The Spencer Scoop

The Amazing Spencer Elementary: January 20, 2022

A Dash of Salt - I Don't Want to Go!

It's the dreaded sentence, "I don't want to go to school!"
Some other kids dread going to school. For these kids, going to school may become so stressful that they throw temper tantrums over going to school or complain of headaches, stomach aches, or chest pain. Around this time of year, we experience these types of behaviors, but the important thing is to determine why your child may be reacting this way? Listen to this week's episode for a few tricks to get to the heart of the issue and make your mornings smooth sailing.
Click here to listen.

Note from the Attendance Secretary

Calling in a Covid-19 Related Absence

When calling in your student's positive Covid -19 case, or to report that they are a close contact to a positive case in the home, it would greatly help us if you could give us the dates of either 1) symptom onset or 2) the date of the positive test result. This will help us to calculate a date of return for your student. We ask that you still follow the new reporting procedure explained in the next section, by submitting the Google Form to BAS. Thank you for your help with this as it will eliminate us having to call you to find out pertinent information.

New COVID-19 Reporting Procedure

(NEW) Process for Parents to Report a Positive Student COVID-19 Case
Please use the highlighted link below to report a positive student's COVID-19 case. The case needs to be reported on the form by the parent/guardian of a student with a positive COVID-19 case.

BAS COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting Form

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!

In addition, if someone in your household has recently been tested for COVID-19 and awaiting the results, we ask that you keep everyone home until the results are in.

We Could Use Your Help

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for a few volunteers to assist with some tasks at Spencer, specifically in 4 areas...

1) The Spencer sign - we are looking for a volunteer once (maybe twice) a month to change the message on the sign out front.

2) The Food Pantry - we are looking for a volunteer to periodically clean out and organize the Food Pantry located outside near Door #1.

3) The Free Library - we are looking for a volunteer to periodically organize the Free Library located outside near Door #1.

4) The Lost & Found - we are looking for volunteer(s) to periodically go through the Lost & Found which is located off the playground outside Door #21, and look for items that might have a name in them so we can get them back to the owner, post pictures of the items on the Spencer PTO Facebook page, and donate unclaimed items.

Please call the office if you are able to lend a hand in any one of these areas. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Jostens Yearbook

January 28th is the last day to GUARANTEE a yearbook, as well as the last chance to order a personalized book. Order your yearbook SOON if you haven't done so already!
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Kindergarten Round Up

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If your student only rides the bus in the afternoon, please remember to send a mask in with them. We are seeing an increase in kids coming in to the office at the end of the day to get a mask because one was forgotten, and our supply of extra masks is running low.

PTO News

Jen Lumsden - President

Nicole McGhee - Vice President

Amanda Hoffmann - Treasurer

Jacquelyn Turkovich - Secretary

Meghann Calvin - Secretary


Wow! Our Spencer families have come out big time for our staff already! We have just over 40% of Staff Wish Lists fulfilled after just one week! Thank you! If you are willing and able to donate items, please sign up and send them in with your student(s) when you get a chance. We will be leaving this sign-up live for a while. You can view the sign-ups here. Please note: due to the large number of items/staff, I have broken the lists out into individual grade levels, Support Staff, and Specials. You should be able to view a tab for each level - on a mobile device, it may show up as a drop down menu. Thank you for continuing to show our staff that we appreciate all they do!

Sun Shades

Last year, the PTO purchased 3 new sunshades for the playground, at the cost of roughly $25,000, which was donated by our awesome families. We have noticed that one of them is rusting in a couple places already and the folks who installed them said this is likely due to students hitting the poles with water bottles, sticks, rocks, etc., which chips the rust proof paint off. We will be getting this repaired in the spring, but once again, I would like you to ask your students to be respectful of school equipment so ALL the children get to enjoy their benefits for years to come! Thank you!

Steam Night

STEAM Night is planned for our February family event, however, we will be moving this to a virtual event. If students would like to create a STEAM Project to share with their friends, please help them plan something that can be recorded to showcase their project. We will be sharing project videos online on the night of the event, similar to the Talent Show. A signup form with more information will be going home with students next week and detailed information on the Virtual Event will be posted soon.

As always, please check out our Facebook page and/or website for the most up to date information this year.

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.

Library News

Round 2 of the Spencer Family Directory 21/22 - Now Open!!

Did you miss out on participating in the Spencer Family Directory in the Fall? The directory link is open for Round 2 now until 1/28/2022. If you did not participate, and would like to please click on the link below to fill out the form. If you participated in the Fall, please do not fill this out again. We are just adding to our existing directory. The updated directory will be emailed out to all participating families the week of 1/31/2022. Thank you!

Spencer Family Directory 21/22 - Participation Form (Round 2)

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!

Happy New Year from your Elementary Counselor, Mrs. McKiddy! We hope you had a well rested, and memory filled, time with your loved ones. For the month of January we are diving into mindfulness, yoga, and other practices that treat the mind, body, and soul. The goal of these lessons is to promote self-regulation and self-reflection in our young learners, as well as to practice a sense of peace and calm during our days.

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!

Mrs. McKiddy


Parent Referral Form:

Student Check-in Form:

Events Around the District

Brighton Ski & Board Club

If you are interested in getting information regarding the Brighton Ski & Board Club, click the button link below for the registration packet.

BASE Foundation

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Girl Scout Information

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Brighton Baseball Camp

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Brighton Community Education Events

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Important Dates at a Glance


28 - Yearbook Ordering DEADLINE


4 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development

8 - PTO Meeting at 4:00 PM

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.