Weekly eNews, April 14, 2023
I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. I enjoyed talking with our students about their break. Many of them shared stories about vacations, field trips at daycare, and time with extended family. I am so glad they enjoyed their time off.
Our Kindergarten Registration event was so fun! It was wonderful meeting so many of our newest Berkeley Bears and families. If you were unable to attend our registration event this week, please call the school to schedule a meeting with our registrar, Ms. Nebie. She will work with you to ensure your child is registered for the 23-24 school year. Additionally, I encourage all families with new kindergarten students to attend our Kindergarten Transition meeting on Monday (4/17) at 9:00 AM in the cafeteria. We will be sharing information on what to expect for the 23-24 school year, family involvement opportunities, and completing a classroom tour.
We are now in the final stretch of the school year with only five and a half weeks left. I am looking forward to finishing the year strong. There will be a lot happening between now and May 24 with schoolwide activities, testing, and end of year events. There will be a strong emphasis on our PBIS expectations (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe) to encourage our students to continue to make good choices and make the most of the last month and a half of school.
I hope many of you can join us for our Title I Planning meeting on Wednesday (4/19) at 5:00 PM. We are seeking feedback from our school community on our Title I program. Topics will include our budget, school/family commitments, and family and student needs. The meeting will be in-person and on Zoom.
As always, I appreciate your continued support. My door is always open for feedback. Have a wonderful weekend!
A Quick Glance at Next Week's Events
Monday, April 17
- 9:00am Title I Rising Kindergarten Transition Meeting
- 3:00pm Chess Club
- 3:15pm Green Team meets
Tuesday, April 18
- Tax Day
- 9:30am Play to Learn
- 9:30am "Understanding Literacy and How to Support Your Child" in-person Parent Mentor session for parents of students receiving Special Ed Services from GCPS
- 6:00pm "Understanding Literacy and How to Support Your Child" Zoom Parent Mentor session for parents of students receiving Special Ed Services from GCPS
Wednesday, April 19
- Last day to order a yearbook ($35)
- 9:00am Basic English Class in the Parent Center
- 5:00pm Title I Planning Meeting (new date)
Thursday, April 20
- 6:00pm Counselor/Parent Workshop #3: How to Parent Your Rising 6th Grader
Friday, April 21
- 7:45am K-Kids Meeting in Ms. Ashadele's room
- Deadline for 3rd, 4th, and 5th students to turn in optional Poetry Contest Entries
- 9:00am Title I Rising Kindergarten Transition Meeting
Saturday, April 22
- Registration for Duluth Youth Football and Cheer (scroll all the way down to see the flyer and info.)
Details of Next Week's Events
Monday, April 17
Title I Rising Kindergarten Transition Meeting
After School Clubs
Chess Club and Green Team will meet after school.
Tuesday, April 18, 2 events
If Your Child is Receiving Special Education Services from GCPS, You Are Invited to Attend
Parent Mentors Present: “Understanding Literacy and How to Support Your Child”
This session is highly recommended for parents of students at all levels (elementary, middle, and high school). In this session, participants will be provided a general understanding of the stages of reading development. The session will focus on the aspects of word recognition and language comprehension that benefit all students, and specifically how they relate to the Science of Reading (SOR). Participants will experience and walk away with some strategies from evidence-based research which can be used outside of the school environment to support their children’s literacy skills.
- Dr. Susan Potts-Datema – Director of School Support
- Libby Griffith – Instructional Coach
- Jessica Walker – Behavior Specialist
- GCPS Special Education Department
Who: Parents/Guardians of students receiving Special Education services
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 9:30am – 11:00am or 6:00 pm-7:30pm
Where: In-Person registration link for 9:30am session: https://forms.gle/nkUWst4AEpdPycWe7
Zoom registration link for 6pm session: https://gcpsk12-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqdOigrTMpHtwYMQPoLGIyBfG6NlUjXq-J
Wednesday, April 19 - 2 events
Learn Basic English
Parent liaison, Sandra Orci, will continue her basic English class free to BLES parents in the Parent Center from 9:00-11:00am. Anyone is welcome.
