Resume - Grades K-12

Elementary Celebration Guidelines 

To promote a safe and secure indoor school environment, create an inclusive atmosphere for all students, and to reduce distractions for the duration of the school day, the following school celebration guidelines will be followed:

HWE Student Leadership

Students were able to apply to be on the HWE Student Leadership team in the fall.  Candidate applications were reviewed by a panel of HWE teachers, then selected based on their application and feedback from classroom teachers.  The Student Leadership team meets twice montlhy in the morning before school.  The team set a goal to brighten and enhance the HWE cafeteria.  The team hosted a candy cane sale in December to raise funds to support this goal.  Currently the team is working to obtain the necessary supplies to brighten and enhance our cafeteria.  Watch for cafeteria updates soon!

Cell Phone/Watches at School

Telephone/Cell Phone Use (Policy 5136) Students may use the office telephone for emergency situations and/or when granted permission. We ask that students make after school plans before they come to school. It can be disruptive to the learning when students need to use the phone to make after-school arrangements. In general, once the school year is underway and the students have become used to their schedule and classroom procedures, we do not allow them to call home for a forgotten assignment, library book, etc. This helps to minimize classroom interruptions and helps students to build responsibility for the items they need to bring to school. Personal cell phones and watches that can be used for texting purposes, need to be kept in lockers and turned off. If a student needs to use a phone, they are required to use the office phone.

Herbison Woods Elementary School Handbook • 2022-23 • Page 10

Water Bottles

Proper hydration is a key point for a healthy body.  Please make sure students bring a water bottle for the school day.  We do have water bottle filling stations available.  Please refrain from sending glass water bottles.

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.

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/humanresources#h.p_9LB3dEVe0irw 

to view and apply for this position.

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

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