Sept 2022 Weekly updates

Beaver Island Community School

Weekly Update

Friday, September 16, 2022

Thank You to Beaver Island EMS, Fire, Police, and Road Commission!

As anyone in town could hear this afternoon, our elementary students were treated to lessons about heavy equipment and emergency services (all things with loud horns and sirens)! A huge thanks to our road commission and emergency services personnel for sharing your expertise with our students and for keeping us all safe!

Islanders Take on Black Bears this Weekend!

The Islanders host the Big Bay De Noc Black Bears this weekend. Parents and community members are welcome to come and cheer on the Islanders!. Admission to the games is free this weekend, but donations are accepted to benefit the athletic program. Soccer starts at 5:00 pm on Friday with Volleyball starting around 7:00 pm. Volleyball starts up Saturday morning at 8:30 am, with Soccer to follow. Secondary (7-12th graders) students are invited to participate in the Student Council “Fun Night” after tonight’s volleyball game. If your student attends, please pick them up no later than 10:00 pm. BICS student admission to the fun night is $5.00.

Student Council Rocks the High Wire!

The BICS Student Council spent Tuesday at Camp Daggett learning about personal challenges and group dynamics. These student leaders raised money for this adventure over the summer and did a wonderful job supporting each other in the whole group and on the individual challenge activities (that included two students working as a team on a very high wire!). We are proud of these students for working together and challenging themselves!

One “Roof” Schoolhouse—Constitution Day

In the strong tradition of BICS working collaboratively between the Elementary and Secondary schools, our 2-6th grade students visited their high school colleagues today to learn about the Constitution in honor of Constitution Day. Special Thanks to Mr. Richards, Mrs. Robert, and Mrs. Bedell for organizing and implementing this cross-grade learning experience!

Welcome New BICS Faculty and Staff Members

Crystal Myers is our new Student Success Coordinator and has already jumped into being an important part of the school and the community. Amanda McGee is serving as our Health Occupations I teacher. Brontae Lemmink, a long-time Island resident and BICS grad, is serving as a classroom aide at the high school. Megan Anderson has taken on additional teaching responsibilities and is co-teaching K-1. Special thanks to our students and parents for giving our new faculty and staff a warm welcome!

Beaver Island Birthday Calendars!

The upper elementary students are beginning their work on the much-loved Birthday Calendar! If you know someone who would like to have their birthday featured in the 2023 Calendar, please email Mrs. Robert

Community Immunization Clinic Friday, October 7, 2022

The Health Department Northwest is sponsoring a Community Immunization Clinic here at BICS from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, October, 7, 2022. All immunizations are available (including flu, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, and others if you call ahead of time). Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are really appreciated. Call (800) 432-4121 to make your appointment.

Get Your Smile On—School Picture Day Planned for End of October

We don’t have the exact date yet…but we will indeed be having school pictures taken this fall. We will have more information soon!

Have a Great Weekend!


October Weekly updates

Beaver Island Community School

Weekly Update

Friday, October 7, 2022

NHS Movie Night Tonight!

NHS is sponsoring a Movie Night Tonight for BICS Students. The movie for the K-6th grade students is “Hocus Pocus.”. Any students under second grade must be accompanied by an adult or high school student. The movie for the 7th grade and up starts after the 6th grade and below students leave. The movie for the 7th grade is “Ready Player One.” Bring your own snacks…or Popcorn and water will be available for $.50 and $1.00. Bring your own blankets and pillows.

PSAT/SAT Next Week!

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors—Make sure you eat well, exercise, and get lots of sleep. PSAT/SAT tests take place next week!

BICS Board meeting

The next coming meeting will be held Monday 10/10/22 at 6:30 pm.


The Islander Soccer team travels to Grand Marais on Saturday, October 15th for the Northern Lights League Soccer Tournament. Go Islanders!

NHS Kindness Tree!

The BICS NHS has installed a back-to-school kindness tree. Ask your students what random acts of kindness they have committed this week! NHS members are Olga, Aidan, Micah, Aeden, and Maggie…with able help from this year’s applicants April and Alyssa.

Beaver Island Birthday Calendars!

The upper elementary students are working on the much-loved Birthday Calendar! If you know someone who would like to have their birthday featured in the 2023 Calendar, please email Mrs. Robert

Thanks HDNW Nurses!

Thanks to the nurses from the Health Department Northwest for traveling to Beaver Island to provide vaccinations for our community members!

Get Your Smile On—School Picture Day Planned for October 26th

Information packets will be sent out shortly…just waiting on the materials from the new photography company!

Have a Great Weekend!

November Weekly updates

Beaver Island Community School

Weekly Update

Friday, November 4, 2022

Parent-Teacher Conferences Next Week!

