Briarlake ES 
 Week 12:
October 23rd--October 29th 

This Week: Green Team Litter Clean-Up, Red Ribbon Week, Briarlake Parent Principal Forum, Moe's Spirit Night
Green Team Litter Clean-Up Today at 4pm
Come pick up the remaining litter from yesterday's PTA Fall Festival! 

The PTA Go Green Team will meet at 4pm in the front of the school and bags and gloves will be provided!
Principal-Parent Forum - This Tuesday, October 25th at 6pm 
There will be a Principal-Parent Forum on Tuesday, October 25 th at 6pm to discuss this year's achievements and gather input for future plans. 

If you have any present questions, comments, or concerns, please email them to prior to October 25th. 

This will be a parent-only event.  If you are unable to find childcare, please email me at the email address above by October 24th and arrangements will be made for your child. 

Thank you, and I look forward to speaking with all of you.

Jamela Lewis
A Message from Our Principal - Please Complete by 10/31
Georgia Parent Climate Survey
The Georgia Department of Education has released the Georgia Parent Survey. In order to recieve a CCRPI star rating we must have adequate parent participation.  Schools that have no participation in the survey will receive a 0.00 score towards the CCRPI School Star Climate Rating. CCRPI is Georgia's annual tool for measuring how well its schools, districts, and the state itself are preparing students for the next educational level. It provides a comprehensive roadmap to help educators, parents, and community members promote and improve college and career readiness for all students. Schools with less than 15 parent surveys will be designated as Low Participation (LP) and the results will not be calculated. Either way, no parent or low parent participation will negatively impact a school's School Climate Star Rating. Please remember that schools with no or low participation on the surveys will not be permitted to receive the five (5) additional points on Personalized Climate for research/evidence-based programs/interventions. This also applies to the 0.5 point awarded to the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) "Exceeding the Bar" indicator. Our current star rating is a 4 out of 5!

The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled after the student survey and contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the internet, please contact the front office to schedule a time to come to Briarlake to complete the survey. 

Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

Our completion date of the survey is Monday, October 31st. We encourage ALL parents to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of Briarlake's School Climate Star Rating! The link below will be posted on the school website and send out in the Briarlake email blast.

Jamela Lewis
School Council Position
Parent Representative Needed
Briarlake School Council currently has an open seat for a Parent Representative. The term of this School Council position will only be until the end of the school year in May. Any parent that would like to nominate themselves or another parent must be able to attend the 3 remaining School Council meetings on  Jan 19, March 16, and  May 4 at 1pm

If you are interested in serving on the Council, Please email Debbie Martin-Gerstle, School Council Chair, at by  Friday, Oct 28th. For more information about School Council, Please see the
2nd Academic Challenge: Deadline 11/11/16

Briarlake's second Academic Challenge of the year is focused on Art through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We will look for beauty in nature at the microscopic scale. This challenge has 2 parts and 2 deadlines; both parts must be submitted on time to complete the challenge.

WHO: Briarlake students- working with your family is encouraged

WHAT:  1. Find a microscopy image that you think is interesting, inspiring, and beautiful. The image may be found online, in a book or magazine, or taken yourself using a microscope.
The image must be of a real world object or organism.

2. Submit the following by email to:
* Full name, grade, and teacher's name
* The image
* Where the image came from (website URL, book title & page)
* A description of what is in the image and the type of microscope technology used to take the photo
* A few sentences about why you chose it
WHEN:    Friday, Nov 11th, 2016

WHO: Everyone in the Briarlake Community!
WHAT: 10 images will be chosen and posted in the hallway and online.
1. Guess what is in each image. Clues will be provided.
2. Entry forms will be available in the front office and online. Completed entries can be dropped off at the front office.
WHEN: Monday, Nov 14th, 2016 through Friday, December 2nd
From Principal Lewis, the PTA, and School Council

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10% Off Yearbook
Pre-sale Deadline: October 31
Don't miss out on this pre-sale opportunity to purchase your 2016-2017  yearbook for 10% off !  Simply visit the TreeRing site and place your  pre-order  by OCTOBER 31 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!  O rder today !

