Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - October 9, 2015

International Literacy Night a Success!

Last evening we had a fabulous turn out for our PTA International Literacy Night and our Title I Parent Literacy Workshop. The school was packed as students, parents and staff members gathered for International Literacy Night. We started the evening with a session called Relax into Reading: Supporting Your Child's Reading Skills at Home, presented by Ms. Butler and Ms. Richardson. We celebrated different countries with parents and staff hosting tables laden with photos, maps, artifacts, books, food and entertainment. The Scholastic Book Fair was open (and will continue all next week), the Duluth Public Library provided resources for library cards and students were able to write thank you letters to the military. It was exciting to share this festive occasion with the school community. Thank you to our PTA volunteers, Ms. Watson, Ms. Duran and Ms. Cunningham, and to our ESOL teachers and Angela Schoenknecht, Parent Instructional Coordinator, for making the evening such an enjoyable learning experience.

Quarter 1 Ending, Reports Coming Home Soon

Quarter 1 ended today. Our students in grades 1 – 5 will continue to participate in end of the quarter District Assessments through next week. Report Cards will be issued Oct. 16. For an updated ongoing view of your child’s progress, please visit the portal where you can access your child’s information – grades, attendance and test scores. If you have never accessed the portal, please stop by the front office to sign up.

IOWA Standardized Testing for Grades 2nd and 5th

We will have our district IOWA national assessments Oct. 19 – 23 for grades 2 and 5. Please remember to have your child get plenty of rest, eat a hearty breakfast and arrive on time each day. Also please do not check out students during morning testing. Each day testing should be done by 12:00. Thank you.

BLES Yearbook Wants Your Pics!

We have an app for that!!!! Download the Balfour ImageShare app (for iOS or Android) to send images to the yearbook staff from your smartphone* (get it at the app store or google play store) Our school’s yearbook project #: 620422 Password: blesyearbook No smartphone? No problem! Go to to upload images from any Internet-connected computer. Thank you! All pictures are considered, but not all can be used.

Unity Day

Unity Day was started by the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center. It is a time we can all stand together to show that we care about the issue of bullying and people who are bullied. Bullying can impact education, physical and mental health and safety. At Berkeley Lake Elementary School we stand united against bullying and want all students to be safe and secure. Show your true colors when it comes to bullying and wear orange on Wed., Oct. 21, to show that we are united against bullying! Visit for more information. Go to <> for fun and educational activities to learn more about Unity Day.

Box Top Collection Time

Please gather all your Box Tops to enter the PTA Fall Box Top Contest!!! Do you know how you can earn money for your school and win cool prizes? Bring in your Box Tops by October 16th. Please put a minimum of 10 Box Tops in a Ziploc bag, include your name, grade and teacher's name. Your Box Top entries should be placed in the Box Tops box in the front hall. You may enter as many times as you like. Contest winners will be announced on Mon., Oct. 19. Any questions, please contact Ms. Moncada, PTA Chair, at Thank you for supporting PTA Box Tops.

Turkey Trot News

The PTA sent home Turkey Trot entry forms in your child’s Friday folder. Our annual Turkey Trot will be held on Sat., Nov. 7! The deadline for returning the entry forms is next Fri., Oct. 16. Returning your form by that date guarantees you a t-shirt on race day, but there’s time to enter even on race day. Turkey Trot entry forms are also available at or you can register online at Thank you for your support!

Bear Cub Cookout

Mark your calendar for Bear Cub Cookout, Fri., Oct. 16, during your child’s regular lunch time. Ms. Shockley plans on preparing lunch on the grill for the entire school. Please join your child if you can for this annual, traditional, fall lunch.

E-Splost for Gwinnett County

On Nov. 3, Gwinnett County voters will be asked to extend the special purpose local option sales tax for education (E-SPLOST). Over the years, the E-SPLOST has funded educational capital projects that have benefited all students in Gwinnett County. It is important for Gwinnett citizens to be aware of the E-SPLOST and the district's plan for meeting the classroom and technology needs of Gwinnett's growing student enrollment. Berkeley Lake Elementary is on the district's five year plan for renovations. Learn more at the GCPS website

No School for Students on Monday, Oct. 12th!

Oct. 12, is a teacher work day and student holiday. The staff will be involved with professional learning sessions and end of quarter tasks. Please enjoy your day with your child. We welcome students back Tues., Oct. 13.

Important Dates

10/12—Student Holiday

10/13—Begin Quarter 2

10/13—7:00 IT Girls Club

10/13—7:30 PTA Exec Bd Mtg

10/13—9-11:00 English Class

10/13—9-2:30 Book Fair Open

10/13—3-4:00 Green Team

10/14—Picture Makeup Day

10/14—7:15 Art Club

10/14—9-2:30 Book Fair Open

10/14—2:45 Strings Club

10/14—3-4:30 Good News Club

10/15—7:15 Chorus

10/15—8:30 Gr 5 Puberty Talks

10/15—9-2:30 Book Fair Open

10/15—3-4:30 Club invention

10/16—Report Cards Go Home

10/16—Box Top Contest ends

10/16—9-2:30 Book Fair Open

10/16—10:30-1:30 Bear Cub Cookout

10/19-10/23—Unity Week-Anti Bullying

10/19—8:30-11 IOWA testing Gr 2 & 5

10/19—3-4:00 Chess Club

10/20—7:00 NO IT Girls Club mtg

10/20—8:30-11 IOWA testing Gr 2 & 5

10/20—9-11:00 English Class

10/20—3-4:00 Green Team

10/21—Unity Day

10/21—7:15 Art Club

10/21—8:30-11 IOWA testing Gr 2 & 5

10/21—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

10/21—3-4:30 Good News Club

10/22—7:15 Chorus

10/22—8:30-11 IOWA testing Gr 2 & 5

10/22—7:30 Readers Rally

10/22—3-4:30 Club Invention

10/23—7:30 Witzzle Pro Begins

10/23—7:45 K-Kids

10/23—IOWA testing Gr 2 & 5

10/24—9-11:00 Planting Day

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.