Spring Week 18: Briarlake Blast: MAY!!!

HAPPENING THIS WEEK: Signing Club/Signing Choir Performance/PTA Family Picnic/ End of Year Celebration (all on 5/16), 
Band and Orchestra Assembly (5/17), Field Day (5/19)

 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. 
This Wednesday (5/17): End-of-Year Band and Orchestra Assembly!
Come Hear What Our Band and 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!

At 9 am this Wednesday, our Band and Orchestra students will be giving a year-end performance to the entire student body. In addition, there will be some additional solo vocal performances from some of Mr. Lee's music students. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
LAST CHANCE: Extra Briarlake yearbooks for sale...first come, first serve!

Didn't order a 2016-2017 yearbook? We have a limited supply of extra printed books to sell, first come, first served! All preordered books and extras will be distributed after Field Day festivities on  Friday, May 19.

To get your copy before they're gone:
  • Send an email to and include your child's name, grade and teacher
  • We will email you back to confirm your order (based on supply)
  • Once confirmed, please make a check out to Briarlake PTA for $25.44 and drop it off in the yearbook bin in the front office
  • Get your book on Field Day!
Don't miss out on this treasured keepsake of Briarlake memories!

This Friday (5/19) is Field Day! Hurray!
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
Due Next Week: Turn in Your Box Tops by May 22nd
 Thank you Briarlake Families!  So far we have earned $568.90 for our school this year 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

Next Tuesday (5/23): Last Spirit Night of the 2016-17 Year at Monkey Joe's from 4-8pm

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

Important Dates to Remember in May


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

Monday, May 22nd- Turn in your BOX TOPS

Tuesday, May 23rd- Monkey Joe's Spirit Night, 4-8pm

Wednesday, May 24th- Awards Day for 1st - 4th Grades
Awards Program Times: 1
& 2
8 to 9am; 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


Summer PTA Meeting - Wednesday, July 26th, 6pm, Location TBD

DCSD Offers Summer Reading Opportunities 
This summer, students can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because  Get Georgia Reading partner  myON   is delivering thousands of free books   to computer and mobile devices that students can access 24 hours a day-every day-from May 3 through Aug. 31, 2017.
myON  includes:
  • More than 13,000 enhanced digital texts from Capstone and over 60 other publishers, as well as daily news articles.
  • A library searchable by genre, topic, and target Lexile┬« range to engage students with just-right texts. 
  • Picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, and informational texts that appeal to a variety of ages.
  • Flexible reading scaffolds: audio narration to model fluency, highlighted text, and embedded dictionaries.
  • Spanish and dual-language titles.
Please share the link below and the attached flyer with students and parents.  All registration and access instructions are included.
Thank you for helping to ensure that our students have access to reading materials this summer.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lynn Angus Ramos, K-12 English Language Arts Coordinator, at
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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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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