Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, January 15th, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

As you know, we will be switching to digital instruction next week due to staffing shortages across the district. While our infection rates in schools are much lower than community rates, we have a significant number of teachers who are quarantining for COVID-related reasons. That has put a huge stress on our substitute teacher pool and, for that reason, the district has decided to switch to digital instruction. Any changes to that plan, or additional digital learning days, will be announced by the district and communicated to you.

As we shared yesterday, we are checking Chromebooks out to students who need one and will continue to do so until our supply runs out. Parents who requested a Chromebook, and returned the check-out form, should expect a device to come home today in your child's backpack. If you missed the deadline, please fill out the Chromebook Request, if you haven't already, and we will contact you on Tuesday regarding availability.

During our digital learning days, we will be following our Digital Learning Schedule and all instruction will be through the teacher's eCLASS pages. These are actual school days and attendance will be taken, so please make sure your child logs on and participates in the synchronous instruction. Each teacher will communicate their schedule and Zoom links to you.

I'm sure you aware of the high numbers of COVID cases, due in part to traveling and socializing over the winter holidays. I encourage all of you to take as many precautions as you can by social distancing, hand washing, and wearing a mask. The sooner we can reduce the number of cases, the sooner we can get your children back in school. Stay safe, everyone!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

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A Look Ahead...

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No school for students or staff

Tuesday, January 19

Digital Learning Day for all students. No students should come to the school building

Wednesday, January 20

Digital Learning Day for all students. No students should come to the school building12:30pm - Play 2 Learn DIGITAL

Thursday, January 21

Digital Learning Day for all students. No students should come to the school building

Friday, January 22

Digital Learning Day for all students. No students should come to the school building

Meal Service Information for Next Week

GCPS will offer meal service during this transition to digital learning (Jan. 19-22). Meals will be available for curbside pick-up at schools, and, the district will deliver meals along all bus routes countywide during this time. Families should expect buses to run their routes from approximately 10:45 a.m. to noon, beginning at the first stops on the route.

1st Semester Report Cards

Semester 1 report cards will be mailed out to parents the week of Tuesday, January 19th (the 18th is the MLK holiday so they will be sent after that.)

Parents/Guardians will also be able to view the report card via their parent portal by Sunday, January 17th, under the documents area.

Specials Rotation Schedule for ALL Students for Week of January 19 - 22

  • K-2nd: Have Science and P.E.
  • 3rd-5th: Have Art and Music

Please remember that the Special Area teachers are taking grades and they do count. You can see your child's progress in your parent portal under the Grades section.

The Next Book Check Out for Digital Learners Will Be

January 27th and January 28th from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Click on the link below to see more details about Digital Student Book Checkout Procedures.

3rd Nine Weeks AKS at Home Virtual Meetings for Parents

Parents, we encourage you to sign up for a virtual session to learn more about how you can help your child with the required skills for the 3rd Nine Weeks. Please click on the links below to register for your child’s grade level and subject area. Please note that if you are unable to attend a live session, you will be able to watch a recorded session at a later time. Click here for more information.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

Save the Date! Parent Workshop: Strategies for your 2021 Toolbox

Would you like a few new ideas for your parenting toolbox in 2021? Join the Berkeley Lake Counselors for a presentation and conversation about parenting strategies you can use right away!

Thursday, January 28

6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom, with Spanish translation

Zoom link will be sent out via Class Dojo and classroom teaches closer to the presentation date.

Supporting Your Children's Mental Health During Chaotic Times - Provided by GCPS Social Workers

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"Think First and Stay Safe" Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education.

Due to the importance of this topic, you may preview the materials used for these lessons. Please contact your child's counselor, Lyndsay Murphy (K, 2, 4) at 770-582-7523 or Laura Marantz (1, 3, 5) at 770-582-7522 to schedule a preview in January, or if you have any questions or concerns.

During the months of February and March, our school counselors will offer the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons to all K-5 students.

Please click below for a letter from Dr. Pendleton with more information about the program, how to preview the materials, virtual learning considerations, and if needed, how to opt your child out of these lessons.

English Think First & Stay Safe sexual abuse prevention information letter.

Spanish Think First & Stay Safe sexual abuse prevention information letter.

Vietnamese Think First & Stay Safe Thư thông tin phòng chống lạm dụng tình dục

Chinese Think First & Stay Safe 預防性虐待通知書

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Positive Behavior and Intervention Support Theme for the Week:

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BLES Food Pantry

Many of us are facing difficult financial challenges right now. Our BLES community is here to care and support each other. One way we can do this is to share our Care Team pantry. Our PTO and community members have well stocked the pantry and any BLES family can have access to it. Please call a school counselor or our parent liaison for access.

Lyndsay Murphy, School Counselor (K,2,4), 770-582-7523

Laura Marantz, School Counselor (1.3.5), 770-582-7522

Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison (Spanish), 678-291-4232

GCPS District Information:

GCPS Virtual Substitute Job Fairs

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format – you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day.

Click here to learn more about our virtual job fair.

Making Summer Plans Already? Sign Up for Camp Invention: Recharge At-home

6/21/2021 - 6/24/2021 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Your Program: The all-new 2021 program lineup is the best one yet! Featuring take-apart microphones, robotic crickets, duck-launching devices and morphing vehicles, this summer is packed with super fun, confidence-boosting STEM activities!

  • Camp At Home: This year, your local camp will be an at-home program, so activity kits will be delivered directly to you and optional virtual sessions will be led by a certified local educator — your child will have everything they need for an amazing week of STEM fun.

  • Your Child’s Registration:
    • As promised, we held last year’s price and Saved Your Spot by preregistering your child for the program. Your credit on file has been applied to your registration!
    • To complete your registration, please follow the link below. If you have more than one child attending, be sure to update all camper information before completing your registration.

Biggest discount ever! When you complete your registration, be sure to use promo code ALUMNI40 to SAVE $40!

Discount ends 3/31/2021. Redeem online. Cannot be combined with other discounts. All 2020 Save Your Spot credits will expire on 9/1/2021. All funds resulting from unused credits will be allocated toward program

Click here to learn more about this summer camp

2020-2021 GCPS Promotion Criteria for Elementary Students:

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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.

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!

We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Starting this year, Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school using the new Box Tops process.

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is located across from the front office and it's providing services by appointment. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232 or email her 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.

We Thank Our Business Partners

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Mathnasium
  • Publix

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514