School NewsDistrict News

Picture Day!
Picture day is Wednesday, September 22
Registration is now open for 2021-22 kindergarten
Enrollment is now open for fall kindergarten
Making Beautiful (remote) music
Check out the new look in our music classroom
The tale of two sisters, retired UCS administrators and children’s book creators
Retired UCS administrator sisters create children’s book together, donate books to UCS elementary libraries.
UCS to be represented by Utica High School dancer at Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Varsity dancer named All-American by Varsity Spirit will be performing on behalf of the organization on Thanksgiving.

A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Headshot of Mr. Ellis

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

It is not everyday that someone can completely turn your day around with one simple act of kindness.  Today I was greeted by one of our All Star 1st graders named Eleanor.  She came into the office this morning and handed me a little gift.  At first, I was not completely sure what it was.  Once I figured it out, I could not stop smiling....  

Photo of Student and Principal With Christmas Bulbs in Beard

I was so excited to receive this gift from Eleanor that I had to put them in my beard immediately.  Eleanor told me that she picked them out and wanted me to have them!  When I had all of them in my beard she said, " It looks like an upside down Christmas tree!"

I have worn the bulbs throughout the day, and will wear them again before the break.  Eleanor has put a "perma-grin" on my face today with her act of kindness!  Like her, we have so many All Stars out there who are also making a difference in the lives of others.  I have been watching students bring in donations for our hat and mitten tree, cans of food, and toys for our Student Council sponsored charity drives!!  I have also seen acts of kindness between students that can warm hearts worldwide!  A little kindness definitely goes a long way!  I am so proud of our All Stars!

As we head into the colder months of the calendar, please remember to check the weather to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor recess.  We will be going outside on days that the temperature is above 10 degrees (with the windchill).  Hats, gloves, and scarves are perfect for this time of year!!  If you are already asking your child where their hat or coat may be, please see our "lost and found" collection in the main lobby.  We have quite a collection currently, and we know that these items did not get there on their own.  We would love all of the wearables to be returned to their rightful owners.

The BTV will continue to utilize their Membership Toolkit account throughout the school year.    Please utilize the link below to access the Membership Toolkit for upcoming BTV activities.

BTV's Membership Toolkit link is HERE   

Great news All Star Families, SPIRITWEAR is here!!!  That's right, students can now walk the hallways showing off their "ALL STAR SWAG!" for everyone to see!  You can view all of the spiritwear at the following link:

You will find many t-shirts, sweatshirts, polos, pants, bags, and more!!  Sizes range from toddler through adult.  There are 12 different design options so you'll be sure to find something you will like.  You can do fun things like adding your child's name or even having red or silver glitter!!

Free shipping is still available for all orders over $50.00! Get yourself some "ALL STAR SWAG" so we can spread that Beacon Tree pride!  Holidays are coming, what a great time to get some cool swag!!  What is better than the "swag" you ask...  well, Beacon Tree Elementary will earn 20% on all purchases!! Wow, all of our All Stars benefit from a little "swag"!!!  
I would like to thank families who continue to make sure that children that are not feeling well stay home.  We all know that COVID-19 has affected families this year.  This could be positive cases or quarantined cases.  Either one is a challenge for our families.  By keeping children who are sick home helps lower the chances of others getting ill.  Continue to utilize the Self Screener to make the call to either come to school, or remain at home to rest.  Thank you all for your assistance with this!  

Quarantine Update:
Changes to Quarantine Process

As Mr. Monroe's September 30 letter indicated, there has been a series of adjustments in required quarantine guidelines.  These adjustments from the Macomb County Health Department are for students who may have been identified as a close contact.  The changes are the result of discussions between our district leadership and the health department and are based on concerns shared by our parents.

Our goal remains to keep our students in-person throughout the year.  The new guidelines provide an avenue that families can take to return quarantined students to classrooms earlier if they meet certain conditions, such as a vaccination, a distance of more than three feet from the contact or testing daily over seven days through either a clinic or using an at-home kit.  If you choose to pursue the at-home or clinic tests, our school will provide you a form to record the results.

In the event your child is a close contact, we will notify you via phone call, email and a text message. (If you do not receive regular updates from our school, please call the office to verify we have accurate information for you).

For more information, you may visit our district's website regarding the required quarantine process and our school's layered mitigation strategies.  If you have any questions regarding the process or the learning plan for your child if a quarantine is necessary, please speak to your child's teacher or call our office directly.

Thank you! 

I wish each of you a Happy Holiday Season!  I hope that it is filled with joy and excitement as you celebrate with your families!  Take care everyone, and I will see you in 2022!!!!

All The Best,
Mr. Ellis
Proud Principal
Beacon Tree Elementary


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!

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS 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.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.