Briarlake ES 
 Week 4: 
August 28-September 3rd 

Tuesday, 8/30: Room Parent informational meeting, 5:30-6:00. Contact your teacher or  Gina Benedict to see which positions are still available for the classroom.  PTA Monthly Board Meeting to follow.
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.


Every class with 100% participation in the Boost will win a pizza party with Bucky the Beaver!



Let the competition begin! Here are the standings so far:




PK Wise


K Baerman


K McCarthy


K Tonka


1st Graham


1st Sinclair


1st Ward


2nd Coffman


2nd Law


2nd Pittman


2nd Roseberry


3rd Conner


3rd Foege


3rd Reynolds


4th Echols


4th Moehlich


4th Spencer


5th Evans


5th Foy


5th Francis





Total donations so far: $7,138 (THANK YOU!)


Help us reach our goal: $20,000 by October 22!


The Beaver Boost is the PTA's MOST IMPORTANT annual fundraising effort. Half of our PTA budget is raised through the Boost and 100% of the money raised stays with the school. The suggested donation is $125 per family. Donors at this level will receive a Briarlake tote bag. Donations of ≥ $300 are entered in a raffle for an iPad! Donations from Grandparents, other relatives, and Briarlake alums are welcome and encouraged! Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).

The Beaver Boost accepts donations via PayPal
undefined, check, cash, and  PT Avenue 

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi or Anjevon Smith
Secondary Schools Study: Survey Due by Sept 16th!
Round 3 of the  Secondary   School  Study has begun.  Click  here   for more information and to complete the   ONLINE SURVEY  (available til  September 16th ).  

We urge you to take the time to complete the online survey after determining what you feel is best for the county and best for Briarlake.  

Option A has the greatest projected cost, but does not include split feeders.

Option B is the only option that proposes split feeder schools.  

Option C is similar to Option A with the addition of the relocation of the Chamblee Magnet programs.  

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
School Council Updates
Here are the Minutes from the School Council meeting on August 18th.
School Council Minutes

Georgia Milestones Assessment Analysis

Aftercare Committee members needed
If you would like to contribute ideas or suggestions for Briarlake's Aftercare Program, please email your contact information to  Debbie Martin-Gerstle .     

We would like to form a committee of interested parents, teachers, and administrators who will collaborate with Ms Hamilton in expanding Briarlake's Aftercare Program.
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 and September dates below.
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!
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!
Aftercare payments are going digital!  Here is the link to the Web Store.

Check out the "About us" section of the Briarlake Website so that you can keep informed about activities, fees, and schedules.

Sign up for important updates from Mrs. Hamilton through the after-care remind account.  Text the message @a8a67 to the number  81010.
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*
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 Ahead to September
Monday, 9/5- Labor Day/No School

Tuesday, 9/6- PTA Monthly Board Meeting, 7:45 am, Briarlake cafeteria

Wednesday, 9/7- Curriculum Night, All Grades, 5:45-8:00 (Cafeteria/classrooms) 

Sunday, 9/11- Briarlake PTA Braves outing, 12:00 parade, 1:30 gametime

Tuesday, 9/13-
Odyssey of the Mind Interest Session, 6pm

Thursday, 9/15- School Picture Makeup Day
   Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 5pm-7pm

Friday, 9/16- Secondary School Survey Completion Deadline

Tuesday, 9/20- Parent Teacher Conference Night

Friday, 9/23- First Academic Challenge Due

Sunday, 9/25- Go Green Team Litter Cleanup 
    Briarlake Foundation Board Meeting 7-9pm

Tuesday, 9/27- PTA General Membership Meeting 5:30-6:00pm
     PTA International Night 6-7:30pm

Friday, 9/30- STEM Day

September Breakfast                 September Lunch
Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know?

 Briarlake' Science Olympiad  was recognized as one of the top 10  programs in the county and 1 st  alternate for state (7 th).

Dekalb Pat on the Back
DeKalb Schools receive the highest number of AdvancED STEM certifications of any qualifying school district in 70 nations.

For more information, click here .
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.

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.
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

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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