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A Message From
Mr. Ellis:

All Star Families:

As we move to the final month of the 2018 calendar year, it is easy to reflect upon all of the wonderful things that both staff and students have accomplished here at Beacon Tree Elementary.  It is fantastic to see the growth of all of our students both socially and academically!  It is such a pleasure to have students come to me and share their accomplishments on any given day.  Very recently I was able to sit with a student who was able to teach me how to do double and triple digit addition!  I was so proud of that student because only a short time ago, the same child had difficulty with this task.  It was fantastic to see that the child had mastered the content enough to teach me, and even tell me that I was doing some of the steps wrong!  The sense of accomplishment on that child's face embodied what goes on in our classrooms on a daily basis.

I would like to thank everyone who was able to attend conferences during the month of November.  During the conference window, my staff held 769 conferences, with an attendance rate of 99%!  I appreciate each of you for having conferences with your teachers and the dialogue you had pertaining to your children.  If for any reason you did not get a chance to speak with your child's teacher, or you still have questions that need answered, please contact them and set up an appointment.

Beacon Tree Elementary students are once again giving back to the community during this holiday season.  Our student council has lead the way in providing multiple opportunities to help others.  The following charitable programs were run by our outstanding student council:

1.  Shelby Lions Christmas Basket Program
2.  Hat and Mitten Tree
3.  Rainbow Connection Toy Drive

Even though the grass still remains green and the temperatures linger in the 30's and 40's, our usual Michigan winter will be arriving shortly!  Please make sure that your children come prepared for the frigid weather with appropriate winter attire.  We will be having outdoor recess as long as the temperature is above 10 degrees (with a windchill) and the play pad is safe.  Please have children come with hats, gloves, winter coats, etc. to keep warm during the winter months.

On behalf of the Beacon Tree Elementary Staff, we wish you a wonderful holiday!  Enjoy your time with family and friends!


If you are interested in some spirit wear, please utilize the link below to access the site!    Please remember that the Spirit Wear Shop is open year round, and you can visit it at any time!  We love seeing our community in some Beacon Tree Spirit Wear!

Lego Robotics:

We are still looking to see if anyone is interested in starting a Lego Robotics Program here at Beacon Tree.  I have placed a link below with information to help get a program started.  If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact me so that I can answer any questions you may have.

Lego Robotics Information: Click HERE


All The Best, 

Mr. Ellis

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All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. Beacon Tree Elementary as part of Utica Community Schools will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.


The Beacon Tree staff, in partnership with parents and the community, will guide, support, and encourage all students to reach their maximum potential as lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Throughout the school year, Beacon Tree Elementary has some fun activities scheduled!  Please check our "Upcoming Events" section for actual dates and times for these activities!  Also, keep an eye out on the "From Mr. Ellis" section for updates and important information in and around Beacon Tree Elementary!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link