Herbison Woods News

October 20, 2023

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/ 

District Diversity Logo Paw

Upcoming Events:

November 1: No school - full day of Professional Development for Certified Staff

November 3: Color Run

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

Fall brings so many activities and opportunities for our students. Last week, we kicked off our Color Run Fundraiser with a schoolwide assembly on Friday, October 13.  Our annual Color Run is scheduled for Friday, November 3rd.  Please see below for more details regarding the event.   In the event of inclement weather, our activity will remain the same day, and be altered to accommodate various indoor activities for students.

In the coming week, students will have the opportunity to see a preview of the high school production of Oklahoma.  We are excited for students to have this opportunity!  We would like to thank the high school and Ms. Eldred for inviting our students to participate.

With Halloween only a couple of weeks away, please remember to review the party and costume guidelines outlined below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. 


Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

Herbison Woods Families,

Has your 4th or 5th grader come home sharing how many Panther Paws their class has? If not, ask them! At Herbison Woods, we have many motivators to encourage individuals and classes to make responsible, respectful and safe choices. One of those motivators is our Panther Paw class awards. As a class obtains a certain number, they earn a reward. Mr. Rogers and I get the pleasure of going into classes once they have earned 40. Ask your child what their class has earned and how they can help earn more as a group. 

One area of the school students are working hard to have respectful, responsible and safe choices is the cafeteria at breakfast. Please remind your HWE student that only those going to eat breakfast should enter the cafeteria, no matter how cold it is in the morning! Also, remind them that picking up after themselves is an expectation; all trash should be put in bins and not left at tables. Thank you for your support with this!

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Annual Color Run Fundraiser

The annual Herbison Woods Color Run fundraiser is scheduled for Friday, November 3rdStudents will run through a course, as teachers splash them with colored powder. 

Herbison Woods Elementary Color Run Pledge Details: 


Envelopes and money are due to the school by: Wednesday, November 8

See the main page for our website for more information!

P. E. Corner

Students are in the middle of their first Sport-Specific Unit: Flag Football.  It's great timing because Flag Football was just announced as one of the new Olympic games for 2028!

Please help your student remember to be properly equipped for their P.E. days!  I am seeing an increase of non-athletic shoes in class, and these will increase the risk of injury.  If you need help purchasing athletic shoes for your student please contact me directly.

Previous Unit of Study: Pre-Physical Fitness Testing

Current Unit of Study: Flag Football

Next Up: Bowling

Go Panthers!

Mr. Louisignau

Art Announcements

Dear Herbison Woods Families,

Herbison Woods students have been working on an art piece for the Original Works Art fundraiser. They will be bringing home their artwork and information on how to order items with their awesome artwork this week. Please consider supporting the visual arts by ordering a keepsake or possibly a gift for the holidays! To guarantee order delivery before the holidays, all orders must be placed by October 30th. Ordering is done online. Just follow the directions on the order form. If you have any questions please contact me at lindsay@dewittschools.net .


Mr. Lindsay

Spotlight - Ms.  Cantu's Class

4th graders participated in a makerspace after finishing the novel they were reading as a class.  They worked together to plan, design, and build an item that would help the main character solve one of his problems in the story.  They wrote about the reading and recorded videos to share their projects. 

Students creating Makerspace Projects
Students creating makerspace projects
Students creating makerspace projects
Makerspace projects
Snacks donated to PTA

PTA News

Thank you to all who came out Monster Mash last Friday, it was a blast! We are excited to announce that all the Elementary buildings now have snack pantries loaded with snacks! Thank you to all who donated! We appreciate you and hope to have more family events in the future. 

Our next Event is Denim & Diamonds on 11/11. This is our one and only fundraiser. Funds raised will go back into the schools through building allocations, and teacher grants. We have some awesome parent coordinators who have volunteered to organize classroom baskets. Please consider donating to your child’s classroom auction basket/item. We appreciate your support! 

Event Tickets: https://dewittelempta.memberhub.com/store/items/933889

Event Page: https://shorturl.at/nvT39

Want more information on getting involved, Contact Us: Info@ptadewitt.org

Halloween, Celebrations and Parties

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: 

Book Fair Notice 1 (1).pdf

Book Fair is coming to HWE

Mark your calendars!  The book fair is coming to Herbison Woods Elementary School October 30 - November 3 in our media center.

Music Notes from Ms. Broughton

Recorder playing begins this coming week in music class! If your child needs a recorder, please remember they can be purchased with a $5 donation (cash, check made out to Herbison Woods elementary, or credit card through Rev Track https://dewittschools.revtrak.net/herbison-woods-elementary/#/list). If your child has a recorder at home, please remind them to bring them to school starting on Monday.

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

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7 at Herbison Woods.

Carloop Reminders

Reminders :

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.

Volunteering at DPS

Medication Information

In order for Herbison Woods Staff to administer medication to your child, you must:


If your child will be absent from school, please call the Herbison Woods attendance line at: 


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