Berkeley Lake Elementary

September 10, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It's been another great (4-day) week of learning at BLES! I want to call your attention to a couple of upcoming events. I will hold my first Coffee Talk of the year next week on Thursday the 16th at 10:30. This informal meeting is a chance for you to hear what is happening at BLES and to ask any questions you may have. We meet via Zoom and the link will be sent out on Class Dojo. We will also have Ms. Orci, our Parent Liaison, translating in Spanish throughout the meeting. I hope you will join us!

We will have our first digital learning day on Tuesday the 14th. Students who need devices will bring them home the day before and they should be returned on Wednesday. These devices are only checked out at your request, and you are responsible for their safe return.

On behalf of the staff, I want to thank you for the work you do on DLD's. I know it can cause an inconvenience, but these days are invaluable for us. All the planning and preparation for teaching happens in a brief window of time when students are at specials each day and our teachers give up numerous hours of their own time on weekends and the evenings to make sure your children have rigorous and engaging lessons. All that is to say, DLD's are like gold to us, and we appreciate the work you do to make them happen.

Finally, I would like to encourage you to participate in the PTO's Charleston Wrap Fundraiser. All money that the PTO raises goes towards enrichment activities for your children, so help them out if you can!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

A Look Ahead...

Monday, September 13

  • Patrol on the Job Training
  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Continues
  • 3:00pm Chess Club- Media Center

Tuesday, September 14

  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Continues
  • Digital Learning Day for All Students

Wednesday, September 15

  • Patrol on the Job Training
  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Continues
  • 12:30pm Play to Learn

Thursday, September 16

  • Patrol on the Job Training
  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Continues
  • 10:30am Coffee Talk with Dr. Pendleton
  • 6:30pm Girl Scout Night- Parent Information Night

Friday, September 17

  • Patrol on the Job Training
  • PTO Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Continues
  • Progress reports emailed or sent home
  • Picture Day
  • 7:45am K-Kids Meeting in Ms. Ashadele's room
  • 6:45pm Fine Arts Night at Duluth High School

PTO News:

Grandparents Day is Sept. 12. Let’s Celebrate - Digitally!

We’ve created a picture frame for you to snap your photo and send to your grandparents. It’s free to use to make your grandparents’ day! Download your PNG file, snap a picture with the frame and send it.

(We typically sell these at our Grandparent’s Day luncheon as for $5. If you’d like to provide a donation, please see MyPayments Plus, PTO section, and type in the amount you’d like to give.)

Fall Charleston Wrap Fundraiser is Here

Use Charleston Wrap® for Your Holiday Shopping! Share our BLES account with all your family and friends to get everyone shopping – just in time for the holidays!

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Click here to register today! Use organization ID number 11515.

  2. We have an email invitation tool ready as soon as you register. Send 10 unique and valid shopping email invites to your friends and family.

  3. Let the shopping begin! With over 2,500 gift ideas, you can check off your holiday gift list and support BLES, too.

PRO TIP: The more email invites you send, the more supporters we’ll get! So, break out your email contact list, share on social media and help spread the word! If you have any questions or issues, customer support is available at 1-866-395-2926.

School News:


Congratulations to all of our BLES Students who participated in the Gwinnett County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge! We are so proud of our Super Summer Readers who represented BLES!

Coffee Talk with Dr. Pendleton

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Reminder: 1st Digital Learning Day for All Students Coming Up on Tuesday, September 14th

If your student will need to borrow a Chromebook and/or hotspot for this day, please complete this form today, so that we will have time to get the device ready. If you have requested a device for your student already this year, you do not need to complete this form again. Devices will be sent to the classroom and the teacher will send home the device the day prior to the Digital Learning Day.

Picture Day is Coming

Fall school pictures for students will be taken on Friday, September 17th. Look for the picture order forms in today's Friday folders.

BLES Annual Title I Parent Meeting and Parent Workshop #1: Restorative Practices

Parents, please join us for our first title I Parent Workshop on Thursday, September 23rd, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. The session will include an overview of the BLES Restorative Practices program and how parents can use the program at home.
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Fine Arts Night at Duluth High School

The annual Fine Arts Night will be at Duluth High School on Friday, September 17. All of our BLES families are invited to attend this event. Arrive by 6:45 so you can watch some of the BLES 4th and 5th graders sing on the field at about 7:00.

K-Kids Club

The next K-Kids meeting will take place on September 17 from 7:45-8:15 in Mrs. Ashadele's classroom.

