Titan Talk Newsletter
September 13, 2019
- 9/16 - 8th Grade Georgia Trip Roommate Request Form Due!
- 9/17 - Robotics Interest Meeting, after-school in the WINN Lab Room A-150
- 9/17 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 in the Media Center
- 9/17 - Tennis Try-Outs, after-school
- 9/17 & 9/18 - Volleyball Try-outs (Boys/Girls) in the Gym, after-school
- 9/18 - 6th Grade Tailgate Party Tickets Go On Sale!
- 9/18 - Katha Stuart Meeting: HSES @ 9:30 am
- 9/18 - Jr. Beta Club @ 4:15 pm to 5 pm in the Media Center
- 9/19 - FCA @ 7:45 am in the Media Center
- 9/19 - Student Council Meeting @ 8 am in Room E-106
- 9/19 - 6th Grade Bring Parents to 1st & 2nd Periods, arrive between 8:35 am to 8:45 am in the Media Center
- 9/19 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 in the Media Center
- 9/19 - Tennis Try-Outs, after-school
- 9/19 - Parent Focus Discussion Group @ 6 pm in the Media Center (RSVPs ONLY)
- 9/20 - SGC Meeting @ 7:30 am
- 9/20 - Soccer Game at Elkins Pointe @ 5:30 pm
- 9/20 - 8th Grade Night @ Roswell HS
- 9/20 - RHS vs. MHS - Location: Roswell High School @ 7:30 pm
- 9/21 - Titan Advantage @ 9 am to 12 pm
- 9/21 & 9/22 - Japan Fest at Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center
More in September...
- 9/24 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 in the Media Center
- 9/24 - “Don't Stop Achieving” Family Night @ 6 pm
- 9/25 - Reflections Entries Due by 4 pm
- 9/26 - FCA @ 7:45 am in the Media Center
- 9/26 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 in the Media Center
- 9/26 - 6th Grade Tailgate Party @ after-school
- 9/27 - Soccer Game at Taylor Road @ 5:30 pm
- 9/27 - 8th Grade Night @ Milton HS
- 9/28 - Titan Advantage @ 9 am to 12 pm
- 9/30 - Lost & Found donated at the end of the school day
Important to Note:
PARENT FOCUS DISCUSSION GROUPS
WITH PRINCIPAL BOUNDS
@ 6 PM in the Media Center
20 parent slots per focus group.
Click here to RSVP
PLEASE TAKE PRINCIPAL BOUNDS'
PARENT INPUT SURVEY
6TH GRADE BRING YOUR PARENTS TO SCHOOL
FIRST PERIOD & SECOND PERIOD
September 19th in the Media Center
All 6th grade parents should come between 8:35 AM - 8:45 AM
DON'T STOP ACHIEVING FAMILY NIGHT
September 24th @ 6:00 PM
All parents, students, and families invited
to attend a night all about student achievement
6TH GRADE TAILGATE PARTY
September 26th @ 4:15 pm to 5:30 PM
in the Cafeteria
Tickets: $5.00 per student
Message from the Principal
Today the Lead Team, consisting of Fulton County School district leaders, came to Elkins Pointe to conduct walk-throughs and observe classroom instruction. I want to say thank you to our teachers and staff for being prepared for our visit today. The students were excellent! The members of the Lead Team were very impressed with our staff, students, and the things that were happening in the classrooms here at EPMS.
Thank you to the parents who participated in the Parent Focus Group on Thursday. I appreciate you taking time to help identify the "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats" (SWOT). Next Thursday, on September 19th, at 6 PM, I will be conducting a second Parent Focus Group. The remaining spots are limited; please click here to RSVP. To take the Parent Input Survey, please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7F55BHB. The survey will remain open until Friday, September 20th.
Next week is "6th Grade Bring Your Parent to 1st and 2nd Periods." Dr. Peoples and I are looking forward to seeing 6th grade parents. To start the day out right, the PTSA will be providing coffee. Please join us between 8:35 AM and 8:45 AM in the Media Center for a greeting, the Titan Morning News, and then to be dismissed to students' classes.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for all that you do!
Elkins Pointe Middle School
"Every Day, Every Student, College & Career Bound: Go Titans!"
THINGS TO CELEBRATE!!!
We've Got the Whole World!
Somethings to Tweet About!
