10/22- Last Day to buy Spirit Wear, Love Out Loud Campus Cleanup, A day in the Andes at the Carlos Museum; 10/24- Principal Parent Forum; 10/27- Character Parade; 10/23-10/27 RED RIBBON WEEK
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PTA Info, Events, and more
Love Out Loud Campus Cleanup

Our partners at Briarlake Baptist Church will be joining us for a Briarlake Elementary School campus clean up on  Sunday, October 22nd from 11am-4pm! 

There will be tasks for everyone, tall and small - from litter pick up to debris pick up. 

Help us clean up after Fall Festival and help us finish preparing our track for our 100+ track club members! 

Interested in Volunteering? Just show up anytime between  11am-4pm for an hour or more. 

Thank you for giving your time to Briarlake Elementary School!!

And thank you to all of the Briarlake Baptist volunteers!
Principal-Parent Forum

Join Principal Lewis for Principal-Parent Forum this Tuesday following the PTA Meeting, which begins at 6pm. 


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 $17,034!

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 10/16/17 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.

Support the Atlanta Hawks AND the Briarlake Beavers!
FUN-omenal Fundraising Opportunity! The Hawks will donate $5 back to Briarlake for every ticket sold for the 10 games listed below using the hawks.com/schoolsassist site.  Go to as many games as you like, but save the date for Saturday, December 9th to be the Briarlake Family Night! Let's Go Hawks! And let's go, Beavers! 
Reflections Winners!

Congratulations to all of the following students for being PTA Reflections Winners! What a testament to the wide range of talent we have here at Briarlake! Way to go, Beaver Achievers!



K-Emily Coronado (1st place)
1st grade-Logan Holt (1st place)
3rd grade-Vera Kurbatova (1st place)
                   Tammyn Martin (2nd place)
5th grade-Jackson Holt (1st place)
                   Sarah Beule (2nd place)

Visual Arts

1st grade - Ian Gerstle (1st place)
                    Hana Fondu (2nd place)

2nd grade - Olivia Luo (1st place)
                      Eris Kelly (2nd place)

3rd grade - Logan Bernard (1st place)
                     Vera Kurbatova (2nd place)
                      Isabella Bland (3rd place)

4th grade Zane Hartken (1st place)

Music Composition

1st grade - Ian Gerstle (1st place)

5th grade - Aaron Gerstle (1st place)

Dance Choreography

5th grade - Mary Lily Brass (1st place)


The yearbook committee is back in action for the 2017-18 school year.They are specifically looking for pictures from the Ice Cream Social and Walk to School Day. 

Please send any pictures to  briarlake.yearbook@gmail.com or you may  add them directly into TreeRing into the all community shared folders in the appropriate folder for the event. These are only visible to Briarlake families.  Thank you! 
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
Signing Club and Squad Update

Hello Signing Club & Signing Squad members!
Since we only have thirty minutes to learn and practice new material, it will be important to practice signing at home. Please practice your alphabet using American Sign Language (ASL). 

By the next meeting, you should be able to:
  • Know your ABCs using ASL
  • Fingerspell/sign your name

You can also use YouTube to practice signing along with videos:
YouTube  Alphabet in Sign Language
Great interactive video to review letters you can't remember!
Practice signing and phonics skills (cartoon signing)
Perfect for younger students

Upcoming Dates
October 2017 - National Bullying Prevention Month 

10/22............................Love Out Loud Day, 11am-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
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.

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

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.

Community Events
COSTUME PARADE - Sunday, October 29th at 1 pm

It is the fifth year of the Oak GROOVE Festival, a fantastic community event in the Lakeside neighborhood. This year, for the first time, there will be a costume parade and we would like all the neighborhood kids to join!

Oak Grove/Lakeside Neighborhood
Oak GROOVE Festival kicks off at 1 pm with a Costume Parade led by Lakeside High School Viking Marching Band! Meet at Oak Grove United Methodist Church at 12:45 pm. Tell your friends and meet for a good time marching to the Oak GROOVE Festival. Jump and play in the Shumate Cool Kids Zone, giant slide, bounce house, face painting, visit with "Marshall" from "Paw Patrol" and more! For more information about the Oak GROOVE Festival go to www.oakgroove.org and like us on Faceboook.