Spring Week 18: Briarlake Blast: MAY!!!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK: PTA Meeting 7:45 am (5/9), Bike/Walk to School Day (5/10), Career Day (5/12), Science Olympiad State Competition (5/13), Peachtree Jr. 3K (5/13)

 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. 
Bike/Walk to School Day, Wednesday, May 10th 

Thanks to parents Linda Coil and Jen Petrich for coordinating the Walk/Bike to School events!
A nd thanks to the PTA for providing financial support for this event. PTA funds provide prizes and other traffic calming materials. #yourptadollarsatwork

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

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 by May 22nd
 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

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!  :)
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

Help the Foundation Make Briarlake Even Better!

Important Dates to Remember in May

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, Briarlake Track Club at the Peachtree Jr 3K

Tuesday, May 16th- Signing Club & Signing Choir Performances during the 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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Briarlake Elementary PTA
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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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