Briarlake ES 
 Week 16:
November 28th-December 2nd 

This Week: Coding Club Permission Slips (Due 11/29); Academic Challenge 2 (Due 12/2)
Congratulations to Our Very Own Mrs. Aaron and Mrs. Spencer!!!!
Congratulations to Mrs. Spencer, Briarlake's Teacher of the Year AND Dekalb County's Region 2 Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Aaron, Briarlake's Exceptional Support Personnel of the Year!!!
As We Near the Holidays,,,Opportunities to Give
Holiday Giving at Briarlake...

The holiday season is here! Soon your room parents will be reaching out to you to collect donations for gifts for your homeroom teachers and paraprofessionals. Please follow your room parent's instructions regarding how and when to contribute to your class gift.
In addition, if you are interested and able, please also consider donating to any of these additional Briarlake holiday gift funds. Collection bins for these gift funds will be in the front office at the PTA info station by the front door and will be checked daily starting this week until Friday, December 16th. Many, many thanks in advance for your generosity and support!

Briarlake Elementary School Staff Holiday Gift Fund: This holiday gift fund shows our appreciation to all of the Briarlake staff who work outside of our classrooms or who serve the entire student body. These individuals dedicate themselves to making Briarlake the best and often miss out on the appreciation our homeroom teachers receive.


Briarlake Child-in-Need Holiday Collection: There are children and families within our own Briarlake community who are struggling financially and could use our help during this season of giving. Our Briarlake counseling team will use these funds to help purchase items for these children during the holidays. At Briarlake, we strive to be a loving and caring community.


Gift Cards for Holiday Staff Party: Every year our Briarlake staff gets together for a holiday event and gift cards are given away as raffle and door prizes. Gift cards to area stores and restaurants are always appreciated if you would like to contribute to this fun event for our staff.

Items Needed for STEM Days
Your trash is our treasure!
Support STEM and the art program by
sending in the following
**A black bin to place all items is in the lobby. Please make sure all items are CLEAN!**

Egg Cartons
Toilet or Paper Towel Tubes
Empty wipe boxes
Plastic Baby food containers with lids
Soda bottles (any size)
Small boxes (Jewelry, checks)
Shoeboxes and lids (from any size shoe)
Calendars with neat pictures
Children's magazines
Clean socks - Lose one? Send the mate!
Clean Stockings - Run? Send 'em in!
Corks/Caps/Pull Tops (fruit pouch caps are great!)
Interesting pieces of wood or plastic (like
disposable contacts or razors containers)
Kitchen Cabinet Handles
Crazy Straws
CD and DVD disks
Costume Jewelry
Fabric Ribbons
Pieces of toys; movable action figures
Wooden construction blocks
Plants - Fake (but beautiful)
Animal models for sketching
* If there is a remote possibility that we can do something with it, then send it in...we are VERY creative. If we can't use it, we'll either find someone who can or we will toss it lovingly.

BES Foundation: Chromebooks for the STEM lab
Briarlake Foundation 
All of the dedicated volunteers of the Briarlake Foundation in conjunction with the generous support of students, parents, and the local community is proud to donate 30 new Chromebook laptop computers, new printers and 4 iPad mini's for the students to use in our new STEM Innovation Lab.  These laptop computers will allow for great flexibility to bring more technology into the classroom and into the hands of the excited and motivated students of Briarlake Elementary School.  We expect the students to be using these new computers as the second semester starts in January 2017.
The Briarlake Foundation needs your continued support through donations, Brick campaign, and volunteering efforts to help improve Briarlake's infrastructure needs which includes more equipment for the STEM Innovation lab as well as an additional 30 Chromebook laptops for the new Media Center.

Thank you!
Greg Brass and Ann Mancuso, Co-Chairs of the Briarlake Foundation

THIS TUESDAY: Permission Slips Due for new Briarlake Coding Club!
Attention 4th and 5th graders!
A new after-school club is starting at Briarlake for kids who want to learn how to code! Coding is how we tell computers, phones, apps, and websites what we want them to do and it's an important skill for all us to know more about. A flyer went home with all students on the  Friday before Thanksgiving break. If you are interested in participating in Coding Club, you must respond quickly. A limited number of slots are available for each of the club's six week sessions happening this school year.  Permission slips are due back Tuesday, November 29th so that the first session of the club can get started in December ! For more information, please contact Briarlake parent and Coding Club co-sponsor, Liberty Garcia at Special thanks go out to Briarlake parents Liberty Garcia, Richard Wright, and Mauricio Lopez for helping get Coding Club started at Briarlake!

THIS FRIDAY: Part 2 of 2nd Academic Challenge is Due
Academic Challenge 2, Part 2
Thank you to all the students and their parents who submitted images for Part 1 of Briarlake Academic Challenge 2.  We have a very impressive and beautiful collection of images! You can see all of them here

We want to acknowledge especially Vivian Moore, Eston McDow, Caddock and Keely Carter, Daniel Glonty, Ian and Aaron Gerstle, and Cassiopee Amblard, who worked with their parents to take photographs using microscopes themselves.  Cassiopee even used a scanning electron microscope!  Their images are here

For Part 2 of the Challenge, we have selected 10 images for you all (students, parents, teachers) to guess.  The images are posted in the hallway and the entry forms are in the front office.  Alternatively, you can enter your guesses online .  

The due date is 12/02/2016 .  
Remember in order to complete the Challenge, you must participate in both Part 1 and Part 2.   Good luck!

Reflections' Participants and Winners!
  Participants in Visual Arts

Participants in Literature

Participants in Music Composition and Film Production

Participants in Photography
School Council Minutes and Information
School Council Minutes

                             Briarlake Elementary School MAP Data Fall 2016
We raised $369.50 from Our 1st Box Top Collection of the year!
-  Thank you Briarlake Families!  Our Fall Box Tops Submission was a great success: We earned $369.50 for our school!   Not only did we get well on our way toward exceeding our goal of $1000 for the year, we also had high participation from hundreds of families. We had many families give a handful, and a few who gave several hundred Box Tops. Participation is so important with Box Tops because it requires an accumulation of thousands of 10-cent clips to add up.  Thank you all so much! Keep clipping those Box Tops! 

Remember:  Box Tops can be submitted in baggies labeled with the number of Box Tops you are donating, or pasted on collection sheets printed from Either way, drop them off in the Box Top Collection Box in the Briarlake front office whenever you are ready.  Contact me if you have questions or want to help! Your 2016-17 Box Top Coordinator: Mark Cochran

Aftercare Survey - Please Complete!
Aftercare Programs
Briarlake PTA is working with our awesome aftercare staff to explore increasing the number of programs offered through aftercare. Please complete this survey to share your thoughts about what programs would be of interest to your children. ALL families should complete the survey - not just those currently enrolled in aftercare - because we may open up new programs to children not enrolled in aftercare.
THIS WEDNESDAY: 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!
Deadline Extended for School Climate Survey: More Parent Responses Needed...Take 2 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


                    November Breakfast      November Lunch


Friday, 12/2- Academic Challenge, Part 2 Due

Tuesday, 12/6- PTA Monthly Board Meeting, 7:45am, Briarlake cafeteria

Friday, 12/9- Band & Orchestra Assembly, 
9 am

Tuesday, 12/13- Briarlake Holiday Musical Performance
All Grades

Friday, 12/16- Fantastic Friday Holiday Lunch for Staff (sponsored by Principal and 

Tuesday, 12/20- Class Holiday Parties, 1 pm

Wednesday, 12/21- STEM Day/ Last Day of 1

Thursday, 12/22- 1/4- NO SCHOOL, Winter Break

 December Breakfast                December Lunch
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
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
Marcus Autism Center Study
Children between 8 and 12 years without Autism needed
Researchers from the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at the Marcus Autism Center are reaching out for help with their brain development study.   By the end of December, in order to complete their control group sample, they need additional 15 boys without autism spectrum disorder, age 8-12.
Kids who already participated in their study enjoyed it.  It was like a science project for them - experiencing the MRI and learning about how their brain pictures were taken by the MRI machine.  Also, they were happy to receive a diploma with photos of their brain, and a thank you gift of $65!
If you are interested in helping the Marcus Autism Center researchers, please email 
"Today, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 68 children in Georgia.  At Marcus Autism Center, we are dedicated not only providing exceptional clinical care to kids with ASD, but also to transforming the future of ASD through research.
We are looking for children between 8 and 12 years of age without ASD to participate in simple and safe research studies.  Children without ASD provide an important comparison group that helps researchers understand how ASD affects social behavior and brain development.  During the studies, we will use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the parts of the brain that are active when kids process information about what other people are doing, thinking or feeling.
There is no cost to take part in a study.  Families who participate will receive compensation for their involvement and help change the future for kids with ASD.
Email or call 404-785-7600 for more information."

Northlake Library Invites You
Northlake Library

December 10, Saturday, from 3  to 4,  "Bright Moments" Jazz Duo of Debbie and Judd Miller will perform for the patrons and the community. This may be of interest to the families of children who participate in band or orchestra (if you have those specials).

January 14, 2017, Saturday from 2 to 4, a program on local history - local heritage will feature Grace Gresham Flowers of the Briarlake Forest Homestead. There will be a general meeting of the Friends of the Northlake Library followed by the program.  We would love to have visitors to the meeting or just to the program which should start about  3:30.
January 21, 2017, Saturday from 1 - 4:10, DJ Jennings and wife, Karen Hagerman will present a program on Antarctica. The couple spent several years in Antarctica and will share their knowledge from 1 to 2, then a short break and a movie presentation followed by q and a. (DJ grew up in area and attended Lakeside.)

February 13, 2017, Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30, Lakeside High School Strings Quartet.
Thanks, Carol Bates
Publicity Chair, Friends of the Northlake Library

DeKalb School of the Arts December Happenings!
Winter Music Concert 
December 1 at 7:00 pm
Featuring   the  entire Music Department including Choir, Band, and Orchestra with a variety of selections to celebrate the season!
Avondale First Baptist Church, $5 suggested donation at door
Nutcracker in a Nutshell
December 9 at 7:00 pm,  December 10 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
This family friendly performance features an abridged version of the holiday ballet classic, The Nutcracker! 

DSA Kyle Theater
Tickets $12 adults/$6 students
More information at

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

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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