February 8, 2023

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

We are reaching out a little early this week with the newsletter due to the dance this Friday as we are still in need of more parent chaperones, and we also wanted to provide additional information.  Here is more information regarding the dance along with other updates:

Dance Chaperones and Food Still Needed: Our PTO is still in great need for parent chaperones along with food donations for the dance.  If you can support our PTO and students on Friday from 6:30-8:30, your support would be greatly appreciated. 

Click here to sign up to chaperone: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4eacaa22a31-beagle?useFullSite=true#/

Click here to sign up to donate food items: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4eacaa22a31-beagle1?useFullSite=true#/

Winter Dance Ticket Information: Wristband tickets for the dance are $10, and they will be sold during lunch on Friday.  We will also sell tickets at the door during the dance, but our preference is to have students purchase their wrist-band tickets during lunch to ensure they maximize their time at the dance versus waiting in line for a ticket.  Only Beagle students are invited to the dance, and only one ticket may be purchased per student.  In other words, one student cannot purchase multiple tickets to distribute to friends. Please note that students that received formal discipline for inappropriate school behaviors after January 27th will not be allowed to attend the dance; formal discipline is considered a half-day or more of In or Out-of-School Suspension (ISS/OSS). We also want to thank Mrs. Abbey Taylor, PTO Beagle Activities Coordinator, for working with several parent volunteers in planning another wonderful opportunity for our students. 

Theme of Dance: Today in CNC class, students reviewed a google slideshow regarding the theme of the dance along with the activities that will be possible at the dance.  Some students are concerned that only country/western music will be played at the dance; that is not true. Yes, this is a “Western” theme; however, we wanted to clear the air with parents in the newsletter that all genres of music will be played during the dance, and that the “Western” theme is simply just a theme for decorations and potential wardrobe choices. To be honest, we just want kids to come along and have fun. Students should feel empowered to come as they are to the dance.  We will clear this up with the student body during announcements tomorrow and Friday. 

Before and After the Dance:  We will open the doors for the dance promptly at 6:30pm.  Because many parent volunteers will not be able to arrive until just before the dance and we will need to have a meeting with them to ensure the safety of our students during the dance, we kindly ask that parents keep students in vehicles until 6:25 pm. Students are expected to be picked up from the dance promptly at 8:30 pm.  At 8:30 pm, students will be released to find their rides in the parking lot; parents do not have to come into the building to pick-up their students.  Students cannot walk home from the dance; therefore, students must be picked up in the parking lot by an adult or older sibling. We appreciate parent support with this expectation in an effort to keep our children safe. Staff will be monitoring the parking lot after the dance. 

Student Sportsmanship at Games:  As we are in the middle of girls’ basketball season here at Beagle coupled with the numerous sporting events at the high school, we wanted to send along a gentle reminder to parents regarding student sportsmanship at all school-based athletic events.  We expect our students to show the same level of Comet PRIDE at athletic events as they do here at school.  Showing Comet PRIDE at athletic events includes: cheering appropriately; remaining in the stands without interfering with the game; following directions of staff in an immediate fashion, including officials; and having fun in a positive, respectful manner. Distracting the other team in an obnoxious fashion, blatantly and aggressively challenging the calls of the officials, and wandering outside of the athletic event into other areas of the school is not acceptable behavior, and this will be addressed appropriately by both athletic directors and school administration as necessary. Our student spectators are just as much of a reflection of Grand Ledge Schools as our players and parents, and we appreciate your support on the home front in reiterating this message to ensure our athletic events remain a positive and respectful experience for all. 

NWEA Scores:  NWEA scores should be posted in PowerSchool via SchoolNet later in February.  We will have more detailed information in future newsletters as to how to access this information via PowerSchool. 

Joint Hayes/Beagle PTO Meetings: The next PTO meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21st.  We welcome parents to attend our PTO meetings either in-person here at Beagle or virtually.  If interested in attending virtually, here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82744686994

Students’ of the Week, Community, and Extra Curricular Resources:   To view our students of the week or to review additional community/extra curricular information on our webpage, then please click https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/beagle-middle-school/ and then click on the appropriate icon on the left side of our homepage. Note: Students’ of the Week will not be loaded to our website until Friday PM as we are sending the newsletter early due to the upcoming dance. 

These are all the updates we have at this time.  

Take care,

Dave and Eric