Titan Talk Newsletter
March 1, 2019
TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK:
EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN'S WEEK:
- 3/2 - Titan Advantage from 9 am to 12 noon
- 3/4 - TEACHER APPRECIATION: Grab-n-Go Breakfast @ 7:30 am (Teacher Lunchroom) - We are Lucky to Have You! St. Patty's Day
- 3/4 - GIRLS WEEK - Vision Boards from 4:15 - 5:20 pm (Media Center)
- 3/5 - TEACHER APPRECIATION: Staff Luncheon - Cinco De Mayo!
- 3/5 - Pointe Team Visits to Elementary Schools
- 3/5 - Hampton Film Academy, after-school (media center)
- 3/5 - Coder Club, after-school (Temske)
- 3/5 - Track Practice after-school (Ingram)
- 3/5 - GIRLS WEEK - Women Entrepreneurs - Empowering Girls' Talents in the Cafeteria from 4:15-5:20 PM.
- 3/5 - Band Pre-LGPE Concert for 7th & 8th grade bands It will be in the gym at 6:30.
- 3/6 - TEACHER APPRECIATION: YOU are the Heart of our school! Valentine's Day - Dessert Buffet for the staff!
- 3/6 - GIRLS WEEK - Personal Health & Self-Care in the Cafeteria from 4:15-5:20 PM.
- 3/6 - Drama Club @ 4:15 pm (E-111)
- 3/7 - TEACHER APPRECIATION - Summertime Pool Party to celebrate the TOTY/POTY Awards Breakfast @ 7:30 am (Media Center)
- 3/7 - Exceptional Children's Week Beach Party in the Media Center
- 3/7 - FCA from 7:45- 8:30 (Mr. Billups room)
- 3/7 - PTSA Board Meeting - @ 8:00 am in the Teachers Lunchroom
- 3/7 - Student Council 8:00 – E-106
- 3/7 - Track Practice after-school (Ingram)
- 3/7 - Multicultural Club, after-school in the Media Center
- 3/7 - Hampton Film Academy- Media Center 4:05- 5:30
- 3/7 - Running Club @ 4:15 – 5:15 (Atrium/Ingram)
- 3/7 - GIRLS WEEK - -Etiquette Tea Party from 4:15- 5:20 pm in the Cafeteria
- 3/8 - SCHOOL DAY REINSTATED - IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE - 3/8
FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019 IS A SCHOOL DAY
- 3/8 - TEACHER APPRECIATION - "Let the Good Times Roll!" Mardi Gras Snack Cart to end the week!
- 3/8 - Interact Meeting 8:00 in (Mrs. Streeter’s room)
- 3/8 - Book Fair Set-up
- 3/8 - GIRLS WEEK: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun!” Dance Party/Celebration - 4:15-5:15 pm
- 3/9 - Titan Advantage from 9 am to 12 noon.
- 3/10 - Daylight Savings Time - Spring Ahead!
- 3/11 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Professional Development Day (students off)
- 3/12-3/15 - BOOK FAIR WEEK
- 3/12 - Track Practice after-school (Ingram)
- 3/12 - Rising 6th Grade Meeting @ 6 pm (Cafeteria)
- 3/12 - Junior Hornet Cheer Info @ 6 pm in the Mountain Park Elementary Cafeteria
- 3/14 - Track Practice after-school (Ingram)
- 3/14 - Reunión de 6to grado que se levanta a las 6 pm (cafetería)
- GIRLS WEEK @ ELKINS POINTE: FEB. 28 - MARCH 8
- TITANS GOT TALENT AUDITIONS: MARCH 4 & 5
- TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: MARCH 4 - 8
- EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN'S WEEK: MARCH 4 - 8
- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: MARCH 11
- BOOK FAIR: MARCH 12 - 15
- BeYOUtiful WEEK: MARCH 12-15
- ENGLISH 6th GRADE TRANSITION MEETING: MARCH 12
- SPANISH 6th GRADE TRANSITION MEETING: MARCH 14
- INTERNATIONAL NIGHT: MARCH 21
Calendar Dates to Note:
SCHOOL DAY REINSTATED - IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE - 3/8
FRIDAY, MARCH 8th, 2019 IS A SCHOOL DAY
STUDENTS REPORT TO SCHOOL - FCS CALENDAR CHANGE
* ALL STUDENTS & TEACHERS REPORT TO SCHOOL *
Note: ALL Elkins Pointe students will now have school
on the day above to make up for school closing in the fall for Election Day.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSITION INFORMATION
RISING TO THE 6TH GRADE
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:00 pm in the evening
Elkins Pointe Cafeteria, 11290 Elkins Road, Roswell, GA 30076
THIS EVENT IS FOR PARENTS ONLY!
