Bear Essentials, May 13, 2022

Weekly eNews for Parents and BLES Families

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It is a busy time of year! Please make sure you read all the good information in this newsletter and follow us on social media to see all the great things that are happening!

I want to take a moment to recognize some specials groups of students who have volunteered their time to serve others through Safety Patrol, Peer Mediators, School Store workers, K-Kids members, and Student Council. These are great leadership experiences and I appreciate your help in ensuring students can come in early or stay late for these opportunities.

Wednesday was School Nurse Appreciation Day and we want to recognize our "Murse", Mr. Rodrigo Maragni, for all he does. The clinic is a very busy place and Rodrigo handles all that comes his way with kindness, grace, and good humor!

Have a great weekend!

Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

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Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 16

  • 3:00pm Chess Club- Media Center

Tuesday, May 17

  • Pre-K Field Day

Wednesday, May 18

  • 9:00am KG Field Day
  • 12:00pm 1st Gr Field Day
  • 12:30pm Last day of Play to Learn
  • 3:15pm Green Team

Thursday, May 19

  • 8:45am 5th Grade Promotion #1- Sobh and West
  • 9:00am 2nd Gr Field Day
  • 10:30am 5th Grade Promotion #2- Schilling and Sportel
  • 12:00pm 3rd Gr Field Day
  • 2:00pm K-Kids Final meeting

Friday, May 20

  • Progress reports should be emailed home
  • 8:45am 5th Grade Promotion #3- Owen and Taylor
  • 9:00am 4th Gr Field Day
  • 12:00pm 5th Gr Field Day

Monday, May 23

  • 1:00pm 5th Grade Walk-Senior Walk- Drum Line

Tuesday, May 24

  • Election Day

Wednesday, May 25

  • Last Day of School

Field Days Are Next Week

Field Days will be May 17-20 and it's not to late to volunteer to sign up by clicking here!

If you missed ordering a Field Day shirt, there may be a few left - please reach out to your teachers about this.

If you would like your child to wear his/her own t-shirt but in the same color as the Field Day t-shirts each grade level will have, the colors will be as follows:

  • Pre K: Light Heather Blue
  • Kindergarten: Violet (It looks like a light periwinkle blue)
  • 1st Grade :Red
  • 2nd Grade: Royal blue
  • 3rd Grade: Kelly green
  • 4th Grade: lemon yellow
  • 5th Grade: Lime green

(Thank you to Pam Bloch for organizing and distributing the the Field Day T-shirts. She and a few helpers have done an amazing job. We appreciate you!)

Job Opportunities for 2022-2023

We are looking for 3 energetic Cafeteria Monitors for next school year.

Hours would be Monday - Friday, 10:15 AM- 1:15 PM.

Duties include managing cafeteria schedules, assisting students and selling ice cream. If interested, apply at

We are also looking to hire Parapros (teachers' helpers):

ESS has partnered with Gwinnett County Schools to manage the recruitment and hiring for Paraprofessional positions. We offer excellent employee perks, including health benefits, training, support, weekly pay, 401(k), bonus opportunities, award programs, and more. To work as a Paraprofessional in Gwinnett County Schools, please apply today at Job Posting # 77656

Please call the front office if you need more information. We would love to have you join our Berkeley Lake team!

School Supply Kits for Next Year

School Supply Kit ordering will open May 15 and run until July 18. Be sure to take a look and place your order to save yourself time and supply issues by ordering instead of purchasing from various stores for Back-to-School Shopping. Go to to order your child's grade specific supply kit and it will be delivered to your school for your child's first day!
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"No Place For Hate" Recognized School

Congratulations, Berkeley Lake Bears! Our school has once again been designated as "No Place for Hate" for the 2021-2022 school year! Thank you to the classroom teachers for participating in the required activities to make this possible. Click here to learn more about the "No Place for Hate" program.
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5th Grade Recognition Walk

Our 5th graders will do their annual walk of recognition 1:00 on Monday, May 23rd, with the Duluth High School Marching Band drumline assisting. If you are a parent and would like to watch the walk online, it will be available for viewing in three different ways:

  1. through this Zoom link real time (no passcode is needed)
  2. through our school's Facebook Live account in real time
  3. a recorded link will be available on the website after the walk to watch at your convenience

Thank You

Thank you to our cafeteria volunteers:

  • Mrs. Xochitl Portillo
  • Mrs. Antonia Perez
  • Mrs. Emilia Colotl

Virtual Parent Workshop for Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services:

Start Schedule for Next School Year

Mark your calendars now:

  • Students in Pre K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade will start next year off in-person on Wednesday, August 3
  • Students in grades 2 - 5 will start next school year off with a Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, August 3rd and then come to school in-person on Thursday, August 4th.

