Briarlake ES 
 Week 9: 
October 2nd-October 8th 

This Week: Love Out Loud Campus Beautification is TODAY, Sunday, 10/2 from 11 am to 4 pm; Also...Walk to School Day, Reflections Deadline and Fall Break coming up!
A Message from our Superintendent to the Briarlake Community!
DONATE to the Beaver Boost before October 22nd!

Thanks to your donations, we are MORE THAN HALF WAY to our goal of $20,000 by October 22! If you have not yet donated, DON'T DELAY. We need everyone to participate in the PTA's primary annual fundraising effort. 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! Your donation is tax deductible (tax ID #58-6072359).   

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

Teacher Percent Participation
PK Wise
K Baerman 44%
K McCarthy 47%
K Tonka 13%
1st Graham
1st Sinclair 29%
1st Ward 38%
2nd Coffman 33%
2nd Law 32%
2nd Pittman 27%
2nd Roseberry 38%
3rd Conner 32%
3rd Foege
3rd Reynolds 45%
4th Echols 24%
4th Moehlich 48%
4th Spencer
5th Evans 20%
5th Foy 35%
5th Francis
Warbington/Moseley 11%

The Beaver Boost accepts donations via
 check, cash, and  AffiniPay 

QUESTIONS?: Contact Ann Chahroudi or Anjevon Smith
DeKalb County School District ESPLOST Plan 
DeKalb County School District (DSCD) has released the final proposal for middle and high school feeder patterns, re-clustering attendance areas, additions to schools and new/replacement schools.  This proposal includes a 750 seat addition to Lakeside bringing it to a 2,500 student school. 

View the plan 
here and view the recommendation handouts here.

View the Thought Paper created and submitted by the Lakeside Cluster Summit.

Upcoming Important Dates:
DSCD Region 2 Information Meeting on project list - Tucker High School, Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 7pm 

Online Survey:  October 4-24, 2016

Committee of the Whole:  November 7, 2016

DeKalb County School Board Vote on ESPLOST project, Monday, December 5th
1st Academic Challenge Participants
Job well done to the following students who helped us understand how STEM helps people in different countries improve their environment and/or quality of life! Ms Moseley's and Ms Warbington's classes jointly participated and made a poster for International Night also! Make sure to check out all of the posters on display throughout the school. 

Pre- Kindergarten                                
  Kouki Kato
Sebastian Borja                     Eric Maskery
Hana Fondu                          Annabelle Moore
Hayden Gentry                      Lulia Samuel
Ian Gerstle                            Landon Smith
Logan Holt
Isha Amara                            Eris Kelly                                                
Kaden Chan                            Felipe Montecinos            
Krishika Chhetri                      Jack Phelps

Mestre Adnew                      Ava Kirkuki
Adam Berkowitz                   Vera Kurbatova
Logan Bernard                      Nora Miller
Elijah Boyd                           Vivian Moore
Cassiopee Amblard               Nate Morris
Jophie Chan                         Colin Pan
Evan Fondu                          Adam Samuel
Blaire Griffiths                       Rhyse Sterling
Cash Hackney                      Aadi Trivedi
Caiden Hughes                     Kazuki Wells
Jana Hwang                         Jonathan Zewdu
Grayson Jones
Caleb Adenuga                     Lois Kwan
Soren Borja                          Nahom Samuel
Gia Choy                             Sam Shapiro
Kyle Davis                           Beatrix Snook
Zane Hartken                       Mary Lynne Traynelis
Mariann Kersh                      Emma Trotti
Lucas Fondu                        Jaden Hwang
Aaron Gerstle                       Erika Kato 
Jackson Holt                        Rand Musawi
Preshika Chhetri
Hannah Choy
Sophia Hook
Giovanni Silvestri

Ms. Moseley and Ms. Warbington
Luke Kwan
Jonathan Lozano-Galeana
Jonathan Martinez Vazquez
Jackson Vaden
This Tuesday: Reflections Art Entries are Due!
PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students from PK - 5 and of all abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2016-17 theme: What is Your Story?

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

Take a photo! Draw a picture! Make a video or a dance! Students may submit a project from any of these categories. 
Last year Briarlake had students winners at the District and State level.

Update: Entries must be received in Briarlake's office by Oct 4. Please complete the   Please leave all artwork for submission to Reflections in the school office in a box labeled "Reflections" beginning Tuesday. Thank you.

Questions about how to participate? Click  PTA Reflections or contact   Michelle Beule.

