Herbison Woods News

March 1, 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/ 

District Diversity Logo Paw

Upcoming Events:

March 19: In Person Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 20: Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 21:  Half Day (11:42 Dismissal)

March 22 - 29:  No School - Spring Break

A Message from Mrs. Ormsbee

Greetings Herbison Woods Families!

We are excited to begin the month of March, as we begin our Reading Olympics for March is Reading Month.  The hallways are beginning to fill with decorations, and we are looking forward to activities and spirit days as we get our students excited about reading.  Please see below for specific information about the upcoming month.

Our spring Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for March 19 and 20.  We will be hosting both an in person and virtual night to accommodate various schedules.  A SignUp Genius will be sent out to families on Friday, March 8 to register for a time.  Please be looking for this in your email.  We look forward to discussing your child's progress with you.

Have a great weekend!


Alicia Ormsbee


A Note from Mrs. Nowak

Herbison Woods Families,

Students have been doing an amazing job earning class Panther Paws, and are so close to earning a fun assembly! Please continue to encourage your child to work hard and meet our expectations of respect, responsibility and safe behavior as a class. 

You might ask yourself why we often have an incentive or motivating factor for students to work for; shouldn't they just be motivated to make good choices just because? Research into behavior has shown that students (and adults!) respond more to positive reinforcement than negative. Think about reward cards you have for stores - you continue to shop in those places because they offer you an incentive for doing so. 

The same goes for our systems at Herbison Woods. We invest in students by teaching desired behaviors and then acknowledging positively (with Herbie Bucks, Panther Paws, words of praise, common goals, etc). Students will then see the connection and work to display those desired behaviors. Positive motivation doesn't always have to be items, sometimes just hearing the words, "I'm so proud of you," is just as powerful.

Thank you for supporting your child and our endeavors to see positive behavior choices at HWE!

In Partnership,

Rachel Nowak

Spring Picture Day

Spring Picture Day Announcement

Spring Picture Day is coming this week!

March is Reading Month

We are so excited here at HW to celebrate March is Reading Month!  Our theme for this year is The HW Reading Olympics - Go For The Gold! to celebrate both our love of reading and the upcoming summer Olympics in Paris this year!  The students will be decorating medals and torches to decorate the halls and competing in a school-wide competition to see whose class can ‘win’ the most medals using their reading logs.  There will also be spirit days to get everyone excited about reading.  

Below are links to our Spirit Days Calendar, Reading log, and Design Your Own Medal competition.  

Thank you for your support!


Spirit Day Calendar


Olympic Medal Design Contest


Reading Log

Hallway with Olympic torch banners

HWE is decorated for the Reading Olympics - Go for the Gold!

Reading Olympics bulletin board

Spring Book Fair

HWE's Spring Book Fair will be held the week of March 11th.  More information will be coming home with your students next week.  Here is a link to start exploring the online portion of the fair.  Literati Book Fair 

Book Fair Announcement

Car loop Reminders

If you are utilizing the car loop to pick up and/or drop off your student please remember:

Thank you for helping us to make the line as efficient as possible for our families.

Music Notes from Mrs. Broughton

HWE 5th Grade Choir Club Flyer (2).pdf

The Herbison Woods 5th Grade Choir Club is back! The HWE Choir Club is for 5th grade students who would like to try singing in a choir! This is a fun, no-pressure way to experience and learn fun songs, as well as the camaraderie of singing in a group! The choir will rehearse weekly after school on THURSDAYS from 3:35 p.m.- 4:40 p.m, starting APRIL 4th and running through MAY 23. The choir will culminate in a concert with the 6th grade choir on the evening of Thursday, May 23, as well as optional singing opportunities at a Lansing Lugnuts game and the DeWitt Community Showcase. The choir will be co-taught by Mrs. Broughton (HWE Music teacher) and Mrs. Schippers (DMS Choir teacher). Students who enroll in the class will receive a t-shirt to wear at the concert. If interested, please register online at fecc.dewiƩschools.net, the Community Ed office, or call (517) 668‐3460.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Broughton (broughtonb@dewittschools.net).

P. E. Corner

Herbison Woods students spent the month of February participating in the Kids Heart Challenge for the American Heart Association.  Along with learning about their heart, students also spent time learning about their heart and worked on cardiovascular activities.  I am happy to report that students raised $8,510.92 for the American Heart Association!  A quarter of all students finished Finn's Mission which included learning about Hands-Only CPR and Warning Signs of a Stroke lessons.  Congratulations on a very successful fundraiser!

Mr. Louisignau

PE Units of Study

Previous Unit: Heart Health and Cardio

Current Unit:: Floor Hockey Skills

Next Unit: Basketball

Herbie Buck Store Donations

Our Herbie buck store continues to motivate students to be respectful, responsible and safe. We are always accepting donations such as small candies, school supplies, small toys, etc. In addition, we have also put together an Amazon Wish List of items that we feel our students may enjoy.  We appreciate your generosity and are grateful for your support!

Order a Yearbook

Yearbook Advertisement.pdf

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: 


Learn About Herbison Woods

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