10/17- Spirit Night/(Day) at Bambinelli's , 10/19- School Council Meeting 1pm 10/21-22nd ANNUAL BRIARLAKE FALL FESTIVAL 11-4, 10/22- A day in the Andes at the Carlos Museum 
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PTA Info, Events, and more

The Beaver Boost is the PTA's main annual fundraising effort. Our goal is to raise $30,000 by October 31, 2017 and 100% of that money stays with the school!

Thanks to your generous donations, we have already raised $14,830!

The Beaver Boost directly supports the following and much, much more:
  • Academic and Cultural Enrichment Programs
  • Teacher Start-up Funds, Training, and Gifted Certification 
  • Buildings and Grounds Improvements 
  • Communication
The Beaver Boost accepts donations by cash, check, or online through https://briarlakepta.membershiptoolkit.com or https://secure.affinipay.com/pages/briarlake-pta/payments

The suggested donation is $150 per family.

Donations of ≥ $300 are entered into a raffle for a Nintendo Switch!

Donations of ≥ $150 will receive a Briarlake mug.

Any donated amount will receive a Briarlake bracelet.

Classroom Challenge: 
  •  All classes that have 100% participation in the Boost will win a pizza party with Bucky the Beaver! 
  • All classes that have 75% participation in the Boost will win a cookie and ice cream party!
  •  All classes that have 50% participation in the Boost will win a popsicle party!
                                           Week of 10/9/17 Percentages

Whether you donate $1 or $300, we are aiming for 100% participation from Briarlake families, friends, and teachers to help make Briarlake a better school!  Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID # 58-6072359).
Questions:  Contact Anjevon Smith anjevonsmith@gmail.com or Amanda Holt amanda_e_holt@hotmail.com 

These classes need room parents!

The classrooms of Ms. Moseley & Ms.  Evans  are still in need of room parents.  Please contact either the teacher or Gina Benedict if you are interested.

22nd Annual Briarlake Fall Festival
Saturday, October 21st

Are You Crafty?

Then we need your help updating the signs for the Briarlake Fall Festival! 

Our Fall Festival sign parent is wrapping up 11 years of creating the festival signs! If you sign up for this position, you'd learn from her this year and be ready to update the festival signs for the 2018 Fall Festival.

Email  emily.graybill@gmail.com if you would like more information!
22nd Annual Fall Festival
Saturday, October21st
3590 LaVista Road, Decatur, GA30033
Festival and Craft Show 11:00 am - 4:00pm RAIN OR SHINE

        Save Money and pre-order your tickets now and receive free tickets.
22 tickets$10 ( includes2freetickets )
33 tickets$15 ( includes3freetickets )
44 tickets$20 ( includes4freetickets )

To buy tickets, use this form or follow the instructions below:
2. Sign into your account or create one
3. Click on Fall Festival Tickets
4. Click on Quantity, then Add to Cart
5. Checkout using your account
Tickets purchased on the day of the Festival will not include free tickets. Order your tickets TODAY!
    To give you an idea of how many tickets you will need:

2 tickets per person
Approximately 15 games and/or activities
3 tickets per person
  Dunk Tank, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin painting, Crafts and Hairspray,Concessions
                                        (popcorn,cotton candy and drinks), bake sale (can be cash as well)

4 tickets per person
Cake Walk, Balloon Animals, Haunted House, Inflatables, Toddler Area (with several games), and special attractions/events
5 tickets per person
Dunk Tank "Power Hour" Dunk one of the Officers or Board Members from:
PTA, Foundation, School Council, a Teacher (12:30pm-1:30pm). (Names TBA)

6 tickets per person
Face Painting, Haunted House "Scary Hour" - A scarier version of the day's Haunted House(3pm-4pm), Big Thinkers (Slime and Bounce Ball making)

***All pre-ticket orders must be received in the office by Monday, October  16, 2017.***
**To purchase tickets now, order using the Membership Toolkit link above OR complete the form below and return to the school in a marked envelope with your payment. Envelopes can also be left in the Fall Festival Ticket Basket in the office. You may pick up your order the day of the Festival at the ticket table at the Festival entrance.**
Our food vendors are CASH only.( Vegetarian options available
) Please bring money to purchase crafts from our craft vendors!  
School Council
School Council Meeting

Thursday October 19, 2017
1pm in the Library Conference Room

School News
Briarlake Aftercare: Fall Frisbee

Four Seasons Sports Camp Ultimate Frisbee started on Friday September 22 and will continue through December 15. Classes run from 2:40p through 5:40p. If you'd like to enroll a child not in aftercare, please contact Ms. Hamilton at  marian.hamilton@dekalbschoolsga.org
Upcoming Dates
October 2017 - National Bullying Prevention Month 

10/1.............................School Campus Work Day with Briarlake Baptist Church, 11-4pm
10/2.............................National Custodian Appreciation Day
10/2.............................School STEM Meeting, 2:45pm
10/3.............................Fall Festival Sub-Committee Meeting, 5:30-6pm
10/3.............................Reflections Submissions Due 
10/4.............................International Walk to School Day, 7 to 7:40 am
10/4.............................!st Academic Challenge Due 
10/5, 10/6, 10/9............NO SCHOOL, Fall Break
10/9-10/13...................National School Lunch Week (Parents, buy school lunch this week if you don't already do so!)
10/13...........................Box Tops for Education Due 
10/16...........................Gifted Assessment Begins (10/16-11/17)
10/17...........................Spirit Day and Night at Bambinelli's 
10/19...........................School Council Meeting, 1pm
10/21...........................22nd Annual Briarlake PTA Fall Festival, 11 am to 4 pm
10/22...........................A Day in the Andes at the Carlos Museum, 12am - 4pm
10/23-10/27..................Red Ribbon Week
10/24.......................... PTA Board Meeting, 6-6:30pm, Principal-Parent Forum, 6:30-7 pm
10/27...........................STEM Celebration Day
10/27...........................Briarlake Character Parade (note the change in date)- All Grades/ Red Ribbon Week ends
10/31...........................Briarlake Beaver Boost ends (if we reach our goal of $30,000)

October Breakfast Menu          October Lunch Menu               

Don't want to miss a thing?  Sync your Google calendar automatically to the Briarlake calendar!  Head over to the PTA website and click +Google Calendar!
Cluster News
District News
UPDATE: Hurricane Irma Make-Up Days

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will adjust its make-up schedule for four days of lost instructional time due to Hurricane Irma, following both continuing collaboration between the Board of Education and Superintendent/CEO R. Stephen Green, and focused outreach to stakeholder groups.
DCSD will take the following steps to recover two of the lost instructional days:

*    The school day will be extended by 20 minutes from Monday, Oct. 2 to Tuesday, Oct. 31
*    Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) will become an instructional day.

The district is now considering the most effective method to recover one or both of the remaining instructional days. To accomplish this, DCSD will seek input directly from its principals, parent groups and community stakeholder groups through Friday, Oct. 13.
That input will be strongly considered by Dr. Green in his final decision, to be announced on Monday, Oct. 16. Per Board policy, Dr. Green is empowered to make "scheduling changes to the school day because of inclement weather or other emergency conditions."
"Throughout this process, I have been continually working with our Board to distill our various options into the best solution for our students and families. We considered various input and thoughts from across the board. The identification of two make-up opportunities thus far is a good starting point," said Green. "The final decision will be filtered through a collaborative process driven by one shared desire for both the Board and myself: to protect and recover instructional time, especially for those students most at risk."
DCSD will embark on an aggressive communications campaign to keep students, parents and the community informed about how this temporary schedule change will impact student transportation, after school programs, and athletics. Those updates will be available via its website at  www.dekalbschoolsga.org and through its mobile app and accounts on  Facebook  and   Twitter .

Curriculum and Instruction

The district's Curriculum and Instruction Division is hosting open meetings to provide information on the District's new curriculum and provide opportunity for questions. The meeting/roadshow presentation for Region II will be held on  Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Tucker High School. 

Briarlake STEM Partners

Llama and alpaca are coming to the museum!

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 12 - 4 p.m.

Families can tour the special exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, pet and interact with animals from the Andes, taste Peruvian favorites like lomo saltado and chicha morada from The Freakin' Incan food truck, decorate paper llamas and make feather fans inspired by the beautiful feather work from the exhibition. Children will also have a chance to try drop-spindle spinning with llama and alpaca wool, led by members of The Peachtree Handspinners Guild.
Free to museum members; included with admission for non-members.

Other Events at the Carlos 

Saturday, October 14 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

In this Inka folktale, illustrated with images inspired by Andean textile designs, Fox and Mole hatch a plan to travel to the moon! After exploring the special exhibition  Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, children will visit the Emory Planetarium to learn more about the phases of the moon and find Fox in the moon. For ages 3-5.
This program is free, but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at  404-727-0519or  avuley@emory.edu.

Sunday, October 15th, 12-4pm

Ayni, the Quechua concept of reciprocity, is illustrated in interlocking designs found in the special exhibition  Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Art . Artist Angus Galloway will explore this concept and more in the exhibition galleries with a variety of drawing media. For ages 9-12.
Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at  404-727-0519or  avuley@emory.edu

High Museum of Art - 2nd Sunday, October 8th, 1 - 4 pm

On the second Sunday of each month we offer free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m.

To help ensure your family has a great experience at the High Museum, check out our    Second Sunday Social Story (informacion en espanol) . This will give you a sense of what to expect during your visit.

***Please note: Admission is free from 12 noon to 5 p.m. 
Programming takes place from  1 to 4 p.m.

Briarlake Forest

Briarlake Forest will show " Frozen" for kids on  Friday, October 27th. We will also at that time have treats for the kids, and hope that they will dress in their Halloween costumes. We will start the movie at  7:00 p.m. assuming the sun is down earlier by that date. Look for reminders and updates. A large generator has been reserved.

Mark your calendar for the next Work Day on  Saturday, October 28, 2017 starting at  9:30 a.m. and going until  12:30 p.m. We will have lots of clean up to do if the County begins the Phase One, as we have been told. We will be pulling ivy and privet so bring your gloves. We will also be spreading mulch.  All Work Day participants should visit the front porch of the Cathey house to be greeted, to sign in and then to receive instructions. Margo Reynolds will be supervising.

Please note: Anyone wishing to perform gardening duties during the week may call Margo Reynolds  (404-309-1873) and she will gladly accept an hour here and there to pull weeds and water plants.