Titan Talk

November 10, 2017

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Elkins Pointe is asking for 1,000 parents to take the GADOE CLimate Survey. Parent participation in the survey scores points on the CCRPI Index.

Upcoming Dates...

November is Family Engagement Month!

What are the ways you will engage with your family?

  • 11/10 - Good Luck Hornets & Eagles in the State Playoffs!
  • 11/11 - Veterans Day
  • 11/11 - Robotics Competition - Good Luck Pi Bots!
  • 11/13 - EPMS Honors Our Vets for Veteran's Day!
  • 11/13 - Academic Bowl, after-school (Media Center)
  • 11/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ MPES @ 9:30 am
  • 11/16 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/16 - No Clubs
  • 11/16 - Dads HELP WITH DISMISSAL @ 3:45 pm. SignUp Here!
  • 11/17 - NO SCHOOL - EPMS Full Release Day
  • 11/20 to 11/25 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK

Dates to Note:


Friday, Nov. 17th

No school for students

Teacher Work Day @ EPMS


Nov. 20 to Nov. 25



Good evening Titans,

Today we traveled downtown to celebrate Mr. Adam Hardigree and Mrs. Isabel Lopez for being our Teacher of the Year and Professional of the Year. Next week, we will have a short week ending with a Full Release Day/Teacher Work Day.

We were simply delighted to be able to celebrate Mr. Hardigree and Mrs. Lopez at the Legacy of Excellence banquet. Mr. Hardigree is our ELA Chair and TAG Coordinator. Mr. Hardigree is known for his bold leadership, authentic teaching practices, and his effective Socratic Seminars! Mrs. Lopez was widely known for her tremendous support of not only our ELL students but for all of the students at Elkins Pointe. Ms. Lopez formed deep bonds and relationships with the teachers, students, and parents by building trust between our school and our community. Mrs. Lopez who was our Bilingual Parent Liaison for many years took a promotion to be the Registrar at Centennial High School. Please take a moment and help me congratulate these fine individuals on their special day!

Next week on Friday, November 17th, students will be off from school. As our families start the Thanksgiving Break, Elkins Pointe teachers will be using the Full Release Day for a day of Professional Development. Ms. Ansley and the Professional Development Team have a day planned with Break Out Sessions in Personalized Learning Tactics, TAG training, Mathematics, Reading Workshops, and AVID Strategies. Our teachers will be "loading their toolboxes" with ways to empower students through the use of Flipgrids, Playgrids, and other innovative means for students to use their "choice and voice."

Have a great Friday Titans, and "Good Luck" to the Roswell Hornets and Milton Eagles in their State Playoff games tonight!

Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

Our Legacy of Excellence!

From left to right: Mrs. Meredith Tongue (FCS, NWLC & EPMS TOTY 2016-17), Ms. Ida Ward (Assistant Principal, 6th-grade), Mrs. Kindra Smith (Principal), Mr. Adam Hardigree (EPMS, & NWLC TOTY) Mrs. Isable Lopez (EPMS PEOTY).

Please help us congratulate our TOTY & PEOTY on their special day!

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We Raised Over $300 for Zumba for a Cause

Way to care, Titans! We raised $319.00 for the U.S. Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief & Recovery Fund during the Zumba for a Cause event last week at our school! We couldn't have done it without our Zumba Instructors from the community (Patrece Donadelle and Sharon Simmonds-Mitchell), our Zumba Kids Club Students, and our Zumba Crew Staff who joined me to provide an experience that you would never forget! Thank you to all those who helped with the setup, motivation, treats, and donations. Special thanks to all who came out and partied for a cause, especially our administrators. You've got some moves! We appreciate all of you who have already donated at usvirecovery.org, redcross.org, and/or 21usvihurricanehelp.com and continue to do so. ~Ms. Lindesay #usvi #zumbalove

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A Roar of Congratulations!

Eve Heslin is the $100 winner of the annual Lions Club Peace Poster Contest. She will be honored at a dinner in January where she will be awarded her prize. Mrs. Suckow’s art students participated in the poster contest.
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French National Week

Merci Beaucoup to Monsieur Mendy and Madame Kabore for bringing French National Week to Elkins Pointe! Please click on the sway.com below to see a slideshow of the events from Nov. 1st - 7th.

Thank You, Thank You!!

