Mon., Aug. 14                          1st-6th Grade Class Placements Mailed

Mon. & Tues., Aug. 14 & 15     Kindergarten State Assessments & Brief Open House (by appointment)

Fri., Aug. 18                             1st-6th Grades Open House – 2:00-3:00 pm

Mon., Aug. 21                          First Day of School – All Grades

Thurs., Aug. 24                        Back-to-School Night – 6:00-8:00 pm

In the fall, you will get a list of suggested class supplies our class could use if you would like to donate.  Please know that all supplies will be shared with every student.  However, school supplies go on sale over the summer and parents have asked us for a list of these suggested supplies now.  Here is a list of useful and optional items you might want to gather.

Kindergarten          1st Grade          2nd Grade          3rd Grade          4th Grade          5th Grade          6th Grade

Unusual Reading Spot Contest

The Beacon Heights Library is excited to host our First Annual Unusual Reading Spot Contest!  Students have their picture taken while reading in an unusual place or pose and enter their picture in our school-wide contest. Students might be found reading in a tree, near an important landmark, in a basketball hoop, or any place your imagination takes you. Our students read EVERYWHERE!

Click here for all of the details.

Here is an example:

Mr. Tim reading a book about a librarian.

For more summer reading opportunities, go to Beacon Library Page.


Sarah Pickett, a second-grade student at Beacon Heights, recently represented the state of Utah for Reflections in photography at the National competition. Reflections is a national PTA program that encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. The 2016-2017 theme was “What is Your Story.”

Sarah said she was hiking in St. George and she watched her Dad and her sister climb some red rocks. When they got to the top, they held their hands up as conquerors and Sarah took a picture. Sarah decided to use her picture for her reflections entry and caption it, “My story can be whatever I want because I can do hard things.”

Sarah said she has done other hard things in her life. “I play the violin,” she said. “It can be hard when you trying to get everything right. My first time performing it was a little hard. But it was really fun.”

Sarah first found out she won first place at for K-2 photography at Beacon Heights and won a blue ribbon.“I felt excited because it was my first time doing Reflections,” she said. I was surprised because we were kind of in a hurry, so I only had one night to get it ready because we had been so busy.” Sarah said she finished her entry the night before it was due.

After winning first place at Beacon Heights for K-2 photography, Sarah went on to win first place for the district. She then went on to win first place for the state of Utah. Sarah represented Utah at the National competition in April.

Sarah said she found out yesterday that she did not win nationals but was happy about the chance to represent the state of Utah for K-2 for Reflections. The awards ceremony for the national competition will be in the near future and Sarah hopes to be able to attend.

Author: Amber Callister, Beacon Heights Elementary

Reflections winning photograph

Beacon Heights Hoedown

Kindergarten through sixth-grade students came into the Beacon Heights gymnasium dressed in western attire to learn historic and modern square dancing last week. Students were grouped into boy/girl partnerships before going into the assembly. Over the next hour, students learned tidbits of history and social etiquette. They learned country line dances as well as other modern square dances.

Although hesitant at first, the students warmed up quickly by doing the Hokey Pokey and other basic dances that got students moving. After warming up, students sashayed, jumped, heel toed, and circled around their partners throughout the gymnasium. By the end of the assembly, all students appeared comfortable and were having a good time.

Jameson Pace, a third grader said at the beginning he was “horrified.” He said the thought of dancing with a girl made him not want to go to the assembly. By the time the assembly was over, Jameson’s friend, Colin Hales, added “Jameson said when it was over, it wasn’t so bad. He said it was kinda fun.”

Ashwin Gurusankar, a second grader agreed saying, “I thought I would die,” he added, “since [dancing with a girl] is not really what I like doing.”

By the time the assembly was over, Ashwin said, “I guess it wasn’t so bad.” He added that his partner could dance the way he liked.

Principal Rae Louie added, “Nothing makes my heart happier than to see kids enjoying dance! The Western Hoedown was so fun, and it showed what amazing kids we have; not one student hesitated in joining in the fun!”

ARTS, Inc. (an acronym for Artistic Resource for Teachers and Students) and Duane and Shauna Woodmansee, coordinated the assembly. Duane and Shauna are a couple that have been sharing their love of western dance for more than 30 years.

Author: Amber Callister, Beacon Heights Elementary

Beacon Heights Hoedown

Art Night

Didn’t get a chance to see all the great art? Visit our Photo Gallery for a sampling of what you missed.


Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo and also support Beacon Heights PTA!  We will be serving street taco dinners PRIOR to the Celebration of the Art Night on Friday, May 5th.  Each dinner will include a couple of street tacos with your choice of pork, chicken or beef, all the fixings, chips & salsa, and a bottled water. Dinner will be served in the front of the school (weather permitting) beginning at 5:15 pm.  Pre-purchase on-line by Monday, May 1st for $5.00.  A limited amount will be available the night of for $6.00 each. 


Early Childhood Pre-K Enrollment

Early registration begins May 4 & 5 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

See Flyer for all of the details.

Book Fair

Want to get a head start on the book fair? Can’t make it to the book fair? You can order books on-line and Beacon heights gets the same rewards as if you bought them at school. Click here to order online.


  • March 6 – 10
  • M, T, Th 8:15 – 3:45
  • W 8:15 – 4:15
  • F 8:15 – 1:45

Books & Cookies – Books & Cookies will be held after school on Wednesday, March 8, from 3:30-4:00 pm.  Stop by for a free cookie and peruse the fair!

Online Book Fair – click on image.

Online Book Fair

March Madness Reading Challenge

The March Madness Reading Challenge at Beacon Heights begins Thursday, March 2.  The challenge will run for two weeks and will end on March 17. 

Students earn “points” for every minute they read at home.  In addition to individual reading, minutes can include time you or an older child read aloud, if the child is actively listening.  Audio books and minutes read during the school day do not count.  Each week a reading slip will be sent home with your child.  Please record the number of minutes read each day, sign, and return reading slips with your child on Friday, March 10 and on Friday, March 17.

Classes with the most minutes read in each grade will win prizes including extra recess and an ice cream party.  Also, the reader in each class with the most minutes read will be awarded a $10 gift certificate to the King's English bookstore. All challenge participants will receive a prize.  A movie night will be held on March 24 at 6:30pm to celebrate our reading accomplishments.  Be sure to check our bulletin board in the rotunda at the end of our first week to see which classes are in the lead!

Thank you for supporting your child and our school.  We hope this challenge provides fun and exciting reading experiences for your family.

Science Fair Winners

Congratulations to all of the science fair participants.  The judges were very impressed with the quality of your projects.  Here are the winners:


           Lily S – Experi-Mints

            Spencer H – Rethink Your Drink

            Lydia H – Breaking Bridges

            Taylor A – Recycling—Breaking the Paradigm

            Jack G – Is That a Brownie?

            Shreyash S – The Great Paper Airplane Race

           Annie P – What About Bounce?

            Brady B – Brine Shrimp Survival

            Felicia C – Carpet Cleaning

            Connor J – What Surfaces Have the Most Pathogens?




Congratulations to the following Beacon Heights Reflections Region winners. We had one entry move onto the state competition! The winners are:

Award of Excellence -- 1st place and moving onto the state competition –

Sarah P for Photography.

Award of Merit – 2nd Place -- Miyo P for visual art

Award of Merit -- Gemma L for visual art

Award of Merit -- Miranda C for film

Honorable Mention -- Morgan P for literature

Award of Merit – Stillman L for music

Honorable Mention- Michael M for photography


Enjoy a dinner out with your family while benefiting Beacon Heights at the same time. Pizza Studio in Foothill Village will be hosting a fundraiser for our school on Monday, January 30, from 5:00-9:00 pm. They will be donating 25% of all meals purchased when you mention Beacon Heights Elementary at checkout.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is coming up and we need your help! We will be meeting Wednesday January 25th at 9:00 am in the school rotunda to decorate. Please come and help us prepare to celebrate the diverse cultures at our school. 

Curriculum and Assessment Lab Program

Salt Lake City School District is now accepting applications for openings in the Curriculum and Assessment Lab Program (an optional program for students K-8). Application may be made on the Open Enrollment Application which is available through the Department of Student Services. Information about the program is available at For further information, parents may contact Steve Russo at 801.578.8284 or  

Click here to read flyer

Holiday Musical Performances

At Beacon Heights these days, the halls are alive with music. Students in all grades are singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Check out on the calendar the many performances that you may attend. And if you miss any, check out our Facebook page for some video. And don’t miss the stunning performance of our Ms. Louie on cymbals.

