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Briarcrest PTA Newsletter - November 2021

Important Links and Information

Briarcrest PTA Website

Briarcrest Community Facebook Page

Upcoming Events

Nov 1
Reflections Art Entries Due

Nov 1-5
Conference Week
Half-day Release 11:30am

Nov 2
PTA Board Meeting 6:00pm

Nov 2
PTA General Meeting 6:30pm

Nov 11
No School - Veteran's Day

Nov 13
Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser 

Nov 19
Spiritwear Orders Due

Nov 19
Winter Coat Drive Ends

Nov 24
Half Day Release 11:30am

Nov 25-26
No School - Thanksgiving Break

Dec 2
Winter Celebration 6:00pm

Dec 7
PTA Board Meeting 6:00pm

Hello Briarcrest Families!

I can’t believe it’s already November! The changing colors in the leaves and trees have been beautiful. We are lucky to live in this amazing place even if it is a little wet and windy sometimes. Hopefully you are able to enjoy this season of Thanksgiving with friends and family.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

Our PTA team continues to work hard and I’m grateful for everyone who adds a little bit (or a lot) to make our Briarcrest Community so great.  Things to check out in this month’s newsletter include ordering Spiritwear, turning in Reflections art, attending our Chipotle fundraiser, a Book Review, and an at home Art Docent Project. There are also a couple ways to say thank you to our teachers and staff at Briarcrest, info about the Coat Drive, and more.

Stay warm and safe!
Jenn Atherton

Students Voted! Your New Briarcrest Spiritwear is Here!

We are excited to offer spiritwear this year with a new design voted on by students, and a look your whole family will love. Orders are now open for grey Briarcrest T-shirts ($8) and sweatshirts ($20). Order online or by returning payment and the order form back to the school. Order forms will be sent home with students or available here. All orders are due by Nov 19.

Reflections Art is DUE!

Your Reflections Art pieces are DUE NOW, November 1st. Entry forms and more info can be found here. If you need help turning in your art pieces email

Thank you to all the students who submitted artwork to Reflections!

Winter Celebration

Find your hat and gloves or maybe just your scissors and glue so we can create a snowman. Join us on zoom December 2nd at 6:00pm for our first PTA event of the year! We will celebrate winter with fun crafts and activities to get us ready for the rest of the season. More details and the zoom link will be sent out when the event gets closer.

Chipotle Dine Out Fundraiser​

Dine Out at Chipotle November 13th from 4-8pm and support Briarcrest PTA.  To make sure your order counts towards our fundraiser be sure to show the cashier a digital or paper flier (Spanish Flier) or just mention the fundraiser prior to paying. If ordering online for pick up (delivery is not an option for the fundraiser) use our Promo Code R86QXEP on the Chipotle app or website. You can find additional information about online orders here.

Book Recommendation

Great Books to Talk About Race and Equity With Kids
Children’s Book Spotlight: Dreamers/Soñadores, by Yuyi Morales

This year, the Briarcrest PTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee will feature a children’s book in each newsletter that we hope can be a jumping off point for meaningful conversations with our kids. This month, we’re featuring Soñadores/Dreamers, a beautiful picture book that fosters conversation with children about the journeys and bravery of immigrant families, the magic of books, and the challenges and joys of learning a new language. In this award-winning autobiographical picture book, artist and author Yuyi Morales, brings to life her own journey to the United States with her infant son. Her vivid illustrations recall her feelings of being lost in a new land, struggling over language and unsure of the unspoken rules. This begins to change when she finds the public library. This place, at first suspicious, becomes a gateway to the impossible, unimaginable, wondrous dream of a new life and language. Throughout, Spanish and English mix together, just as the gifts that Yuyi has brought from Mexico accompany her and her son into the unfamiliar world of the San Francisco Bay Area. Soñadores/Dreamers is a powerful statement that immigrants don’t leave their languages and cultures behind while they explore new worlds.

Spanish Edition
English Edition
Youtube Read Aloud in Spanish
Youtube Read Aloud in English

You can find previous month’s recommendations on our web page.

Winter Coat Drive

Briarcrest’s annual Winter Coat Drive is happening now through November 19th! We are collecting new coat donations, sizes 4T - Adult 3XL to support Shoreline Public Schools, The Works. Donations can be made at Briarcrest in the Coat Drive Box or by purchasing a coat from the BC Amazon Wishlist at Thank you for supporting our Shoreline students.

Little Free Pantry

During this season of giving, please consider dropping off donations to our adopted Little Free Pantry that assists our Briarcrest neighborhood community. It is located on the corner of 25th and 145th in the Shoreline United Methodist Church parking lot. Any non-perishable food donations or personal care items are welcome. Please give what you can and take what you need. 

Join Your Class Directory

Join your BC class and grade directory to connect with other families and get the inside scoop on school, PTA, and social opportunities for your child! Sign up here in less than one minute. 

Directory Sign Up English Form
Directory Sign Up Spanish Form

Teacher and Staff Appreciation 

Staff Lunch
Several times a year the PTA provides lunch for all teachers and staff.  The first lunch that we are providing will be during conference week. If you would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of this or upcoming lunches please donate here and write teacher lunch in the note section.

Extra Love for Nurse Susan!
Nurse Susan has been working extra hard this year during covid. She spends countless hours responding to emails and helping us all know when it is safe to send our kids to school and the proper steps to follow when they are sick. She also goes to kids in their classrooms, instead of kids coming to her when they need to be seen. She has been doing an amazing job of helping keep us all healthy and safe. We have set up a kudos board where you can leave a special note of thanks for Nurse Susan.  It is easy to add a quick message, picture, or even video to let her know how much we appreciate her. Kudosboard for Nurse Susan

Whose favorite snack is Peanuts? Which staff member loves Oscar the Grouch?

Each month, on our website, we introduce our community to a staff member through some fun questions! 
Meet Briarcrest Staff

Art Docent at Home - Pointillism

All these beautiful fall colors have us feeling inspired! Join us in making your own Pointillism Fall Tree

Pointillism (POINT - ILL - ISM) is a painting technique that uses small dots to make a picture. Pointillism was developed in 1886 by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. You can see one of Georges Seurat’s famous pointillism paintings below. In traditional painting we mix the colors before we put them on our canvas but with Pointillism we use the science of optics to blend the colors of the individual dots on the canvas. This is just like our computer or television screen, the pixels in your screen are just like the dots in a painting. We could spend all day talking about the science of art so we’ll simplify it for you. There are 3 things that make pointillism to work: color of the dots, placement of the dots, and the value (light or dark) of the dots. Who knew that art used things like science and math to make the images we create? Typically Pointillism art is done using oil paint but today we’re going to get creative and use what we have in our homes. Follow our step by step directions here.

More Ways to Support BC PTA

Amazon Smile - Earn $$ for our school by shopping on Amazon. Select "Briarcrest PTA 6 12 10" to donate while you shop on

Benefit Mobile - Download the App on your device and select BC. When you shop at participating stores, you pay using the app and earn money for Briarcrest:

Volunteer Needs

We have an amazing team of volunteers this year working hard to bring great programs to Briarcrest, but we have a few areas we still need help with! We are especially in need of volunteers to help with Yearbook, Communications, Teacher Appreciation, Heritage Night, and STEAM Night. If you are interested in helping with any of the above, please email us at

To find out about other volunteer opportunities throughout the year, visit our volunteer webpage.

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  • Helps improve the educational experience for all children!
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2715 NE 158th St
Shoreline, WA 98155
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