Book Fair Thanks!!

Thank you to all the Book Fair volunteers...Anne-Marie Canty, Dawn Casey, Jill Trapino, Hazel Bruce, Shelly Beaver, Sisa Haritatos, Jenn Avery, Jette Binder, Henrike Van Winsen, Stephanie Bledsoe, Yamini Lala,

Sue Carter, Lisa Harrison, Kathy Pembroke, Kristy Biber, Kathy Pembroke, Wanda Pelloni, Ruthie Ellis, Shelly Beaver, Wendy Ferris, Lauren Bolles, Leontien Visser, Jen Thompson, Ashlee Jaeggi, Melissa Jacobs, Vicki Amar, and Kelly Evers.

Thank you also to our Media Specialist, Mrs. Newman for arranging for the Scholastic Book Fair to come to EPMS!

Box Tops Thank You!

Thank you to all who submitted Box Tops for our fall submission. Elkins Pointe earned just over $180 just from your efforts!!!

Keep clipping the Box Tops and save them for our next submission. The deadline will be February 23, 2018.

In the meantime, please also download the FREE Box Tops app on your smartphone. Offers change regularly and all you have to do is download, check the offers on the app, buy the products and scan your receipt and the money gets sent immediately and automatically to the Elkins Pointe account.

Things to Know

Veterans Day - 11/11

We would like to take this opportunity to honor and remember all who served

our country on Veterans Day Saturday, November 11, 2017. Your service

and sacrifice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to our very own EPMS staff:

Officer Allen Jones, Army; George Eberhart, Army; Granville Broomes, U.S. Marine Corps.

We salute you!! Since Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, we will present gift

bags and have a lunch for our Vets on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Dads Day Events - 11/16 & 12/15

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 we will have our 1st Dad’s Day where our Dads Club will be helping with carpool during dismissal. The time will be from 3:45-4:15. Our next Dad’s Day Event will be December 15, 2017. If any Dads are interested in being a part of either one of these events please sign up using this link:


If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Will Jones at jonesw3@fultonschools.org

Thank you for all you do, Dads!!

Jr. Beta Canned Food Drive - 11/16

The Jr. Beta Club is collecting canned food for NFCC. Please send in canned food to school with your child. The collection is happening in WINN classes. Jr. Beta is collecting food until Nov. 16th.

FCA "Hope Ministry" Donation Drive for the Homeless @ EPMS

FCA Huddle is participating in another outreach this holiday season called “The Hope Ministry”. We will be collecting supplies and making care packages for the homeless in Atlanta. We will assemble the care packages during FCA on 11/30. On December 9th, for those of you that are available and interested in joining us, we will go as a group to distribute these care packages!
We are excited to watch our students serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus!
Here are the items needed to make the care packages for the homeless:
  • 1-Gallon Ziploc Bag
  • Bar of Soap
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Small Hand Sanitizer
**Your family dentist may be willing to donate toothpaste and/or toothbrushes!! **
FCA has a collection bin at the front of the school!

Robotics Fundraiser - 12/7 @ 6PM

Elkins Pointe Robotics team, Epic Pi Bots, is hosting the annual Robot and the Movie night for the community on December 7th. Join us for robot demonstrations, pizza, refreshments and a big screen movie, Wall-E.

  • When: December 7th, Thursday, 6 PM
  • Where: Elkins Pointe Atrium & Cafe

You will get a chance to drive a real robot, learn what's involved in designing and building robots and hear first-hand stories about competitions from our team members. We will have games, food and drink for purchase, throughout the evening. We will be charging a $5 admission: all the proceeds will be used by the robotics team for robot parts and electronics. See you there! Epic Pi Bots the Elkins Pointe Robotics Team

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Interact Club - 12/8

The Interact Club is on the move working on a new campaign to serve the community. Interactors are coming in bright and early to share their ideas on how to serve our school community. Stay tuned for more information on “Operation Winter Wrap!" A huge thank you to all the interactors that came out on Friday morning and to our wonderful Interact parents that support us in so many ways! Our next formal meeting is Friday, December 8, 2017.

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Interactors in action, raising their hands to share ideas or vote on what they believe is the best choice for their up and coming campaign!

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Copy Paper Drive

If you would like to donate a ream of copy paper or a box of copy paper, please sign up below. Thank you to Mrs. Anna Gross, a parent, for offering to organize a copy paper drive.

