Titan Talk

October 20, 2017

IMPORTANT Housekeeping Notes

Parents, please will you read through the following and make a note. In order to keep our students safe, to maximize instruction without interruption and to adhere to the FCS nutrition regulations we ask that you follow these procedures.

  1. All car riders must use the carpool lane. Cars will no longer be permitted to park in the Hembree Springs Lot. Car riders will be required to stay in the carpool area until they are picked up. Please Note: Four (4) lift-busses have been relocated to alleviate the carpool lanes.
  2. All students checking out must have and present a signed note to the front office. Please send your child with a signed note if they are being checkout early.
  3. Check-Out your child prior to 3:30 PM. It is policy at Elkins Pointe Middle Schoool that check not occur after 3:30 PM unless it is a medical emergency.
  4. The front office will no longer "Call into the Classroom" for early check-out. Calling into the classroom interrupts instruction. Please have your child meet you at a prearranged time in the front office. Please arrange with your child to meet you in between classes. Your child's signed note will act as his or her hall pass.
  5. Food from "Fast-Food Restaurants" is Not Permitted. Students will no longer be allowed to bring food from outside restaurants such as Chick-fil-A, Subway, McDonald's into the cafeteria.

Complete your child's permission slip and purchase a 7th Grade Dance Ticket using a credir card.

Upcoming Dates 🎀 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month 💕


If you would like a conference, please email your teacher.

Upcoming Week...

  • 10/22 to 10/28 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week - Show your appreciation by writing a note, giving a token of appreciation, or just simply saying, "Thank You!"
  • 10/24 - 7th Grade Dance @ 4 pm – 5:30 pm
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Dates to Note:


Monday, October 30th @ 6 pm (Gym)

Zumba to raise money for the US Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief

Click HERE to RSVP


October 30th to November 3rd

* Keynote Speaker is Mr. Jerome Huff


October 30th from 9 am - 12 noon & 2 pm - 4 pm

All Parents & Guardians Are Invited!

Children are welcome to come with their parents.

If transportation is needed,

please inquire with Title I or Bi-Lingual Liasion.


Petit Café Titans on Nov. 3 - French Language Parent Help Needed

Pastry donation requested SIGN-UP HERE

Parent helpers requested SIGN-UP HERE


Click here to sign up to help


Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a part of our Red Ribbon Week activities this year, we are kicking it up a notch and have invited Mr. Jerome Huff to be our keynote speaker on Monday, October 30th.

The Elkins Pointe PTSA has partnered with the school to split Mr. Huff’s speaking fee 50/50. Because of PTSA support, we will be able to have Mr. Huff for the entire day to address each grade level, teachers/staff, and parents. PTSA is still $8,000 away from reaching their financial goal. Please consider donating or becoming a business partner to support speakers like Mr. Huff.

Our children are facing so many pressures these days, e.g. social media, anxiety, stress, peer pressure, the pressure to excel, etc. It is exactly these types of pressures which make our kids susceptible to making bad choices, such as alcohol and drugs. Red Ribbon Week is all about highlighting the key to staying Drug-Free. Mr. Huff is going to speak about the issues our kids must navigate. He will provide tools and resources for our kids to be healthy, happy, and successful. I can’t think of anyone else I would want to speak to our kids besides Mr. Huff.

Mr. Jerome Huff, Guest Speaker's Schedule on Monday, October 30th:

Parent Workshop Session:

  • “Real Talk, Real Love” Parents Session with Mr. Huff @ 7:45-8:30 am in the Media Center – All parents and staff are invited to attend!

Students by Grade Level:

  • Mr. Huff speaks to 7th grade from 10:20 am to 11:00 am in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 8th grade from 12:30 am to 1:10 pm in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 6th grade from 2:25 pm to 3:10 pm in the Gym

Our teachers have been asked to “Please go light on the homework” on October 30th. It is our desire for students to be free to engage in discussions with their parents, teachers, and each other. Ms. Dease, EPMS Guidance Counselor, is working to construct a discussion guide for parents to use with their child. The guide will coincide with Mr. Huff's topics and contain suggested questions and talking points to be used at home. Parents, we will be tasking you with "homework" on October 30th. We ask that you and your child sit down and have a conversation using the prompts prepared by our counselor. We promise not to make the questions so heavy that you are intimidated, but to direct them towards discussions about making good choices, life decisions and ways to address goal-setting.

Be on the lookout for more information on Mr. Huff and Red Ribbon Week!


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!


JOIN & DONATE to "Beyond the Classroom" Campaign!


Thank you to PTSA Reflections Chairs, Veronica O'Brien and Jeannette Jungslager, for fostering the creativity in our students with the PTA's National Reflections Competition.

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“Happy Early Halloween from Origami Club”

and Johnson Sensei!

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7th-grade & 8th-grade Volleyball girls get Connected

thanks to Coach Kaitlin Parent-Lew, our Adapted PE Teacher.

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Mrs. Okiyama's ELA Class is "ALL EARS!"

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Pride of the Titans

Elkins Pointe alumni, Ediz Eribac and Abby Carpenter will perform at the Atlanta Symphony Concert on Sunday, November 5th at 3 pm in Atlanta Symphony Hall

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Things to Know

7th Grade Dance - 10/24

The Elkins PTSA would like to invite you to help us with making the 7th Grade Dance Party a huge success! The 7th Grade Dance Party is Tuesday, October 24th from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm after school and it will be 'Out of this World'...

The 7th graders will have a galactic time with DJ and great music, a photo booth, popcorn, and a hot cocoa bar (including whipped cream and marshmallows!) Also, the DJ will be giving out prizes including gift certificates to Brusters, Dairy Queen, and Bahama Bucks!...Flyers will be posted throughout the 7th-grade hallway, and Permission slips will be coming home on the October 13th!!!

We need help with the various activities to run, 'set-up' and 'tear-down' the event 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.

Calling ALL 7th Grade Elkins Pointe Parent Volunteers


Robotics Competition - 10/21

The first EPMS Robotic competition will take place on Saturday, October 21st.

Location: Faith Lutheran Church and School, 2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068 The schedule:

  • Doors Open - 8:30
  • Pit Setup =8:30 - 9:00
  • Robot Inspection - 9:00 to 10:00
  • Match Play - 10:00 to 1:00

Good Luck to Our Robotics Team! We look forward to seeing pictures and hearing how your robot performed!

Bus Driver Appreciation Week - 10/22 to 10/28

Bus Driver Appreciation is coming up soon. Please join us in thanking our amazing bus drivers with a show of appreciation. We will have a station for the students to write notes of appreciation, but we invite you to join us in:

  • writing a note,
  • giving a token of appreciation, or
  • just simply saying, "Thank You!"

EPMS Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 10/27!

Elkins Pointe Middle Pink Out for students, teachers, and parents will be on this Friday, October 27, 2017. All Titans should WEAR PINK (pink socks, pink bow ties, pink clothing, etc.) for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by purchasing a pink bracelet, pink pen, or guessing the gumballs for $1 each is also on that day. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Get your PINK ON Titans!
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Middle School Volunteers Wanted - 10/27

Hembree Springs is seeking volunteers in need of beta or service hours to help at their annual Fall Freaky Friday festival. It's October 27th from after-school to 8 PM. Anyone interested can contact me allisonliguori@hotmail.com

SignUpGenius Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e45a4aa22a46-freaky


Zumba For a Cause - 10/30

Please join Ms. Lynette Lindesay on Monday, October 30th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Elkins Pointe Gym to help raise money for the US Virgin Islands.

Click HERE to RSVP.

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Red Ribbon Week 10/30 - 11/3

The theme for this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “Your Future is Key so Stay Drug-Free." Every day during Red Ribbon Week, PTSA will give the students a “key” for staying drug-free. We will use WINN time to spark meaningful conversations about how they can use these keys to help them stay DRUG-FREE!

Mr. Jerome Huff will be the guest speaker to kick off our week. He will speak to our students about the things they are facing these days and how to navigate their way through it all. Mr. Huff will also have a session for the parents Monday, October 30 at 7:45 am - 8:30 am in the EPMS Media Center.



THEME: HATS OFF TO FAMILY! Wear a hat! *Light homework night to allow time for parent/child discussion.



THEME: Sock it to DRUGS. Wear crazy socks!



THEME: My future is SO BRIGHT! Wear sunglasses!



THEME: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. Do something kind for someone else today.



THEME: BE YOU! Wear your favorite outfit!


Mr. Jerome Huff will kick off Red Ribbon Week!

  • “Real Talk, Real Love” Parents Session with Mr. Huff @ 7:45-8:30 am in the Media Center – All parents and staff are invited to attend!
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 7th grade from 10:20 am to 11:00 am in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 8th grade from 12:30 am to 1:10 pm in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 6th grade from 2:25 pm to 3:10 pm in the Gym


French National Week - 11/1 - 11/7

The AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) is pleased to announce its organization of the seventeenth annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of all things French will take place in schools and communities. Monsieur Mendy and Madame Kabore have arranged a week of activities to bring the Fench Language and culture to our school. We are looking for parents to help with several of the activities, and to donate pastries for the Petit Café.

