The Spencer Scoop
The Amazing Spencer Elementary: December 17, 2021
Surviving the Holidays
The holidays are a time for family gatherings, following and creating family traditions, and connecting. What happens when your family doesn’t look like what you see on Hallmark cards? What happens when you have a divided holiday? Today’s podcast will share tips, ideas, and resources for blended, separated, and divorced families. Click here to listen.
Do Not Send Your Child to School If...
If your child has any illness symptoms such as,
Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Shortness of breath
Other early symptoms, including chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea, and nausea/ vomiting.
Other reasons to remain home:
With the upcoming travel season upon us, if you are testing for travel purposes, please remain home until you receive your results even if you are asymptomatic. We are seeing a rise in asymptomatic positive COVID-19 cases.
If someone in your home has recently tested for COVID-19, keep everyone home until the results are in. If a positive test is revealed, everyone in-home needs to remain home for the full ten days.
Then, please call 810-299-4350 and let us know. You'll also want to complete the self-reporting link. The sooner this is done, the sooner Mr.Renner can process the paperwork.
The health department will notify Mr.Renner and share with him a return date for your child.
Please be diligent and do your part to keep all at Spencer safe.
News from the Music Room
You are invited to join Spencer Singers!
I am pleased to announce that Spencer Singers will once again be offered to 3rd grade students at Spencer Elementary. Spencer Singers is an organization open to 3rd and 4th graders who love singing and performing. During rehearsals, we will get ready with vocal warm ups and work on learning a collection of fun performance songs. The performance calendar for this year is still being developed. We will rehearse each Friday morning before school from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the music room. This will not interfere with Safety duties. Students should report to the music room (leaving their belongings in the hall) no earlier than 7:50 a.m. The first rehearsal will be Friday, January 14th.
Applications are being sent to all third grade students. There are no auditions or try-outs, but there are a limited number of students who can be accepted. Students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The only requirements are that students meet behavior and participation expectations during regular music classes and Spencer Singers rehearsals/events and can be at rehearsals at 8:00 a.m. Students who ride the bus should make other arrangements for transportation on Friday mornings as the buses do not arrive in time to rehearse.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions.
Congratulations to Ms. Lender!
Please join us in congratulating Jackie Lender as this month's Extraordinary Bulldog of the Month. Ms. Lender is a paraprofessional at Spencer. The following are some quotes from staff and students about this dedicated professional:
"Ms. Lender is not only the most amazing instructional assistant but overall just the most amazing person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She continuously goes above and beyond for her students and her colleagues. She makes even the worst days brighter and can always make you laugh. I can not say enough good things about Ms. Lender, and I know that Spencer would be lost without her support and guidance. Thank you Ms. Lender, for all that you do; we are so lucky to have you!"
"Ms. Lender is always flexible and dependable. She goes above and beyond day after day and accepts challenges when presented to her. She stays calm and consistent with all students. You can always depend on Ms. Lender for a good laugh!"
"Ms. Lender rocks because she is cool and very helpful. She helps me read." - Student
"Ms. Lender helps all kids with their learning." - student
"I am thankful for Ms. Lender because she is nice. She helps me learn." -student
"Ms. Lender is AMAZING! She has the kindest heart and is very dedicated to all students and their success (both emotionally and academically). Ms. Lender has a unique way of connecting with students and building positive relationships with all of them. Ms. Lender makes Spencer a better place!"
"Ms. Lender is always willing to help any student out; she is wonderful at building positive relationships with all students, and they have a great sense of trust in her. She approaches every situation with a positive can-do attitude and makes every day fun!"
"Ms. Lender has a can-do spirit and tenacity that is unmatchable. She remains flexible with assisting all students with her consistent attitude, "I got this!""
Thank you to Ms. Lender and all of our instructional assistants for making an impact every day. Please know how much you are appreciated!
2021-22 PTO Board Members
Jen Lumsden - President
Nicole McGhee - Vice President
Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer
Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary
Meghann Calvin - Secretary
Winter Break Bingo
Happy Holidays from the PTO! If you are looking for something fun to do, please enjoy this Winter Break Bingo (pictured below). Have your student return their Bingo card to their teacher after break for a fun little gift from the PTO.
Have a wonderful break!
NOTE: If your child is a COLD LUNCH, the cost of a milk is $.50. It is NOT FREE. If your child gets a HOT LUNCH, the milk is included in the free Federal grant lunch.
Virtual Library/STEAM Activities for Home!
Many of our students have asked if they can do our library activities at home, and the answer is YES! I create virtual choice boards each month for the students, and they are located on our Library website, along with other activities that we do during their Library/STEAM time each week. If you'd like them to explore at home, you can get to the Library website through the Spencer Elementary website under quick links or directly at http://spencerlsc.weebly.com/library-activities.html. Enjoy!
Note From the Counselor
Welcome to December! At this point in the year, we take time to recognize all that is important to us. I am incredibly grateful for the amazing students and families I am able to connect with and the fantastic support from the staff at our school. We have experienced many challenges this year, and I would like to help support in any way that I can. If you or your child's teacher are noticing any need for social-emotional or mental health support, please reach out to me for ideas or connections.
This month, I will be connecting with new student groups to continue Social-Emotional Growth on specific topics with student peers. I will also continue connecting with students in the classroom with lessons on problem solving strategies or visits for other classroom needs. We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home! Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions or concerns that you may have, and I will do my best to support your child.
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentReferral
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn