Make-Up Instructional Day (11/7),  WE HAVE RAISED OVER $19,000! LAST CHANCE TO DONATE TO THE BRIARLAKE BOOST IS 11/6!!! 
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Our Beaver Boost Challenge is drawing to a close. Even though we did not meet our ambitious goal, we are thrilled with the percentage of parents that have given. We truly value you and your commitment to our school!   
We have some classes that are very close to winning a party so we are extending the challenge until 6 pm on Monday, Nov 6th. Any payments made before then will count towards meeting the goal for the class! 


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 $19,206!

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 or

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 10/23/17 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 or Amanda Holt 

Room parents needed in Ms. Laverdure and Ms. Alexander's classroom!

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
 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! 

School News
Help create a world with more birthdays!
A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays! Show your support by purchasing a cupcake to celebrate more birthdays November 6-17th !
The Relay for Life committee is selling paper cupcakes that students can decorate to be placed on the halls of the school. Flyers will be in Friday folders on November 3rd.  

Buy one in support of someone battling cancer, in memory of someone who died from cancer, in honor of someone who beat cancer, or just for Relay for Life research .  
Each cupcake is $1 . Fill out the form and send in $1 for each cupcake you would like to purchase. Your child's teacher will give the child a paper cupcake drawing. You may then decorate the cupcake and put the name of who the cupcake is in support of. If you are just buying a cupcake
for cancer research, you can write "Relay Research" or the students can write their own name.   
After you have decorated the cupcake , your child's teacher will collect them and we will display all the cupcakes on the school walls for all to see how we are helping to create more birthdays!
Click here for the donation form in both English and Spanish.
Kindness Adventure Assembly on 12/15

We will have a Kindness Adventure Assembly on  December 15, 2017 from 8:30am - 9:15am for grades 1 - 5.  This assembly will be a part of our No Place for Hate Initiative. 

Click here for more information.

Announcing the Briarlake Elementary Math Club!

Learn fun mathematics and prepare for the Sagamore Hills Math Tournament. 
Math Club will meet in Mrs. Baerman's classroom on Tuesdays, from 3:30-4:00 pm, starting October 31. 

If your child is is interested, and is in grades 3rd-5th, please, email Gregg Shapiro ( and include: Student (First/ Last Name), Grade, Parent (First/ Last Name), Parent Email.

Coding Club is Open to 4th and 5th graders. 
Coding Club will meet every  Friday starting 11/10 from  2:45 to 3:30 @ Innovation Lab
Slots are limited!  Register by 11/3 
Coding Club webpage: 

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
Upcoming Dates
11/6.............................School STEM Meeting, 2:45pm
11/7.............................Make-up Instructional Day - School IS in session
11/9.............................Chipotle Spirit Night
11/13-11/17.................Briarlake PTA Book Fair
11/14...........................PTA Monthly Board Meeting, 7:40am-8:30am, Briarlake cafeteria
11/14...........................PTA Book Fair Celebration/DJ Willy Wow
11/15...........................Thanksgiving lunch, Pre-K, 3rd-5th grades
11/15...........................Science Olympiad Interest Meeting (Grades 3rd-5th), 6pm Media Center
11/16...........................Thanksgiving lunch, K-2nd grades
11/17...........................Progress reports sent home
11/17...........................Gifted Assessment Ends
11/20-11/24.................NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
11/27..........................Parent Teacher Conference Night, 3pm-6pm (PTA provides dinner for teachers)

November Breakfast               November Lunch 

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!
District News
DeKalb County School District to continue 20-minute extended-day class schedule through November 30.

DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will continue to add 20 minutes to its school day through Thursday, Nov. 30, in an effort to recapture much of the instructional time lost due to the storm known as Hurricane Irma.
Other important aspects of this plan include:
  • There will be no 20-minute extended day on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
  • DCSD schools and offices will also remain open on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 7) as the district ensures that students don't miss out on lessons vital to their academic achievement.
  • Schools will also be closed Nov. 20-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 
  • Winter Break will remain as originally scheduled.
In sum, these moves will allow DCSD to recover three of the four days lost to Irma. The district will waive the fourth day.
Community News
Lakeside Cluster Summit Meeting

 Our next Lakeside Cluster Summit Meeting is on Thursday, Nov 16th at 6:30 pm at Sagamore Hills ES.  Thank you for hosting Sagamore!

We are still collecting agenda items.  If you would like to discuss a particular issue, please send these topics to us ASAP at  The LCS meetings are open to the public.
It is important that each school in the Lakeside Cluster sends at least one representative to these meetings.  By attending these meetings, your school's voice can be heard, and you can stay informed about important news and events in our cluster.
Thank you,
Debbie Martin-Gerstle and Sonya Tinsley-Hook, LCS Co-Chairs