Berkeley Lake Elementary

Bear Essentials - March 17, 2016

Parents of Soon-to-Be 6th Graders

We started the week welcoming Ms. Fusi, principal of Duluth Middle School (DMS), and Ms. Kecseti, Parent Liaison of DMS. They addressed a group of our rising 6th grade parents concerning the transition to middle school. Over 100 students and parents had the opportunity to learn about the programs and plans to prepare for next August. Our 5th grade students will take a field trip to Duluth Middle School in May to tour the school. Duluth Middle will also host a Rising 6th grade Parent Night @ Duluth Middle School for students who are zoned to attend school there next year. That meeting will be March 29 @ 6:00pm.

5th Grade Parents: WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!!

There will be a 5th Grade Promotion/Celebration Parent Meeting on Tuesday, March 22, from 6:30- 7:30pm in the Media Center. This meeting is to inform parents about the upcoming activities for the 5th Grade Promotion/Celebration. Please contact Bernina Jones at or Mary Mansfield at for more information.

Parent Workshop

At Tuesday evening’s parent workshop, many helpful strategies were presented by Ms. Shaw and Ms. Schoenknecht. The focus was on how to help children become independent in their homework by moving gradually from you modeling how to do it, to encouraging them as they become more confident and capable in their skills. This is called the gradual release of responsibility and is effective because children often need to start with the adult modeling and doing more of the work so they can see, understand, and learn the process to follow as they work independently.

Kindergarten Concerts

Wednesday morning our kindergarten students entertained parents and staff with a spring concert. Under the direction of Mr. Green, we had two packed performances to warm our hearts with joy. Thank you to the parents who came out and to Mr. Green and our kindergarten teachers for instilling the love of music in our young children.

Student Leadership Recognition Celebration

Our counselors’ annual Student Leadership celebration was Wednesday after school. This reception honored our Safety Patrols, School Store and Peer Mediators from this school year and announced students who will be serving next school year. Thank you to Ms. Maida and Ms. Marantz for sponsoring our student leadership programs and to our 2015 – 2016 Safety Patrol, School Store workers and Peer Mediators who have served. Congratulations to the following students who will serve in these capacities next school year: Peer Mediators: Alonzo Rekwest, Momoko Evett, Erin Maybury, Brianna McCoy, Sophia Ogden, Summer Othman, Pamelyn Rubin, Joy Scott, Dominique Thomas, Stephanie Valtierra, Christiane Weir, Aneko Williams, and Isabelle Wong; Safety Patrols: Tayo Ashadele, Jessica Bingham, AJ Bozeman, Carter Cocks, Daniel Dixon, Jae-Anne Hinds, Jonathan Llewellyn, Kristhy Lopez, Elijah Mallison, Angel Medina, Emily Melgar, Tavaria Murphy, Kristy Palacios, James Roe, Caleb Sanchez-Ramirez, Joseph Santamaria, Annie Shi, Anna Tarpley, and Sophia Tomey; and School Store: Guadalupe Acosta, Rowen Black, Jackson Bussey, Brielle Butler, Gaby Cruz, Abraham Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Ethan Levine, Kado Renfro, Hazel Salazar, Luke Stanley, Eric Xu, and Andy Zheng. What a great way to uplift our student leaders!

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Square 1 Art

Every child is an accomplished artist and we will have the opportunity to allow our students to share their artwork with others through the Square 1 Art Program. The students have all been creating their own one-of-a-kind artwork that Ms. Vanbuskirk will send off to the Square 1 Company. On March 25 your child will bring home an order packet that will allow you and other family members to order your child's artwork reproduced on useful and personalized keepsakes. Order forms will be due back after Spring Break so that the items can be delivered to the school in May. We look forward to sharing our students’ creativity.

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Art Club Fundraiser and Show

Speaking of artwork, there will be an Art Club Fundraiser and Art Show night on Tuesday, March 22, at Zoe’s Kitchen located across from the Forum. The Art Club students have been working hard over the last month to create paintings that are “Reflections of Winter”. Please come have dinner with your family and see these beautiful paintings. Mention that you are with Berkeley Lake Elementary and a portion of that night’s sales will be donated to our art program.

