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A Message From Mr. Ellis:

Photo of Mr. Ellis and a bearded student.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  It is hard to believe that summer is rolling by and the first day of school is right around the corner!

This year, we will communicate grade level classroom assignments for your child in a convenient and secure manner.  We will be emailing the classroom assignments to you directly using the email addresses on file in PowerSchool on Wednesday, August 28,2019.  Your child's assignment can also be viewed via the PowerSchool Parent Portal that will be available beginning Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  If you do not receive an email or are unable to access the information through the Parent Portal by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, please contact our office for assistance.

School will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd and will be a half day with dismissal at 12:04pm.  I will be sending out another reminder via email with this and other details as well.

As you may remember, last year we had 4 retirements within our Beacon Tree Family.  We wish each and everyone of them the best in their new endeavors.  One of the retirees was Mrs. Rogos, my Administrative Assistant.  I would ask that our Beacon Tree Elementary family welcome Mrs. Rosemary Johnson to this position.  She comes to us from Crissman Elementary and has done a wonderful job acclimating herself with this new role.  Please do not be offended if you are asked to show identification or our questioned about your destination within our building.  I am asking her to do this for the safety of the students and everyone within the building.  I appreciate your understanding with this protocol.

Remember to keep an eye out on the calendar below for key dates and times of activities going on and around Beacon Tree Elementary.  One such date is for our Open House.  Please mark down Monday, September 16th, 2019 at 7:00pm for our Open House.  We will begin the evening in our cafeteria/gym for a general assembly, and then venture out to the classrooms to hear all of the great things that will be happening in and around Beacon Tree Elementary.

On Tuesday, August 27th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm will be an opportunity to come in and meet your teacher!  You will be able to bring your child up to the school and see where the classroom will be, and who your teacher will be as well!  You will receive an email prior to this date with further details.  This is a great way to help alleviate some anxiety for children. 

I will keep the school supply link active, but please remember that this is only a suggestion.  You are not required to purchase anything!

School Supply List Click HERE!

If you have any questions or concerns prior to the first day of school, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  We have resumed normal school hours and would be happy to assist you!

I look forward to seeing all of the smiling faces on Tuesday, September 3rd!

All The Best, 
Mr. Ellis

The June Newsletter is available at this link.

PowerSchool Parent Portal Information is available at this


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