Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - February 19, 2016

It was a short week for our students with the Presidents’ Day holiday, but our staff was here participating in professional learning and preparing for parent conferences.

Early Release Parent Conferences

I hope that all of you had a chance to sign up for a conference on Early Release Parent Conference Days next Wednesday and Thursday, February 24 and 25. If you have not, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange for a time. Teachers are looking forward to meeting with you. This is a very important meeting in which you will hear how your child is performing. The following information will be shared with you: the Reading Continuum, the Writing Continuum, the Math Continuum, the Title I school parent compact, the Promotion requirements and individual information about your child's academic performance. Please contact your child's teacher if you have questions or if we can support in any way. Please remember students will be dismissed at 12:00 on both days, February 24 and 25 and go home their usual way unless parents write a note to the teacher to change transportation.

We Need Your Input

On Early Release days while you are here for parent teacher conferences please visit Computer Lab 4 to take the Title I Parent Survey. We value your input and utilize your feedback to plan for upcoming programs. Also, please visit the Parent Center to check out materials and games on language arts and math skills to support your child’s learning. Thank you!

Classroom Door Decorations

We are excited to invite you to walk through the halls when you are here for conferences to see the fabulous door decorations from our Student Council sponsored “No Place for Hate” door decorating contest. Each class came up with a way to ”Show Love/Kindness on the Door.” The students and the teachers were so creative with the door messages expressing kindness, love and anti-bullying. Berkeley Lake is a “No Place for Hate” school for the second consecutive year. Thank you to our students, Mr. LaMotte, Ms. Houser, Ms. Maida and Ms. Marantz for this anti-bullying awareness project for our school.

Special Recognition

Congratulations to Jessica Ganji and Eric Xu. Their PTA Reflections entries won at the state level. The Reflections theme for this year was “Let Your Imagination Fly”. Jessica’s musical composition and Eric’s artwork will be on display at the Woodruff Art Center March 6. We are so proud of their accomplishments.

PTA News

PTA membership cards will be in your child's Friday Folder this week. Thank you to all the parents and 100% of the staff who joined the PTA. There is still time to join by sending $7 to your child’s teacher. Our PTA adds value to the school experience through sponsoring cultural arts programs and support for our events for all students.


Also remember that the PTA spirit wear will be sold on the following Fridays: March 4, March 31 and May 6.

Turn In Your Box Tops

Remember the PTA Box Top Contest will be March 11. Box Tops should be dropped off in the BOX TOP container outside the conference room in the front hall. Students may enter for the chance to win a gift card with a minimum entry of 20 Box Tops!

BINGO Night is Coming

Mark your calendar for March 4, PTA Bingo Night and be sure to join us to win terrific prizes from local business. This annual fun family event is coordinated by Ms. Sosa and our community partners. Jason’s Deli will begin serving dinner at 6:00 and the Bingo games will begin at 6:30. Jason’s Deli will be accepting credit cards this year. Our Bingo Night sponsors include: Jason’s Deli, Gwinnett Gladiators, Sara Grant, Zoe’s Kitchen, Rebecca Jonas Rubin, Sprouts, Cheeky’s, Bussey Family, Wells Fargo, Finol Family, Burts Bees, Panousis Family, Ted’s Montana Grill, Van Michael’s, Nails n’More, Discovery Point, California Pizza Kitchen, Regal Nails, Newk’s, Zaxby’s, Infinite Energy Center, Trader Joe’s, and Barnes & Noble.

Volunteer Appreciation

Our annual volunteer breakfast is on March 18 at 7:30AM in the media center. All BLES volunteers are invited to attend as we say "thank you" for your work in supporting our students and staff.

Spring Concerts

Please mark your calendar for the following spring music programs that will begin March 10. These are brief concerts to share the music and AKS the students have been working on in class : Thursday, March 10 - 1st grade concert at 9:00 am - Cafeteria; Wednesday, March 16 - Kindergarten concerts at 9:00 and 9:30 - Cafeteria; Friday, March 18 - Volunteer Breakfast with chorus at 7:30 AM - Media Center; and Friday, April 15 - 2nd grade concert at 5:30 (before Dance-a-thon).

Fifth Grade Promotion and Celebration Day

I know it seems far off, but it's time for us to start planning our Fifth Grade Promotion and Celebration Day. If you are interested in being on this committee, please contact Bernina Jones bdlj73@hotmail.com or Mary Mansfield mommymansfield@gmail.com. Mr. Carter is the fifth grade AP working with our PTA volunteers to plan this very special occasion for our fifth grade students.


If there are no delays due to inclement weather, mark your calendars for Fifth Grade Promotion Day Program scheduled for May 24 at 4:15 at Duluth High School. Celebration Day will be the last day of school. This is such an important event that I wanted to get the information out as early as possible so everyone can make plans to attend.

Have a restful weekend. I look forward to seeing you next week at conferences.


Dr. Bearse

Important Dates

2/22—3-4:00 Chess Club

2/23—7:00 IT Girls

2/23—9-11:00 English Class

2/23—3-4:00 Green Team

2/24—7:15 Art Club

2/24—Early Release—Noon

2/25—7:15 Chorus

2/25—7:30 NO Readers Rally

2/25—Early Release—Noon

2/26—7:30 Witzzle Pro

2/26—8:30-10:30 Gr 2 Dental program

2/26—5-9:00 PTA Spirit Night—Shane’s

2/29—8:30 Kdg Inhouse Field Trip

2/29—3-4:00 Chess Club

3/1—Presidential Primary

3/1—7:00 IT Girls

3/1—8:30 Kdg Inhouse Field Trip

3/1—9-11:00 English Class

3/1—3-4:00 Green Team

3/2—7:15 Art Club

3/2—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

3/2—3:00 Good News Club

3/2—3:15 Student Council

3/3—7:15 Chorus

3/3—7:30 Readers Rally

3/4—7:30 Witzzle Pro

3/4—7:45 PTA Spirit Wear Sales

3/4—10-11:00 School Tour

3/4—6-8:00 Bingo Night

3/5—3:00 Honors Chorus-Smokerise Baptist

3/7—3-4:00 Chess Club

3/8—7:00 IT Girls

3/8—9-11:00 English Class

3/8—3-4:00 Green Team

3/8—4:30-6 Witzzle Pro Tournament

3/9—7:15 Art Club

3/9—8:30-10:30 Gr 5 Cultural Arts

3/9—2:45-4:45 Strings

3/9—3-4:30 Good News Club

3/10—End Q3

3/10—7:15 Chorus

3/10—9:00 Gr 1 Concert—Cafeteria

3/11—Student/Teacher Holiday

Our 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.

Berkeley Lake's Vision Statement

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.