Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, May 22, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Summer School

Summer School letters are being mailed with report cards. All students will receive a summer school letter either recommending them for summer school or offering it as an option by parent request. You will be contacted by the school if your child is recommended for summer school. It will be held here at BLES for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will attend from 8:30-2:30 each day, July 6-21.

We have many resources that will remain available to you over the summer including Imagine Learning, eCLASS pages, Prodigy, and Brain Pop. See the technology section below for more details.

It has been my honor serving as your principal during the past year. I hope that you enjoy your summer break and that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Frequently Asked Questions

As we receive questions from parents about end of year procedures, digital learning days, grading, registration, etc. we are compiling them and answering them in a single document. Click here to see the FAQ's. You can also find the link to them on the slideshow on our website.

Report Cards

A paper copy of the second semester report card will be mailed to parents the week of May 26th.

Technology Sites Available to Students Over the Summer

The following technology sites and subscriptions will be available to students over the summer:

  • eClass Teacher Course Pages until July 17th
  • Imagine Learning Literacy for K-5 until July 31st
  • Brainpop, Brainpop Jr. and Brainpop Espanol throughout summer
  • Prodigy Math throughout summer

Summer Math Ideas

Students can practice their math skills over the summer by engaging in the grade appropriate math activities attached below. The intention of these summer activities is to promote engaging and fun learning experiences while maintaining math knowledge and skills over the summer.

School Supplies for Next School Year

You can find the school supply list for next school year on the BLES website under the Parent or Registration links in the purple area at the top of the page.

If you would like, you can pre-order your child's school supplies next year by going to This service orders the exact items on your teacher’s supply list and delivers it all in a box to the school, so it’s in the classroom and ready to go on the first day. Our school code is 10128. Once you have entered the code, select your child's grade level for next year and check out.

If you need assistance with obtaining school supplies for your child, please contact Laura Marantz, School Counselor, at 770-582-7522 or by email at

While you are shopping for fall school supplies, please consider making a donation of supplies, if you are able. In the past, we have been able to provide supplies to families in need through donations. We expect the economic need for supplies to be higher this year. If you would like to make a donation of school supplies for students in need,or for our School Store, please contact Laura Marantz, School Counselor, at 770-582-7522 or by email at

Save the Date!

Open House/Meet Your Teacher Day for the 2020-2021 School Year

Meet Your Teacher Day for the 2020-2021 school year is tentatively scheduled for Friday, July 31st. This date may change, depending on the COVID situation and the GCPS 2020-2021 School Year Calendar, so stay tuned.


The Kiwanis Kids Club will continue next year. We will hold our new member drive as soon as we come back to school. Please congratulate our K-Kid of the year, Luka Mazukna. We are also pleased to announce The Hayden SLP Student Leadership Medallion Award goes to Sophia Chan. Both ladies have shown true leadership this year, and we appreciate all their hard work and commitments.

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Register for Free and Reduced-Price Meals:

Families can apply for free and reduced-price meals if their household income has been affected by the current pandemic. By signing up, families can ensure their children begin next school year with these benefits. Additionally, this eligibility can be used to access other types of public assistance or services that may be available during this pandemic, such as low-cost internet services. Applications are usually processed within three days. The 2020-2021 online application will be available July 15, 2020. Questions about Free and Reduced-Price Meals, eligibility, and applications can be sent to

Summer Meals Program from Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County’s program, now in its second year, will expand to add locations and free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for children 18 years old and younger, and adults with physical or mental disabilities 19 and older. Families can pick up nutritious meals to take home to their children at 18 park locations around the county. The meals, which consist of things like sandwiches and wraps, meet USDA guidelines. The program begins Monday, May 18th. Meals are available Monday-Friday 11-1. There are several locations near our school including Pinckneyville Park.

Please see the flyer for information in several languages and to see all 18 locations.

Seamless Summer Meals Program from Gwinnett County Public Schools

  • Gwinnett County Public schools will provide meals for pick-up only from June 8 through June 26 during the hours of 11am – 1pm.
  • Meals are available for anyone ages 18 and under.
  • GCPS will serve meals Monday through Thursday only – with Thursday’s meals including meals for both Thursday and Friday.

Meals May Be Picked Up at the following Locations:

  • Archer Cluster - Lovin Elementary only
  • Berkmar Cluster - Berkmar Middle School, Bethesda Elementary, and Corley Elementary
  • Central Gwinnett Cluster - Jenkins and Winn Holt
  • Collins Hill Cluster - McKendree
  • Dacula Cluster - Alcova
  • Discovery Cluster - Baggett and Discovery High School
  • Duluth Cluster - Duluth MS and B.B. Harris Elementary
  • Lanier Cluster - Sycamore Elementary
  • Meadowcreek Cluster - Lilburn MS and Radloff
  • Mountain View Cluster - GIVE East
  • Norcross Cluster - Norcross ES and Norcross HS
  • Parkview Cluster - Arcado
  • Peachtree Ridge Cluster - Jackson and Northbrook
  • Shiloh Cluster - Annistown Elementary and Shiloh ES
  • South Gwinnett Cluster - Britt Elementary and Magill Elementary

Note: Berkeley Lake Elementary will not be a pick up location.

Three Summer Reading Opportunities for Students:

1. BLES Summer Reading BINGO

Complete a BINGO (do the activities in 5 boxes to form a straight horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line) to earn a small prize. Everyone who completes the entire card will be entered into a drawing for one of 5 Amazon gift cards. (Have parents initial each completed box. Mark one “Read 100 Minutes” box for every 100 minutes read this summer. Reading just 20 minutes, 5 days a week = 100 minutes read!)

