The Spencer Scoop
The Amazing Spencer Elementary: January 28, 2022
A Dash of Salt - How to Stay Calm
Disappointments are a part of life. Whether it's the person who steals your parking spot or the person who doesn't pull forward in the drop-off lane, it's essential to remain calm, level-headed, and keep our composure as best as we can. Might you be relieved to hear that anger is a healthy emotion?
So, how do you stay calm when people and kids make what we think are foolish positions? Today's episode will help you understand the brain and the three states your body goes through. Knowing this will aid you in staying calm and make it appear you have ice in your veins, no matter what your child does.
Click here to listen.
Remember Your Family Pass
Calling in a Covid-19 Related Absence (Updated)
When calling in to report that your student in a close contact to a positive case in the home, please let us know if your child can isolate from the positive case and the last date of contact with the positive case. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.
We Could Use Your Help
1) The Food Pantry - we are looking for a volunteer to periodically clean out and organize the Food Pantry located outside near Door #1.
2) The Free Library - we are looking for a volunteer to periodically organize the Free Library located outside near Door #1.
3) The Lost & Found - we are looking for volunteer(s) to periodically go through the Lost & Found which is located off the playground outside Door #21, and look for items that might have a name in them so we can get them back to the owner, post pictures of the items on the Spencer PTO Facebook page, and donate unclaimed items.
Thank you to Mrs. Kivisto who volunteered to handle the Spencer sign! We appreciate you!!
Please call the office if you are able to lend a hand in any one of these areas. Your help is greatly appreciated.
LAST DAY to Order a Jostens Yearbook
Kindergarten Round Up
2021-22 PTO Board Members
Jen Lumsden - President
Nicole McGhee - Vice President
Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer
Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary
Meghann Calvin - Secretary
February is fast approaching and we have a lot planned!
Spencer Elementary Food Drive
Our Annual Food Drive benefitting Bountiful Harvest will be kicking off on February 7th and will run through the 28th. This is always a fun competition for the kids. Whichever class 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!
The Family event for this month is STEAM Night. We have moved this to a virtual event. We will be having a live zoom event with Leslie Science Center on February 17th at 6:30pm. The show will be one hour long. We will be sending home materials lists for the live show so your student(s) can participate in the experiments along with the presenter (or on their own later!) In addition to this fun event for all, if your student would still like to create their OWN experiment to show their friends, we will gladly accept videos of their presentations to be shared on a Google Drive, similar to Talent Show videos. Look for an information sheet regarding STEAM Night next week.
The next PTO Meeting is February 8th at 4:00pm. Childcare will be provided.
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
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.
Round 2 of the Spencer Family Directory 21/22 - Now Open!!
Spencer Virtual Library/STEAM Center
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!
Note From the Counselor
Happy New Year from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs. McKiddy! We hope you had a well rested, and memory filled, time with your loved ones. For the month of January we are diving into mindfulness, yoga, and other practices that treat the mind, body, and soul. The goal of these lessons is to promote self-regulation and self-reflection in our young learners, as well as to practice a sense of peace and calm during our days.
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!
Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentRequest
Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn