Berkeley Lake Elementary

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, August 23, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


Thank you so much to those of you who attended Back to School Night these past two weeks, especially to those who participated in our meet-and-greet activity. It was so fun to see you meeting and interacting with other parents in our community.


This year, we are further exploring how mindfulness can make us happier and more focused in our daily lives. Each morning on the announcements we have a quick mindful moment. Ask your child to share the day’s mindful moment with you!


I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Lesley_Pendleton@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

If Your Child Attends an After School Club

Starting this coming week, ALL after school CLUB (Chess, Strings, Soccer and Drama) students should be picked up at the School Front Entrance. Parents do not need to enter the building but can just meet students at the door at the agreed time. Thank you.

Parents of 4th and 5th Grade Students

If your child took the Georgia Milestones Assessment last spring, a hard copy of the results are being sent home in Friday folders today. Parents can also access the results in the Parent Portal.

If Your Child Was Invited to Attend Saturday Intervention Classes

Saturday Intervention Classes will begin tomorrow, August 24. Students should arrive at 8:45 and class will begin promptly at 9:00. If you have any questions about it, please contact Sophia Barton.

Thank You to the Following Parents for Volunteering in the Lunchroom this Week:

Elizabeth Cisneros

Brad Horbal

You Mi Kim

Liza Park

Dena Wilburn

K-Kids Still Accepting Applications from 5th Graders

There are still some openings for 5th grade students to join the K-Kids Club. If your child is interested, have him/her pick up an application outside Ms. Ashadele's door. Applications are due September 6 and can be dropped at the envelope at Ms. A's door.

Art Club - 4th and 5th Grade Students Only

Art Club applications will be sent home in Friday folders on Aug. 30th. Art Club is available for any 4th or 5th grade students, and is limited to 25 students. Students will return applications to a folder on the Art room door no later than Friday, Sept 6th. The club roster will be posted on Friday, Sept. 13th and the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th.

Parent Technology Workshop

Please see the flyer image below. All of our parents are invited to attend the workshop at Duluth High School. At the workshop, you will learn about the following items:

  • Parent Portal
  • My eClass
  • My Payments Plus
  • Technology Used in the Classroom

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Positive Behavior Focus for this Week:

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PTO News:

Thank you for joining us for our first membership meeting during Back to School nights. The presentation and budget we shared is now posted on our blespto.org website. We appreciate your votes to approve our 2019-2020 operating budget. We look forward to seeing all of you at this semester’s upcoming events:


  • Charleston Wrap – Watch for information coming home in your student’s backpack.
  • Grandparent Day Photos – See our information table at the luncheon on Friday, Sept. 6
  • Spirit Nights – There will be at least one per month.
  • Field Day – New! Field Days are in October.
  • Turkey Trot – Nov. 9
  • Candlelight Luncheons – Look for more information soon. Plan for Dec. 11, 12 and 13

If you’d like information about yearbooks, spirit wear, donations and more, visit BLES pto.org or see us at most school events.


PTO Spirit Night:

It was great to see everyone at ‘Cue spirit night on Monday. We had a wonderful turnout. We are excited to award 2 teachers for having the most attendees. ‘Cue has awarded gift certificates to Ms. Kraeling and Ms. Bueter!


Our next spirit night is Monday, Sept. 16, at the California Pizza Kitchen at the Forum. Let’s show up in our proudest BLES purple and have a “purple out” at CPK!

Yearbook reminder:

Yearbooks are discounted through the end of September! See treering.com for ordering instructions.

Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Events this Weekend:

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A Look Ahead...

Saturday, August 24

9:00am Saturday Intervention (students should arrive at 8:45)


Monday, August 26

2:45pm Orchestra Club

3:00pm Chess club - Media Center

*Please note that soccer club will now be Wednesday's only


Tuesday, August 27

2:45pm Peer Mediation Training-Art Room

3:00pm Green Team- 1st meeting


Wednesday, August 28

3:00pm Soccer Club


Thursday, August 29

2:45pm Peer Mediation Training-Art Room


Monday, September 2

All Day Labor Day Holiday - no school

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We Have a School Store

Berkeley Lake is proud to have our school store open daily before school starts! It is run by highly qualified 5th grade students. Each morning the school store volunteers are in charge of setting up the store, selling items, closing the store, and counting and depositing the money collected. They do all of this before 8:15 in the morning! Our store features school supplies and snacks. All profits go to our Care Team, which helps families in economic need, and the BLES School Counseling Department.

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!

Remember to Save Those Box Tops!

One easy way to support your school is through the PTO Box Tops for Education collection. Send in Box Tops from products you purchase. To help with counting, you can download this Box Tops Collection Sheet.


Make sure to put your Box Tops on the sheet or in a bag with your name and teacher on it. Drop it into the wooden box in the main hallway near the water fountain. Doing this automatically enters you into a contest.


Each month, we’ll hold a random drawing of all students who submit Box Tops. Winners will be announced on the morning announcements at the end of each month. The prize? A coupon for a free ice cream or an item from the student store. This fundraiser has helped us earn hundreds of dollars for our school!

We Are On Twitter

Follow our school on Twitter @BerkeleyLakeES

Our Parent Center

The Berkeley Lake Parent Center is open each day from 7:30-3:30. The Parent Center is located across from the front office. For Parent Center support please call Ms. Sandra Orci, Parent Liaison, at 678-291-4232.

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

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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.