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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Headshot of Mr. Ellis

Dear All Star Parents/Guardians:

I cannot believe that November is almost here!!  Temperatures are falling, leaves are changing colors, and we are noticing that more winter clothing is starting to show up!  Please keep an eye on the weather as we head into November and the months ahead.  Usually at this time our Lost and Found begins to grow quickly.  If your child cannot find a hat or coat, etc., have them check the Lost and Found in our main lobby!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
It is that time of year for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  This is a great opportunity for you to speak with your child's teacher about the successes and challenges that are currently occurring within the classroom!  This year we will be offering either VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON conferences.  Please see the dates and times below.

Monday, November 7thIN-PERSON Conferences 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, November 9thVIRTUAL Conferences  5:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, November 10th:
First Session:  IN-PERSON Conferences 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Second Session:  VIRTUAL Conferences 2:45pm - 4:00pm

We will be registering for conferences utilizing SchoolSoft.  This is an online schedular that will make the sign up nice and smooth.  This is the same program we utilized during our Virtual Learning phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I have created a link for you to utilize for instructions on how to register and utilize the website.

Please click HERE to access the SMORE.

If you are unable to find a conference time that works for you, please connect with your classroom teacher to make other arrangements.

Halloween Parade Information

We will once again be parading all of our All Stars through our halls as they show off various costumes to each other and to our community.  Due to weather reports, we will have an indoor parade beginning at 11:00am.  Parents are welcome to either line up in the hallways, or take a seat in our gym/cafeteria as we wind our way through the building.  If you are coming to view the parade, please make sure that you sign in at the office upon arrival.  If you choose to take your child home following the parade and festivities, please make sure that you sign your child out with the classroom teacher.  They will have a listing prepared for you should you like to leave prior to the busses.  We look forward to the parade and to seeing all of the costumes on the 31st! 

A lot has happened since Open House here at Beacon Tree!  Thanks to you, our Fun Run was a hit, and our recently held Trunk or Treat was incredible!  I just want to thank everyone for all of your support!  It makes me proud to see the commitment you have for Beacon Tree Elementary and the children!  Because of you, we smashed our Fun Run goal and we were able to provide a wonderful opportunity for children to Trunk or Treat in our parking lot!

The Fun Run provided our students with the opportunity to do something to promote fitness and fun, while getting the opportunity to get some prizes as well!  We have been celebrating with students in may ways since the run concluded.  The trip to Art and Jakes and Dairy Queen was a blast!  Riding in a limo bus with students was the best part of my day!  The children had so much fun driving around and feeling like Rock Stars!  A huge thank you goes out to Art and Jakes as well as Dairy Queen for hosting our kiddos!

We have continued celebrating our successful Fun Run by giving away raffle baskets and bringing in Gaming Trucks for the students who reached a specific donation level for Beacon Tree Elementary!  We still have our Movie and popcorn celebration and our classroom pizza party for Mrs. Greenwood's classroom for donating the most during the event coming up!

The Trunk or Treat event was also a smashing success!  It was so nice to see over 140 cars out in our parking lot decorated in various themes.  Children were running from car to car laughing and having fun collecting candy.  I was so happy to see such a great turnout!  This is the first time we have done an event like this during my tenure here at Beacon Tree Elementary.  I believe that this will become an annual event knowing how successful this was!  Thank you to everyone who was there to take part in the fun! 

These events cannot occur without our BTV.  This group of individuals have really gotten our year off to a fantastic start by offering these great events!  They have been placing a lot of time and dedication to the planning and preparation of all of the events they have scheduled!  I thank each of them for this dedication to the students and the community!!  They definitely have your children as priority for any and all decisions they make! 

Please do not forget to check out the school calendar that is below this column on our webpage.  It contains the listing of upcoming events here at Beacon Tree!!

Just a Few Helpful Items:

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 several items to choose from!!  Sizes range from toddler through adult.  There are multiple 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!!

I look forward to seeing more of our community during our conference window!

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.

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• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all