The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: February 17, 2022

Virtual STEAM Night is TONIGHT!

Reminder! Virtual STEAM Night is TONIGHT! Scroll down to the PTO portion of the Scoop for all the details!

Extra Change of Clothes

There are many, many puddles on the playground, so we are asking that you please pack an extra change of clothes with your student each day. That way if your student finds one of the puddles outside, they can change into dry clothes and we won't have to call you to run up a change of clothing. Thank you for your help with this.

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.

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 is still going! Now through February 28th, send canned or boxed goods with your student, if you wish to participate. Donations will be collected and counted weekly to assign points. Whichever grade racks up the most points by the end of the month will win a small prize from the PTO. Please take a look at the attached flier for the most needed (aka DOUBLE POINT) items. NO GLASS PLEASE! Additionally, we have been asked if we could accept monetary donations. If you would like to donate that way, you can donate via PayPal here. Monetary donations will count as double points as well. (You must include your grade and Spencer Elementary in the comments of your donation for it to be counted.)

VIRTUAL STEAM NIGHT: Our virtual STEAM Night with Leslie Science Center will be TONIGHT, February 17th at 6:30pm. The LSC has customized a virtual STEAM night just for Spencer families! There will be four activities that students can try at home if they'd like to work along with the presenters. Please gather materials ahead of time. (See attached materials list.)

What: Virtual STEAM Night with The Leslie Science Center

When: Thursday, 2/17 from 6:30-7:30pm

Where: Zoom

Ann Arbor Hands-On Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 361 329 9283

KINDNESS WEEK: The district will be celebrating Kindness Week next 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. We will do a daily announcement of which classes are in the lead to keep the momentum going. The class who brings in the most money will take home a prize from the PTO.

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 encouraged to wear shirts promoting 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


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


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 at the Brighton District Library

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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


7 to 21 - Spencer Food Drive

21 to 25 - Kindness Week


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

4 - End of the 2nd Trimester

7 - NO SCHOOL - Records Day for Teachers

8 - PTO Meeting at 4:00 PM

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

28 thru April 1 - Spring Break



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*


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