We are one-quarter of the way through this school year already! Unbelievable! That means that the first marking period is over and that parent-teachers conferences take place next week. Ms. Deb has put together the parent-teacher conference schedules for next Wednesday and Thursday. Please look over the schedule and input your conference into your calendar. If you have any questions, call Ms. Deb at (231) 448-2744.

Athlete Parent Meeting on Tuesday, November 8th at 3:30 pm

Beaver Island Community School is hosting the Great Lakes Island Basketball Tournament on December 2nd and 3rd…and the basketball season is right around the corner. We are looking for parents to help coordinate meals for the tournament and concessions for the basketball season. Please plan on joining Ms. Kerry in the high school commons at 3:30 pm for the parent meeting to plan concessions.

Cans, Cans, and More Cans!

In order to get all the returnable cans off the Island before the boat stops, Mr. Marsh and Mr. Martin would like us to sort cans at the Transfer Station at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16th. Parents and students, please put this on your calendar!  Also, if you have any returnable cans saved up at your house, please get them to the transfer station before Wednesday the 16th.

Sign up for the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest!

Registration forms are available at the school for all boy and girl Islanders aged 8-13 (including seven-year-olds that will turn eight by April 1, 2023). The Beaver Island Free Throw Contest will take place at 3:30 pm on November 17th. Winners will compete at the next level on the mainland. All costs for travel covered by the Beaver Island Elks! If you have any questions, contact Ms. Kerry at (231) 448-2744.

BICS Annual Thanksgiving Feast Scheduled for Friday, November 18th!

Each year, the BICS students and staff celebrate Thanksgiving by having a good old fashioned holiday potluck. This year’s feast is scheduled for Friday the 18th. Since not all our students are able to navigate their kitchens, we need parents to help create the lucky pots for the feast. A signup sheet is located in the school foyer. As always, thanks for supporting our efforts to host this special event!

Beaver Island Birthday Calendars—Make Sure You Make the Calendar!

The upper elementary students are working on the much-loved Birthday Calendar! If you know someone who would like to have their birthday featured in the 2023 Calendar, please email Mrs. Robert at

Have a Great Weekend!

Weekly update

Beaver Island Community School

Weekly Update

Friday, January 6, 2023

Welcome Back Ms. Bedell!

With the New Year we welcome Ms. Bedell back from her maternity leave and hope she brings in baby Estelle often! Thank you to Mr. Groesbeck for keeping the love of learning going during Ms. Bedell’s leave.

Basketball Season in Full Swing

The Islanders Basketball Teams travel to Hannaville this weekend to take on the Soaring Eagles. Next week they travel to the Sault to take on Ojibwe, and then they travel the following weekend to Mackinac Island. The first home league games will take place on January 27th and 28th. Please plan on being here at the school to cheer on our team. Go Islanders!

Robotics Kickoff this Saturday

This Saturday is kick-off time for the bIrobot’s 2023 season. (bIrobot is the BICS FRC Robotics Team). The challenge for this year will be revealed in a live video broadcast from FIRST HQ. After the big reveal, the team will begin work on their strategy and design for the season. It’s a great chance to learn what FIRST and FRC all about and how bIrobot applies STEM learning in the classroom into a fun, competitive game played with other schools from around the world. Our local event begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7th in our Robotics Lab just off the High School commons. Come and learn how you can get involved both as a student (even if you aren’t in our Programming & Robotics class) or adult (as a team mentor). All are welcome. Learn more at

BI Fit

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BI Fit is ready to reopen to give Islanders a chance to exercise in the BICS gymnasium. BI Fit is a unique community collaboration between Island residents and the Beaver Island Community School. We are happy to create this opportunity to promote health and wellness for Island residents. In addition to walking the perimeter of the gym, members can work out on various exercise equipment, including a treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, and a rowing machine in the BI Fit Zone.

Use of the gym is limited to specific times when Nicole Olson, BI Fit Coordinator, or trained volunteers are on hand to ensure safety. Anyone using the equipment must be a member of BI Fit. Membership requirements include paying an annual $25.00 fee, signing a membership agreement, completing a member participant waiver/consent for emergency treatment form, and having a Michigan State Police background check.

BI Fit will be open starting the week of January 9 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7-8 a.m. and on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.. Island residents can come to walk the perimeter of the gym from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:40 any day of the week (make sure you sign in and out at the main office). If you are interested in joining BI Fit, stop by the BICS office and pick up a membership packet.

Library Lego Club

Are you Lego enthusiast? If so, join the Lego Club at the Beaver Island District Library. The Club meets every Saturday at 1:00 pm starting on January 7th. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact the Library at 448-2701.

Board Meeting Monday, January 9th

The next regularly scheduled BICS Board of Education business meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. The BICS Board’s monthly business meetings are held at 6:30 pm on the second Monday of every month.

Happy 2023! A Few BICS Birthday Calendars are Still Available!

If you didn’t get your Birthday Calendar yet, there are a few still available. Stop by the school with $7.00 to get yours!

Have a Great Weekend!