Spring Week 3: Briarlake Blast: January 15-21 

This Week: MLK Jr. Holiday Observed- NO SCHOOL (1/16), MLK Jr. Service Day at Briarlake (1/16), Mid-year MAP testing begins on 1/17, Family STEM Night (1/17), Science Olympiad Informational Meeting (1/19), Sagamore Hills Math Tournament (1/21), DeKalb County Technology Fair (1/21)
MLK Day of Service: Volunteer at Briarlake from 10 am - 2 pm 
MLK Day of Service (1/16): Sign up to volunteer here!
MLK Volunteer Opportunity
Please sign up to VOLUNTEER  here

Correction to PTA STEM Night Flyer!
Oops! We goofed. The flyer that was sent home regarding PTA STEM Night incorrectly lists the date as  Tuesday, January 15th. The correct date is  Tuesday, January 17th. A corrected version of the flyer is included below. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you this Tuesday at STEM Night.  

This Tuesday is PTA Family STEM Night (1/17)!

Volunteers Needed for PTA STEM Night
Please click here if you are interested in helping volunteer (serve pizza and cake) for the Tuesday, January 17th Family STEM Night.
This Monday (1/16) is the Last Day to Register: Sagamore Hills Math Tournament
Saturday, January 21st
What: The  Sagamore  Hills  Math  Tournament is a  math  competition open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.  The  math  tournament is organized into 3 events- Individual Concepts and Computation, Individual Problem Solving and Team Ciphering. 

Who: All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

WhenSaturday, January 21st, 2017, from  9:00am-12:30pm (sign in at  8:30am)
Where:  Sagamore  Hills  Elementary School

For more information about the  Sagamore   Hills   Math   Tournament , please

This Thursday (1/19): Info Meeting for Science Olympiad Team and Parents
Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 19th
If you received an email that your child is on the Science Olympiad Team, please note that there will be a very important informational meeting for parents and students on Thursday, Jan 19th at 2:30 pm in Ms McMillan's trailer. 

Please try your best to attend.
If students need to attend band/orchestra/track, they will be able to leave the meeting a little early (by  3pm).

At this meeting we will:
* Hand out event assignments, including teams, partners, and coaches
* Go over how to prepare your child for their events 
* Discuss the competition day,  March 18th
* Get t-shirt sizes. YES, we are going to have team t-shirts this year!!!

Please know that there is currently a long wait list of students who would love to join the Science Olympiad team.  If your child is no longer interested in practicing and competing, please let us know ASAP.

If you have any questions, please email Debbie Martin-Gerstle at:
Thank you.  Melissa McMillan, Debbie Martin-Gerstle, and Sonya Hook

This Saturday: DeKalb Co. Technology Fair - 1/21/17
The DeKalb County Technology Fair provides great ways to highlight students' technology knowledge. Students are able to demonstrate creativity and practice their presentation skills, while receiving constructive feedback from judges. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible to participate. First Place winners in the competition qualify to participate in the 2017 State Technology Fair.  
This year,  the 2017 DeKalb County Technology Fair will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, at Elizabeth Andrews High School located at 1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd. Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083. Unregistered students will NOT be allowed to compete. A sponsoring teacher is required for each student who registers. Click below for more information. 

Next Tuesday: Class Picture Day (January 24th)
Capture These Memories!
Class Picture Day is coming up on 1/24/17.  This is a group picture that will be available as a 5 x 7 photograph.  Order information will come home with your child after picture day.
Briarlake Communication Reminders
Are You Getting Alerts?
Remind App: Used by the school office to alert families to inclement weather, school closings/delays, school events, etc.  To receive Remind messages send a text to 81010. In the message box, type @briarl. You may also join online to get  message via your email at  website

After-care Remind
Used by Mrs. Hamilton and the after-care staff to alert families to important updates affecting after-care.  Text the message @a8a67 to the number 81010
Briarlake PTA Used Book Sale is coming soon! 2/3/17 - 2/4/17
Needing to clean out some space after the holidays?
We want your books! The Used Book Sale is a favorite fundraiser the first Friday (2/3/17) & Saturday (2/4/17) in February. Collections have begun for Briarlake's annual Used Book Sale. 

