Berkeley Lake Elementary
"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, November 8, 2019
I am excited to announce our Spelling Bee Winner Aaron Nguy and Runner-Up Joseph Ngo! Aaron will go on to compete at the Gwinnett County Spelling Bee.
It's not too late to make plans to attend our annual Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast! If you like to walk, run, or eat pancakes with your neighbors and friends, this is the event for you! More details below under the PTO section.
Our next School Council meeting will be held on next Thursday, November 14 at 4:00. Everyone is welcome to attend and hear about our school priorities and progress on improvement plans.
Enjoy the weekend.
Your Principal and Partner,
2 Different Surveys We Need Parent Input On
A paper copy of an RBES survey was sent home with your child several weeks ago. This is a Gwinnett County Public Schools survey, and we hope every family will complete the survey and return it to school if you have not already. The deadline to return this survey is November 16th.
The other survey you have been asked to take is the Georgia School Health Survey. This state survey can be taken anywhere online but so far only 52 of our parents have taken the survey. This survey is anonymous and can be taken in English or Spanish. Here is the link to the state survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents.
Thanksgiving Grocery Giveaway Will Take Place Saturday, November 23, 11:00-1:00
Many of us are facing economic hardships and may need help during holidays. A local church has a program that is a fun family event and provides help for Thanksgiving.
At the event you will receive a grocery bag of food for your family, a delicious sit-down lunch, and warming items like gloves, hats or blankets for the children! You can also have a family portrait taken by a professional photographer! All Free!!!!!!! The whole family is invited and encouraged to attend, but you must register ahead of time for the event.
Please complete the form that came home in last week's Friday folder and return to Laura Marantz or Sara Penland. To register in Spanish, call Sandra Orci at 678-291-4232. Spots are limited. Respond ASAP!
Attendance Counts - November
DID YOU KNOW?
- Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
- Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
- Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
- Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
- Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
Students who are checked out frequently miss valuable instructional time.
Turkey Trot & K-Kids Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, November 9th
The Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast is tomorrow. If you haven't registered already then you can still sign up in the morning! For those of you who pre-registered, you can pick up your race packet tonight (Friday evening) at the school from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. We are looking forward to a great race!
Thank You to the Following Sponsors.
o Windsor Realty
o Dairy Queen
o Cheeseburger Bobby's
o All Kids First
o Dunkin Donuts
o LivinLove Inspections Inc
o Designables Inc
Thank you for your support
Stock the Fridge
Charleston Wrap Orders Are Here
Raise Money for BLES While Doing Your Holiday Shopping on Amazon
Positive Behavior Focus for this Week:
Digital Learning Days
The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) 2019-2020 school calendar includes two make-up days to address school days missed due to inclement weather. In addition to these days, GCPS also has the option of making up days missed due to inclement weather using Digital Learning Days.
A Digital Learning Day is considered a school day, so students will be accountable for completing the teacher assignments from home, just as they would do at school. The assignments will be found on the teacher’s eClass course page under the Digital Learning Day icon and will be checked by the teacher and considered in the grading process.
As our teachers begin to prepare for the possibility of Digital Learning Days this year, it is important for them to know about devices and internet available to your student at home. A letter will be sent home in Friday folders in the next week or two to gather more information on whether or not internet & devices are available to your student at home. Please complete the questions at the bottom of the letters and return to your child's teacher so we can begin to plan for the possibility of Digital Learning Days in the future.
Spring Milestones Schedule Released - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students
A Look Ahead...
Saturday, November 9
7:00am Turkey Trot and Pancake Breakfast - the 4-mile run will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the 1.5-mile fun run will begin at 8:15 a.m. Pancake breakfast to follow immediately after the races.
9:00am Saturday Intervention Program-Arrive 8:45
Monday, November 11
2:45pm Orchestra Club
3:00pm Chess club - Media Center
Tuesday, November 12
7:00am IT Girls
7:30am PTO Board Meeting
9:00am Advanced English Class
3:00pm Green Team
3:15pm Drama Club in room 3.124
Wednesday, November 13
7:15am Art Club
9:00am Beginner English Class
Thursday, November 14
7:00am Chorus Club Semester 1
3:00pm Good News Club (Media Center)
3:00pm Robotics Club
4:00pm BLES School Council Meeting
Friday, November 15
Monday, November 18
7:45am K-Kids Mtg (Media Center)
2:45pm Orchestra Club
3:00pm Chess club - Media Center
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.
We Have a School Store
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!