Briarlake ES 
Back to School  Week 2: 
August 14-20 

The new school day is from 7:40-2:20 to allow 15 extra minutes for math instruction. STUDENTS ARE LATE AT 7:40.

We All Scream for Ice Cream
PTA Ice Cream Social 
Who doesn't like a little ice cream on a warm summer evening? Bring your family to Briarlake on  Tuesday, August 16th  from 6:00-7:15pm and enjoy an ice cream courtesy of the Briarlake PTA.   

Want to help hand out ice creams and watch the kids' faces light up? Click here to volunteer. 
PTA Redistricting Update
Please review the PTA blast that was emailed Wednesday, August 10th for an important update related to redistricting. The blast was titled "Briarlake Needs Your Voice." 

PTA Note: The Redistricting Meetings on August 23rd & 25th will not be planning meetings. The County will present its redistricting plan at those meetings. The County needs to hear from you PRIOR to those meetings so that your voice can be included in the redistricting plan. 

Email or if you did not receive the redistricting blast sent last week.
Dismissal Procedures
BES Parents,
The dismissal process is coming together. As a reminder, we are mirroring the same safety precautions used in the carpool lane to identify students and parents. Just as parents in the carpool lane requires name tags, the parents utilizing the  walker station will need tags as well.  We issued tags yesterday, and ask that you use them daily.  Green tags are for "walkers" and yellow tags are for "carpool".  This color system is to help us serve you better. Note that you will be able to use either color. We thank you for working with us as we iron out safety procedures for dismissal.  Any changes will be communicated as they are needed.  The dismissal process is as follows:

2:20 - Afternoon Announcements
2:25 - BELL Release Daycare Buses and K-5 local bus riders
2:27 - Last call for all bus riders> K - 2nd walkers and car riders to cafeteria
2:29 - 3rd - 5th walkers and car riders to cafeteria

Car Riders = Carpool lane participants. If you park your car and walk-up, your child is no longer considered a car rider.

Walkers = Parents who choose to walk up to the back patio area for pickup. If your child's information card indicates "walkers" as a primary mode of dismissal, you will be issued a "Walker's Green Card" today 8/10/16.  This sign should be brought with you each day to the walker's dismissal station. This process mirrors the carpool lane as they have yellow cards in the front dash.  In order to walk home alone, students must be in the 3 rd grade or higher. Students in grades PreK-2 walkers must be accompanied by an adult.

2:31 - Car pool lane will begin and walkers will be dismissed

In ensuring, the safety of BES students, the major challenge is keeping up with the many changes presented by parents.  Our logistics are grounded around the primary mode of dismissal indicated during open house by way of the gold student information card.  To cease all confusion, parents who maintain the primary mode of dismissal will be served first followed by those with changes. For example, if a student's primary mode of dismissal has been noted as car rider and the parent decides to park and walk up to the walkers' station, they will be served after we have cleared those without changes.

If a parent does not bring their green issued walker's name card, verification of I.D. must be made in the front office. We are not able to release students to anyone other than the parent, guardian, or authorized person as indicated on the student information card or note from a parent.

If you should, need to change means of dismissal, we ask that an email is sent to the registrar, Ms. Margaret Haratine ( ) with a copy to the teacher. Ms. Haratine then creates a daily folder for changes so that we are ready.

Thank you in advance for your support.

My best,
Principal Lewis

UPDATES to Briarlake Calendar 
The 2016-2017 Briarlake Elementary calendar continues to be UPDATED as new dates are added. Click here for the most recent version of  2016-2017 PTA Calendar At A Glance. Also, see important August dates below.
Briarlake Beaver Boost

WHAT: The Beaver Boost is the PTA's primary annual fundraising effort. 100% of the money raised stays with the school. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by the Fall Festival in October.

Thanks to your generous donations, we have already raised $6,158!

WHY: The Beaver Boost directly supports the following and much, much more:

 Academic & Cultural Enrichment Programs

 Teacher Start-Up Funds

 Teacher Training & Gifted Certification

 Buildings & Grounds Improvements

 Communication

HOW: The Beaver Boost accepts donations:

undefined, by check & cash, and  PT Avenue 

The suggested donation is $125 per family.

Donations of ≥ $300 are entered in a raffle for an iPad!

Classroom challenge: all classes that have 100% participation in the Boost will win a pizza  party with Bucky the Beaver!

Whether you donate $1 or $300, we are aiming for 100% participation from Briarlake families  and teachers to help make Briarlake a better school. Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi or Anjevon Smith
Reflections Art Contest
T heme is:  What is Your Story?

