Special Blast: Fall Festival & Lakeside Cluster News

Don't forget that Box Tops are due by Friday!
Fall Festival Relies on Parent Volunteers
URGENT NEED - VOLUNTEERS and EZ Up Tents FOR                           FALL FESTIVAL

Briarlake's 21st Annual Fall Festival is less than 2 weeks away and if we don't have enough volunteers, we may not be able to put on this event. Right now, we have 150 open slots to fill. 

Please share just a couple of hours of your time and spend the day having fun with your family!

Volunteering for this event is FUN and the kids LOVE it. We have many different opportunities and the signup is organized by grade so you can meet and be with other parents in your child's grade.

And for your help, we have a little something extra to give back:

Shift Volunteers: Will receive (x10) extra tickets
All-Day Volunteers: Will receive (x10) extra tickets and a food voucher

We deeply appreciate your assistance!! Sign up no w
here,  or contact Sonya Tinsley-Hook or Emily Graybill if you have a tent you are willing to lend for the event. 
Fall Festival Tickets - 6 Days Left to Pre-Order!
Save $$!  Pre-order your tickets now!!!
22 tickets - $10 (includes 2 free tickets)
33 tickets- $15 (includes 3 free tickets)
44 tickets- $20 (includes free tickets)
 Purchase your tickets online through PT Avenue at 55 tickets for $20 (15 free tickets!!!)
2. Click "Online Store"
3. Click to Set Qty
4. Determine your quantity
5. Add to Cart
6. Use your existing PT Ave Shopping Account or create one!
Tickets purchased on the day of the Festival will not include free tickets. Order your ticketsTODAY!

To give you an idea of how many tickets you will need:
ticket per person - Approximately 15 games and/oractivities

tickets per person- Cake Walk, Dunk Tank, Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin painting, Crafts (including tattoos, hairspray, face painting,henna,etc.),concessions (snocones,popcorn,cotton candy and drinks), bake sale (can be cash as well)

tickets per person- Haunted House, Inflatables, Toddler area (with several games), and special attractions/events

5 tickets per person- Dunk Tank "Power Hour" Dunk one of the Officers or Board Members from:
PTA, Foundation, School Council, a Teacher (12:30pm-1:30pm). (NamesTBA)

6 tickets per person- Haunted House "Scary Hour" - A scarier version of the day's Haunted House(3pm-4pm).
***All pre-ticket orders must be received in the office by MondayOctober 17,2016.***
**To purchase tickets now, order using PT Avenue on the Briarlake website OR complete the form here and return to the school in a marked envelope with your payment. Envelopes can also be left in the Fall Festival Ticket Basket in the office.You may pick up your order the day of the Festival at the ticket table at the Festival entrance.**
Our food vendors are CASH only.( Vegetarian options available ) Please bring money to purchase crafts from our craft vendors! 

DONATE to the Beaver Boost before October 22nd!

Thanks to you we have raised $12,663 towards our goal of $20,000 by October 22! We need EVERYONE to participate in 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! Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).

The CLASSROOM CHALLENGE IS HEATING UP! Every class with 100% participation in the Boost will win a pizza party with Bucky the Beaver! 

Teacher Percent Participation
PK Wise
K Baerman 50%
K McCarthy 47%
K Tonka 13%
1st Graham
1st Sinclair 33%
1st Ward 43%
2nd Coffman 33%
2nd Law 32%
2nd Pittman 27%
2nd Roseberry 38%
3rd Conner 32%
3rd Foege
3rd Reynolds 45%
4th Echols 24%
4th Moehlich 48%
4th Spencer
5th Evans 20%
5th Foy 35%
5th Francis
Warbington/Moseley 11%

The Beaver Boost accepts donations via
check, cash, and securely online through  AffiniPay 

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi 
Important Lakeside Cluster News:
Your Input Requested
Community input sessions on SPLOST V projects are currently underway.  At our most recent Lakeside Cluster Summit meeting, we agreed that our cluster will collectively  advocate for Henderson Mill Elementary School to be rebuilt.  Henderson Mill has the double distinction of being the most overcrowded elementary school in DeKalb County that does not have a plan to be rebuilt (at 138% capacity) with the lowest Facility Condition Assessment score (27 out of 100).  
Reports from the first community input session indicate that, due to funding limitations, Henderson Mill Elementary is not included on the list of elementary schools to be rebuilt.  It will be important for our cluster to provide feedback at the community input sessions, and in the online survey, that Henderson Mill needs to be rebuilt.  The presentation for this meeting can be viewed  here, and handouts can be found using
The schedule for remaining community input sessions (which begin at 7:00pm) is:
* Oct. 11, 2016 at Miller Grove High School (Region 4)
Oct. 13, 2016 at Chamblee High School (Region 1)
Oct. 17, 2016 at Columbia High School (Region 5)
Oct. 18, 2016 at Stone Mountain High School (Region 3)

Please encourage your school communities to attend one of these sessions (they are all the same) and to advocate for Henderson Mill Elementary.  The online survey can be found at .  Use the comments section of the online survey, and the breakout sessions of the community input session, to add Henderson Mill Elementary as a school that needs to be rebuilt (note that the survey has been created to only allow one response from each participant).
Stay tuned for future updates on our Lakeside cluster's unified response to any proposed changes to our cluster's attendance zones. Our Lakeside cluster is committed to staying together and intact and is actively exploring solutions to help make that possible.

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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