NFORMACIÓN DE TRANSICIÓN DE LA ESCUELA MEDIA
PROMOCION AL 6TO GRADO
Jueves 14 de Marzo de 2019
6:00 pm en la tarde
Cafetería Elkins Pointe, 11290 Elkins Road, Roswell, GA 30076
¡ESTE EVENTO ES SOLO PARA PADRES!
Message From the Principal
Happy Friday Titans,
As February ends, March most certainly is coming in like a lion. We celebrated 22 amazing Titans being inducted into the Japanese National Honors Society and Girls Week kicked off in a big way! Our Titan pride is ready to roar in celebration of our Smart, Happy, and Connected school!
Thank you to the Jr. Beta Club for hosting the Black History Trivia Contest in February. Congratulations to Mr. Gust's and Mrs. Fisher's first period classes for getting the same amount of correct answers and winning a Krispie Kreme doughnut party.
The month of March is Women's History Month, and we have kicked it off with GIRLS WEEK. So far our first two workshops, "Journey to College & Career" and "Mindfulness," have been very well received. Next week, we will continue our afternoon workshops. Please Note: The workshop end time is 5:20 PM and permission slips are required. A sweep bus is available at 5:30 PM. To check to see if the sweep bus services your neighborhood, click here.
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week and Exceptional Children's Week will take place next week. Our staff is looking forward to a week of holiday treats. We will be celebrating our exceptional student and extraordinary teachers all in the same week. Thank you to our Special Needs teachers for creating a week of activities. Thank you to the PTSA for always making this week a "surprise and delight" for all!
March is the nominating season for PTSA and the election season for the SGC (School Governance Council). Parents will be electing the parent representative, and teachers and staff will choose the teacher. Please read the Elkins Pointe Middle School Candidate Statements (Spring 2019) below. Voting will occur March 11-18. Parents and teachers will receive an e-mail with a voting link. Also, I would like to implore our parents to take an active role in the PTSA. Our PTSA is a tremendous support to student success!
Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Home of the Titans!
SGC Candidate Statements
Voting is from March 11-18, 2019!
Parents and teachers will receive an e-mail with a voting link.
Parents no longer need Home Access codes to vote.
Please be on the lookout for your email ballot on March 11th!
Marnie Allen - Parent
Amy Little - Parent
David Paperno - Teacher
As a teacher at Elkins Pointe, I have also been able to bring in a new perspective in order to best meet the needs of the school. I have been able to do this at the school by interacting with both students, teachers, parents, and those in the community that do not currently attend the school. This along with having previously served on the school governance council and having worked on the current strategic plan for Elkins Pointe has made me want to continue my involvement in activities happening outside of my own classroom. Over the last two years, my experiences have allowed me to not only want to better understand what is needed in order to help drive the school toward excellence. Though I have served on the council previously for one year, I have been able to demonstrate leadership for the school through acting as the chair of the council while leading the school council through the strategic planning process and would like to continue my involvement in planning for Elkins Pointe.
Monique Erskine - Teacher
Amire Billups - Teacher
SMART, HAPPY, CONNECTED
The WL dept. has some news to share…27 World Language students participated in the Linguapalooza Middle School Spoken Language Competition on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Autrey Mill Middle School. These students were chosen because of their dedication and passion for their language of study. We are proud and celebrate their accomplishments!
FRENCH Linguapalooza Winners
- 6th grade: Myra Bubber, Elizabeth Councill, Kyra Ross
- 8th grade: Lillian Bishop. Emily Vargas, Ethan Codelli
- 8th grade: Noelle Sambol
JAPANESE Linguapalooza Winners
- 7th grade: Rachel Carpenter, Thomas Gamba, Tyler Godoy, Julianna Gross.
- 8th grade: Gabrielle Chilton, Victor Fontanez, Gavin Schwandt, Jessica Scislowicz.
