Spring Week 13: Briarlake Blast: March 26th-1st

HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Field Day Shirt Orders Due (3/27),  Art Show (3/28), Band and Orchestra Performance (3/28), Pre-K Lottery (3/29), 


Take on a Leadership Role by Volunteering for a Briarlake PTA Position Today!!!!


 Want Something Sent Out In the Weekly Briarlake PTA Blast? Email by Thursday at 8 p.m. of each week to post information in the Sunday newsletter. 
PTA Nominations: Due April 14th 
Wanting to Get Involved and Make a Difference in Your Child's School? 
It's Nomination Time!

The PTA is looking to fill the following positions in the 2017-18 Academic Year: 

Co-President  (2 years) - W ork under and in cooperation with the current co-president and the other members of the Executive  Committee to direct the affairs of the Briarlake PTA. The Co-President  is responsible for  long-term planning and goal-setting, calendaring, budgeting, communicating with administration, signing checks, knowledge sharing and helping point people in the right direction.   It helps if the Co-President has 
the ability to communicate effectively and proactively, the ability to keep track of lots of projects simultaneously, and the ability to manage and respond to many emails.

Treasurer (2 years)-  Maintain all PTA financial records and chair the Finance Committee to develop and track the PTA budget.

Vice-President of Programs  (2 years) -  Work in cooperation with the other VP of Programs to organize Briarlake PTA events including Family Service Night, Family Picnic, Storytelling, International Night, and the Ice Cream Social.

Vice-President of Fundraising ( 2 years) -  Work in cooperation with the current VP of Fundraising to oversee and coordinate PTA fundraising efforts. 

We are also looking to fill  NEW positions

Assistant Treasurer  -  Assist the Treasurer in organizing reimbursement requests and maintaining financial records.

Co-Secretary (2 years)  Records accurately all business transacted at each meeting of the association and presents the minutes for approval at the next meeting of the same body. Submits online the names and addresses of all incoming officers to state in May each year. Maintains membership list.

Co -Secretary (1 year)  Record accurately all business transacted at each meeting of the  association and present the minutes for approval at the next meet ing of the same body.  Assist with social media and archiving and announcing Briarl ake accomplishments.
In addition, we are also searching for a few Committee Chairperson positions:

      • Membership Co-Chairs - Helps with PTA membership drives at open house and throughout the year.  Most of the membership work is done for this school year so if you are looking for an easy way to transition into helping with PTA, this would be a great position for you! This is a PTA Board position.
      • Open House Co-Chairs - Help organize Open House the first week of August. The co-chairs help decorate the cafeteria, reach out to parents and organizations who want booths at open house, and work with the Principal and the PTA board to determine the flow of the day. There are detailed notes on running Open House from previous years to guide the work of the 2017-2018 Co-Chairs.

What's Happening with STEM at Briarlake?  Learn more at this website!
Briarlake's STEM Website

So many exciting things are happening and evolving with STEM at Briarlake.


Learn how Briarlake is meeting the STEM indicators by reviewing the website below!

Password: briarlake 

STEM Update - Science Olympiad: Congratulations! Briarlake is Going to State!
On Saturday, March 18th, Briarlake competed in the Dekalb County Science Olympiad.  We competed in 18 State events and won 7 medals!...AND we are advancing to the State Competition on May 13th as one of the top teams in DeKalb County!!! The State Science Olympiad will take place at Kennesaw State University.

Here are our DeKalb County Science Olympiad medal winners:

Barge Building:  1st Place - Tess Cobb and Jackson Holt
Don't Bug Me: 2nd Place - Aaron Gerstle and Mara Garcia
Mystery Architecture: 2nd Place - Preshika Chhetri and Charlotte Smith-Perry
Starry Starry Night: 3rd Place - Hannah Choy and Aaron Gerstle
Straw Tower: 3rd Place - Sarah Beule and Cassie Hopper
Water Rockets: 3rd Place - Erika Kato, Sam Shapiro, and Giovanni Silvestri
Wildlife Safari: 2nd Place - Hannah Choy and Calliope Snook

                                                                                   Congratulations to all our Science Olympiad participants!!!  
Deadline Tomorrow (Monday, 3/27) - Order your Field Day shirts before it's too late!

Field Day will be on Fri. 5/19/16 and our theme this year is CARNIVAL. T-shirt order forms will come home in children's "Friday
folders" & also see  order form. T-shirt orders must be placed by Monday 3/27/16. Please return order form with payment to your child's teacher.
You can also place your order online at (note that online ordering will be available Friday March 10 thru Monday March 27.

Please note that you DO NOT have to buy a field day shirt for your child to participate; children may wear a t-shirt with the color assigned to their grade as noted on the flyer.

Thanks and for additional questions, please email Field Day Committee Chair, Dawn Taylor, at:

We are looking for 12 more volunteers for Briarlake's Fine Art Showcase to help with small art projects, a scavenger hunt, checking out parents purchasing artwork, and collecting money for pizza. This will be a FUN event to help out with! The 2017 Fine Arts Show is a fun event for families to come and see beautiful artwork our kids have been working on for the show. We really need volunteers to help make this event a success!

