Spring Week 17: Briarlake Blast: MAY!!!

Georgia Milestones: End of Grade Testing Period Continues (4/19-5/4), Teacher Appreciation Week (5/1-5/5), RSVP for Foundation Bash (5/1); Foundation's Change for Change (5/1-5/5), Academic Challenge Due (5/5), Foundation Cinco de Mayo Bash (5/5)

 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. 
Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year, Laura Pittman, and our Educational Support Specialists of the Year, Sallie Elliott and Clishe Thomas!!!

Briarlake's PTA acknowledges our teacher/para of the year with a $100/$50 gift card respectively. #yourptadollarsatwork  
Introducing our 2017-2018 New PTA Board Members
Our PTA Officers for 2017-18! 

Co-President: Jen Petrich

Co-VP Fundraising: Amanda Holt

Co-VP Programs: Erica Bland

Treasurer: Alexandra Schubert

Assistant Treasurer: Lakshmi Amara

Co-Secretary: Melissa Perlman

Co-Secretary (1 year) : Katie Tankersley

We sincerely appreciate these individuals for offering to serve our Briarlake community. 

The returning PTA officers for next year are:

Co-President:  Emily Graybill

Co-VP Fundraising:  Anjevon Smith

Co-VP Programs:  Angela Barnett 

We are also grateful for the following individuals who have offered to serve our Briarlake community in a chairperson role.  

Fall Festival Co-Chair: Karen Hutchinson

Open House Co-Chair: Justine Lyons 

If you are interested in Co-Chairing either of these events, please contact the PTA at
Would You Enjoy Being a Briarlake Tour Guide?
Help Welcome New Families to Our Wonderful Briarlake Community!
New families coming to our school or considering moving to this area often request tours of our wonderful school. One of the many ways our PTA supports Briarlake is by providing tours to prospective parents. If you enjoy meeting and welcoming new people, this could be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Tours take place during the school day, but can be arranged to accommodate your schedule. Training and tour notes provided.  If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, contact Sonya Tinsley-Hook at

  Special note from Sonya: Giving tours to prospective Briarlake families is lots of fun and a very meaningful way to support our school and share the positive story about our community.  If my daughter was not a 5th grader, I would gladly do this particular job another year.  I promise this is not a paid endorsement!  :)
 This Week is Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday, May 1st - Friday, May 5th
Show your teachers how much you appreciate them!

It is hard to believe our year is drawing to an end! As we begin wrapping up the year, we want to thank our  teachers for all they do. This week, May 1st - 5th is National Teacher  Appreciation Week and Briarlake PTA is celebrating our great staff. Also check out our Briarlake PTA Facebook page for profiles on some of the wonderful teachers that make Briarlake a great place for our children to grow and learn!
We have come up with daily themes for you to celebrate your  teacher with! Most of these can even be done by your kiddos with a little help!
Monday, May 1: "Thanks for quenching our thirst for knowledge!" - bring favorite drink, cute cup, coffee, etc
Tuesday, May 2: "Thanks for making our world so colorful!" - anything! nail polish, socks, handmade card, whatever is colorful!
Wednesday, May 3: "Thanks for supplying us with knowledge!" - classroom supplies, check with your room parent to see what is needed
Thursday, May 4: "Thanks for being so sweet!" - anything sweet 
Friday, May 5th: "Thanks for helping us BLOOM!" - flowers, plant, etc. - picked from your garden is super cute
Even though we have these super fun and easy themes for families to participate in, PTA will also provide a daily treat for the teachers in the lounge followed by a very special Fantastic Friday lunch on, you guessed it, this Friday!   #yourptadollarsatwork
Briarlake Foundation Change for Change, Monday, May 1st- Friday, May 5th
The Briarlake Elementary School Foundation's
Change for Change Collection
Monday May 1st - Friday May 5th

The Briarlake Elementary School Foundation BASH has become a tradition at Briarlake, an event that the children look forward to every year. 
This spring Briarlake has A LOT to celebrate: STEM certification, improved academic performance, and happy children looking forward to new heights and some well-deserved time off.
As BESF looks towards our next year goals, the students will be collecting loose change starting Monday, May 1st during morning carpoolIt has been tradition at Briarlake for the students to learn how their contributions can help support and improve their school. Every penny counts! Last year we raised almost $1KLet's EXCEED it this year!
Gather up your loose change and let the children be the first to help make a change at Briarlake.
BESF thanks you for your continued support!

