Weekly eNews from January 20, 2023
It’s been another great week of learning at Berkeley Lake Elementary! I want to thank our STEM Support team for organizing STEM night as well as everyone who helped make STEM Night a success:
- Party Animals, Jim Nara
- Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Meg Williams and Amy
- Georgia Tech, Dr. Ece Erdogmus Skourup
- Emory University, Dr. Emily Allen
- Agnes Scott Bradley Observatory
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Meredith Bailey
- CDC, Jeff Zirger
- TEKSystems, Danielle Voigt and Ben Fraser
- Kaiser Permanente, Adam Hancharik
- Apothym Technology Group, Robert Tinsley
- Parent, Brian Bell (Lego Great Ball Contraption)
- Duluth High School Robotics Team
- I.T. Girls
- Mr. Drexton Sportel
- Mrs. Debra Siegel
- Mrs. Kristy Summers
- Mrs. Lindsey Molenaar*
- Mrs. Jasmin Bailey
- Mrs. Shelley Parker*
- Mrs. Lyndsay Murphy
- Mrs. Leaquetta Algard*
- Mrs. Cyndi Houser
- Mrs. Bonnie Walsh*
- Mrs. Stephanie Velez
- Mrs. Terry Howard
- Ms. Jenna Sobh
- Mrs. Fakhra Zuberi*
- Mrs. Madison Taylor*
- Mrs. Sandra Orci
- Ms. Lauren Willingham
- Mrs. Julie Asztalos*
- Mrs. Jessica Craig*
- Mrs. Kathy Bentley*
- Mrs. Diana Diazgranados
*STEM Support Team Member
And thank you to all who attended!
The following message was sent via Dojo this morning, but I will include it here as well. Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you over the past five and a half years; they have been the very best of my career!
I am writing to tell you about some bittersweet news that I shared with the school staff this morning. At last night's Board meeting, my position as Director of Talent Management for Gwinnett County Schools was approved. While I am excited to be given this opportunity to support principals across the district, nothing will ever match the honor of serving as your school principal, and I will miss leading and supporting the teachers, students, and parents of the Berkeley Lake Elementary School community.
In the coming days I will communicate additional details on the selection and appointment process for your new principal; my transition date has yet to be determined. All teachers, staff, parents, and community members will be invited to complete a survey to indicate desired qualities in Berkeley Lake's next leader. Your opinions and perspectives are valued, and I hope you will engage in this process. I will share this news with students next week.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your Principal and Partner, Dr. Pendleton.
Have a nice weekend.
Your Principal and Partner,
Monday, January 23
- 3:00pm Chess Club
- 3:15pm Green Team meets
Tuesday, January 24
- 9:30am Play to Learn
Wednesday, January 25
- 9:00am Basic English Class in the Parent Center
Thursday, January 26
- 3:15 Robotics Club
Friday, January 27
- Progress reports
- 7:45am K-Kids Meeting in Ms. Ashadele's room
If You Attended Our STEM Night, We Would Like Your Feedback
If your family attended our STEM Night event on Thursday, we would like to get some feedback so as we plan the event again next year, we can make any suggested adjustments when possible. Please click the feedback link here or scan the QR code shown here to give us your input. Thank you.
Details of Next Week's Events:
Chess Club meets after school.
Green Team Meets after school. Also, our Green team is still collecting plastic bottle caps of all colors and sizes. There is a bin for collections by the Parent Center door. Students can drop off any donations on the way into the building. Thank you!
Play to Learn - 9:30 AM
English class in the Parent Center at 9:00 AM
Robotics Team meets after school to practice for tournament.
- K-Kids will meet in Mrs. Ashadele's room at 7:45.
- Progress reports will be emailed home.
Other School News:
2023 Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES)
A key improvement strategy calls on organizations to study the user experience. Therefore, it makes sense to include our students in the work we are doing to improve our schools, as they are the primary user and beneficiaries of what we do. The Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) measures what students in grades 4-12 think about their school experience, asking about their school, practices that affect student learning, and how well their school is performing. The student survey will be available to GCPS students between January 19 and February 3.
The family survey that we are asking parents/legal guardians to take will be open February 28-March 10, 2023. Additional information about the surveys can be found here.
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to BLES from February 6th - February 10th!
Here's what you need to know about our upcoming fair:
Every dollar spent will benefit our school directly
You can sign up for Book Fair eWallet on our Book Fair Homepage (link below). The Book Fair eWallet is a convenient digital payment account, so your child can shop the Fair cash-free. Family members and friends can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library.
Save these dates for our in-person Book Fair, and view our school’s Book Fair site:
Monday, February 6th – Friday, February 10th, with online sales beginning on February 2nd.
We need helpers: If you are interested in helping out as a Volunteer during our Book Fair at BLES, please click the link here to sign up for a time slot. We would like to have two volunteers for each time slot. We appreciate your help!
When your child has well check appointments or dental appointments, please do not have them miss the whole day of school if not medically necessary. While providing a note from the doctor may excuse your child from school, it does not make up for the learning missed. Checking in and/or out of school on appointment days will minimize missed instruction and learning. Teachers always do their best to help students with missed work, but being with the class and in the moment of the lesson produces the best learning experience. Thanking for keeping the school schedule in mind when making appointments for your children.
AKS at Home Sessions, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1
As part of Gwinnett County Public Schools’ family engagement initiative, the school district seeks to empower parents with tools that allow them to help their children at home. Our AKS at Home project provides math and language arts resources to support families of children in grades K-5 so that they truly are partners in their children’s learning. This support is available for families to access in the format that suits them and their schedule best. They can attend live virtual meetings, view recorded information, and gain tools and suggestions on how to best help their children through tip sheets on a wide variety of topics.
