Bear Essentials, May 20, 2022

Weekly eNews for Parents and BLES Families

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

What an amazing week, and year, this has been! I want to especially thank Ms. Birozes for our fun Field Days this week. Field days would not have been a success without the help of parent volunteers and especially our PTO Board members, Monique Somervell and Pam Bloch. Thank you, Monique, for all you did to make sure the Field Day shirts were organized and distributed!

Speaking of PTO, we will be having a fun meet and greet this summer at the picnic grounds behind the Berkeley Lake Chapel on July 22nd at 6:00pm. We hope to have a very active PTO next year and this will be a great time to get to know some other parents and find out how YOU can help PTO.

Thank you again for a great year and have a safe and fun Summer Break!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 23

  • 1:00pm 5th Grade Walk-Senior Walk- Drum Line

Tuesday, May 24

  • Election Day

Wednesday, May 25

  • Last Day of School

It’s Time to Vote for this year's PTO Executive Board

We’re asking for your vote to approve our 2022-2023 officer nominations. Voting will remain open until May 25. Thank you for participating so we can finish this school year and begin planning for next year! Again, if you have a student enrolled at BLES, you’re a voting member of our PTO. Click here to vote.

Thank You's from PTO

  • Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers that helped to make this years Field Days a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

  • A huge thank you to all the volunteers that have worked tirelessly on the 5th grade promotion this year! You have all outdone yourselves.

  • A special thank you to the parent volunteers who made up the PTO core planning committee for the 5th grade celebration activities. The work with teachers, administrators and other volunteers who've worked on various committees has helped us give our 5th graders special memories as they head off to middle school. We wish our 5th graders and their families the best of luck as they move to the next chapter of their lives.

    Anna Satcher - Decoration Committee for the promotion ceremonies

    Kassie Davis - Activities for the fun day carnival

    Kathrin Vickery & Tammie Wagner - Promotion ceremonies' baby pictures and slide show

    Maria Fernanda Drada Rios - Student gift bags and treats

    and Tiffany Wilson - Field Day treats

Last Opportunity to Purchase a Yearbook

We will have a limited number of yearbooks for sale next week. A message will be sent via Class Dojo once we know the date they will be available. The cost will be $35.00 and can be paid in cash (exact change only) or check made out to BLES PTO.

School Supply Kits for Next Year

School Supply Kit ordering is now available on the BLES website and linked here. You can place an order until July 18th, so be sure to take a look to save yourself time and supply-chain issues by ordering instead from us instead of purchasing from various stores. Go to to order your child's grade specific supply kit and it will be delivered to your school before your child's first day!
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We Are Going to Need Room Parents Next Year:

Start Schedule for Next School Year

Mark your calendars now:
  • Students in Pre K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade will start next year off in-person on Wednesday, August 3
  • Students in grades 2 - 5 will start next school year off with a Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, August 3rd and then come to school in-person on Thursday, August 4th.

Why the staggered start? Having only the younger students in the building on the first day allows for more staff to be available for support and helps to make the transition for the younger students less chaotic and stressful.

Is Your Child Going to Need to Borrow a Device and/or Hotspot for Next Year?

If you know your child will need to borrow a Chromebook and/or Wi-Fi hotspot for next year, especially prior to the Digital Learning Day for 2nd - 5th grade on August 3rd, be sure to check back to the BLES website ahead of time or click here to submit your request for next year now. Devices will be available for pick up on Meet Your Teacher Day on Friday, July 29th IF A REQUEST IS PUT IN AHEAD OF TIME.

Please note: Devices will not be loaned out to students with existing fines, until the fines are paid.

Field Day Thank You's and Shout Outs from Ms. Birozes!

What a great week - from the dry sunny weather to the fantastic outcome of volunteer help!!

Thank you to the Tuesday set-up crew of Scott, Jason, Kevin, Katie A. (a fellow parent P.E teacher), Kristen and Lawayne. Your help was so valuable and allowed me to go home at a reasonable time rather than being at school till all hours of the morning!!!

