The Spencer Scoop

Spencer Elementary September 25, 2020

News From the Office

Stay Safe

Thanks for completing the daily health survey. Mr.Renner does review these daily and cross-check absences along with making calls about discrepancies. Thanks for taking the time, your honesty, and keeping all of us safe.

So What Does Happen?

When a student comes to the office because he is not feeling well; we take their temperature. If it is 100.4 F or greater, a parent is called for immediate pick-up, and the student is moved to the quarantine room.

If the student has a temperature lower than 100.4 F, we begin to ask the student of other health concerns such as a new or worsening cough are they having shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. We then ask the parents if they have had close contact with individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you've traveled anywhere out of the state or country.

After, we ask the student, do they have a headache, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, do they have a runny nose or congestion, muscle or body aches, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If a student indicates they have two or more of the above symptoms, we quarantine him and call for immediate pick-up.

To return, we must have clinician documentation noting the date the student is safe to return or completed a 14-day quarantine and have improvement of symptoms and fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medication.

Please know the office staff handles each case with care and confidentiality. When in doubt, keep your child home, and please indicate on the attendance line why your child is not attending school.


The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are in the office. We do have a few extras available for purchase if you forgot to order one. They are $10 (cash only) and you can contact the office to reserve your copy.


For our BVA students who ordered a yearbook...You will be able to come up to Spencer this Wednesday, September 30 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM to pick up your students yearbook and art project from last year. The weather is looking like it will cooperate that day, so Ms. Lender will be out near the student drop off lane to distribute those items to you. To facilitate a smooth transaction, have the students name clearly printed on a piece of paper for Ms. Lender to see and she will give you your items.

Picture Day is Coming

Picture Day for our In-Person Roadrunners will be on Tuesday, October 13th. Picture Day for our Virtual (BVA) Roadrunners will be on Wednesday, October 14th from 9AM-Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room at Spencer. Our Picture Re-take Day is scheduled for December 1st.

Morning Announcements

Each day, Mr.Renner posts morning announcements for all Spencer Roadrunners. They are short, sweet, and to the point. This way, you can stay connected with us, whether near or far!

Click HERE to bookmark the Spencer Announcements.

Just a Few Loose Ends

Pick-up times in the afternoon are now 3:35 - 3:40. Still continue to pick up at your child's designated location.

Dash of Salt -Is coming back in October. More episodes about focus, what success looks like, how leadership is like boxing, and how asking questions isn't a bad thing.

We aren't able to have a lost and found for misplaced items. Please write your child's name on the belongings, so if they do get lost, we can get the item back to you.

We will have outside recess unless the weather is raining too hard, lightning, or thunder. Please be advised we'll head out most days.

Note From the PTO

Teacher Wish List

The PTO organized a signup genius for our heroes here at Spencer Elementary! Please help us show appreciation for them and fulfill these wish list items for your child's classroom or favorite staff member. Don't forget to use Amazon Smile as a portion of the sales goes back to the PTO! THANK YOU!

Pink Week

For those of you new to Spencer, our community has traditionally held a week long "pink week" to raise funds for local organizations that support cancer survivors/patients/families. This year the focus is on elevating community morale. We would love for everyone to participate in the pink out Friday October 9th, whether you purchase a shirt or wear one you already have.

PINK WEEK SHIRTS ARE READY TO BE ORDERED! Pink Week will be October 5th - 9th, with the "Pink Out" on Friday October 9th.


- if you are ordering for more than one child - CHOOSE ONE to have it delivered to. We are doing everything we can to help the schools with distribution.

- You may ship, pick up from our shop, deliver to school or deliver via BBFC. You will choose the product based on how you want to have your order delivered.

- you are welcome to come in to our shop to order. We have more options and products available for in store purchase only.

- This is a very quick turn around as Pink Week was just "approved" this morning - we appreciate your patience. Thank you.

Chipotle Night

Save the Date for our First PTO Restaurant Night of the year. Order from Chipotle in Brighton on Tuesday, October 20th from 5-9pm and 30% of the sales will be donated back to Spencer PTO.

The company is generously encouraging takeout and online orders. Use the code YL3PH2G when placing an order. We'll share more info as the date gets closer.

