All-Star Announcements

August 18, 2023

Beacon Tree Families:

Our new school year is just around the corner. In my last newsletter, I created a short video to introduce myself to you all. In that video I gave a bit of my background and expressed my "why"...why I do what I do each day. It is all because of your children. To add to that, I wanted to make you aware that I not only love children, I also love being a witness to their learning and growth. I have always been intentional on visiting and observing classrooms throughout the day. I even enjoy swinging on the swings, play basketball, or even four-square every now and then. Therefore, there may be times when I am unavailable to the "older" community because I am spending time with our "younger" community. Please know that I will try my best to return a call or an email in a timely manner.

Enjoy your weekend!

Upcoming Dates to Remember


AUG 28 - Principal Meet-n-Greet / Classroom Sneak Peek (see flyer below for details)

AUG 29 - School begins ~ half day for elementary (9:00 am - 12:04 pm)

AUG 30 and 31- full days of school for elementary (bell times - 9:00 - 3:50)


SEPT 1-4 - No school ~ Labor Day holiday weekend

SEPT 5 - Full day ~ classes R]resume following holiday weekend

SEPT 7 - Open House/Curriculum Night (7:00)

SEPT 20 - No school ~ teacher professional development workday

Parking Lot Update

It is coming along! This will be a welcomed change for the community, however, with any change will come adjustment. I ask that you follow our parking lot procedures and pay special attention to those who are there to assist you.

I have included a map of the school and parking lot to assist you with this new process. Please follow the parking lot procedures below...

*buses will now load and unload in the bus lane located in the north parking lot

*the drop off lane will be located in the south parking lot

*cars will pull in the entrance and drive around the south parking lot loop

*students are asked to be seated on the passenger side of the car

*students are asked to be ready to exit the vehicle once it is stopped (backpack / lunch on lap)

*once your car is stopped, your child(ren) can exit the car and walk to their door

*cars will then proceed through and exit the parking lot

*please do not park or sit idle in the drop off lane

*you may park in the main lot


*cars must remain in the drop off lane while dropping off, please no passing

*we all MUST obey our crossing guards at all times

*please DO NOT leave your car unattended in the drop off / pick up zone

**We thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.

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Volunteering in the Building / Bringing Your Child Lunch to School

Many of you will quickly learn that I hold instructional time very near and dear to my heart. I will do my best to not interrupt the classroom teachers during this time. Being a previous teacher myself, I remember the struggles of being interrupted and having to bring my students back to where I had them. Therefore, I ask that if you are volunteering in a classroom, please stay with that classroom and do not move to other classrooms to "pop in". Also, if you are bringing your child lunch (I used to do that for my kiddos), please just drop it off in the office. We will no longer be calling students out of instructional time to come to the office to pick up their lunches. We will ensure your child is eating.

The staff at Beacon Tree does an excellent job capturing students' attention and when they are interrupted, learning loss may occur. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with these matters.

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Principal Meet-n-Greet / Classroom Sneak Peek

I would like to hold a Principal Meet-n-Greet / Classroom Sneak Peek on Monday, August 28th at Beacon Tree. Please note that classroom teachers may not be present. We will be staggering the times.

Times by Last Names:

A-L: 3:30-4:15

M-Z: 4:15-5:00

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First Day of School / Line Up Locations

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 29th. It is a half-day for elementary students, with dismissal at 12:04 PM.

Upon arrival at school, students line up on the play pad outside of their designated door (BEGINNING AT 8:50 am).

8:50 - Doors open. NO Adult on duty before this time; children must be accompanied by an adult prior to 8:50.

8:50-9:00 - Student arrival

9:00 - Bell rings

9:00 am and afterwards - Students arriving after this time must enter the Main Office door and be accompanied by a parent and signed in as 'tardy'.


KDG & 1st: enter and exit through door 10

2nd & 3rd: enter and exit through door 1

4th & 5th: enter and exit through door 2

6th: enter and exit through door 3

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

School officially begins at 9:00 AM. Students may begin lining up at their designated locations and supervision begins at 8:50 AM.

*There will be TWO separate lot loops. The NORTH lot will be the designated BUS LOOP and the SOUTH lot will be the DROP OFF LOOP.

Arrival Procedures:

  • Students will line up outside their designated main door beginning at 8:50 until the doors open.
  • The drop off lane in the parking lot will allow students to exit vehicles on the passenger side and walk to their line up spot.
  • Supervision does not begin until 8:50. Parents DO NOT leave your child unattended or drop them in the drop off lane prior to our supervision times.


Walkers/car riders/pickups will be dismissed from their door locations at 4:00 PM. At the 4:00 bell, teachers (or safety/service squad students) will walk all lower grade bus students to their bus for departure.

Security Procedures

We are asking for your assistance to ensure that our security procedures during the school day are effective. As many of you know, our school has a security camera, intercom, and buzzer at the front main entrance for use during the school day. To help us assist you when you would like to enter the school:

1. Please press the buzzer to speak with someone in the office

2. You will be asked to state your name and reason for visiting

3. You may be asked to show your photo ID into the security camera above the outside door

4. Office staff will then be able to buzz you inside

5. All visitors must immediately register in the office

In addition, we are asking you to not let any visitors in the door as you enter (and they come up behind you) or as you exit the building.

The teachers and staff are committed to student safety and security and we would like to thank you for your assistance in helping keep the students of Beacon Tree safe.

