Curriculum Nights, Picture Day,  Beaver Boost, and More!

Briarlake Elementary School PTA | |

Need to make an announcement to the school? Email by Wednesday of each week to post information in the Sunday newsletter:
Did you miss Ms. Lewis' presentation at the PTA Ice Cream Social on the school's points/gifted process? Click here for a copy of her PowerPoint presentation.  

Curriculum Nights - Note that 4th grade will now meet on Tuesday, August 29th! 

8/29.......................... ..Principal Forum,  Curriculum  Night(Grades PreK-2, Ms. Moseley's Classes  & 4th Grade),  6-8pm
On  Tuesday, August 29th, the teachers of the following Specials classes will be available for you to meet: Gifted, ELL, & Art

8/31.......................... ..Principal Forum,  Curriculum  Night(Grades 3 & 5),  6-8pm
On  Thursday, August 31st, the teachers of the following Specials classes will be available for you to meet: Technology, PE, Music

Please make plans to attend Briarlake Elementary School's Principal Forum &  Curriculum  Night. During  Curriculum  Night, the Principal will present an overview of  curriculum plans for the 2017-2018 academic year. After the Principal presentation, you will be invited to your child/children's classroom where your teacher will provide specifics related to his or her class. 

This event is intended for
  parents only;   however, if you need onsite childcare, please email Ms. Haratine by Sunday, August 27th to let her know.

The Briarlake PTA provides the stipend for childcare expenses and also provides food for teachers on curriculum nights. #yourptadollarsatwork

Picture Day is Coming

Mark your calendars!  Our Fall Picture Day is coming soon on  Wednesday, Aug 30.  These pictures are not prepay and there are no forms.  They are for the yearbook so all students will be photographed regardless of purchase.

Couldn't make it to the most recent PTA meeting? Or had so much fun, you just want to relive every moment again?

PTA Reflections

The theme for 2017-2018 is Within Reach.
Categories for entry include: Dance choreography, Film production, Literature (which includes not only poetry or short stories but also screenplays and more), Music composition, Photography, Visual Arts (which include not only painting but also sculpture, wind chimes, fiber arts, print making, dioramas, and many more). 

  Click here  for more information.
Briarlake's National PTA School of Excellence Needs You!
UPDATED July 2017 - Open PTA Positions for 2017-2018       

  • Article Writing - Do you love to write? Briarlake is looking for a parent who could periodically write 1-2 paragraphs about school events and accomplishments for local news outlets. 100% of this position can be done from home!

  • AV Team Member - Are you good with audio/visual equipment?
    We are looking for a few volunteers who are comfortable assisting with sound & audiovisuals at a few school and PTA events.
  • Awards
     - Do you like to celebrate the good in our school and our PTA? If so, we need you to help prepare applications for awards sponsored by Georgia PTA and National PTA. The templates for these awards are already completed. Information just needs to be updated from year to year. 100% of this position can be done from home!

  • Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - The role of the Diversity co-chairs is to assist the PTA programs with diversity initiatives, activities, and events. If you are strongly committed to celebrating Briarlake's diversity, this is the position for you!
  • Fall Festival Co-Chair (to join Karen Hutchinson) o   The Fall Festival committee is comprised of over 10 dedicated subcommittee chairs who handle the bulk of the Fall Festival activities. We are looking for one more Festival Lead who would be co-keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions.
  • Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs 
    - Fantastic Fridays are a Briarlake tradition during which parents in certain grades provide potluck lunch for the teachers. Many parents volunteer to help with this event and we are looking for a few Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs who could be available during the day on the three Fantastic Fridays (one in November, February, and May) to help set up and clean up.
  • Go Green Team Co-Chairs(two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you love the earth? Then being a Go Green Team Co-Chair would be a great position for you. In this position, you can help organize litter pick up days, help the teachers maintain their outdoor gardens, help spread the word about the school's recycling initiative, or anything else you'd like to do that will help keep the Briarlake community green!
  • Healthy Habits Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you like to be healthy? Help support several of the Healthy Habits events that happen at Briarlake such as the 
    Farm to School Initiative! Healthy Habits Co-Chairs can coordinate events such as the Fire up your Feet event, Screen Free Week, etc. 
  • Mascot Team ("Team Bucky")  - Want to be involved but don't really like to talk - then joining Team Bucky is the job for you! Mascots don't talk but they sure make kids smile. If you are available to wear the Bucky costume at an event or two next year based on your availability, let us know!
  • Welcome Committee Co-Chairs  (two needed) - Help new parents feel welcome at Briarlake! Work with the PTA officers to integrate new parent welcome activities throughout the year. 
Contact Emily Graybill ( ) or Jennifer Petrich ( ) if you are interested in serving in a position
listed above or if you would like to find out more information.
We would love to hear from you!

