The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: February 11, 2022

Morning Drop Off

When dropping off your student in the morning, please remember to pull your vehicle all the way forward in the drop off area in an effort to avoid traffic backups. Thank you for your cooperation.

A Dash of Salt - 10 Ways Halftime is More Refreshing Than a New Pair of Socks

In today's episode, I'll use the thoughts of a current NFL coach and my perspective as principal to provide some behind-the-scenes comparisons of why halftime is more important than just for entertainment. And as a bonus, you can use this new knowledge to show off with a general comment you toss out at your Super Bowl party to amaze your friends!


Click here to listen.

Calling in a Covid-19 Related Absence

When calling in your student's positive Covid -19 case, or to report that they are a close contact to a positive case in the home, it would help us if you could give us the dates of either 1) symptom onset or 2) the date of the positive test result. If your student is a close contact to a positive case in the home, tell us 1) if your student is able to isolate, and 2) the last date of contact from the positive case. This will help us to calculate a date of return for your student. We ask that you still follow the new reporting procedure explained in the next section, by submitting the Google Form to BAS. Thank you for your help with this as it will eliminate us having to call you to find out pertinent information.

New COVID-19 Reporting Procedure

(NEW) Process for Parents to Report a Positive Student COVID-19 Case
Please use the highlighted link below to report a positive student's COVID-19 case. The case needs to be reported on the form by the parent/guardian of a student with a positive COVID-19 case.


BAS COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting Form

Do Not Send Your Child to School If...

In the age of COVID-19 that we are living in, you can help keep all safe with a few easy steps:

If your child has any illness symptoms such as,


  • Fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Other early symptoms, including chills, body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, diarrhea, and nausea/ vomiting.

Stay home!

In addition, if someone in your household has recently been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting the results, we ask that you keep everyone home until the results are in.

Kindergarten Round Up

Note to Current Junior Kindergarten Parents

If your student is currently attending Jr. Kindergarten in Brighton Area Schools - you do not need to enroll them again. They will automatically roll up to the next grade level which is Kindergarten. The enrollment process is for NEW students only.
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Attention 4th Grade Families

Maltby Parent Orientation for Incoming 5th Grade Parents

Calling all current 4th Grade parents! The Maltby Parent Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. You will get information on scheduling, curriculum, Encore classes, lockers, lunch, bussing, and much more. See the document below for all the details...
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Vision Screening by LCHD

Vision Screening

Livingston County Health Department will be at Spencer for Vision Screening on March 9th & 10th for our 1st and 3rd grade students, along with any other students that a parent or teacher may request to have screened. Please call or email the office if you do not want your child to be screened or if you have a concern regarding your child's vision and your child is not in 1st or 3rd grade. If you have any questions regarding Vision Screening, you can call the Health Department at 517-546-9850.

PTO News


2021-22 PTO Board Members

Jen Lumsden - President

Nicole McGhee - Vice President

Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer

Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary

Meghann Calvin - Secretary


Food Drive

Our Annual Food Drive benefiting Bountiful Harvest kicked off on Monday. I am always blown away by the generosity of our Spencer Families! The food drive will run through the 28th, so keep sending those items in. Whichever grade racks up the most points by the end of the month will win a small prize from the PTO. Donations will be collected and counted weekly to assign points. Please take a look at the attached flier for the most needed (aka DOUBLE POINT) items. NO GLASS PLEASE!


STEAM Night

Our virtual STEAM Night with Leslie Science Center will be February 17th at 6:30pm. The interactive show will be one hour long and students will be able to do experiments along with the presenter, or on their own after. The materials list for the experiments that will be performed is attached. In addition to this fun event for all, if your student would still like to create their own STEAM based project to showcase to their friends, we will gladly accept videos of their presentations or pictures of art work to be shared on a Google Drive, similar to Talent Show videos. All students will receive a fun kit from the PTO to build their own catapult. These kits will be going home next week, along with the STEAM Night "badge".


Kindness Week

The district will be celebrating Kindness Week February 21-25. We will be doing COIN WARS during the week. All money collected will be donated to the I Will Right Now Foundation, which helps local families dealing with catastrophic events. Kindness week shirts and hoodies are available now through Ivory Vines. A portion of year's shirt sales will benefit The Carl Nagy Foundation and The Sunflower Project. Students are asked to wear shirts encouraging kindness on Friday, February 25th.


As always, please check out our Facebook page and/or website for the most up to date information this year.

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Lunch Information

Lunch

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.

Lunch Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested and available to volunteer at Spencer any weekday from 11:00 am until 1:45 pm please visit our February Sign Up Genius. You will find the link by clicking HERE.

Thank you! We appreciate your help!

The Spencer Office

Library News

Need Technological Help?

Do you have questions about accessing school links and applications at home? Do you need more guidance logging in, Google Classroom, Google Meet, or SeeSaw? If so, click the button before to access the BAS Parent Tech Guide.

Spencer Virtual Library/STEAM Center

Hi Roadrunner Families,


I have expanded our Virtual Library/STEAM Center, so that your children have access to more resources at home, connecting them to our Library. I hope they enjoy learning, staying engaged and staying connected with our Spencer Family! Have fun exploring!


Spencer Virtual Library/STEAM Center


~Mrs. Richards

Note From the Counselor

Counselor Corner!


Welcome to February, families! Here we are again with another month and another lesson topic for classrooms. We will be visiting students to talk about Kindness and Empathy. Brighton Area Schools recognizes Kindness Week during the month of February, and we will connect with students to practice by looking at multiple perspectives in order to gain a better understanding of how our actions impact others and the world around us. We will discuss how others feel and where they are coming from. This provides a way to learn what we can do to help our family, friends, and peers when they need us most. Spreading Kindness is always a favorite message of ours, and we hope you continue to spread this message at home with your words and actions.


Lets Connect: If you are noticing some behaviors that are interfering with your child’s success in the classroom, please feel free to complete my parent referral form and we can work together to determine if supports are needed here at school.


More Resources: We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home!

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy & Kindness


Mrs. McKiddy

Spencer/Hornung

mckiddb@brightonk12.com

Remember Your Family Pass

Please remember to bring your Family Pass with you each day you come to pick up your student. We frequently have substitute teachers that will not recognize you and will send you to the office to get a temporary pass. Lee Ann and I also ask that you also bring your Family Pass with you when you sign out your student from the office. If you forget your pass, you will need to bring in a photo ID. Thank you for your cooperation.

EVENTS AROUND THE DISTRICT

Events at the Brighton District Library

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BASE Foundation

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Brighton High School Musical Theater

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Brighton Girl's Lacrosse

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Important Dates at a Glance

February

7 to 21 - Spencer Food Drive

15 - Kindergarten Round Up from 6:30-8:00 PM

17 - (Virtual) STEAM Night at 6:30 PM

21 to 25 - Kindness Week


March

3 - Maltby Parent Orientation from 6:30-8:00 PM

4 - End of the 2nd Trimester

7 - NO SCHOOL - Records Day for Teachers

9 & 10 - Vision Screening for 1st & 3rd Graders

28 thru April 1 - Spring Break


April

4 - NO SCHOOL

5 - School Resumes

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 - 3:43 PM

Pick-up time: 3:40


Attendance Line*

810-299-4354

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