The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: March 25, 2022

Spring Break is HERE!

Just a reminder that there is NO SCHOOL Monday, March 28th through Monday, April 4th. We will see you back at Spencer on Tuesday, April 5th.

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Parking Lot Concerns

As you may know, our parking lot is a bit undesirable at the end of the day. Our once lush green grass has now resembles a Faster Horses Music Festival parking area, complete with mud from winter's thaw.

To help, we are adding two new parking areas.

Area one will be near the small lot closest to the playground. We are going to level the ground with machinery and bring in some additional crushed gravel to assist with parking.

The second area is in the fire lane near the front of the school, where you'll be able to park on the left side of the fire lane, which will still allow emergency vehicles to flow through in case of an emergency.


To help preserve the other areas of the school, we will block these areas off for our return to school after spring break. There will be no parking in the areas indicated on the map.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility in advance as we all make adjustments to keep Spencer beautiful.

Note from the Music Room

Save the Date...

The 4th Grade Music Night will be held on Monday, April 25th at 6:00 PM in the Spencer gym. More details coming soon...

PTO News

2021-22 PTO Board Members

Jen Lumsden - President

Nicole McGhee - Vice President

Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer

Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary

Meghann Calvin - Secretary


McDONALD'S DINE OUT NIGHT: Thanks to everyone who visited McDonald's Tuesday night. We earned $593.16 to go toward the 4th Grade Farewell!


PTO BOARD NOMINATIONS: Interested in serving on the PTO Board next year? Please let us know! If you have interest in serving in any position, contact me at hietikko.j@gmail.com. Nominations will remain open through April 8th and voting will take place at the April 12 PTO Meeting.


ART NIGHT: Our April Family Night is an Arts and Crafts night on April 11th, 6-8pm in the gym. We will have six different arts and crafts stations for the kids, as well as a cute photo booth. This is a new event this year, so come try it out! We will need volunteers at each station, and a few for set up and clean up. Please check out the signup genius here to help!


AUCTION/CARNIVAL: The 33rd Annual Auction and Carnival is May 7th. This is a family event that consists of both a live and silent auction, as well as carnival type games and activities for the kids. This event serves as our main fundraiser for the year. We are still looking for game sponsors and/or donations! If you or your company are interested in helping with one of these items, please see the attached letters. As a PTO, we reach out to hundreds of local businesses for sponsorships and donations. However, individual families may make donations as well. Ideas of some items we would love to receive are:


  • Tickets to sporting events (are you a season pass holder, but cannot make a particular game? We'd be glad to take those extra tickets off your hands!)
  • Tickets to shows (concerts, plays, etc)
  • Do you own an AirBnB or VRBO property that you would be willing to donate a weekend stay at?
  • Baskets of anything you think others would love
  • Handmade items

This year, we are highlighting all our sponsors and donors on our website. Please take a look here to see who has made a contribution to date! We will attempt to keep this up to date as items come in.


One of the highlights of the silent auction are the classroom projects. Each year, we ask volunteers to plan a project to create with their child's class. Each project will involve all the children within a classroom in some way. We are still looking for class project leaders! Please see the sign up here! We ask that you coordinate with your child's teacher on ideas, then run it past Amber Blum akblum@hotmail.com prior to starting to prevent having many of the same type of project. Some projects from years past are attached. All projects are due May 1st.


UPCOMING DATES:

4/11: Art Night 6-8pm

4/12: PTO Meeting - Voting in next years Board Members

4/19: Mod Pizza Dine Out Night (benefits 4th Grade Farewell)

5/7: Auction/Carnival 4-7pm

5/10: PTO Meeting

6/9: Ice Cream Social

6/14: Field Day

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 for April

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

Thank you! We appreciate your help!

The Spencer Office

Library News

March is Reading Month

Hi Spencer Families! March is Reading Month has been very successful! Our Starbooks cafe was a hit, and we ended the month with Seussville STEAM week. And, the Roadrunners' Reading Wall of Fame is coming along nicely! Your student(s) can catch up on the Library Activities Calendar (see link below) over break to get their prizes and picture added to the wall after Spring Break. Don't forget to use your Culver's ice cream and kids meal coupons that they've earned by April 15th. Thank you for supporting reading at home, and have a wonderful Spring Break!


~Mrs. Richards

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!


Here we are in March, ready for some sunshine and warmer weather! This month, we will be visiting classrooms for some Read Alouds and social-emotional stories for Reading Month. We are doing our best to meet the needs of students and classrooms by providing additional support with student groups and individual concerns. During this time of the year, needs are high and many students are requiring additional connections. Our goal for this month is to more directly meet the needs of our students during this stretch of the year when we all need a little more TLC.


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!

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Mrs. McKiddy

Spencer/Hornung

mckiddb@brightonk12.com


https://sites.google.com/brightonk12.com/bas-elementary-counseling/home

Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentReferral

Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn

EVENTS AROUND THE DISTRICT

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Important Dates at a Glance

March

28 - April 4 - Spring Break


April

5 - School Resumes

11 - Art Night from 6:00-8:00 PM

12 - PTO Meeting at 4:00 PM in the Media Center

25 - 4th Grade Music Night at 6:00 PM (more info coming soon...)

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.