Berkeley Lake Elementary

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, August 9, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


It was a fabulous week at BLES, and we appreciate all of your patience as we finished enrolling students and ironed out all the first-day-of-school kinks! We especially appreciate your patience in the car rider line! It takes several weeks for our new students to learn the car rider procedures and to learn their car rider number. Please help us by practicing this number with your child until they can say it in their sleep!


We look forward to seeing all parents at Back to School Night (formerly Curriculum Night) on August 15th for 3rd-5th grades and August 22nd for Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. We are adding some fun community-building activities for parents in the cafeteria at 5:30. Bring your dollars because we will ice cream for sale! If at all possible, please leave your children at home so that you can give your full attention to everything we share with you that night. If you can't arrange childcare, please do come. We'd rather have you here, regardless!


Finally, a reminder about our transportation change process. When absolutely necessary, you may submit a request for a transportation change by using the transportation change form located on our website. Please print, fill out, and send in with your student. We will not accept phone calls or emails, under any circumstance, and we strongly urge you to use our form instead of a handwritten note. This helps us make absolutely sure that your student leaves school in the correct way.


One more transportation tidbit! If your child is a car rider, please help us by staying in the lane that you are directed in. We line the children up according to where you are in the line, so if you switch lanes, it causes a lot of confusion.


Thank you so much for entrusting your children to us. Please reach out if there is anything I can do for you. It's going to be a great year!


Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Lesley_Pendleton@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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A Look Ahead...

Monday, August 12

1st Semester District Assessments Makeups

8:30am Cub Scout Buzz Up in Classrooms

3:00pm Chess club - Media Center


Tuesday, August 13

1st Semester District Assessments Makeups

6:00pm Cub Scout Sign-Up Night


Wednesday, August 14

1st Semester District Assessments Makeups


Thursday, August 15

1st Semester District Assessments Makeups

6:00pm "Back to School Night" for parents of students in grades 3, 4, 5


Friday, August 16

1st Semester District Assessments Makeups


Saturday, August 17

9:00am Peer Mediation Training

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We Have a School Store

Berkeley Lake is proud to have our school store open daily before school starts! It is run by highly qualified 5th grade students. Each morning the school store volunteers are in charge of setting up the store, selling items, closing the store, and counting and depositing the money collected. They do all of this before 8:15 in the morning! Our store features school supplies and snacks. All profits go to our Care Team, which helps families in economic need, and the BLES School Counseling Department.

Berkeley Lake Recycles

Berkeley Lake recycles aluminum cans and old clothes and shoes (in any condition) in the two bins in the upper parking lot. The Green Team receives 10¢ per pound of donations, which helps pay the fee for the weekly paper and cardboard pick-up. The aluminum cans are recycled at Progressive Recycling on Simpson Circle. Please support our Green Team by recycling these items here at Berkeley Lake. Thank you!

Remember to Save Those Box Tops!

One easy way to support your school is through the PTO Box Tops for Education collection. Send in Box Tops from products you purchase. To help with counting, you can download this Box Tops Collection Sheet.


Make sure to put your Box Tops on the sheet or in a bag with your name and teacher on it. Drop it into the wooden box in the main hallway near the water fountain. Doing this automatically enters you into a contest.


Each month, we’ll hold a random drawing of all students who submit Box Tops. Winners will be announced on the morning announcements at the end of each month. The prize? A coupon for a free ice cream or an item from the student store. This fundraiser has helped us earn hundreds of dollars for our school!

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located across from the front office. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232.

Our Mission

To provide learning experiences in a secure and stimulating environment where every child can develop to his/her fullest potential academically, socially, and emotionally.

Our Vision

BLES is a positive safe, nurturing environment that fosters respect among all students, teachers, parents and community members, while forwarding world-class achievement that successfully maximizes each student's individual potential through engaging instruction.

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514

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