Ice Cream Social, Solar Eclipse, Beaver Boost, and More!

Briarlake Elementary School PTA | |

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PTA Events
UPDATE:Tuesday, August, 15th (5:30-6:00 pm)
Before the Ice Cream Social, please arrive at 5:30 to discuss gifted programming and scheduling changes at Briarlake with Principal Lewis. 

Volunteer for the Ice Cream Social!

Calling all parent and student volunteers. Sell pizza, hand out ice cream, or do something else to help out at the Ice Cream Social. Sign up here to volunteer! 
PTA Reflections

The theme for 2017-2018 is Within Reach.
Categories for entry include: Dance choreography, Film production, Literature (which includes not only poetry or short stories but also screenplays and more), Music composition, Photography, Visual Arts (which include not only painting but also sculpture, wind chimes, fiber arts, print making, dioramas, and many more). 

  Click here  for more information.
Briarlake's National PTA School of Excellence Needs You!
UPDATED July 2017 - Open PTA Positions for 2017-2018       

  • AV Team Member - Are you good with audio/visual equipment?
    We are looking for a few volunteers who are comfortable assisting with sound & audiovisuals at a few school and PTA events.
  • Awards
     - Do you like to celebrate the good in our school and our PTA? If so, we need you to help prepare applications for awards sponsored by Georgia PTA and National PTA. The templates for these awards are already completed. Information just needs to be updated from year to year. 100% of this position can be done from home!
  • Book Fair Co-Chairs (two more co-chairs to serve with co-chairs Elaine Thompson & Milly Gemerew) 
    - The Scholastic Book Fairs is one of the most fun events of the year. We are looking for two more parents to help monitor money either during the lunch shift or the after school shift during the Book Fair.
  • Campus Beautification Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed)
    - This position involves rallying people to show up on workdays and organizing them on the three campus workdays each year. The PTA purchases all workday supplies.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed)
    - The role of the Diversity co-chairs is to assist the PTA programs with diversity initiatives, activities, and events. If you are strongly committed to celebrating Briarlake's diversity, this is the position for you!
  • Fall Festival Co-Chair (to join Karen Hutchinson) o   The Fall Festival committee is comprised of over 10 dedicated subcommittee chairs who handle the bulk of the Fall Festival activities. We are looking for one more Festival Lead who would be co-keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions.
  • Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs 
    - Fantastic Fridays are a Briarlake tradition during which parents in certain grades provide potluck lunch for the teachers. Many parents volunteer to help with this event and we are looking for a few Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs who could be available during the day on the three Fantastic Fridays (one in November, February, and May) to help set up and clean up.
  • Fish Tank Co-Chair - Shadow the fish tank co-chairs this year (2017-2018) to learn from them how to clean the fish tank once every few weeks and then take over the fish tank chair position in 2018-2019 when the current chairs transition to Henderson Middle School.
  • Go Green Team Co-Chairs(two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you love the earth? Then being a Go Green Team Co-Chair would be a great position for you. In this position, you can help organize litter pick up days, help the teachers maintain their outdoor gardens, help spread the word about the school's recycling initiative, or anything else you'd like to do that will help keep the Briarlake community green!
  • Healthy Habits Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you like to be healthy? Help support several of the Healthy Habits events that happen at Briarlake such as the 
    Farm to School Initiative! Healthy Habits Co-Chairs can coordinate events such as the Fire up your Feet event, Screen Free Week, etc. 
  • Math Club Co-Chair - Do you love math! We are looking for one more parent to help coach an afterschool math club. We have one parent volunteer and we need one more! The hours of the club would be determined by your schedule and you would have support from the school's STEM committee to help you focus your math-related activities in the club!
  • Mascot Team ("Team Bucky")  - Want to be involved but don't really like to talk - then joining Team Bucky is the job for you! Mascots don't talk but they sure make kids smile. If you are available to wear the Bucky costume at an event or two next year based on your availability, let us know!
  • Welcome Committee Co-Chairs  (two needed) - Help new parents feel welcome at Briarlake! Work with the PTA officers to integrate new parent welcome activities throughout the year. 

Contact Emily Graybill ( ) or Jennifer Petrich ( ) if you are interested in serving in a position
listed above or if you would like to find out more information.
We would love to hear from you!

School Directory/Planners

Were you not able to purchase your child's planner (2nd-5th graders only) or complete your family's information in the school directory at Open House? No problem! Complete those tasks here: 

Friendly Reminder from our Crossing Guard Team

Reminders for all vehicle drivers 

Please do not talk or text on the cell phone when you are picking up and dropping off your children. 

Do Not Block the Crosswalk -  Cars should not stop on the crosswalk.  The pedestrians should have the full crosswalk area to walk.  

Reminder for all pedestrians

Please walk in the crosswalk - Families should be crossing within the crosswalk.
Briarlake After Care: 
August Updates

Briarlake's After School Extended Day Program (ASEDP) is excited to be adding new after school activities in 2017-2018. 