Attention 5th Grade Parents

If your child was selected for School Store, they have a required meeting on Tuesday, September 21st from dismissal to 4:15pm. We will meet you in the bus lane by the main school doors at 4:15 for pick-up.

Regular duties will start on Wednesday, September 22nd based on their assigned work day which you will receive in a note home. On their assigned work day they need to arrive in the bus lane at the main school doors between 7:25 and 7:29.

Please send in a note by Monday, September 20th stating that your child will be staying for School Store training. Please state in the note who will be picking your child up from training at 4:15. If the person is someone other than the parent/guardian, please add them to your emergency contacts and remind them to bring their photo I.D.

Gwinnett County Substitute Teacher Incentive Plan

In Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), our people are our greatest resource, including our substitute teachers and the tremendous support they provide to our students, staff members, and schools. GCPS substitutes play a critical role in our students’ education, making a difference in the lives of children every day!

With that in mind, GCPS is pleased to announce two initiatives for substitute teachers:

  • A one-time incentive payment to recognize the service of our substitute teachers.
    • Substitute Teachers who work at least 45 days between August 4, 2021, and December 17, 2021, will be eligible to receive a one-time incentive payment of $500, above and beyond the substitute's regular earned pay (attached flyer contains additional details).

  • A pay rate increase for our substitute teachers effective 9/20/2021 through the duration of the pandemic:
    • Substitute Teacher – from $108 to $130 per day
    • Extended Substitute Teacher – from $120 to $150 per day (10 or more consecutive days in the same classroom)

Please email with any questions.

Thank you!

Gwinnett County Public Schools

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Mobile Vaccine Clinic Will Be at Duluth High School on Sept. 21st and 23rd from 3:00 - 7:00 PM

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New to Gwinnett County Public Schools and the United States?

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AKS at Home Family Engagement Support

If you are unable to attend the AKS at home meetings for each grade level last week, a parent tip sheet and a recording of the meetings will be available on the county website:

Family Engagement Tips

Visit the BLES website and check out each day's Family Engagement tip. There is a tip for every day, Monday - Sunday, and they are offered in both English and Spanish.

Positive Interventions and Behavior Support (PBIS)

Our school is a Positive Interventions and Behavior Support (PBIS) school. Each week we will spotlight a particular theme of good behavior and ask that you reinforce this theme with your child when it at home. Below you will see this week's focus.
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4th - 8th Grade Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts:

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Berkeley Lake Elementary is a Georgia After School Program (GASP) School

Parents, are you tired of waiting in those long car-rider lines? Or, do you need someone to watch your student after school until you can get home from work? If so, the Georgia After School Program may be something you want to consider. The program is offered at our school and follows strict COVID protocols. If you want to learn more about the program, click here.
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Do You Have a Young Child at Home That is Not Yet in School? If so, Get Involved With Play to Learn.

Play 2 Learn is a program for young children— ages birth to 5— offered at 42 elementary schools in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Children and parents and other adults in the family learn together through engaging lesson plans in a high-quality preschool environment for 90 minutes each week during the school year. Families are empowered to keep the learning going at home so that all children will be ready for Kindergarten! Berkeley Lake Elementary one of the county's Play to Learn Schools, so if you have a young child at home, we encourage you to consider joining the program. See the image below or click here to learn even more about the program.
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From Our Counselors

Many of us face economic hardships at various times in our lives. Due to these hardships, we may need additional help with basic needs like food. At this time, Berkeley Lake Elementary can help by providing a small amount of groceries for your family each week. They will be sent home in your child’s backpack on Fridays. The food is provided by donation. Your name and your child’s name will not be revealed to the donor. The Berkeley Lake Staff will get the food to your child in a discrete manner.

To participate, please email one of us, call either school counselor, or Mrs. Orci (Spanish speaker) to request participation.

Please call us with any questions or concerns.

Lyndsay Murphy

School Counselor

School Counselor


Laura Marantz

School Counselor


Sandra Orci (Spanish)

Parent Liaison


We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school with Box Tops.

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.

Do You Have a MyPaymentsPlus Account?

Gwinnett Public Schools uses MyPaymentsPlus as a site for school-related payments and documentation sign off. If you do not yet have an account with this site, you will need to set one up. Click here to learn more.

Did You Know BLES is on Various Social Media Apps?

Follow us on all of our social media accounts by clicking the links below:

Opportunity for Discounted Portable WiFi Hotspot for Families

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation is offering a discount on a portable WiFi hotspot for its families for $50/month. Data is unlimited and there is no contract required. See the image below or click here to learn more.

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!

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.

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Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514