Birthday Celebrations

The teachers and staff at Beacon Tree support the recognition of a child’s birthday during the school day - it is an annual milestone in every child’s life. While there are many wonderful and creative ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in school, birthday celebrations at Beacon Tree will not include food treats. Instead, the focus will be on recognizing the day in a variety of special ways that do not include food treats. Some possibilities include:

  • · Class sings “Happy Birthday”
  • · Happy Birthday Recess/Gift
  • · Morning “Happy Birthday” on monitors
  • · Parent makes a donation of book to class library/read to class
  • · Student reads favorite book to class
  • · Non-Food treat bags for classmates

We do not accept deliveries on behalf of students (balloons, flowers, food items) Parents may drop off a special lunch (for their child only, not the class) or choose to take their child out to lunch on their special day. Your child’s teacher will have more information on how birthdays will be celebrated in the classroom. As educators, caregivers and loved ones we all want the best for our students. Thank you for joining us in giving students healthy opportunities to celebrate important events and achievements.

Important Note About PaySchools for the 2023-24 School year

PaySchools has improved its platform this year to provide a system that is consistently more reliable and user friendly. The end result for parents will be that the information they need will be personalized for their child.

As a result, families will be asked to recreate an account (even if you previously had a PaySchools account). Once created, you will be provided with those product choices that directly relate to your child.

Just follow these easy steps:

  • Create an account from your computer or tablet at:
  • Complete the account registration by selecting register, enter your profile details, setting up your password via the email link that will be sent to you, then logging in.
  • Add your children to your account using their student ID numbers. ID numbers are found on their report card available through PowerSchool.
  • If you like, enter credit card and/or banking information as forms of payments to use with your PaySchools account.

A complete guide (with screen shots) is available at this link.

Need help with your PaySchools Central account?
8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET (M-F)

School Meals

All meals are free this year thanks to the Michigan School Meals law (2A). Students that would like to be eligible for benefits, such as pay-to-participate sports, college entrance/AP testing fees, summer EBT cards and more need to complete the Eligibility Benefits Form or the School Meals and Summer EBT Form (2B). These forms are available at Please encourage your parents to complete these forms to ensure our Title I and other specialized funding is received from the state. Paper applications are arriving at your schools this week. For Elementary schools please only send 1 copy home with either the oldest or the youngest child in the family. Secondary schools please have paper copies available in your main offices.

Breakfast Procedure

If your child is coming in for breakfast, they must enter through the main doors and proceed directly to the gym. Doors will open at 8:45. Please do not have your child enter at this time if they are not eating breakfast.
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Allergy Forms

Students with food allergies that wish to use school meals must have a Special Dietary Needs form (11A) completed and signed by a physician. Forms need to be turned in to the office of Food and Nutrition Service. Without this form we cannot make accommodations. This form must be updated every year to ensure accuracy. Since all schools have vegetarian options, parents do not need to complete a form for that option.

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Teacher Assignments / Requests

Classroom placement is an extremely long and arduous process each year that is well thought out by your child’s previous teacher and the team. There are many aspects that are taken into consideration when classroom placements are made. The placements were completed and approved / finalized in June. As a team, we strive to keep the balance needed throughout each grade level and I hold the utmost amount of trust in the teaching staff at Beacon Tree. I am confident that the team placed all children in an environment where they can be the most successful. Therefore, I am asking that you please refrain from making teacher requests as well as the requesting of other students to be placed with your child. Classroom teachers will be emailed Thursday, August 24th in the late afternoon.
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Device Insurance

The cost of device insurance has increased from $15.00 to $17.50 per student. The Payschools website has changed to Payschools Central. In order to purchase the device insurance parents will need their child(ren) student ID number (which can be found on the report card) and create a NEW Payschools Central account. The directions for creating an account can be found at:

Please note that the final date to enroll in the optional device insurance plan is Friday, September 8th.

Building Subs Needed

Beacon Tree is looking for one more building sub. The requirements are as follows:

*must have 90 credit hours and apply through EduStaff

*must commit to five days a week

*must be willing to go to other buildings if needed

*rate of pay: $160 per day

If you are interested, please contact the front office for an interview.

Volunteering at Beacon Tree

Remember, volunteers MUST have an updated background check on file every year. Below you will find a link to download the form. Please fill it out and send it in with your child the first week of school if you plan to volunteer at Beacon Tree.

2023-2024 Student Handbook (click below)

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SACC Locations 2023-2024

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2023-2024 UCS Calendar


August 29: First Day of School All K-12 Students- Elementary Student Half Day


September 1: No School for K-12 Students

September 4: No School for K-12 Students - Labor Day

September 20: No School for K-12 Students


October 12: Secondary Student Half Day - All Secondary Afternoon Conferences, High School only Evening Conferences

October 18: No School for K-12 Students

October 19: Junior High School Only - Evening Conferences

October 27: Elementary Student Half Day - End of Marking Period

October 31: Elementary Student Half Day


November 7: No School for K-12 Students - Election Day

November 9: Elementary Student Half Day - Afternoon Conferences

November 22 - 24: No School for K-12 Students - Thanksgiving Break


December 19: Secondary Student Half Day - Exams

December 20: Secondary Student Half Day - Exams

December 21: All Students K-12 Half Day - Exams and End of Marking Period

December 22 - January 2, 2024: No School for K-12 Students - Winter Break


January 15: No School for K-12 Students - Martin Luther King Jr. Day


February 19-23: No School for K-12 Students - Mid-Winter Break


March 22: Elementary Student Half Day - End of Marking Period

March 25-29: No School for K-12 Students - Spring Break


May 27: No School for K-12 Students - Memorial Day


June 5: Secondary Student Half Day - Exams

June 6: All Students K-12 Half Day - Exams

June 7: All Students K-12 Half Day - Exams and Last Day of School

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Bus Routes

Bus routes will be posted on the websites by the end of the day on August 21st.

2023-2024 Supply Lists (click below to access all lists)

Breakfast and Lunch Menus