Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, August 7, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

What a whirlwind start to school this is turning out to be! BLES teachers and staff have been so busy these past days preparing for digital learning, putting together supply kits for students, and learning about how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are so excited to start the school year, even if it is a little nontraditional.

As you know, we are adjusting to changes on almost a daily basis and we appreciate how that affects you and your family. As we prepare for potential in-person instruction, we will have to make some changes to class lists. You probably won't have a change if your child is in 2nd-5th grades but we are trying to better align class assignments to prepare for some children remaining with digital instruction and others returning to the building. We will make every effort to let you know before August 12th if your child's class assignment will change.

Please remember to take the Parent Preference survey (below) and mark your calendars with your assigned school supply kit pick up times. If you have more than one student at BLES, just pick either child's time.

Finally, I want to introduce an important new staff member to our school! Ms. Charlie Langley is joining our admin team and will serve as the Assistant Principal for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. We are excited to have her with us!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Parent Input is Needed

In order to better prepare for the possibility of a staggered return of students to school in late August and early September, we are asking that you again complete a survey to let us know what your preference would be for your child. We will use the survey results to plan for the best instruction as possible, whether it be digital or in-person. Your choice is for the first semester with an option to switch after the first nine weeks. If you have not yet completed the survey, please do so now. Click here to access the survey.

School Kit and Chromebook Pick-Up Times

As your teacher mentioned in her Zoom video conference this morning, Monday and Tuesday of next week will be our school kit pick-up days. On these two days, you will drive to designated areas in the various parking lots around the building to pick up materials your child/chilldren will need for their digital learning at home. You will stay in your car and school staff will bring your child's items out to you.

Your first stop will be to pull up outside of our gym in the lower parking deck. If you have also requested a chromebook or temporary hotspot for you student, you will be guided to drive to the next stop. If you need a chromebook or hotspot and have not yet communicated that information to us, please complete this form.

Pick up times and days are based on your child's teacher's last name. Before you come to school, please make a sign and put it in the front windshield with the following information on it:

Last Name, First Name


Teacher Name

Monday, August 10 - Kit pick up for Pre-K-2nd Grades

8:00 - 8:20 All PreK students kit pick up

8:20 - 8:40 Students in Ms. Cantrell/Gray's homeroom

8:40 - 9:00 Students in Ms. Molenaar's homeroom

9:00 - 9:20 Students in Ms.Pennington's class

9:20 - 9:40 Students in Ms. Sosa's class

9:40 - 10:00 Students in Ms. Stepp's class

10:00 -10:20 Students in Ms. Velez's class

10:20 -10:40 Students in Mr. Blalock's class

10:40 -11:00 Students in Ms. Jo's class

11:00 -10:20 Students in Ms.Kraeling's class

11:20-11:40 Students in Ms.Tran's class

11:40-12:00 Students in Ms. Smith's class

12:00 -12:20 Students in Ms. Walsh's class

12:20 -12:40 Students in Ms. Kim's class

12:40 -1:00 Students in Ms. Parker's class

1:00 -1:20 Students in Ms. Speese's class

1:20 -1:40 Students in Ms. Thompson's class

1:40 -2:00 Students in Ms. Yoo's class

2:00 -2:20 Students in Ms. Kates' class

Tuesday, August 11: Kit pick up for 3rd - 5th Grades

8:00 -8:20 Students in Ms. Bell’s class

8:20 -8:40 Students in Mr. Bush’s class

8:40 -9:00 Students in Ms. Hudson’s class

9:00 -9:20 Students in Ms. Mason’s class

9:20 -9:40 Students in Ms. Sweet’s class

9:40 -10:00 Students in Ms. Bailey’s class

10:00 -10:20 Students in Ms. Houser’s class

10:20 -10:40 Students in Ms Howard’s class

10:40 -11:00 Students in Ms. Lee’s class

11:00 - 11:20 Students in Ms. Sobh’s class

11:20 -11:40 Students in Ms. Willingham’s class

11:40 - 12:00 Students in Ms. Algard’s class

12:00 -12:20 Students in Ms. Chang’s class

12:20 -12:40 Students in Ms.Morris’ class

12:40 -1:00 Students in Ms.Patton’s class

1:00 -1:20 Students in Ms.Redner’s class

1:20 -1:40 Students in Ms.West’s class

1:40 -2:00 Students in Ms. Schilling’s class

Note: If you are unable to make your kit pick up time, please notify your child's teacher.

