Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - April 29, 2016

Today we had our annual spring Bear Cub Cookout. Thank you to the parents that joined us for lunch. The children always enjoy sharing lunch with parents and friends and the staff appreciates that you visit for lunch.

School Counseling Advisory Council

Last evening the School Counseling Advisory Council had their spring meeting. The purpose of this council is to make recommendations regarding student and community needs, make recommendations regarding the counseling department’s response to those needs, and to advocate for and support the total school counseling program. We are quite grateful for our council's continued support of the school counseling program at Berkeley Lake ES. The council enhances and strengthens the total school counseling program and thereby creates an even better school experience for all of our students. Our council members for the 2015-2016 school year are: Laura Hiller-Gr 2 teacher, Travis Wade-Corner’s Outreach, Jim Carter-AP, Sophia Barton-AP, Ann Tiberghien-Kdg teacher, Paul LaMotte-Gr 5 teacher, Julie Jones-Mt Carmel Church, Laurel Mauroy-City of Berkeley Lake, Colette Bingham-Parent, Jen Kramer-Parent, Jenny Thorne-Parent, Mary Kay Murphy-GCPS Board Member, Danielle Maida-Counselor, and Laura Marantz-Counselor.

PTA Elections for the 2016 – 2017 Executive Board

PTA elections for the 2016 – 2017 Executive Board were held last evening. We appreciate those who were able to come out to vote. The slate included : Co-Presidents: Emily Shih & Lisa Gordon; Vice Presidents: Vanessa Gordon, Carissa Fravel, Vanessa A-Reed, & Margo Williams; Treasurer: Merissa Gamba; and Secretary: Jennifer Maise. Thank you to these folks for offering to share their time to support our children next year. Kudos also to our 2015 – 2016 Executive Board members for all they have accomplished for our school this year.

Georgia Milestones

This week our building was quiet as everyone concentrated on doing their best on the Georgia Milestones. Students in grades 3 – 5 completed the GMAS exams. Student attendance was excellent! There were fewer make up tests this year than any other year. Parents, we thank you for making sure the children were here on time every day for the important assessment. The online GMAS was new to the students and staff this year and other than a few technology glitches the testing went fine.

GCPS Summer School

GCPS summer school for our cluster will be at Harris Elementary and online from June 6 to June 30 for students in grades 3, 4, and 5, who do not meet promotion criteria on the Georgia Milestones. Parents will be notified as soon as the GMAS results are received at the school sometime the end of May.

Midterm Reports

If you are a parent of K – 2 students, you are receiving midterm reports today. Third through fifth grade midterms will be delayed a week due to the Georgia Milestones assessments. Please be sure to check the parent portal for updated grades and attendance for your child.

End of the Year Assessments

During the month of May Students in grades 1-5 will participate in end of the year assessments. End of year district testing and additional state testing begins next week and will last through May 20. All students in grades 1-5, will take a posttest in the area of Math. Third grade students will also take a posttest in Social Studies and Science while 4th and 5th grade students will also take a posttest in Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. All 4th grade students will be administered a posttest in PE, Art, and Music as well.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week, May 2-6, is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a wonderful time to take a moment to thank the teachers and staff who have worked so hard throughout the year with our children. There are several great activities planned, along with themed days to help celebrate. Monday, May 2 - Card and Artwork Day; Tuesday, May 3 - School Supply Day; Thursday, May 5 - Gifts for Teachers and Staff; Friday, May 6 - Something Special for the Specials Teachers. More details about these themed days can be found on the purple flyer sent home with your child. There will also be a luncheon on Wednesday, May 4 and a breakfast on Friday, May 6. If you would like to make a dish for the lunch, or volunteer to help on either day, please sign up by clicking here. Let's make this an amazing week for the BLES teachers and staff!!

Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, May 5, is Kindergarten Registration. Please encourage everyone you know with a rising kindergartner to join us that day between 9:00-1:00. Remember to bring the new student’s birth certificate, proof of immunizations on GA Form 3231, vision-hearing-dental-nutrition proof on GA Form 3300, proof of residency, social security card and a picture ID. If you want to save time while you are here, you can pre-register before you come. Click here to access the online form.

Friday, May 6, is Georgia STEM

Friday, May 6, is Georgia STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day. Students will participate in STEM lessons with their grade levels. Ask your child what they learned from their STEM lesson.

GCPS Witzzlepro Tournament at Mason Elementary School

Next Saturday, May 9, at 9:00 our own Rohan Gonsalves (5th) and Eric Xu (4th), our school Witzzlepro Champions, will represent Berkeley Lake at the GCPS Witzzlepro tournament at Mason Elementary School. Thank you to our Math Coach, Kathy Mayoga, for sponsoring the Witzzlepro Club all year and to our parent support. Best of luck to Rohan and Eric as they compete.

Field Day

Ms. Birozes wants me to remind you about the upcoming Field Days May 18 – 20. Volunteers are still needed for each grade level, especially second grade parents, and should plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to the scheduled time. Student lunch times are outside their Field Day times. Please contact Ms. Birozes or our PTA volunteer coordinator Cathy Shumate Please see the schedule below.

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Thank You to our Cafeteria Volunteers

Many thanks to our recent cafeteria volunteers : Emily Shih, Sara Grant, Albina Aulov, Shailesh Jain, Tammy Wagner, ShaVon Johnson, Silva Cajo and Sandra Sanchez. We appreciate your taking the time to help keep our students safe in the cafeteria.

Summer Learning

Parents, we encourage our students to continue their learning over the summer. Our school has purchased several technology subscriptions that will continue to be active throughout the summer. Education City, Brainpop, Brainpop Jr. and Brainpop Spanish can all be accessed through My eClass and no password should be needed if accessed that way.

5th Grade Promotion

Fifth grade parents, remember that the 5th Grade Promotion is May 25, 4:15, at Duluth High School. Students need to report to the high school by 4:00.

Enjoy your weekend.

Dr. Bearse

Important Dates

5/2-5/6—Teacher Appreciation Week

5/2—3-4:00 Chess Club

5/3—9-11:00 English Class

5/3—3-4:00 Green Team

5/3—3:10-4:00 Running Club

5/4—8:30-10:30 Gr 4 Pioneer Day

5/4—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

5/5—7:15 Chorus

5/5—9-1:00 Kindergarten Registration

5/5—3:10-4:00 Running Club

The Lost and Found is Getting Full - please check it before summer starts!

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The Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located in room 1.122 in the Media Center. Ms. Angela Schoenknecht, the Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC), is available by appointment. Please call 678-291-4233 for Parent Center support or Ms. Sandra Orci (Parent Liaison) at 678-291-4232.

Our Vision:

Berkeley Lake Elementary School 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