The Spencer Scoop

Spencer Elementary December 4, 2020

Notes From the Office

Holiday Adopt-A-Family

This has been a particularly tough and stressful year for many families, and we want to take some of that stress off your shoulders. We would love to spread some Spencer joy from our community to your family this holiday season. We have many gift cards to share with families. If interested, please click on this link. https://forms.gle/S97KyhBCkE8n31kd8

Are Your Ears Ready?

A NEW Dash of Salt Podcast is ready for you!


Who likes transitions? I mean, when you think about it, who really likes to be told to stop and move on to something else? If transitions are difficult for your child, take a listen to this episode where I'll share some tips to help make those rough transitions smooth.


Click HERE for the good stuff!

Don't forget the feedback form below after you listen.

Podcast Feedback

What can we do to make it more meaningful and worth your time? Please help us to make our podcast the best it can be and meet your needs. All of your answers are anonymous! CLICK HERE to share your opinion.

Picture Retake Day

Our Picture Retake Day has been rescheduled for January 11th! If you were not happy with your student's original photographs, have them bring the package in on Retake Day, and Lifetouch will take retake the photo and resend the package you ordered. I should be receiving new order forms so stay tuned for that.

BVA Attendance Calls

At times we are experiencing a "glitch" with the automated attendance calls that go out at 3PM. If you are a BVA family who receives a call from Spencer regarding your students attendance, you may disregard it. I have been in contact with IT when this happens, so there is no need to call the attendance line or the school directly. I am hoping the issue gets resolved soon.

Morning Drop Off Reminder

We are seeing an increase of children getting dropped off before 8:40 in the morning. The first bell rings at 8:46 AM, and we don't have adult supervision outside until 8:40 AM. Please plan accordingly and do not drop off your child before 8:40 AM to ensure everyone stays safe.We appreciate your cooperation.

Brighton Gear

Are you looking for Brighton Swag? If so, Brighton High School has an online store with many adult Bulldog choices and even a few youth things. The store closes on December 18th, so be sure to place your order before you miss out. Click the link to see the items https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/PAWSPIRIT2

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.

Does Your Child Know a Funny Joke?

Just fill out this form, and you might hear it, right along with your child's name on the morning announcements! CLICK HERE

Santa Night & Toys for Tots Drive-thru Event

Unfortunately we can not gather this year for our annual window painting event at Brighton Ford, but that doesn't mean we still can't have a little fun and get into the holiday spirit! Brighton Ford will host a drive-thru Santa Night, where they will collect toy donations for Toys for Tots, you'll get a candy cane and a chance to wave to Santa. Just bring in a new, unwrapped toy, let them know you are from Spencer and that will equal 1 vote in our friendly contest with the other Brighton elementary schools. The school with the most donations will receive $3000! The school in 2nd place with receive $1000, and the schools in 3rd and 4th place will each receive $500. Come on out to show your support for Spencer Elementary on Wednesday, December 16th from 6:00-8:00 PM!

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Now Hiring

Spencer is currently looking for building substitutes and a lunch aide. If you would love to join The Amazing Spencer Elementary, please let us know by calling 810-299-4350 for more information.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Hello from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs. McKiddy! With October being Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, we spoke with students about how to use our voice. We talked about how to support one another, how to stand up respectfully, and most importantly, how to do it in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable. Our theme of “Do Something” is carrying into the months of November and December: generosity and acts of kindness. If we can create a culture of kindness in our classrooms, our little learners are more likely to take risks, celebrate their individuality, and grow as people. To deepen this learning, create opportunities at home for spreading kindness and being generous. We know that in order to create a habit, we must create opportunities for repetition.


Let's 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!


Mrs. McKiddy

Spencer/Hornung

mckiddb@brightonk12.com


https://sites.google.com/brightonk12.com/bas-elementary-counseling/home

Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentRequest

Student Check-in Form: bit.ly/CounselorStudentCheckIn

Lexia

Lexia is an online program that we use to help guide your child through the stages of reading. It's a supplement and used mainly in school. The only time your child should use Lexia at home would be if your child is quarantined. If he is, the recommendation would be 20 minutes a day. As always, let your child do the work, let him try to solve the problem, let him struggle-it's actually healthy, and provides us reports of where to focus the teaching. If you help your child by giving the answers just to get through it, will actually make things worse because when he takes the assessment, he will struggle.

PTO News

Virtual Holiday Shop

Shop the Holiday Shop now through midnight on December 7! Our link is ready and open for business. Keep the fun tradition alive for your kids this year and support a local Michigan business. Have your kids create a budget and pick gifts for family and friends. Write "snow" in the notes field of your order and receive a free snowman putty!


https://michigan.schoolholidayshops.com/

Login: Holiday Gift Shop

Password: SE48114


BVA December Pickup

The PTO will hold another pickup day on Wednesday, December 9 from 1pm-3pm. This pickup will be your student(s) December book from the PTO. If you haven't yet picked up your student's shirt, pictures and previous books, we will have those as well. We'll be outside for an easy drive-up service. If it is raining or snowing, find us in the multi-purpose room.


Spencer Spirit Wear

Need some Spencer spirit wear? Shop our Spirit Shop through Ivory Vines and earn a percentage back for the PTO! Here is what you need to know:

- Must use promo code SPENCER to give back to PTO

- Deadline to order is TODAY Dec. 4th for orders to be ready for pickup or shipping the week of Dec 14

- Due to COVID - school delivery is not an option this year - it's store pick up or shipping only

-Ivory Vines is also willing to set up "shopping days" where people can shop in person. If you mention you are with Spencer, they will add that to your giveback. Give them a call

https://www.ivoryvines.com/spencer-roadrunners


Food Drive

Thank you so much for the contributions to our annual food drive. All items will be picked up, counted and delivered to Bountiful Harvest next Wednesday. In addition, the PTO will donate a check for $500 to support our local food pantry in a time of great need. The winning grade will be announced soon after.


PTO Presents... Punch for Presents!

This year, the PTO is doing something different to celebrate our Spencer staff for the holidays. In lieu of our annual Holiday Cookie Exchange, the PTO presents "Punch for Presents."

The goal, in addition to celebrating our staff, is to support our local Brighton businesses that have given so much to our Spencer community over the years by buying a gift card from your favorite local small business. (We have included some ideas in the sign up genius.) We will then put each of those gift cards in a covered cup arranged in a fun holiday design for each of the staff to punch through to find their surprise. Each staff member will get a gift card. The gift card dollar amount is a suggestion. If you sign up for one, please make sure it is no less than what we are requesting, however, you are welcome to give more! The PTO will be donating various other gift cards as well (including one grand prize winner). Gift card donations are due by December 11. We will contact you at the email provided on the sign up genius once we work out the best way to collect the gift cards.

Let's show the awesome staff at Spencer how much they are appreciated for giving our children one of the greatest gifts of all, an education and loving environment to learn in. We are so lucky to have them all! Please contact Katie Tierney or Kristie Hopka with any questions.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ca4a82ea7fe3-christmas


The December PTO meeting is CANCELLED. We will see you virtually on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 for our next meeting. Have a wonderful holiday season and break!

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December Menus

Important Dates at a Glance

December

7 - Virtual Holiday Shop Closes at Midnight

9 - Virtual Learning Day

16 - Virtual Learning Day

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

21 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break Begins


January

4 - School Resumes from Winter Break

11 - Picture Retake 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.