Special shout outs and thank you's go to our wonderful supportive PTO! Monique Somerval was the backbone of organizing our Field Day T-shirts, popsicles and getting our numbered field day stakes and signs ready, as well as organizing our welcome table and cute name tags!!

Pam Bloch was our super computer whiz creating the sign up genius for our volunteers and deleting and adding to keep up with the counts and the communication to our BLES community. I'd also like to thank Trina Ashadele, one of our very own awesome teachers here at the Lake for all of her help with communication!!

Finally, BIG THANK YOU's to all our supportive parent volunteers, our BLES alumni of Sasha Zuberi (college student at Georgia Tech), and Ryan Shaw, (a UGA student) and our very own Ben Harkness (student at Coleman Middle and son of Rodrigo Marangi, our clinic nurse!!)

Looking forward to "hiring" you all for next year's field days!!

Love you all and have a Safe, Fun and active summer!!

Renee Birozes

BLES P.E. teacher

Viewing Your Child's Milestone Results

If your child is a 3rd - 5th grader and you would like to see his/her results for the Georgia Milestones Test (GMAS), you will need to log into the Parent Portal to see the results. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you can create one, using these directions.

K-Kids: Transition from Old to New Members

Thank you to our 2021-22 K-Kids for welcoming in our new members for 2022-23 this past Thursday. As they head off to middle school, we hope they will continue to be a part of community clubs, like the middle school Builders Club. We look forward to greeting our new members and they will be posted on Class Dojo.

Technology Fines

If your child borrowed a Chromebook and/or hotspot from the school and there was damage or the equipment was not returned, you should have received notification through email about the fine and fine amount.

You can pay the fine using any of the following methods:

Please note that there are four digital learning days scheduled on next year's calendar and 3rd - 5th grade students will start the new year with a digital learning day, so it is important any fines are paid ahead of time or we will not be able to fulfill any new request for technology equipment next year.

Job Opportunities for 2022-2023

We are looking for 3 energetic Cafeteria Monitors for next school year.

Hours would be Monday - Friday, 10:15 AM- 1:15 PM.

Duties include managing cafeteria schedules, assisting students and selling ice cream. If interested, apply at

We are also looking to hire Parapros (teachers' helpers):

ESS has partnered with Gwinnett County Schools to manage the recruitment and hiring for Paraprofessional positions. We offer excellent employee perks, including health benefits, training, support, weekly pay, 401(k), bonus opportunities, award programs, and more. To work as a Paraprofessional in Gwinnett County Schools, please apply today at Job Posting # 77656

Please call the front office if you need more information. We would love to have you join our Berkeley Lake team!

New Family Orientation for Berkeley Lake Elementary and Gwinnett County Public Schools

If you or someone you know will be new to Gwinnett County Schools or to Berkeley Lake Elementary next year, you will want to attend one of our virtual orientation meetings. They will be held every Friday for the next few months in both English and Spanish, with the English meetings occurring from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and the Spanish meetings occurring from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Call the front office at 770-446-0947 to register for the date of your choice or click here for more information.

Summer Access to Various Subscription Sites

If you would like for your child to continue working in some of the educational websites they have been using all year, they will continue to have access through July 12th. Some of the sites that will still be available are:

Under Additional Resources in My eCLASS:

  • iReady (Math)
  • Amplify (Reading)
  • Classworks (Reading and/or Math)

Other subscription sites:

  • Brainpop
  • Brainpop Jr.
  • Brainpop ESL
  • Typing Club
  • Imagine Learning

FREE Eye Exam and FREE Glasses for Kids ages 5-18 in July But You Must Register Now

The Gwinnett County Public Library System will be offering FREE Eye Exams and FREE Glasses for Kids ages 5-18 on July 13th from 9:30am to 3:00pm at the Duluth Library, 3180 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096.

