The Spencer Scoop

Spencer Elementary October 2, 2020

News From the Office

Stay Safe

Thanks for completing the daily health survey. Mr.Renner does review these daily and cross-check absences along with making calls about discrepancies. Thanks for taking the time, your honesty, and keeping all of us safe.

Note From The Office

Our Families Are Amazing!

THANK YOU for all the donations coming into the office and the classrooms! Your generosity is much appreciated! Also, a big thank you to the Gatza family for providing a case of water for each classroom so students that may have forgotten their water bottle have a way to stay hydrated! It was so kind of you to see this need and make the donation! Our Spencer Families are truly AMAZING!

Extra Change of Clothing

With the current COVID restrictions, we are not able to offer a change of clothes if your child has an accident, or stumbles in a mud puddle, or gets a nose bleed, or has a mishap in the cafeteria...therefore, it would be helpful if you kept a change of clothing in your student's backpack. If your student does not have spare clothes, we will be calling home to have you bring a change of clothing. Thanks for your assistance with this.

What Does Lost & Found Look Like This Year?

We do not have an official Lost & Found area this year, so items found around the school or on the playground are being placed on the picnic table outside the cafeteria doors. Please take a moment to look at the pictures below to see if you are missing any of these items and you can come up to Spencer to pick them up.

Picture Day is Coming

SMILE! Picture Day for our In-Person Roadrunners will be on Tuesday, October 13th. Picture Day for our Virtual (BVA) Roadrunners will be on Wednesday, October 14th from 9AM-Noon in the Multi-Purpose Room at Spencer. Our Picture Re-take Day is scheduled for December 1st. Picture ordering information to order online along with the Picture ID is below. If you prefer not to order online, order forms will be coming home the week prior to picture day and I will attach a copy in the Oct. 9th issue of the Scoop.

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The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are in the office! We still have a few extras available for purchase. They are $10 (cash only). Contact the office if you'd like to reserve a copy.


Thank you to everyone in the BVA who stopped by this past Wednesday to pick up your yearbook and art projects from last year! If you were unable to make it to Spencer, you will have the opportunity to pick up your items on Picture Day.

Need Help With Tech?

Mrs. Adams has put together this fantastic guide to help you navigate all things tech. We hope you find this Technology Guide helpful as it addresses questions that have come up in the past. If something is not addressed, we will add to this resource.

Mrs. Adams - teacher librarian

BAS Parent Technology Guide

Library resources

Dear Spencer Families,

If you are looking for some extra help or storytime please visit my Library Padlet with links to many activities. ~Mrs. Adams

Morning Announcements

Each day, Mr.Renner posts morning announcements for all Spencer Roadrunners. They are short, sweet, and to the point. This way, you can stay connected with us, whether near or far!

Click HERE to bookmark the Spencer Announcements.

Just a Few Loose Ends

Pick-up times in the afternoon are now 3:35 - 3:40. Still continue to pick up at your child's designated location.

Dash of Salt -Is coming back in October. More episodes about focus, what success looks like, how leadership is like boxing, and how asking questions isn't a bad thing.

We aren't able to have a lost and found for misplaced items. Please write your child's name on the belongings, so if they do get lost, we can get the item back to you.

We will have outside recess unless the weather is raining too hard, lightning, or thunder. Please be advised we'll head out most days.

Note From the PTO

Annual Spencer T-Shirts

The beginning of the school year typically brings about our first fundraiser for the year, and along with it, our annual class t-shirts. Obviously, this year is going to look a little different. We will not be doing fundraising or asking for donations this year. Thanks to your generosity in past years, we have a bit of a surplus to get us through this year comfortably. That being said, the PTO will be giving each student (in-person and BVA) and staff member a class shirt. We ask that you please take a moment to fill out this form for each of your students so that they receive the proper size. (Please, no parent shirt orders this year.)

Shirt Order Form Here

Teacher Wish List

The PTO organized a signup genius for our heroes here at Spencer Elementary! Please help us show appreciation for them and fulfill these wish list items for your child's classroom or favorite staff member. Don't forget to use Amazon Smile as a portion of the sales goes back to the PTO! THANK YOU!

Book of the Month

*Attention BVA Families*

Our first PTO Book of the Month is in! The PTO will be setting up a table on picture day to get them to you. If you are not planning on attending picture day, please contact Jen Lumsden to work out a time to pick up the book for your student.

