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The Spencer Elementary Newsletter 2/28/19

Our Mission

The Spencer Community is devoted to developing every child's ability to succeed.

Request from the Office Secretaries

We have had an increase in the amount of calls at the end of the day with a change in plans for your student's transportation home, sometimes even after the bell has rung. When this occurs, it is difficult to communicate this change to your student during this busy time of day. While we understand emergencies do arise, it is difficult during dismissal to locate your child to change their pick up or bus routine. Please make every effort to help us by calling no later than 3:00pm to make a change in their transportation schedule. Thank you for your consideration.

No Birthday Edible Treats

Just a friendly reminder that due to the increase in the number of food allergies, we are not allowing edible birthday treats at Spencer this year. Feel free to bring in stickers, pencils, or a book donation for the classroom. Thank you for your understanding.

Notes from the Music Room

Dear Families of Spencer Kindergarten Students,

I would like to invite you to come to Spencer for a Kindergarten music program. At this presentation, students will demonstrate some of the musical concepts (like singing voice, movement, high vs. low, fast vs. slow) we have been working on in class. Special guests may even be invited to join in the fun! Students may bring a maximum of two special people with them to the presentation (seating is limited in the Media Center). Special guests should get a guest sticker outside the main office and wait there until 12:45 p.m. and then walk down to the Media Center.

Listed below are the program dates and times:

Thursday, March 7th 9:45 a.m. Mrs. Loiselle’s class (Meet in the music room, not the Media Center)

Thursday, March 7th 12:45 p.m. Mrs. Morrow’s class

Monday, March 11th 12:45 p.m. Mrs. Andrews’ class

Tuesday, March 12th 12:45 p.m. Mrs. Price’s class

If you have any questions, please send me an e-mail. I look forward to seeing you in music class!

-Bonnie Muszynski

Music Teacher, Spencer Elementary

Kids Read Now

Dear Spencer Family,

I am so excited to share an exciting opportunity with all of you! Before I do that, I would like to provide you a little background first. In lieu of a summer school program, our district has received a grant to partner up with Kids Read Now to provide all of our students who have an Individualized Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) a summer book reading program. These students will be invited to a required Summer Reading Kick Off Event (Thursday, May 30th), where they will receive three books that are at their reading level to take home and keep! As they read the books, they will receive more books in the mail delivered right to their house. The students are able to receive up to 9 books over the summer that they get to read and keep. The goal of this program is to help stop the summer reading loss and excite students about reading.

Now, for the exciting opportunity! Our teachers at Spencer have been really eager to find a program that will keep children reading books over the summer so we wanted to extend this opportunity to allstudents at Spencer who are currently in JK-3rd grade. We know that all of our parents are highly supportive of summer reading and this opportunity makes it an easy task for parents and exciting time for kids! The cost of the program is $60 per child. The benefits you will receive for your $60 are:

· An invitation to a Summer Reading Kick Off Event (Thursday, May 30th after school) where you will receive 3 books for your child to take home and start the summer reading.

· Your child will get to choose books they would like to read over the summer. The children will have a teacher work with them to choose books at their level.

· Up to 6 additional books at your child’s independent reading level will be delivered to your home (Your child will receive 9 books total, as long as they are reading the books.)

· The books mailed to your house will be addressed to your child - which is exciting because all children love to receive mail!

· Each book your child receives will have questions on the inside cover of the book for parents to check understanding and stimulate discussions on the books.

· Text or email reminders from Kids Read Now to request your new books.

· Children who read all 9 books will receive a certificate and a special prize in the fall.

For parents returning to Kids Read Now, we have provided the company with your feedback and look forward to improvements this year!

We are very excited about this summer reading program! If you are interested in purchasing this program for your child or children, please send in cash or check made out to Spencer for $60 per child by Thursday, March 7th.If you have any questions about this program, please contact our Literacy Coach, Carolyn McNulty mcnultc@brightonk12.comor me.

Thank you,

Bill Renner

Lead Learner & Principal

Parents as Partners in Early Literacy

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2018/2019 Spencer Parent Survey

Please help us to increase the achievement and success of every learner at Spencer Elementary School by completing our 2018-2019 Spencer Parent Survey. The information from this survey allows us to align and develop our Spencer School Improvement goals. Your voice MATTERS!

Please click on the button below to complete the survey.

Thank you for helping to guide Spencer Elementary School's learning and focus.

Fundraiser Opportunity

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Author and Illustrator presentation

Thank you PTO!! We had a wonderful visit today from Karen & Darrin Brege. They are a local author and illustrator from Brighton. An order form came home this week for their books. If you forgot to send it in, they extended the deadline until next Friday, March 1, 2019. Send your order form and money to your teacher and we will make sure they receive the order. Do you need a new order form? Email Mrs. Adams

This presentation was made possible by our wonderful PTO.

~Mrs. Adams/teacher librarian

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WatchDOG Program

We've had quite the turnout for our first year of the WatchDOG program! Our slots have all filled for the remainder of the year. Thank you for taking the time to join us and make this program work. It's been fantastic to see these father figures in action and walking the halls of Spencer. We appreciate you and your time. You'll never know the difference you've made!

Office Request for Previous WatchD.O.G.S.

If you have been one of our WatchD.O.G.S. here at Spencer and have not done so yet, please WASH and RETURN your t-shirt. We are running low on our supply in the office. Thank You!

School Hours

Daily Start Time:

Starting Time - 8:47 AM

Dismissal Time - (11:57 for 1/2 Kindergarten) 3:50 PM

Tardy Time - 8:47 AM

Attendance Line*- 810-299-4354

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

Lunch Hours

Lunchtimes for Spencer Students:

1/2 K - No Lunch

Jk-Full Day K - 11:35-12:00

1st Grade- 12:05-12:30

2nd Grade- 12:35-1:00

4th Grade- 1:05-1:30

3rd Grade- 1:35-2:00

Important Dates:


6 - Hungry Howie's Pizza Night

8 - NO SCHOOL for JK-6 (7-12 Attend School)

11 - Buffalo Wild Wings Fundraiser

12 - PTO Meeting 4:00pm in the STEAM Center

13 - Parents as Partners in Literacy 6:00-8:00pm

15 - Popcorn Friday

20 - Book Bingo

22 - Popcorn Friday

25-29 - Spring Break


5 - Popcorn Friday

9 - Spring Picture Day

12 - Popcorn Friday