SAFETY & POLICY
8th Grade Carpool Procedures - PLEASE READ
8th Grade Families: Please read through the list of safety procedures below for 8th grade carpool. Since we are conducting this carpool in a parking lot, we must take extra precautions to ensure the safety of the students. This additional carpool is a privilege— no other middle school in our area has a separate carpool for 8th grade. We have also asked our teachers to sacrifice their parking spaces and we must add staff to supervise this area. Thank you for ensuring that we can continue to offer this to you by adhering to the guidelines below. The safety of your children is our priority.
- Students should only load in the loading area. This will either be marked with a sign or teacher presence. Students should walk to the loading area to be picked up. This allows for the supervision of students and speeds up the process.
- Drivers should NOT pull around other cars to leave early. EVER. Some students load on the back, driver-side of the car and by pulling out, you create a safety hazard to those children. Wait until the cars move forward and then you may pull forward to leave.
- Pull all the way forward to the end of the loading zone and pull up close to the car in front of you. This allows the staff to keep the line moving quickly.
- 4. Students should watch for parents and load in a timely manner once the car has come to a complete stop. This is to avoid holding up the line.
- Do not pull into the parking area. Please pretend those spaces don’t exist and there is a curb there.
- If your child is not there when you pull up to the loading zone, pull forward to the curb near the blacktop to wait. This way you do not block traffic.
- If you arrive at 4:15 or later, you should meet your student in the front carpool area. 8th grade carpool ends at 4:15 PM. At that time, some teachers begin leaving and we need the lot cleared. We will send remaining students to the carpool in front of the school at that time.
- Students and parents, please be courteous and listen to the staff who are running carpool. Your child’s safety is our number one priority; that is the reason for the rules.
Failure to follow the procedures (either student or drivers) will result in a temporary and/or permanent revoking of your fast pass.
Carpool & Parking Safety
Early Check Out Note Required - No Calls Into the Classroom
Check-Out Note Required for Early Dismissal:
- A note signed by the parent is required for early check-out.
- The student must present the note to the front office in the morning.
- Students use the “front office approved” note as a pass to leave class.
- Students are responsible for coming to the front office on their own. Calls into the class interrupt instruction.
- Please check out students in between class periods. Leaving class in the middle of instruction is disruptive.
- Check-outs are not permitted after 3:30 p.m.
6TH GRADE TAILGATE
6th Grade Tailgate - 9/26 @ 4:05 to 5:30 pm
6th Grade Tailgate Party is on Thursday, September 26th, after school from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm. The tickets cost $5 admission per student
Ticket go on sales from
- 9/18 – 9/26 in the atrium at 8:00 a.m. before school
- 9/18 – 9/26 in the atrium during 6th grade lunch
- Online: https://epms.memberhub.store
Included with each ticket...pizza, chips, & drinks! All 6th graders must have a signed permission form to attend the party. Attendance bracelets will be distributed in WINN class the day of the event, Sept. 26th.
CALLING ALL 6TH GRADE PARENT VOLUNTEERS
The Elkins Pointe PTSA would like to invite you to help us make the 6th Grade Party/Dance a HUGE success! The dance is scheduled for Thursday, September 26 after-school from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
We need help with Ticket Sales, Set-Up, Clean-Up, etc. The more people volunteer, the easier it becomes!
- Please click HERE or on the box below to sign up!
- ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE FCS VOLUNTEER TRAINING.
If you have any questions about the dance or volunteering, please contact Claire Robinson @ email@example.com
THINGS TO KNOW
SPIRIT WEAR IS HERE!
Our first batch of Spirit Wear orders have arrived and is available for pick up in the School Store starting Tuesday, September 10th at 8 AM! Spirit Wear can also be ordered at the School Store or online year around at http://elkinspointe.deco-apparel.com/
Robotics Interest Meeting - 9/17
Questions? Email Ms. Oshiana Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball Boys & Girls Try-Outs -9/17 & 9/18
Tennis Try-Outs - 9/17 & 9/19
Questions? Contact Graduation Coach James Tongue for more info.
Info on 6th-grade "Take Your Parent to School" - 9/19
6th-grade parents, you are invited to join us for the first two periods of school to see what it is like to be your child! 6th Grade Bring Your Parent to School Day is just in the morning for 1st-period and 2nd-period - ONLY 6th GRADE!*
At the 8:35 AM bell students and parents will go down the hall. Parents will go to the Media Center and students will go to their lockers and classrooms.
What do parents do when they arrive at school?
Parents, please sign-in when you arrive at the Media Center. There will be lists posted in the Media Center with 1st-period teachers. WEB Leaders will help guide you to the Media Center.
Parents who arrive with their child may head down the hall with their child when the 8:35 am bell rings. Parents will go to the Media Center and students will go to their locker.
