The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: December 10, 2021

Office News

Updated Spencer's Parenting Podcast

The screams, the extended arms, eyes larger and instantly filled with tears. So, what are we supposed to do if your child is scared? Take a listen for some easy tips to ensure your child has a pleasant holiday season without a shrill for all to hear. Click here to listen.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Link

If you need to report a Covid-19 case to the health department, you can access the Self Reporting Link to the Livingston County Health Department by clicking the button below...

Note from the Attendance Secretary

Calling in to the Attendance Line

As we begin the 2nd trimester, I thought I'd send a reminder about attendance procedures. Please call in your student's absence to the Attendance Line every day they are absent from school. The number is 810-299-4354. Please give a brief reason why they are absent, whether it be a vacation or if they are ill. If your student is ill, please provide a brief description of their symptoms. If you went to the doctor and turn in a doctor’s note, I can medically excuse the absence. If you do not call in your student's absence, a Robocall goes out around 3 PM. If you receive the robocall, that means your student has an unexcused absence.

Do Not Send Your Child to School If...

Spencer has recently received an increase in positive COVID cases. 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!

Other reasons to remain home:


With the upcoming travel season upon us, if you are testing for travel purposes, please remain home until you receive your results even if you are asymptomatic. We are seeing a rise in asymptomatic positive COVID-19 cases.

If someone in your home has recently tested for COVID-19, keep everyone home until the results are in. If a positive test is revealed, everyone in-home needs to remain home for the full ten days.

Then, please call 810-299-4350 and let us know. You'll also want to complete the self-reporting link. The sooner this is done, the sooner Mr.Renner can process the paperwork.

The health department will notify Mr.Renner and share with him a return date for your child.

Please be diligent and do your part to keep all at Spencer safe.

Forgotten Items

With the colder weather upon us, we are seeing an increased number of forgotten snow gear and winter coats. Please do a last minute check in the morning before you leave for school to make sure your student has everything they need for the day, this includes shoes if they are wearing boots to school. This will help to lessen the amount of interruptions to the office. Please note if your student does not have the appropriate coat for winter, they will have to sit outside the office for recess. If an item is forgotten, please drop it off on the cubical organizer outside the office. There is a small note pad for you to fill out with student's name, teacher's name and time it was dropped off, then we will do our best to get it down to your student.

Extraordinary Bulldog

Congratulations to Ms. Lender!

Please join us in congratulating Jackie Lender as this month's Extraordinary Bulldog of the Month. Ms. Lender is a paraprofessional at Spencer. The following are some quotes from staff and students about this dedicated professional:

  • "Ms. Lender is not only the most amazing instructional assistant but overall just the most amazing person I have ever had the pleasure to work with. She continuously goes above and beyond for her students and her colleagues. She makes even the worst days brighter and can always make you laugh. I can not say enough good things about Ms. Lender, and I know that Spencer would be lost without her support and guidance. Thank you Ms. Lender, for all that you do; we are so lucky to have you!"

  • "Ms. Lender is always flexible and dependable. She goes above and beyond day after day and accepts challenges when presented to her. She stays calm and consistent with all students. You can always depend on Ms. Lender for a good laugh!"

  • "Ms. Lender rocks because she is cool and very helpful. She helps me read." - Student

  • "Ms. Lender helps all kids with their learning." - student

  • "I am thankful for Ms. Lender because she is nice. She helps me learn." -student

  • "Ms. Lender is AMAZING! She has the kindest heart and is very dedicated to all students and their success (both emotionally and academically). Ms. Lender has a unique way of connecting with students and building positive relationships with all of them. Ms. Lender makes Spencer a better place!"

  • "Ms. Lender is always willing to help any student out; she is wonderful at building positive relationships with all students, and they have a great sense of trust in her. She approaches every situation with a positive can-do attitude and makes every day fun!"

  • "Ms. Lender has a can-do spirit and tenacity that is unmatchable. She remains flexible with assisting all students with her consistent attitude, "I got this!""

Thank you to Ms. Lender and all of our instructional assistants for making an impact every day. Please know how much you are appreciated!

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If your student only rides the bus in the afternoon, please remember to send a mask in with them. We are seeing an increase in kids coming in to the office at the end of the day to get a mask because one was forgotten, and our supply of extra masks is running low.

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.

Music Room News for 4th Grade Families

You are invited to join Spencer Singers!

I am pleased to announce that Spencer Singers will once again be offered at Spencer Elementary. Spencer Singers is an organization open to fourth graders who love singing and performing. During rehearsals, we will get ready with vocal warm ups and work on learning a collection of fun performance songs. The performance calendar for this year is still being developed. We will rehearse each Friday morning before school from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the music room. This will not interfere with Safety duties. Students should report to the music room (leaving their belongings in the hall) no earlier than 7:50 a.m. The first rehearsal will be Friday, December 17th.

Applications are being sent to all fourth grade students. There are no auditions or try-outs, but there are a limited number of students who can be accepted. Students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The only requirements are that students meet behavior and participation expectations during regular music classes and Spencer Singers rehearsals/events and can be at rehearsals at 8:00 a.m. Students who ride the bus should make other arrangements for transportation on Friday mornings as the busses do not arrive in time to rehearse.

Please e-mail me if you have any questions.


-Bonnie Muszynski

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.

Santa Night at Brighton Ford

We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys December 1 - 16. The toy drive will conclude on the night of our DRIVE-THRU Santa Night on December 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Each Brighton Elementary School will be competing to donate the most toys and Brighton Ford will donate the prizes:

1st Place: $3,000

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $500

Help us to spread holiday cheer to those who need it most!
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PTO News

2021-22 PTO Board Members

Jen Lumsden - President

Nicole McGhee - Vice President

Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer

Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary

Meghann Calvin - Secretary

We would like to take a minute to thank all the volunteers from the Holiday Shop and those who have donated gift cards to the staff Giving Tree. We truly appreciate all of you! Next Wednesday, 12/15, every staff member will be able to choose a surprise gift card from the Giving Tree during their lunch hour. This is just a fun way to show everyone a little love during this time of year.

November book of the month books have finally arrived and should be going home with your students before the winter break!

The December PTO meeting has been CANCELED! See you in January!

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

Note From the Counselor

Counselor Corner

Welcome to December! At this point in the year, we take time to recognize all that is important to us. I am incredibly grateful for the amazing students and families I am able to connect with and the fantastic support from the staff at our school. We have experienced many challenges this year, and I would like to help support in any way that I can. If you or your child's teacher are noticing any need for social-emotional or mental health support, please reach out to me for ideas or connections.

This month, I will be connecting with new student groups to continue Social-Emotional Growth on specific topics with student peers. I will also continue connecting with students in the classroom with lessons on problem solving strategies or visits for other classroom needs. We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to be used at home! Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions or concerns that you may have, and I will do my best to support your child.

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

Events from Around the District

Operation Christmas Wishes
2021 Operation: Christmas Wishes (Click here)

This year the Brighton High School leadership class is partnering with the Yoga Strong Foundation to provide hats, gloves and a wishlist gift to all the kids at Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti.

Girl Scout Coat Drive

Transportation Help Needed

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Important Dates at a Glance


16 - Santa Night at Brighton Ford from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

20 - NO SCHOOL for Winter Break


3 - 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.