Ms. Louie on the cymbals during holiday concert.

Hour of Code

During the week of December 5 to 9, students at Beacon Heights will be participating in the world-wide event known as Hour of Code. This event intends to introduce to students of all ages some computer science basics. During their library time, students will try out different activities which have been created to give young people (and old) a chance to try their hand at programming computers. Games and activities are based on popular movies such as Moana, Star Wars and Frozen, and video games including Minecraft and Angry Birds. You can check them out (and try them for yourself) at

Students working on an Hour of Code activity on the computer.

Book Fair

The Fall Book Fair is next week, November 14-18, in the Library, from 8:15 AM to 3:45 PM every day. Everyone is welcome to come by and see this year’s selections. Also, join us for Books and Breakfast on Wednesday, November 16th from 7:45-8:45.   A free light breakfast will be available in the cafeteria and the Book Fair doors will be open.  All Book Fair proceeds will go to new books and technology for the Library. Hope to see you there.

Order Online! You can purchase books through the Book Fair Online by clicking here. Purchases made here count the same toward our earnings as purchasing them in the library. Books are usually delivered to the school in the week following the Book Fair.

Parents and students shopping in the book fair in the library.


There were many great entries for this year’s Reflections contest. Check out the Photo Gallery for some of the winners.

What is your Story?

Calling all entries!  Reflections entries are due Thursday, November 3, at the beginning of the school day.  The theme this year is “What’s Your Story?”  For more information, email Kristin at or pick up forms and information in the rotunda or check out!  Happy creating!”

Reflections display in the rotunda.

Smash Night

SMASH Night is this Friday, October 7, from 5:30-7:30 pm!  Come celebrate M4M, buy/smash pumpkins, and participate in other science, math, safety, and health activities.  The PTA is doing a BBQ dinner.

Come to SMASH Night with your family this Friday, October 7th, and enjoy a great dinner with our school community too!  Prepay for a delicious pulled pork sandwich dinner now!  Dinner costs only $5 and includes a Wallaby's pulled pork sandwich, Wallaby's loaded smashers potatoes, grapes and small bottled water.  There will be a limited amount of food for sale during SMASH night so buy online today! Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on October 7th in the cafeteria.  Click on the link to purchase your tickets today!

Pumpkin about to be dropped. All the smashing action around Smash Night Smashed pumpkins make quite a mess on the ground.


SEP Conferences

SEP Conferences are being held on Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 3 and 4) with student dismissal at 1:15 on both days. Be sure that you have scheduled a conference time with your teacher.

Marching for Microbes (M4M)

Wednesday – September 21, 2016

There is much excitement for this year’s celebration of science.Our students will be Marching for Microbes according to the following schedule:

10:45-11:15 am    AM Kinder

12:45-1:45 pm      1st-3rd Grades

1:15-1:45 pm      Full Day & PM Kinder

2:00-3:00 pm      4th-6th Grades & CBTU

A picture of last year's Marching for Microbes. Scene from last year.


Children's Author Mac Barnett

We are so lucky to have Mac Barnett coming to our school. He will be in our library on Friday, September 9 at 9:30 AM. He will be talking with the students in Grade 1-3. And if there is time, we are hoping that he can visit a few classrooms from the upper grades. His books have been quite popular in the library, especially “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole,” “Counting Monkeys,” “Chloe and the Lion,” and for the older students, “The Terrible Two.” If any students are interested in purchasing a book and having it signed, click here for an order form. Mac Barnett will also be signing books at the King’s English Bookstore at 6:30 PM.

Children's author Mac Barnett

First Week of School

If you happened by Beacon Heights this week, you would have seen a great variety of activities going on. Check out our photo gallery and see what you missed.

Welcome Back

Welcome back to a brand new school year. Don’t forget:

  • Open House – Friday, August 19 2-3 PM
  • First Day of School – Monday, August 22
  • Back To School Night

           6:00-6:30 pm     KINDERGARTEN

           6:30-7:00 pm     4TH-6TH GRADES

           7:00-7:30 pm     1ST-3RD GRADES

Summer Reading

Salt Lake City Library  – Super Summer Challenge

Click here for details.

2016 Utah State Fair Read and Win

Click here for details and entry forms

Recommended Books

Click here to check out the links to many great recommend sites and book choosing tools.

