Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, May 26, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


I want to thank you for all you have done to make this year as successful as possible! You are to be commended for making hard instructional decisions for your child, learning how to navigate Zoom and eCLASS, and supporting our safety protocols. Your commitment to Berkeley Lake Elementary School, and public education, is appreciated more than you know!


All parents of students who have been accepted into our Summer Enrichment and Acceleration program (SEA) should have received a letter from us, which included a car rider tag, if applicable. Those went home in bookbags for students who are here in the building, and we called parents if your child is a digital learner or a rising kindergartener. If you would like to add your child to the waiting list, please fill out this form. All students are invited to participate in the Digital SEA, and I sent information about that to you last week in an email.


Class lists will be posted on July 15th. We post them on the doors to the K/1 hallway, which are located in the lower parking lot/car rider lane. Feel free to come by if you would like to learn your child's teacher before Meet Your Teacher Day on July 30th. We ask that you please not call the front office to learn your child's teacher.


I hope you have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you on July 30th!


Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton


Lesley.Pendleton@gcpsk12.org

A Look Ahead...

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day


Monday, June 14 - Friday, July 2

Summer Enrichment and Acceleration


Sunday, June 20

Father's Day


Sunday, July 4

Independence Day


Monday, July 5

School Building Closed in recognition of Independence Day


Saturday, July 17

Students will lose access to current teacher's eClass course pages


Friday, July 30

Meet Your Teacher Day


Wednesday, August 4

1st Day of School for KG, 1st, and Self Contained Special Ed


Thursday, August 5

First Day of School 2nd and 3rd Grades


Monday, August 9

First Day of School 4th and 5th Grades


Wednesday, September 1

Iowa Testing Grade 2


Thursday, September 2

Iowa Testing Grade 2


Friday, September 3

Iowa Testing Grade 2


Monday, September 6

Student/Teacher Holiday

Labor Day


Tuesday, September 14

Digital Learning Day for All Students


Wednesday, September 15

First Day of Hispanic Heritage Month

PTO Items:

Order Your School Supplies for Next Year Now!

Get ahead of the game and order your child's school supplies for next year now! A percentage of the proceeds from the school kit sales will come back to BLES, and you don’t have to deal with the hassles of shopping in the stores! Your child’s kit will be delivered directly to the classroom before the first day of school and will include the specified supplies the teacher requested. The website is www.shopttkits.com and enter account #10128.


To see the school supply lists for the fall, click here.

School News:

Summer Food Resources and Assistance

Is Your Child Going to Be in Kindergarten Next Year?

If you were unable to watch the informational Zoom meeting about kindergarten next year click here to watch a video recording of the meeting.


Also, if you haven't called the school at 770-446-0947 to make an appointment to bring your rising kindergartener in to be screened, please give us a call as soon as possible.

Report Cards

Report cards will not be sent home the last day of school but instead will be mailed out the week of June 7th. They will also be viewable in the Parent Portal under "Documents" at that time.


To view the GCPS Promotion/Retention criteria for the current school year, please click here.

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.
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Free Vision Care Opportunity

This summer, the Gwinnett County Public Library System, in coordination with Vision To Learn, will offer vision screenings, eye exams, and, if necessary, glasses for your child. These services are free and will be provided at NO COST to you. Quality vision care is an important component of education; students that cannot see often struggle to learn to read, to see the board, and to succeed academically.


See the flyer below for more information.

Transportation for Next School Year

Parents, if you have not completed the required GCPS Transportation Form for next school year, please do so using one of the documents below. We need this form completed, whether your child will ride the bus, be a car rider, walker, or day care rider. Email the saved form to Candy.Rodriguez@gcpsk12.org in the front office, send a completed paper copy through your student, or bring it in to the front office.


Please note: The form will not be fillable if you downloaded it on your cell phone. It must be downloaded on a computer.

Applications That Will Be Available to Students Over the Summer

The following applications will still be available for students to use over the summer, and we encourage a short daily time of activity in these programs to continue learning:


  • Imagine Learning Literacy (20 minute recommendation per sitting)
  • Imagine Learning Math (20 minute recommendation per sitting)
  • Typing Club (10 - 15 minute recommendation per sitting)
  • Brainpop
  • Brainpop Jr.

Children will have access to their current teachers' eClass course pages until July 17th but content may not be updated by the teacher during the summer.


Digital textbooks will be available on the My eClass home screen until July 7th.

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Summer Reading Challenge

Families of BLES Students, summer is right around the corner! Let's promote summer reading!


Please click the link below to learn about Gwinnett County Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge! We would like to encourage all BLES students to participate!

Summer Reading 2021 Presentation (in English)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1w5LlFEKrZ51XkfuQhWVgtH2H4mCD7Ek8RbStp4_Z_zA/edit?usp=sharing

Summer Reading 2021 Presentation (in Spanish)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DDIF_PlnrAAJkuOdDnCritXg1COVNtFoMvYhWvA_3lU/edit?usp=sharing

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Parent Involvement Survey for Parents of Special Needs Students

AKS at Home

AKS@Home recordings and tip sheets for parents of students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are posted on the district’s AKS@Home webpage.
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Camp Invention

Camp Invention will now be offered in-person and online! See the flyer below for details. Space is limited so that we can proper all Covid guidelines and stay safe.


Camp Scholarships: We also have a few $100 scholarships that will bring the camp price to $150. Please email or drop the form at school by May 24th or email it to Trina Ashadele.

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i9 Sports Summer Camp:

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We thank The Tutoring Center in Duluth for Being a Business Partner of Our School

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Food Finder

Visit the FoodFinder website or download the app to find places nearby where you can get free food and meal assistance.

Did You Know BLES is Now on Instagram?

Follow us on all of our social media accounts by clicking the links below:


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.

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

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