Herbison Woods News

January 19, 2024

Principal:  Alicia Ormsbee

School Address:  Pride Dr, DeWitt, MI 48820

Office Phone Number:  517-668-3300

Attendance Phone Number:  517-668-3347

Website:  https://hw.dewittschools.net/ 

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Upcoming Events:

January 15 - 29:   Perception Survey Window

January 16 - 26: NWEA Testing Window

January 19 - 23: Acadience Testing

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

Happy New Year!  We are excited to be back for the second half of our school year!  Students have been getting back into routines, working on reviewing our school and classroom expectations, and taking our winter benchmark assessments. 

This past week has proven that the winter weather is upon us!  Students will be going outside for recess when temperatures are above zero degrees.  Please help to remind your child to bring proper outdoor gear for these cold temperatures.

Families received an email earlier this week with our annual perception survey. Please take a moment to complete the survey and provide your input. Your feedback is important to us!  This will help us to continue to improve serving our students and families.  The survey will be open through Monday, January 29.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

HWE Families,

Our year continues to move in a positive direction, as we have kicked off a behavior incentive for grade levels! Each grade level is working to construct a "snowman" by earning Panther Paws. For every 25 Panther Paws, a part of the snow man will be put on display. If a grade level "builds" a complete snowman by the end of February, they will earn an interactive and engaging assembly. Check in with your HWE student on how many Panther Paws their class has earned! Classes can earn Panther Paws by displaying respectful, responsible and safe behavior in all areas of the school. Thank you for always supporting our building and positive student behavior! 

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Updates from Mr. Rogers

Hello, HWE parents and families! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break, with plenty of time to celebrate with loved ones. We've had a wonderful week welcoming our students back at HWE; it's been fun to see kiddos in our building again! We are continuing SEL lessons and plan to start small groups to work on specific skills (emotional regulation, social skills, etc.) later this month. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your student(s). Thank you for helping make HWE such an awesome place to learn and grow!

Mr. Rogers

Recess and Lunch Positions

If you are interested in supervising recess, lunch or being a paraprofessional, we would love to have you join our team at Herbison Woods!

Please contact us at 517-668-3300.     http://jobs.dewittschools.net

Breakfast and Lunch

Lunch Menus can be found here:  https://dewittschools.nutrislice.com/

Breakfast and lunch is free this year for students.  All students can have one complete breakfast and one complete lunch per day.  The guidelines to receive free breakfast and/or lunch require a students to take items that meet the guidelines for a complete meal.  

Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria at Herbison Woods.

Option to Purchase Ala Carte Items:  In addition to free complete meals, extra entrees and ala carte items such as milk will be available for purchase if your student brings a meal from home. Students will need money in their accounts to do this.  There is a charge of $1.95 fee per $100, and .50 fee for multiple students with no transaction amt. cap to families who choose to use the online payment system.  Also, you can pay by E-Check for $1 fee per transaction with a $750 transaction cap. Also, there are deposit boxes located in all school buildings. 

Federal & State Funding Help:  DeWitt Public School District is excited to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students starting this new school year thanks to the Michigan Healthy School Meals Program! Even though meals will be provided for free, it's important for families to continue sharing household income information in order for our schools to receive full access to federal and state funding for educational programs that our students are entitled to.  Paper applications are available upon request.  Please contact Sandy Leach at leachsand@dewittschools.net or Marcy Updike at updikemar@dewittschools.netOnline applications can be completed at:  https://dewitt.familyportal.cloud.

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