Herbison Woods News

November 6, 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/ 

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Upcoming Events:

November 7: Picture Retake Day

November 13: 9:30 - Veterans Day Assembly

November 14 and 16: Parent Teacher Conferences at HWE

November 17: Half day of School

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Recess - No School

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

It has been a busy couple of weeks at Herbison Woods Elementary!  Our fall activities have included, fall/Halloween parties, a preview of the Oklahoma musical at the high school, an assembly with author Jonathan Rand, and our annual Color Run.  The students have been full of excitement and energy.  We are now getting ready to honor our Veterans at an assembly on Monday, November 13 at 9:30.  If you or a family member are a veteran and would like to attend, please fill out the following form.  We are asking for our guests to arrive at 9:15 am.   

We are quickly approaching Parent Teacher Conferences.   Please sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher.  We look forward to meeting with you!


Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

Herbison Woods Families,

Thank you for your support of the Color Run! We are excited to see students benefit from your generous donations and the donations of community partners. 

Do you ever struggle to get your child to tell you anything about their day? Do you often hear the response of, "Good," when you ask your child about their day at Herbison Woods Elementary? One resource that you could start to use as a conversation starter is your child's planner. Not only is it an amazing organizational tool, but many classrooms use it as a way to communicate with families about what happened during the day. Designate a spot in your house for your 4th or 5th grader to put their planner and take a minute (or less!) to review what's inside. By knowing what your child is doing, you can have a more purposeful conversation and get more details about your child's day.

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Updates from Mr. Rogers

Hello, HWE family and friends! 

What an exciting and candy-filled week. In addition to multiple class parties, we've been chugging along with SEL Lessons. This week we talked about the different needs students have throughout our building and how to support each other. We've also gathered our SABERS data and are utilizing it to provide interventions for students that need assistance. 

It is an honor to work alongside such an incredible team as we serve our amazing kiddos! 

Color Run Fundraiser

The annual Color Run Fundraiser was a huge success.  Students and staff had a fun-filled afternoon.  Donations can still be made using the following link: https://dewittschools.revtrak.net/herbison-woods-elementary/#/f/color-run or by sending in your child's envelope and pledge sheet by Wednesday, November 8th.   A special thank you to West Orthodontics for their generous donation to the event.

Jonathan Rand Assembly

One of our fourth grade students won a drawing for a visit to our school from author Jonathan Rand.  All of our fourth and fifth graders were able to enjoy an assembly and order signed copies of his books.

Author Assembly
Author Assembly - students in stands

Spotlight - Ms. Jones' Class

As they prepared for the festivities of the fall, students in Ms. Jones' Class decorated pumpkins this month.  There was a pumpkin patch displayed outside the classroom for all to see.

Decorated pumpkin
Decorated pumpkin
Decorated pumpkin
Decorated pumpkin
D&D Flyer for Schools.pdf

PTA News

Denim & Diamonds is just a week away!  Do you have your ticket yet? See attached flyer for details or visit our event page below. We are still in desperate need of volunteers to pull this amazing night off. Please consider helping out by following the link below. 

Event Page: https://facebook.com/events/s/denim-diamonds-2023/255121676981267/?mibextid=RQdjqZ

Tickets: https://dewittelempta.memberhub.com/store/items/933889
Volunteer Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094CA8A928AB9-45029811-2023

Important Upcoming Dates

11/7 : General Meeting at 7:00pm in the Media Center at Herbison Woods 

11/10: Basket drop off  

11/11: Denim & Diamonds Silent Auction

Questions or want more information, contact us: info@ptadewitt.org

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Cuisine

Please be sure to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or the front office at: 517-668-3300.

Our DeWitt Elementary  PTA provides teachers dinner on conference nights called Conference Cuisine.  It is  a special treat for our team, with only a half hour between school dismissal and conferences both nights.  Here is a message from the PTA looking for your help: 

Dear Herbison Woods Families, 

Every year, parents help provide meals to feed our staff during parent/teacher conferences.  Fall conference dates for Herbison are November 14th & 16th. If you would like to help, please use this link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094CA8A928AB9-45829653-2023

The PTA and Herbison Woods Staff THANK YOU for your support

If you have any questions, please contact your Herbison Woods Building Representatives:

Julie Nye- 217.721.8018 julienye2@gmail.com

Rheanna Klunzinger- 248.974.7944 rheannaklunzinger@yahoo.com

Krista Howard- 517.575.5003 president@ptadewitt.org

Thanks again!

Preview of Oklahoma!

The students at Herbison Woods had the opportunity to visit DHS, as they experienced a preview of Oklahoma from the high school students.  This was an amazing opportunity for our students to hear and see the great things happening at the high school.  They were a great audience for the cast!

Students in a musical
Students in a musical

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.

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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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