Briarlake ES 
 Week 7: 
September 18th-24th 

This Week: Go Green Litter Pick Up, Parent Teacher Conferences, Infinite Campus Portal Training, Lakeside Homecoming Parade, 1st Academic Challenge Due and more! 
Spirit Night 
Thanks to everyone who "8 MOR CHIKIN" at Thursday's Spirit Night at the Northlake Chick-fil-A! Thanks especially to Anjevon Smith for organizing the event and Melissa McConnell for coordinating volunteers.  Looking forward to the next fun, family Briarlake outing! 
AdvancED Continuous Improvement Parent Survey
Dear Parent/Guardian,

DeKalb County School District and all of its schools are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are an integral part.

Briarlake Elementary School is using the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. The five sections on the survey represent the five AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems and provide a means for learning about parent expectations of a high-quality school system.

Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this survey.   While we, of course, want your honest opinion, we wanted to make sure that you understood that a rating of 4 or higher is a favorable rating. The online survey will be available from  September 6, 2016 - September 30, 2016. In order to complete the survey, please click on this  link.  

AdvancED requires 60% staff (certified and non-certified); 40% students; and 20% parents to complete the stakeholder surveys. This participation also impacts our STEM status.  We are working to include all stakeholders aforementioned. Be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. 

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact  Ms. Natasha Stansfield or  (678) 874-2502. Thank you in advance for supporting Briarlake Elementary School's improvement efforts.

Jamela Lewis
Green Team Litter Pick-Up
Sunday, September 18th  from  3-4pm
The Go Green Team Litter Pick Up has a new date and time! Join us on  Sunday, September 18th from 3-4pm to pick up litter around the campus. Gloves and bags will be provided. Cub Scout Pack 528 will be picking up trash along LaVista Rd in front of our school during that time, so join the fun and help keep our campus clean! 

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Training
Tuesday, September 20th, 3-5pm
This session allows parents to log in to Infinite Campus to review their child's class-specific content, receive automatic progress updates, read teacher comments, track attendance, and contact teachers with questions or concerns.
Follow-up from Curriculum Night
Lexile Levels
Following curriculum night, many parents have inquired about the Lexile levels that are being used as target reading levels for each grade at Briarlake.  

Please click  here for more information or here to view a explanatory video.  
Join Briarlake at the Lakeside Homecoming Parade This Wednesday!
Lakeside Parade and Bonfire, Wednesday, 9/21, 4:30pm
The parade will start at the intersection of Fairoaks Rd. and Oak Grove Rd. at 4:30pm and will finish at Lakeside High School before 5:30pm.  Just like last year, we have set up designated "cheer zones" for the schools that feed Lakeside. Briarlake has the zone from Fairoaks Rd. to John Tippins Way (the entrance to Oak Grove ES).  Briarlake is assigned to the east side of the road (Oak Grove ES side), 

We encourage all students to wear their respective school's spirit wear to show their pride, or wear Lakeside gear since they are future Vikings.  This year, again, the school that shows the most spirit will win the Principal's Trophy.

Furthermore, after the parade will be Homecoming Spirit Night and the Bonfire along the track and practice field behind Lakeside.  Please bring your families to enjoy food (burgers, hot dogs, Chick fil A, etc.) and activities (facepainting, karaoke, etc.).  We hope to see many future Vikings at both the parade and the bonfire!
School Council: 1st Academic Challenge Due This  Friday, Sept. 23rd
Our first Academic Challenge is a Social Studies based challenge that will be tied to the PTA's International Night.  It is focused on the social impact of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and how STEM helps people in different countries improve their environment and/or quality of life.

Please read more about it here
 International Night is Next Tuesday (9/27)
Tuesday, September 27th, 5:30pm
Prepare your traditional clothing and food items to share - it is time to celebrate the diversity of our community! International Night   will be held   Tuesday  9/27/16   preceded by a general PTA meeting   at   5:30 pm.  Lineup for the Parade of Nations will begin   at 5:45 pm, followed by some performances, a Global pot luck dinner, and fun craft/participation stations. 
If you have something special to contribute or questions, please contact Angela Barnett

Please click the signup genius link if you are interested in volunteering for this fun event!
International Night is sponsored by your Briarlake PTA!

Calling All Student Artists and Art Lovers!
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students from PK - 5 and of all abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-17 theme: What is Your Story?

Categories are: Dance, Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Take a photo! Draw a picture! Make a video or a dance! Students may submit a project from any of these categories. 
Last year Briarlake had students winners at the District and State level.

Update: Entries must be received in Briarlake's office by Oct 4. Please complete the 

Questions about how to participate? Click  PTA Reflections or contact   Michelle Beule.

Box Tops for Education
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Little Things Mean A Lot!
$10,583.23! That is how much Briarlake has earned over the years from collecting Box Tops! Little things really do add up. A great way to get your children involved in raising funds for Briarlake is by helping you collect and clip Box Tops. Look for collection sheets in your child's Friday folder or print them online at .

Encourage your child to paste Box Tops to the collection sheet -- make it fun! Clipped Box Tops can also be submitted in baggies labeled with the number of Box Tops you are donating. Either way, drop them off in the Box Top Collection Box provided in the front office.

In addition to clipping and submitting Box Tops, you can now earn eBox Tops for 
Briarlake at Just sign up online and designate Briarlake as the school you wish to support. Please bring in your Box Tops by October 14th to meet our Fall Deadline. Contact our 2016-17 Box Top Coordinator,  Mark Cochran  if you have questions or want to help! .