NO walk-ins will be accepted! Space is Limited! You MUST pre-register by emailing the form in the flyer below to

Exams are on a first come first come basis. You will receive a confirmation email IF your child has been selected for an exam.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarships: SB10 and SB47

Under state laws passed by the Georgia State Legislature, parents of students who receive special education services or accommodations under a Section 504 Individual Accommodation Plan may request to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia

Any student who currently receives special education services, grades PK-11th and any returning 12th grader, as well as students who are eligible for a Section 504 Plan and are in grades Kindergarten-11th.

Click here to learn more.

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GASP Summer Camp at BLES

The Georgia After School Program (GASP) will host a summer camp at our school this summer, May 31 - JUly 22, Monday - Fridays from 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM. Click here to register your child now or call 770-318-7848.
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Opportunity to Improve Your Child's Math Skills Over the Summer

Want to experience how summer looks like at Mathnasium? Now you can! Bring your child(ren) in for a one-hour complimentary summer session.

Your kids will get a sneak peek at our unique real-time instruction.

Sign up at to reserve your session. Spots are limited so RSVP as soon as you can!

P.S.- For every new student enrolled this summer, $25 proceeds will come back to the school PTO!

Kids for Coding Tech Camp

Click here for details and class descriptions. Ages 7-16

In-person Camps:

Remote Camps:

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i9 Sports - Soccer Camp

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i9 Sports Summer Camp

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For Parents of Current 4th and 5th Grade Students: Rock Eagle Camp

When: June 20-24

Cost: $405

What We Will Be Doing: Canoeing, Crafting, Forestry, Hiking, Swimming and more

Space is limited so go to to register today.

More information is in the section below labeled "Summer Camps" and on the BLES Website under Quicklinks > Summer Camps

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Middle School Summer Career Academy for Students Going into 6th - 9th Grades Next Year

Registration for Grayson Tech's Summer Academy is open on MyPaymentsPlus.

Click here for more information about the camp.

Summer Adventures Career Exploration Camp for Students Going into 6th - 9th Grades Next Year

Maxwell High School of Technology will be hosting Middle School Summer Adventures Camp, May 31-June 3!

Our programs are open to current 5th thru 8th grades (students will be going into 6-9th grade for school year 2022-2023). Registration is now open through MyPaymentsPlus. This sells out QUICKLY every year!

Click here to go directly to the website for more details and information.

GCPS Is Looking for Bus Drivers:

Berkeley Lake Elementary is a Georgia After School Program (GASP) School

Parents, are you tired of waiting in those long car-rider lines? Or, do you need someone to watch your student after school until you can get home from work? If so, the Georgia After School Program may be something you want to consider. The program is offered at our school and follows strict COVID protocols. If you want to learn more about the program, click here.

Gwinnett County Substitute Teacher Incentive Plan

In Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), our people are our greatest resource, including our substitute teachers and the tremendous support they provide to our students, staff members, and schools. GCPS substitutes play a critical role in our students’ education, making a difference in the lives of children every day! Click here to learn more about the GCPS substitute teaching program.

Family Engagement Tips

Visit the BLES website and check out each day's Family Engagement tip. There is a tip for every day, Monday - Sunday, and they are offered in both English and Spanish.

We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school with Box Tops.

Do You Have a Parent Portal Account?

You may have heard about Gwinnett's Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is a website that will allow you to log in and see your child's information, such as attendance, grades, standardized test scores, etc.

If you need to register with the portal, please print and complete this registration form and turn it in to the main office. Along with the completed form, you are required to show a photo I.D. for verification.

Do You Have a MyPaymentsPlus Account?

Gwinnett Public Schools uses MyPaymentsPlus as a site for school-related payments and documentation sign off. If you do not yet have an account with this site, you will need to set one up. Click here to learn more.

Did You Know BLES is on Various Social Media Apps?

Follow us on all of our social media accounts by clicking the links below:

Opportunity for Discounted Portable WiFi Hotspot for Families

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation is offering a discount on a portable WiFi hotspot for its families for $50/month. Data is unlimited and there is no contract required. See the image below or click here to learn more.

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!

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is located across from the front office and it's providing services by appointment. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232 or email her at

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.

We Thank Our Business Partners

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Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514