WEEK 27: February 9 - February 15

2/10/2020 6:00 am


thank you!

Briarlake PTA sends a special thank you to Kim Manning for helming the Used Book Sale, an important fundraiser for us. Kim, thank you for your tireless hours and for making sure that every child got a free book!


2019-2020 student placement considerations

Briarlake teachers and administration are planning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. If you have significant concerns that should be considered as class lists are developed, please submit this form by February 28, 2020.


briarlake concert

The next, greatest event in musical history is coming soon! 3rd Grade, 4th Grade and 5th Grade will perform in Concert, Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm in the Briarlake cafeteria.  

It will be Awesome!


Come see our future superstars in this year's performance. Learning and performing this program has been our major class project for the past few weeks. Every student has been rehearsing and we want to make sure they get to be awesome with us. There is only one concert, so please make every effort to have every student there. If your student cannot attend, please send an email to Mr. Lee so we can adjust our plans. don_lee@dekalbschoolsga.org


On concert day, students should arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 and go to their classroom. They will come to the stage as a group. If you arrive before 5:30, please hold your student with you until 5:30. We will not wear any special outfits but will dress for a dress up occasion. The concert should last about 45 minutes. 3rd Grade performs first, then 4th Grade and 5th Grade.



 The parents of rising 6th graders will have a chance to tour Henderson Middle School at one of the three daytime parent tours.  Note, this is separate from the rising 6th grade orientation that students will attend.  Please see attached flyer for more information.



It's all about the in STEM! Art!


See the flyer to find out the particulars of this month's challenge. All submissions are due Friday, March 6 @ 6pm. Students who complete the challenge will have their names posted in the Blast and will receive a certificate and prizes. This is meant to be a challenge. Students simply need to try their best and learn something new in the process. 


congratulations lego robotics

The Briarlake Beaver's Lego Robotics team came in third place in the first Lego Robotics State Championship!

Briarlake's STEM Teacher Ms. Veena Black and  SPID Teacher, Michelle Neef along with dedicated parents led Briarlake's amazing students to state competition for First Lego League Robotics. During the competition, students, teachers and parents spent over twelve hours together at Georgia Tech competing against 31 elementary and middle school students at the  First Lego League State Championships.  Dr. Paul W. Camick Ed.D., Director, Career Technical and Agricultural Education, shared Briarlake Elementary teams are the first DeKalb team to win a trophy for state championship. He further added that DCSD has won several at the high school level, but have not won at the (ES/MS) FLL level...until now!  Briarlake ES took the 3rd place trophy!




The Briarlake Foundation's 2020 Leap Year Auction is coming!  


Briarcliff Woods Beach Club | Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 6-9 pm

The Briarlake Elementary Foundation is excited to announce this year's annual silent auction and fundraiser to be held on Leap Year Day, February 29th, 2020. 


We had a blast last year at our St. Patrick's Day-themed event. This year, use your extra day to fall down the rabbit hole and wander into Wonderland for the evening! 


More details to come, but we are collecting parent donations now!    


Do you own a business that provides an item or service that you would like to donate?  


Please use the Parent Donation form (found here) to let us know! 

Email the auction team with any questions or to volunteer to help.



Let's Jump Into Winter Break.


Are you sweatin' what to do with the kiddos over Winter Break?  Briarlake PTA's got you covered!  Come join us at Get Air Stone Mountain from 5-8PM  Thursday, February 13th  for a Spirit Night and we'll tire them out together. Plus, 20% of proceeds will be returned to the PTA with presentation of the flyer from the 2/7 Friday.



 It's time to run!  Our very own Briarlake 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run will take place on Saturday, March 7th.  Fun for all runners AND walkers of all ages.  We will be taking over the neighborhood starting at 8:30am.  Don't miss out on a fun day with friends and family!  Online registration is open and can sign up here.  Paper forms were also sent home this week.  Hope to see you at the start line!




Questions - Mami Fondu (mami.e.fondu@gmail.com)

Sponsorship Opportunities - Warren Fondu (chefondu@gmail.com)




Couldn't make the meeting? See the minutes and catch up on Cluster news. 


HEss academy summer camp

It's not too early to starting thinking about summer camps!  See the attached flyer for Hess Academy Summer Camps.  Book in January to receive a 15% discount!



Time to register! Introducing our NEW 2020 program, Elevate.


Camp Invention is a high-energy, hands-on STEM camp.


June 1-5, 2020 | https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention


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