Wednesday, November 1: Opening

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • In class activities (games-movies-etc.)

Thursday, November 2: Sports-Games-Francophone Traditions

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Outside activity of Tour de France Race and Pagnes Race

Friday, November 3: Petit Café Titans (French pastries and beverages for students)

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Petit CafĂ© Titans - all day (in the Fishbowl)
  • Pastry donation requested SIGN-UP HERE
  • Parent helpers requested SIGN-UP HERE

Monday, November 6: Projects presentation

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Projects presentations in class

Tuesday, November 7: Closing

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Exhibition of students’ projects and tour guide activities– All day in front of the World Language mural.
  • Parents are welcome to tour the exhibit.

If you have a French student in the class with Monsieur Mendy or Madame Kabore we are asking you to help contribute by donating pastries or your time. Please, click on the box below to sign up. Merci Beaucoup!

Interact Club

Interact Club Meeting - 11/3

“Meet-up”- for the “Sticky Note Campaign” & “BTV” posters 8:10-8:25 in D119

Next Formal Meeting: November 3, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. Parents are welcomed to send breakfast items. Please check emails until then. For questions email Mrs. Streeter, D119 at streeters1@fultonschools.org

Check out our pictures from the last week to see what we have been up to.

  • Youth Day Parade to celebrate all youth
  • Fall conference/ Leadership Awards for those in attendance
  • BTV Carpool/Buses Kick-off at the with our very own Titan Cheerleaders and the Roswell Jr. Hornets
  • Committee Round-Up meeting to brainstorm & play catch up on our campaigns

It is not too late to join! We are up to something good…”Service Above Self”!!! Come be a part of something great!
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Book Fair @ EPMS - 11/6 to 11/10

Hooray, the Book Fair is coming to EPMS the week of November 6th thru 10th! The Book Fair takes place at our Media Center. If you would like to help out with the Book Fair. Please click here to sign up to help. Any Questions? Contact our Media Specialist Jennifer Newman at newmanj@fultonschools.org.

Things for Students

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Academic Bowl - Mondays @ 4:05 pm & Wednesdays @ 8 am

Have you heard the BUZZ about Academic Bowl? Academic Bowl meets every Monday after school from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm in the Media Center and every Wednesday in the cafeteria from 8 - 9 am. If you would like to know more about Academic Bowl, please email Ms. Castleberry at castleberrys@fultonschools.org.

FCA - Thursdays @ 7:45 am in the Media Center

All students are invited to come to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes every Thursday at 7:45 am in the Media Center. Chicken Biscuits will be on sale $3 or 2 for $5. If you have questions, please see Mr. Billups.

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Things for parents

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The school climate surveys for the 2017-2018 school year officially opened on Monday, October 2, 2017, and will remain open through Friday, March 2, 2018.

The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) requires 100% participation from students, teachers, and parents. 100% participation helps our school score points on GADOE's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


If you want to see how we are doing in participation, click here.

For More Info on the GADOE Climate Surveys, click here.

  • Box Tops for Education: Clip Box Top labels from participating products. Collect them in a baggie and turn into the front office collection box. Box Tops for our next submission are due by October 18. Each Box Top is worth .10 - schools can earn thousands of dollars through this program! See full list of products here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.

  • Amazon Smiles: Ordering from Amazon? Go to https://smile.amazon.com and choose to support Elkins Pointe MS PTSA. A portion of all your purchases will be sent to the school!

  • Kroger Community Rewards: Link your Kroger Plus card to Elkins Pointe at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Kroger will donate a percent of purchases back to the school. (You must re-enroll your card each year after Aug 1.)

  • Publix Partners: Pick up a key ring card in the office, have it scanned at the register each time you check out. Publix will donate a percent of purchases. Give cards to your family and friends too! (Most Publix stores have these at the registers too, if you don't carry one with you - just ask.)

  • Office Depot/Office Max Give Back to Schools: Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide our school ID at checkout, and Elkins will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies. Our school code is 70118601 - enter it for online purchases, or ask to look up Elkins Pointe at the register in stores too. You can also submit an order or receipt info after the fact at http://www.officedepot.com/backtoschool/display.do if you forget during purchase!
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Boys Middle School Select Travel Lacrosse Try-outs - 11/5 & 11/7

The Roswell Youth Lacrosse program will be holding boys tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (8th grade) on November 5th and 7th. The tryouts will be held on the Roswell Area Park Fields MS #1 and #2. We will also hold a parent meeting on Sunday, October 15th from 6pm-7pm at the Community Activity Building in Roswell Area Park. We highly encourage all parents of boys who are interested in trying out to attend the meeting. There will be representatives from the Roswell Youth Lacrosse Association, the City of Roswell and the head coaches who will provide information on the tryouts and the season.

