For Parents

Greetings Parents,

Let me introduce myself

I would like to take a minute and introduce myself to you. My name is Shawn Veitch, and I will be serving as the principal of Dutton Elementary. I have experienced so many great things about Dutton and look forward to continuing the same programs that have made Dutton Elementary such a great place to learn. I have been in the field of education for ten years. I taught 5th grade at West Elementary in Lakewood for one year before coming to Caledonia. I taught 7th grade math and science at Duncan Lake Middle School for six years, and was the head wrestling coach for five years. In 2012-2013, I was the assistant principal at Thornapple Kellogg Middle School which taught me a lot on how to be an administrator.  

My family

I have been here at Dutton Elementary since 2014 and look forward to MANY more years!  My wife, Lindsay, and I reside in Caledonia with our two sons, Evan and Ian.  We also have two dogs, Ella and William. Lindsay teaches 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts at Duncan Lake Middle School in Caledonia. In my free time, I love the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, hunting and fly fishing. But most importantly, my wife and I love watching and supporting the Michigan State Spartans and the Detroit Tigers!

My main goals

One of my main goals as principal is taking care of our staff at Dutton so that they, in turn, take good care of the children entrusted to us. We have an excellent staff at Dutton Elementary. You will not find a more caring and dedicated group of professional educators. We will take good care of your children.

The success of Dutton

The success of Dutton Elementary is a direct reflection of the support of you, the parents. We always need your help and will have various opportunities and needs for volunteers throughout the school year. Please contact the office or myself if you would like to lend a hand.

I look forward to a great school year.  Please let me know if I can be of any help.

Shawn Veitch, Principal
Dutton Elementary

This year, all Kent County Schools have agreed to a common policy regarding attendance in our schools. The theme Kent ISD is using this year is “Strive for Five”.  Accompanying the change in policy is the addition of the term, “chronic absenteeism,” which is missing 10% or more of the instructional days at any point in the calendar year. Essentially, the hope of the ISD and surrounding schools, including Caledonia Community Schools, is to have students present for instruction as often as possible (i.e., missing 5 days or less - “Strive for Five”).

Should a student miss five days for medical appointments, illness, etc., parents will receive a letter informing them of the accumulated absences. If your child misses 10 school days, a referral will be made to Kent ISD. At that time, parents will be encouraged to meet with their building principal to create a plan for improved attendance.  In the event attendance continues to be problematic, and reach the point of 15 days, further action will be taken including a second referral to the ISD.

As always, our plan is to work with our parents. We recognize that at times there are extenuating circumstances which prohibit children from being in school. The intent, however is that your child is in school when possible. Please make sure to provide the school with documentation if your child visits a medical professional (e.g., letter from the dentist, pediatrician, etc.). Ultimately, the goal is for our students to take in all of the instruction available to them.  Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.

What Will Your Child Learn At School?

The Michigan Department of Education has established standards and benchmarks that all school districts must follow.  School districts are given the flexibility to choose their own textbooks, resources, materials, and methods, but all schools must teach the State Standards. These standards and benchmarks can be found within the Michigan Merit Curriculum and are assessed through the MSTEP and SAT tests.   Caledonia Community Schools meets these State Standard requirements by following our district curriculum which is correlated with the Michigan Merit Curriculum.

K-12 English Language Arts Standards

K-12 Math Standards

K-12 Science Standards

K-12 Social Studies Standards

Arts Standards

Physical Education Standards

K-8 Health Standards

Welcome! We are enjoying our beautiful new library. Come a take a look!

Use Our Library Program from Home

The Caledonia schools have begun using a new web-based library program called Destiny. This program can be accessed anywhere you have internet. You can see what books your student has checked out, their cost if they are lost, and see a history of all the books they have checked out from the Dutton library. Your student can also make a personal list of books they would like to check out to use when they come to library, hold a book if it is checked out, and they can recommend a book to others or write a review. To log onto this program, click the link found here and choose Dutton Elementary. Login in the upper right corner. The user name is your student's FirstNameLastName with no spaces. The password is their student ID number. Check out our exciting new program with them! 

External LinkDestiny Link

Birthday Book Club

Birthday Book Club is back in the library this year. Is your student's birthday coming up? You can donate a book in their honor to the Dutton library. The books are only $5. Your child will be the first one to check out the book they select, and will get a special label inside that says it is donated by them. Come check out the books that are available in the library, or see the list of them on Destiny. On the catalog tab, choose resource lists and then public lists to view the list of birthday book club books.

Before / After School Drop off / Pick Up


(Students are expected to be in their classrooms and ready to learn at 8:50 a.m.)

*Please note- Lower El is kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade

Upper El is 3rd, 4th and 5th grade

Before School: 

Drop off...Doors open at 8:35 a.m. for students who eat breakfast and 8:40 a.m for all students.-  When you bring your child to school, there are two ways you can drop your kids off. 

Option 1 is driving through our car line (this is the preferred option).  As soon as your car reaches the sidewalk beginning at the greenhouse and comes to a complete stop, please have your child exit on the passenger side of your car and walk down the sidewalk.  Your child/ren will enter our school at the lobby entryway wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.  Once your child/ren enter the building, there are hand sanitizers mounted on the wall.  Please let your child/ren know they must sanitize every time they enter the building. 

