Titan Talk Newsletter

Sept 28, 2018

Upcoming Dates...

The Week Ahead...


  • 9/29 - AVID Day @ GA Tech 2018
  • 9/30 - Jr. Eagles Basketball Try-Outs (see flyer below)
  • 10/2 to 10/4 - 8th Grade Georgia Trip
  • 10/4 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 10/4 - PTSA Meeting @ 8:30 am
  • 10/5 - Fulton County School TEACHER WORK DAY – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • 10/8 ﴾All day﴿ COLUMBUS DAY: NO SCHOOL FOR STAFF/STUDENTS


Note: The Jr. Beta and Student Council meetings have been cancelled for this week due to the 8th Grade Savannah Trip. Jr. Beta will take place on 10/10 and Student Council will take place on 10/11.

Message From the Principal

Happy Friday Titans!


Success resides within our students when they know someone genuinely believes they can achieve academic and personal goals by setting expectations high. This connection between students, teachers, and parents is the key to a shared belief in our students' learning. Our school is best when we are smart, happy, and connected.


This past Tuesday, the PTSA sponsored "Get Connected Night," a family night designed to showcase all the extra clubs, sports, activities, and offerings. Our families came out in numbers, bustling with excitement. The community came together to show students we care about the whole child. Coaches, advisers, chairs, business partners, and the PTSA were there to spark interests and entice students to be risk-takers. If you were unable to attend you missed some fantastic food, and impromptu line-dancing initiated by Coach Tyus and Dr. Duncan. However, you need not miss out on the information, click here to visit the "Get Connected" tab on our website.


This weekend I will be packing to go on the 8th grade Savannah trip. It will be exciting to see the Georgia Studies curriculum come to life. We will be leaving on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7:00 am in the morning and returning Thursday, October 4th, approximately at 7:30 pm in the evening. Some interesting things we will be visiting include the First African Baptist Church, River Street, Tybee Island, the hometown of President Jimmy Carter, and more.


Next Friday, October 5th is a Teacher Work Day. There will be no school for students, and the following Monday, October 8th is the Columbus Day holiday.


Sincerely,


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

TITANS ARE SMART & HAPPY @ GET CONNECTED NIGHT

Get Connected Night at EPMS was a success!!!

Thank you to our Co-PTSA Presidents Kristin Kelley and Kimberly Washburn (pictured) for making Get Connected Night so wonderful for our families. Thank you also to Allison Liguori and Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles for your contributions to this event!
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STEM Robotic Finger Sensor and the Titan Tech Team

Pictured below is Ms. Lindesay with the Titan Tech Team. The Tech Team assembled the Robotic Finger sensors thanks to a National PTA Grant, won and awarded to the Elkins Pointe PTSA. It was through this grant that Microsoft sent the Robot Finger and $1,000 to be applied to a PTSA STEM family night. You can thank the PTSA and the Robot Finger for the Ippolito's dinner. Who knew design-thinking could be so delicious?! Kudos to Ms. Lindesay and the Tech Team for the full-on STEM experience and to our PTSA bringing amazing things to our school!
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Getting Connected with the Arts...French Sytle!

If you visited Monsieur Mendy's booth, you will see that he is bringing the art of French acting to Elkins Pointe. If you are taking French as a World Language or are interested in the art of French theater, please go visit Monsieur Mendy and ask him for a flyer!
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Connected to the Beat!

Graduation Coach Tongue and AA Rawlings Johnson got the beat!
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Student Council is Connected!

Congratulations to the 2018 Student Council elected officers!
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THINGS to KNOW...

Clinic Needs Gently Used Clothes!

The clinic is in need of gently used clothes, all sizes. Mostly shorts and pants (jeans/sweats). All clothing items must be clothes that are within school dress code guidelines. Adult sizes are wanted too since our Titans come in all shapes and sizes.


** Please drop off all clothing donations to the front office, marked "clinic."

New School Store Hours

Starting in October, the School Store will be open three days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:05 am to 8:50 am.

Get YOUR VOTE on EPMS!

PLEASE VOTE FOR BOTH Mrs. Meredith Tongue & Mr. Todd Wilson. Both of our amazing teachers are nominated and both have a chance of winning! Please GO VOTE and SHARE on your wall!

