Spring Week 1: Briarlake Blast: January

This Week: Principal's Forum (1/9), DeKalb Technology Fair forms due (1/12)
Principal-Parent Forum - Monday, January 9th 6pm
There will be a  Principal- Parent  Forum on Monday, January 9th at 6pm to discuss the CCRPI results and the plan of action. 

If you have any present questions, comments, or concerns, please email them to 

Thank you, and I look forward to speaking with all of you.

Jamela Lewis
MLK Day of Service: Volunteer at Briarlake from 10 am - 2 pm 
MLK Day of Service (1/16): Sign up to volunteer here!
MLK Volunteer Opportunity
Please sign up to VOLUNTEER  here

Correction to PTA STEM Night Flyer!
Oops! We goofed. The flyer that was sent home this past  Friday regarding PTA STEM Night incorrectly lists the date as  Tuesday, January 15th. The correct date is  Tuesday, January 17th. A corrected version of the flyer is included below. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at STEM Night.

Once the STEM Night date info is corrected then the Blast will be ready to go out so please feel free to send. I will be away until late afternoon after sending this email.


Next Tuesday - PTA Family STEM Night (1/17)

Updated Spring Calendar
View the updated calendar for Spring 2017 here. New dates include the Principal-Parent Forum on  Tuesday, January 9th , the Sagamore Hills Math Tournament and DeKalb Tech Fair on  Saturday, January 21st , the Briarlake Foundation Silent Auction  on Friday , February, 24th, and several others!

Briarlake Communication Reminders
Are You Getting Alerts?
Remind App: Used by the school office to alert families to inclement weather, school closings/delays, school events, etc.  To receive Remind messages send a text to 81010. In the message box, type @briarl. You may also join online to get  message via your email at  website

After-care Remind
Used by Mrs. Hamilton and the after-care staff to alert families to important updates affecting after-care.  Text the message @a8a67 to the number 81010
Congratulations to Mrs. Wise's Pre-K class for winning the Beaver Boost Class Competition!
Briarlake PTA Used Book Sale is coming soon!
Needing to clean out some space after the holidays?
We want your books! The Used Book Sale is a favorite fundraiser the first Friday & Saturday in February. Collections have begun for Briarlake's annual Used Book Sale.  We accept all books, including adult and childrens, as well as DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. We have a particular need for books for kids in the 3-5th grade range, but will take pretty much anything that isn't falling apart or texts that are so out of date that they are unsellable. (This year we will NOT be taking VCR tapes.) Please feel free to share this information with your family/friends/neighbors/workplace/house of worship/meetup group/etc. Donations can be dropped in the school lobby. If you need help with a large donation, please email Also, please email if you are interested in volunteering with this very fun event!  Watch for a flyer for more details.
Rising 6th Grade Parent Tours at Henderson Middle School
Rising 6th Grade Parent Tours
January 17, 2017 --  9:30 a.m.

February 2, 2017  --  9:30 a.m.

                        February 2, 2017  --  6:30 p.m.

                        February 9, 2017  --  9:30 a.m.

Interested parents should meet in the front lobby for morning tours and the Media Center for the evening session.

- See more at:
This Thursday: Registration Deadline for DeKalb Co. Technology Fair 
Register by January 12th, Fair on January 21st
The DeKalb County Technology Fair provides great ways to highlight students' technology knowledge. Students are able to demonstrate creativity and practice their presentation skills, while receiving constructive feedback from judges. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible to participate. First Place winners in the competition qualify to participate in the 2017 State Technology Fair.  
This year,  the 2017 DeKalb County Technology Fair will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, at Elizabeth Andrews High School located at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083.  All students must be registered by Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm. Unregistered students will NOT be allowed to compete. A sponsoring teacher is required for each student who registers. Click below for more information. 

Sagamore Hills Math Tournament -  Must register by Monday (1/16)
Saturday, January 21st
What: The  Sagamore  Hills  Math  Tournament is a  math  competition open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  The  math  tournament is organized into 3 events- Individual Concepts and Computation, Individual Problem Solving and Team Ciphering. 

Who: All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

WhenSaturday, January 21st, 2017, from  9:00am-12:30pm (sign in at  8:30am)
Where:  Sagamore  Hills  Elementary School

For more information about the  Sagamore   Hills   Math   Tournament , please

Important Dates to Remember in January

Monday, 1/9- Principal's Forum, 6pm

Thursday, 1/12- Registration deadline for Dekalb County Technology Fair

Monday, 1/16- MLK Day of Service, 10-2, Registration deadline for Sagamore Hills Math Tournament

Tuesday, 1/17- PTA Family STEM Night, 6-7:30 pm

Tuesday, 1/17- 6th Grade Parent Tours at Henderson Middle School

Saturday, 1/21- Dekalb County Technology Fair
                        Sagamore Hills Math Tournament

January Breakfast               January Lunch
Friends of Briarlake Forest Park Art Contes

The purpose of the art contest is to help inspire a logo design for the Friends of Briarlake Forest Park group. The artwork must contain the words: "Friends of Briarlake Forest Park - Rooted in Community". 

Submissions can be hand drawn art, graphic designs, etc. 

Please make sure that any artwork that you draw inspiration from does NOT infringe on copyrights or trademarks. Please take care to ensure that your entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images.

Email submission to  or submit original art to Grace Edwards (229-224-2096 - 3149 McCully Dr NE, Atlanta 30345). 

Deadline: 2/15/2017

The winning entry will be selected by Friends of Briarlake Forest Park executive committee in early 2017. 

Artwork cannot contain copyrighted material. Artwork must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Artwork may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. 

Intellectual Property:
* All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.
* All Entries will become the sole property of Friends of Briarlake Forest Park and may be displayed publicly.
* Entrant agrees to transfer all right and title to the Entry to Friends of Briarlake Forest Park.

Briarlake Elementary PTA
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     PTA Officers

Co-Presidents: Sonya Tinsley-Hook & Emily Graybill

VP Programs: Allyson Martin & Angela Barnett 

VP Fundraising: Ann 

Chahroudi & Anjevon Smith


Treasurer: Bret Moore


Secretary: Dan Kelly

   School Council
Chair: Deborah Martin-Gerstle

Vice Chair: Anjevon Smith


Secretary: Ellyn Cochran


Parent Representative:Jennifer Petrich


Teacher Representatives: Ms. Wise and Ms. Law


Principal: Jamela Lewis

     Foundation      Board Members 
Co-Chairs: Ann Mancuso & Greg Brass

Treasurer: Amber Blanchard

Secretary: Vacancy


Members: Jacqueline Butler, Monica Cowles, Claire Foege, Paul Grant, Darryl Martin, Tim Martin, Emily Mason, Josh Newman, and Carolann Reiter



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