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Spencer Elementary February 5, 2021

Office News

Are Your Ears Ready?

A NEW Dash of Salt Podcast is ready for you!

Can you really change your intelligence through studying and hard work? If so, how do we develop this growth mindset in our kids? It sounds quite funny, but it's really about making mistakes. Take a few moments and learn how a few tips can help your child problem-solve with ease.


Click HERE for the good stuff!

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

Spencer's Friendship Center

The Friendship Center location has moved. Starting Monday, Spencer's before and after school care will be located in the multipurpose room. Please enter from the side door facing the playground.

Request from the Music Room

Mrs. Muszynski is in need of hand sanitizer and boxes of tissues for the music room. If you are able to donate some supplies, you can bring them to the office and we will get them to her. Thank you!

Virtual book fair for our Spencer families (in-person and BVA)

If you have been around Spencer the last few years you know it is tradition to have a snow day during our book fair. Today did not disappoint!! Don’t forget to shop at our virtual online Spencer book fair open until February 14th. Click here to shop at our book fair. All proceeds will help us buy new books for the school library. If you would like to purchase a "wish list" book for your teacher's classroom library just purchase any book your student thinks will be great to "gift" to their classroom. All orders will be delivered to your home.


Thank you for supporting the Spencer school library

Mrs. Adams

Teacher Librarian

Note from the District Nurse

COVID and Valentine's Day Planning

From MDHHS newsletter:


We know that COVID-19 most commonly spreads through close contact with a person who is infected. It is possible that respiratory droplets could land on surfaces or objects. The Communicable Disease Department at MDHHS would like to remind schools that even though this is not thought to be a common way of spread, it will be helpful to continue measures to reduce the chance of spread in this manner by considering the following guidance:


  1. Encourage students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water just prior to filling out Valentines Cards.
  2. Use Valentines cards that don't require moistening to seal.
  3. If using accessories, choose products that can be wiped down like plastic toys or wrapped candy.
  4. Encourage parents to send store-bought boxed Valentines kits to be opened and filled out at school.
  5. Use supplies at school to make cards in school.
  6. Exchange Valentines on Friday, February 12, keep them at school over the weekend and send home on Monday, February 15.

Lifetouch 2020-2021 Yearbook

Lifetouch Yearbook Order Form

The Lifetouch Yearbook Order Form is pictured below. Physical forms will be going home with your student this week, but you can place your order now by using the Yearbook ID Code. If your student is in the BVA and they had their photo taken on picture day back in October, then they will be in the yearbook. Please note the Order Deadline is February 26th.
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Kindergarten Round Up

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Kindergarten Virtual Round Up

There is a link attached within this form that will direct you to the district enrollment page for more information and instructions.

COVID Communication


In an attempt to NOT over-communicate to all families at Spencer with emails regarding positive Covid 19 cases, BAS is no longer sending community-wide emails to all parents and guardians for each case, at each building.


We ARE, of course, still sending emails to ALL students, parents, and staff facing mandated quarantines and ALL parents, students, and staff who have been in classrooms where a positive Covid 19 case has been reported.


This week at Spencer, we had 0 new cases. Some students may be under precautionary quarantines that are unrelated to the school district. Families of those directly impacted have already received direct communication regarding any new cases this week. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19, please feel free to visit our district's COVID-19 transparency site at https://www.brightonk12.com/Page/8729"


In addition, the Livingston County Health Department is no longer receiving the reports of positive COVID-19 tests of adults between the ages of 19-64 from the testing sites. For this reason, they are requesting that our parent/guardians self-report if they have tested positive or exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 to allow for the necessary contact-tracing within our school. You will find the link to the to the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form below...

PTO News

STEAM Night is typically held in February. Due to Covid-19, we are exploring virtual options for this. We plan to create a Padlet (or similar) platform for students who would like to participate to upload a video of their science project. In addition, we are looking into virtual STEAM options through AA Hands on Museum or another venue.


March is Reading Month! We generally host Book Bingo this month. That event will be cancelled as well, but we are planning an around town scavenger hunt. This event will be open to all Spencer families (including BVA). If you participate, your student(s) will receive a free book from the PTO. More details to come...


The BVA pickup date for January and February will be combined. One pickup date will be announced soon for a February pickup and will include books for both months.


Our annual auction and carnival planning usually begins this time of year. This event will not be held in person this year. We have decided, as a board, not to ask local businesses for donations this year. We do, however, have a few items that were donated before last March’s shut down. We are looking into virtual auction opportunities for these items.


We are moving forward with the sun shades for the playground! Three locations have been identified for placement. We have secured a quote and are proceeding to obtain School Board approval.

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

Counselor Corner!


Welcome to February, families! Here we are again with another month and another lesson topic for classrooms. We will be visiting students to talk about Empathy and standing in the shoes of others. By looking at multiple perspectives, we can gain a better understanding of how our actions impact others and the world around us. We will discuss how others feel and where they are coming from. This provides a way to learn what we can do to help our family, friends, and peers when they need us most.


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

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

February Menus

Head Start & Great Start Readiness Programs

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Brighton Bulldog Football & Cheer

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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.

Important Dates at a Glance

February

1 thru 14 - Virtual Book Fair

10 - Virtual Wednesday

17 - Virtual Wednesday

23 - Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up from 6:30-8 PM

24 - Virtual Wednesday

26 - Deadline to Order a Yearbook

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.