Click on the Link:

https://www.facebook.com/odysseypfa/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2401000966581178

Jr. Eagles Basketball Try-outs - 9/30

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Spin with the Eagles - Register by Oct 1st (Event is 10/18 & 10/19)

Colorguard is hosting an event this fall, a "mini-camp" designed to expose students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to Colorguard. For a nominal fee of $35, participants will receive instruction from Milton High's award-winning Colorguard director and team during two October practices (October 18 & 19) after school, have dinner with the Milton High School Colorguard before the Homecoming football game against Forsyth Central High School on October 19th, march into the stadium with the Varsity Colorguard before the game, sit in the stands with the Varsity Colorguard at the game, receive a free t-shirt commemorating the event, and most importantly perform on the field with the Varsity Colorguard during halftime of this game. The deadline to register for the Spin with the Eagles event is Monday, October 1, 2018. Sign up here > https://bit.ly/2MsesSn
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Drama Club - 10/10

The Drama Club will begin meeting weekly after school on Wednesdays beginning October 10th in room E-111 after-school until 5:15 pm. The Drama Club will be performing the opening and closing numbers of the school talent show, Titans Got Talent, on Friday, April 12th, as well as producing our own show on Friday, April 19th. The week of the Production, the Drama Club will meet every day after school.


  • PERMISSION SLIP
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • A signed permission slip must be returned to Ms. Bickel before a student can participate.


There will also be opportunities for parents to volunteer with various aspects of the club, including sets, props, costumes, and set up/clean-up for the shows. Please contact Georgia Bickel with any interest at bickelg@fultonschools.org.

Raising Resilient Kids Parent Seminar - 10/10

Becoming More Resilient What is resiliency and how is it developed over time? How can skills help kids and teens overcome challenges in life? Come and join your Summit OnSite School-Based Therapists for a Panel Discussion on "Raising Resilient Kids" on October 10 @ 6:00 PM at Crabapple Crossing Elementary. Summit counselors will discuss resiliency in kids and teens. All are welcome! Bring your questions and learn some helpful tips for building resiliency in children. For more information, call 678-893-5300 or visit summitcounseling.org.

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Jr. Beta Shoe Drive, now 'til 10/12

Jr, Beta is running a shoe drive from September 10th – October 12th. Please bring in gently worn or new shoes (if possible) for families in need. Jr. Beta is collecting both children and adult shoes. The shoes will be put on display in the media center for the Holocaust Museum in October. This is a friendly competition will reward the WINN class with the most donated shoes a Krispy Kreme doughnut party in October. The teacher with the winning WINN class will also receive a Starbucks gift card!!

Interact Box Tops Collection - 10/12

Titans, make sure to bring your box tops. Remember that for every 5 box tops you donate, your name gets enter into a raffle to win a bag full of candy of your choice! Drop off your box tops to Ms. Streeter’s room E-114. Box top are due October 12th. Eighteen winners will be drawer on October 15th. So make sure to start clipping and bring on your Box Tops!

Interact Club 10/9 & 10/12

There will be a meeting for Interact on Oct.12 at 7:45 a.m in E114 and Youth Parade workdays on Oct.9 & 10th immediately after school. A reminder email will be sent. Please contact Mrs. Streeter for more questions at streeters1@fultonschools.org. Thank you to everyone that has sent in Box Tops!!

Youth Day Parade! 10/13

All Titans are invited to come march with the Youth Day Float. The theme is Roswell Plays on the River. The parade starts at 10 am. Please meet us and line up at First Baptist Church on Mimosa Blvd at 9:30 am.


Here is the event Itinerary for Youth Day:


If you would like to donate candy, please send it in with your Titan to the front desk. Thank you to the Dads Club, Mr. Moffit, Ms. Powell, and Tracy Murphy for making the Elkins Pointe float!

Roswell Jr. Hornets Boys Select Lacrosse - 10/14

Roswell Jr. Hornets Boys Select Lacrosse 2018-2019 Spring Boys Middle School Select Lacrosse Try-out Information: The Roswell Jr. Hornets Boys Select Lacrosse program will be holding tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (8th grade) on November 4th 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 14th 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 14 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Roswell Area Park-Community Activity Building

10495 Woodstock Rd

Roswell GA 30075

Registration - 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/

Registration Discount Deadline- Register prior to October 20 to avoid late fee charge

Tryouts – Location: Roswell Area Park MS #1 and MS #2 and/or Roswell North Elementary– Participants do need to attend both tryout dates.

