Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - February 12, 2016

Statewide Tornado Drill

The first week of February flew by and I would like to recap a few of last week’s events. Friday afternoon we ended the day with a state-wide Tornado/Severe Drill because Georgia postponed the regularly scheduled drill due to heavy rain on Wednesday morning. Students and staff practiced the procedures of taking cover in the event we would have a weather emergency. We want all to know how to respond and everyone did an awesome job.

K-Kids Care

With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, our K-Kids met last Friday morning to make Valentines for the residents of the Plantation South Duluth Retirement Home. They created over 50 Valentine cards with personalized messages. Ms. Tiberghein will drop the sweet well wishes off to our friends at the retirement home for the fourth year. Many thanks to Ms. Jones, Ms. Mansfield, Hannah Mansfield (Builder Club member from Duluth Middle who helps at every meeting), Mr. George Rhodes, Duluth Kiwanis sponsor, Ms Ashadele, Ms. Lehman and all of the K-Kids who took the time to help with this wonderful heart filled service project.

Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up

Last Friday you received notice that the online parent teacher conference scheduling site was ready on our BLES website. Please be sure to sign up for a conference on either February 24 or February. 25, by clicking on the large yellow button when you access our website ( We look forward to parents visiting school to discuss their children’s progress on these special conference days. Please remember that dismissal will be at 12:00 on Wednesday and Thursday, February 24 & 25. Students will go home their regularly scheduled way unless parents write a note indicating a change in afternoon transportation.

Local School Council

Thursday we held our third Local School Council meeting for the year. The agenda included a Local School Plan of Improvement midyear review, information on IT Girls Club, updates on the facility, Duluth redistricting, Duluth Cluster Schools Foundation spring event, “Duluth’s Got Talent,” at Red Clay Theatre March 20, Georgia Milestone Assessment examples and the GCPS Strategic Initiatives. Our next meeting will be April 12, 2016 at Duluth High School for the Area III Board Meeting. Thank you to Dr. Murphy, our District III Area Board Member, for taking time to join the LSC, and for parent/business members Mr. Grant Shih, Ms. Brenda Alder, Mr. Lee Jones, Ms. Sara Woolley, Mr. Charles Weir, Ms. Rebecca Rubin, Ms. Katrina Grier, Ms. Jennifer Maise, and Ms. Leslie Hale.

PTA News

PTA asked me to remind everyone to save their Box Tops! We have a Box Top Contest on March 11, so be sure to save Box Tops so you can participate. Students may enter for the chance to win a gift card with a minimum entry of 20 Box Tops!

Also PTA will be selling spirit wear on the following Friday mornings prior to the start of school: March 4, March 31 and May 6.

BINGO Night is Coming

The evening of March 4 will be our annual PTA Bingo Night. Ms. Sosa and Ms. Mettille already have lots of wonderful prizes to give away. I hope you will join us for this really fun family evening. Thank you to our sponsors: Jason’s Deli, Gwinnett Gladiators, Sara Grant, Zoe’s Kitchen, Rebecca Jonas Rubin, Sprouts, Cheeky’s, Bussey Family, Wells Fargo, Finol Family, Burts Bees, Panousis Family, Ted’s Montana Grill, Van Michael’s, Nails n’More, and Barnes & Noble.

Duluth Cluster Redistricted

The Duluth Cluster has been redistricted for next school year in order to balance the number of students attending our middle schools. This change will impact 157 BLES students moving to Chattahoochee Elementary next August when school opens. We have 18 fifth graders who are zoned to Coleman Middle School while all other rising 6th graders will be attending Duluth Middle School. In an effort to be sure all parents have updated information, Principals Ms. Fusi from Duluth Middle School and Mr. Mozley from Coleman Middle School, will be hosting community meetings in the cluster. Please contact Ms. Fusi or Mr. Mozley if you need more information.

