Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, January 8th, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Winter Break. We are refreshed and ready for a great semester 2. I have a few reminders about how to keep the lines of communication open between home and school. The first is to make sure you are set up with Dojo. This is the quickest and easiest way for you and your child's teacher to share information. We also use Dojo to send out a few school-wide announcements for everyone. Second, please sign up for a Parent Portal account, if you haven't already. This will require you to provide your ID, either in the front office or by sharing with your child's teacher in a Zoom meeting. Finally, check your email each Friday for this newsletter and let us know if your contact information has changed.

It is wonderful to have so many more students in the building but please be vigilant in ensuring your child has a properly-fitting mask each day and that you let us know immediately if your child, or anyone they have been in close contact with, has symptoms of COVID. In this way, we can keep everyone safe and healthy!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

"Think First and Stay Safe" Sexual Abuse Prevention Program

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from all things harmful. Related to that goal, school counselors are required to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education.

Due to the importance of this topic, you may preview the materials used for these lessons. Please contact your child's counselor, Lyndsay Murphy (K, 2, 4) at 770-582-7523 or Laura Marantz (1, 3, 5) at 770-582-7522 to schedule a preview in January, or if you have any questions or concerns.

During the months of February and March, our school counselors will offer the sexual abuse prevention and safety lessons to all K-5 students.

Please click below for a letter from Dr. Pendleton with more information about the program, how to preview the materials, virtual learning considerations, and if needed, how to opt your child out of these lessons.

English Think First & Stay Safe sexual abuse prevention information letter.

Spanish Think First & Stay Safe sexual abuse prevention information letter.

Vietnamese Think First & Stay Safe Thư thông tin phòng chống lạm dụng tình dục

Chinese Think First & Stay Safe 預防性虐待通知書

Save the Date! Parent Workshop: Strategies for your 2021 Toolbox

Would you like a few new ideas for your parenting toolbox in 2021? Join the Berkeley Lake Counselors for a presentation and conversation about parenting strategies you can use right away!

Thursday, January 28

6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom, with Spanish translation

Zoom link will be sent out via Class Dojo and classroom teaches closer to the presentation date.

School Store

We have an exciting announcement! Our BLES School Store will open on Monday, January 11! It will be open each morning from 7:45-8:05. At the store students can buy snacks and school supplies. They can also use the school supply vending machines located in the school store area. To buy items students need to bring the right kind of money. The store accepts one and five dollar bills only, no bigger bills. Students can also use coins at the school store. The vending machines only accept quarters. Not only can students buy snacks and needed school supplies at the school store, any profits made go to help families in need right here at our school. The school store is run by some wonderful 5th grade student leaders. We are so happy to have the store open. Happy shopping!

Important Reminder About Dropping Children Off in the Morning

The car rider lane is open and should be used until 8:10AM. If you arrive later than that, you should drive to the front parking lot, park, and wear a mask as you walk your child into the building. Please do not park in a handicapped space unless you have a handicapped tag displayed. Also, the front drive is the fire lane and should not be used for parking. Please help us by being courteous and follow these guidelines.

Specials Rotation Schedule for Digital Learners

Digital Specials Rotation for the Week of January 11th - 15th:

  • K-2nd: Have Art and Music
  • 3rd-5th: Have Science and P.E.

Please remember that the Special Area teachers are taking grades and they do count. You can see your child's progress in your parent portal under the Grades section.

Book Check Outs for Digital Learners

If you checked out books over winter break, please return them, so you can check out new books!

The next digital student book check-out and check-in days will be Wednesday, January 13th, and Thursday, January 14th, from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Click on the link below to see more details about Digital Student Book Checkout Procedures.

For video instructions on how to put your books on Hold, please visit the BLES Media eClass page:

Thank You and Happy Reading!

Mrs. Norby - BLES Media Specialist

Positive Behavior and Intervention Support Theme for the Week:

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BLES Food Pantry

Many of us are facing difficult financial challenges right now. Our BLES community is here to care and support each other. One way we can do this is to share our Care Team pantry. Our PTO and community members have well stocked the pantry and any BLES family can have access to it. Please call a school counselor or our parent liaison for access.

Lyndsay Murphy, School Counselor (K,2,4), 770-582-7523

Laura Marantz, School Counselor (1.3.5), 770-582-7522

Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison (Spanish), 678-291-4232

GCPS District Information:

GCPS Virtual Substitute Job Fairs

Gwinnett County Public Schools is hiring individuals with two or more years of college to work as part of our substitute team! This involves going out to local schools and providing instruction through an in-person, digital, or hybrid format – you get to choose the assignments that you accept and determine your own schedule! Daily rates range from $98/day to $120/day.

Click here to learn more about our virtual job fair.

Play to Learn

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Making Summer Plans Already? Sign Up for Camp Invention: Recharge At-home

6/21/2021 - 6/24/2021 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Your Program: The all-new 2021 program lineup is the best one yet! Featuring take-apart microphones, robotic crickets, duck-launching devices and morphing vehicles, this summer is packed with super fun, confidence-boosting STEM activities!

  • Camp At Home: This year, your local camp will be an at-home program, so activity kits will be delivered directly to you and optional virtual sessions will be led by a certified local educator — your child will have everything they need for an amazing week of STEM fun.

  • Your Child’s Registration:
    • As promised, we held last year’s price and Saved Your Spot by preregistering your child for the program. Your credit on file has been applied to your registration!
    • To complete your registration, please follow the link below. If you have more than one child attending, be sure to update all camper information before completing your registration.

Biggest discount ever! When you complete your registration, be sure to use promo code ALUMNI40 to SAVE $40!

Discount ends 3/31/2021. Redeem online. Cannot be combined with other discounts. All 2020 Save Your Spot credits will expire on 9/1/2021. All funds resulting from unused credits will be allocated toward program

Click here to learn more about this summer camp

A Look Ahead...

Monday, January 11

no events

Tuesday, January 12

no events

Wednesday, January 13

12:30pm Play 2 Learn

Thursday, January 14

10:30 - 11:15 am Coffee Talk with Dr. Pendleton for parents

Friday, January 15

no events

Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No School - Digital or In-Person

Tuesday, January 19

no events

2020-2021 GCPS Promotion Criteria for Elementary Students:

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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!

We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Starting this year, Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school using the new Box Tops process.

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

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.

We Thank Our Business Partners

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Mathnasium
  • Publix

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514