NO SCHOOL MONDAY (9/4 Labor Day), Lakeside Homecoming Festivities, Yearbook Makeup Picture Day, 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:
Miss the Ice Cream Social/Gifted Update?

Please click  here  for the BES Academic Structure presentation and here for the Frequently Asked Questions document.

Miss Curriculum Night? 

Please click here and here for the two PowerPoint presentations shared at Curriculum Night.
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!  

In celebration of the homecoming festivities, Briarlake will observe the following spirit days. 

Tuesday 9/5: Pajama Day
Wednesday 9/6: Superhero Day
Thursday 9/7: Jersey Day
Friday 9/8: Spirit Day

School Picture Make-up Day!

Our picture make-up day is Wednesday, Sept 6 for all students and staff that missed our first picture day.  Please plan on being picture ready on September 6 so we can get everyone in the yearbook!  These will take place in the Media Center directly following morning announcements.

The PTA is looking for about 10 volunteers to help out at PTA STEM night on September 12. We are looking for people to help setup, serve pizza/take money, take pictures, and clean-up. 
If you're available and able to help, please sign up here:
Odyssey of the Mind
 Campus Clean Up

Join 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.
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 September 2017 - Open PTA Positions for 2017-2018       
  • 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!
  • Fall Festival Co-Chair (to join Karen Hutchinson) - 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!
  • Grant Writers - Do you have grant writing skills? Education grants are simple to write and often involve fillable forms. There are several grants available to PTAs related to Safe Routes to School, Healthy Habits, and other education-related initiatives. Let us know if you can assist with writing proposals for some of these competitions!
  • 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!

To donate to the PTA Beaver Boost online, click one of the links below. Your donation is greatly appreciated and helps maintain financial support for the school that the school has counted on for decades!

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: 

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.   

Upcoming Dates

9/4 ............ .. .................. NO SCHOOL, Labor Day  
9/6................................School Picture Make Up Day  
9/8................................LHS HC Parade (4:30pm) & Game/LHS vs. DHHS (Adams 7:30)
9/11..............................School STEM Meeting, 2:45pm  
9/12.............................   PTA General Membership Meeting /Board Meeting , 6:00 -        6:15  pm  (Approval of PTA Budget)  
9/12..............................PTA STEM Night, 6 :15  to 7:30pm  
9/1 9 ..............................Odyssey of the Mind Interest Session, 6:00 pm  
9/22 ..............................Progress reports sent home  
9/2 2 ..............................1 st  Academic  Challenge  Due  
9/25.............................. Parent Teacher Conference Night, 3pm-6pm   (PTA provides dinner for t eachers)  
9/27..............................MAP   fall  screening window closes  
9/ 29 ..............................STEM  Celebration  Day

September Breakfast Menu          September Lunch Menu               

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!
District News
Georgia PTA District 11
Fall Conference

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
  Briarlake Elementary School, 3590 LaVista Road Decatur, Georgia 30033


Regions 1 & 2 Elections 
Starts promptly at  9:30 am - 10:30 am
All nominations will be taken from the floor

10:45 am -1:00 pm

Topics & Training
Officer's Training; Conducting an Audit, Good Standing, Reflections, Legislation
All materials will be provided
Georgia PTA President Tyler Barr and State Officers, Auditors and Experienced Trainers

What to Bring
2017-2018 Membership Card and ID
Copy of Audit (If completed)
Books for Audit (If not completed and need an Auditor)
Council Dues
(Council dues are not necessary to attend however, if prepared to pay early we encourage local units to bring their checks payable to Region 1 or Region 2 PTA Council).

 RSVP: Officers in attendance to:
Lakeside Cluster Summit

The first Lakeside Cluster Summit meeting of this school year is taking place Thursday, Sept 14th at 6:30pm at Henderson Middle School .

The Lakeside Cluster Summit was formed in January 2016 to encourage collaboration of all the schools within the Lakeside Cluster.  These meetings are a way School Leaders (Principals, PTA Presidents, School Council Chairs), and District Leaders (Regional Superintendent, and Board of Education Members), within the Lakeside Cluster, can come together to share information and help solve problems affecting us all.

It is important that each school in the Lakeside Cluster sends at least one representative to these meetings.  By attending these meetings, your school's voice can be heard, and you can stay informed about important news and events in our cluster.

Last year, the LCS (Lakeside Cluster Summit) focused on SPLOST/Facility Repairs, Diversity/Tolerance, and the Lakeside HS addition.  
This year we will be continuing these agenda items and also focus our attention on improving communication and collaboration between all the Lakeside Cluster feeder schools.

Briarlake STEM Partners
The Woodruff Arts Center brings you another exciting Free Family Festival on  September 10 from  1 - 4 PM! Parents and children of all ages will be able to experience education and artistic programming brought to you by the Allinace Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art for FREE at The Woodruff Arts Center.
Families can celebrate grandparents with the Alliance Theatre's performance, The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering, and find their sound while exploring instruments in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Instrument Petting Zoo. Children of all ages will also delight in  Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan, a children's picture-book art exhibition at the High Museum of Art celebrating the renowned author and illustrator. Families can stop by the Smile booth photobooth for a free print and digital copy of their own family photo to commemorate the day. 

View a full list of activities and register here now for free tickets for this can't-miss event

Second Sundays
Free admission to the High Museum of Art including special family-friendly programming is available the second  Sunday of every month from  1 - 4 PM