Briarlake ES 
 Week 14:
November 6th-12th 

This Week: Election Day: NO SCHOOL/ PLEASE VOTE (11/8), Donate Halloween Candy (11/9 am), Parent Teacher Conference Night (11/9) Deadline for Thanksgiving Lunch reservations & Academic Challenge #2A due (11/11)
Wednesday Morning Deadline: Wanna Get Rid of Your Halloween Candy and Do Something Good?
Drop off Candy at Briarlake Until Wednesday Morning
PTA will have a box in the front lobby until this Wednesday morning only to collect your unused Halloween candy to donate to our troops who would love some treats from home. Thanks go out to Staci Richards for organizing this last-minute effort! If you have questions, Staci can be reached at
Due This Friday: 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

Print the  Handout

Next Week: Briarlake PTA Book Fair is Coming, November 14-18!

PTA Storytelling Night & Book Fair Celebration on Nov. 15th at 6 pm!

What: Briarlake PTA will  host  our annual   S cho l as t i c  B o ok   Fa i r .   Funds   r a i sed   w i l l he l p   pu r chase   b oo k s/supplies for  our school! Families, faculty, and the community are invited to  attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.
When: November 14-18, 2016
The   Bo ok  Fa iw i ll be  o pen  da ily  before school, during lunch, after school and for 
PTA Storytelling Night on Tuesday, November 15th.

Briarlake Cafeteria or online from November 1st- 18th at:  
Book Fair customers may help the school build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program.  In addition, the Book Fair will feature the All for Books™ program, where students can share the thrill of reading with others by donating loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair for kids who aren't able to purchase a book.  Scholastic Book Fairs® then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to one million dollars in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need.
Interested in Volunteering for the Book Fair?
Please use this link:

Thanksgiving Luncheons Next Week: Volunteers Needed

This Friday: Deadline for Thanksgiving Reservations 

Volunteers Needed
Wednesday, 11/16:
7:45 - 9:45 AM - Setup/Decorating (2-3 people needed)

Wednesday and Thursday, 11/16 & 11/17: 
10:45 AM - 12:45 PM - 2 people to help at the check-in table, greet people, take tickets and cross names off the list. 
This is a great way to get to know the parents of your classmates.  If you can only do a little bit, any amount is appreciated.  

November 17th from  12:15 - 12:40 PM is especially needed so that the organizer Liz Bradley is able to participate in the event with her own child!

Please email Liz at if you can help.  


Last Chance for Yearbook Discount!

5% Off Pre-sale Deadline: November 30
Don't miss out on this pre-sale opportunity to purchase your 2016-2017 yearbook for 5% off !  Simply visit the TreeRing site and place your  pre-order  by NOVEMBER 30 using code  101282569270782. 

With your yearbook purchase, you will receive two, free customizable pages to upload your child's favorite Briarlake memories. A lso, TreeRing plants a tree for every book purchased! This is your last chance to order at a discount!
Safe Routes to School

Infinite Campus Parent Training at Briarlake - This Wednesday (11/9)
There will be an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Training at Briarlake Elementary on Wednesday, November 9th from 3:30-5pm. 

This session allows parents to log in to Infinite Campus to review their child's class-specific content, receive automatic progress updates, read teacher comments, track attendance, and contact teachers with questions or concerns

View the  Handout for more information 
Deadline Extended for School Climate Survey: More Parent Responses Needed...Take 5 Minutes for Briarlake!
We are up to about 30% of our parents who have completed the parent school climate survey! Thanks!

The link will remain live for those who missed the BES deadline, but still would like to participate. We would like to  thank parents for their support.  

We have reached our staff and student goals! 

Spanish Speaking Parents Needed
Are you a parent who is fluent in Spanish and English? The Briarlake Ambassador program needs parents who speak Spanish and English 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-
Important Dates to Remember in November
Tuesday, 11/8- Election/Teacher Work Day- NO SCHOOL, VOTE!

Wednesday, 11/9- Parent Teacher Conference Night & Drop off Halloween Candy

Friday, 11/11 - Deadline for Thanksgiving Luncheon Reservations & Academic Challenge submissions
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  
     On the Scene with Dr. Green, HMS, 7-8pm

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
Did You Miss the Parent Principal Forum?
Please use this link to access the PowerPoint from the Parent Principal Forum.

Election Day is This Tuesday: Georgia PTA Opposes Amendment 1 ("Vote No on One")

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.  

Lakeside Foundation 5K, 12/17
Calling all runners!
The Lakeside High School Foundation Annual 5K Race is  December 17 !  Visit the 
 foundation website  or  Facebook page   to register.  The Lakeside Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to support the teachers, staff, and students at Lakeside High School
HoneyBaked Ham Gift Cards
LHS Soccer Booster Club will be selling HoneyBaked gift cards now through Thursday, November 10. Please keep in mind that these cards make great gifts. You can purchase them in any denomination ($10, $25, $35, $50, $100).  HoneyBaked not only sells wonderful hams, they also sell whole turkeys (cajun, smoked and roasted), delicious party platters, scrumptious sides and desserts.  Find a soccer player to purchase your gift card today or e-mail Sarah Guzman at The LHS soccer team thanks you for your support.  Note: All cards will be delivered before the Thanksgiving holidays.Thanks!
FREE Lacrosse Clinics Coming Up Soon!
Druid Lakes Youth Lacrosse Association 
Druid Lakes Youth Lacrosse Association (DLYLA) is pleased to announce our next round of FREE lacrosse clinics in preparation for the Spring 2017 season.  Clinics will be:

Sat 11/12  1- 2:30 for boys and  2:30 - 4 for girls
Sat 12/3  1- 2:30 for boys and  2:30 - 4 for girls
Sat 12/10  1- 2:30 for boys and  2:30 - 4 for girls
Clinics will be held at St.Pius X Main Stadium Maloof Field (2674 Johnson Rd) and are open to boys and girls grades K - 8 all levels (beginners and experienced; players will be separated by age/grade and experience levels as best we can).  Equipment will be available to borrow  - so grab a friend and come on out and check out the fastest game on two feet and the fastest growing sport in the country!
We also encourage any High School players (and parents) to come out and help with coaching, especially fundamentals for the beginners!  The more instructors we have, the more the kids get to "touch" the ball and play and learn.
Please direct any questions to
Basketball Registration
Registration for Briarlake 2016/2017 Basketball Season will open on 
Thursday, November 17th at 5:00pm in the Dining Room.  There is also a new on-line registration system. An account profile is required prior to registration.
Our winter basketball leagues are for boys and girls in K-5th grades (2016-2017 school year). The leagues consist of eight regular season games.  Registration fees are $150.00 for the first child and $125.00 for each additional child. These fees include uniform, trophy and a banquet.  Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted for registration.
Fee and release waiver are completed at the time of registration.

Practices are once a week in the gym.  You will be notified by your child's coach, prior to practice starting, what day they will be practicing.  

Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know....
last year 284 different volunteers supported our school events (over 70% 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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