Parent Meeting

  • Sunday, October 15 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Roswell Area Park-Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell GA 30075


  • All players must be registered with Roswell Recreation and Parks prior to tryouts.
  • Activity Code Program # 33018-01 Spring Middle School Travel/Select Lacrosse http://www.roswellgov.com/


  • Location: Roswell Area Park MS #1 and MS #2
  • Participants do need to attend both tryout dates.

Sunday, November 5

  • Boys Jr. Select (6th & 7th Graders) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Boys Sr. Select (8th Graders) 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7

  • All Boys Select 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Important – Parents will not be permitted on the field for tryouts. Please drop your son off and then pick him up at the conclusion of the tryout.

All players must have/wear appropriate lacrosse equipment (helmet, gloves, stick, shoulder pads, elbow pads, mouth guard, etc.) to tryout.

Direct any questions to Mike Crary at mecrary2@yahoo.com


Interested in wrestling? Now taking Registration for the 2017/18 Roswell Jr Hornet Wrestling team!

  • For Boys & Girls
  • Ages 7-14 (as of 12/31/17)

Wrestling Improves conditioning, Increases agility, helps you become faster and stronger, and builds character.

Practices Start on November 6th. They are held at “The Underground” 925 Woodstock RD Suite 102B. Athletes playing other are welcome to start after their current sports end.

  • Elementary School Mon and Thursday 6:00-7:30
  • Middle School Mon, Wed & Thurs 7:00-8:30

Registration Cost is $200. For more Info: http://roswellwrestlingclub.com/registration/

FREE Screening of "SCREENAGERS" @ MHS - 11/6

Milton High School, along with their SGC and PTO is hosting a FREE viewing of the documentary "SCREENAGERS" on Monday, Nov. 6th @ 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium. This event is intended for parents, but parents are welcome to bring their child (5th graders and up). Please Note: This is not a drop off event for children; students without an adult escort will not be permitted to enter due to sensitive content.

The event is free, but seats are limited. Please arrive early to ensure you will have a seat because it is first to come, first to be seated. If you have any questions, please email the Milton High School SGC Community Outreach Chair, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles at ohanlon@fultonschools.org.

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Marching Band Competition # MHS - 11/4

Bring the family out for food, fun, and music at the13th Annual WCI Marching Band Competition. Top High School Bands from all over metro Atlanta will be competing for the Grand Champion Trophy. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for Seniors/Students and under 4 is free. Tickets sold at the gate.
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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.

❤️ Volunteer ❤️

Help @ the Book Fair - 11/3, 11/6-10

The Book Fair is coming and we need volunteers to help make it sensational! Please click here to sign up or on the box below.

Click on the links below to access a SignUpGenius or email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org to find out how you can get involved.

School Store Help Needed!


  • Shifts are daily, 8 – 8:50 AM.
Dads Wanted for Dads Club

Calling for Dad’s to join our Dad’s Club. We did receive some signups during "Get Connected Night." Any dad interested and wanting to get more information can contact Mr. Will Jones at jonesw3@fultonschools.org or 470-254-8366.

Attention Moms: You are welcome to "Volun-TOLD" your husband by signing them up!

SIgn-Up Here or below to join Dads Club!!


Lunch & Breakfast - FCS Nutrition Program

Calendar DATES

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.

  • Computer access is available in the Parent Liaison office to complete registration if needed.

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

Upcoming Dates in October...

October is Parent/Teacher Conference Month

  • 10/30 - Zumba for a Cause (Gym)
  • 10/31 - Parent University Workshop - Parent Resource Open House (Media Center)
Upcoming Dates in November...

November is Family Engagement Month

  • 11/2 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 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 - SGC Mtg @ 7:45 am
  • 11/10 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/10 - Legacy of Excellence Awards for TOTY/PEOTY
  • 11/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ MPES @ 9:30 am
  • 11/16 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/16 - College & Career Day
  • 11/17 - NO SCHOOL - EPMS Full Release Day
  • 11/24 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/30 - Parent University Workshop
  • 11/30 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/ 30 - Band, Orchestra & Chorus Elementary School Tours
Upcoming Dates in December...
  • 12/1 - Wear College Swag
  • 12/8 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/11 - Band Holiday Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym) - Please Note Date Change!
  • 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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