Annual Spencer T-Shirts

The beginning of the school year typically brings about our first fundraiser for the year, and along with it, our annual class t-shirts. Obviously, this year is going to look a little different. We will not be doing fundraising or asking for donations this year. Thanks to your generosity in past years, we have a bit of a surplus to get us through this year comfortably. That being said, the PTO will be giving each student (in-person and BVA) and staff member a class shirt. We ask that you please take a moment to fill out this form for each of your students so that they receive the proper size. (Please, no parent shirt orders this year.)

Shirt Order Form Here

Technology Resource Guide

Hi Spencer Families!

I am happy to supply you with an at-home technology resource that we hope you find helpful! We hope that it has addressed any questions that have come up in the past. If something is not addressed, we will add to this resource. Have a great day!

Mrs. Adams - teacher librarian

BAS Parent Technology Guide

Family Directory

Dear Spencer Families,

We are compiling a family directory for Spencer.

  1. Please fill out one form for each student.
  2. Only include the teacher's LAST name (for sorting purposes).
  3. Only fill out the information that you want to be included in the directory for other families.

We do not post this directory anywhere, it is a link sent to Spencer families upon request. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Mrs. Adams

Note From the Counselor

Counselor Corner!

Hello from your Elementary Counselors! We are so excited to welcome you all back for another amazing year! Although many things this year look different, we will continue supporting your children with Social-Emotional Learning. Our role will consist of classroom lessons, small group activities, individual support, and more. We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to continue the learning at home! Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions or concerns that you may have, and Mrs. Fox or Mrs. McKiddy will do their best to support your child.

Mrs. McKiddy Mrs. Fox

Spencer/Hornung Hilton/Hawkins

Note from the Cafeteria


When packing your student's lunchbox, please remember to pack straws, utensils, napkins, or any condiments they might need. We only have a limited supply (and no supply of any condiments this year) on hand in the cafeteria, and when it's gone we won't have any to share with your student.

September Lunch Menu

Drop Off Procedures

Please take a look and read over the drop-off materials. Please note, the first week, we will allow you to park and walk your child up to their teacher. We'll begin the week of Sept. 14. to ask remain in your car and drop and go to keep the flow. It will help relieve the traffic on Spencer road and allow the students to arrive on time. Once again, we have additional plans to help with traffic if needed.

If your child needs help to get out of the car, please park your car and assist them. Once they are out of the car please walk them to the crosswalk (not up to their door). Our staff cannot assist your child as they get out of the car.

Reminder we will not have adults outside until 8:40. Please do not drop off your child before then.

Thanks for your help,

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Resources from the DNR

The COVID 19 pandemic has added uncertainty and stress to all of our lives. Parents and teachers are adjusting to “getting back to school” either in person or virtually—and each week brings challenges and changes to the plan. With five of my own school-age children, I’ve experienced both in-person and virtual learning and the struggles that each of those bring.

In a normal year, DNR visitor center staff would be shifting focus to providing school education programs and hosting field trips for about 60,000 students. But this year, teachers have asked for other options. Our education team developed Nature at School –a series of live, virtual lessons with Michigan students whether they are in classrooms or at home.

These presentations include pre/post visit materials, correlate to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and incorporate important agency messaging. Best of all, we bring some of our state’s most amazing public lands to their school/home. Fourth graders in Detroit can learn about biodiversity from the Porkies and a high school in Kalamazoo can learn about forestry from Hartwick Pines.

Feel free to pass this along to teachers and parents in your community. These are free programs conducted by your DNR colleagues. Check out the website or share this video:

Important Dates at a Glance


30 - Virtual Learning Day


7 - Virtual Learning Day

13 - Picture Day

14 - Virtual Learning Day

14 - BVA Picture Day from 9:00 AM- Noon

20 - Chipotle Night from 5:00-9:00 PM

21 - Virtual Learning Day

28 - Virtual Learning Day

Daily Start Time

Student drop off will be 8:40 (this is different than years past)

First Bell - 8:46

Starting Time in class- 8:50 AM

Dismissal Time - 3:42 PM

Attendance Line*- 810-299-4354

*Please remember to call your child's absence in as early as possible.