- Parents who arrive separately from their child may head down the hall between 8:35 and 8:45 am and go directly to the Media Center.
- Parents will be released to the classes from the Media Center after the Titan Morning News and the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Parents may attend for one period or both. If you need to leave earlier or you need to arrive after the 1st-period, we are flexible. If you can only stay for one period, please leave between 1st and 2nd period. If you cannot come until the 2nd period, please check into the front office and you will be given instructions to proceed down the hall.
Note: If you wish to put your child on the bus, parents are welcome to drive to school. Parents are welcome to drive their 6th grader to school and stay with them until the bell rings. It is recommended to take a moment to shop at the School Store before the 8:35 bell rings!
Japan Fest - 9/21 & 9/22
The annual Japan Fest will be held next weekend (9/21-22) at Gwinnett Infinite Energy Center! This is the biggest Japanese festival in the Southeast GA, and it has lots of cultural performances, workshops, displays, shops, food, games, etc.! There are many Japanese companies that give away free prizes, too. This year’s festival theme is “traveling” to Japan to enjoy the traditions, natural beauty, and pop culture of the nation that is hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, please visit: www.japanfest.org
Student Council Meetings: The meeting dates for StuCo are the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in Room E-106 at 8:00 am. Student Council meeting dates for the fall semester are Sept 19th, Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th, and Dec 19th. Chair: Mrs. Malikah Williams
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): FCA meets every Thursday at 7:45 am in the Media Center. Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits are offered for sale, $3 each or 2 for $5. Chair: Mr. Billups
Interact Club: Interact Club meets every other Friday at 8 am at 8:00 am in room E-114. Note: There is no meeting on October 3rd. Chair: Mrs. Shantae Streeter
Jr. Beta Club: Jr. Beta meets every other Wednesday after school in the media center from 4:20-5:00 pm. The next meeting is on September 18th. Each month the students plan the events with Chair Ms. Micheaux White. • The Jr. Beta events planned thus far for 2019: September 16 -October 16 (Hispanic heritage month trivia). September 25th - "Hat day in support of Jr. Beta. Jr. Beta will collect $1 in the atrium that morning. October 30- November 22 - North Fulton Charities Thanksgiving canned food drive (bins will be set up around the school to collect canned goods). December 2 - December 20th "Toys for Tots" toy drive- Bins in the media center and atrium to collect toys for tots • The Jr. Beta events for 2020: January 10th - Hat day in support of Jr. Beta- $1, Feb 3 to February 28 - Black History Month trivia. The WINN class that answers the most questions correctly earns a Krispy Kreme. Black History Designing Door competition will also win a prize. Feb. 13th - Wear red day for Heart Disease Awareness. Students wearing red get a treat. Feb 20-21 - Jr. Beta Teacher Appreciation Day, students will leave a positive message for teachers and staff during lunch. Messages will be posted in the teachers' lounge. Teachers will be given goodie-bags as well, placed in mailboxes. Spring Book Drive from March 2 - March 31 - Bring a book and earn a small treat, books to be donated. April 26 - Autism Awareness Walk (Atlanta). Induction Ceremony will be on May 6th from 5:00-6:00 pm in the Media Center. • More things to come Spring 2020: *(Working on dates to read to Hembree students) once this semester and once next semester *Chattahoochee River Clean-Up (Spring 2020) * Fur Kids (Read to cats to help socialize them for adoption) Most of the cats are disabled
Wear Yellow for Suicide Awareness - 9/23
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - Elkins Pointe is raising awareness for Suicide Prevention and Awareness. In the United States, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people. It is also one of the leading causes of preventable death. To support Social-Emotional health at Elkins Pointe, we will be having a "Yellow Out" on Monday, September 23rd. We ask that all student, teachers, staff, and parents join us in wearing YELLOW to raise Suicide Awareness in September.
If you or your child have a concern, please contact one of our caring counselors:
“Don’t Stop Achieving” Family Night - 9/24 @ 6 pm
ALL Elkins families are invited to attend a Family Night called “Don’t Stop Achieving” on Tuesday, 9/24 from 6:00-7:30 PM. The evening will have a quick opener/welcome in the cafeteria and then families can choose 2 sessions to attend. Here are some of the sessions to choose from!
- High School Student Panel: AVID Students from Roswell High School are here to help students learn what they should be doing in middle school to prepare for high school. EPMS students have prepared some questions and they will also take questions from the audience about all things high school.
- Student Hacks, Apps, and Tips: Mrs. Tongue will go through some great resources for students and parents. Students can learn how to utilize technology to work smarter, not harder.