Categories are: Dance, Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts

Students may submit a project from any of these categories. Deadline for entries will be sometime in October-date to be determined. 

Any questions? Click  PTA Reflections or contact   Michelle Beule.
Fall Festival Team Members Needed
If you are looking to be more involved in your child's school, consider a position on the Briarlake PTA Fall Festival Team!  Our Fall Festival is our most popular community building event and we need more volunteers if we are going to be able to hold the event this year! We are looking for people to join the teams below:

1. Tickets/Ticket Sales - Help prepare and distribute ticket purchases

2. Indoor Crafters & Craft Fair - Contact crafters from previous Fall Festivals and invite them to the 2016 Fall Festival

3. STEM Activities - Organize a few STEM activities in the gym during the Fall Festival

4. Food Vendors (food trucks) & Beverage sales - Contact and coordinate last year's food vendors

5. Class Auction (room parent) - Work with the Room Parent Coordinator to solicit class auction items. Set out auction items the day of

6. Grounds (leaf blowing) - blow leaves from the main driveways the week before the Fall Festival. 

7. Logistics/Venue/Set-Up/Clean-Up (tables, chairs, garbage, recycling, borrowing tents, parking) - Coordinate getting tables, chairs, etc. from Briarlake school. Coordinate set up and clean up (with the help of many volunteers)

8. Sponsorships - Reach out to last year's sponsors and coordinate sponsorships

Email Emily Graybill at or Sonya Tinsley-Hook We look forward to hearing from you!
Family Braves Game, Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:00PM 
Georgia PTA and the Atlanta Braves are teaming up once again to celebrate Family Day on Sunday, September 11, 2016 for a 1:30 p.m. ballgame against the New York Mets.  Tickets are $10 each and support Briarlake's PTA and the Georgia PTA. 
Arrive early - Georgia PTA families will have the opportunity to walk the bases before the game starts.  Parade lineup begins at  12:00 p.m. at the Hank AaronRamp-across from aisle 129. Game starts at  1:30pm. Wear your spirit wear and REPRESENT Briarlake.  

Individual Braves Ticket Order Form- Use this form for individual orders. 

Turn in your order form to the Briarlake front office by Friday, August 26th. 
Briarlake Food Co-Op 
Briarlake Elementary Food Co-Op
Try Fresh Harvest of Georgia's convenient, customizable and local delivery of fresh and organic foods; every Thursday, Fresh Harvest delivers a box of your choice of fresh foods to Briarlake.  Not only do they offer a great selection of fruits and vegetables, you can also have dairy, effs, variety of meats, AND seafood included in the basket. 

One more great reason to try today is once we have 15 people, everyone can enjoy 10% off weekly orders.
Click here for more information.
Aftercare payments are going digital!

We will also soon be adding an aftercare page to the "About us" section of the Briarlake Website so that you can keep informed about activities, fees, and schedules.

Here is the link to the Web Store:
Briarlake Communication
Trying to find information about Briarlake?  
Click Briarlake Communication to find out more about Briarlake ES, PTA, Foundation, School Council, Facebook, Remind, etc.  
August Dates to Remember
Tuesday, 8/16 - Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:15 PM (cafeteria)

Thursday, 8/18 -School Council Meeting 1PM

Tuesday, 8/23- Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Recommendation to the Public- Clarkston HS 6:30

Thursday, 8/25- Secondary School Facility Planning & Feasibility Study Recommendation to the Public- Cross Keys HS 6:30

Sunday, 8/28 - Briarlake Foundation Board Meeting, 7 to 9 pm

Tuesday, 8/30PTA Monthly Board Meeting & Info Session for PTA Committee Chairs & Room Parents, 5:30 pm, cafeteria

Tuesday, 8/30 Odyssey of the Mind Interest Session, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, 8/31 School Picture Day
Cub Scout Pack 528
Calling boys in 1st - 5th grades!  You're invited to join Cub Scout Pack 528. 

Make new friends, go on camping adventures, and have fun. Pack 528 is a welcoming pack. Pack 528 meets three Thursday evenings a month at University Heights United Methodist Church (in neighborhood behind Shamrock Plaza) at 1267 Balsam Dr, Decatur.  

An informal information & sign-up evening will be held at Laurel Ridge Elementary, located next door to UHUMC (all invited) on  Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   

For more information, contact Jean Hilyard (Briarlake parent) at  or 678.576.4388.
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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