The Spencer Scoop

Spencer Elementary August 21, 2020

News From the Office

Hello Families,

Please take a look at the new items that have been added to this week's newsletter.

Next week, I'll have additional information, which will hopefully include arrival and dismissal procedures, curriculum night information, and lunch and recess times.

Thank you for your patience as things continue to change at a moment's notice.

Tuesday, September 8th is the first day of school!

September 8 - 11 will be half days. (The school day times will be announced soon)

The week of September 14th, we will begin full days with our 2-1-2 model, which means,

Monday and Tuesday your child will attend school at Spencer (2 Days)

Wednesday will be an online learning day. Spencer will be closed for deep cleaning (1 Day)

Thursday and Friday will be back to Spencer (2 Days)

If our region moves into phase 3, or need to close school due to COVID-19, we will switch to online learning with your child's classroom teacher continuing to teach lessons.

If our region moves to phase 3 or Spencer closes, this will not affect students attending BVA. You will continue as usual.

Thanks again for your time and for staying connected. I appreciate you and can't wait to connect soon,


Note From the PTO

Back to School Special!

Brighton Barbers at 8690 W Grand River Ave (next to Gus's Carryout) is offering Spencer families a back to school discount on haircuts. From Aug. 22 - Sep. 5, receive $2 off per student or father and son cuts for $30. Just mention Spencer Elementary or Mr. Renner's name when you visit the shop.

Did You Update Your Child's Info?

All families need to go into Parent Connect and register for the upcoming school year. Last year the process of registration and re-enrollment shifted to online. If you have a student returning to Brighton Area Schools, you need to go to Parent Connect and complete the back to school information called, re-enrollment. This is for all students coming back to Brighton Area Schools; including the BVA.

If you are having a hard time with Password or Pin, use the Lookup feature. If, for some reason,

you still have difficulty, please send an email to

for account assistance. No account information will be addressed via telephone.


We will offer a hot lunch each day the students are present. You are also able to bring your own lunch too!

PLEASE NOTE: On Wednesdays (our remote learning day), we will still offer a hot lunch option and breakfast to be picked up at Brighton High School.

This year, Spencer students will eat lunch first and then head out to recess to ensure proper hygiene before eating. When the students arrive in the lunchroom, they will sit in assigned seats with their classrooms. This will allow for appropriate contract tracing if needed. Lunch will be 25 minutes and recess 20 minutes.

*We are still working on lunchtimes as we are adjusting to the new and integrating cleaning requirements.

PLEASE NOTE the adjustments that will take place:

  • We would encourage you to bring a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day as the drinking fountains are closed.
  • We no longer have microwaves for the students to use.
  • The salad bar has been removed.
  • We will no longer have a choice for lunch; it will be one entree only—no extra snacks for sale either.
  • Condiments such as ranch, ketchup, and mustard will no longer be available.
  • We can no longer invite guests to join your child at lunch.

In the past, we had a "late table" for those that needed a little more time to eat. This will not be an option due to the adjustments we've made to our plan for social distancing and contract tracing.

Dash of Salt Podcast

Salt is essential to life; it heals; preserves; and adds flavor to life. I'll share my experiences not only as a principal but my other favorite title, dad.

This week's episode is called, It's Hurricane Season. Click HERE to hear what this is all about!

*New podcasts are available on Friday mornings.


The Brighton Transportation Department is sending bus and route information soon for those that are in the district. If your child is to be picked up or dropped off anywhere but home, you will need to fill out an alternate destination form before school starts. Contact the office and we can email you the form.

Helpful Resources from the CDC

Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to read the FAQ'S from Dr. Surrey

Return to School Parent Toolkit

This year will be different than past years. To help understand Spencer's protocols during this pandemic, please use the link found HERE from the Livingston County Health Department.
MI Safe Schools Roadmap Safety Protocols 2020

Click HERE to see the safety protocols of each of the Phases.