- Infinite Campus How-To and Rosetta Stone for English Learners: Want to stay current on your student’s grades? Our Parent Liaisons, Lisa Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez, will lead this session to help families become more familiar with this great tool. (Ayuda en Español tambien)
- College, Career Pathways, and Dual Enrollment...Oh My! Come learn from about the possibilities for your child in high school and beyond!
- Dual Enrollment in High School: We may be able to get a Milton & RHS AP to lead this session… Lisa’s working on it
REFLECTIONS CONTEST SUBMISSIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 25
The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Georgia PTA cultural arts competition. Since 1969, over 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular PTA program.
This year’s theme is "LOOK WITHIN."
The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works. The excitement and enthusiasm that the program generates for students, parents, schools, and communities is unmatched with the majority of Georgia PTAs participating in the program at all PTA levels.
A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production. There is no limit to the number of entries a student can submit!
Pick up an entry form and rules at the front office or download here.
🍑 Georgia Trip On Our Minds - 10/2-10/4
Thank you to all the 8th graders who signed up for the Georgia Trip. The Georgia trip is full and no new registrations are being accepted. Roommate selection will begin next week.
GEORGIA TRIP MEDICATION FORMS
If your child will need to take medications, please complete the forms and turn in to Mrs. Streeter. Note: This form includes over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, etc. If your child will be bringing ANY MEDICATION on the Georgia Trip, it is a Fulton County requirement to complete these forms below.
GEORGIA TRIP ROOMMATE SELECTION
All roommate slips are due by Monday, September 16, 2019. Students can room four (4) to a room. Each student must complete a "Georgia Trip Roommate Request Form." The form is available with 8th grade Social Studies teachers or you can print it out at home using the link:
If students wish to room together they must do the following:
- Each student must complete their own form by printing first and last name on a slip. * * First AND last names are mandatory on all roommate slips ** PLEASE PRINT
- Find four (4) friends of the same gender and make sure you all agree. Each roommate must fill out a slip, and names must match all both slips. If the slips do not match, the request will not be honored.
- Staple all slips together and submit to your Social Studies teacher by Monday (9/16). Stapling the slips together will ensure students have the best chance of rooming together.
- Late roommate requests will not be accepted. Roommates will be chosen for any late requests or requests not submitted correctly.
- Teachers have the right to veto any request.
- EVERYONE must complete this form, even if you do not have a complete list of roommates.
- If students do NOT have a roommate preference, they can select this on their slip. All students on the Georgia Trip will be assigned a roommate.
GEORGIA TRIP REMIND COMMUNICATION
Please sign up for Remind101 for the Georgia Trip as a way to keep current with all updates.
- Enter this number: 81010
- Text this message: @c4kcg9e
KEEP CUTTING THOSE BOX TOPS! Due by 10/25
Our first Box Tops collection deadline for this school year is right around the corner. We will collect for the fall submission until October 25, 2019.
NOTE: Box Tops is transitioning to online/app credit only, but for now we can still submit paper box tops. So, make sure you send all your paper box tops in right away so that we are sure to get credit.
Please carefully trim your box tops and ensure that all submitted box tops have expiration dates on or after November 1, 2019. Box Tops expiring prior to this date cannot be submitted. Place all Box Tops in a baggie and turn them into the school store (located to the right of the Atrium.)
Box Tops can be clipped from participating products. See the full list of products here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.
You can also earn Box Tops for Elkins Pointe via a free app that you can download in the App Store. Just download the app, and check for offers each time you shop. After checkout, simply redeem the offer in the app and scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase. Points from the offers are added to our online account within hours of your purchase. (PLUS you can still clip the Box Tops on these products and submit them for the general submission).
Each Box Top is worth $0.10 - schools can earn thousands of dollars through this program! Our goal is to raise at least $400 this year through this program. We need your help in meeting our goal. Note that our feeder elementary schools raise $1,000 or more at their schools, so please think of sending some of your Box Tops to Elkins Pointe!
THINGS FOR PARENTS!
BE A RAD DAD!
The Dads Club is just about the easiest way for our EPMS men to make a difference in the lives of Elkins Pointe students. There are no regular commitments or meetings. You donate your time as your schedule allows.
Here’s how it works:
Throughout the year, we will send Dads Club members communications asking for help with various chores, events, or activities. If your schedule allows you to donate your time for the requested activity, great! If you can’t, then you can help out at a later activity that fits your schedule. Because of this laid back approach, Dads Club needs lots of members so that there will always be some dads available to help out. You don’t even have to be a father of an EPMS student! Guardians, granddads, uncles, big brothers, etc. are all welcome to join.