Curbside Meal Pick Up Available for BLES Students During Digital Learning

Meals will be available to be picked up at school during digital learning from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Monday-Thursday. Thursday’s pick-up will include meals for both Thursday and Friday. Students will be offered the choice of both a breakfast and a lunch each day. Students will need their Student ID cards. This allows us to process and properly account for the meal. We will give those out the first day you come for a meal. The student does not need to be present to receive a meal. A Parent/Guardian may pick up a meal for their child but they must have the Student ID card in order to validate their child’s enrollment and eligibility. Students will be charged for their meals based on their current eligibility of Free, Reduced, or Full Pay. In order to limit direct contact, we strongly encourage parents to add money to their child’s account via MyPaymentsPlus.

If you need to complete the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application please click here. The application must be filled out each school year. Please complete before August 12.

District-wide Technology Check

Gwinnett Schools will be conducting a district-wide technology check next Monday, August 10th, to make sure our students are able to access the main resources they will need during digital learning. Even though we realize the timing coincides with our school kit pick-up schedule above, we hope those of you with devices (even cell phones) will follow the steps your teacher emails you so we can get a good idea of which students will need some extra support at the start of digital learning.

Prior to Monday, we are asking that you use the username and password for your child that your teacher emails you, to verify that you are able to log into our student portal system. This is also known as My eCLASS. The button to access My eCLASS can be found on the BLES website.

Then on Monday at 11:00 AM, we are asking everyone that can to again log into My eCLASS but to do a few extra steps to verify everything is working as it should. You will receive an email from your child's teacher that will provide clear directions.

Please try to participate if you can. The information we receive from this test run will be very important to the success of digital learning at our school.

Snapshot of the First Day of School

On the first day of school, students will log into eClass at 8:15 AM and click on the "My eClass Course Pages" button on the right side of the screen. From there, they will click on the icon for their teacher's course page. From 8:15 - 8:30, the teacher will hold a Zoom Morning Meeting for students. This will be a time for the teacher to check in with the students and do an activity to start the day. The Zoom meeting that morning may run more than 15 minutes, since this will be the time for the teacher to let the students know how the day is going to look.

From there the day will be filled with a variety of "live" lessons through Zoom and independent work through directions and how-to videos. A lunch break will be provided, as well as a recess break. This will give the students time to relax before jumping back into the day's lessons with the teacher.

You will be able to see your child's daily schedule on the teacher's course page, as well as the Specials schedule for the month.

The teacher will spend a lot of time on the first day helping your child to get to know their course page better and setting expectations for the digital learning that will take place.

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Positive Intervention Behavior Support (PBIS) Slide of the Week

Here are the 2020-2021 online behaviors that we will communicate for Positive Behaviors and Supports (PBIS) Schoolwide. Teachers will be developing their own classroom online behaviors that will be communicated to students and parents during Virtual Meet Your Teacher Day. We ask that all parents help support and encourage these positive behaviors.
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PTO News

  • School supplies are here! Thank you for ordering your school supplies through the PTO last year so our school can receive a portion of the sales. The kits have arrived and will be with your child’s belongings during the August 10-11 supply pick up days.

  • BLES families need our help! PTO is partnering with the Counseling Department to host a food drive to benefit BLES students. During the August 10-11 school supply pick up days, please bring food pantry donations. Place the items in the contactless donation cart in the car rider parking area. See our flyer below for most-needed items and THANK YOU.

  • New online spirit wear and more from PTO coming soon!
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A Look Ahead...

Monday, August 10th

School kit and technology equipment pick-up for grades PreK - 2nd

11:00-11:30 AM District-wide technology check

Tuesday, August 11th

School kit and technology equipment pick-up for grades 3rd - 5th

Wednesday, August 12th

1st Day of School

The GASP (Georgia After School Program) is no longer available at Pinkneyville Park as previously advertised.

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.

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!

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We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located across from the front office. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232.

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.

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514

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