Berkeley Lake Elementary
"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, November 15, 2019
We had an amazing time at our Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast last Saturday! All the winners are posted, along with pictures from the event, on our Facebook page. A special thanks to our PTO Co-President, Ellissa Friedman, for all her work on the Turkey Trot and many other PTO initiatives. Ellissa and her family are moving at the end of the semester, and they will be greatly missed!
Our next event will be Spirit Night at Zaxby's on Thursday, November 19th. Please come out and enjoy a meal with your family while supporting our PTO!
I would like to remind you that if you need to drop your student off after the morning car rider line has closed, you will need to park your car and walk your child into the school lobby. We are concerned for student safety when students get dropped off in the middle of the bus lanes in front of the school and try to cross in front of moving cars in the process. Please adhere to this policy, as it is for the safety of our children.
Enjoy the weekend.
Your Principal and Partner,
We Still Need Help With the Online Parent Survey from the State
Parents, please take the Georgia School Health Survey if you have not done so already. This state survey can be taken anywhere online but so far only 57 of our parents have taken the survey. This survey is anonymous and can be taken in English or Spanish. Here is the link to the state survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents.
Our School's Website Will be Changing
Earth Day Artwork Contest
Thanksgiving Grocery Giveaway Will Take Place Saturday, November 23, 11:00-1:00
Thank you to all of the families who have already registered for this event! You should have received a conformation letter saying your are registered. If you have not received conformation, please contact Laura Marantz or Sara Penland at school.
Many of us are facing economic hardships and may need help during holidays. A local church has a program that is a fun family event and provides help for Thanksgiving.
At the event you will receive a grocery bag of food for your family, a delicious sit-down lunch, and warming items like gloves, hats or blankets for the children! You can also have a family portrait taken by a professional photographer! All Free!!!!!!! The whole family is invited and encouraged to attend, but you must register ahead of time for the event.
Please complete the form that came home the Friday folder several weeks ago and return to Laura Marantz or Sara Penland. To register in Spanish, call Sandra Orci at 678-291-4232. Spots are limited. Respond ASAP!
Giving Tuesday Campaign by Corner's Outreach
Dear BLES Families-
Corners’ Outreach is a nonprofit organization that began because community members wanted to help our school. They had a desire to make a difference in our students’ lives. Out of this desire, Corners Outreach was born. Fast-forward eight years and Corners Outreach is a thriving nonprofit organization. They help our school in many ways, including establishing a free homework club in one of our neighborhoods.
We hope you will consider supporting Corners Outreach on Giving Tuesday. You do not have to wait until Giving Tuesday to contribute, you can donate today. There are great t-shirts and tote bags for purchase. Fifty percent of each sale goes to the Giving Tuesday total for Corners Outreach. The link below will allow you to donate and to learn much more about this important nonprofit that serves our school. You can also watch the video below to learn more.
Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast
The Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast was a great event. A huge thank you to our committee chair, Ellissa Friedman, and a host of volunteers. A special thank you to all our community members, families and the BLES staff for participating in setting up, running, being great partners and supporting the event each year.
A huge THANK YOU to our sponsors:
o Windsor Realty
o Dairy Queen
o Cheeseburger Bobby's
o All Kids First
o Dunkin Donuts
o LivinLove Inspections Inc
o Designables Inc
Please tell them thank you for their support.
Charleston Wrap orders are here!
The PTO offers customized photos at this event for $5 as a fundraiser for the school. We are in need of photographers with their own cameras (like Minolta, Canon, but not cellphones) to work the lunches each day.
We also need people to sit at the table and take the orders.
Stock the Fridge
Raise Money for BLES While Doing Your Holiday Shopping on Amazon
Positive Behavior Focus for this Week:
Digital Learning Days
The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) 2019-2020 school calendar includes two make-up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of making up days missed due to inclement weather using Digital Learning Days.
A Digital Learning Day is considered a school day, so students will be accountable for completing the teacher assignments from home, just as they would do at school. The assignments will be found on the teacher’s eClass course page under the Digital Learning Day icon and will be checked by the teacher and considered in the grading process.
As our teachers begin to prepare for the possibility of Digital Learning Days this year, it is important for them to know about devices and internet available to your student at home. A letter will be sent home in Friday folders in the next week or two to gather more information on whether or not internet & devices are available to your student at home. Please complete the questions at the bottom of the letters and return to your child's teacher so we can begin to plan for the possibility of Digital Learning Days in the future.
Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Events
A Look Ahead...
Monday, November 18
7:45am K-Kids Mtg (Media Center)
2:45pm Orchestra Club
3:00pm Chess club - Media Center
Tuesday, November 19
7:00am IT Girls
9:00am Advanced English Class
3:00pm Green Team
3:15pm Drama Club in room 3.124
5:00pm PTO Spirit Night @ Zaxby's
Wednesday, November 20
7:15am Art Club
9:00am Beginner English Class
Thursday, November 21
7:00am Chorus Club Semester 1
3:00pm Good News Club (Media Center)
3:00pm Robotics Club
Friday, November 22
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29
Monday, December 2
2:45pm Orchestra Club
3:00pm Chess club - Media Center
Spring Milestones Schedule Released - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students
Do You Have a Parent Portal Account?
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.
We Have a School Store
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!
Remember to Save Those Box Tops!
One easy way to support your school is through the PTO Box Tops for Education collection. Send in Box Tops from products you purchase. To help with counting, you can download this Box Tops Collection Sheet.
Make sure to put your Box Tops on the sheet or in a bag with your name and teacher on it. Drop it into the wooden box in the main hallway near the water fountain. Doing this automatically enters you into a contest.
Each month, we’ll hold a random drawing of all students who submit Box Tops. Winners will be announced on the morning announcements at the end of each month. The prize? A coupon for a free ice cream or an item from the student store. This fundraiser has helped us earn hundreds of dollars for our school!