We accept all books, including adult and children's books, as well as DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. We have a particular need for books for kids in the 3-5th grade range, but will take pretty much anything that isn't falling apart or texts that are so out of date that they are unsellable. (This year we will NOT be taking VCR tapes.)

Please feel free to share this information with your family/friends/neighbors/
workplace/house of worship/meetup group/etc. Donations can be dropped in the school lobby. If you need help with a large donation, please email

Also, please email if you are interested in volunteering with this very fun event!  
Watch for a flyer for more details.
Briarlake Foundation Auction, February 24th
We need your help!

  Hope you have heard!  You are invited to an adult only party and auction hosted by the Briarlake Elementary School Foundation.  All proceeds benefit Briarlake Elementary School.  The cost to attend is FREE!!!  But for us to raise funds for Briarlake, we need your help.  Do you have a service or skill you could donate to the auction?  These are the things that other Briarlake parents and friends will be bidding on to raise the money that Briarlake needs to continue to improve the environment and facilities for our students.
Need some ideas?  Here are some ideas based on previous donations:
  • Artists - Host a painting party or offer an art lesson
  • Musicians - Offer some lessons or donate a performance
  • Photographers - Donate a photo shoot or teach someone to use their camera
  • Technologists - Offer your technical skills, Create a website for a home business
  • Legal professionals - offer to write a family will
  • Home Cooks or Chefs - Donate a special meal for a family that is on the go can bid upon
  • Many, many more ideas - We all have unique skills, Be creative and think of something to donate!!!
While we are seeking services, we are also open to auctioning other unique goods that would generate interest and bids.  If you have an idea or donation, please let us know.
The Auction is
Friday, February 24th 6-8pm , but we need our auction items now, so please let us know ASAP.  Please email Amber at with your donation or ideas!

Rising 6th Grade Parent Tours at Henderson Middle School
Rising 6th Grade Parent Tours
January 17, 2017 --  9:30 a.m.

February 2, 2017  --  9:30 a.m.

                        February 2, 2017  --  6:30 p.m.***

                        February 9, 2017  --  9:30 a.m.

Interested parents should meet in the front lobby for morning tours and the Media Center for the evening session.

- See more at:

***Rising 6th Grade Parent Orientation with Ms. Patillo and tour -Meet in the Media Center 
Thursday February 2nd - 6:30-730 pm 

Rising 6th Grade Visitation Day  - February 23rd.  Coordinated through the feeder elementary schools.

Visitas escolares para futuras familias de 6to grado en Henderson Middle
Todas las visitas en la mañana para los padres de futuros estudiantes de sexto grado se reúnen en el vestíbulo de HMS.

Martes, 17 de enero - 9: 30-10: 30 am
Jueves, 2 de febrero - 9: 30-10: 30am
Jueves, 9 de febrero - 9: 30-10: 30am

Orientación nocturna con la directora Sra. Patillo y visita para padres de futuros estudiantes de sexto grado - Reunión en el Centro de Medios:
Jueves 2 de febrero - 6: 30-730 pm
Día de visita para los futuros estudiantes de 6to grado - 23 de febrero. Esto es coordinado por las escuelas primarias
Briarlake 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run (3/4/17)

Saturday, March 4, 2017
It's time to lace up those shoe laces!  It's time to run!  Our 9th Annual Briarlake 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run will be on  Saturday, 3/4.  This is a fun event for ALL students AND the whole family.  

The 5k will start at  8:30am followed by the 1 Mile Fun Run at  9:30am.  T-shirts are guaranteed for registered runners.  Awards, snacks, music and just plain fun will be provided!

Online registration is now open at
You can also sign up through our paper forms coming home soon in the  Friday folders.

Please note: If you are part of Winter Track Club, you must register for this event!

