School News
Congratulations Briarlake!!!

To Parents, Staff, Students, Community Partners and Potential Families and friends of Briarlake,

It is my pleasure to announce that we are officially AdvancED STEM Certified! We have worked extremely hard for this level of affirmation indicating that are on to something phenomenal for our students at Briarlake. I would like to once again congratulate and sincerely thank faculty, staff, students, Briarlake parents and community partners for their hard work, perseverance, initiative and support throughout the certification and ongoing STEM implementation process. “WE” did it! WE are AdvancED STEM Certified because of them!

I am truly humbled by the way we came together as ONE school family, inclusive of our kids and fantastic parent community, to achieve something that validates the STEM experiences that our kids are benefiting from, daily. It has been an honor to lead, follow and partner with each of you regarding this STEM process.

Briarlake, your commitment to our students, our school, and community are to be commended.

We strive to work in full collaboration to fully embody the vision and belief that when we work to ignite curiosity, facilitate critical thinking and creativity grounded in collaborative learning, nothing is impossible and growth is endless! This is the heart of STEM, and I believe this is the Heart of Briarlake.

Briarlake Elementary houses a phenomenal team to work with and for. You are to be praised for all that you do on a daily basis, as we continue to march towards even greater excellence here at Briarlake. WE are Briarlake.

One School. One Community. One Success.

Move forward. Head northward...
Principal Lewis  
Kindergarten Round-Up
Briarlake's kindergarten round-up has been rescheduled. The new date is Wednesday, April 26th at 9AM. This program is for the parents and guardians of upcoming Briarlake Kindergarten students. Our goal is to give you "a peek" into the life of a kindergartner, share with you all of the great things going on at Briarlake, and to answer any questions you might have.
The morning will include a chance to meet and hear from the principal, the kindergarten teachers, and the Counseling and Gifted Departments. Parent leaders from Briarlake's PTA, Foundation, and School Council will also be on hand. The program includes time for questions and answers. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided by the Briarlake PTA. We hope to see you there!  
Pre-Kindergarten Lottery

Pre-Kindergarten Lottery

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1:15 PM (Lottery Drawing)
Information in English
Information in Spanish

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!!! 
Student Achievements
Smart Lunch, Smart Kids
Kindergarten's overarching STEM unit is how to get fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts or to people who essentially do not have easy access to it.  We were able to connect with an organization called "Smart Lunch, Smart Kids" at Oak Grove Methodist Church that packs lunches every single Wednesday during the school year and deliveres them to Montclair Elementary School.
Social Studies Fair
WOW! Social Studies Fair participants did a great job!  
Hannah Choy received 3rd place.
Lyla Richards, Hailey James-Ricks, and
Sybil Thomas
are headed to the State Competition at
Clayton State on April 22, 2017.

Reading Bowl Competition
Our Briarlake kids tied for 3rd place out of 46 Reading Bowl teams in DeKalb County! Go Beavers!! And thanks to Mr. Hardwick and to all the parent volunteers who have been coaching the Reading Bowl team for months!
The participants are : Nahum Betru, Preshika Chhetri, Hannah Choy, Will Christenbury, Vivian Dolensky, Sophia Hook, Charlotte Smith-Perry, Hailey James-Ricks, Lyla Richards, Sara Semere.
Spelling Bee

The annual Briarlake Elementary Spelling Bee was held on Friday, January 13. Congratulations to the winner, Hannah Choy (5th grade), and runner up, Giovanni Silvestri (5th grade). Hannah will represent Briarlake at the DeKalb County Spelling Bee.

17 spellers competed in the Briarlake Spelling Bee. These students advanced to the school spelling bee from the grade-level spelling bees held on each team in December.

Congratulations to all of the following students who competed in the school bee: Sienna Beelner, Sarah Beule, Vivian Dolensky, Elise Garcia, Starr Haynes, Jack Hilyard, Jackson Holt, Haaven Siye, Preshika Chetri, Hannah Choy, Kamaih Dunn, Sophia Hook, Wynnton Martin, Charlotte Smith-Perry, Giovanni Silvestri, Jacob Tidwell, Sybil Thomas

2017 DCSD Technology Fair Winners
Congratulations to ALL Briarlake participants for taking the initiative and responsibility of their learning (Fourth Grade students: Elise Garcia, Grace Yu, Anna Katz, Claire Van Horn, and Aaron Gerstle)

Congratulations to our first place winners who are on their way to the GaETC State Technology Fair on March 11, 2017.


Math Tournament
Congratulations to Briarlake's 9 Math Tournament participants!
-Gia Choy, Hannah Choy, Elise Cowles, Daniel Glonty, Lois Kwan, William Petrich, Nahom Samuel, Sam Shapiro, Ava Terrell -

District Events
Upcoming Events
Georgia Milestone End of Grade Testing (Grades 3-5)
Tue Apr 18 2017
to Wed May 3 2017
Teacher Appreciation Week
Mon May 1 2017
to Fri May 5 2017
PTA Monthly Board Meeting
Tue May 2 2017
School Council Meeting
Thu May 4 2017
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