The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: November 12, 2021

Office News

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...

New Procedures

Over the last few days, we have seen an uptick in cases among elementary students in four of our 5 K-6 buildings. While most of the cases have been asymptomatic, we see clusters of cases in specific classrooms. Below you'll see a few precautionary measures we're doing across the district to help ensure everyone's safety during school hours.

1) No whole group gatherings - No whole group carpet time or any other close groupings of entire classrooms. The teachers are rotating groups to the carpet, just not the whole class at once.
2) Staying with table groups/pods - Students will be with their table groups to minimize the number of contacts in the classroom and the areas and lunchroom of the fine arts.
3) 3 feet whenever and wherever possible - This helps us with contract tracing, of course, but we believe that the 3 feet spacing used at the secondary level is making a big difference as well.
4) Maximize space - Wherever possible, we'll work to maximize spacing in the classroom to allow for as much spacing as possible.

These measures should help limit the possible close contact status of our staff and students. These strategies should also help mitigate closing an entire classroom as well.

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:
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.

Reminders About Drop Off Procedures



  1. Do not drop off your child before 8:40 a.m. The classrooms will not be opened before this time.

  2. When entering the kiss-n-go area, have your child and their belongings ready to exit the car. Remain in your vehicle and have your child exit from the passenger side. Children and adults should never get out of the driver’s side while in the kiss-n-go lanes.

  3. Please pull all the way forward and then stop to let your child out.

  4. After dropping off your child, wait for the cars in front of you to exit. Do not try to pass, as it puts students in danger.

  5. After 9 a.m. the kiss-n-go lane will be closed and you must park and walk your child to the main office to sign-in.


Just to emphasize the last point above...if you are dropping your child off after the bell rings, you MUST walk them up to the building and sign them in on the iPad outside the office. NO student should be walking up to the building unattended by an adult.

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Forgotten Items

We all have those mornings when an item is forgotten at home. When this happens, you can drop it off in the organizer unit 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 get it down to your student.

Art Room News

Art to Remember

Hello Spencer Families-

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the wonderful masterpieces your student(s) have made for Art to Remember. In order to secure holiday orders on time, please submit your Art to Remember orders by Thursday, November 18th.

We appreciate you supporting the Spencer Art Studio.

The approximate date for orders to arrive at school is December 10th.

Thank you,

Ms. Hiatt

Lost & Found

There is a new large Lost & Found bin for clothing. It is still located outside Door #21. A huge THANK YOU to Jen Lumsden for washing, drying, and folding all the items! The smaller bin is now holding forgotten water bottles & lunch items. All items will be donated after November 19th so come and check it out if you are missing any items. Some are pictured below...

Lunch Information

Lunch

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.

WELCOME BACK!

We would like to welcome back our Student Nutrition Manager, Christine Miller! She took a leave of absence back in the spring and returned back to the cafeteria this week! We thank Mrs. Fronizer for filling in while Mrs. Miller was out.

LIBRARY UPDATE

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.

PTO News

2021-22 PTO Board Members

Jen Lumsden - President

Nicole McGhee - Vice President

Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer

Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary

Meghann Calvin - Secretary



TALENT SHOW

Today is the last day to submit those Talent Show videos!!!! This event has been moved to an entirely virtual show, so take your time and send us a video that you would like classmates to see. Video submissions should be emailed to SpencerShowcase@gmail.com. On November 17th, we will send out the link to view the acts and a Google form which you can use to vote for your favorites! Videos will remain up for viewing through Saturday, November 20th. We will announce winners on Monday, November 22nd.


HOLIDAY SHOP

We are anticipating holding this year's Holiday Shop in-person on Friday December 3rd (4-8pm), and Saturday December 4th (10am-3pm). This is a great opportunity for students to shop for family members. We will have volunteers to help shop and stay on budget. We will need volunteers to help out both days! Please take a look at the sign-up genius here for volunteer opportunities!


FOOD DRIVE

I've gotten a few questions about the food drive this year so I wanted to update you. With all the wonderful happenings at Spencer and the amazing Brighton community that gives back around the holidays we are going to do the food drive in February 2022 this year in hopes of making a difference during a slower time of the year for Bountiful Harvest. I've had a great time running this the last five years and I'm always blown away by the generosity of the Spencer Elementary families. I'll be in touch in January with more details. Happy Holidays! ~Emily Alford


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!


Hello from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs. McKiddy! I have very much enjoyed our start to a great school year. I spent the month of September visiting classrooms for a social-emotional lesson centered around forming connections with peers and strengthening friendships. I have also increased visits with individual students needing social-emotional support. I am working hard to add some peer support groups by the end of the month! As the year progresses, I am continuing to connect with classroom teachers for referrals for students who are struggling or may need additional support. 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.


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 Mrs. Fox or Mrs. McKiddy will do their best to support your child.


Mrs. McKiddy

Spencer/Hornung

mckiddb@brightonk12.com


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

Parent Referral Form: bit.ly/McKiddyParentReferral

Transportation Help Needed

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Important Dates at a Glance

November

17 - Talent Show - VIRTUAL from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

23 - End of the 1st Trimester for JK-6th Grade

24-29 - NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Break

30 - School Resumes


December

3 - Holiday Shop (more info to come)

4 - Holiday Shop (more info to come)

14 - PTO Meeting at 4:00 PM

20 - NO SCHOOL for Winter Break


January

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*

810-299-4354

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