Updates from the Principal
Open House Updates
|From the Desk of the Principal
Summer BES Letter
Hello Briarlake Families,
I hope that you have enjoyed a restful and exciting summer with your children! Before we head back into the swing of things
, starting with Open House on August 2nd and the first day of school on August 7th, I would like to share information with you regarding the upcoming year. This newsletter has important information and links to important documents, so please read it all!
What's going on at Briarlake?
As you have driven by the school this summer
, you may have noticed the construction work. W
e are receiving a new roof,
a new AC unit for the gym, and a new grease trap for the cafeteria. The AC and grease trap are scheduled to be replaced prior to the start of school. T
he roofing replacement may continue into the first two weeks of school. We will share updates as we get closer to the first day of school. I am excited to share with you that the district has fixed our plumbing problems. The plumbing team opened
concrete in several places to find and remove the cause of our plumbing issues.
At the close of the last academic year, some of our BES staff embarked upon new adventures and will no longer be a part of the BES staff. We wish them well and celebrate their contributions to Briarlake. We are sad to say goodbye to Ms. Spencer, Ms. Moehlich, and Ms. Law as they will continue their work at Sagamore Hills. Ms. Ward will be teaching in the private school sector as a special education teacher. Mr. Smith will assume his dream position as a coach at Dunwoody HS. Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Axson
pursue a corporate opportunity that she could not refuse! I was delighted to support Ms. Baerman in her request to move to 5th grade and Ms. Francis' request to move to 3rd grade. Sadly, both
Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Conner have moved out of state, as
their husbands have new
out-of-state job opportunities. Our DHH teachers Ms. Serrano and Ms.Green will also shift. Ms. Serrano left to pursue a district closer to her mother. Ms. Green will serve as our new STEM/Tech Teacher Lead. Due to reallocation of points, Ms. Galloway will be at Henderson MS as their Instructional Support Specialist. Finally, we also wish Mr. Adams well in his upcoming endeavors.
As with all change, there is opportunity. We have had the pleasure of interviewing great teacher applicants to fill the shoes of those moving on. We are currently fully staffed
with a diverse team of teachers who will surely prove to be wonderful assets to the Briarlake community. In addition to expan
cultural diversity, we will be adding teachers who have fantastic
One of these teachers is our new 2nd grade hire, who will soon be our first staff member to hold a STEM Teacher Certification. Another of these teachers is our 3rd grade new hire, who is fluent in 3 languages: Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.
to continue to have a strong kindergarten team, we
a Kindergarten team
with a total of 28 years of teaching experience
! Some of the teaching experiences include
previous work in the implementation of STEM.
We have also created an amazing fourth grade team that includes a teacher with a specialization in science and mathematics instruction, a
26-year veteran of the DeKalb County School District who
grades, and our returning teacher Mr. Echols. I am truly excited about our new hires
the work they will do together
to assist our students.
Click here to read about our newest members of the Briarlake community.
Georgia Milestones Update
We do not yet have parent copies of test scores. The district will be sending parent copies of the test results to local schools. Once we have the test results, they will be distributed. I will send a REMIND message when the results are ready for pick-up. Retake results are currently being uploaded into the electronic state platform. Once finalized, the retake results will be shared via phone call.
Open House & Registration
On Wednesday, August 2nd we will hold our Open House. Open House lasts from 8:00am to 12:00pm with specific times indicated by last name (See the Open House section below these Principal Updates). Open House is a drop-in event that will require a minimum of 30-45 minutes of your time. More details are coming soon
, but the basic steps are
1. All parents (including returning parents) must bring proof of residence. Please refer to the school's website or the PTA website for more information about what to bring to Open House.
2. When you arrive at Open House, stop at the welcome desk under the front awning to receive your Checklist Ticket. There will be 2 sections on the Checklist Ticket
a) Proof of Residence/Registration
b) Information stations
in the cafeteria. The cafeteria will have stations with information about parent organizations, transportation, STEM, academic clubs, after care, and spirit wear.
