Titan Talk

August 11, 2017

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Upcoming Dates

The Week Ahead...

  • 8/11 - Order YEARBOOK by TODAY (8/11) for ONLY $40!
  • 8/14 - Permission Slips distributed (Dell Lattitude)
  • 8/14 - Permission Slips distributed (Solar Eclipse)
  • 8/14 - Parent University: Device Webinar on Facebook Live @ 6:30 pm
  • 8/15 - Parent University: In Person Q&A @ 8-9:30 am (Media Center)
  • 8/16 - PERMISSION SLIPS DUE (Dell Lattitude & Solar Eclipse)
  • 8/16 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ Mimosa 9:30 am
  • 8/17 - STAR Testing - Eat a Good Breakfast Titans!
  • 8/17 - Device Roll-Out Volunteers Needed
  • 8/18 - Device Roll-Out Volunteers Needed
  • 8/18 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear


SOLAR ECLIPSE & DEVICE ROLL-OUT...SPECIAL EVENT!!

  • 8/21 - Solar Eclipse & Device Deployment

** Expect Bus Delays due to the elementary school delay

* Car Riders & Walkers will be released @ 4:05 pm



IMPORTANT DATE: WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23, 2017

CURRICULUM NIGHT - STATE OF THE SCHOOL

ALL PARENTS & FAMILIES ARE INVITED!

  • 5:00 PM - TAG Meeting
  • 5:30 PM Annual Title I Parent Meeting & "State of the Schoool" w/Principal Smith
  • 6:00 PM PTSA Budget Meeting
  • 6:30 PM Classrooms Visits/Curriculum Night w/Teachers
  • 8:30 PM End of Curriculum Night


At the Annual Title I Parent Meeting, Principal Smith will welcome our families and present the "State of the School" address. During the Classroom Visits, parents will be able to "walk their child's schedule,' meet the teachers and learn about the Curriculum in the classroom.

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Happy Friday Titans,


I am excited to report that this group of students as a whole (6th, 7th, and 8th graders) has come back to school ready to learn. I'm seeing a great deal of focus in their habits and mindsets. It clear to me that our students are very happy to be back!


Our Science department is planning an opportunity for the entire building to experience the solar eclipse. Glasses for every student and staff member are on the way for the 2:35 pm event on Aug. 21st. The only adjustment we at the middle school anticipate is with our bus dismissal potentially being delayed about 15 minutes. Walkers and car riders will leave at their usual time at 4:05 pm. During the 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm eclipse viewing event, all staff members will be chaperoning our students. We also invite you, the parents to help chaperone. We have enough glasses for parent volunteers, but we will be unable to accommodate younger siblings.


We've chosen to roll-out our devices, the Dell Lattitude laptops, on August 21st. Yes, it is the same day as the solar eclipse viewing. Because this day is sure to be exciting for our students and the day will be filled with Solar Eclipse curriculum activities, this is the perfect opportunity to distribute devices without disrupting classes. We have planned a "round robin" of activities throughout the three grade levels (device deployment, digital citizenship, and solar eclipse activities). We, at Elkins Pointe, are looking forward to sharing this "Out of this World" experience with our students!


Sincerely,


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal
Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

Solar Eclipse...to Devices & Beyond!

Device Deployment & Solar Eclipse - 8/21

On August 21st, students will have their 1-to-1 personalized devices deployed, participate in fun educations activities and view the solar eclipse.


9 am to 12 noon - Device Deployment & Special Solar Eclipse Program

  • Dell Latitude Laptops will be issued to students with signed permission slips
  • All students will participate in Digital Citizen training
  • All students will engage in Solare Eclipse lessons, games and activities


2:00 to 3:30 - Solar Eclipse Viewing

  • Students will be provided with NASA approved viewing goggles
  • Students will view the Solar Eclipse in chaperoned groups
  • If you would like to be a parent chaperone, please email Mr. Feilein at Feilent@fultonschools.org or Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles at ohanlon@fultonschools.org


4:05 - Dismissal

  • Car riders and Walkers will be unaffected
  • Bus riders should expect a delay
Solar Eclipse Consent Form & Info

All students who wish to view the solar eclipse must have a consent form signed by their parent. Consent forms will be available on ZippSlip and distributed in school on Monday, Aug. 14th. Click HERE for the instructions to sign up for ZippSlip.


Consent Form (below)



Information from Fulton County District




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Dell Lattitude - Parent University Workshops - 8/14 & 8/15


Device Webinar on Facebook Live - "Advice on Devices" - 8/14 @ 6:30 pm

  • The webinar will be presented on Facebook Live.
  • On Monday, Aug. 14th at 6:30 pm, Title I Parent Liaison, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles will give a Parent Workshop Facebook Live to present information on the Dell Lattitude Laptops.
  • Parents can watch this webinar on the "friend" Facebook Page of Elkins Pointe Parent Liaison (https://www.facebook.com/elkinspointe.parentliaison).


