Briarlake PTA has a newly updated website! 

Check out Briarlake PTA's Newly Updated Website! 
Newly Updated PTA Website & Volunteer Spotlight!

Thanks to parent volunteer, Liberty Garcia (pictured with her family on the left), for updating the look and the content on the Briarlake PTA website! Check out the newly updated website here: 

Liberty has been instrumental in bringing coding expertise to Briarlake Elementary. Last year, she introduced Briarlake teachers to professional development opportunities in the area of coding and she attended several coding workshops with some of our Briarlake teachers. Liberty started Briarlake's Coding Club for 4th and 5th graders in 2016-2017 (with parent Richard Wright) and Liberty will continue in the role of Briarlake Coding Club sponsor during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Liberty is mom to Max (rising kindergartener) and Elise (rising 5th grader). Liberty is the Briarlake PTA webmaster and is also the Vice Chair of the Briarlake School Council. Professionally, she works as a software engineer. If you see Liberty, please thank her for all of her service for Briarlake Elementary School!
Summer STEM: Check out this summer's super fun STEM challenge!

New Summer STEM Challenge - All submissions DUE by Friday, August 11.

Summer Reading: Let's Get Ready for Next Year's Reading Bowl Team!
Reading Bowl Begins with Summer Reading!
This year's Briarlake Reading Bowl had an outstanding year and finished in 3rd place at the District competition! We look forward to having another great year in 2017-18 and summer reading is where it all begins! If you will be in 4th or 5th grade next year and are interested in being a part of next year's Reading Bowl team, start reading any of these books that have been selected for the elementary school competition:
PTA is working with Mr. Hardwick to make sure that these books can be made available to interested students over summer break. If you are interested in being notified when copies of the Reading Bowl books will be available for check-out over the summer , please email Anjevon Smith at
All interested 4th and 5th grade participants can participate in Reading Bowl Club which will begin in the early fall. 10 students will be selected from the Reading Bowl Club sometime in November or December to represent Briarlake at the District competition which takes place in January. #yourptadollarsatwork
Summer Reading: 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
Summer Art: Every Child is an Artist - Pablo Picasso

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Why not work on a project for the Reflections art contest. The theme for 2017-201 is Within Reach.

Categories for entry include:

Dance choreography
Film production
Literature (which includes not only poetry or short stories but also screenplays and more)
Music composition
Visual Arts (which include not only painting but also sculpture, wind chimes, fiber arts, print making, dioramas, and many more)

Click here for more information.

Deadline for submission will be in October 2017 (exact date TBD).
Any questions please contact Michele Beule

Summer PTA Potluck Meeting, Wednesday, July 26th, 6pm-7pm

Catch the Beaver Fever - Spirit Wear Store Opens August 1st!
It's not too early to start planning for the new school year!  This year Briarlake is offering online spirit wear and school supply sales.  Links below.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to show your Briarlake love!
Briarlake Spirit Store: 

The online store will be open the following dates: 

August 1st-August 13th - purchases made during this time will be available mid-September. 

Please be sure to list your child's name at the checkout screen!  
Save the Date - Open House, Wednesday, August 2nd, 8am-12pm
Briarlake's Open House has been scheduled! It will be on Wednesday, August 2nd from 8am-12pm. Open House  is your opportunity to see the school, visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, sign up for the PTA, support our PTA and Foundation, purchase PTA spirit wear, and volunteer! 

Your time at Open House time is determined by your child's last name. 
              • 8-10am    = Last names N-Z
              • 9-11am    = Last names H-M
              • 10-12pm  = Last names A-G

Be prepared! Check out the following forms and information listed below prior to  Open  House

On August 2nd at  Open  House, ALL returning students must provide a current proof of residence in the Briarlake attendance area. The only acceptable proofs of residency are as follows: a current utility bill (gas, water, electricity only), a current signed lease, or current signed mortgage. We cannot accept a mortgage agreement that has not closed.

For more info on what is needed for registration, check out this page on the Briarlake PTA website: Click here

Please see t he DCSD web site at the following link for additional information about specific registration situations:  Click here

More information about Open House will be shared in the next e-blasts!

Sign up to help with our Award-Winning PTA!

Briarlake's National PTA School of Excellence/Model PTA Needs You!
    UPDATED July 2017 - Open PTA Positions for 2017-2018      

  • AV Team Member - Are you good with audio/visual equipment?We are looking for a few volunteers who are comfortable assisting with sound & audiovisuals at a few school and PTA events.
  • Awards  - Do you like to celebrate the good in our school and our PTA? If so, we need you to help prepare applications for awards sponsored by Georgia PTA and National PTA. The templates for these awards are already completed. Information just needs to be updated from year to year. 100% of this position can be done from home!
  • Book Fair Co-Chairs (two more co-chairs to serve with co-chairs Elaine Thompson & Milly Gemerew) - The Scholastic Book Fairs is one of the most fun events of the year. We are looking for two more parents to help monitor money either during the lunch shift or the after school shift during the Book Fair.
  • Campus Beautification Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - This position involves rallying people to show up on workdays and organizing them on the three campus workdays each year. The PTA purchases all workday supplies.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - The role of the Diversity co-chairs is to assist the PTA programs with diversity initiatives, activities, and events. If you are strongly committed to celebrating Briarlake's diversity, this is the position for you!
  • Fall Festival Co-Chair (to join Karen Hutchinson) 
    • The Fall Festival committee is comprised of over 10 dedicated subcommittee chairs who handle the bulk of the Fall Festival activities. We are looking for one more Festival Lead who would be co-keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions.
  • Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs - Fantastic Fridays are a Briarlake tradition during which parents in certain grades provide potluck lunch for the teachers. Many parents volunteer to help with this event and we are looking for a few Fantastic Friday Co-Chairs who could be available during the day on the three Fantastic Fridays (one in November, February, and May) to help set up and clean up.
  • Fish Tank Co-Chair - Shadow the fish tank co-chairs this year (2017-2018) to learn from them how to clean the fish tank once every few weeks and then take over the fish tank chair position in 2018-2019 when the current chairs transition to Henderson Middle School.

  • Go Green Team Co-Chairs(two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you love the earth? Then being a Go Green Team Co-Chair would be a great position for you. In this position, you can help organize litter pick up days, help the teachers maintain their outdoor gardens, help spread the word about the school's recycling initiative, or anything else you'd like to do that will help keep the Briarlake community green!
  • Healthy Habits Co-Chairs (two or more co-chairs needed) - Do you like to be healthy? Help support several of the Healthy Habits events that happen at Briarlake such as the Farm to School Initiative! Healthy Habits Co-Chairs can coordinate events such as the Fire up your Feet event, Screen Free Week, etc.
  • Math Club Co-Chair - Do you love math! We are looking for one more parent to help coach an afterschool math club. We have one parent volunteer and we need one more! The hours of the club would be determined by your schedule and you would have support from the school's STEM committee to help you focus your math-related activities in the club!
  • Mascot Team ("Team Bucky") - Want to be involved but don't really like to talk - then joining Team Bucky is the job for you! Mascots don't talk but they sure make kids smile. If you are available to wear the Bucky costume at an event or two next year based on your availability, let us know!
  • Welcome Committee Co-Chairs (two needed) - Help new parents feel welcome at Briarlake! Work with the PTA officers to integrate new parent welcome activities throughout the year.

Contact PTA Co-Presidents, Emily Graybill ( ) or Jennifer Petrich ( ) if you are interested in serving in a position l isted above or if you would like to find out more information.
We would love to hear from you!

The Foundation is looking for a Treasurer!

Important Dates to Remember!

Wednesday, July 26th  - Briarlake PTA Summer Potluck Meeting - 6pm, Briarlake Elementary School

Wednesday, August 2nd -  2017-18 Open House, 8am-12pm 
Monday, August 7th - First Day of School for DeKalb County School District

Briarlake Elementary PTA
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     PTA Officers

Co-Presidents: Emily Graybill & Jennifer Petrich

VPs of Programs: Angela Barnett & Erica Bland

VPs of Fundraising: Anjevon Smith & Amanda Holt

Treasurer: Alexandra Schubert


Assistant Treasurer: Lakshmi Amara


Co-Secretaries: Melissa Perlman & Katie Tankersley

   School Council
Chair: Anjevon Smith

Vice Chair: Liberty Garcia


Secretary: Ellyn Cochran


Parent Representative: Pam Hege


Teacher Representatives: Ms. Wise and Ms. Baerman


Principal: Jamela Lewis

     Foundation      Board Members 
Co-Chairs: Ann Mancuso & Paul Grant

Treasurer: Vacancy

Secretary: Vacancy


Members: Sonya Tinsley-Hook, Darryl Martin, Martina Baerman, and Randy McDow



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