Letter from the Principal

Dear Beacon Community,

Welcome to Beacon Academy!

Welcome new families and students. We hope you have an amazing second week of school. We’re excited that the year has started and thrilled to have you here at our beautifully renovated facility. As we grow and adapt in our new building we are constantly reflecting in certain areas and making improvements. Although we planned out new routines and processes, we appreciate your patience as we grow through them and learn. Every room is new and every process is a learning experience in which we’re building off of past routines, planned growth, and new found obstacles. Thank you for bearing with us as the dust settles. As a community, we will come out stronger on the other side.

Student Information System

We recently went through a transition in the main office personnel and we are working to expedite the intake paperwork. We’re working extra hours to try and clear up our systems and student information system information. The delay on the data entry has slowed everyone’s ability to get full information from TeacherVue, ParentVue, and other aspects of our student information system, including viewing any updated middle school schedules. We’ve been in contact with Synergy, the student information system company, and also have had several staff working overtime to get the system corrected. We appreciate your patience with this.

Before School Drop-off

Students should be dropped off at the Performing Arts Center entrance in the mornings. This requires families to approach from the Nevada Ave. side of the building. Students dropped off prior to 8:30 a.m. will have to wait outside until supervision is available. Please do not drop your students off on the Louisiana side of the building.

After School Pick-up

Families should approach from the Nevada Ave. side of the building and park in one of several locations: a) the right lane of the one way loop; b) the middle parking lot; or c) down on Nevada Ave. For those of you walking up to the building from your cars, the kindergarten classes will be coming around the corner by the playground and all other grades will be using the Performing Arts Center Doors.

We are currently evaluating the traffic flow and safety of all students during the end of the day pick-up routines. We are in the process of setting up School Patrols/ Crossing Guards to help facilitate safe crossing points outside for families. Until then, look for our staff in the bright yellow vests to help families cross to the middle parking lot.

As a reminder, please pull into the right lane when picking up and drive slowly in the left lane when exiting. We’ve also had several suggestions for how to orchestrate the pick-up process. We appreciate that feedback and plan to continue to explore options. We need to have all students picked up prior to 3:45. Thank you.

Bussing

Over the first few days we’ve been working on making sure our bus lists are correct and the students are traveling in the correct directions. In order to do this, our busses have not left on time as we cross reference the lists, check the hallways, and clear the building of students. Please remember to call the office if your child’s transportation needs have changed. If you find yourself leaving the building during afternoon bus departure, between 3:30 and 3:45, please utilize the north exit to Louisiana and allow the busses to use the south exit to Louisiana Ave.

Student Enrollment

If you know of anyone who has students in 1st, 3rd, or 5th grade who might be interested in a change in their child’s education, please let them know we have openings. We are thrilled you have chosen Beacon Academy for your students’ education. Thank you. Together we will have a great year.

Respectfully,

Sean Koster

Principal