Spring Week 8: Briarlake Blast: February 19th- February 25th

This Week: Box Top Winter Due Date (2/21), Briarlake Foundation Auction (2/24)
 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 Tuesday (2/21): Box Top for Education- Winter Due Date!
Reminder: Bring in your   Box   Tops  on Tuesday !
Please collect all of your Box Tops over the break, put them in baggies or paste them to collection sheets, and bring them in to the Briarlake office on Tuesday 2/21/17  In addition to clipping and submitting Box Tops, you can also earn eBox Tops for Briarlake at Just sign up online and designate Briarlake as the school you wish to support. 

Y our 2016-17 PTA Box   Top   Coordinator: Mark Cochran .
This Friday (2/24): Briarlake Foundation Auction, 6-8:30pm
Mardi Gras!

Briarlake Elementary School Foundation is hosting an adult-only night out with some fun and exciting bid items not just for our awesome parents but also for our community! Great food, drinks and company!

Bring a friend! Make this your Friday night out! There will be exciting items not just for our Briarlake Parents but also for our friends and our community!

Please join us!
Friday, February 24, 2017 
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Briarcliff Woods Beach Club
1830 Morris Landers Drive
Atlanta, GA 30345  

What kind of drinks will be served?
We will be issuing 2 drink tickets per guest for the wine and beer bar. We will also have servers walking around with samples of Mardi Gras themed drinks. Additional drinks will be available on a cash donation basis.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is available onsite. Carpool with your friends or take an UBER or a taxi and make this your Friday night out!

What can I bring into the event?
Cash, Check or credit card 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Concert - Tuesday, February 28th 
 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be performing a history of African American music in conjunction with Black History Month Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm

All 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be participating.
Students should arrive between  5:30 and 5:45They should go to their home room classroom when they arrive.   Students have been asked to dress-up for the occasion.  The concert should last about 45 minutes.
Everyone is invited to join! 
Yearbook Cover Contest: Enter by February 28th
Would your student like their design featured on this year's yearbook cover?
Here's their chance! The cover artwork must meet the following criteria:

* Be on an 11x17 piece of paper
* Be bright and colorful
* Include: Briarlake Elementary School
* Include: 2016-2017
* Include their name and grade on the back

Submit drawings to the front office by  February 28!

There's still time to order your 2016-2017 yearbook! Simply vis it and place your pre-order using code  101282569270782
With your yearbook purchase, you will receive two, free customizable pages to upload your child's favorite Briarlake memories. Also, TreeRing plants a tree for every book purchased! Order today!
Georgia Walk to School Day - March 1st, 7-7:40am 
Save the Date!

Wednesday, March 1st from 7-7:40am is Georgia Walk to School Day!
Six Flags Read to Succeed 6 Hr Reading Club - Form Due March 1st 
Dear Families,
Welcome to the Six Flags® Read to Succeed Six Hour Reading Club! Briarlake is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. 
Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school's deadline listed on the bottom of this page is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Theme Park that the school has selected. 
Students will develop a greater appreciation for books when they see that you think reading is important too. You are sure to have fun as you investigate the world of reading together! 
Here's what you need to know:
  • Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.
  • Review the attached reading log. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads. 
  • Your child must complete 6 hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading. 
  • Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of reading has been completed. 
  • Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard copy). 
  • Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count.
  • Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult-you can read to your child, or your child can read to you. 
  •  Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her teacher by the deadline:  March 1, 2017
  • Your child's school will submit your child's information and hours read. 
Late entries will NOT be accepted

About the Tickets:

Tickets will be awarded to students by their teacher/school coordinator.  The ticket is valid for admission to ONE Six Flags theme park on SELECT DATES ONLY during the 2017 season. Park name and valid dates will be printed on the tickets. Please understand that the school can only select one Six Flags Theme Park. The ticket will only be valid for the park that is listed on the ticket. The valid dates will not be announced prior to the ticket award date in early May.  Tickets are valid for students in grades K-6 only and are not valid for anyone over the age of 13. No exceptions.  Each ticket is valid for one free student admission only.  A Season Pass upgrade offer will be available during the ticket valid dates. The upgrade offer information will be printed on the ticket. Tickets are NOT for resale and are nontransferable. They cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. We hope that you and your child enjoy this free program and spend time reading together. If you have any questions about the program or have ticket questions, you will need to contact your child's teacher or school before the school year is over. 
Happy Reading!

The Six Flags® Read to Succeed Team
Read Across America Day - March 2nd

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, 
To pick up a book and read with a child. 
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot, 
To pick up a book and share what you've got.
In schools and communities,
Let's gather around,
Let's pick up a book,
Let's pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America's
Read to Kids Day.

©Anita Merina
Briarlake's 3rd Academic Challenge of the Year: Family Engineering Activity - Engineering All Around - Due March 3rd
Briarlake's 3rd Academic Challenge of the year! 

Focused on Engineering through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Family Engineering Activity - Engineering All Around.
Briarlake students and families

Families will be playing the Engineering All Around game. Game materials and instructions will be provided online (eBlast) or available at the front office.