2. Gwinnett Public Library Summer Reading Challenge:

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3. GCPS Book Mobile:

Coming to BLES on July 23 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Each student can pick out two free books! See the flyer below.
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Parents of Students with Special Needs

As a means of improving results for children with disabilities, the Georgia Department of Education is required to survey parents of students receiving special education services. This is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. The feedback you share will help guide local schools’ efforts to improve Special Education services and results for children and families.

The survey is available on-line and can be accessed on the Georgia Department of Education website. You may enter the following direct link into your browser - or you may utilize the QR Code provided. Survey responses must be submitted by June 30, 2020. If you do not have access to a computer or smart phone, you may contact the Georgia Department of Education, Special Education Help Desk at 404-657-9968 in order to complete the survey by telephone.

Camp Invention

This year’s Camp Invention program originally scheduled at Berkeley Lake June 1- 4, will now be at Chattahoochee Elementary School during the week of July 13-16, 2020 with Cheri Jones as the Director. This is contingent upon State and District decisions. If future guidelines do not allow for an in-person Camp Invention program, we will offer Camp Invention Connect™, an alternative, at-home program developed by the National Inventors Hall of Fame® to balance virtual collaboration with independent, hands-on exploration.

Camp Invention has always taken great care in developing and maintaining the highest standards in health and safety practices. Our team of local, certified educators will continue this protocol as they facilitate an exciting week of hands-on FUN and creativity that turns our curious students into innovative thinkers.

We hope that you will stay connected with us and give your children something to look forward to! If this new location doesn’t work for you, please contact the National Inventors Hall of Fame Customer Relations Department and they will be able to assist you with all your needs. Feel free to reach them at 800-968-4332 or for more information.

Thank you for your continued support. We can’t wait to see everyone at camp this summer!

Square 1 Art

Several families have asked about the Square 1 Art that kids do each year. Square 1 is a company that takes our student's beautiful artwork and allows you to order items with their artwork printed on it.

I was a week away from sending all of the artwork to Square 1 when we were all sent home to do Digital Learning. Due to current situation, the company has not been able to take orders. I have talked to them about how we can still be able to showcase student's hard work. We came up with several plans and have finally decided that I will keep the artwork safe this summer and send them off to the company in the fall. I will take the first month of school for the new Kindergartners to complete a project and will send them all off in early September. Look for flyers to follow soon after that. I will be putting the 5th Grade artwork with the rest of their artwork to return, since they will be moving to Middle School. I am excited for you all to see their hard work and creativity in the fall. We will have another chance next school year to do a Square 1 drive again in the Spring. Have a great summer. I look forward to seeing all my creative students in August. Mrs. VanBuskirk

Georgia After School Program

GASP is a safe, fun, and affordable after-school option at Berkeley Lake Elementary. It is held at our school building, so there is no daycare van ride. GASP also provides a healthy snack, homework help, and non-stop organized fun activities for our kids Monday-Friday until 6:30 pm. The cost is only $55/week! To register visit or call 770-318-7848.

PTO - Your Input is Needed

Please help your PTO go into summer planning with YOUR input. We need your voice to guide us in providing the support our school needs. Take this quick, 5-question, anonymous survey. We’ll share results at our membership meeting at the beginning of the school year. > Click to take the survey

Donating Food for Those In Need : the 700 for 700 Campaign

Please consider donating to the 700 for 700 Campaign, a grassroots Duluth Cluster initiative that is providing food boxes and other resources for struggling families.

How you can help:

  1. Donate food items at Life Church International, 4830 River Green Parkway, Suite 200, Duluth GA 30096.
  2. Money donations can be made at @DMSPTA VENMO or
  3. Volunteer at the Saturday food pickups. Contact for more information.
  4. Spread the word to others to donate.
  5. Spread the word to families in need. Food boxes include forty pounds of fresh food for a suggested five dollar donation. Pickup is each Saturday 10:00- 1:00 at Life Church International. See more information below under Food Resources.
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Food Resources

Duluth Co-Op
Now appointments only for food pick up because of shelter in place order.
Food, Personal Care Items, Baby Items & Clothing
3395 Fox Street ,Building 101
Duluth ,GA 30096
serving 30096 and 30097 zip codes

Norcross Co-Op
Please call to verify times
Food & Clothing, School Supplies, Financial Assistance
500 Pinnacle Ct.
Norcross, GA 30071
770-263-0013 (Contact person – Shirley Cabe)
serving Norcross and Peachtree Corners zip codes
*Address has been updated from the first time information was sent out. Please use this address.

Cross Pointe the Church at the Gwinnett Center
Please call to verify times
Food, Personal Care Items, Clothing
1800 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth ,GA 30097
678-812-4500 (Contact person – Linda Mann)

Life Church International

4830 River Green Parkway

Suite 200

Duluth, GA 30096

Pick up Saturdays from 10am-1pm

Receive a 40 pound food box for $5.00 per family (suggested donation)

NEW: Trinity Outreach International Inc.

Food Delivery for Families in Need

Call Mrs. Silvia Heemana at 786-566-1369

The number of children, seniors and total number of people in the house will be asked

The organization will follow up with a home delivery of food

Please visit for more locations

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.

Remember to Save Those Box Tops!

Box Tops for Education is changing the way we submit Box Tops products to benefit our school. We’ve earned hundreds of dollars from this fundraiser. We hope this will continue as we switch over to this new, online effort. The change is: No more clipping! All you need is your smart phone to download the Box Tops for Education App, select Berkeley Lake Elementary School and scan the receipts with Box Tops products to help our school earn cash. Download this flyer for more details.

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to opening back up for you to check out instructional materials once we return to school. If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact our Parent Outreach Liason, Sandra Orci 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

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