Briarlake ES 
Back to School  Week 1: 
August 7-13 

Back to School countdown! First day of school is on Monday, 8/8/16. The new school day is from 7:40-2:20 to allow 15 extra minutes for math instruction. STUDENTS ARE LATE AT 7:40.

Draft Briarlake Calendar 
The 2016-2017 Briarlake Elementary calendar has been drafted. Click 2016-2017 PTA Calendar At A Glance

Additional dates will be included and sent home on 8/12 in the weekly student folders, and then please check the Blast each week for updates.
Briarlake Beaver Boost

WHAT: The Beaver Boost is the PTA's ONLY annual fundraising effort. 100% of the money raised stays with the school. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the Fall Festival in October.

Thanks to your generous donations, we have already raised $6,158!

WHY: The Beaver Boost directly supports the following and much, much more:

 Academic & Cultural Enrichment Programs

 Teacher Start-Up Funds

 Teacher Training & Gifted Certification

 Buildings & Grounds Improvements

 Communication

HOW: The Beaver Boost accepts donations:

undefined, check, and PT Avenue (Affinipay)

The suggested donation is $125 per family.

Donations of ≥ $300 are entered in a raffle for an iPad!

Classroom challenge: all classes that have 100% participation in the Boost will win a pizza  party with Bucky the Beaver!

Whether you donate $1 or $300, we are aiming for 100% participation from Briarlake families  and teachers to help make Briarlake a better school. Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi or Anjevon Smith
Parent Welcome Coffee
First Day of School, Monday 8/8/16:  from 7:40 to 8:40 am

After you drop your little ones off in their new classrooms on the first day of school, give a great big sigh of relief, then head to the cafeteria to celebrate (or cry!) with us.  We'll have coffee, juice, and tissues if you need them! Start the school year off right by taking a moment to connect with some of your new and returning Briarlake parents. We hope to see you there!
First Day of School
The first day of school is here! Please see some important information and tips to make the first day a success: 
School starts at 7:40 a.m. 
  • Be on time! Earliest drop off is 7 a.m. 
  • Please bring school supplies from lists located on the PTA website on the first day if you did not bring them to Open House.
  • Parents can walk their children down to their classroom on the first day, and then join parents in the cafeteria for the parent coffee from 7:40-8:40 a.m.
School ends at 2:20 p.m
  • In carpool, please display name signs until your child is safely in your car. Using a "skirt/pant" hanger on the mirror of the car is a great idea.  
Car pool information
  • Please keep our children and families safe by following the car pool instructions (see car pool information in red side bar) 
  • No left turns into school off Briarlake Rd. 
  • Please do not use cell phones during car pool.
Fall Festival Team Members Needed
If you are looking to be more involved in your child's school, consider a position on the Briarlake PTA Fall Festival Team.  Our Fall Festival is our most popular community building event. We are looking for people to join the teams below:

1. Miscellaneous - A1 inflatables (snow cones, popcorn, dunk tank, all inflatables); Fire Truck; Balloon Artists; Georgia Bubble Man - Make phone calls to the vendors we've used the past several years

2. Tickets/Ticket Sales - Help prepare and distribute ticket purchases

3. Kids Crafts/Kids Games/Toddler Area - Confirm that we have all the crafts and games from previous years. Set out the crafts and games the morning of the Fall Festival

4. Indoor Crafters & Craft Fair - Contact crafters from previous Fall Festivals and invite them to the 2016 Fall Festival

5. Pumpkin Patch - Order pumpkins and painting supplies. Set them out the day of

6. STEM Activities - Organize a few STEM activities in the gym during the Fall Festival

7. Food Vendors (food trucks) & Beverage sales - Contact and coordinate last year's vendors

8. Class Auction (room parent) - Work with the Room Parent Coordinator to solicit class auction items. Set out auction items the day of

9. Grounds (leaf blowing; ordering pine straw) - blow leafs from the main drives the week before the Fall Festival. Order pine straw (paid for by PTA)

10. Signs - Make and put up signs the day of 

11. Logistics/Venue/Set-Up/Clean-Up (tables, chairs, garbage, recycling, borrowing tents, parking) - Coordinate getting tables, chairs, etc. from Briarlake school. Coordinate set up and clean up (with the help of many volunteeers)
To Bring or Buy? 
Breakfast is $1.40 and Lunch is $2.50.  Cash, check, or money order is accepted OR you can try the new automated system.