 Thanks to your donations we are MORE THAN HALF WAY to 
our goal of $20,000 by October 22! If you have not yet 
donated, don't delay. We need everyone to participate in the 
PTA's primary annual fundraising effort. 100% of the money 
raised stays with the school.

Every class with 100% participation in the Boost will win a 
pizza party with Bucky the Beaver! 
Classroom challenge 
PK Wise
K Baerman
K McCarthy
K Tonka
1st Graham
1st Sinclair
1st Ward
2nd Coffman
2nd Law
2nd Pittman
2nd Roseberry
3rd Conner
3rd Foege
3rd Reynolds
4th Echols
4th Moehlich
4th Spencer
5th Evans
5th Foy
5th Francis

Total donations so far: $ $10,703 (THANK YOU!)

Help us reach our goal: $20,000 by October 22!
The Beaver Boost is the PTA's primary annual fundraising effort. 100% of the money raised stays with the school. The suggested donation is $125 per family. Donors at this level will receive a Briarlake tote bag. Donations of ≥ $300 are entered in a raffle for an iPad! Donations from Grandparents, other relatives, and Briarlake alums are welcome and encouraged! Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).

The Beaver Boost accepts donations via
 check, cash, and  AffiniPay 

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi or Anjevon Smith
Parent Sponsor Needed for New Briarlake Club
4-H provides youth ages 9 and up with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities such as STEM activities, environmental and agricultural activities, leadership development, summer camps, community service, and project competitions. We are looking for 1 or 2 interested parents to help get 4H started at Briarlake. You will be paired with a Staff Sponsor to help create this exciting opportunity for the children of Briarlake. Training and support will be provided via DeKalb County's 4H program. Contact Sonya Tinsley-Hook at if you are interested!
Fall Festival Team Members Needed
We have filled 16 of our 19 Fall Festival Team positions! Just 3 more team positions to fill and we'll be ready to hold Briarlake's most popular community-building event. We are looking for people to join the teams below:


1. Festival Lead(s) - Keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions

2. 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 volunteers)

3. Sponsorships - Reach out to last year's sponsors and coordinate sponsorships. Most of our sponsors happily return each year!

Email Emily Graybill at or Sonya Tinsley-Hook We look forward to hearing from you!
September Important Dates to Remember

Sunday, 9/18Go Green Team Litter Cleanup 3-4pm

Tuesday, 9/20- Environmental Club Begins, 2:30pm
    Parent Teacher Conference Night
    Infinite Campus Parent Portal Training, 3-5pm
    State of the District Address, Tucker HS, 7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday, 9/21- Lakeside High School Parade, 4:30pm
                            Bonfire and Powder Puff game, 5-8pm

Friday, 9/23- First Academic Challenge Due
                    Lakeside Homecoming game, Adams Stadium, 8pm

Sunday, 9/25- Briarlake Foundation Board Meeting 7-9pm

Tuesday, 9/27- PTA General Membership Meeting 5:30-6:00pm
     PTA International Night 6-7:30pm

Friday, 9/30- AdvancED Parent Survey due
     STEM Day

September Breakfast                 September Lunch
Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know?
Briarlake has had several county  placements in the PTA Reflections student recognition program, including  a 1st place winner at the State level.
State of the District Address

DeKalb Parent Councils United will host the State of the District Address w
ith Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green on Tuesday, September 20 from 7 to 8:30pm at Tucker High School.  Be sure to arrive early for networking and refreshments from 6:30 to 7:00pm.
Oak Grove Consignment Sale
Oak Grove Young Children's School
1722 Oak Grove Road Decatur, GA 30033
Fall/Winter consignment sale

High Quality children's clothing (size newborn-14), shoes, Halloween costumes, toys, books, music, movies, games, nursery & baby items, strollers, car seats, swings, highchairs, gliders, play kitchens, bikes, outdoor toys, sporting goods, furniture, and more!  Sale will take place in gym and Fellowship Hall

Friday, September 23rd 9:15 am-1:30pm 
Saturday , September 24th 1/2 Price Day 9:00 am-12:30 pm 

DeKalb School of the Arts Presents: "Premiere Weekend 2016" Events
DSA Invites You to Attend
Featuring performances from vocal, dance, instrumental, and dramatic Tour Groups - there is something for everyone!
Sept 23-25, 2015

Tickets $12 adults/$6 students at

More information at
Sept. 23, 8:00 pm - Show Choirs and Dance Repertory
Sept. 24, 2:00 pm - Dance Repertory Co and Instrumental Music
Sept. 24, 8:00 pm - Instrumental Music and Drama Ensemble
Sept. 25, 2:00 pm - Drama Ensemble and Show Choirs
Mathematics You Can Touch! September 6-22, 2016
Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta - German Cultural Center
Coming from the "Mathmatikum" science museum in Gieβen, Germany, the 'Mathematics You Can Touch' interactive exhibit is aimed at people of all ages and will open your eyes to math and give you a completely different outlook on basic math principles. 

For more information click the following  link.

Family Day: September 17, 2016, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Bring the family for a day of learning and fun: work your way around the exhibits together, solving math problems, meeting new people and, most importantly, having fun! We'll have German immersion workshops throughout the day to introduce you and your family to the language and culture of Germany.


Briarlake Elementary PTA
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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Let's make our school even more spirited by encouraging our kids to wear Briarlake Spirit Wear each Friday.  Go Beavers!