We invite our families to sign up for a virtual session to learn more about how they can support their children.
Tip Sheets and Recordings can be accessed by selecting the appropriate grade level. Recordings will be available at the end of each session series.
Visit the AKS at Home webpage to learn more and to see session dates and times.
Weekly eTips for Parents
Each week, the GCPS Department of Family Engagement, sends out eTips for parents in both English and Spanish. The English tips are towards the front of the document and the Spanish on pages following the English.
These tips can also be found on our website under the Quicklinks area > Family Engagement.
Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS)
The purpose of the PBIS store is to reward students for following our three school-wide expectations of being respectful, responsible, and safe.
Pictured below: Our kindergarteners checking out the items at the PBIS store and liking what they see :)
Upcoming Title I Parent Workshop, February 2nd
"Discipline That Teaches"
This workshop will be led by our school counselors in our media center on Thursday, February 2, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., with Spanish interpretation provided. A Zoom options will also be available with the Zoom Link will be sent via Class Dojo closer to the presentation date.
During the workshop you will:
Learn about how to use discipline that teaches children through choices, navigating regret, and how to properly apologize and make amends.
Learn about the Wheel of Connection and how it can be used at home.
Receive the tools you need to implement the Wheel of Connection at home.
We hope to see you there or online!
Yearbook Discount Ends as of February 1st
Yearbook Sales are open! Don't miss your opportunity to order your copy of this year's memories. We are offering a discount on the books between now and February 1, 2023 with the cost of $30.00. The book price will go up to $35.00 until the sale ends April 19, 2023. Click here to order your child's yearbook today.
Music - Recorders on Sale at the School Store Through February
Next Little Learners Academy for Babies and Toddlers
February 10th will be the next Little Learners Academy date.
Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders - Save the Dates for GMAS
The end of year Georgia Milestones Assessment (GMAS) will take place the following dates and attendance on these dates will be important. Please do not schedule appointments or schedule out-of-town trips during this period if at all possible.
GCPS Calendar for Next Year
Reminder About Sending in Treats for Student Birthdays
Per the Student Handbook: Parents may provide snacks only, no drinks, favors, balloons, or flowers for the child’s birthday. Whole cakes that need to be sliced by staff are not permitted. All students should be included. Nutritious snacks are encouraged. Birthday treats should be handed out and eaten in the cafeteria during the last ten minutes of the lunch period. Please make sure that students mainstreamed in your classroom are included in the count for treats. Buying ice cream at school for each class member is encouraged. Students may not pass out invitations to parties at school unless all members of the class are invited.
Georgia After School Program Offering Discount for New Sign Ups
GASP! is offering a special holiday promotion for new enrollments. See the image below for more details:
Camp Invention Discount for Early Sign Ups
Camp Invention will be held at our school again next summer, and if you register early, you can save money. The camp will be held from June 5-8 from 8:00 - 4:00PM. Extended day will also be offered from 7:30 - 5:30 PM for an additional $100. If you have any questions, please reach out to Trina Ashadele. See the bilingual flyer and image below for details.
GCPS is Hiring
Our drivers enjoy competitive pay rates ($19.07 - $27.03 per hour), outstanding health benefits with employer contribution, and a work schedule that fits their busy lifestyle! GCPS provides 100% fully Commercial Driver’s License training – our training team is one of the best in the nation and we will make you successful. Make a difference in the life of a child today, and enjoy the satisfaction that comes with preparing the children in your community for their future. Click here to learn more about our upcoming recruiting events, and to apply today!
School Nutrition Employees
We are looking for caring individuals who want to make a difference in our students' lives by preparing and serving nutritious meals. No experience is required and training is fully paid. GCPS provides outstanding health benefits with employer contribution for you and your family. Join the Café Gwinnett Team for a family-friendly work schedule and competitive pay. Click here to learn more.
Other Repeat Reminders from Our School
Support for BLES Families
The Care Team at BLES has many ways to support our families. We have a food pantry at school that you can come shop at, and we can also assist with helping provide school supplies, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products for your child. If you would like to access these resources please contact:
Lyndsay Murphy (K-2-4)
Laura Marantz (1-3-5)
Sandra Orci (Spanish)
Afternoon Transportation Changes:
Parents, please remember that afternoon transportation changes must be made by 1:30 and there are only two ways for you to make an change for your child:
1. Use the PikMyKid app
2. Send in a signed note.
Dojos, emails, or phone calls to change afternoon transportation will not be accepted.
Thank you for helping us enforce this rule and keep our kids safe!
We Can Help
Many of us face economic hardships at various times in our lives. Due to these hardships, we may need additional help with basic needs like food. At this time, Berkeley Lake Elementary can help by providing a small amount of groceries for your family each week. They will be sent home in your child’s backpack on Fridays. The food is provided by donation. Your name and your child’s name will not be revealed to the donor. The Berkeley Lake Staff will get the food to your child in a discrete manner.
To participate, please email one of us, call either school counselor, or Mrs. Orci (Spanish speaker) to request participation.
Please call us with any questions or concerns:
Sandra Orci (Spanish)
Do You Have a MyPaymentsPlus Account?
Gwinnett Public Schools uses MyPaymentsPlus as a site for school-related payments and documentation sign off. If you do not yet have an account with this site, you will need to set one up. Click here to learn more.
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!
Do You Have a Parent Portal Account?
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.
We Collect Box Tops (Online)
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