Device Q&A in the Media Center - 8/15 from 8:00 am to 9:30 am

  • Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 15th from 8:00 am to 9:30 am in the Media Center
  • Members of our Technology Team will be on-hand to answer questions.
  • All parents are invited to stop by, touch-and-feel the device, and ask questions in person.
Device Agreement Permission Slips & Roll-Out Volunteers


  • ZippSlip Permission Slips: Parents can sign up using the ZippSlip App. Click HERE for the instructions to sign up for ZippSlip.
  • Hardcopy Permission Slips will be distributed on Monday, Aug. 14th
  • ALL PERMISSIONS ARE DUE BACK ON WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15th


Read Agreement & Permission (below):



Roll-Out Volunteers Needed - 8/14, 8/15 & 8/21


Celebrate the 1st Week of Learning!

Jr. Beta Award

Congratulations to Dr. Foote and our Jr. Beta team for earning the prestigious 2017 National Beta School of Merit Honor!

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Business & Computer Science

Students took on the Team Challenge in Ms. Lindesay's class as a way to review what they should already know and to look at some new things that they are about to learn. Leadership qualities definitely came out as students rotated from station to station to win the challenge! Go, Team Titans!
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Yahtzee

Ms. Kurowski‏'s class had four Yahtzee's in one class period...defying the odds at EPMS!

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Safety First!

Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Jackson, 6th grade Science teachers, show the importance of safety in the classroom!
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"Tool Time"

"Architecture and Construction" Connections class learning about tools!
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Math Minded

Mrs. Williams 8th grade class getting back in the Math game!
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Spaghetti Sauce & Penny Toss

Ms. Rankin and Mrs. Nessmith started off the year with a team building spaghetti towers (marshmallows replaced spaghetti sauce) challenge with their Algebra 1 students. later in the week students engaged in a Penny Toss for a hands on Data Analysis Activity in Algebra 1.
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PTSA - Beyond the Classroom

PTSA Annual Campaign - Now 'til Our Goal!

The Elkins Pointe Middle School PTSA welcomes you to be a part of our 2017-2018 Annual Campaign, “Beyond the Classroom.”


So far we received $13,000 in donations from 500 members! We still have a way to go, but with your support it IS possible! With your help, we can reach our goal of $30,000! 100% of all dollars raised will be used at here at Elkins Pointe!


Your Support Is Appreciated!

  • Download the PTSA membership form Membership Form, in English or Spanish. Please return the form to the EPMS front office or mail with your with your check, to:

Elkins Pointe PTSA Treasurer

11290 Elkins Rd

Roswell GA 30076

  • You can donate online via the Elkins Pointe PTSA Website click here.
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Things to Know...


Order Yearbook Online @ SPECIAL PRICE! - 8/11

Order a yearbook by August 11th to take advantage of the Back-to-School SALE for $40! The price goes up after Aug 11th!


To order online, click here.

  • Sale price is valid through August 11th, and after that prices will go up.
  • Any Questions? Email: Mrs. Suckow at Suckow@fultonschools.org.


To print out ORDER FORM, click here.


  • Send in form dated, AUG. 11, 2017 by Monday, Aug. 14th!
  • Send in with Cash or Check
  • IMPORTANT: ANY forms turned in AFTER MONDAY, will NOT be eligible for the $40 sale price.
  • Link to Download Form: https://tinyurl.com/EPMS-Yearbook-Form-2018

Calling ALL 6th Grade Parent to TAILGATE! 9/18 to 9/28

The Elkins PTSA would like to invite you to help us with making the 6th Grade Dance a huge success!

  • The dance will be held on Thursday, September 28th after-school from 4-5:30 pm. We need help with Ticket Sales, Set-Up, Clean-Up, etc. The more people volunteer, the easier it becomes!
  • Please read through the following slots for availability and don't hesitate sign up! If you have any questions, please contact Marisa Harrer @ mdharrer@comcast.net.
  • ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE FCS VOLUNTEER TRAINING.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0548A4A822A64-6thgrade4

Things for Students

Clubs Timeline! - 8/22 to 8/30

Elkins Pointe Thursday Clubs are designed to make our students...


  • Smart - learning something new (ex. Computer coding, Yoga)
  • Happy - Sometimes students come up with club idea (ex. Beyblades)
  • Connected - club is connected to the community (ex. Homeless Pets)


Teachers are just now thinking about the type of club they wish to host. Once the teachers have submitted their club choice, they will be entered into a Google.Doc to be presented to the students. The goal is for students to enter their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice sometime between 8/22-8/24. Club assignments will be shared with the to WINN teachers between 8/28-8/30. * Note: Dates are approximate.