3. There will be a Check Point area for you to visit once finished with registration and
the information stations. Once you've completed the Checklist Ticket tasks, you will be presented with a green pass from your final Check Point area. The green pass indicates your readiness to proceed to the classrooms where you will finish the registration process and meet your child's prospective teacher!
THE CLASS LISTS PRESENTED AT OPEN HOUSE ARE NOT FINAL AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO THE NEED TO ADD NEW STUDENTS WHO REGISTER AT OPEN HOUSE.
Also, classroom change requests from parents will not be considered at this time. We were pleased to provide parents with the opportunity to ask for special considerations regarding class placement at the end of last school year. All parent and teacher input was considered prior to creating class lists.
Summer Challenge and Activities
All students are encouraged to complete
the summer academic challenge. The activities are posted here:
Activities at the High Museum
If you pre-ordered school supplies, they will be available at Open House. The deadline to pre-order school supplies has passed. The school supply lists are available here:
If you did not pre-order school supplies, you can bring your school supplies to Open House and leave them in
your child's homeroom. It can be difficult for your child to carry in the school supplies on the first day of school!
During the first week only, parents are free to walk their children to their classes! Please note the following:
I look forward to an awesome year together!!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Jamela Lewis, Principal
One School. One Community. One Success.
Move forward. Head northward.
|Open House, Wednesday, August 2nd, 8am-12pm - Volunteers Needed to Welcome New Families
Briarlake's Open House will be on Wednesday, August 2nd from 8am-12pm. Open House
is your opportunity to see the school, visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, sign up for the PTA, support our PTA and Foundation, purchase PTA spirit wear, and volunteer!
Your time at Open House time is determined by your child's last name.
- 8-10am = Last names N-Z
- 9-11am = Last names H-M
- 10-12pm = Last names A-G
ALL returning students must provide a current proof of residence in the Briarlake attendance area. The only acceptable proofs of residence are as follows: a current utility bill (gas, water, electricity only), a current signed lease, or current signed mortgage. We cannot accept a mortgage agreement that has not closed.
For more info on what is needed for registration, check out this page on the Briarlake PTA website:
Please see t
he DCSD web site at the following link for additional information about specific registration situations:
More information about Open House will be shared in the next e-blasts!
|Summer PTA Potluck Meeting, Wednesday, July 26th, 6pm-7pm
|Catch the Beaver Fever - Spirit Wear Store Opens August 1st!
It's not too early to start planning for the new school year! This year Briarlake is offering online spirit wear and school supply sales. Links below. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show your Briarlake love!
Briarlake Spirit Store:
The online store will be open the following dates:
August 1st-August 13th - purchases made during this time will be available mid-September.
Please be sure to list your child's name at the checkout screen!
|Important Dates to Remember!
Wednesday, July 26th - Briarlake PTA Summer Potluck Meeting - 6pm, Briarlake Elementary School
Wednesday, August 2nd - 2017-18 Open House, 8am-12pm
Monday, August 7th - First Day of School for DeKalb County School District
Monday, August 7th - Parent Welcome Breakfast, 7:30am, Cafeteria
Briarlake Elementary PTA
Co-Presidents: Emily Graybill & Jennifer Petrich
VPs of Programs: Angela Barnett & Erica Bland
VPs of Fundraising: Anjevon Smith & Amanda Holt
Treasurer: Alexandra Schubert
Assistant Treasurer: Lakshmi Amara
Co-Secretaries: Melissa Perlman & Katie Tankersley
Chair: Anjevon Smith
Vice Chair: Liberty Garcia
Secretary: Ellyn Cochran
Parent Representative: Pam Hege
Teacher Representatives: Ms. Wise and Ms. Baerman
Principal: Jamela Lewis
Foundation Board Members
Co-Chairs: Ann Mancuso & Paul Grant
Members: Sonya Tinsley-Hook, Darryl Martin, Martina Baerman, and Randy McDow
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