Georgia PTA Opposes Amendment 1 ("Vote No on One")

Early Voting Has Begun!

November 8th 
The members of the Georgia PTA do not represent special interest groups; we represent every school, every child, every parent, and every teacher in this state.  We must speak up to advocate for every child, all 1.7 million, who are enrolled in public education.  We speak up for all those who want accountability in how their taxpayer dollars are spent. 
Georgia PTA supports existing Georgia law  OCGA 20-14-41 which permits the Georgia Department of Education to provide assistance to struggling schools deemed "focus" or "priority."  Rather than endorsing an amendment which diminishes the power of our votes, eliminates accountability to taxpayers, increases the size of state government, and has failed in every other state where it has been attempted, the State of Georgia should charge and support our elected State Superintendent of Schools to fully leverage existing laws for intervention to aid struggling schools.

Where Amendment 1 goes beyond existing law 20-14-41 is the Governor-appointed Superintendent of OSD Schools and school funding. This political appointee would have the sole power to select the OSD schools from the list of struggling schools and determine the interventions prescribed for these OSD schools - including closure or turning over the school building to a charter school. These powers would come without any oversight, as the Superintendent would report directly to the Governor. Amendment 1 would also change the Constitution of the State of Georgia to allow for local taxpayer money to be used for state charter schools, to transfer locally-funded buildings and equipment to state charter schools, and to allow private management companies to charge a 3% "administration" fee to local districts for the privilege of taking over a school.

Our schools are a reflection of the communities they serve. Every school on the Governor's list has over 80% of its students living in poverty. 

Simply put, Amendment 1 takes control away from local communities and places it in the hands of appointed state bureaucrats and private interests. Amendment 1 uses a flawed grading system to justify transferring local funds and buildings to state control. Amendment 1 adds an additional layer of government bureaucracy to our school system. 

For the complete Georgia PTA press release, click here.  
Parent Sponsor Needed for New Briarlake Club
4-H provides youth ages 9 and up with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities such as STEM activities, environmental and agricultural activities, leadership development, summer camps, community service, and project competitions. We are looking for 1 or 2 interested parents to help get 4H started at Briarlake. You will be paired with a Staff Sponsor to help create this exciting opportunity for the children of Briarlake. Training and support will be provided via DeKalb County's 4H program. Contact Sonya Tinsley-Hook at if you are interested!
Important Dates to Remember in October


Monday, 10/24- Red Ribbon Week begins
                        ESPLOST survey due

Tuesday, 10/25-  Briarlake Principal-Parent Forum, 6 pm

Friday, 10/28- STEM Day

Monday, 10/31- Briarlake Character Parade (All grades)

                        CCRPI Survey due

                    October Breakfast       October Lunch
Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know...
51 parents serve in PTA,  Foundation, and School Council  leadership roles, representing  over 12% of all
Briarlake Families?
Lakeside Music Department Citrus Sale
Citrus Sale
The award winning Lakeside High School music department  (band, orchestra and chorus) will be selling fresh from the grove, Florida Indian River citrus during the month of October. 
Delivery day is Saturday, December 3rd, just in time for holiday giving!
Please support our fine young musicians and singers and buy some delicious, nutritious, and healthy fruit when they knock on your door or solicit you by email.
You may purchase fruit directly online at
Simply enter Lakeside's organization ID # 340129 and remember to credit the sale to a band, orchestra or chorus student  (seller/member) so that your fruit can be delivered directly to your home.  Any fruit not picked up by noon on 12/3/16 will be donated.
For more information please email us at

Thank you! 


Briarlake Elementary PTA
Quick Links
     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

Please help keep our children & families safe.

Thank you for your cooperation in following the  Carpool Safety Rules & Map

NO LEFT TURNS from Briarlake Road into the school carpool lane. Please obey the law.
NO CELL PHONESPlease do not use cell phones during car pool. 

Carpool ends at 2:50pm. If parents come to pick up children after 2:50 pm, please come inside the front office to sign out children on the computer. 

   School Council
Chair: Deborah Martin-Gerstle

Vice Chair: Anjevon Smith


Secretary: Ellyn Cochran


Parent Representative:Jared Cobb  


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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