Interact Club

Calling all service-minded young leaders, young people who are familiar with the Rotary Club or not, students that are family members of Rotarians or not and anyone that is enthusiastic and would like to Interact in the Interact Club.


Now is the perfect time to join the Interact Club and develop student’s leadership abilities while supporting our community! The Interact Club is a wonderful way to make friends, collaborate, promote service, learn together, exchange ideas and celebrate successes!


If you have a child that may be interested or would like to attend an interest meeting and determine if they would like to join later, please send an email to Mrs. Streeter at streeters1@fultonschools.org. Please provide your child’s name, grade and 1st-period teacher, name or parent/guardian with the best way to reach you.

THE REFLECTIONS CONTEST IS UNDER WAY! - 9/29

Do you like to draw or paint? Do you write stories or poetry? Do you enjoy composing your own music or creating new dances? Taking photographs? Making your own videos on a smart phone or iPad?? Then you should ENTER THE REFLECTIONS CONTEST!!


REFLECTIONS is a national PTA arts recognition and achievement program for grades Pre-K through 12. Submissions from students are judged on creativity and interpretation of the chosen theme in six different categories: film production, visual arts, photography, musical composition, literature, and dance choreography. Entries are judged at the school level. Winners from each grade in each category move on to compete against other entries from North Fulton schools, with an opportunity to advance to state and national levels. There is no limit to the number of entries a student can submit. All winners and honorable mentions will be recognized at a breakfast held at the school in mid-October.


  • Click here to download entry forms & contest rules
  • Entry forms rules can be picked up at the front desk
  • All Reflections entries must be turned into the front office by Sept. 29th.

This year's theme is: "Within Reach"

ORDER SPIRIT-WEAR HERE!

Select your favorite design by name Select your t-shirt color Enter your name, payment etc. Your order will be delivered to school to your advisement teacher Please make sure you include your students’ name and 1st period teacher.

CLINIC CORNER

Clinic Forms

ALL medications require a form be filled out and kept in the clinic. Parents supply medications and the medications must be in the original container and not expired. If it is an RX, it requires a doctor’s signature. The clinic can only administer the dose that is on the bottle. Please see the link below for the forms. Middle School students can carry emergency medications as well as the following medications: Acetaminophen, Antacids, Aspirin, Cough or throat lozenges, Ibuprofen, Midol, and Oral Antihistamines.


EPMS Link for medication forms:

http://www.fultonschools.org/en/divisions/ops/security/Pages/Parent-and-Student-Resources.aspx


Care plans:

Additional Care Plans are required for Diabetes, Asthma, Allergies, and Seizures.

❤️ Volunteer ❤️

EPMS has TONS of opportunities for you to get involved! Whether it’s an ongoing need like helping in the School Store, or a one-time event like grade level dances, WE NEED YOU!!! Currently, we need volunteers in the Media Center, help with the Marquee and assistance with the 6th Grade Dance. Click on the links below to access a SignUpGenius or email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org to find out how you can get involved. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something!






Media Center Volunteers Needed

Help us to get our Media Center up and running. At the end of last year, the Media Center received new carpeting which meant that everything needed to come up off the floors. Currently, the books are all still boxed up. Please help Ms. Jennifer Newman, but signing up to help!



Helpers are needed on a daily basis. Any amount of your time would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Newman.

Volunteer Registration

Good news parents, if you were registered as a volunteer for the 2016-17 school year at Elkins Pointe Middle School, you DO NOT need to go through the registration process again this year!!! Just sign in on the computer at the front desk per usual. If you are new to EPMS, you will need to register with Fulton County Schools at least 24 hours before coming to volunteer.


Title I PARENT & FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

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Annual Title I Parent Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 23rd, 5:45-6:30pm

11290 Elkins Road

Roswell, GA

ALL PARENTS & FAMILIES ARE INVITED!


The meeting will be held in the EPMS Gym.


Come learn about the Elkins Pointe Title I Schoolwide Program, here the State of the School Goals for 2017-2018, District & EPMS Parent and Family Engagement Plans, School-Family Compact, Title I Budget, Curriculum, Volunteer Opportunities and Parent Engagement Opportunities, Parent Resource Center, Parent University Workshops, Joint Decision and Sharing Power Opportunities.


Questions? Please email, Title i Parent Liaison, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles @ ohanlon@fultonschools.org.

QUICK REFERENCE

Lunch & Breakfast - FCS Nutrition Program

Family Engagement - Title I Links

Calendar DATES

Please Note: Upcoming dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.

