August 18, 2023
Beacon Tree Families:
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
PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES...
*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.
Volunteering in the Building / Bringing Your Child Lunch to School
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.
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:
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'.
ENTER AND EXIT LOCATIONS
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.
- 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.
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.
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: www.payschoolscentral.com
- 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)
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 https://utica.familyportal.cloud. 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.
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.
Teacher Assignments / Requests
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: https://www.uticak12.org/domain/85
Please note that the final date to enroll in the optional device insurance plan is Friday, September 8th.
Building Subs Needed
*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.
2023-2024 Student Handbook (click below)
SACC Locations 2023-2024
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