- 8th grade: Kate Wishert
SPANISH Linguapalooza Winners
- 6th grade: Dean Backos, Justus Fitzgerald, Katie Guarraci , Tyler Harrison, Sophie Hubscher, Sarah Richardson, Benjamin Weir
- 7th grade: Taven Bernard, Ashton Stevens
- 7th grade:Cameron Jaeggi
Celebrating Digital Learning Day and Career and Technical Education Month
In Ms. Lindesay's Computer and Business Science Class, students used a Choice Board to select their tech category for their project. Some tech categories are audio production, video production, 3-D modeling, animation, non-animated graphics, video game design, multimedia presentation, product design, and robotics.
Robotics Takes It to State!
Japanese National Honor Society
Congratulations to the new JNHS students. A special thanks to our musicians for their performance and to our former Titans who came to speak to the students!
Havana, ooh na-na
Thank You Jr. Beta!
AVID Day in the ATL
Let's Hear It for Girls Week!
Mindfulness is Everything!
Thank you to Counselor Traci Dease, our Professional of the Year, for talking to our girls about mindfulness! This Day 2 Workshop stresses the importance of Social and Emotional Health for our girls.
Principal Smith Reads @ Roswell Reads Day...Thing 1 & Thing 2!!
PTSA Needs You!
The Elkins Pointe PTSA is looking for parents to be part of the PTSA Board. Here are some of the Board positions we currently need to be filled:
- Co-President #1 & Co-President #2
- Vice President of Academic Enrichment
- Vice President of Membership
- Vice President of Academic Support
- Vice President of Student Support
If you would like to inquire about one of the open roles, please contact any of the members of the Nominating Committee: John Martinez, Allison Liguori, Lindsay Lavin, Sarah Ippolito, Kim Lawrence, Kristen Patterson (Alternate), Lisa Cowles (Alternate)
THINGS TO KNOW
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week ☘ 💓 😎 Week of March 4-8
TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK is March 4th-8th, 2019. The theme is "Every Day Should Be a Holiday!"
- Monday - We are Lucky to Have You! St. Patty's Day - Irish Coffee with a Grab-N-Go Breakfast
- Tuesday - Turn Up for Tuesday/Cinco De Mayo - Fiesta Luncheon with Taco bar
- Wednesday - YOU are the Heart of our school! Valentine's Day - Dessert Buffet!
- Thursday - Summertime Pool Party to celebrate the TOTY/POTY Awards Breakfast!
- Friday - Let the Good Times Roll! Mardi Gras Snack Cart to end the week!
Help with Purchasing:
If you would like to help purchase items for our teachers and staff, please click on the Link: http://a.co/aMy2gAo
Sign Up to Help: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-teacherstaff
Auditions for Talent Showcase - 3/4 & 3/5
Auditions for the Titan talent showcase, TITANS GOT TALENTS, will be on March 4th & March 5th, after-school on the stage. If your child sings, dances, performs magic, or has some other talent they would like to showcase, please complete the permission form/
PERMISSION FORM, click HERE!
Students should come prepared to provide a preview of the Act you will be performing at the Show. In addition, if you are interested in being the "Emcee" for the Show, announcing each act with your own flair, you will have the opportunity to audition for that role at the March 4th & 5th meetings.
Each Act should be no longer than 3 minutes, and you must provide your own music/props (piano and microphones will be available on stage). Individual Acts or Group Acts are welcome! Students interested in participating are required to submit the "Act Proposal" form attached at the March 4th & 5th after-school meetings to go over the details of the act.
Please direct any questions to Jennifer Rodman: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multicultural Club - 3/7
GIRLS WEEK - Now to 3/8
To celebrate Women’s Month in March, Elkins Pointe is hosting our first-ever Girls Week! By partnering with the women of Delta Sigma Theta, we will be offering exciting and relevant afterschool workshops! Girls are invited to participate in one or more of the workshops below. Snacks provided and sweep bus service offered.
For permission form, click HERE.
- Monday, March 4th - Vision Board Workshop in the Media Center from 4:15-5:20 PM. Girls learn the art of goal setting by creating vision boards using magazines/newspapers. This visual framework nurtures passions, formulates aspirations, and embraces positive thinking.
- Tuesday, March 5th - Women Entrepreneurs in the Cafeteria from 4:15- 5:20 PM. Harness talents (e.g., baking, singing, STEM) to empower you!