Summer Office Hours

The school will be open to some extent throughout the summer.  School closure dates will be posted on the front door of the school.  The principal, Rae Louie, will be in and out of the office dependent upon workshop and meeting schedules.  Office staff will be gone as of June 18th and will return on Monday, August 3rd.  If you need to contact the school, please send an email to Mrs. Louie at She will get back to you as soon as she can.  

Recommended Supply Lists

Thinking about next school year??? Probably not, but Beacon Heights Teachers have created some supply lists which are recommended for next year. Remember that these are suggestions, but not required. 


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade


Family Fun Night

Cancelled!!  Because of the strong winds in the forecast, this event has been cancelled. The inflatables will now be used on Field Day.

Friday, May 20th 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Celebrate the end of a great school year with bounce houses, obstacles courses, and slides on the Beacon Heights' field.  Bring a picnic dinner to eat on tables set up on the plaza.  The PTA will provide water & sno cones.

Bobcat Tale

Find out about all the great things happening at Beacon Heights. Chinese and Korean editions also available. Just click on “Our School” and select “Newsletters.” The latest edition (May 2016) just went live. Check it out.

The Bobcat Tale

Camp Invention

Camp Invention will be held at Beacon Heights from June 13-16.  Innovation, creative problem-solving and teamwork are important to us at Camp Invention.  Innovators will be brainstorming ideas and building original prototypes, exploring the lives of animals in their environment, constructing a DIY solar-powered cricket, and discovering the science of slime, demolition, sound, and coding.  Take a look at Camp Invention in action at  Learn more and register by visiting or calling 800-968-4332.  If you have more than one child participating you get a discount of $50.
Director: Rae Louie –   Instructors: Judi Marcy (Assistant Director), Stephanie Woodland, Allison Hammons, & Deana Anderson.   Camp Parent: Hoyt Pace


Art Night

Didn’t get a chance to see this year’s art, click on Our School and go to the Photo Galleries.

Our Night of Wonder is quickly approaching. Some things to watch for:

Click here for a sneak preview.

David Meikle painting  This painting by David Meikle is one of the items you can bid for in the Silent Auction.

Come and enjoy a delicious ARTalian pasta dinner in the Beacon Heights CAFEteria before Art Night!  Dine on Olive Garden pasta, salad, and breadsticks, along with bottled water for only $6 per person with proceeds going to our PTA.  Pre-purchase your tickets for dinner online at by Wednesday, April 13.  Limited dinners will be available for purchase at the event, but if you want to be sure to get dinner please buy in advance online

ART NIGHT AUDITORIUM PERFORMANCES -- Students should report to Music Room (Room 124), 10 minutes prior to performance time:
Kindergarten Music Program    --   6:15 pm  
1st Grade Music Program         --   6:30 pm  
2nd Grade Music Program        --   6:45 pm 
3rd Grade Music Program        --   7:00 pm 
4th Grade Music Program         --   7:15 pm 

Author Lisa McMann

Author Lisa McMann is coming to Beacon Heights. She is well known for her series called the Unwanteds. She will be speaking with the 4th, 5th and 6th graders in the library at 2PM on Wednesday, April 13. We are excited to hear her tell us all about writing and books.

If you want to preorder any of the books from the Unwanted Series, click here for order form. Lisa will autograph these books.

Author Lisa McMann   



The PTA is currently looking for parents to fill some board positions for the 2016-2017 school year. If you are interested in participating in the PTA and helping us build a wonderful Beacon Heights, please contact Lacy Egbert at We have a wonderful school, please help us keep it Bobcat strong.

Book Fair

Our Spring Book Fair will be held the week of March 7-11, 2016! We hope that you will find some time to come in and peruse the books with your child and help support our library,and school literacy programs. Here are some important points to note:

Book Fair Hours: Are Monday-Thursday, 8:15-3:45, and Friday from 8:15-1:45.

Books and Cookies: Book Fair hours will be extended on Wednesday, March 9th until 4:15 pm, so come after school and grab a free cookie and visit the fair.

Book Fair student cashiers     6th Grade students are amazing cashiers.



    Kindergarten Registration

    Kindergarten Registration & Orientation meeting for parents will take place on Friday, April 8th at 1:45 pm in the Library.  If you will be registering a Kindergarten student for the 2016-2017 school year, please call the office at 801-481-4814, ext. 0, to have your student’s name placed on the Kindergarten List, and we can mail you a Kindergarten Registration Packet. 

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