Why the staggered start? Having only the younger students in the building on the first day allows for more staff to be available for support and helps to make the transition for the younger students less chaotic and stressful.

If you know your 2nd - 5th grader will need to borrow a Chromebook and/or Wi-Fi hotspot for the Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, August 3rd, be sure to check back to the BLES website ahead of time to submit your request. Devices for 2nd - 5th graders will be available for pick up on Meet Your Teacher Day on Friday, July 29th IF A REQUEST IS PUT IN AHEAD OF TIME.

Please note: Devices will not be loaned out to students with existing fines, until the fines are paid.

Technology Equipment Check In

If your child borrowed a Chromebook and/or hotspot from the school and there was damage or the equipment was not returned, you will be notified by email and a fine will be added to your child's account before the last day of school.

You can pay the fine using any of the following methods:

Please note that there are four digital learning days scheduled on next year's calendar and 3rd - 5th grade students will start the new year with a digital learning day, so it is important any fines are paid ahead of time or we will not be able to fulfill any new request for technology equipment next year.


The K-Kids Induction/"Goodbye" Meeting will be May 19 at 2 pm. We will welcome in our rising 5th grade "New" K-Kids, and send off our amazing 2021-22 5th grade group. If you missed signing up for K-Kids, there will be another opportunity in August for the 2022-23 school year. We will also name our K-Kid of the Year next week. Please note, due to limited time, this meeting will be for students only.

Summer Access to Various Subscription Sites

If you would like for your child to continue working in some of the educational websites they have been using all year, they will continue to have access through July 12th. Some of the sites that will still be available are:

Under Additional Resources in My eCLASS:

  • iReady (Math)
  • Amplify (Reading)
  • Classworks (Reading and/or Math)

Other subscription sites:

  • Brainpop
  • Brainpop Jr.
  • Brainpop ESL
  • Typing Club
  • Imagine Learning

These Eye Glasses Are Still Unclaimed

The clinic has 3 glasses left that no one claimed. Let us know if any of them belong to your child.

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A Safety Reminder from Our P.E. Teacher, Ms. Birozes:

Please encourage your children to wear tennis shoes (not crocs, sandles or slip-ons) daily during these last few weeks of school - especially during P.E. classes and your Field Days!!

Thanks and play on!!!

For All:

FREE Eye Exam and FREE Glasses for Kids ages 5-18 in July But You Must Register Now

The Gwinnett County Public Library System will be offering FREE Eye Exams and FREE Glasses for Kids ages 5-18 on July 13th from 9:30am to 3:00pm at the Duluth Library, 3180 Main St, Duluth, GA 30096.

NO walk-ins will be accepted! Space is Limited! You MUST pre-register by emailing the form in the flyer below to

Exams are on a first come first come basis. You will receive a confirmation email IF your child has been selected for an exam.

Georgia Special Needs Scholarships: SB10 and SB47

Under state laws passed by the Georgia State Legislature, parents of students who receive special education services or accommodations under a Section 504 Individual Accommodation Plan may request to transfer their child to another public or private school in Georgia

Any student who currently receives special education services, grades PK-11th and any returning 12th grader, as well as students who are eligible for a Section 504 Plan and are in grades Kindergarten-11th.

Click here to learn more.

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New Family Orientation for Berkeley Lake Elementary and Gwinnett County Public Schools

If you or someone you know will be new to Gwinnett County Schools or to Berkeley Lake Elementary next year, you will want to attend one of our virtual orientation meetings. They will be held every Friday for the next few months in both English and Spanish, with the English meetings occurring from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and the Spanish meetings occurring from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Call the front office at 770-446-0947 to register for the date of your choice or click here for more information.

