October 29, 2021

Dear Beagle Middle School Parents, 

While the weather was not the best this week, we are hoping for better weather for the kids this weekend, especially on Halloween.  Please continue to encourage your child to engage in outdoor activities in the evenings and over the weekends.  During recess, we have noticed that while some students are actively engaged in physical or sports-based activities, far more students are spending their time huddled together--recording videos, creating Tik Toks, etc.  Please also continue to promote limits on technology consistently as developing tween brains do need technology breaks.    

We wanted to pass along some updates regarding the following information:  conferences, our GoldenDoodle--Gretyl, and picture retakes.  Information below the aforementioned areas are repeated information from last week's correspondence.  

Fall Conferences: Fall conferences will be virtual.  Conferences will be held on November 16th and 17th from 4-7pm; there will be afternoon conferences on November 23rd from 12-3pm.  Next week, Mrs. Hernandez will send an email to all parents with conference sign-up information, so please watch for that email next week.  

Gretyl: Our district has been working with Canines for Change, which is an organization that places trained companion/facility dogs in areas of need.  Gretyl, a GoldenDoodle, is our facility dog here at Beagle, and Mrs. Sarah Felsing, History teacher, is her handler.  Gretyl has been integrated into the building slowly, and soon other staff members will have a chance for Gretyl to be part of their room throughout the day.  For now, Gretyl is staying close with Mrs. Felsing both in the classroom and in the hallways during passing time.  We are super excited to have Gretyl as part of our staff, and the students absolutely love her.   

Picture Retakes: If your student is interested in picture retakes, they will be on November 4th.  Students requesting a retake must bring their picture packet back with them the day of retakes. 

Morning Drop Off: Thank you to those of you who pull all the way forward and use the safest methods to drop off students in the morning carline! On most days, a car can get through the morning carline at Beagle in less than 3 minutes. Please do not create a dangerous situation by making a U-Turn on South Street or having your child get out of the car on South Street. We have asked Grand Ledge PD to increase patrols due to reports of unsafe drop-offs. Additionally, traffic in a roundabout ALWAYS has the right-of-way. The roundabout near Beagle has had multiple close calls with cars pulling in front of busses.  If you see a bus in the roundabout, please STOP at the Yield sign. 

Afternoon Pickup: On most days, parent cars clear the carline by 2:37. This is only 7 minutes after dismissal. Please be courteous and take turns when entering the parking lot.  Please be sure to pull all the way forward up to the next vehicle when waiting in line to pick up students at the end of the day.  In doing this, it allows our busses to make it through the roundabout in a timely fashion. 

Cell Phones/Social Media: Thank you for having regular conversations with your child and monitoring their social media use! If your student has a cell phone at school, chances are they are using it inappropriately at times. Teachers report numerous students, even those who are normally well-behaved, who check their phones during class. Middle School students are not emotionally ready for the attention demands of Snapchat or Tiktok. Please consider not allowing these apps to be used by your student until they are older.

Weightlifting: Off-season weightlifting and speed/agility training will begin the week of November 8th on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at the high school from 7-8pm.  The cost is $55; students do not have to be there every night if they have scheduling conflicts. 

Sinking Fund Renewal: The Grand Ledge Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a Sinking Fund Millage Renewal question on the November 2nd ballot.  Voters will decide whether to renew the millage for three years at a rate of .7921 mills, which is just maintaining the current rate and is not an increase over the 2021 millage levy.  The Sinking Fund--also called the Capital Improvement Fund-- was first approved by the voters in 2002 at a rate of 1.000 mills, and the community approved a renewal in 2011.  Headlee reductions have lowered the tax rate over time to the current rate of .7921 mills.  It has paid for school building improvements, roof replacements, HVAC maintenance, parking lot work, athletic facility upgrades, and more.  Note: this publication is paid for by Grand Ledge Public Schools, 220 Lamson Street, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Students’ of the Week, Extra Curricular, and Community Resources:  Please click https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/beagle-middle-school/ and then click on the appropriate link on our homepage. 

These are all the updates that we have for now.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  

Take care, 

Dave and Eric