Love Out Loud Campus Clean Up

Our partners at Briarlake Baptist Church will be joining us for a campus clean on October 1st! There will be tasks for everyone, tall and small - from litter pick up to debris pick up. Help us prepare our beautiful grounds for the 22nd Annual Fall Festival and for the rest of the year! 

Interested in Volunteering? Click here.
Briarlake Beaver Boost

To donate to the Beaver Boost online, click one of the links below

Help Carpool Run Smoothly

Carpool signs are easier to see if the sign is attached to a skirt hanger and hung from the rear view mirror. Please keep it displayed until your child is in your car. 
School Directory/Planners

Were you not able to purchase your child's planner (2nd-5th graders only) or complete your family's information in the school directory at Open House? No problem! Complete those tasks here: 

Friendly Reminder from our Crossing Guard Team

Reminders for all vehicle drivers 

Please do not talk or text on the cell phone when you are picking up and dropping off your children. 

Do Not Block the Crosswalk -  Cars should not stop on the crosswalk.  The pedestrians should have the full crosswalk area to walk.  

Reminder for all pedestrians

Please walk in the crosswalk - Families should be crossing within the crosswalk.
Bus Route Delays

Here is the Bus Route delay page (the below link) that will reflect any delays for Region II, especially the Lakeside Cluster. Parents in the Lakeside cluster may check this webpage for updates.   

School Lunch

Breakfast is $1.40 and Lunch is $2.50.  Cash, check, or money order is accepted OR you can try the new automated system.
SchoolCafe   - 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.  

Please click here "Parent Registration Guide" for detailed instructions for registering.

Cash, Check/Money Order accepted at schools.

For more information concerning Dekalb Nutrition click  here

First Day of school: Galaxy Pepperoni Pizza, Galaxy Cheese Pizza-V, Philly Steak Pinwheel

  August Breakfast Menu                 August Lunch Menu

Academic Challenge Participants

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Summer Academic Challenge! A special shout out to Lizzy Morris, a brand new kindergartner who completed the challenge before even starting at Briarlake! Way to go, girl! And all the other eager Beavers!

Student First Name Student Last Name 2017-2018  Grade Level
Lizzy Morris K
Sebastian Borja 1
Hana Fondu 1
Ian Gerstle 1
Logan Holt 1
Lulia Samuel 1
Cassiopee Amblard 3
Davis Anderson 3
Adam Berkowitz 3
Logan Bernard 3
Elijah Boyd 3
Evan Fondu 3
Vera Kurbatova 3
Walker Linsley 3
Nate Morris 3
Colin Pan 3
Adam Samuel 3
Tadel Shiferaw 3
Rhyse Sterling 3
Kazuki Wells  3
Caleb Adenuga 4
Lexi Ballantine 4
Soren Borja 4
Joshua Fairchild 4
Jake Grant 4
Zane Hartken 4
Nahom Samuel 4
Samuel Shapiro 4
Lucas Fondu 5
Elise Garcia 5
Aaron Gerstle 5
Jackson Holt 5
Rand Musawi 5
Erika Kato 5

Upcoming Dates

8/14............................MAP fall screening window opens (8/14-9/27)
8/27............................PTA Day at the Atlanta Braves, 1:35pm
8/29............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades PreK-2, Ms. Moseley's classes & 4th grade), 6-8pm
8/30............................School Pictures
8/31............................Principal Forum, Curriculum Night (Grades 3 & 5), 6-8pm

Don't want to miss a thing?  Sync your Google calendar automatically to the Briarlake calendar!  Head over to the PTA website and click +Google Calendar!
Lakeside Homecoming

Mark your calendars! Lakeside's homecoming against Druid Hills HS will be held the weekend of September 8-9th.  There will be a parade Friday afternoon and the football game is at Adams Stadium at 7:30. The Vikings would love to have all of their future Vikings attend!  

To help build excitement, Briarlake will participate in the following Homecoming dress-up days:
Tuesday 9/5: Pajama Day
Wednesday 9/6: Superhero Day
Thursday 9/7: Jersey Day
Friday 9/8: Spirit Day