Special Edition Bear Essentials

All the best to you as we work together to put kids first!

March 25, 2020

Parent Request Form

In order to be able to assist you, while having limited staff in the building, we have created a very easy to use Google Form. Just click here and fill out your request and someone will help you as soon as possible.

3/25/20 Update

Dear BLES Families,

We have bags of groceries for families in need of food. Please come to the front door of the school and ring the front doorbell. Someone will answer the door and give you a bag of groceries. The food will be available this week Tuesday to Friday 8:00-3:00. Please call the front office at 770-446-0947 with questions.

Paper packets for this week's student work are also available at the front door, just help yourself. Lunches will also continue to be available through next week but they will not be provided the week of Spring Break.

There will be no lunches, paper packets, or new Digital Learning lessons posted next week due to Spring Break.

From Ms. Birozes

Okay BLES families and staff, you can enjoy P.E. right in front of your screen This personal trainor and P.E. coach is amazing! JOE, the Body Coach is from England and is known nationwide.He does daily workouts and started doing this for kids and their families just this week when he discovered that he had to serve the needs and health of others.

Just go to YOUtube and search P.E. with Joe the Body Coach and out will come his video dated for each day. I started doing his workout yesterday and it is so much FUN! He makes it fun and entertaining for all! You will feel energized and ready to start your day.

Try it, You just might like it!! AND he gears it down to us older ones that cannot bend down as far or go as fast so he does.

Let's build our immunity and JUST DO IT!!

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Dear Families,

To ensure that students have “at home” learning opportunities during this time of school

closures, Get Georgia Reading and Renaissance are partnering to provide readers free,

anytime/anywhere access to digital books and news with myON.

Unlimited, 24/7 access makes it easy for students to continue reading and learning at

home. Students can read online using any Internet-enabled device, or read offline with

free mobile apps.

• The myON library includes more than 6,400 enhanced digital books, with titles for

a wide range of reading levels and in diverse genres, including fiction, nonfiction,

and graphic novels.

• myON News provides five age-appropriate articles, Monday through Friday, on US

and world events, arts and entertainment, sports, science, and technology.

Getting started is easy!

1. Go to www.myon.com/login/index.html to login

and start reading.

a. School Name: Get Georgia Reading

(type the first few letters and select from the

drop-down menu)

b. Username: yourcounty (e.g. cobbcounty)

c. Password: read

2. Click the Sign In button and start reading!

Unlimited, free access will be provided until school closures end and students are able to

return to the classroom. Please join me in encouraging students to read and continue

learning at home during this time.

Internet Resources

The following offers by providers are not affiliated with GCPS. Contact each provider for more information.

NEW--- https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html



Be a household with a student enrolled in a K-12 school or college

Call 844-488-8395; installation fees will be waived for eligible households


Be an eligible "qualified low-income household"

Go to http://InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish

All new customers will receive "a free self-install kit" with no shipping fee.

Other Resources

United Way has a special webpage with many resources, everything from employment, to accessing SNAP, to childcare, to food services, to COVID testing, a wide variety of resources that is continually being updated. https://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/coronavirus/

Resources for parents in talking to children about COVID-19


To reach Ms. Marantz or Ms. Penland:


Counselors will still check their BLES office numbers as well.

Local Food Resources: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KGji6hcVViAwYcYDO8PxEr9BevJKCFAD/view?usp=sharing

Gwinnett County Resources:


Outside Food Resources (updated)

March 2020

Dear BLES Families,

As you all prepare to spend more time at home due to school and business closures, we want you to be aware of food resources in our area. Below is a list of food pantries and resources in our community. Please contact a school counselor at the information listed below if your family had an economic need.

Sara Penland Laura Marantz
770-582-7523 770-582-7522

sara.penland@gcpsk12.org laura.marantz@gcpsk12.org

NEW---Good Word Brewing in downtown Duluth is operating as a soup kitchen each day from noon until the food runs out. All meals are free.

Duluth Co-Op
10am- 2pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Food, Personal Care Items, Baby Items & Clothing
3395 Fox Street ,Building 101
Duluth ,GA 30096
serving 30096 and 30097 zip codes

Norcross Co-Op
M/W/F 10am-2pm, Tue 6-8pm, Sat 10am-12pm
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
10am - 12 noon; 6pm - 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday
Food, Personal Care Items, Clothing
1800 Satellite Blvd.
Duluth ,GA 30097
678-812-4500 (Contact person – Linda Mann)

Please visit foodfinder.us for more locations

Contacting Your School Counselor During School Closure

Berkeley Lake Virtual School Counseling Instructions:

  • Our counseling department is committed to providing school counseling services and support during our digital learning days.
  • Please contact your counselor for any social/emotional or behavior needs for your child.
  • Parents and students can make direct contact with their counselor using the contact information below.
  • Counselors can help with connecting you with community resources.

How to Contact Your Counselor:

  • Email your counselor at the email address listed below.
  • In your email, include your full name, teacher name, and your concern/question.
  • If you would like to make contact via phone, please call the numbers listed below.
  • If you would like to schedule a phone conversation, please email your counselor.

Mrs. Marantz

Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grades


Office Phone – 770-582-7522

Mrs. Penland

1st, 3rd, and 5th grades


Office Phone – 770-582-7523

Digital learning hours for counselors are Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Email and voice messages will be checked hourly. Messages and emails sent after these hours may be returned the following school day.

If the counselors are not in the school building, due to building closure, and you would

like to talk by phone or online audio conversation, your counselor can send you a link to a

Google Meet session or a phone and pin number to talk by phone through Google Meet.

You may also use this link for any parent requests

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Read eBooks and Magazines from the Gwinnett County Public Library

GCPL offers many ebooks, digital magazines, and other online resources. All GCPS students have access to these resources for free using Branch Out library accounts. Students who have opted in to the Branch Out program may access by using their student ID number for the username and 4-digit birth month and date for the password (ex. February 8th birthday --> 0208). If you have NOT opted in to the Branch Out program and do not have a public library card, you may opt in through the Parent Portal on the GCPS website.

How do I access digital materials? Visit https://gwinnett.overdrive.com/ OR download the Libby app to begin browsing ebooks. Login using your library or Branch Out account. Use the search bar or Collections tab on the left to narrow your search results. You also may view all digital resources available to children, teens, and adults by visiting here: https://www.gwinnettpl.org/digital-resources/.