Berkeley Lake ES

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, April 30, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Third grade GMAS testing is complete! Fourth graders will begin testing on Monday, so make sure they get a good night's sleep and come to school on time.

I just want to remind everyone that unless you opted out, your child is automatically enrolled as an in-person student for next school year. If you intend for your child to be a digital learner, and you are not sure if you opted out, please call the school office.

Big things are coming this summer! Thanks to generous federal funding, we are able to offer a Summer Enrichment and Acceleration program from June 14 - July 2 for students in all grades, including our rising kindergarteners. If your child is recommended for this program, we will be sending more information to you in the next week. Please be on the lookout in your child's bookbag and your email. Space is limited, but we will include as many students as we possibly can.

If you or someone you know has a child who will be five by September 1, please register them for kindergarten and call the school to set up an appointment for kindergarten readiness screening. You can also let us know then if you wish for your child to attend the summer program.

Finally, we will have one final Coffee Talk on next Thursday, May 6th at 10:30. Look for the link through Dojo on Monday morning. I will answer any questions you have about our summer program and what's happening next school year.

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Did You Know BLES is Now on Instagram?

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

A Look Ahead...

***Specials Rotation Schedule for Digital Learning Students for Week of May 3rd - 7th:

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


Saturday, May 1

9:00am Saturday School

Monday, May 3

PTO Tupperware sale all week

PTO Spirit Wear Pop Up Store Open

Teacher Appreciation Week - card and artwork day

8:15am 4th Gr. Math 1 & 2 Milestones

Tuesday, May 4

PTO Tupperware sale all week

PTO Spirit Wear Pop Up Store Open

Teacher Appreciation Week - PTO providing lunch from Zoe's.

3rd & 4th Gr. Milestones Makeups

Wednesday, May 5

PTO Tupperware sale

PTO Spirit Wear Pop Up Store Open

3rd & 4th Gr. Milestones Makeups

Teacher Appreciation Week - School and Cleaning Supplies from families

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12:30pm Play 2 Learn

Thursday, May 6

PTO Tupperware sale

PTO Spirit Wear Pop Up Store Open

Teacher Appreciation Week - gifts for teachers and staff from "Favorites" list

8:15am 4th Gr. ELA 1 Milestones

10:30am Last Coffee Talk with Dr. P. (link will be sent out via Dojo closer to date)

Friday, May 7

PTO Tupperware sale

PTO Spirit Wear Pop Up Store Open

Progress reports sent home

Teacher Appreciation Week - something special for the Specials teachers

8:15am 4th Gr. ELA 2 & 3 Milestones

Saturday, May 8

PTO Tupperware sale

Sunday, May 9

PTO Tupperware sale

Mother's Day

Monday, May 10

PTO Tupperware sale

3rd & 4th Gr. Milestones Makeups

Today is the Last Day to Submit Entries for the BLES Virtual Talent Show

Today is the last day to submit an entry for the BLES Virtual Talent show. Click here for more information about the talent show.

Last Opportunity You Will Have to Order a Yearbook for Your Child

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 1st will be the absolute last chance for you to order a yearbook. Please note that we will not have any additional yearbook sales this year, so this is your only opportunity to purchase one. The yearbook will be soft-bound and will cost $20.00. Click here to order one for your child today.

*** If you pre-purchased a book through the PTO TreeRing sales last year, contact so that they can work with you to get your refund.

PTO Items:

Vote for Your 2021-2022 Executive Board by end of day today, Friday, April 30th

Vote for your 2021-2022 Executive Board TODAY! Deadline is tonight, Friday, April 30, at this link.

View proposed board members on our site. For open board positions, you can write in a nomination or nominate yourself!

Email us at if you have any questions about serving your school. We appreciate your support!

Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week!

Show our teachers we LOVE them! Get ready for these Teacher Appreciation Week activities!

  • Monday, May 3: Card and artwork day

  • Tuesday, May 4: Teacher and Staff Appreciation luncheon

  • Wednesday, May 5: School and cleaning supply day

  • Thursday, May 6: Gifts for teachers and staff from Favorites list

  • Friday, May 7: Something special for the Specials teachers

More details can be found in our flyer: English | Spanish.

Stay tuned! Here’s what’s up next from your PTO:

  • May 3 - 7: Our next Spirit Wear Pop Up Store will be featuring t-Shirts – even one for the incoming kindergarten class. We will send out the link to the store next week.

  • May 3 - 21: Clean out those kitchen pantries and get ready to replenish your Tupperware! We’ll have a special, online Tupperware sale and a percentage of the proceeds will go to BLES.

  • It’s time to start planning for next year already! We’ll have our school supply kits available for purchase soon. A percentage of the proceeds from the school kits sales goes to the school and you don’t have to go shopping! Your child’s kit will be delivered directly to the school, with the specified supplies your teacher asks for, and will be waiting in the classroom hen your child arrives next year. More to come!

  • May 12: Plan for pizza night with Papa John’s! A portion of proceeds from your order that evening will come to BLES. Use the promocode: Berkeley20 and the PTO program for BLES will receive 20% of your order total.
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School News:

Media Center Book Returns

Starting May 3rd, Media Center books will no longer be sent home with students, since the school year is coming to a close. Students should return books they have checked out from the BLES Media Center before the end of the school year.

If students have overdue or lost Media Center books, please have your students search for these books at home and in their classrooms at school. Digital students and families of BLES students are welcome to return BLES Media Center books to the Drop Off Bin at the front of the school building.

Students who are issued a fine for their lost Media Center books are welcome to bring in money to school to pay for their library fines. We accept payment in the form of cash or check. Families can also pay for these fines via MyPaymentsPlus.

Fines for Media Center Books:

Paperback Books - $5.00

Hard Cover Books - $15.00

***We do not accept replacement books. Our Media Center books are purchased from county-approved book vendors.

Thank you,

Niki Norby (Vanden Hoek)

Media Specialist

Berkeley Lake Elementary School

5th Grade Information Page on Our Website

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New Business Partner for Our School

Please see the flyer for The Tutoring Center, Duluth below.
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Milestones Testing (for Parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders)

The Georgia Milestones End of Grade Test (GMAS) will continue for our 4th and 5th grade students in May. Click here to view a calendar of test dates, read testing tips, view some helpful links, visit a practice site, and see the Milestones Question of the Day.

Summer Enrichment and Acceleration Opportunity for Students

On Monday, Dr. Clay Hunter, GCPS’ associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Support, led an audience-directed Q&A session about summer learning opportunities for elementary and middle school students.

If you were not able to tune in for the live session, click here to watch it now.

Camp Invention Update

Camp Invention will now be offered in-person and online! See the flyer image or PDF below for details. In order for proper Covid guidelines to be followed, space will be limited, so don't delay registering your child.

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For Parents of Kids Ages 3 - 8: Building Babies' Brains "Playground Detectives"

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AKS at Home for May

Parents, if you were unable to attend the final session of AKS at Home for this school year, it's not too late to get the information shared during the live recorded meetings. Visit this county AKS at Home page to get all of the information you might have missed.

Food Finder

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

Please ensure families are aware of this free, online resource provided by the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) to support their children’s academic success.

Play to Learn

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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.

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.

Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514