Briarlake ES 
Back to School  Week 3: 
August 21-27 

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

Thanks to all the Ice Cream Greeters and Eaters
PTA Ice Cream Social 
Thanks to all the participants and volunteers at the annual PTA Ice Cream Social.  Extra special thanks to organizers Allyson Martin and Angela Barnett. It was a delicious way to start off the year, and we look forward to many more fun, PTA-sponsored events!
Yearbook Picture Day  8/31/16
Picture Day is 8/31/16
Mark your calendars.  Our Fall Picture Day is coming up soon on  8/31/16 .  These pictures are not prepay and there are no forms.  They are for the yearbook so all students will be photographed regardless of purchase.  Information for picture packages will come later from Butterbean Photography.  
Come Share The Smiles! Picture Day Volunteers Needed...
Three additional parent volunteers are needed to help with School Picture Day on 8/31/16. The hours are from 7:40 to approximately 11:00 in the Media Center. During this time you will be helping organize the students and forms, be acting as a "runner" to classrooms when needed, and ensuring that the students are photo-ready!    This is a great way to spend a morning, and you'll get to see lots of cute, smiling faces!  Please email Amanda Holt if you're interested in donating your time.
From the Principal - Update on the AC Unit
Hello, E veryone,

We have had some concerns regarding the AC unit and leaks in the lower hall and the cafeteria.  As a standard practice, work orders are submitted as soon as building challenges present themselves. Several work orders and phone calls have been made.  On Friday, August 19th an HVAC technician serviced the AC in the lower hall, rectifying all AC concerns except one.  For this challenge, the compressor needs to be replaced and this has been reported, as well.

Regarding the leaks, the district has noted that there are many issues in the county and Briarlake is on the list for service as soon as possible. 

Please note that the AC issues are contained to one space and the current issues do not affect the temperature in the building. The AC unit keeps the building and the children cool during the day.

Thank you in advance for your patience. 

Have a wonderful day!

Jamela Lewis
Beavers Are Achievers! Summer Academic Challenge Participants!
Congratulations to these students that completed the Summer STEM Academic Challenge!  

Over the summer vacation, children can forget, on average, 2 months worth of learning unless they stay engaged with reading and math. These students read at least 5 books over the summer and completed at least 9 hours of math!

Students received a certificate, a free pass to a Planetarium show at Fernbank Science Center, and their names are posted on our Achievement Bulletin Board. Great job, scholars!  This Challenge was co-sponsored by your School Council and Briarlake PTA.


   Sebastian Borja      Ian Gerstle
  Christina Hughes    Annabelle Moore

First Grade
Hunter Buigut          Kaden Chan
         James Judkins        Whitney Moehlich
         Wilson Mullins

Second Grade
Cassiopee Amblard    Davis Anderson
         Daschle Barnett         Adam Berkowitz
         Logan Bernard           Jophie Chan
         Cash Hackney          Caiden Hughes
         Jana Hwang              Kate Judkins
         Vera Kurbatova          Vivian Moore
         Nate Morris                Adam Samuel
         Kazuki Wells             Ryan Yi

Third Grade
         Caleb Adenuga          Soren Borja
         Gia Choy                   Vyara Heimer
         Nahom Samuel          Sam Shapiro

Fourth Grade
         Sarah Beule               Aaron Gerstle
         Jackson Holt             Jaden Hwang
         Erika Kato                 Andrew Moehlich
         Nicole Simon

Fifth Grade
Seth Berkowitz           Hannah Choy
         Stefan Heimer            Sophia Hook
         Sara Semere              Michael Simon

PTA Redistricting Update
PTA Note: The Redistricting Meetings on August 23rd & 25th will NOT be planning meetings. 

The recommendations to be presented at these meetings will be available online Tuesday Aug 23 at noon at:  

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. 
We've Got Spirit! Yes We Do!
Spirit Day Fridays
Let's make our school even more spirited by encouraging our kids to wear Briarlake Spirit Wear each Friday.  Go Beavers!
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 Beaver Boost Update

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.   The tally is in from the Ice Cream Social / Beaver Boost Kickoff and our current total is  $ 6,773!

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 from Grandparents, other relatives, and Briarlake alums are welcome! 

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
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.
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
We have filled 12 of our 19 Fall Festival Team positions! Just 5 more team positions to fill and we'll be ready to hold Briarlake's most popular community-building event. We are looking for people to join the teams below:

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


2. Festival Lead(s) - Keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions

3. STEM Activities - Work with the STEM committee to book and organize a few fun and engaging STEM activities during the Fall Festival. There is a plan that can be followed from last year's Festival.

4. 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)

5. 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!
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, 8/23-  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

Friday, 8/26-  Braves' Ticket Orders are due

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

Wednesday, 8/31 School Picture Day

*The Odyssey of the Mind interest session has been moved to Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm
Looking for STEAM ideas? 
Museum of Design Atlanta
Museum of Design Atlanta is offering all children, up to age 17, free membership in its Design Club. Members will receive unlimited free admission to the museum, MODA newsletters, and invitations to special events.

Each member can bring one accompanying adult, who also gets in free.
The free membership program is funded by corporate donations, the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs, and individual designers who made contributions at last springs HOW Design Live annual conference.

You can learn more about  Design Club membership online, but to sign up, you must visit MODA in person.

School Council
What is School Council
To learn more about this important group of administrators, teachers, and parents that are primarily concerned with school-wide academic issues, please read this informational handout

What can I do to challenge my student(s) academically?
Please encourage your child/children to participate in the School Council's Academic Challenges.   

There are 4 challenges per school year (and an additional Summer Challenge).  These challenges help increase academic rigor, are Stem focused, and encourage a family to work together.

Our first Academic Challenge is a Social Studies based challenge that will be tied to the PTA's International Night.
Please read more about it here

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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