Welcome to Briarlake
Briarlake Phone Numbers
Main Office: 678-874-2502
Clinic: 678-874-2507
FAX Number: 678-874-2510
2014 - 2015 PTA Officers

Co-Presidents:Robyn Binger & Monica Cowles
VP Programs: Sonya Tinsley & Tracie Herold
VP Fundraising: Jenn Copland and DeeDee Lewis
Treasurer: Pam Fleming
Secretary: Debbie Martin-Gerstle
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Briarlake Elementary School

Briarlake Elementary School is located in Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia. Briarlake has been educating the children in our community for over 50 years. We have Pre-K - 5th grades as well as the deaf and hard of hearing program. Briarlake is a 2002 Georgia School of Excellence and has been awarded the 2003 Parent Involvement School of Excellence by the National PTA.

Briarlake is a small neighborhood school with a wonderful staff supported by our parents and the community. Our PTA organizes events and activities throughout the year. We hope all of our families will find ways to be involved and participate.


July 31, 2014... Check out the wonderful article about Monarch Butterflies. The article highlights our own Stephanie Spencer, Briarlake teacher, and Trecia Neal, DeKalb County Schools Biologist, Fernbank Science Center.  Better Learning with Monarch Butterflies 

Quick Look
School is out for summer!

August 6 - Open House
August 11 - First Day of School

Click here to see the DeKalb County School District's calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.

PTA Expense Reimbursement Form

DCSD Parent Portal Handbook (added 11/20/13)

Listen to WSB for DeKalb Schools weather related information.

Briarlake Facebook Page


OPEN HOUSE - August 6, 2014! 8am - 12 pm
Last names A-F: 8-10am, Last names G-M: 9-11am and Last names N-Z; 10-12.

If you are unavailable to come at your assigned time, no worries, we will still be happy to take care of you between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm.
Please note: This is different from information posted on the DeKalb County School District website.
New to the neighborhood? PLEASE stop by the school now and register your children. Don't wait.

Updated: July 30, 2014

  • Class Supply lists are available on the Class Supply List page. **7/22 update for 4th grade: Please note there have been some changes in the list. 
  • August 6 is Open House starting at 8:00 am. Don't forget your current proof of residence, everyone must bring Current utility bill (gas, electric, or water only - no  or cable bills); Signed lease of residence; or Signed home mortgage contract.. We will stagger times to cut down on the crush...8-10 will be for last names A-F, 9-11 will be last names G-M and 10-12 will be last names N-Z.  Join the PTA, purchase spirit wear, meet all the teachers in your grade level, get information on afterschool programs, and more.  Be there!
  • Briarlake now has a Twitter account! We will be using the account for reminders about school events, announcements, weather alerts and more! Download the Twitter app and then search for Briarlake Elementary School. Follow us to keep up to date with all the great things going on at our school! @BriarlakeES
  • Summer Math Challenge Ms Jenks and the PTA would like to help Briarlake students keep up their math skills over the Summer. Please consider participating in the "Summer Math Challenge."  We are suggesting the kids spend an average of ONE HOUR A WEEK over the summer doing their choice of math activity.The goal is 10 hours (600 minutes) of math over the entire 11 weeks of summer break. You can keep track of your hours with the attached form. Those kids that meet the math challenge will be recognized at the start of the new school year! Any questions, please email Debbie Martin-Gerstle: dmartindvm@gmail.com
  • New Student Registration:  If you have a child who will be attending Briarlake for the 1st time in the fall, please be sure to register now.  Stop by Briarlake on Tuesday or Thursday, between 8:30 and 10:30 am.  For items required for registration, please see our New Student Registration page.  Don't wait until August! 
  • Microsoft Student Advantage Program This program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus for students currently enrolled in the DeKalb County Student District. DCSD students may download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device). For more information: vist the DCSD Website: more information
  • Comcast Essentials Program This program offers home Internet service for only $9.95 a month for families living within the Comcast service area. To qualify for this program, at least one child in the family must qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Comcast flyer
  • DeKalb County School District App It is available on the DCSD website.
  • DeKalb County School District Calendar for the 2014-15 schoolyear is now posted.  Click here to see it.
  • International Parent Outreach Program is the county's continuous effort to increase parental engagement among our culturally and linguistically diverse community, the EL Program is pleased to announce the start of this year's Parent Outreach Program. This program offers PHLOTE parents (parents whose primary home language is other than English) the opportunity to learn English, computer literacy and school culture. Please see the flyer/registration forms available here.
  • Please turn off your cell phones during morning and afternoon carpool.
  • Briarlake weekly updates ....sign up is available on the left side of this page. Great information comes out weekly during the school year!  This is our newsletter, so sign up now!
  • School Hours: 7:45 am - 2:15 pm.  Building opens at 7:00 am for student arrival.
  • Lunch menus are posted here.

CARPOOL  - MAP and Directions here

  • There are no left turns into the school grounds from Briarlake Road.
  • PLEASE display name signs until your child is safely in your car. Using a "skirt/pant" hanger on the mirror of the car is a great idea!!! All students should be picked up by 2:45 at the latest. Thank you for helping keep our children safe.
  • Turn your cell phones off while dropping off or picking up your children as well as in the school building!
Cell Tower News - Be sure to stay informed by going to www.noBriarlaketower.org website or checking out their facebook page.
Go Beavers!

Briarlake Elementary School
3590 LaVista Road - Decatur, GA. 30033 - 678-874-2502
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