Sunday, November 4 (Location: RAP MS #1 and 2)

Boys Jr. Select (6th & 7th Graders) 2:00pm- 4:00pm

Boys Sr. Select (8th Graders) 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 7 (Location: Roswell North Elementary)

All Boys Jr. and Sr. Select 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


ImportantParents 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, cup, mouth guard, etc.) to try-out.


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

Calling All Techie Students to Register for CareerWorX - 10/17

Ms. Lindesay is registering students to attend the CareerWorX event at Gwinnett Tech-North Fulton Campus (2875 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009). Please e-mail her at Lindesay@fultonschools.org no later than October 3rd, if you and/or your child are interested in representing our school at the event. Transportation is not provided.


This is a great authentic learning experience for our students. Students will be able to experience real-world jobs and tasks (i.e. model heart, mock sonogram, marketing plan, cybersecurity and computer technology, a surgical laparoscopic trainer, and more), as well as talk with employers and college recruiters. Please see the flyer for more information.


Agenda for CareerWorX at Gwinnett Tech on Wednesday, October 17, 2018:

4:45 p.m. Meet at Gwinnett Tech.

4:50-5:50 p.m. Explore for an hour.

5:50 p.m. Depart from Gwinnett Tech. (or stay longer with your parent as a chaperone)


A meeting is being held in Ms. Lindesay's room (A152) on Thursday, October 11, 2018, after school until 5 p.m. (or 5:30 p.m. for those students who need more assistance) to make sure that everyone knows our expectations and how to create their resume, as well as how to "Dress for Success" for the event at Gwinnett Tech.
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HOMECOMING WEEK PEP RALLY @ MHS 10/18

All Milton feeder schools are invited to the Milton Homecoming Pep Rally the night before the big game on the front lawn on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm. This is a full community event and all parents, alumni, students, elementary/middle school families, teachers, etc. There will be a live band and food trucks, along with other normal pep rally festivities (football team, cheerleaders, drumline, dance team, etc.), For the young kids, will be activities and booths, which makes this a perfect family night out. Come build excitement for Milton's homecoming weekend!

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for the Techie Titan - now thru 10/30

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow education contest is accepting applications from 6th-12th-grade public school educators, now through October 30th. The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest invites teachers to lead students in the creation of a solution that addresses a need in their community using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).



As an example, one of the winning teams last year from Ashland, Kentucky came up with a solution to help keep local parks safe by creating a device for first responders to safely collect hazardous materials.

For more details, including past winning ideas and contest rules, visit www.samsung.com/solve and should you have any questions about the contest, please email solvefortomorrow@sea.samsung.com. Good Luck!

Fun Way to Earn Volunteer Hours @ Freaky Friday - 10/26

Middle school students are invited to volunteer at Hembree Springs Freaky Friday on Friday, October 26th. Earn volunteer hours for Junior Beta Club or Interact and "rock out" the concession stands and help make this event fun for all by volunteering your time!


SignUpGenius Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054fadad2faafd0-freaky2


  • Dinner! Cheese pizza/hot dog provided to volunteers for dinner and a snack of cotton candy/popcorn.
  • Attire: Volunteers should wear your middle school, high school or club t-shirt!
  • Walk over after school or have your parent drop you off!
  • Check in to volunteer at the VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN TABLE & we will sign your Beta/Interact form and assign you to work in the cafeteria or where needed.


If you have any questions, contact Lucy Gilbert @ 404-375-5977 or lucymaynegilbert@gmail.com

THINGS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS @ EPMS!

Student-Led Data talks for the Fall - DATE HAS CHANGED TO NOVEMBER 15, 2018

  • - GA Milestones

    - Whole Child

    - Growth Mindset

    - Reading Comprehension

    ** ALL GRADES - IN THE CAFETERIA

    *** Students are prepared in WINN Class to give their parents an update on their progress and growth.


8th Grade Transition Meeting - November 29, 2018 (English)

  • EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (English)

    Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018

    Where: EPMS Media Center

    Time: 6:30 pm

    Who: English PARENTS - EPMS 8th grade parents who have students rising to high school in 2019-2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in English by Lisa O'H Cowles

    Spanish Presentation on Tuesday, November 27th by Koritza Rodriguez

    Title I & Title 3 - Transition Meeting

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Koritza Rodriguez in Spanish with Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles

    This evening is to give 8th-grade parents information on the verification process which will be coming in January 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles & Koritza Rodriguez.

