Berkeley Lake Elementary

September 24, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It was another great week of learning at BLES! Each of you should have received an invitation to provide feedback on calendar options for next school year via email and Dojo. I would appreciate your feedback and will share it will the central office in a couple of weeks.

The Duluth Fall Festival is this weekend and BLES will be in the parade on Saturday. If you would like to support us by walking in the parade, we will be at spot #14 (right behind the Duluth Middle School group) and you will need to be in line at 9:00. Children younger than 4th grade and strollers are not allowed to walk in the parade so we would also appreciate families lining the parade route to cheer us on!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

A Look Ahead...

Saturday, September 25

Duluth Fall Festival

Sunday, September 26

Duluth Fall Festival

Monday, September 27

3:00pm Chess Club- Media Center

Tuesday, September 28

3:15pm Club Invention for 3rd Grade

Wednesday, September 29

12:30pm Play to Learn

3:15pm Green Team

Saturday, October 2

9:00am Saturday School for invited students only (arrive at 8:45)

Teacher of the Year!

Our school would like to congratulate our three Teacher of the Year finalists, Diana Diazgranados, Jasmin Bailey, and Bonnie Walsh.

Diana is on our ESL team, Jasmin on our Kindergarten team, and Bonnie on our 1st Grade team. These teachers were nominated by the other teachers in the building for their hard work and dedication to educating our students.

A special congratulations goes to Bonnie Walsh, who was voted our Teacher of the Year for the 2021-2022 school year by her peers.

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Field Day is Coming October 4th - 6th!!

We need volunteers to help run the different Field Day stations on October 4 (Grades K & 1), October 5 (Grades 2 & 3), and October 6 (Grades 4 & 5). If you would like to watch your student, please sign up for a shift because spectators will be limited to volunteers only. Click here to volunteer.

Charleston Fundraiser Ends Today

Time is up on our Fall Fundraiser, so please send in all paper order forms into the office by Monday, September 27th.

We will be awarding an ice cream party to the class with the most items sold in each grade!

Attention 5th Grade Parents

If your child was selected for Peer Mediator, training will be tomorrow, September 25th, from 9:00am-2:00pm and after school from dismissal until 4:15p.m. on September 28th , 30th, and October 5th. Lunch will be provided on Saturday. We will meet you in the bus lane by the main school doors for drop-off and pick-up. All training is mandatory.

Save the Dates

Parent Teacher Conference week will take place the week of October 18th - 22nd. Conferences will be through Zoom, unless you request an in-person conference.

On Wednesday, October 20th, there will be another county-wide Digital Learning Day for all students and on Thursday, October 21st, students will be released at noon so teachers will be available to conference with parents. Please mark these dates on your calendars and if needed, make alternate child care plans for that Wednesday and Thursday, since we will not be on normal schedules those two days.

You will be able to sign up for conferences on the BLES website, beginning on October 7th.

If your child will need to borrow a Chromebook or hotspot for the Digital Learning Day that will take place on October 20th, please complete this form on our website. Note, if your child brought home a device for the September 14th Digital Learning Day, you do not need to submit a new form.

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Duluth High School Fine Arts Night

Thank you to Mr. Green and some of our 4th and 5th Grade students for participating in last Friday night's Duluth High School Fine Arts Night. Below are a few pictures from the event.

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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HOME RUN DERBY CHALLENGE: Come show off your baseball and softball skills

Norcross High School Baseball's 3rd Annual Home Run Derby and Family Fun Day is coming on Sunday, November 7th at the Norcross High. If you register before Oct. 15th, you get a discounted rate. See the information below for more details or click here to view or print the PDF flyer for the event.
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Mobile Vaccine Clinic Ends In the Next Two Weeks

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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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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.

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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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.

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