STEM Update: PTA is Paying for Big Thinkers to Come to Your Child's Classroom!
Big Thinkers Visit
PTA is paying for Big Thinkers to come in May to do fun, hands-on science workshops with each individual class.  Wow! See the attached schedule for when Big Thinkers will visit your child's class. Thanks to all of you who give generously to PTA each year for making this great opportunity for our children possible! #yourptadollarsatwork

This Friday (5/5): Academic Challenge is Due

School Council's 4th Academic Challenge of the yea for Briarlake students is due this Friday, May 5th. 


This final challenge has a math focus and all students who participate in the Challenge will earn a certificate, have their photo taken for display on the Academic Challenge board, and receive a small treat sponsored by PTA. #yourptadollarsatwork 

Great News from Briarlake Foundation!
Check out the new monitor in the lobby!!!

The Briarlake Foundation is proud of the many great accomplishments of Briarlake Elementary School and presented Ms Lewis and the entire school this new television monitor to highlight current events, accomplishments and news about the high achieving students and dedicated staff of Briarlake Elementary.  The monitor, over 100 teacher classroom requests and multiple computers, were made available through the funds raised at this year's Briarlake Foundation auction.

Check out the new monitor and the other items at the 4th annual Briarlake Bash - Cinco de Mayo dance on  Friday May 5th !

This Friday (5/5): CINCO DE MAYO FOUNDATION BASH, 6-9pm
Briarlake Fiesta Bash!

CINCO DE MAYO 6:00 - 9:00 pm 
You and your family are invited to attend the 5th annual Briarlake Foundation Bash.  This year we will FIESTA!  Please join us for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta on FRIDAY, May 5th.  This is an awesome fun FAMILY event with dinner, music, dancing and more! If you are new to Briarlake, come be part of this fun family tradition. 

Reservations are required.  Please see the attached reservation form or  order your tickets online at  before  May 1st.  There should also be a copy of the reservation form in your child's  Friday folder today.

We need many people to get this party started!  The setup and decorating can be as much fun as the Bash. Please feel free to sign up and bring your entire family. We even have afterschool volunteer opportunities for 4th and 5th graders to help create the decorations.  Please use the sign up genius to volunteer at the Bash by clicking here .

See you at the Bash!  Adios!

This Saturday: Archaeology Day at Stone Mountain 

 One of our parents, Matt Tankersley, would like to extend the invitation from his office to enjoy some free, educational, family fun at Stone Mountain.  Thanks for letting us know about this great opportunity! Hope to see some of you at the mountain!

Share What You Do with Curious and Interested Briarlake Students!

Parent Volunteers Still Needed for Career Day on Friday, May 12th

 Click here for an electronic copy of the form to complete.  
Career Day Appreciation
Thanks to Ms. Thomas for organizing Career Day every year. It is a great way for Briarlake students to make real world connections to what they are learning in school. Stay tuned to the Blast for pictures and highlights from this upcoming event!
A nd thanks to the PTA for providing financial support for this event. PTA funds provide food and thank you gifts for our Career Day guests. #yourptadollarsatwork
PTA Green Team Update

Our Briarlake Science Olympiad Team is Going to State!

