Herbison Woods News

December 22, 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:

December 22-January 7:   No School-Winter Break

January 8:   School Resumes

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

The energy and excitement in the building the past week has been incredible.   This is always such a fun time of the year.  With winter break beginning, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season!  Take the time to relax, reset, and make memories with your loved ones.  

Shortly after we return in January, we will be jumping into our NWEA and Acadience benchmark assessments.  We will notify you of the specific dates upon our return.  It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with your child.  Thank you for your partnership in their education!

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season,

Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

HWE Families,

I wish you a wonderful time to reset with your families and take a break from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. When your HWE kid returns in January, they will get a chance to review our behavior expectations and have a fresh start to the new year. We will also be kicking off a new incentive for classrooms to earn Panther Paw awards. It will be an exciting time at HWE and there is a lot to look forward to in 2024!

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Updates from Mr. Rogers

Hello, HWE family and friends! 

I just returned from a two week paternity leave, as my Wife and I welcomed our sweet little daughter into the world! As you can imagine, there's been lots of diaper changes, baby snuggles, and missed sleep in the Rogers household.  After we return from break, we'll be starting small group lessons for students who would benefit from learning some specific interpersonal skills. As always, it is great to be a HWE Panther! 

Mr. Rogers

PTA News

An Update from our DeWitt PTA:

Guess What? Our PTA has recently earned a STEM grant from the National Parent Teacher Association. This funding will allow us to implement a STEM + Families Propelling Our World Program. We’re thrilled to have been chosen and can’t wait to plan activities that engage, inspire and support OUR elementary families and community. Over the coming months we will share more information about plans for this program.


Upcoming Events:

1/9/24: Meeting at Herbison Woods Media Center 7-8pm

1/17/24: Winterfest Snow Event


Don’t forget to follow our facebook page to stay in the know of our upcoming events! https://www.facebook.com/ptadewitt  

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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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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