- Wednesday, March 6th - Personal Health & Self Care Workshop in the Cafeteria from 4:15-5:20 PM. Girls learn fashion, hairstyles, daily routines, skincare (i.e., mud scrubs), manicures, etc.
- Thursday, March 7th - "High Tea" Party at the Pointe in the Cafeteria from 4:15- 5:20 PM. Girls learn etiquette skills, sip tea, enjoy biscuits, wear fancy hats, and practice manners.
- Friday, March 8th - "Girls Just Want to Have Fun!" Dance Party in the Cafeteria from 4:15- 5:20 PM. End Girls Week with by celebrating with glow sticks, line-dancing, food, fun, team-building games, and more!
2019 Book Fair Volunteers - 3/8, 3/12-3/15
Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson are asking for parent volunteers for help with the Spring Book Fair. Please sign up to assist during one or a few time slots.
- SignUpGenius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a4a822a64-2019
The book fair will take place on Tuesday thru Friday (3/12 - 3/15). No book fair on Monday (3/11) due to no classes for students that day. Set up will be on Friday, March 8th. Thank you for helping make the Book Fair a success!
Junior Hornet Cheer Info Meeting - 3/12
There is an information and sign up meeting on March 12 at 6 pm in the Mountain Park Elementary Cafeteria. Come hear about this award-winning program and how your daughter can be a part of it. For more information email email@example.com or visit our website at https://www.rjhcheer.com/
Roswell Junior Hornet cheer is open to all rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders zoned for Roswell High School. We have a sideline team for each grade and a competition team made up of all grades. Tryouts for next year's Junior Hornet Cheer Team are April 8-11.
Roswell High School Cheerleading Meeting - 3/13
Roswell High School Cheerleading Pre-Tryout Meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 pm in the RHS Media Center.
- Packets with all necessary paperwork needed to try out
- Clinic and tryout procedures
- Expectations for the upcoming season
- Clinic: March 25-27 in the RHS Auxiliary Gym
- Tryouts: March 28th (4:00 Varsity, 5:00 JV, and 5:45 Freshman)
Rising 6th Grade Parent Meetings - 3/12 (English) & 3/14 (Spanish)
Rising 6th grade parents should mark the calendar for the 6th Grade Transition Meeting. Elkins Pointe will host two meetings, one in English on March 12th and one in Spanish on March 14th. This event is for parents only.
- ENGLISH PARENT MEETING is on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the CAFETERIA, Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
- SPANISH PARENT MEETING is on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in the Cafeteria, Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
BeYOUtiful Week! 3/12 to 3/15
Student Council Brings self-esteem awareness to Elkins Pointe Middle School! In order to promote positivity and increase self-esteem in the student body, Elkins Pointe Student Council will sponsor “BeYOUtiful Week” from March 12th through March 15th.
Let’s recognize that beauty is from within. It does not matter what you wear, look like, how much money you make or where you come from.
BeYOUtiful is about spreading awareness of Self-Love.
- TUESDAY - Student Activity – “Leave your personal inspirations on the board.” – Students will write personal inspirations on a sticky note and post on chart paper in the rotunda.
- WEDNESDAY - Student Activity – Students will use their social media to tag someone with a compliment and receive a treat.
- THURSDAY - Student Activity - Students will “boost their selfiesteem” by taking a selfie at the Selfie Booth to combat the negative impact of media on self- image.
- FRIDAY - Student Activity – ‘Catwalk with Courage’ – A long piece of red paper will be taped to the floor in the Rotunda, and students can walk to the end to exemplify their end to body shame and poor self-esteem.
AVID Applications Due - 3/15
Rising 7th and 8th graders who want to apply for AVID will have a chance to do so in March. Applications will be available starting March 1st and completed applications will be due on Friday, March 15th. Please email Mrs, Meredith Tongue, Elkins Pointe AVID Teacher & Coordinator if you have any questions: TongueM@fultonschools.org.
The Elkins Pointe Middle School AVID program is changing how we recruit AVID 6th graders. Next year Elkins Pointe will offer an “AVID Academy” the first semester for all 6th-grade students, which will expose them to AVID tools and resources that all students will be able to build upon to get their middle school experience off on the right note. Students will have the opportunity to apply for AVID in the Fall of 2019, and those who are chosen will begin taking the class second semester (January 2020).