Title I Planning Meeting, 5:00 PM
(Note: This meeting was originally scheduled for Thurs. April 20th)
The Planning Meeting is an opportunity for Berkeley Lake parents and community members to provide input on our Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) goals for the 23-24 school year. It is also one opportunity for you to provide input on the The Plan... The Promise... and Budget.
When: Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00pm
Where: Zoom and In-Person (Berkeley Lake ES)
Click here for the Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 951 5873 1594
Learn more about the Title I Planning Meeting by watching one of the linked videos below.
Thursday, April 20
If Your Child is Currently a 5th Grader
Please join the BLES Counselors and Parent Liaison for our annual How To Parent Your Rising 6th Grader workshop on April 20th from 6:00-7:00 in person and simultaneously on Zoom. We will meet in the Small Professional Learning Room (room 1.151). The Zoom link will be shared via Class Dojo closer to the event. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided.
The workshop is for adults only. It is not intended for students.
Zoom Meeting Link is: https://tinyurl.com/BLES5thGrParentWorkshop
Meeting ID: 997 4364 5887
Friday, April 21
Deadline for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students to Submit Poetry Contest Entries
In celebration, we are excited to announce a poetry contest for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.
Students can write an original poem on any subject, no more than 20 lines, and turn it into the Media Center by Friday, April 21st. Each students' poetry entry will be submitted to the National Student Poetry Contest, and it may be selected to be published!
Many great prizes such as a cash, Amazon gift cards, and electronics will be awarded, just for entering the contest!
Important information about the contest and an entry form can be found in the folder outside the Media Center and in the 5th grade hallway.
From Our PTO:
5th grade Promotion Ceremony Slideshow Pictures needed
It’s hard to believe that we are winding down the year and our 5th graders will be soon saying goodbye to their time at Berkeley Lake. The PTO is helping to assist with some awesome promotion activities because we want to make this special for them. Let’s look back at how they’ve grown, so for all 5th grade parents, please send in a baby picture of your 5th graders for the 5th grade promotion slide show! Email pictures to Amy Potter at email@example.com. Please be sure to include the student's name and teacher in your email.
5th Grade Fun Day t-Shirts/Class of 2030 shirts - Order forms due April 17
Get ready! Get set! They are off and running! Order your kids "Class of 2030" t-shirt! The students picked the design, and it will be the same for all 5th graders in any Duluth Cluster School! It does not matter if your child will be attending Coleman or Duluth Middle School - this will be a shirt he/she can wear for a long time. The best part is that it is only $10 and can be used later on for a t-shirt quilt for the kids! SO COOL! Payment is due this coming Monday the 17th. Please turn in this linked order form.
Please note: MyPaymentsPlus is not available for this.
PTO General Meeting
Join us on May 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm for our PTO/Volunteer Informational Meeting:
Join the PTO for a BIG THANK YOU for helping out the school this year. We will get together at school to discuss what the PTO is all about, how you can help and volunteer at the school and just hang with other parents while we say thank you for all the help you've given to our amazing Berkeley Lake Bears this school year.
You can still order a yearbook. Don't miss your opportunity to order your copy of this year's memories. You can still order a yearbook for $35.00 until the sale ends April 19, 2023. Click here to place an order.
Thanks to so many generous contributions, our Boosterthon was a huge success! We not only met our goal of $20,000, we exceeded it!
Berkeley Lake Elementary is a Computer Science 100 Award Recipient
Over Spring Break, we were recognized at the National Summit for K-5 Computer Science Education with the National CS100 Award for being a top computer science elementary school that is committed to teaching Computer Science to 100% of our K-5 students and go the extra step to cover all grade-level standards in Computer Science for the district. We'd like to thank our Computer Science Specials teacher, Madison Taylor, for all of her work teaching our students the standards. Now, we are nationally recognized for our Computer Science accomplishments this year.
Check out Mrs. Taylor's submission video below to see all of the great things she is doing with our students in all grade levels.