MySchoolBucks - 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.  

For more information concerning Dekalb Nutrition click here

First Day of school: Choice of Chicken Taco or Grilled Cheese
August Breakfast Menu      August Lunch Menu
Briarlake Food Co-Op 
Briarlake Elementary Food Co-Op
Try Fresh Harvest of Georgia's convenient, customizable and local delivery of fresh and organic foods; every Thursday, Fresh Harvest delivers a box of your choice of fresh foods to Briarlake.  Not only do they offer a great selection of fruits and vegetables, you can also have dairy, effs, variety of meats, AND seafood included in the basket. 

One more great reason to try today is once we have 15 people, everyone can enjoy 10% off weekly orders.
Click here for more information.
Aftercare payments are going digital!

We will also soon be adding an aftercare page to the "About us" section of the Briarlake Website so that you can keep informed about activities, fees, and schedules.

Here is the link to the Web Store:
Summer Academic Challenge Due Friday, 8/12
Our Principal, PTA, and School Council would like to make sure our Briarlake students keep up their math and science skills over the summer break.

We are asking that students do some form of math or science (their choice) for an average of 1 hour per week, with the goal of 10 hours (600 minutes) of math or science over the entire Summer. You  only needed to spend 15 minutes a day for 4 days a week to get in your 1 hour of math or science each week.. Download the form listed below to track hours.

  • Those children that complete the STEM challenge (and have their parents sign the form and return it by Friday, August, 12th), will be recognized at the start of the new school year. The kids will receive a Certificate and have their names posted on the Awards Bulletin Board in the cafeteria.

We All Scream for Ice Cream
Who doesn't like a little ice cream on a warm summer evening? Bring your family to Briarlake on  Tuesday, August 16th  from 6:00-7:15pm and enjoy an ice cream courtesy of the Briarlake PTA.   

Want to help hand out ice creams and watch the kids' faces light up? Click  here to volunteer. 
Briarlake Communication
Trying to find information about Briarlake?  
Click Briarlake Communication to find out more about Briarlake ES, PTA, Foundation, School Council, Facebook, Remind, etc.  
August Dates to Remember
Monday, 8/8- First Day of School and Parent Welcome 7:40AM (cafeteria)

Friday, 8/12- Summer Academic Challenge Due

Tuesday, 8/16 - Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:15 PM (cafeteria)

Thursday, 8/18 -School Council Meeting 1PM

Tuesday, 8/23- Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Recommendation to the Public- Clarkston HS 6:30

Thursday, 8/25- Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Recommendation to the Public- Cross Keys HS 6:30

Sunday, 8/28 - Briarlake Foundation Board Meeting, 7 to 9 pm

Tuesday, 8/30PTA Monthly Board Meeting & Info Session for PTA Committee Chairs & Room Parents, 5:30 pm, cafeteria

Tuesday, 8/30 Odyssey of the Mind Interest Session, 6:30 pm
Family Braves Game, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:00PM 
Georgia PTA and the Atlanta Braves are teaming up once again to celebrate Family Day on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for a 1:30 p.m. ballgame against the New York Mets.  Tickets are $10 each and support Briarlake's PTA and the Georgia PTA. 
Arrive early - Georgia PTA families will have the opportunity to walk the bases before the game starts.  Parade lineup begins at  12:00 p.m. at the Hank AaronRamp-across from aisle 129. Game starts at  1:30pm. Wear your spirit wear and REPRESENT Briarlake.  

Individual Braves Ticket Order Form- Use this form for individual orders. 

Turn in your order form to the Briarlake front office by Friday, August 26th. 
Quick Links
     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

Please help keep our children & families safe.

Thank you for your cooperation in following the  Carpool Safety Rules & Map

NO LEFT TURNS from Briarlake Road into the school carpool lane. Please obey the law.
NO CELL PHONESPlease do not use cell phones during car pool. 

Carpool ends at 2:50pm. If parents come to pick up children after 2:50 pm, please come inside the front office to sign out children on the computer. 

   School Council
Chair: Deborah Martin-Gerstle

Vice Chair: Anjevon Smith


Secretary: Ellyn Cochran


Parent Representative:Jared Cobb  


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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