Do you want to be a sponsor??  Email:
Questions?  Email: 
See you at the start line!
Important Dates to Remember in January

Monday, 1/16- MLK Day of Service, 10-2, Registration deadline for Sagamore Hills Math Tournament

Tuesday, 1/17- PTA Family STEM Night & National PTA School of Excellence Celebration, 6-7:30 pm

Tuesday, 1/17- 6th Grade Parent Tour at Henderson Middle School

Thursday, 1/19- Science Olympiad Informational Meeting
(for registered participants and their parents)

Saturday, 1/21- Dekalb County Technology Fair
                        Sagamore Hills Math Tournament

Tuesday, 1/24- Class Picture Day

January Breakfast               January Lunch
2017-18 School Choice
Open Enrollment : January 11 - February 22, 2017 
2652 Lawrenceville Highway | Decatur, GA 30033
Office Hours: Mon -Fri , 9am-5pm | Call Center: 678.676.0050, 8am-7pm (until May 19, 2017)

Required Documents
Currently enrolled in DeKalb County School District
  • Student ID number (7 digits) - see report card
  • Parent's email address
New, Private or Home School

Click here for more information.  Click here for the online application.

Friends of Briarlake Forest Park Art Contest - Deadline 2/15/17

The purpose of the art contest is to help inspire a logo design for the Friends of Briarlake Forest Park group. The artwork must contain the words: "Friends of Briarlake Forest Park - Rooted in Community". 

Submissions can be hand drawn art, graphic designs, etc. 

Please make sure that any artwork that you draw inspiration from does NOT infringe on copyrights or trademarks. Please take care to ensure that your entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images.

Email submission to  or submit original art to Grace Edwards (229-224-2096 - 3149 McCully Dr NE, Atlanta 30345). 

Deadline: 2/15/2017

The winning entry will be selected by Friends of Briarlake Forest Park executive committee in early 2017. 

Artwork cannot contain copyrighted material. Artwork must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Artwork may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. 

Intellectual Property:
* All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.
* All Entries will become the sole property of Friends of Briarlake Forest Park and may be displayed publicly.
* Entrant agrees to transfer all right and title to the Entry to Friends of Briarlake Forest Park.
DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA) 2017-2018 - Upcoming Application Information Sessions!
Applicant Information Sessions (DSA Kyle Theater)
January 10, 17, & 246 p.m. 
January  14 & 2110 a.m.

Important Dates 
Application Deadline: February  3, 20172:00 pm 

Mail or deliver completed application to:  DeKalb School of the Arts,  1192 Clarendon Avenue, Avondale Estates, GA, 30002

Auditions: February 21-24, 2017
Serving students in grades 8-12, DSA is one of several school choice programs in the DeKalb County School District.  Students are offered a full range of academic classes with a variety of arts programming (vocal and instrumental music, dance, drama, creative writing, media broadcast, visual arts, and technical theater).  DSA is recognized statewide and nationally as a top performing school.   Visit  for more information, including 2017-2018 application packet and admission requirements.

Druid Lakes Youth Lacrosse Association (DLYLA)
Registration closes Monday, January 23rd 
Druid Lakes Youth Lacrosse Association (DLYLA) is pleased to announce that Spring 2017 Registration is now open - go to or to register!  We will hold a parent information meeting on  Saturday, Jan 21st at the Briarcliff Wood Beach Club (1830 Morris Landers Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30345) - girls meeting and rental equipment distribution will be from  9-10 am and boys from  10-11 am.
DLYLA offers lacrosse opportunities for boys and girls grades K-8, beginners through experienced players welcome! Check out our website for more information or email us at

Key Dates:
2017 DLYLA Lacrosse Season Practices will begin the week of  Jan 23 or  Jan 30 (TBD by individual coaches).  
Games will begin weekend of  March 4 (MAYLA will not announce the schedule until mid-late February). 
Tentative practice schedule (as of 1/8/17):
Bantam Girls and Boys (K-2) - Sunday afternoons beginning in March, time/location TBD
Lightning Girls (3-5 grades) - T/Th  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills MIDDLE
Junior Girls (6-7 grade) - M/W  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills MIDDLE
Senior Girls (8th grade) - M/W  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills MIDDLE
Lightning Boys (3-5 grades) - M/W  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills HIGH
Junior Boys (6-7 grade) - M/W  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills HIGH
Senior Boys (8th grade) - M/W  5:30 - 6:30 pm at Druid Hills HIGH
Please direct any questions to or check out our website and facebook pages. - Don't miss your chance to participate in Georgia's fastest growing sport!


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: Bret Moore


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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