Briarlake ES 
 Week 13:
October 30th-November 5th 

This Week: CCRPI Survey due MONDAY, Fantastic Friday
Monday Deadline: Briarlake's Climate Survey Rating Depends On YOU
Georgia Parent Climate Survey
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.
No parent or low parent participation negatively impacts a school's School Climate Star Rating and we don't want that for Briarlake!

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. You can complete the survey using your personal computer, smartphone or tablet. If you do not have access to the internet, please come to the front office and someone will help you access the survey.

Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.

The deadline for the survey is TOMORROW,  Monday, October 31st. We need 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! Please use the link below to complete the survey TODAY!


Thanks for all you do to make Briarlake a great place for our children to grow and learn!


Principal Jamela Lewis and your Briarlake PTA 

Safe Routes to School

Spanish Speaking Parents Needed
Are you a parent who is fluent in Spanish? The Briarlake Ambassador program needs parents who speak Spanish to help welcome new families to our community. The time commitment is up to you! Please let us know if you would be interested in participating in the Briarlake Ambassador program as a Spanish speaker. For more information, please contact Anna Schecter either via txt -  404-441-0979 or email-

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 If You Purchase By Halloween!
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 !
Dekalb County Lead Testing Update 
No Lead Issues in Briarlake's water
The health and safety of all students and staff are, and always will be, our top priorities. With this in mind, we are proactively testing the drinking water for lead in each of our 150 schools, centers, and facilities.
We have completed a comprehensive evaluation of drinking water sources at your facility. Your school's testing results can be found here and are available online at

Important Dates to Remember in October
Monday, 10/31- CCRPI Survey due

Tuesday, 11/1- PTA Monthly Board Meeting, 7:45am, Briarlake cafeteria
Friday, 11/4- Fantastic Friday

Tuesday, 11/8- Election/Teacher Work Day- NO SCHOOL, VOTE!

Wednesday, 11/9- Parent Teacher Conference Night

Sunday, 11/13 - Briarlake Foundation Monthly Board Meeting, 7- 9 pm  

Tuesday 11/15- Briarlake PTA Book Fair (through Friday 11/18)
                       PTA Family Reading Night (a.k.a. Storytelling Night) &                          Book Fair Celebration

Wednesday, 11/16 - Thanksgiving Lunch, Pre-K, 3-5
5th Grade Social Studies Fair Judging 

Thursday, 11/17 - Thanksgiving Lunch, K-2  

Friday, 11/18-  STEM Day

Monday-Friday, 11/21-11/25-  
NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break

Sunday, 11/27- 
Go Green Team Litter Clean Up 4-5pm

                    October Breakfast           October Lunch

                    November Breakfast      November Lunch
Lakeside Music Department Citrus Sale - October Deadline
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! 

Oak Groove Festival, Sunday, October 30th, 1-7pm
Oak Groove Festival

All Briarlake families are invited to this neighborhood
event on  Sunday, October 30 from  1pm to 7pm in the Vista Grove Plaza.  There will be live music, a variety of food and  beverages, a play zone for all ages, a wide selection of  unique merchandise, and a costume contest with prizes.  FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLE service will be provided at Oak Grove Methodist Church and local police will be present for the safety of our guests. For more information go to

Sagamore Hills ES, Saturday, November 5th 
Dia De Los Muertos 5K
4th Annual Dia de los Muertos 5K - Festival - 1 Mile Skull Sprint Saturday Nov. 5th

10:30am - 5K  (Peachtree Roadrace Qualifier!)
10:30am - 12:30pm - Festival is free to all. Taqueria el Vecino will sell food.
11:30am - Free 1-Mile Kids Sprint  "Skull Sprint"

Sign up at this link online! Or print a paper registration and drop off at school front office to avoid fee.


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.  
Your Voice Matters for Investments in Education and Family Engagement
National PTA

This fall, President Barack Obama signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) into law that funds the government at its current level until Dec. 9. Funding the government through a CR does not account for the annual growth of our nation's education system nor fund important programs that are included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)-such as Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs). Therefore, it is critical for Congress to come together to pass an omnibus appropriations bill that funds SFECs and invests in education programs in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY2017).

We need your help reaching out to your members of Congress and urging them to pass an omnibus appropriations bill for FY2017 that funds SFECs and invests in education programs. You can show your support for greater federal investments in education and family engagement in less than two minutes by sending your Member of Congress a  letter through PTA's Takes Action Center. Legislators highly value hearing from their constituents, which is why it is essential that we use the power of our collective voice and Take Action this fall.

For ways to effectively advocate for investments in education and family engagement, view a webinar hosted by National PTA's government affairs team.  

Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know....
last year 82 parents served in the role of room parent/STEM parent/reader
parent/copy parent (over 20% of all Briarlake Families)

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 PHONES Please 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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