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Thank you, Briarlake Foundation!
Media Center Renovation Complete! 
Woo-hoo! TWO years in a row!!!
Open House
Volunteers Still Needed
We still need parent volunteers to make Open House a success and keep wait times down. There are two different shifts (8-10 and 10-12), and we have no volunteers signed up for the second shiftEven if you can't give two hours, any time you can give will help! Thank you!!
Important Open House Update!
First, just a reminder that Briarlake's Open House will be on Wednesday, August 1st from 8am-12pm. *Note that this is different from the Open House information distributed by Dekalb County.*

Now for the Update... 
We have a new time saver for Open House!! You can not only go to Membership Toolkit and complete the tasks listed below to get your FAST PASS, but we have found a way to save you time in the classroom, too. In Membership Toolkit, you will now see two new choices on the home page: BLES Open House Forms and Dekalb Medication Authorization Forms. The BLES forms are the forms you would usually sit and fill out in the classroom (these are all required). The Medication Forms are the forms you would need to authorize school to administer any medications to your child (there is a separate form for prescription and non-prescription medication). You will still have to fill out 2 green student locator cards for each student in the classrooms, but the other forms are now available for download. So, if you'd like to save time, follow the steps below!
  1. Visit Membership Toolkit here
  2. Download the forms you need
  3. Fill them out at home, and 
  4. Bring them with you to give to your child's teacher
Complete most of your Open House tasks now!
Visit Membership Toolkit to save time and qualify for a FAST PASS through registration! In Membership Toolkit you can:
  • Provide contact informaton for you and your Briarlake student(s)
  • Join the PTA
  • Order your student's planner (required for K-5)
  • Pay class dues
  • Confirm information for the school directory
  • Find the Spirit Wear order form that you can print and bring with you to order your spirit wear
  • Donate to the PTA
Follow these easy steps to get your FAST PASS:
  1. Visit Membership Toolkit here
  2. Complete your tasks
  3. Print out your receipt 
  4. Bring your Membership Toolkit receipt to Open House and receive your FAST PASS!
Remember: Membership Toolkit closes at midnight tomorrow, Monday, July 30th. After that, you must complete your tasks on a laptop in the cafeteria at Open House.
Open House General Info
At Open House you will:
  • Provide Proof of Residency  - Important and Required for EVERY Family - even returning families (see acceptable proofs of residency below)
  • Purchase agenda planner - required for every student in grades K-5th
  • Pay your student's class dues
  • Join the PTA, donate to the PTA
  • Be able to sign up to volunteer
  • Be able to order spirit wear
  • Complete your directory information
  • Find out your homeroom teacher (after you visit the cafeteria and the proof of residence table)
  • And much much more!
Your time at Open House time is determined by your child's last name. 
  • 8-10 = Last names N-Z
  • 9-11 = Last names H-M
  • 10-12 = Last names A-G


ALL returning students must provide a current proof of residence in the Briarlake attendance area. 

The only acceptable proofs of residency are as follows: 
  • a current utility bill (gas, water, electricity only)
  • a current signed lease 
  • a current signed mortgage *we cannot accept a mortgage agreement that has not closed*


For more info on what is needed for registration, check out this page on the Briarlake PTA website: Click here.

Please see the DCSD web site at the following link for additional information about specific registration situations: Click here.


Wednesday, 8/01
2018-19 Open House, 8am-12pm 

Monday, 8/06
First Day of School for DeKalb County School District
PTA Parent Welcome Coffee & Donuts, Cafeteria, 7:30am
Open House Save the Date!

Briarlake's Open House has been scheduled! It will be on Wednesday, August 1st from 8am-12pm. Open House is your opportunity to see the school, visit the classrooms, meet the teachers, sign up for the PTA, support our PTA and Foundation, purchase PTA spirit wear, and volunteer! 

Your time at Open House time is determined by your child's last name. 
  • 8-10 = Last names N-Z
  • 9-11 = Last names H-M
  • 10-12 = Last names A-G

Be prepared! Check out the following forms and information listed below prior to Open House. 

On August 1st at Open House, ALL returning students must provide a current proof of residence in the Briarlake attendance area. The only acceptable proofs of residency are as follows: a current utility bill (gas, water, electricity only), a current signed lease, or current signed mortgage. We cannot accept a mortgage agreement that has not closed.

For more info on what is needed for registration, check out this page on the Briarlake PTA website: Click here.

Please see the DCSD web site at the following link for additional information about specific registration situations: here.

More information about Open House will be shared in the next e-blasts!
Summer 2018 PTA Potluck Meeting!
Student Achievements
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2018 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Peachtree Junior Race
Briarlake had 102 participants at the Peachtree Jr. race. We had the 3rd highest number of participants. Track Club was awarded $1,000. Way to go Briarlake!
Recognition for 2018 State Technology Competition Achievement
Congratulations to Anna Katz and Claire Van Horn on placing in the 2018 Georgia Student Technology Competition which was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Macon, Georgia!  These students competed with over 1000 students throughout the State of Georgia and 64 students representing the DeKalb County School District.  
Social Studies Fair Winners
Moving on to state finals!!!
Stella Newman and Mary Lily Brass  took 1st place in their Social Studies category (Anthropology).

Aaron Gerstle and Amanda Beckwith took 3rd place in their category (Geography).
Congratulations Jr. Beta Club  image Congratulations Jr. Beta Club
Jr. Beta Club State Convention

PTA Reflections Winners!
Congratulations to all of the following students for being PTA Reflections Winners! What a testament to the wide range of talent we have here at Briarlake! Way to go, Beaver Achievers! 
What a Race!
Congratulations to the Briarlake Track Club on the completion of an awesome race!

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
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October 2018 National Bullying Prevention Month
Mon Oct 1 2018
to Wed Oct 31 2018

National School Lunch Week
Mon Oct 15 2018
to Fri Oct 19 2018

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