Berkeley Lake ES
"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, April 2, 2021
It was a great week at Berkeley Lake Elementary and I know that everyone, adults and students, are very excited about Spring Break. We saw a little bit of an uptick in COVID cases this week and stomach flu and regular flu are also on the rise. This means we all need to stay vigilant for the rest of the school year and wash our hands, wear our masks, and get vaccinated when possible. Help keep us all safe by taking these precautions over the break.
Take care and happy spring break!
Your Principal and Partner,
A Look Ahead...
Saturday, April 3
Sunday, April 4
Monday, April 5 - Friday, April 9
Monday, April 12
Tuesday, April 13
Wednesday, April 14
12:30pm Play 2 Learn
Thursday, April 15
Saturday, April 17
9:00am Saturday School
***Specials Rotation Schedule for Digital Learning Students for week of April 12-16:
- K-2nd: Have Art and Music
- 3rd-5th: Have Science and P.E.
We are still in need of a couple positions for the 2021-2022 PTO Executive Board
Showcase Your Talent!
Supply Reminder for All In-Person Art Students
- Pencil with eraser
- Something to color with (K-1st grade work best with crayons and 2nd-5th grades are recommended to have markers or colored pencils (many really like to have both to have options).
- A bag for items 1 & 2 above to be stored in
It has been a real struggle lately with students not bringing supplies and having to borrow a set from the art room. When this happens, there are a huge number of supplies that must be sanitized along with the rest of the classroom. All of this cleaning is making it difficult to be ready for the next class. Please make sure that your student has these supplies and if not, please get them over the Spring Break!!! Thank you for your help and support to assure that your student is successful in the Art Room this year.
Did You Know April is National Poetry Month?
In celebration, we are excited to announce a poetry contest for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They just need to write an original poem on any subject, no more than 20 lines, and turn into your teacher or the Media Center by Friday, April 16th. Your poetry will be submitted to a national contest and may be selected to be published! Many great prizes such as a cash, Amazon gift cards, and electronics will be awarded, just for entering the contest!
Students can pick up important information about the contest and an entry form in the folder outside the Media Center, near Ms. West's 5th grade classroom, or click here to see the information online.
We Won the Book Return Challenge So Our Students Will Get to Pick Out a Free Book from the GCPS Book Mobile!!!
Do you remember when we participated in the Book Return Challenge at the beginning of the semester? We want to thank everyone who participated! Our school won a prize for participating in the challenge!
All BLES students (in-person and digital) will get to take home one book from the GCPS Book Mobile!
The GCPS Book Mobile will visit BLES on April 21st, 2021 from 9 am - 1 pm.
- Teachers will receive a schedule for in-person students to choose a book to take home.
- Digital students are welcome to come to school from 9 am - 1 pm on April 21st to take home one book per student. The BLES student must be in-person to receive a book.
The Book Mobile will be parked in front of BLES in the bus lane, so the bus lane will be closed to the public during this time.
Families of digital students who will be picking up lunch or Book Mobile books on April 21st should park in the front parking lot.
Masks are required when participating in the Book Mobile event.
Send any questions about the GCPS Book Mobile event to our BLES Media Specialist, Mrs. Norby at firstname.lastname@example.org
We're excited to get books into all our students' hands!
Mrs. Norby and Mrs. Bingham
Save the Date (for Parents of 5th Graders)
S.T.E.A.M. Opportunity for Rising 6th Graders!
Duluth Middle School is excited to offer a new, innovative experience for 6th graders interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)! You can now choose to participate in our STEAM Experience by clicking on the link below. The classes will be on the students' schedules and will take place during the school day. If you have already signed up for Fine Arts classes, you can ALSO sign up for the STEAM experience. We can't wait to see you!
We also would like to thank the students below for sharing pictures of their culture.
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AKS at Home for the Last Two Months of School
Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders
The Georgia Milestones End of Grade Test (GMAS) is coming up for our 3rd - 5th grade students in late April and May. Click here to view a calendar of test dates, read testing tips, view some helpful links, visit a practice site, and see the Milestones Question of the Day.
Looking for a fun summer activity for your kids?
Visit the FoodFinder website or download the app to find places nearby where you can get free food and meal assistance.
2020-2021 GCPS Promotion Criteria for Elementary 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.
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)
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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 Sandra.Orci@gcpsk12.org