Upcoming Dates in August...

  • 8/22 - SGC 4:30 – 5:30 pm Media Ctr.
  • 8/23 - Curriculum Night / Principal's State of the School (Gym)

Parent TAG Mtg @ 5:00 -5:30 pm

Annual Title 1 Parent Mtg 5:30 - 6:00 pm - ALL PARENTS INVITED

PTSA General & Budget Mtg 6:00– 6:20 pm

Classroom Visits from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

  • 8/25 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 8/29 - Spirit Night Chipotle/Baskin Robbin
  • 8/31 - Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) begins, every Thursday @ 7:45 am (Rm. E109)
  • 8/31 - Parent University Workshop - TBA

Upcoming in September...

  • 9/1 - Wear College Swag
  • 9/1 - PTSA Board Mtg
  • 9/4 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day
  • 9/7 - First Thursday Club Day
  • 9/7 - Orchestra Fundraiser starts
  • 9/8 - Fall Picture Day
  • 9/9 - 6th Grade Band Startup Clinic
  • 9/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ Crabapple 9:30 am
  • 9/13 - "Take Your Parent to School" Day - 6th graders ONLY (first two periods)
  • 9/14 - NO SCHOOL - EPMS Full Release Day
  • 9/15 - Band/Chorus 8th Grade Night @ MHS Football game
  • 9/18 thru 9/22 - ITBS Testing - 8th Grade
  • 9/19 - AVID Parent Meeting @ 6 pm
  • 9/21 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 9/21 - 8th Grade Parent Mtg @ 7:40 am & 4:30 pm ( Media Center)
  • 9/22 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 9/22 - RHS 8th Grade Night for Band/Chorus @ RHS Football game
  • 9/26 - "EPM Get Connected Night" @ 5 pm - 6:45 pm - Come learn about Clubs, Sports, After-school activities and more...
  • 9/26 - Spirit Night @ Chipotle/Baskin Robbins
  • 9/28 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 9/28 - 6th Grade Tailgate Party 4 - 5:30p
  • 9/29 - Parent University Workshop
  • 9/29 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 9/29 - Reflections Entries due
Upcoming Dates in October...

October is Parent/Teacher Conference Month

  • 10/2 - Band Fundraiser starts
  • 10/3 to 10/5: 8th Grade Field Trip to Savannah
  • 10/5 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 10/5 - PTSA Board Mtg
  • 10/6 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday
  • 10/9 - NO SCHOOL - School Closed (FCS Holiday)
  • 10/11 - Fall Music Showcase for Band, Orchestra & Chorus @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 10/12 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 10/12 - Reflections Reception by Invitation (Media Center)
  • 10/13 - Box Tops Due
  • 10/13 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 10/14 - Youth Day Parade
  • 10/15 - "Be the Voice" Color Run @ EPMS from 1pm - 6 pm
  • 10/16 - Reflections Winners Reception
  • 10/18 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ RHS 6:30 pm
  • 10/18 - Box Tops Deadline
  • 10/18 - Fall Picture Retake
  • 10/19 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 10/19 - Fall Orchestra Concert @ 7 pm
  • 10/20 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 10/22 to 10/28 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • 10/24 - 7th Grade Dance @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm
  • 10/25 & 10/26 - Reading Field Test (6th GR)
  • 10/25 - Spirit Night
  • 10/26 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 10/27 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 10/29 to11/3 - Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/30 - PINK OUT & Pinkathon (Gym)
  • 10/31 - Parent University Workshop (Media Center)
Upcoming Dates in November...

November is Family Engagement Month

  • 11/2 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 11/2 - MHS Band Cluster Concert (EPMS 8th Grade) @ 6:30 pm (MHS Theatre)
  • 11/3 - Wear College Swag
  • 11/3 - Titan Tailgate
  • 11/5 - Daylight Savings...Fall Back
  • 11/7 - ELECTION DAY School OPEN (Gym Closed)
  • 11/9 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 11/9 - 6th & 7th GR Band Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 11/10 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/14 - College/Career Day
  • 11/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ MPES @ 9:30 am
  • 11/16 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 11/16 - College & Career Day
  • 11/17 - NO SCHOOL - EPMS Full Release Day
  • 11/20 to 11/25 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY/FALL BREAK
  • 11/24 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/30 - Parent University Workshop (Media Center)
  • 11/30 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 11/ 30 - Band, Orchestra & Chorus Elementary School Tours
Upcoming Dates in December...
  • 12/1 - Wear College Swag
  • 12/8 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/12 - Band Holiday Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 12/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ HSES @ 9:30 am
  • 12/15 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/18 to 8/21 - Final Exams for 8th Graders
  • 12/23 to 1/4 - WINTER BREAK - School Closed

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