Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, May 14, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Summer break is in the air! These last few days of school are always full of excitement and anticipation...perhaps this year more than any other!

We've had a great response to our Summer Enrichment and Acceleration program! Right now, all classes are full, but we are maintaining a waiting list in case students drop out or we have no-shows on June 14th. All students will have access to a digital SEA, which we will monitor from BLES, and that includes students who attend SEA in person.

We have several visitor parking places right as you enter the front parking lot, as well as spaces in the upper and lower lots. If you are running late or stopping in to drop off or pick up your child, please do not park in the handicap spaces. Not only is this illegal, it is inconsiderate of those who may have a legitimate need for that space. Likewise, parking is not allowed in the bus lanes.

Did you pre-order a yearbook from Treering? If so, please reach out to our PTO at to arrange a refund. We do have yearbooks available for purchase from Strawbridge and that information was sent out by Dojo this week. There are about 100 left, so hurry if you want a copy!

One last reminder: while CDC guidelines have changed, Gwinnett County Schools still requires all staff, students, and visitors to the building to wear a mask. If you arrive without a mask, you will be asked to put one on before coming in. We do have a supply of masks for children and adults for emergencies but ask that you send your child with a mask each day if possible.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

A Look Ahead...

***Specials Rotation Schedule for Digital Learning Students for Week of May 17th - 21st:

  • K-2nd: Have Science and P.E.
  • 3rd-5th: Have Art and Music


Monday, May 17

PTO Tupperware sale

8:30am 5th Gr. Math 1 & 2 Milestones

Tuesday, May 18

PTO Tupperware sale

10:30am Patton' class - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

6:00pm Rising Kindergarten Parent Night - via Zoom. Check website on Tuesday for link

Wednesday, May 19

PTO Tupperware sale

10:30am Morris's class - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

12:30pm Last Play 2 Learn class for the year

Thursday, May 20

PTO Tupperware sale

8:30am 5th Grade Science 1 & 2 Milestones

Friday, May 21

PTO Tupperware sale

10:30am West's class - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Monday, May 24

10:30am Chang's class - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, May 25

10:30am Redner's/Schilling's classes - 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Wednesday, May 26

Last Day of School

3:00pm Duluth HS graduation

PTO Items:

Thank you President Wagner!

The PTO Board would like to take a moment to thank Tammie Wagner for her many years of service to the Berkeley Lake PTO. We know she will still be involved, as her children have one more year with our school, but she will be stepping down from the PTO Executive Board. We appreciate all of her hard work and dedication to our organization and school.

Tupperware Fundraiser:

Clean out those kitchen pantries and get ready to replenish your Tupperware. Check out our online Tupperware sale, where a percentage of the proceeds will go to BLES. The fundraiser will be open until May 21, 2021. Click here to place an order.

It’s Time to Start Planning for Next Year Already!

We’ll have our school supply kits available for purchase soon. A percentage of the proceeds from the school kits sales goes to the school – and you don’t have to go shopping! Your child’s kit is delivered directly to the school, with the specified supplies your teacher asks for and is waiting in the classroom when your child arrives next year. More to information to come, so stay tuned.

Thank You to Walmart

We would like to thank Walmart for donating a box of popsicles for this year's modified Field Day that took place during the in person PE Classes. Special thanks to Monique Somervell for sorting and organizing the popsicle bags according to class size!

TreeRing Yearbook Refunds

As of this week, TreeRing was beginning to refund any yearbooks purchased through their website for our school. Our representative with the company said he will confirm with us once all refunds have been completed. If you have any questions, please let us know at

School News:

Rising Kindergarterners

There will be an informational Zoom meeting about kindergarten on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. Look under the Announcements section of our website for the live Zoom link the day of the meeting.

Also, if you haven't called the school at 770-446-0947 to make an appointment to bring your rising kindergartener in to be screened, please give us a call as soon as possible.

Grades for Music, Art, P.E., and Science Enrichment

The week of May 17 - 21 special areas teachers are asking that students and families look at their grades in all special areas and make up any missing work that has been given over the second semester. No new graded assignments will be given during that week because All assignments MUST be completed by Friday, May 21.

*You may check your child's grades through the online parent portal. Thank you!

Congratulations to Our BLES Talent Show Finalists - from Mr. Green

There were 12 finalists from over 40 entries for our first Berkeley Lake Digital Talent Show. I saw many students working very hard to show off some really great talents, and I am proud of every single effort to make this a fun process. Thank you to all who attempted a video entry for your efforts.

I will work on making a final video of those selected and it will be posted for some end of the year fun.