International Night - 3/21
A Message about Dual Enrollment Information from Milton SGC
The Milton High School SGC has had a lot of discussions lately about Dual Enrollment and increasing awareness of it at Milton High School. I thought I would share the information from the GA Partnership For Excellence In Education Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2019. Dual Enrollment is Issue Number 9. Parents can read the one-page summary of the issue at the first link or click on the second for the full report. Dual Enrollment is covered on pages 59-65. Participation has increased by 212% between 2013 & 2017!
Milton SGC Parent Elected Representative
TITAN CHARITY DRIVES
MARCH MADNESS FOOD DRIVE from 3/8 to 3/26
The Interact Club is conducting a MARCH MADNESS FOOD DRIVE. Please send all food donations to Room E114. March Madness starts Friday, March 8th, and ends on Tuesday, March 26th.
Instant Oatmeal, Granola Bars, Goldfish, Chips, Mini Cereals, Welch’s fruit snacks, Capri Sun Juice Boxes, Crackers, Bottled Water, Chex Mix, Juice Boxes, Go-Go Squeeze Applesauce, Pretzels
Graduation Coach Tongue's "Shave Your Head Challenge" - 3/15
It is that time of year again when I raise some money by shaving my head and shaving or cutting the hair of other staff members and students to help out a good cause. I will be raising money this year to support Officer Jones and his campaign to help the Special Olympics.
I will be passing out sign up sheets to students today. I am asking that anyone who wants to get their head shaved or get 10" of hair cut off to try to raise $50. The money will go towards Officer Jones' campaign and any hair I cut will go to https://www.wigs4kids.org/
If you are interested in shaving your head or donating hair, please click HERE for the permission form.
If you just want to donate $ to Special Olympics please click here to donate to Officer Jones Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Team.
Elkins Pointe Middle School
11290 Elkins Road
Roswell, GA 30076
RISING 6TH GRADE PARENTS
6th Grade Transition Dates 2019
Pointe Team Members Visit Elementary Schools on Tuesday, March 5, 2019:
- Mimosa – 9:00 – 9:45
- Sweet Apple – 10:00 – 10:45
- Vickery Mill – 11:00 – 11:45
- Hembree Springs – 1:30 – 2:15
Rising 6th Grade Parent Meetings:
ENGLISH PARENT MEETING is on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the CAFETERIA
- Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
- TAG Parent Meeting @ 6:45 p.m. in the GYM
SPANISH PARENT MEETING is on Thursday, March 12, 2019, in the Cafeteria
- Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00 pm (Cafeteria)
- TAG Parent Meeting @ 6:45 p.m. in the Cafeteria
Rising 6th Grader Visits to EPMS:
- Mimosa Elementary – May 15, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
- Vickery Mill Elementary – May 15, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
- Sweet Apple Elementary – May 16, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
- Hembree Springs – May 17, 2019 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
GA Milestones Testing Dates (Grades 4, 6, 7):
- May 6 - Reading
- May 7-8 – ELA
- May 9-10 – Math
- May 13-14 Make-Up Days
AVID Process for Rising 6th Grade
HEALTH AND SAFETY
PARENTAL ALERT - "The Momo Challenge"
PARENTAL ALERT ON MOMO CHALLENGE WARNING: “The Momo Challenge" is directed at children and young adults who have access to cell phones, and social media. The challenge features a frightening avatar who asks the child to perform various tasks and provide photos as proof. The "Momo" threatens those who do not perform the tasks. The tasks can escalate to serious violent acts, including self-harm and suicide. At times, this challenge includes sending or receiving messages from unknown online users.
Here are articles on what parents should know about The Momo Challenge:
Fulton County Schools would like to encourage parents and guardians to have a conversation with their children about online safety and the risk of contracting unknown identities online. You can help keep the children in your family safe online by talking to them about what it means to be a good digital citizen. Here are a couple of resources digital citizenship:
- Fulton County Schools has partnered with goennounce to provide parents with an online Digital Citizenship course, consisting of six, 10-minute videos designed to help you navigate this important topic with your students. https://goennounce.com/courses/1/parents/videos…
- Parents looking for more information and ways to talk with their child about digital citizenship may also visit theCommon Sense Media website. https://www.commonsense.org/…/t…/family-engagement-resources
Please reach out to our administration or the counseling department if you are concerned about your child and any dangerous trends in the community. Also, you can also report any concerns to the Fulton County Schools “Quick Tip” App or email firstname.lastname@example.org or https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/fultonschools/quicktip.