Duluth Middle School Informational Meetings:

March 14 @ 6:00 p.m. at Berkeley Lake Elementary School

March 29 @ 6:00 Rising 6th grade Parent Night @ Duluth Middle School

Coleman Middle School Informational Meetings (all meetings will be in the Duluth High School Cafeteria):

March 17 @ 6:00pm : General "Intro to Middle School" Meeting for parents of rising 6th graders

May 3 @ 6:00pm : Coleman Middle School Rising 6th Grade Meeting

May 5 @ 6:00pm : Coleman Middle School Rising 7th and 8th Grade Meeting

The March meeting will be a general introduction to middle school for parents of rising 6th graders. The meetings in May will highlight specific information about Coleman including an introduction to instructional programs, the leadership team, and student expectations. Please contact Principal J.W. Mozley at with questions or visit Coleman's website ( for updates.

Spring Music Performances

We want to give you plenty of notice so mark your calendars for our Spring Music Performances. These are brief concerts to share the music and AKS the students have been working on in class : Thurs., March 10 - 1st grade concert at 9:00 am - Cafeteria; Wed., March 16 - Kindergarten concert at 9:00, and another at 9:30 - Cafeteria; Fri., March 18 - Volunteer Breakfast with chorus at 7:30 AM - Media Center; Fri., April 15 - 2nd grade concert at 5:30 (before Dance-a-thon) Cafeteria

Fifth Grade Promotion and Celebration Day

It's time for us to start planning our Fifth Grade Promotion and Celebration Day. If you are interested in being on this committee, please contact Bernina Jones or Mary Mansfield Mr. Carter will be working with our PTA volunteers to plan this very special occasion for our fifth grade students. If there are no delays due to inclement weather, mark your calendars for the Fifth Grade Promotion Day Program scheduled for May 24 at 4:15 at Duluth High School. Celebration Day will be the last day of school.

No School Monday

Monday, February 15, is a school holiday. Enjoy the long weekend and we will see you back at school Tues. The Book Fair runs from February 16 – 19 with evening hours Tues., February 16, from 4:00 to 6:30. Please stop by on your way to PTA Family Spirit Night at Shane’s.

Important Dates

2/15—Student Holiday

2/16—Gr 2 Inhouse Field Trip

2/16—7:00 IT Girls

2/16—9-2:30 Book Fair

2/16—9-11:00 English Class

2/16—3-4:00 Green Team

2/16—4-6:30 Book Fair Family Night

2/17—7:15 Art Club

2/17—9-2:30 Book Fair

2/17—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

2/17—3-4:30 Good News Club

2/18—7:15 Chorus

2/18—7:30 Readers Rally

2/18—9-2:30 Book Fair

2/19—7:30 Witzzle Pro

2/19—9-2:30 Book Fair

2/22—3-4:00 Chess Club

2/23—7:00 IT Girls

2/23—9-11:00 English Class

2/23—3-4:00 Green Team

2/24—Early Release—Noon

2/25—7:15 Chorus

2/25—7:30 Readers Rally

2/25—Early Release—Noon

2/26—7:30 Witzzle Pro

2/26—5-9:00 PTA Spirit Night—Shane’s

2/29—8:30 Kdg Inhouse Field Trip

2/29—3-4:00 Chess Club

3/1—Presidential Primary

3/1—7:00 IT Girls

3/1—8:30 Kdg Inhouse Field Trip

3/1—9-11:00 English Class

3/1—3-4:00 Green Team

3/1—4:30-6 Witzzle Pro Tournament

3/2—7:15 Art Club

3/2—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

3/2—3:00 Good News Club

3/2—3:15 Student Council

3/3—7:15 Chorus

3/3—7:30 Readers Rally

3/4—7:30 LAST Witzzle Pro

3/4—7:45 PTA Spirit Wear Sales

3/4—10-11:00 School Tour

3/4—6-8:00 Bingo Night

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located in room 1.122 in the Media Center. Ms. Angela Schoenknecht, the Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC), is available by appointment. Please call 678-291-4233 for Parent Center support or Ms. Sandra Orci (Parent Liaison) at 678-291-4232.

Berkeley Lake's Vision Statement

Our Vision : Berkeley Lake Elementary School 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.