This Wednesday is International Walk to School Day!
Weds. 10/5/15 

Kids who walk or bike to school receive stickers and cool prizes! If you live too far to walk from home, you can meet up with other families and form a Walking School Bus.
Walking School Buses will leave from these locations at 7:10 am:
  • Briarlake Baptist Church
  • Ponderosa at Lavista and Bonanza
  • Greenwood Acres at Greenwillow and Chesterfield
  • Briarlake Circle at Ramble Lane
  • Amberwood Sign at Briarlake Road
Volunteers Needed! If you would like to volunteer to lead a Walking School Bus from your neighborhood, hand out prizes from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. to kids that walk to school, or help us take photos during this event, please sign up to volunteer here.
Clip and Save Those Box Tops!
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - Little Things Mean A Lot!
$10,583.23! That is how much Briarlake has earned over the years from collecting Box Tops! Little things really do add up. A great way to get your children involved in raising funds for Briarlake is by helping you collect and clip Box Tops. Look for collection sheets in your child's Friday folder or print them online at .

Encourage your child to paste Box Tops to the collection sheet -- make it fun! Clipped Box Tops can also be submitted in baggies labeled with the number of Box Tops you are donating. Either way, drop them off in the Box Top Collection Box provided in the front office.

In addition to clipping and submitting Box Tops, you can now earn eBox Tops for 
Briarlake at Just sign up online and designate Briarlake as the school you wish to support. Please bring in your Box Tops by October 14th to meet our Fall Deadline. Contact our 2016-17 Box Top Coordinator,  Mark Cochran  if you have questions or want to help! .
You Could Win a $25 Publix Gift Card!
Win a $25 Publix gift card from the Briarlake PTA. This year, the Briarlake PTA is using a new program, PT Avenue for the school directory, spirit wear, membership, finances, etc. 

We need your help getting all parents and kids listed in the Briarlake PT Avenue account so that we can easily create the school directory. 

What you can do.......

2. Click "Register"
3. Enter your family's information, including your child's name and teacher's name
4. That's it! Unless you'd like to go to the PT Avenue online store to purchase Fall Festival tickets, give to the Beaver Boost and/or join PTA! 

PTA will be giving away 2 $25 Publix gift cards to families who sign up for the directory through PT Avenue. Names will be drawn for the gift cards at the Fall Festival. 

Parent Sponsor Needed for New Briarlake Club
4-H provides youth ages 9 and up with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities such as STEM activities, environmental and agricultural activities, leadership development, summer camps, community service, and project competitions. We are looking for 1 or 2 interested parents to help get 4H started at Briarlake. You will be paired with a Staff Sponsor to help create this exciting opportunity for the children of Briarlake. Training and support will be provided via DeKalb County's 4H program. Contact Sonya Tinsley-Hook at if you are interested!
Fall Festival Team Members Needed
We have filled 16 of our 19 Fall Festival Team positions! Just 3 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. Festival Lead(s) - Keeper of the central checklist/ central point of contact for questions, miscellaneous decisions

2. 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)

3. Sponsorships - Reach out to last year's sponsors and coordinate sponsorships. Most of our sponsors happily return each year!

Email Emily Graybill at or Sonya Tinsley-Hook We look forward to hearing from you!
Important Dates to Remember in October
Sunday, 10/2- Love Out Loud School Campus Work Day w/ Briarlake                              Baptist Church, 11-4

Tuesday, 10/4-  Reflection entries due
                       Fall Festival Sub-Committee Meeting
                       PTA Board Meeting, 6pm
                       DSCD Region 2 Information Meeting on project list - Tucker                            High School, 7pm
Wednesday, 10/5- I
nternational Walk to School Day

Thursday, 10/6, 10/7, 10/10- NO SCHOOL, Fall Break

Friday, 10/14- Box Tops Due

Sunday, 10/16-  Briarlake Foundation Board Meeting, 7pm

Thursday, 10/20- School Council Meeting, 1pm

Saturday, 10/22- 21st Annual Briarlake PTA Fall Festival, 11-4 
                          Beaver Boost Fundraiser ends

Sunday, 10/23- Go Green Team Litter Clean Up 4-5pm

Monday, 10/24- Red Ribbon Week begins

Tuesday, 10/25- Principal-Parent Forum, 6 pm

Friday, 10/28- STEM Day

Monday, 10/31- Briarlake Character Parade

                    October Breakfast       October Lunch
Briarlake Pat on the Back
Did You Know...

 that Briarlake's Track Club was selected to cheer for the
Atlanta 10-Miler and won $4,700 for their cheering efforts?!
This Saturday: Join Friends of Briarlake Forest

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 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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