Duluth Wildcat 5k

On May 14th, the Duluth High School Football Program in partnership with the city of Duluth, will be hosting our annual Wildcat 5K! This is our biggest spring fundraiser, which not only helps support the Duluth High School Football team but also provides an opportunity for all Duluth Athletics Teams and Organizations to participate and raise money.

Our vision for the Wildcat 5K is to grow the event into a spring tradition for the Duluth cluster, our students, and our community. Please sign up and support the students at Duluth High School! Also, please encourage anyone you know who would like to support our school and community to sign up.

To learn more about our race and sign up, go to or scan the QR code below to take you directly to the registration site! If you would like to support or know of someone else who would but cannot attend we can accept donations through the phantom runner option.

Thank you and Go Wildcats!

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GASP Summer Camp at BLES

The Georgia After School Program (GASP) will host a summer camp at our school this summer, May 31 - JUly 22, Monday - Fridays from 7:00 AM - 6:30 PM. Click here to register your child now or call 770-318-7848.
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Opportunity to Improve Your Child's Math Skills Over the Summer

Want to experience how summer looks like at Mathnasium? Now you can! Bring your child(ren) in for a one-hour complimentary summer session.

Your kids will get a sneak peek at our unique real-time instruction.

Sign up at to reserve your session. Spots are limited so RSVP as soon as you can!

P.S.- For every new student enrolled this summer, $25 proceeds will come back to the school PTO!

Kids for Coding Tech Camp

Click here for details and class descriptions. Ages 7-16

In-person Camps:

Remote Camps:

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i9 Sports - Soccer Camp

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i9 Sports Summer Camp

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For Parents of Current 4th and 5th Grade Students: Rock Eagle Camp

When: June 20-24

Cost: $405

What We Will Be Doing: Canoeing, Crafting, Forestry, Hiking, Swimming and more

Space is limited so go to to register today.

More information is in the section below labeled "Summer Camps" and on the BLES Website under Quicklinks > Summer Camps

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Middle School Summer Career Academy for Students Going into 6th - 9th Grades Next Year

Registration for Grayson Tech's Summer Academy is open on MyPaymentsPlus.

Click here for more information about the camp.

Summer Adventures Career Exploration Camp for Students Going into 6th - 9th Grades Next Year

Maxwell High School of Technology will be hosting Middle School Summer Adventures Camp, May 31-June 3!

Our programs are open to current 5th thru 8th grades (students will be going into 6-9th grade for school year 2022-2023). Registration is now open through MyPaymentsPlus. This sells out QUICKLY every year!

Click here to go directly to the website for more details and information.

GCPS Is Looking for Bus Drivers:

Berkeley Lake Elementary is a Georgia After School Program (GASP) School

Parents, are you tired of waiting in those long car-rider lines? Or, do you need someone to watch your student after school until you can get home from work? If so, the Georgia After School Program may be something you want to consider. The program is offered at our school and follows strict COVID protocols. If you want to learn more about the program, click here.

Gwinnett County Substitute Teacher Incentive Plan

In Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), our people are our greatest resource, including our substitute teachers and the tremendous support they provide to our students, staff members, and schools. GCPS substitutes play a critical role in our students’ education, making a difference in the lives of children every day! Click here to learn more about the GCPS substitute teaching program.

Family Engagement Tips

Visit the BLES website and check out each day's Family Engagement tip. There is a tip for every day, Monday - Sunday, and they are offered in both English and Spanish.

We Collect Box Tops (Online)

Box Tops for Education is Online: Box Tops are being collected online only. Here are instructions for how to continue to give to our school with Box Tops.

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.

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.

Did You Know BLES is on Various Social Media Apps?

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

Opportunity for Discounted Portable WiFi Hotspot for Families

The Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation is offering a discount on a portable WiFi hotspot for its families for $50/month. Data is unlimited and there is no contract required. See the image below or 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!

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.

We Thank Our Business Partners

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Contact Us:

Berkeley Lake Elementary

4300 S. Berkeley Lake Rd.

Duluth, Georgia 30096

P: (770)446-0947

F: (770)582-7514