Bear Essentials, Nov. 19, 2021
Weekly eNews for Parents and BLES Families
It's been another great week of learning at Berkeley Lake Elementary! As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Break, I want to say how thankful I am for the opportunity to serve as the Principal at BLES. It is an honor to serve the Berkeley Lake community and appreciate the trust you place in us each day with your most precious gifts...your children.
I hope that the next week brings good food, time with family, and an opportunity to slow down and reflect on what you are thankful for. Not everyone has the luxury of time off or a houseful of groceries, so I hope that you will consider helping others through the holiday season. Whether it's a donation to a food bank or an invitation to your Thanksgiving meal, every act of kindness makes us all stronger. Have a wonderful break.
Your Principal and Partner,
A Look Ahead...
Monday November 22 - Friday, November 26
- Thanksgiving Break Student/Teacher Holiday
Friday, November 26
- Native American Heritage Day
Monday, November 29
- 3:00pm Chess Club- Media Center
Tuesday, November 30
- 7:00am I.T. Girls meet
- 3:00pm Soccer Club
- 3:00 Robotics Club additional meeting
Wednesday, December 1
- 12:30pm Play to Learn
- 3:15pm Green Team
Thursday, December 2
- 3:00pm Robotics Club
Friday, December 3
- 7:15 Robotics Club additional meeting
Saturday, December 4
- Robotics Club Team Competition @ Lanier High School
Square 1 Art - It's Not Too Late to Order Online
Square 1 Art paper form orders were due yesterday, but it is not too late to place an order online. Search for your child's art using by clicking here, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order!
Online orders can be placed any time until Nov 30th at 11:59 PM. This deadline ensures purchased products will be delivered to the school by December 13th for holiday gifting.
Please contact Mrs. Parrott with any questions over Dojo or email!
Thank you for supporting BLES Art!
Does Your Child Prefer to Be Called by a Different Name, Other Than His/Her Legal Name?
Names are important and help to tell the larger story about who we are as individuals. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) recognizes that some students would prefer to use a different name to identify themselves rather than their legal names. We see it every day in our schools as students ask to be called by a nickname, go by their middle name, or use a preferred English/Western name or one that better reflects their identity.
Beginning next week, parents will have the opportunity to enter a Preferred Name (nickname) for your child in our student information database.
If you wish for your child to be called by a “Preferred Name” other than their legal name, you will need to go into the Parent Portal to provide that information. (Please note that if you had provided a Nickname previously, you still will need to enter that name as your child’s Preferred Name.)
GCPS reserves the right to remove a “Preferred Name” if it is deemed inappropriate. Once the Preferred Name has been provided, your local school will verify the name and make the change in the system. Only families of students who prefer to go by a name other than their legal name need to make that change in the Parent Portal.
The change will not be reflected immediately and this will not change a student’s name in all of our systems. Classroom teachers (or substitute teachers) will have the student’s Preferred Name at their fingertips and can use that instead of the child’s legal name, but the child’s legal name will continue to appear on legal and official documents such as report cards, transcripts, IEPs, etc.
Note that this option to add a “Preferred Name” is available in the Parent Portal only.
How Your Child is Doing in Reading and Writing
The K-Kids will meet again: December 17, where we will make holiday cards for our senior citizens at the Parc Retirement Center in Duluth.
Yearbooks are Now on Sale
If you have any questions on this year's yearbook, please email email@example.com.
Positive Interventions and Behavior Support (PBIS)
Family Engagement Tips
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! Click here to learn more about the GCPS substitute teaching program.
Do You Have a Young Child at Home That is Not Yet in School? If so, Get Involved With Play to Learn.
Berkeley Lake Elementary is a Georgia After School Program (GASP) School
We Collect Box Tops (Online)
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.
Do You Have a MyPaymentsPlus Account?
Opportunity for Discounted Portable WiFi Hotspot for Families
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 Sandra.Orci@gcpsk12.org