For those new to Spencer: Each month, the PTO purchases a book for every student and teacher at Spencer. In-Person students will be handed out in class.

Pink Week

For those of you new to Spencer, our community has traditionally held a week long "pink week" to raise funds for local organizations that support cancer survivors/patients/families. This year the focus is on elevating community morale. We would love for everyone to participate in the pink out Friday October 9th, whether you purchase a shirt or wear one you already have. If you are interested in purchasing the Pink Week shirt from Ivory Vines, here is the info:

Sales at this point are in store only - while supplies last. Remember, if shopping in store, we have more options available in addition to some new pink socks. Also - any cancer survivor or fighter that shops in store will receive their choice of our pink week mask or gaiter as a gift from us. These are also available for purchase on the Pink Week page.

Hours are M/T/Th - 10-4, Weds from 4-7, Fri from 10-2 and Sat from 12-3. We will most likely have extended hours next week & will post later what those will be. Address is 5880 Sterling Drive - about an 8 minute drive from BHS.

Chipotle Night

Save the Date for our First PTO Restaurant Night of the year. Order from Chipotle in Brighton on Tuesday, October 20th from 5-9pm and 30% of the sales will be donated back to Spencer PTO.

The company is generously encouraging takeout and online orders. Use the code YL3PH2G when placing an order.

We'll share more info as the date gets closer.

October PTO Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 pm via zoom for our next PTO meeting. The link for the meeting will be in the next Scoop.

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Family Directory

Dear Spencer Families,

We are compiling a family directory for Spencer.

  1. Please fill out one form for each student.
  2. Only include the teacher's LAST name (for sorting purposes).
  3. Only fill out the information that you want to be included in the directory for other families.

We do not post this directory anywhere, it is a link sent to Spencer families upon request. Please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Mrs. Adams

Note From the Counselor

Counselor Corner!

Hello from your Elementary Counselors! We are so excited to welcome you all back for another amazing year! Although many things this year look different, we will continue supporting your children with Social-Emotional Learning. Our role will consist of classroom lessons, small group activities, individual support, and more. We also have our BAS Elementary Counseling website for ideas and resources to continue the learning at home! Please feel free to contact your counselor with any questions or concerns that you may have, and Mrs. Fox or Mrs. McKiddy will do their best to support your child.

Mrs. McKiddy Mrs. Fox

Spencer/Hornung Hilton/Hawkins

Social Emotional Support

Use this link to find out the additional resources for you and your child.

Note from the Cafeteria


When packing your student's lunchbox, please remember to pack straws, utensils, napkins, or any condiments they might need. We only have a limited supply (and no supply of any condiments this year) on hand in the cafeteria, and when it's gone we won't have any to share with your student.

Please read this important notice from our Director of Student Nurtrition

Under a temporary waiver from the USDA and effective immediately, school breakfast and lunch well be available at no charge to ALL Brighton Area Schools students! This will be available through December 31st or until Federal funding runs out. Read the attached document for more information.

October Menus

Resources from the DNR

The COVID 19 pandemic has added uncertainty and stress to all of our lives. Parents and teachers are adjusting to “getting back to school” either in person or virtually—and each week brings challenges and changes to the plan. With five of my own school-age children, I’ve experienced both in-person and virtual learning and the struggles that each of those bring.

In a normal year, DNR visitor center staff would be shifting focus to providing school education programs and hosting field trips for about 60,000 students. But this year, teachers have asked for other options. Our education team developed Nature at School –a series of live, virtual lessons with Michigan students whether they are in classrooms or at home.

These presentations include pre/post visit materials, correlate to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and incorporate important agency messaging. Best of all, we bring some of our state’s most amazing public lands to their school/home. Fourth graders in Detroit can learn about biodiversity from the Porkies and a high school in Kalamazoo can learn about forestry from Hartwick Pines.

Feel free to pass this along to teachers and parents in your community. These are free programs conducted by your DNR colleagues. Check out the website or share this video:

Important Dates at a Glance


5 - Wear All One Color Day

6 - Pajama Day

7 - Virtual Learning Day

8 - Show Your Spencer Spirit Day

9 - Pink Out

13 - Picture Day

14 - Virtual Learning Day

14 - BVA Picture Day from 9:00 AM- Noon

20 - Chipotle Night from 5:00-9:00 PM

21 - Virtual Learning Day

28 - Virtual Learning Day

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 - 3:42 PM

Attendance Line*- 810-299-4354

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