Be a role model and show your support for our middle school by joining the Elkins Pointe Dads Club. Send Kelly Ross an email email@example.com and let him know you’d like to join!
ALWAYS LOOKING FOR BUSINESS PARTNERS
If you have a business that you would like to market through the school, consider the Business Partner Program! Contact Michelle Cisneros-Hicks @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
THIS IS THE YEAR TO VOLUNTEER!
The PTSA is looking to fill several chairperson roles and could really use your help. Please consider helping out this year so that we can make this a great year for our students. Grab a friend or two and make it a fun experience for all of you!
o We are looking for a parent to head up Spirit Wear. As Spirit Wear Chairperson, you would work with the Fundraising VP to continue promoting our spirit wear collection, coordinate the pick-up and the delivery of items ordered. Please email Michelle Hicks at email@example.com for more information.
o We are looking for one or two parents to help with our Box Tops Coordination and submittal. If you are a working parent who is looking for an easy way to pitch in, this is a great opportunity. Please email Michelle Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
o We are also looking for a few 7th Grade parents to chair the 7th Grade Party/Dance. The event takes place in October. If you are interested in helping with this activity, please email Meghan Fox at email@example.com. The students love these parties! (The parents had a blast too.)
School Store Volunteers Needed!
Did you realize we have an amazing school store?? The EPMS school store is a fun and easy way to help out at the school. Open from 8:00-8:50 Tuesday-Friday and your EPMS kids can help out as well if they want! Use link below to sign up.
Contact Kelly Evers for details and to discuss training before 1st day. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THINGS TO CONNECT WITH IN THE COMMUNITY
Spin With the Eagles - Register by 10/4 for Homecoming 10/18
The Milton High School Band and Color Guard have a program, Spin with the Eagles, during Halftime of the Homecoming game that invites students from K- 8th grade to perform with the Band. This years homecoming is October 18th.
Registration to participate is due by October 4th.
Questions? Contact Diana Corbin, Guard VP at 404-667-7715 or email@example.com
- 10/2 -10/4 - 8th Grade Georgia Trip
- 10/7- Chorus Concert @ 6:30 p.m. in Gym
- 10/11 - FCS Teacher Workday (students off)
- 10/12 - Roswell Youth Day Parade @ 9:30 a.m.
- 10/14 - Columbus Day Holiday (schools closed)
- 10/16 - Katha Stuart Meeting: RHS @ 6:30 p.m.
- 10/17 - 7th Grade Dance Party @ after-school
- 10/21 to 10/25 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week
- 10/21 to 11/1 - Iowa Testing (ITBS) 8th Grade Window
- 10/23 - Picture Retakes with Cady Studios
- 10/23 - Digital Safety Parent University Workshop @ 6 p.m.
- 10/24 - Orchestra Fall Concert in EPMS Gym @ 7 p.m.
- 10/28 to 11/1 - Red Ribbon Week
- 10/29 – 8th Grade Band Cluster Concert @ Milton 6:30 p.m.
- 10/31 - Parent Resource Open House @ 9:30 a.m.
- 10/31 - Lost & Found donated at end of the school day
- 11/4 to 11/8 - Book Fair (set-up on 11/1)
- 11/4 to 11/8 - French National Week
- 11/4 - 6th & 7th Grade Band Concert @ 6:30 p.m.
- 11/5 - FCS Professional Day (students off)
- 11/7 - Student-Led Data Talks @ 6 p.m.
- 11/11 - Veterans Day: EPMS honors our veterans
- 11/20 - Katha Stuart Meeting: MPES @ 9:30 a.m.
- 11/21 - Lost & Found donated at end of the school day
- 11/22 - EPMS RFF Day (EPMS students off)
- 11/25 to 11/29 - Thanksgiving Break (schools closed)
- 12/3 - Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ 6 p.m. (English)
- 12/5 - Rising 9th Grade Parent Meeting @ 6 p.m. (Spanish)
- 12/10 - Band Holiday Concert @ EPMS 6:30 p.m. ALL grades
- 12/11 - Katha Stuart Meeting: VMES @ 9:30 a.m.
- 12/12 - Chorus Holiday Concert @ EPMS 6:30 p.m.
- 12/12 - Spelling Bee @ 9 a.m.
- 12/20 - Lost & Found donated at end of the school day
- 12/20 - Last Day of First Semester
- 12/23 to 12/31 – Winter Break (schools closed)