Berkeley Lake Elementary

"Bear Essentials" Weekly e-Newsletter, August 16, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,


It was great to see you at Back to School Night for 3rd-5th grade this week and I look forward to seeing our Pre-K through 2nd grade parents next week!


As the weather has been very hot this week, we have been reducing the amount of time that children spend outside. Please remember to send a reusable water bottle each day and dress your child in weather-appropriate clothing. If you need assistance with either of those things, please reach out to our counselors, Ms. Marantz and Ms. Penland.


I also hope to see all of our families at our first Spirit Night of the Year at 'Cue BBQ on Monday night! We so appreciate our PTO for arranging these special events for us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Your Principal and Partner,

Dr. Pendleton

Lesley_Pendleton@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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Spirit Night at Cue'

Please join the BLES PTO for our 1st Spirit Night of the year on Monday, August 19 at 'Cue Barbecue (5260 Peachtree Industrial Blvd) from 5:00-9:00pm. Spirit Nights are fun evenings for the BLES community to have some dinner and benefit the school at the same time. Simply dine between 5:00-9:00pm and tell your server you are there for the BLES Spirit Night. That's it! A percentage of sales will be given back to the school. Can't stay for dinner? Grab some takeout and just be sure to tell them you are part of the Spirit Night! See you Monday!
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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.

A Look Ahead...

Saturday, August 17

9:00am Peer Mediation Training


Monday, August 19

7:45am K-Kids Mtg (Media Center)

2:45pm Orchestra Club

3:00pm Chess club - Media Center

3:00pm Soccer Club

5:00pm PTO Spirit Night-'Cue BBQ


Tuesday, August 20

2:45pm Peer Mediation Training

3:00pm Green Team

3:15pm Drama Club Room 1.175


Wednesday, August 21

3:00pm Soccer Club


Thursday, August 22

School Council Election

2:45pm Peer Mediation Training (Media Center)

6:00pm Back to School Night - PreK, KG, 1st, and 2nd grades


Saturday, August 24

8:00am Saturday Intervention

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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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