Dear Hayes Intermediate Families,

Here is some news to get us into the weekend…

Phone Boundaries

We've noticed an increase in students facing challenges with online friendships lately. Many feel pressure to be constantly available on their phones, which can be tiring. Students also find it easier to say things via text that they wouldn't consider saying in person. While staying connected has many benefits, let's work together to help students find a balance. Smartwatches with phone capabilities or basic cell phones without internet access are great options to keep in touch, but they limit features like unlimited texting or social media access until your child is a bit older. If your child already has a phone, let's work together to establish healthy boundaries. Many families find it helpful to set screen time limits and create phone-free zones like bedrooms.

Potter Park Zoo Field Trip

We are excited to announce that 5th Graders will be going to Potter Park Zoo on May 28th and 6th Graders on June 5th! Due to the generous support of the PTO (and the fundraising efforts of Hayes Intermediate Families), all students will be able to attend at no cost to them. Details were on the permission slip that was sent home with students on Monday, April 29th. Please have your student return the permission slip to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible so we can get an accurate count for tickets and lunches. If you need another permission slip, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Hayes Chromebook Crew - Parent Volunteers Needed 

We are looking for parent volunteers to help with the end of the year Chromebook Crew at Hayes to inspect devices and prep them to be ready for next year! No tech experience necessary!  Available dates are June 5, 6, 7 from 7:30-11:30 am (Additional backup dates June 10, 11, & 12)

Thank you for ALL you do for Hayes students and staff!


Please click to sign up if you are willing to help with any of the days or times!


Volunteers and Chaperones

We currently have two big needs for volunteers approaching. As stated above, we are planning to take 5th Graders to Potter Park Zoo on May 28th and 6th Graders on June 5th. We are also planning field days for June that will be another opportunity for you to see your student in action at school. Click Here to fill out our volunteer registration form if you would like to join us on the trip (or Field Day) as a chaperone! Volunteer registration can take several days to process so please fill it out soon.

Kona Ice 

Kona Ice will be at Hayes on Friday May 17th! If students would like to purchase a Kona Ice they can bring cash to school that day and purchase one during their lunch period!  Prices are $4, $5, $6, and for $7 you can get a color-changing cup. Proceeds go to support our awesome PTO.

PM Back Carline Update

Three weeks ago we opened the PM back carline to all 6th Grade families. It has been a great success, with most families in and out in a few minutes. The back carline is accessed from the Grand Ledge Public Schools Operations Drive (Penny Lane) for parents to pick up students in the afternoon. The back carline is accessible to 6th graders from either the Band Room or from Door #11. If you want your student to use the back carline, please let them know. Otherwise, 6th graders can still continue to use the front carline if you prefer.

PTO Board Needs Members

The Hayes-Beagle Parent Teacher Organization has worked hard to provide opportunities for students and staff over the past 3 years that would not have been available without a PTO. Several PTO Board members will be leaving the PTO as their students age into High School. The commitment is as little as an hour a month for the meeting and you can help with fun jobs such as buying treats for students and staff. You can also help plan the dances and other activities that your student will participate in! Without a board, the PTO is legitimately in danger of ceasing to exist. Please come to the next meeting on May 14th at the Beagle Middle School Media Center at 6:30 PM to find out more. You can also join via Zoom -

MSTEP and NWEA Testing

Year-end MSTEP and NWEA Testing is continuing at Hayes Intermediate through May 24. Classroom teachers will communicate with you about specific dates. Students who miss a designated testing day will be able to participate in makeup testing.

Puberty: The Wonder Years

5th and 6th grade students will be spending approximately two weeks in their science classes receiving instruction from the curriculum Puberty: The Wonder Years.

Dates to be aware of:

5/1 Curriculum resource available for review

5/10 Permission slips returned

5/21 PWY Kickoff

6/7 PWY Finale

Hayes Happenings

Hayes Happenings is our weekly news show that is student directed, produced, and edited under the guidance of teachers Jacque Cosgrove and Allison Shumate. Here is the May 3rd episode!

Looking Ahead

Ongoing - May 24 MSTEP and NWEA Testing

May 13 - Science Fair

May 17 - Kona Ice Truck at Hayes

May 20 - Half Day for Students

May 22 - Hayes 6th Grade Band concert at GLHS 7PM

May 27 - Memorial Day - No School for Students

May 28 - 5th Grade Potter Park Zoo Trip

Week of June 3rd - 4th Grade visits at Hayes

June 5 - 6th Grade Potter Park Zoo Trip

June 6 - Mead, Lee, Knauff, and Ward visit Beagle

June 7- Band Cedar Point Trip

June 10 - Carlson, Bierstetel, Burns, and Householder visit Beagle

June 11 - Weaver, Pung, Walter, Brunk, and Palacios visit Beagle

June 11 - 5th Grade Field Day

June 12 - 6th Grade Field Day

June 14 - Last Day for Students/Half Day

View flyers and more from the school district and the community plus learn about upcoming things here:

Take care,
Eric and Scott
Eric Leopold, Principal
Scott Millbrook, Assistant Principal
Hayes Intermediate School


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