Berkeley Lake Elementary

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, September 6, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend and had a lot of time to do fun things with family and friends! Please check out the message below from PTO about the Charleston Wrap fundraiser. I hope that all of you will support this fundraiser in any way that you can.

Next week, 1st, 2nd, and 5th graders will participate in CoGAT testing. It is very important that students get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive on time to school.

Finally, progress reports will go home next Friday, September 13th. Please take time to review these and to reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

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PTO News

Charleston Wrap Sale Kick-Off

The BLES PTO is excited to kick-off our Charleston Wrap fundraiser today! It's a great opportunity to support our PTO, our school, and our students. Your child will be bringing home a Charleston Wrap envelope containing information on the sale, online ordering, available prizes, two catalogs, and an order form. All orders are due back to school by Friday, September 20. Daily coupons can be returned to the collection box in the main hallway (in front of the PTO bulletin board) for prizes at any time. Please sell only to friends and family - do not go door-to-door or sell to strangers. It's never too early to start shopping for the holidays!! If you have any questions, contact Emily Shih at

Grandparents Day Lunch

Thank you to all the grandparents who purchased their photo keepsakes today. We always love meeting you at this event. Thank you to Monique Somervell for creating these special memories for our families.

Next PTO Spirit Night

Our next spirit night is Monday, Sept. 16, at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Forum. Let’s show up in our proudest BLES purple and have a “purple out” at CPK! Thanks to Emily Shih for coordinating what’s become one of our most popular spirit events.

Field Days

Field Days will be October 2, 3 and 4 this year. This is a change from the usual time of year they take place. Sign up today to volunteer. Special thanks to our Field Day chair, Cathy Shumate, for continuing her six-year run coordinating Field Day with Ms. Birozes!

Turkey Trot:

Our annual BLES Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast is Nov. 9. We need volunteers to keep this event running – a specific need is for sponsorship coordination. Click the link to get involved now. November will be here before you know it! Thanks to Ellissa Friedman and Trina Ashadele for chairing this fun community event.

Yearbook reminder:

Yearbooks will be discounted through the end of September. See our site for ordering instructions. Thanks to committee chair, Pam Block, and Ellissa Friedman for getting this new online and customizable yearbook started for us.

If you’d like information about all things PTO, visit our site or see us at most school events. Thanks for supporting our school!

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Chorus Club Members Announced

Congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade students for making the BLES Chorus Club.

Gavin V

Joshua Q

Auryn F

Zavier B

Lorenzo J

Yet L

Lochlin J

Sophie M

Gabby W

Valeria H

Liliana B

Helene C

Soojin P

Jackson B

Aliyah C

Amelia-meadow W

Jesse F

Ashley S

Nanako E

Jeremih M

Brianna B

Nyzire S

Rosneyka M

Ayomikunsi O

Miley R

Laila S

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Important Testing Dates Coming Up

Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) testing for students in grades 1st, 2nd, and 5th will be September 9 - 11, and IOWA testing for students in grades 2nd & 5th will be September 23 - 27. Please try to schedule appointments for children in these grade levels outside of those date ranges. Thank you!

Parent Technology Workshop

Do you want to know how to navigate thru the parent portal?

Do you want to make payments to the school but don’t have time to go to BLES?

Do you want to help your kids navigate into my eClass?

Do you need to create an email but you don’t know how to use it?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you will want to attend the workshop shown in the image below! This workshop has been designed specifically for our parents and it will be a hands on experience, so you can feel comfortable when using all these tools.

Please see the flyer image below to have more information:

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Field Days

Order your field day T-shirts soon! Sept.17th will be the last day you can get turn your order form in. Please attach the money with the order form. You may also go to My Payments Plus to submit your payment. Please fill out an order form also and send it with your child to their teacher.


This year's Field Days will be:

Wednesday, October 2nd: Kindergarten and 1st grades

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

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

We will need adult volunteers to help out, so please let our PE teacher, Renee Birozes, know if she can count on your help.

Art Club (4th and 5th Grade Students Only)

Art Club applications were due today. The club roster will be posted on Friday, Sept. 13th and the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.

Saturday Intervention Class

The next class will be held on tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 7th. Students should arrive at 8:45 and class will begin promptly at 9:00. If you have any questions about it, please contact Sophia Barton.

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

Toshy Bryant

Kendra Knott

Qarlah Prince

Positive Behavior Focus for this Week:

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Gwinnett Public Library News

Linked below you will find the activity calendars for the month of September from the Gwinnett Public Library. This public service provides our communities with a wealth of resources for all ages. Please, encourage your families to take advantage of these free opportunities.

Click here to view September kid programs

Click here to view September teen programs

Click here to view September adult programs

A Look Ahead...

Saturday, September 7

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

9:00am Saturday Intervention - students should arrive at 8:45

Monday, September 9

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

2:45pm Orchestra Club

3:00pm Chess club - Media Center

Tuesday, September 10

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

9:00am Advanced English Class

3:00pm Green Team

3:15pm Drama Club in Media Center

6:00pm PTO Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 11

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

CogAT Testing Grades 1,2,5

9:00am Beginner English Class

3:00pm Soccer Club

Thursday, September 12

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

7:00am Chorus Club Semester 1

3:00pm Robotics Club

3:15pm Club Invention

Friday, September 13

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

1st Progress Report Sent Home

Saturday, September 14

PTO Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser

9:00am Last Saturday Intervention class - Students should arrive at 8:45

9:30am Duluth Cluster Parent Technology Learning Opportunity - Duluth High School but all parents, including BLES parents invited and encouraged to attend

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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.

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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