Date: TUESDAY, March 28
Time: 5:30-7:30pm 

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has already signed up! You help make our school awesome!
This Tuesday: PTA Fine Arts Show from  5:30-7:30pm (3/28)
Fine Arts Show 2017 - Tuesday, March 28th, 5:30-7:30pm
Band and Orchestra Performance  6:30-7pm
Highlights of the Fine Arts Show
-        Art will be displayed in the hallways from the front entrance down to the art room
-        In the art room, there will be art projects for families and kids
-        There will be three dimensional artwork on display in the cafeteria
-        There will be a scavenger hunt to find different types and themes of art.
-        Other interactive stations will be around the school (e.g., fan mail, photo booth)

We are looking for volunteers to help with checking out art purchases, taking money for pizza, assisting with simple art projects, and more. ?   Click here!

Thanks to Ms. Amy Sery and PTA Reflections Chair, Michelle Beule for organizing this event!
This Tuesday @ PTA Fine Arts Show: Band and Orchestra Performance from 6:30-7pm!
Briarlake's Band and Orchestra will perform Tuesday, March 28th from 6:30-7pm 

These performances will occur during the PTA Fine Arts Show!


This Wednesday: Pre-Kindergarten Lottery, March 29, 2017

Applications must be in before 1 PM

Lottery Drawing at 1:15 PM

English Form               Spanish Form
Spring Track Club: Registration Due April 10th 
Spring Track Club will begin the week after spring break ( April 13-May 11).  This will be a short 5 week session and we will be training for the Peachtree Jr 3k.
Track Club registration is due  April 10, 2017.
The link to register for Spring Track Club is:

We look forward to seeing the kids back on the track in April! :-)

Track Club Coaches

Important Dates to Remember in March

Monday, March 27th-  Field Day T-shirt Order Forms Due

Tuesday, March 28th- PTA Fine Arts Show

Wednesday, March 29th- Pre-K Lottery: Applications accepted until 1 pm, Lottery drawing at 1:15 pm

Wednesday, March 29th & Thursday, March 30th - STEM Certification Days
Friday, March 31st - Last day of school before Spring Break begins!

March Breakfast                 March Lunch


Monday, April 3rd- Friday, April 7th- SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 10th- Spring Track CLub Registration Due
PTA Reflections: Briarlake County and State Winners!

The PTA Reflections program is a national arts recognition and achievement program. Since 1969, over tem million children from across the nation have participated in this program. This year's theme was "What's Your Story?" and we are so proud of our Briarlake county and state level winners!


      Congratulations, DeKalb County Winners!

     Literature-  Katherine Judkins - 2nd grade
                          Photography- Taylor Martin - 1st grade
                          Visual Arts- Grace Yu - 4th grade
                          Visual Arts- Logan Bernard - 2nd grade (State and County Winner!!!)

Congratulations to the winners!
Michele Beule, PTA Reflections and Fine Arts Night Chair

Yearbook Needs Your Photos!
Please send us your photos!  :)
Share your school event photos with the 2016-2017 yearbook editors! We're looking for your event photo submissions to add to the pages of the Briarlake Elementary yearbook. Simply email your photos to

Please include the event name. We are especially in need of pictures from Thanksgiving lunch, Family Service Night, Grandparents Day, Character Day, and Social Studies Fair, as well as any pictures of clubs or groups. You will be notified if any of your photos are selected for publication. Thanks in advance for helping us capture even more Briarlake memories for years to come!
Briarlake Students and Teachers Support "Smart Lunch, Smart Kids"!
Kindergartners Learning a Nutritious and Caring Lesson

What an amazing day in Kindergarten! Our overarching STEM unit is how to get fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts or to people who essentially do not have easy access to it. Thanks to the amazing efforts of  Mrs. Baerman;  we were able to connect with an organization called "Smart Lunch, Smart Kids" at Oak Grove Methodist Church that packs lunches every single 
Wednesday during the school year and delivers them to Montclair Elementary School.

Our students were given the opportunity to pack healthy lunches for students at Montclair Elementary to have over the weekend who would not usually be able to afford healthy food at home. Montclair is located less than 4 miles from Briarlake and is essentially right it our own backyard! 95% of their students receive free or reduced lunch.

Our classroom parents donated all of the fresh fruits and Oak Grove Methodist Church donated everything else from their food pantry.  Today we packed 140 sack lunches for the students to receive on Friday! We are so proud of our students and hope to team up again with this organization in the future! 
Camp Invention at Briarlake
Camp Parent Needed for Camp Invention
Registration for Camp Invention is open! And Ms. Thomas is looking for a Camp Parent. As an incentive, the Camp Parent will receive free enrollment for the first child and $130 off each additional sibling (can you say AWESOME deal?). Click here for more information or contact Ms. Thomas if you are interested in learning more!

DeKalb School of the Arts Presents Broadway's smash hit musical"Memphis!"

Winner of four Tony Awards® including Best Musical, 
Best Score, Best Book and Best Orchestrations .
"Memphis" takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer Felicia Farrell. "Memphis" is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.
More information at
Show times are:
March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and April 1 at 8PM
March 26 at 2PM
DSA Kyle Theater  
Tickets $12 adults/$6 students at

Lego STEM enrichment Summer Camp 2017
Where science, technology, engineering and math meet fun! 

For more info go to:

Or contact Debbie Miller at

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: Alexandra Schubert


Secretary: Dan Kelly

   School Council
Chair: Deborah Martin-Gerstle

Vice Chair: Anjevon Smith


Secretary: Ellyn Cochran


Parent Representative:Jennifer Petrich


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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