The following is the list of the finalists:

Ms. Speese - Quarters

Mr. Carter - Playing the Organ/keyboard

Nina S - Playing Piano

Erin Y. - Playing Piano

Siena A. - Dancing

Alana A. - Painting

Mason W. - Trampoline backflips

Cassidy S. - Magic Tricks

Nick C. - Singing with family

Ms. Patton - Playing the violin

Lauryn W. - Dancing

Kolton B. - Playing the recorder

Transportation for Next School Year

Parents, if you have not completed the required GCPS Transportation Form for next school year, please do so using one of the documents below. We need this form completed, whether your child will ride the bus, be a car rider, walker, or day care rider. Email the saved form to in the front office, send a completed paper copy through your student, or bring it in to the front office.

Please note: The form will not be fillable if you downloaded it on your cell phone. It must be downloaded on a computer.

End of the Second Semester

Thank you for all the support you have given your child this school year. The school year ends on Wednesday, May 26. It is very important that assignments in ALL classes, including special areas are submitted to the teachers by Friday, May 21. Please check your Parent Portal under the Grades section for your child’s current grades and assignments. Your child can also check the My eCLASS Student Portal for this information. Please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible if you have any questions.

If Your Child Borrowed a Laptop or Hotspot from the School This Year

If your student has a school-owned chromebook, laptop, or hotspot, devices will be collected on the designated dates below. Click here to read more specific information about device return.

  • Monday, May 24th - devices will be collected from in-person students in KG and 1st
  • Tuesday, May 25th - devices will be collected from in-person students in 2nd and 3rd
  • Wednesday, May 26th - devices will be collected from in-person students in 4th and 5th
  • Friday, May 28th - digital student devices should be returned to the school at the designated time sent by an email from Jessica Hill (Craig). You may also reach out to the teacher if you do not receive an email telling you what your drop time will be.

Media Center Book Returns

Students should be returning books they have checked out from the BLES Media Center now that the school year is ending.

If your child has a lost or overdue Media Center book, please have him/her search for these books at home and in the classrooms at school. Digital students and families of BLES students are welcome to return BLES Media Center books to the Drop Off Bin at the front of the school building.

Students who are issued a fine for their lost Media Center books are welcome to bring in money to school to pay for their library fines. We accept payment in the form of cash or check. Families can also pay for these fines via MyPaymentsPlus.

Fines for Media Center Books:

Paperback Books - $5.00

Hard Cover Books - $15.00

Please note that we cannot accept replacement books. Our Media Center books are purchased from county-approved book vendors.

Thank you,

Niki Norby (Vanden Hoek)

Media Specialist

Berkeley Lake Elementary School

Another Opportunity for You to Purchase a Yearbook for Your Child

The yearbook sale will be open until May 23rd at midnight OR until we sell the last 127 copies. Please order today! The yearbook will be soft-bound and will cost $20.00. Click here to order one for your child today.

Summer Reading Challenge

Families of BLES Students, summer is right around the corner! Let's promote summer reading!

Please click the link below to learn about Gwinnett County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge! We would like to encourage all BLES students to participate!

Summer Reading 2021 Presentation (in English)

Summer Reading 2021 Presentation (in Spanish)

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5th Grade Information Page on Our Website

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Parent Involvement Survey for Parents of Special Needs Students

AKS at Home

AKS@Home recordings and tip sheets for parents of students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are posted on the district’s AKS@Home webpage.

Summer Enrichment and Acceleration

This summer’s K-8 learning experience—set for June 14 to July 2—has been redesigned with the goal of helping all students, while specifically addressing learning losses that have occurred over the past year-and-a-half during the pandemic. The focus on enrichment and acceleration is intended to help students get a head start on next year’s learning.

SEA activities will focus on accelerating and expanding on student learning for the current grade and previewing what students will learn at the next grade level. In addition to the acceleration, students also will participate in enrichment opportunities outside the core subject areas, taking part in engaging activities and learning typically offered in Specials and Connections courses.

Click here to learn more.

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For Parents of Kids Ages 3 - 8: "Playground Detectives" is Coming to Pickneyville Park on May 25th

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i9 Sports Summer Camp:

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Camp Invention

Camp Invention will now be offered in-person and online! See the flyer image or PDF below for details. In order for proper Covid guidelines to be followed, space will be limited, so don't delay registering your child.

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We thank The Tutoring Center in Duluth for Being a Business Partner of Our School

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Food Finder

Visit the FoodFinder website or download the app to find places nearby where you can get free food and meal assistance.

2020-2021 GCPS Promotion Criteria for Elementary Students:

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Did You Know BLES is Now on Instagram?

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

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.

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!

We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Starting this year, Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school using the new Box Tops process.

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.

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514