Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - May 5, 2016

Georgia STEM Day

Today we celebrated Georgia STEM Day with engaging Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lessons. Classes participated in learning that activated students interest in the following lessons: Cooking With The Sun, Dancing Rainbows, Drops on a Penny, Marshmallow Challenge, Math Quilts, Planting a Rainbow, So Bright, Spaghetti Towers, and Stem Your Nest. Ask your child what he/she experienced today in school.

Thank You for a Great Teacher Appreciation Week

We honored our teachers this week! Our staff felt so appreciated with the PTA-hosted lovely luncheon and delicious breakfast, flowers, candy and thoughtful gifts. Thank you for celebrating our great staff and acknowledging how wonderful they are each and everyday.

Yearbooks are Here

PTA-sponsored yearbooks will be sent home today, to all those that ordered the yearbook in advance. Cash sales begin on Monday before school from 7:45-8:30 AM until we sell out. The cost is $30. If you are unsure if you purchased a yearbook, email Thank you to Rose Merrick and Lisa Gordon for another beautiful yearbook!

Running Bears News

Fourteen of our Running Bears competed in a community race last Saturday at Meadow Creek High School, The Mustangs One Mile Run. Congratulations to three of our Berkeley Lake runners, Diana Cortes, Luke Stanley and Alan Taylor who scored in the top 10 and received medals. Berkeley Lake took 2nd place out of six schools. Our Running Club continues to train on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the upcoming Peachtree Jr. Race at Piedmont Park Saturday, May 14. Thank you to Ms. Birozes, Ms. Blackburn and Ms. Page, plus our parent volunteers.

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Rising Kindergarten Parent Information Night

We welcomed an awesome group of rising Kindergartners Thursday at Kindergarten Registration. If you have a rising Bear Cub kindergartner or a friend with one, remember the Rising Kindergarten Parent Information Night is Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 in the cafeteria. The Kindergarten teachers will present a typical day in kindergarten; the counselors will share information; and the APs will answer questions. We encourage each rising kindergarten family to have a parent at the meeting to help learn about the transition. During registration the Duluth Cluster schools piloted the Kindergarten Readiness Entry Profile to learn about our rising kindergarten. Part of the pilot program is Kindergarten Academy scheduled for July 12 -14. This is a three and a half day orientation for the children, with a parent information session. Kindergarteners must be registered to attend the no tuition academy.

Account Balances in the Cafeteria

As we get closer to the end of the school year the cafeteria has to be mindful of the negative account balances. Starting Monday, May 2, students with no funds in their lunch accounts were given a sandwich and milk at no charge. Students will not be permitted to charge lunches for the remainder of the year. You are encouraged to take advantage of the “My Payments Plus” to manage your student cafeteria account. Thank you for helping the School Nutrition Program close out the school year.

K-Kids Club News

Next Friday, May 13, at 9:30 K-Kids Club will hold an induction ceremony. We will honor all of our K-Kids members from this year as well. If your child is or is becoming a K-Kid, please join us. We have 28 outgoing members and 20 new members to induct. Our group this year learned about what it means to be a K-Kid to provide service to our school community by creating flowers for the Grandparent's Luncheon, developing videos for the "No Place For Hate" initiative, making ornaments for the holiday tree and Valentine cards for Senior citizens, and cooking for our Turkey Trot/Pancake Breakfast. We look forward to K-Kids next year and wish our 2015-2016 group the best as they move to middle school. The K-kids want to give special thanks to Ellen Sentell, Susan Chung, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Mansfield for their support this year. A super special thank you goes to our advisors, Mrs. Ashadele and Mrs. Lehman, for sponsoring K-Kids three years of service and our Duluth Kiwanis sponsors George Rhodes and Gil H Guggenheim.

Relay for Life News

Friday evening, May 13, is the annual Relay for Life event at the Gwinnett County Fair Grounds. Thank you to all our parents who contributed to the morning dancers at car riders and/or made donations to the RFL Team. Our staff raised $2888 for the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for this horrible disease.

Gifted Education Program

Parents, please join us for an informational Gifted Education Program session on Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 in our cafeteria. We welcome guest speaker, Julia Osborne, GCPS Director, Gifted and Accelerated Programs who will present, Gifted Theory and Best Practices.

Field Day Updated Schedule

Less than ten days until our greatly anticipated Field Days May 18 – 20. Volunteers are still needed for each grade level and should plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Student lunch times are outside their Field Day times. Please contact Ms. Birozes or our PTA volunteer coordinator Cathy Shumate at

The updated schedule is :

5/18 8:45-9:55 Hickmon, London, P. Smith, Sosa

5/18 10:05-11:55 Miles, Pennington, Tiberghien, Wright

5/18 11:45-2:15 1st grade

5/19 8:45-11:15 2nd grade

5/19 11:45-2:15 3rd grade

5/20 8:45-11:15 4th grade

5/20 11:45-2:15 5th grade

Parents of 5th Graders

Fifth grade parents, check your calendars for our 5th grade Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday, May 25, at 4:15 at Duluth High School. Please know the fifth graders will be practicing that morning and will be available for early check out when we return from practice after 12:00, if this is a concern. Students need to report to Duluth High School by 4:00. Doors open in the theatre at 3:15.

Berkeley Lake after school Orchestra Club

The Berkeley Lake after school Orchestra Club will perform Sunday, May 15, at North Gwinnett High School with five other elementary schools. Ms. Kelly, our music teacher from Crescendo Strings Academy of Music, our parent volunteer, Mr. McClendon, and Katie Mettille, have been practicing weekly since the beginning of the year. Please join us for this lovely afternoon concert.

Other Music News

Speaking of music! Last evening our chorus sang a medley called, "Shake, Rattle, and Rock" with Duluth Middle School students under the direction of Mr. Green. What a terrific opportunity for our students to sing with the middle school students.

Spirit Wear Sale

Berkeley Lake Elementary Spirit Wear will be on sale again next Friday morning, May 13th, from 7:45 - 8:15 in the lobby. All sizes are still available, including youth large sweatshirts.

Summer Learning

Parents, we encourage our students to continue their learning over the summer. Our school has purchased several technology subscriptions that will continue to be active throughout the summer. Education City, Brainpop, Brainpop Jr. and Brainpop Spanish can all be accessed through My eClass and no password should be needed if accessed that way.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Bearse

Important Dates

5/9-5/12—8:30-2:30 Parent Book Fair

5/9—9:30-11:45 Gr 5 to DMS

5/9—3-4:00 Chess Club

5/10—9-11:00 English Class

5/10—3-4:00 Green Team

5/10—3:10-4:00 Running Club

5/11—9:30-1:30 Gr 1 Field Trip

5/11—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

5/11—3:15-4:30 Student Council

5/12—7:15 LAST Chorus Mtg

5/12—3:10-4:00 LAST Running Club

5/12—6-7:00 Title I Rising Kdg Parent Mtg

5/13—All library books due

5/13—9:30-1:30 Kdg Field Trip

5/13—9:30 K-Kids Induction

The Lost and Found is Getting Full - please check it before summer starts!

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The 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.

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.

Contact Us

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514