Spring Week 11: Briarlake Blast: March 12th-18th

HAPPENING THIS WEEK: (3/15) Principal-Parent Forum at 6 pm; (3/16) School Council at 1 pm; (3/18) Science Olympiad


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See the Updated Briarlake Calendar - Recent Date Changes are Highlighted

Briarlake PTA Updated Calendar
A Message from Our Principal About STEM Certification
Hello All,

Briarlake is about 14 school days away ( March 29-30) from its AdvancED STEM certification visit!  Our work has led us to this space in time and will continue beyond.  We talked with a few students this week regarding their understanding of STEM and how it has impacted their learning. Their reflections were astonishing! One third grade student shared, "Before STEM we quickly discussed topics and moved on, but now we stay on topics longer so that we understand it better...and if we don't get STEM certification, we will continue learning this way, because it helps us to be better students." It is moments like this that reaffirms our work and keep us focused on what's important; children!
Thank you for your continued support evident in your time, expertise and financial giving towards our collective efforts here at Briarlake. You are the best!
One School. One Community. One success.

Have a wonderful day!

Jamela Lewis

Another Successful Walk to School Day
Great Participation!
Walk and Bike to School Day was a huge success! Thanks to parents Jen Petrich, Linda Coil, and Melissa McConnell for coordinating the event! And special thanks to the DeKalb Police for keeping us safe.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night, Tuesday, March 21st, 5-7pm

Briarlake Signing Choir at the Braves - Purchase Tickets by March 22nd 
Next Campus Beautification: Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 am to 2 pm
Campus Beautification
This event was originally scheduled for March 18th but has been postponed to avoid a conflict with the Science Olympiad event.  

Campus Beautification Goals: 

Plant roses in the front of the school

Finish coating the deck and rails by the cafeteria.

Order your Field Day shirts by Monday, March 27, 2017
Field Day will be on Fri. 5/19/16 and our theme this year is CARNIVAL. T-shirt order forms will come home in children's " Friday
folders" & also see order form. T-shirt orders must be placed by Monday 3/27/16. Please return order form with payment to your child's teacher.
You can also place your order online at (note that online ordering will be available  Friday March 10 thru Monday March 27.

Please note that you DO NOT have to buy a field day shirt for your child to participate; children may wear a t-shirt with the color assigned to their grade as noted on the flyer.

Thanks and for additional questions, please email Field Day Committee Chair, Dawn Taylor, at:

PTA Fine Arts Show - Tuesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm
Fine Arts Show 2017 - Tuesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm
  Band and Orchestra Performance  6:30-7pm
Highlights of the Fine Arts Show
-        Art will be displayed in the hallways from the front entrance down to the art room
-        In the art room, there will be art projects for families and kids
-        There will be three dimensional artwork on display in the cafeteria
-        There will be a scavenger hunt to find different types and themes of art.
-        Other interactive stations will be around the school (e.g., fan mail, photo booth)

We are looking for volunteers to help with checking out art purchases, taking money for pizza, assisting with simple art projects, and more. ?   Click here!

Thanks to Ms. Amy Sery and PTA Reflections Chair, Michelle Beule for organizing this event!
Pre-Kindergarten Lottery:  Wednesday, March 29, 2017; 
1:15PM  ( Lottery  Drawing)
English Form               Spanish Form
Important Dates to Remember in March

Tuesday, March 21st- Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Wednesday, March 22nd- Brave Tickets Due

Saturday, March 25th- Campus Beautification Day

Monday, March 27th- Field Day T-shirt Order Forms Due

Tuesday, March 28th- Fine Arts Show

Wednesday, March 29th- Pre-K Lottery 1:15

Friday, March 31st- STEM Day

March Breakfast                 March Lunch

Camp Invention
Camp Parent Needed for Camp Invention
Registration for Camp Invention is open! And Ms. Thomas is looking for a Camp Parent. As an incentive, the Camp Parent will receive free enrollment for the first child and $130 off each additional sibling (can you say AWESOME deal?). Click here for more information or contact Ms. Thomas if you are interested in learning more!

PTA STEM Parents 
STEM Parent Description:

The STEM parents's job is one of coordination.  They communicate with the teacher to enlist parent volunteers and request supplies for STEM days.

Before each STEM day, the class STEM parent will ask the teacher if parent assistance and/or STEM materials are needed for that particular STEM day.  If so, the STEM parent will find out what kind of help/material is needed, and what times parents should attend.  The STEM parent will then email the class parents via Sign-Up Genius (or other volunteer sign up program) and request parent assistance and supplies.  The Volunteer Sign Up will include the materials requested and the times and the activities for which help is needed.

Welcome new STEM parent:  Jen Green - Ms Sinclair (1)

The remaining STEM dates are

Thank you to our current STEM Parents:

Kayoko Kato - Ms. Spencer (4)
Bret Moore - Ms. McCarthy (K) and Ms. Roseberry (2)
Kristi Martin - Ms. Ward (1) and Mr. Echols (4)
Amanda Holt - Ms. Moehlich (4)
Chase Ogletree - Ms. Axson (K)
Lakshmi Chennareddi - Ms Graham (1)
Jen Green- Ms Sinclair (1)
Liz Bradley - Ms. Law (2)
Ethel Garnier-Amblard- Ms. Pittman (2)
Kristen Anderson - Ms. Coffman (2)
Emily Mason- Ms. Reynolds (3)
Anne Garcia- Ms. Connors (3)
Emily Graybill - Ms. Baerman (K) and Ms. Foege (3)

Help Briarlake Win the Healthy Playground Makeover!
  1. Enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today and you could win a $30,000 grant AND a new playground for your school! Anyone in the community can enter on behalf of your Pre-K through Grade 5 school. Enter today! 
  2. Learn more about the Smart from the Start Awards and how it's giving Pre-K and Head Start educators the opportunity to promote healthy habits among pre-schoolers for the chance to win up to $20,000 and a prize pack of books. Get started today!
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or give us a call at 1-800-323-9084
Henderson Middle School Foundation Annual Campaign, March 6 - 24 - please help your future school
Donate Today
Help your child's future school by making a donation to the HMS Foundation! The foundation's goal is to provide educational resources to the school, to enrich the school's academic and cultural offerings. Because of the foundation, HMS has been working towards becoming a STEM school -  and we are making progress toward that goal! This year, HMS has one STEM team in 7th and 8th grades, and they have been a great success. More teams will be added in the future.
But it's not just about STEM. You probably know that HMS is undergoing renovations and is getting a new wing. The money raised this year can also be used to help purchase equipment or supplies that might be needed for the new wing.
This means that donations made today will go to programs that directly impact your rising elementary student. Your participation will help ensure the HMS Foundation can continue supporting the school. Remember - a strong school makes for a strong neighborhood.
How to donate: Please visit the website    to make a donation online or for information how to donate by check.  If you have questions, please email


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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