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The Amazing Spencer Elementary: April 8, 2022

MSTEP State Testing for 3rd and 4th Grade Begins!

The M-Step testing window is from April 11 - to May 6. The students will test for 60 minutes a day. On average, the Math test should take 1 hour 30 minutes. The average time for the ELA test should take 2 hours. The lunchtimes and special times will remain the same for both grades throughout the testing cycle. For specific testing times, please contact your child's teacher.

3rd Grade -Math

Monday, April 11

Tuesday, April 12

Wednesday, April 13

Thursday, April 14

3rd Grade -English Language Arts (ELA)

Tuesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 20

Thursday, April 21

Friday, April 22

4th Grade -Math

Monday, April 25

Tuesday, April 26

Wednesday, April 27

Thursday, April 28

4th Grade -English Language Arts (ELA)

Monday, May 2

Tuesday, May 3

Wednesday, May 4

Thursday, May 5

A Dash of Salt

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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. 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

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 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 from 4-7pm. This event is our main fundraiser for the year and we need TONS of help! Check out the Auction/Carnival signup genius here for a volunteer slot. This is the perfect opportunity for older siblings to help out! Have kids who need Community Service hours? Sign them up!

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 a few 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 prior to starting to prevent having many of the same type of project. All projects are due May 1st.


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


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

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!

35 Children's Books That Teach Empathy & Kindness

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

MDHHS "Stay Well" Resources

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has put together some resources as part of their "Stay Well" program. Click the buttons below for information on creative coping skills for parents and kids and for learning how to live with grief and loss.


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Important Dates at a Glance


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

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

15 - NO SCHOOL for Good Friday

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

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


7 - Auction/Carnival 4:00-7:00 PM

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

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.