Berkeley Lake Elementary

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, September 27, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I hope your family will join us in the Duluth Fall Festival Parade tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 28. We will be #16 in line for the parade and will start on Main St., near Brock Road at 9:00. Be sure to wear your BLES Spirit Wear.

Field Days will be held on October 3-5 and we are still need volunteers, so please join us! Please click here to volunteer.

On October 3rd, I will hold a school tour, followed by my first Coffee Talk. The tour will take place at 8:30 and the Coffee Talk will be from 9:00 - 10:00. I hope you will come for coffee and hear the latest on what's happening at BLES! This is a great opportunity for me to hear your thoughts and for you to ask any questions you may have. A Spanish translator will be available.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Field Days Are Coming Next Week!

We will need adult volunteers to help out, so please click here to sign up.

Wednesday, October 2nd: Kindergarten and 1st grades

Thursday, October 3rd: 2nd and 3rd grades

Friday, October 4th: 4th and 5th Grades

Students' Passwords Have Changed

Last weekend, student passwords were changed for some of our web-based programs, like eClass and Typing Club. New letters are being sent home today in Friday folders with the updated student log in information. Please keep these letters at home and refer to them when your student is accessing a program from home. This will be especially important to have if we have any Digital Learning Days in the future.


Welcome to the new members of K-Kids.

We have elected officers and they are as follows:

President - Angel Chen

Vice President - Luka M

Secretary - Sophia Chan

Treasurer - Effie Speaks

Sgt. At Arms - Keon Clealand

The K-Kids will be making videos at our next meeting which is on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Thank You to the Following Parents for Volunteering in the Lunchroom this Week:

Barbara Babroff

Megan Schaap

Ninoska Gonzalez

Alexandra Ehrlich

Jacqueline Garcia

Corrian Bryant

Positive Behavior Focus for this Week:

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PTO News

Happening Now:

  • Yearbooks are discounted through the end of September. See our site for ordering instructions. Get your keepsake today!

  • Field Day is next week! Please make sure to sign up for your volunteer spot for field day(s). We must fill all our volunteer spots to make the day successful for our students. Thanks, and we’ll see you next week (Oct. 2, 3 and 4)!

Upcoming Events:

  • Save the date! The next PTO spirit night is Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Black Walnut Café on Peachtree Parkway.

  • Gobble! Gobble! Gobble! Do you like running? Do you like pancakes? Do you like running and eating pancakes (after running, of course) with your friends on an early Saturday morning? If you answered yes to all 3, then get excited because the annual Turkey Trot & K-Kids Pancake Breakfast is almost here! Save the date for Saturday, Nov. 9, for the 4-mile run that wraps around the very scenic Berkeley Lake or the 1.5-mile fun run/walk that goes through the Berkeley Walk neighborhood. Check Friday folders for more details. Sign up early to get the best price. Know of businesses that would like to sponsor? Email Also, we’d love to have volunteers to help with planning and on the day of the event.

Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

The Office of Federal Programs has announced the next Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting. This is an opportunity for parents to learn about the different federal programs offered in Gwinnett County Public Schools and to provide their input on each. This meeting will take place on October 3 from 5:30-7:30 PM and will be held at Rhodes Jordan Park's Community Room. Childcare will be provided and we will have Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese interpreters present.
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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.

Spring Milestones Schedule Released - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students

If your child is in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, he/she will be taking the Georgia Milestones Assessment in the spring. Attendance is very critical during the testing window, so please note the dates below and try not to schedule any appointments or vacations during this time frame. You may also click here for a printable version of the testing schedule.
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A Look Ahead...

Saturday, September 28

Duluth Fall Festival. Join us representing BLES in the parade We will be #16 in line for the parade and will start on Main St., near Brock Road at 9:00. Wear your BLES Spirit Wear.

Sunday, September 29

Duluth Fall Festival

Monday, September 30

Student Council Meeting after school

2:45pm Orchestra Club

3:00pm Chess club - Media Center

Tuesday, October 1

7:00am IT Girls

9:00am Advanced English Class

3:00pm Green Team

3:15pm Drama Club in room 3.124

5:00pm Duluth Cluster STEAM Night

Wednesday, October 2

Field Day Kindergarten and First Grade

7:15am Art Club

9:00am Beginner English Class

3:00pm Soccer Club

Thursday, October 3

Field Day Second and Third Grade

7:00am Chorus Club Semester 1

8:30am School Tour

9:00am Coffee with Dr. Pendleton

3:00pm Good News Club (PL Room)

3:00pm Robotics Club

3:15pm Club Invention

Friday, October 4

Field Day Fourth and Fifth Grade

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We Have a School Store

Berkeley Lake is proud to have our school store open daily before school starts! It is run by highly qualified 5th grade students. Each morning the school store volunteers are in charge of setting up the store, selling items, closing the store, and counting and depositing the money collected. They do all of this before 8:15 in the morning! Our store features school supplies and snacks. All profits go to our Care Team, which helps families in economic need, and the BLES School Counseling Department.

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!

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located across from the front office. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232.

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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