Option 2 is if you choose to park in the parking lot and walk your child to the door.  If you have a child in grades 1-5, please walk them to the lobby entryway door (Adults must remain outside).  If you have a Kindergarten student, please walk with them on the sidewalk by the gymnasium.  Right outside the gymnasium entry will be our “Hug Zone” for parents to give their new Kindergarten student one final hug before entering the building.  Again, once your child has entered the building, they are expected to sanitize.  If you choose to walk your child to the doors, please hold your child’s hand and use our crosswalk in the parking lot..  YOU MAY NOT USE THE MAIN OFFICE ENTRYWAY BETWEEN 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. AND 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m..  We have to keep that entryway open for ONLY students that ride the bus.

Once in the school, our students are expected to go either directly to the cafeteria if they are eating breakfast or to their classroom.  Lower El students will eat breakfast in the cafeteria, while Upper El students will pick up their breakfast from the cafeteria and take it to their classroom to eat.  Students need to be in their classrooms ready to learn by 8:50 a.m.

SCHOOL ENDS AT 3:45 p.m.

(Kindergarten students start preparing to leave at approximately 3:40 p.m., 1st and 2nd 3:42 p.m., and 3rd, 4th and 5th at 3:45 p.m.)

After School:

Parent pick up...If you use our drive up number system and you only have a child in grades Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, you may arrive at 3:40 p.m.  If you have a child that you pick up in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, please arrive at 3:45 p.m. to pick your kids up.  If you have multiple students in both Lower El and Upper El, please arrive at 3:45 p.m.  This will help to keep everyone safe and avoid back ups on 68th street.  If you had a number from previous years at Dutton, you may continue to use that number.  For families who would like to be considered to have a drive up number, the criteria would be:

If you have any type of disability where getting out of the car is difficult for you

If you have kids under the age of 5 in your car with you while picking up your Dutton Elementary child

If you are School of Choice student

These three bullets are our top criteria.  If you meet any of these bullets for criteria, please email Haley Pickard at and we will get a number for you.  If you simply would like to ask for a number and be put on a wait list (you do not meet the criteria required but would really like this option), you may also email Haley and if we have open numbers, we will assign them based first come, first served.

If you park in our parking lot and historically would have come inside to pick up your child/ren, this process has changed for this year.  You will walk up our sidewalk by the gymnasium.  Once you get to the door, you will need to hold up your ID/or parent pick up number (these will be given out to you during the first two weeks of school) to the glass door.  Please let us know who you are picking up (student/s name/s).  We will have an adult inside that verifies your ID/PPU number and get your child for you inside the gymnasium.  Your child will walk out the door and have direct contact with you.  Please make sure while you are waiting in line to pick up your child that you maintain social distance (wear a mask if you willing) and wait on the right side of the sidewalk tight to the gymnasium wall.  If you have a child in just lower el, you may begin lining up at 3:40 p.m.  If you have either a combination of lower el and upper el or just an upper el student, you may begin lining up at 3:45 p.m.  Please make sure to be patient, wait in line and make sure our support staff checks your child/ren off the list for parent pick up.  This is important so we can make sure to keep all our kids accounted for. 


Unplanned or Random Pick Up of your child/ren:

If you are picking up your child but do NOT have a parent pick up number, you will need to call the office before 3:00 p.m. to let us know.  Our office staff will verify that you are on the approved contact list on Power School and then relay that information to our Parent Pick Up staff member/s.  Once you have called the office and been approved, please follow our instructions for picking up your child by the gymnasium entry.

The safety of our students is always my number one concern.  I appreciate everyone working together following a system so everyone is safe and exits our school with a smile :)


Engaging Our School Community

One of our specific missions is to engage our school community.  We seek to engage our community through various partnerships and volunteering is one of the critical components.

Caledonia has a rich history of support from parents, relatives, and the community. Volunteering makes a tremendous impact in the lives of our students across the district. 

If you are interested in volunteering we ask that you carefully read the Volunteer Information and Guidelines Handbook and simply fill out the required forms. Both forms are located at the end of the handbook, which can be found at the link below.

Thank you for your commitment to Caledonia Community Schools and the lives of our students.

District Volunteer Guidelines Handbook and required forms

PDF DocumentVolunteer Handbook and application 2018-19

Welcome! Kindergarten is such a wonderful experience. There is so much mystery attached to the grade, primarily because it is the first school year for many children. To help answer some questions associated with the kindergarten experience, please visit the links below. For further details about kindergarten, please call the school office at 616-698-8982.

PDF DocumentEntry Into Kindergarten

PDF DocumentHow Can I Be Engaged?

PDF DocumentHow Do I Know?

PDF DocumentWhat Can I Do At Home?

PDF DocumentWhat Will My Child Do?

PDF DocumentWhat Will My Child Learn?

PDF DocumentWhy Play?

Notice Of Nondiscrimination 

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information in its educational programs or activities.

The Board also does not discriminate in its employment policies and practices as they relate to students and does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

Equal educational opportunities are available to all students, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any legitimate objective of the program/activity), religion, ancestry, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this District. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.

If a person believes that s/he has been discriminated/retaliated against or denied equal opportunity or access to the District's programs, activities or services, the person is encouraged to report the incident to district personnel.  The following individuals serve as District Compliance Officers (CO's) and will assist anyone who has questions or concerns:

Darrell Kingsbury, Assistant Superintendent

External LinkU.S. Department of Education

PDF DocumentNondiscrimination/Title IX Handbook

PDF DocumentNondiscrimination/Title IX Policy