DANCE for FUND$ Spring Fundraiser

Our PTA spring fundraiser – DANCE for FUND$ is planned for April 15! Students received a large Dance for Fund$ envelope with all the information last week. Students were asked to check with friends and relatives to sponsor their dancing at 10₵ a minute for 60 minutes raising $6. Every student who turns in funds for two ($12) or more sponsors by March 24 may attend the exciting dance event April 15 at 6:00pm. Those students who have ten or more sponsors will receive a T-shirt and their names will go into a drawing for Principal for the Morning. The Dance for FUND$ event will be a “dress up as your favorite film character”. All proceeds go directly to pay for student programs. Thank you to Rebecca Rubin, our PTA Fundraiser Chair, for this spring event.

PTA News

Our PTA Nominating Committee is searching for Board Members and Committee Chairs for next school year. Contact Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, Angela Schoenknecht, Parent Instructional Coordinator, parents Michelle Smith and Danielle Rankin, or me if you are interested in serving on the PTA. Our job is to seek out and select officers and committee chairs for the 2016 – 2017 BLES PTA. An election will be held April 28 @ 6:30pm in the media center. If you would like to serve on the Board please let a member of the Nominating Committee know or communicate your interest to

Report Cards

Report cards will be issued March 25. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please remember to check your child’s grades on the Parent Portal throughout the fourth quarter or contact your child’s teacher.

March Madness Tournament of Books

Ms. Page announced our March Madness Tournament of Books identifying 16 titles for students and teachers to read and then vote for their favorite books. The voting begins next Wednesday, March 23, on the following titles: Rosie Revere Engineer, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, The Quiet Place, The Sandwich Swap, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, Chicken Big, Clever Jack Takes The Cake, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Lizard From the Park, Last Stop on Market Street, If You Plant a Seed, Stella’s Starliner, The Invisible Boy, Amelia and Eleanor Go For A Ride, and Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.

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Volunteer Breakfast

The annual Volunteer Breakfast was this morning. The faculty prepared a lovely buffet as a token of our appreciation for all you do to support the teaching and learning. Mr. Green and the chorus performed, “You Got A Friend in Me.” Thank you for stopping by, you truly make a difference with our children and programs. At Berkeley Lake we are so happy to have so many volunteer friends. You are all greatly appreciated and I thank you from my heart!

Running Club News

Running Club begins next Thursday, March 24. Ms. Birozes, with Ms. Blackburn and Ms. Page, are the sponsors. There are a few more spaces available! If your child would like to join, please pick up an application from Ms. Mettille in the lobby and turn it in as soon as possible.

AR Celebrations

Hope to see you at the AR Celebrations Monday, March 21—Grade 3 at 9:00 and Grade 2 at 9:30; and Tuesday, March 22—Grade 4 at 9:00 and Grade 5 at 9:30. Recognizing outstanding reading achievement is our favorite celebration!

Important Dates

3/19—9-12:00 Readers Rally-Berkmar HS

3/20—2-7pm Duluth’s Got Talent

3/21—9:00 AR Celebration—Gr 3

3/21—9:30 AR Celebration—Gr 2

3/21—3-4:00 Chess Club

3/22—7:00 LAST IT Girls Club

3/22—9:00 AR Celebration—Gr 4

3/22—9:30 AR Celebration—Gr 5

3/22—9-11:00 English Class

3/22—3-4:00 Green Team

3/22—3:10-4:00 Running Club

3/23—Sweet 16 voting begins!

3/23—7:15 Art Club

3/23—2:45-4:45 Strings Club

3/23—3-4:30 Good News Club

3/24—7:15 Chorus

3/24—Class & Individual Picture Day

3/25—Report Cards Home

3/25—Square One packets home

3/25—9-10:00 Kdg Market Place

Our 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.

Berkeley Lake's Vision Statement

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.