If You Were Unable to Attend This Week's Parent Workshop About Our Gifted Progam
Thank you for those parents who participated in our first ever "Gifted Parent Workshop"! We hope it was informative and you feel empowered to advocate for your child! If you were unable to attend either the Zoom or in-person workshops, you can still access all material that was shared by clicking on this link. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Emma Kraeling at Emma.Kraeling@gcpsk12.org.
The Lost and Found is Full!
Please ask your child to look in the lost and found for missing items. There is an overflow of coats, jackets, sweatshirts, and water bottles. We have put green tags on items that have been in the Lost and Found since before Spring Break. These will be donated to charity on April 21.
Thank You BLES Student Council
Thank you to our Student Council for creating the bulletin board pictured here to remind us that there are many amazing things about our students that standardized tests do not measure. An extra special thank you goes out to Student Council Staff Sponsors, Jena Sobh and Gillum Owen, and to 5th grader Cassidy, for working after-hours to get the bulletin board completed.
Future Dates to Save
April 24th - May 12th, GMAS for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students
The end of year Georgia Milestones Assessment (GMAS) will take place the following dates and attendance on these dates will be important. Please do not schedule appointments or schedule out-of-town trips during this period if at all possible.
April 27 (Thursday), Duluth Town Green STEAM Event from Duluth Schools
Join us for a night of science, technology, engineering, art & math on Town Green as students from the Duluth school cluster showcase their project-based learning projects. Students will show off their real-world applications, investigations and more!
April 28 (Friday), Family Fun School Event
Save the Date! On Friday, April 28th, our school and staff will host another Spring Family Fun event!
April 29 (Saturday)
Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families. For over 30 years, YMCAs and their communities hosted free community events aimed to inspire kids and families to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer months and beyond. Stay tuned for more details, including how to find a Y hosting Healthy Kids Day near you.
Eggland’s Best is a proud national sponsor of Healthy Kids Day.
There are many locations for this event, but the closest one will be at the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA at 5600 W Jones Bridge Rd, Peachtree Corners GA 30092-2036
May 6 (Saturday)
The Book Mobile 5K will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Instructional Support Center.
The 5K is our only fundraiser of the year to put new books into kids' hands!
Let’s top last year’s number of 766 registrations and make this an even greater day to support literacy!
Remember: the school with the most 5K registrations wins a visit from the GCPS Book Mobile! The trip fee is waived, and the first 200 books given away are free!
Register at bookmobile5k.com and get the awesome shirt shown here.
If you aren't able to do the 5K and would like to make a donation to the Book Mobile program with a credit or debit card, follow these steps on the GCPS Foundation page:
- Use this link to get started
- Select or type the amount as a one-time gift to the Book Mobile fund
- A $100 donation gets your name or an honoree listed on the back of the race day t-shirt.
- Complete the billing and payment information
- You will receive a confirmation letter from the GCPS Foundation in the mail.
May 18th and 19th, 5th Grade Promotion Ceremonies
The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony schedule has been published. You can find it and other important news by visiting the BLES website > Quicklinks area > 5th Grade Information.
Through May 31: Survey Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services
If your child is receiving special education services from GCPS, then the state is asking you to participate in a parent survey to measure parent/family perceptions of the success of parents engagement between home and local schools. The survey is now available and will run through May 31st. Click here to access the survey.
Other Community News and Information
April 26th (Wednesday) at 12:30 PM
Young children not yet in school are invited to story time at the Duluth Library. A free lunch will be included and a book giveaway while supplies last.
Camp Invention Hiring Leaders and Giving Scholarships
Discount Rate for Camp Invention Available Through Scholarship Funds
- Thanks to the generous support of the Nordson Corporation Foundation, a limited number of need-based scholarships are now available for students on a first-come, first-serve basis. The scholarship is for the amount of $150, which leaves a remaining camp fee of $125. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity for your child, please email Trina.Ashadele@gcpsk12.org.
- More information about Camp Invention can be found in the Summer Camps section below. This camp will run June 5th - June 8th from 8:00AM - 4:00PM, but an extended day option is available for an additional charge.
Camp Invention is in search of Leaders in Training (LIT).