Sign to Donate Copy Paper by using this link or the box below: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-paper



Saturday, Nov. 11th, 8am

855 Mayfield Road

Milton, GA

The City of Milton proudly announces two tandem community events on Veterans Day.

VETERANS DAY BREAKFAST: At 8 AM, FREE Continental Breakfast will be served. Brigadier General A.J. (“Tony”) Tata, author and national news contributor, will speak about his 28 years of US Army service and his novels, "Foreign and Domestic" and "Three Minutes to Midnight."

MILTON LITERARY FESTIVAL: The festival begins at 10 AM featuring 12 panels on the various literary genres. Come see New York Times Best-selling Authors Bret Witter, Mary Kay Andrews, Karen White, and Beatriz Williams. For the complete author line up: http://miltonliteraryfestival.weebly.com/

Please contact Wayne Boston at wayne.boston@cityofmiltonga.us or 678-242-2512 for more info.

Roswell High School and Roswell Rotary Honor Air Invitational - 11/18

Roswell High School and Roswell Rotary Honor Air are pleased to announce the “Roswell High School and Roswell Rotary Honor Air Invitational” basketball tournament to be held at Roswell High School, Nov. 18th, 20th and 21st, 2017.

Doors open at 8:30 AM and close at 9:00 PM. Fifteen teams from the southeast will be playing. Representing the boys' teams are Roswell High, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Alpharetta High, West Ashley High (Charleston SC), Gray Collegiate Prep (Columbia SC) and KIPP Collegiate Academy. Girl’s teams include Roswell High, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Alpharetta High, KIPP Collegiate Academy, Pebblebrook High, Locust Grove High and Chapel Hill High. It is estimated that several hundred students, coaches, and players will be traveling here for the weekend to enjoy the tournament in addition to local restaurants, retailers and area attractions.

This event will honor our military veterans from all branches of service from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as we raise awareness and support in the metro Atlanta community for the Honor Air Flight. Ticket sales proceeds will be donated to Honor Air, as they plan for their 10th straight flight, April 24th, 2018. According to Gene Beckman, “we are pleased to work with Roswell High School in the first invitational and honored that they have chosen Honor Air as the beneficiary of proceeds. Honor Air flights are 100% funded through local donations. It is amazing to watch the bonds and relationships formed between the veterans who have been on this trip. They are our war heroes and it is our pleasure to honor them.”

Ticket costs are Adults $10 per day, students $5 per day or you may purchase an all-tournament pass for $25.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Games will be played at the Roswell High School J. Tom Zachary Court in the school’s “Hornet’s Nest”. The Hornet’s Nest has been ranked as one of the 20 best on-campus high school gyms in the nation. Roswell High School is located at 11595 King Road, Roswell, GA. Additional information is available at www.roswellrotary.club/honor-air.

Class for Parents

How to parent or respond to a teen struggling with depression, anxiety and other emotion fueled issues

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays: Hembree Springs ES
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Mimosa ES
  • Thursdays and Fridays: Elkins Pointe MS

Family Therapist, Bethany Kinzel, LPC, NCC, will provide guidance on this sensitive topic.

*Tue, November 7, 7:00–9:00pm AND Sat Nov 11, 11:00-1pm, room 121
*Fellowship Bible Church, 480 W Crossville Rd, Roswell. This class is free to the public. There is no registration required. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Houston,

Renewing Hope Director, Fellowship Bible Church Care Ministry at 954-600-3625 or Cindy Spitler, Care Ministry Coordinator, Fellowship Bible Church,Care Ministry at 770-641-5623

Things for Students

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.


JOIN & DONATE to "Beyond the Classroom" Campaign!

Things for parents


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!

❤️ Volunteer ❤️

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!


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.

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

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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 November...

  • 11/30 - Parent University Workshop
  • 11/30 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/30 - NO Thursday Clubs
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

Stay Updated

Fulton County Updates

Fulton County Schools (FCS) recommends staying tuned in to their website, FCS social media accounts, and local news media for updates.


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A Visit to Le Petit Café

As part of French National Week, every French student made a visit to the Le Petit Café. Merci to our parent helpers and parents who donated pastries. Our students used Euros to purchase sweets and listened to French music. There was even some dancing!