Fall activities are below, please contact Ms. Hamilton for more information.
  • Humble Bee Arts/Crafts: Starting August 14, 2017 - December 18, 2017; Mondays 2:45 - 4pm
  • Four Seasons Sports Camp, Ultimate Frisbee: Starting September 2017; Time and date TBA

Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Francis are encouraging all After Care parents to use the Webstore for weekly payments. You can sign up on the Briarlake website. Direct link with additional information can be found here.

Please sign up on Remind for important updates from Ms. Hamilton. 
  • If you have a smartphone and get push notifications:
    • On your iPhone or Android, open your web browser and go to
    • Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You'll be prompted to download the app.
    • If you don't have a smartphone, to get text notifications:
      • Text the message @a8a67 to the number 81010
      • If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @a8a67 to (404)620-3365
Curriculum Nights - Save the Date! 

8/29............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades PreK-2), 6-8pm

8/31............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5), 6-8pm

Briarlake Beaver Boost

To donate to the Beaver Boost online, click one of the links below

DCSD Events, Info, and News
DeKalb County School District will extend the school day by one hour on Aug. 21 due to solar eclipse

Tentatively, Briarlake's release time will be 3:20pm on Monday, August 21st. That will be confirmed soon.

The Briarlake PTA has purchased these viewing glasses for all staff and students

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. - The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will extend its school day by one hour on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, to provide safe viewing and instructional opportunities related to the expected solar eclipse that day.

Dismissal will occur one hour later than usual, at the end of the extended learning period. Our three-tier dismissal system starts with elementary schools, followed by high schools, and finally middle schools. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school to determine the exact dismissal time on Monday, Aug. 21.

According to NASA, the solar eclipse will occur across North America that day when the moon obscures 97.4 percent of the sun. The solar eclipse will be viewable around 1:02 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. DCSD reminds its community that it is not safe to stare directly into the sun without special glasses, and it is providing lessons that will allow students to safely take advantage of the moment.

Those lessons may include the distribution of special viewing glasses, and opportunities to view the eclipse using monitors and safe viewing options. Many teachers will also include information on the eclipse in their lessons that day, as appropriate.

School Lunch

Breakfast is $1.40 and Lunch is $2.50.  Cash, check, or money order is accepted OR you can try the new automated system.
SchoolCafe   - allows parents to add money to their children's account using a credit or debit card. Once an account is established, parents can check balances and fund their children's accounts online via their secure website. It also sends reminders when the balance is getting low.  

Please click here "Parent Registration Guide" for detailed instructions for registering.

Cash, Check/Money Order accepted at schools.

For more information concerning Dekalb Nutrition click  here

First Day of school: Galaxy Pepperoni Pizza, Galaxy Cheese Pizza-V, Philly Steak Pinwheel

  August Breakfast Menu                 August Lunch Menu
Upcoming Dates

8/14............................MAP fall screening window opens (8/14-9/27)
8/15............................PTA Welcome Back Event/                                              Meeting with the Principal, 5:30-6:00 pm /Ice Cream Social, 6 pm                                      to 7:15 pm, Briarlake cafeteria
8/22............................PTA Monthly Board Meeting & Info Session for PTA Committee                                               Chairs & Room Parents, 6 to 7pm, media center
8/24............................School Council Meeting, 1 pm
8/24............................Marlow's Tavern Spirit Night, 5 to 7pm
8/27............................PTA Day at the Atlanta Braves, 1:35pm
8/28............................School STEM Meeting, 2:45pm
8/29............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades PreK-2), 6-8pm
8/30............................School Pictures
8/31............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades 3-5), 6-8pm


Re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger's Atlanta Division customers and associates are eligible to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Customers and associates can designate reward points you earn to the participating schools, charity or organization of your choice by using your Kroger Plus Card. Organizations and schools do not need to enroll each year, but EACH Kroger shopper is required to re-enroll his or her Kroger Plus Card on an annual basis. Re-enrollment is now, and dollars accumulate for your choice of charity beginning August 27, 2017. Please visit
Kroger Community Rewards Re-enrollment starts today, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
  •        The Kroger Community Rewards (KCR) program is evaluated annually, and the time for Kroger Plus Card holders to re-enroll is now. The Atlanta Division launched the program in September 1, 2013 and Card holders must re-enroll to begin accumulating dollars for their schools, charities, and organizations starting August 27, 2017.  This year, Kroger is proud to donate $500,000 to local schools and nonprofits through this Kroger Plus Card based fundraiser. 
  •        All organizations that have already signed up for Community Rewards DO NOT have to enroll again.  Once an organization is signed up for the program they continue to be active.
  •        An organization's enrolled members and supporters DO have to re-enroll every August.  They will not have to set up a new account only link their card again to the organization of their choosing.
  • Now through August 26, 2017 customers may re-enroll.  Their current selection will not be affected and continue to earn rewards through the end of this program year. 
  • Their re-enrollment organization will start earning for the new program year starting August 27, 2017.
  • Past programs of this nature tend to lose their impact over long periods of time. Participants need to have an active role in order for the program to continue to be effective and engage our customers