- Leaders in Training are adults or older teens looking who are willing to work the camp and learn more about its program. Leaders in Training can receive special codes to bring their own children to Camp Invention. Click here for more information about this program.
Registration Deadline for Swim Team Sign Up is Tomorrow
Looking for a fun summer activity for your kids? Come join the Berkeley Hills Barracudas Swim Team. Registration is now open. Get a spot before they fill up. Contact Danielle Rankin at (404) 452-2134 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or use the link to visit our website.
Registration deadline is Saturday, April 15.
Register this Saturday for Duluth Football and Cheer:
Laundry Love is a non-profit program that provides free laundry service for low- or no-income families. There is a new location in our area.
- Simpson Circle Cleaners, 2880 Simpson Circle Norcross, GA 30071 (at intersection with Buford Highway)
Laundry Love events at this location are planned to take place monthly, but check with the laundromat or email@example.com for details and updates.
- 1st Thursday mornings, 10am to noon
- 3rd Thursday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm
Summer Camp Information
June 5 - July 21, CAMP RISE Georgia
Camp Rise was founded by a Speech Language Pathologist and an Occupational Therapist for children with special needs. It is a summer camp geared towards individuals with various diagnoses ages 4-13.
We provide a friendly, supportive, and cooperative atmosphere. Our approach fosters individual growth in functional communication and motor skills at each camper’s own pace. Click here or on the image below to learn more.
- Withdrawing or Enrolling a Student? Click here to learn the steps for the process.
- Would you like to purchase a small gift item for our PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Store)? Click here to see our Wish List.
- If your family does not have internet at home and you will need it for the various Digital Learning Days, click here to request a hotspot now. You only need to request one per family and you may keep it for the entire school year. You will need to return it at the end of the year in May.
- Reminder about sending in birthday treats for students Per the Student Handbook: Parents may provide snacks only, no drinks, favors, balloons, or flowers for the child’s birthday. Whole cakes that need to be sliced by staff are not permitted. All students should be included. Nutritious snacks are encouraged. Birthday treats should be handed out and eaten in the cafeteria during the last ten minutes of the lunch period. Please make sure that students mainstreamed in your classroom are included in the count for treats. Buying ice cream at school for each class member is encouraged. Students may not pass out invitations to parties at school unless all members of the class are invited.
- If your family needs additional support, our counselors and Care team can help with basic needs like food, clothes, personal hygiene items, etc. If you would like to access these resources please contact Lyndsay Murphy (K,2,4) Lyndsay.firstname.lastname@example.org 770-582-7523, Laura Marantz (1,3,5) Laura.email@example.com 770-582-7522, or Sandra Orci (Spanish) Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org 678-291-4232
- Afternoon Transportation Changes Parents, please remember that afternoon transportation changes must be made by 1:30 and there are only two ways for you to make an change for your child: Use the PikMyKid app or send in a signed note. Dojos, emails, or phone calls to change afternoon transportation will not be accepted. Thank you for helping us enforce this rule and keep our kids safe!
- No Student checkouts after 2:15 PM
- If your child misses school Information needed on the excuse note includes: today’s date, the child’s full name, child’s teacher, child’s grade level, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, and parent signature (typed full name if sending via email or Class Dojo).
- MyPaymentsPlus 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.
- We recycle: 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. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school using the new Box Tops process.
- 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.
- Georgia After School Program (GASP) Click here to get more information about the Georgia After School Program.
- 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 Sandra.Orci@gcpsk12.org
- We Thank our Business Partners - if you would like to learn more about a business partnership with our school, click here.
- The Tutoring Center, Duluth, Ga.
- Ultra Baby LLC (Ultrasound and Photography)
- Atlanta Urgent Care - 5246 Peachtree Pkwy
- Brooks Injury Law (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- Peachtree ESQ (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- Fives Group (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- Friend of BLES (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- Georgia After School Program (GASP) (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- JR's Log House (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- Ms. Sweet - 3rd Grade (Boosterthon Business Partner)
- CAMP RISE GEORGIA (Boosterthon Business Partner)