The Science Olympiad Team came in 3rd place at the Regional Competition and is headed to the State Competition at Kennesaw State University on May 13th!  Good luck, team!
Last Friday, our Science Olympiad team was honored for being a state qualifier and one of the top Science Olympiad programs in our county at DeKalb's Annual Torchbearers for Science awards program. Top medal-winners Aaron Gerstle and Hannah Choy accepted the award on behalf of our team. Way to go, Briarlake Science Olympians!  Thanks again to Mrs. McMillan, Head Parent Coach Debbie Martin-Gerstle, all of the parent coaches who made our success possible this year! In addition to all of the parent volunteer coaches, PTA provides the financial support for Science Olympiad team materials and registration fees  #yourptadollarsatwork


Save the Date: Band and Orchestra Assembly on Morning of Wednesday, May 17th
Come Hear What Our Band & Orchestra Students Have Learned This Year!
Did you know that Briarlake is one of the only elementary schools in the county where band and orchestra instruction is offered 4 times a week? We are so fortunate to have Mr. McNamara and Mr. Walden working with our children and we are so proud of what they have accomplished with our students!

On the morning of May 17th, our Band and Orchestra students will be giving a year-end performance to the entire student body. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Stay tuned for details in the weeks to come.
Hurray! Field Day is Friday, May 19th!
PTA Field Day will be held on Friday, May 19th and is sure to be another great event at Briarlake! Many parent volunteers are needed to make Field Day a success, so please consider volunteering and use the sign up genius to volunteer

Your support is appreciated! 

If you ordered a shirt, they will be distributed by teachers on Thursday May 18. If you did not order a t-shirt, please have your child wear a shirt in the color of your grade's assigned color:
PreK- Carolina (light) Blue
K- Kelly Green
1st - Gold
2nd - Orange
3rd - Lime Green
4th - Red
5th - Royal blue

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

Thanks to the PTA for supporting Field Day #yourptadollarsatwork
Turn in Your Box Tops in May!
 Thank you Briarlake Families!  So far we have earned $568.90 for our school from clipping Box Tops! We are more than half way to our $1000 goal for the year--but it will take everyone participating to reach it.  We have to get them submitted in May because many will expire before our fall submission.   Whether you give a handful or several hundred, please clip every single one of those Box Tops  for these final weeks of the school year ! Everyone participating is so important with Box Tops because it requires an accumulation of thousands of 10-cent clips to add up.  Thank you all so much! 

Remember:  Box Tops can be submitted in baggies or pasted on collection sheets printed from Either way, drop them off in the Box Top Collection Box in the Briarlake front office whenever you are ready.  Contact me if you have questions or want to help! Your 2016-17 Box Top Coordinator: Mark Cochran

Help the Foundation Make Briarlake Even Better!

Important Dates to Remember in May


May 1-5th- Teacher Appreciation Week, Change for Change Drive for BES Foundation


Monday, May 1st - Last Day to RSVP for Foundation Cinco de Mayo Bash


Thursday, May 4th- School Council Meeting 1pm

Friday, May 5th- STEM Day, Cinco de Mayo Foundation Bash 6pm, Academic Challenge Due,  Fantastic Friday

Saturday, May 6th- Signing Choir Performance at the Braves game
Tuesday, May 9th - PTA Monthly Board Meeting 7:45am (NEW DATE! LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR!)

Wednesday, May 10th- National Bike to School Day, National School Nurse Day

Friday, May 12th- Career Day 9am

Saturday, May 13th- State Science Olympiad Competition

Tuesday, May 16th- PTA Family Picnic and End of Year Celebration, 6 to 7:30 pm 

Wednesday, May 17th- Band, Orchestra, and Choral Assembly

Friday, May 19th- Field Day

Wednesday, May 24th- Awards Day for 1st - 4th Grades
(Awards Program Times: 1
& 2
8 to 9 am; 3
& 4
th -
9:15 to 10:15 am; Jr. Beta Club Induction for 4th
Grade only
10:15 to 11:00 am)
Wednesday, May 24th - Class Parties, 1 to 2 pm
Thursday, May 25th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for students, 5
grade End of Year Celebration & Activities

Camp Invention at Briarlake!
Thank you to our Camp Invention Parent, Anjevon Smith!

Thanks for stepping up to help support Camp Invention, Anjevon!

Registration for Camp Invention is open!  Click here for more information or contact Ms. Thomas if you are interested in learning more!
Lego STEM Enrichment Summer Camp 2017!
Where science, technology, engineering and math meet fun! 

For more info go to:

Or contact Debbie Miller at
EcoArts Camp 2017

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     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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