2.) After playing the game, write one or two paragraphs about the objects that you found to    be the most interesting or what you have learned.

Writing can be submitted to the front office by  Friday, March 3rd,  2017
(Please write your full name and grade)
Students who meet the challenge will have their names posted on the Bulletin Board in the cafeteria and will receive a Certificate of Achievement!

(game instructions and materials)

Briarlake PTA 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Saturday, March 4th, 8:30am

Saturday, March 4, 2017

We are less than 2 weeks out from our 9th Annual 
Briarlake 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run.  The event will take place on  Saturday, 3/4.  This is for ALL students AND the whole family.  Don't miss out!  
You can still register! 5k will start at  8:30am followed by the 1 mile Fun Run at  9:30am.  Awards, snacks, music and just plain fun will be provided! 

Paper form correction - We do have a "5K Open" category for those not in elementary school.  Please use the new forms that were sent home  this Friday or click here for paper registration.

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

FACT: We are pleased to welcome Marlow's Tavern Northlake to the Briarlake family as a new sponsor for this year's event!

As always, we cannot pull this event without our volunteers.  Please sign up:
Questions?  Email: 

See you at the starting line!
Briarlake Signing Choir at the Braves - Purchase Tickets by March 22nd 
PTA Fine Arts Show - Tuesday, March 28th
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)

Interested in volunteering for this event?   Click here!

Thanks to Ms. Amy Sery and PTA Reflections Chair, Michelle Beule for organizing this event!
Camp Invention
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!

PTA STEM Parents Needed
We are still in need of several STEM Parents.
STEM Parents are very similar to Reader Parents.  
This is a job that can be done at home.

Please read the STEM parent description below.  If you would be able to volunteer as a STEM parent, please email Debbie Martin-Gerstle at  Thank you :)

STEM Parent Description:

The STEM parents's job is one of coordination.  They communicate with the teacher to enlist parent volunteers and request supplies for STEM days.

Before each STEM day, the class STEM parent will ask the teacher if parent assistance and/or STEM materials are needed for that particular STEM day.  If so, the STEM parent will find out what kind of help/material is needed, and what times parents should attend.  The STEM parent will then email the class parents via Sign-Up Genius (or other volunteer sign up program) and request parent assistance and supplies.  The Volunteer Sign Up will include the materials requested and the times and the activities for which help is needed.

We still need STEM Parents for:
Wise (PK)
Graham (1)
Sinclair (1)
Foy (5)
Evans (5)
Francis (5)

The remaining STEM dates are

Thank you to our current STEM Parents:

Kayoko Kato - Ms. Spencer (4)
Bret Moore - Ms. McCarthy (K) and Ms. Roseberry (2)
Kristi Martin - Ms. Ward (1) and Mr. Echols (4)
Amanda Holt - Ms. Moehlich (4)
Chase Ogletree - Ms. Axson (K)
Liz Bradley - Ms. Law (2)
Ethel Garnier-Amblard- Ms. Pittman (2)
Kristen Anderson - Ms. Coffman (2)
Emily Mason- Ms. Reynolds (3)
Anne Garcia- Ms. Connors (3)
Emily Graybill - Ms. Baerman (K) and Ms. Foege (3)

Important Dates to Remember in February

Tuesday, 2/21- Box Tops for Education Winter Due Date

Wednesday, 2/22- Dekalb School Choice Open Enrollment Closes
Thursday, 2/23 - Rising 6th Grade Visitation Day at Henderson Middle School (All Briarlake 5th graders will go by bus)
Friday, 2/24 - Briarlake Foundation Auction, 4th and 5th graders Coding Club begins for Spring Semester, STEM Day
Tuesday, February 28 - Music Concert in honor of Black History Month for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders (6pm), Yearbook Design Contest entries Due 

                            February Breakfast               February Lunch
Help Briarlake Win the Healthy Playground Makeover!
  1. Enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today and you could win a $30,000 grant AND a new playground for your school! Anyone in the community can enter on behalf of your Pre-K through Grade 5 school. Enter today! 
  2. Learn more about the Smart from the Start Awards and how it's giving Pre-K and Head Start educators the opportunity to promote healthy habits among pre-schoolers for the chance to win up to $20,000 and a prize pack of books. Get started today!
We are here to help! Check out the Additional Information Toolkit for FAQs, rules and more. Do you have additional questions? Email our helpline at 
or give us a call at 1-800-323-9084
LHS Tennis Fundraiser, looking for players!
The tennis team is holding its annual team fundraiser Tennis Tournament at Twin Lakes Club on 
March 4th from 9-3pm.

Play is open to men/women doubles, all ages and skill levels (A, B, C). Teams get to play at least 2 matches... winners of each bracket are guaranteed prizes. There is also raffles, food and lots of fun. Free drinks and snacks for players.  100% of proceeds goes to the team to help with the season's expenses.

If you are interested in registering, email us at and tell us your name, partner's name, level. 
You will receive a Paypal invoice for your registration allowing you to pay online. 
Entry fee is $60 per doubles. $30 for singles, who will be matched with a partner.

Don't wait... register now, share with your friends, hope to see you there! Go Vikings Tennis!

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.

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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