Herbison Woods News

February 2, 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:

February 19: No School

February 21: Early Release - CLT Day

March 1:  Half Day

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

This week at Herbison Woods, we wrapped up our NWEA and Acadience benchmark assessments.  We use this data throughout the year to help guide our classroom instruction and determine areas of need for individual students.  Reports will be coming home with students at the end of next week.

This week we also announced our January Students of the Month.  We were able to recognize 25 students for demonstrating being responsible, respectful and safe.  Students signed our Proud Panther mural in the hallway.  Congratulations to all who were recognized this month!

Have a great weekend!


Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

HWE Families,

Our behavior incentive is continuing and our snowmen/snowpeople are growing! That means 4th and 5th grade classrooms are being respectful, responsible and safe in all areas of the school. Make sure you encourage your HWE student to work with their class on continuing to earn Panther Paws. 

Also, ask your child about our new bus loop procedure. Cones and signs are out every morning to help students be safe and get settled before they enter the building. Students are even getting to be a part of the organization, as they help bring the cones and signs in. Although it might be a small thing, but having students ready to start their day in a positive way, helps every day be more successful. 

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Updates from Mr. Rogers

Hello, HWE parents and families! 

Happy winter, everyone! As we await the snow and cold weather that is surely coming (it IS coming, right?), a lot of exciting things are happening at HWE. We have continued with SEL lessons, which offers me the opportunity to spend time in each classroom. Small groups will be starting this month and I think we are all counting down the days until Spring Break. As always, it is great to be a HWE Panther! 

Mr. Rogers

January Students of the Month

Students standing in front of a proud panther mural

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for January.   Students were nominated by teachers for being Respectful, Responsible and Safe.  Students had the opportunity to sign our Proud Panther mural in the hallway.

Students standing in front of a proud panther mural
Student writing their name on a mural
Students writing their names on a mural
Student writing their name on a mural

4th Grade - Mrs. Jones's Class and Mrs. Cantu's Class

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Incubator with Quail Eggs

Fourth graders in Mrs. Jones’s class and Mrs. Cantu's class have been monitoring their incubators for 17 days and welcomed their first Coturnix quail chicks this week! 

5th Grade Instrument Fittings

Band letter to families

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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