THINGS From the Community!

Need a New Mattress? Factory direct prices with savings of up to 50% off retail - 10/13!

The Roswell High School Band is hosting a Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 5:00 pm in the Roswell High School AUX GYM. Get directions here. A full showroom displaying top brands such as Simmons Beautyrest will be available to test. Adjustable bed systems too! Factory direct prices with savings of up to 50% off retail in all sizes and mattress types. Credit card, checks, cash, and on-site financing. Profits support this outstanding program so come out and help the kids and enjoy a better nights sleep as well. Look for special discount coupons coming soon!!!

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RHS ExtravaBANDza - 10/27

The Roswell High School Band Food Truck ExtravaBANDza is on Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 to 8:30pm. This is a great opportunity for our community to promote our band and highlight the student talent within the RHS Band program. This family friendly event will be held in the RHS Football Stadium. During the evening, the community will enjoy delicious food from Atlanta area food trucks. Come dressed for Halloween fun! RHS Band Students will provide Trunk-or-Treating for the younger kids. We will also have a balloon twister, face painting, selfie area, glitter tattoos and instrument playing center.



At 7:45pm, the RHS Hornet Swarm will take the field to perform this year’s program, “The Dividing Line”, twice! Once with commentary from Mr. Moon and the second time without Mr. Moon’s commentary. There will be a 50/50 Raffle Drawing following the band’s performance - last year’s winner took home $2,500!


Admission is $5 per person to support the RHS Band (6 & under free.) Please note: All students 8th grade and under MUST be accompanied by an adult/parent. See your favorite band member to pre-purchase admission and raffle tickets!!

Jr. Hornet Wrestling

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FRENCH MIDDLE SCHOOL CONTEST - 10/26  

ATTENTION FRENCH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS! You are invited to participate in a FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE CULTURE MIDDLE SCHOOL VISUAL ART CONTEST!

  • Question: In an era where cafe au lait is at Starbucks and French fashion is at Target, what role does French culture have in our global society?
  • Link to Permission Form: https://tinyurl.com/FRENCH-VISUAL-ART-CONTEST-2018
  • See Monsieur Mendy for a permission form or more information.


French Contest Entry Deadline: October 26, 2018

#GetConnected to TITLE I TIDBITS

2018-2019 Parent University Events

JULY

  • Fireside Chat and Middle School 101 – Orientation & Transition into MS

AUGUST

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (English)

SEPTEMBER

  • 8th Get Ready for the 8th Grade Year (Spanish)
  • "Don't Stop Achieving" Student Success Family Night - 9/17/2018
  • Get Connected Night with STEM Activity
  • Rosetta Stone

OCTOBER

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Reading, Writing, and ELA
  • Digital Citizenship: Copyright & Piracy Office365, Launchpad Resources
NOVEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Student-Led Data Talks - How to interpret State testing (GA Milestones, FastBridge), grades, student growth, SAC/HAC
  • 8th Grade Transition to High School
DECEMBER
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Matters
  • Reading Challenge (i-Ready) over the Winter Break

JANUARY

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Get Future Titans Ready for Transition into Middle School - Visits to feeder schools
  • Everybody Reads - Reading Comprehension and Lexile Levels
FEBRUARY
  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • Math Metrics for the Milestones

MARCH

  • Parent Resource Center Open House...Come have a cup of coffee and chat with your Parent Liaison
  • 5th grade to 6th-grade Transition Meeting
  • Spring Input Meeting for All Stakeholders

APRIL

  • No Stress Success on Georgia Milestones

MAY

  • Summer Reading Logs & Math Resources


Note: Parent University Workshops may be subject to change. Workshops also may be added when requested by parents, teachers, the community, and students.

#GetConnected to Upcoming Dates

Upcoming in October...

  • 10/10 - Jr. Beta Club @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 10/10 - Volleyball: Sandy Springs vs. Elkins Pointe @ 5:30p to 6:00p (Home Game/EPMS Gym)
  • 10/11 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 10/12 - Spirit Friday! Wear College/EPMS Spiritwear...Order Spiritwear HERE!
  • 10/12 – Interact Meeting @ 7:45 am (E-114)
  • 10/16 - Chorus: Fall Concert @ 6:30 (GYM)
  • 10/17 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 6:30 pm @ RHS
  • 10/18 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 10/18 - Student Council Club @ 8 am (E‐106)
  • 10/19 - Spirit Friday! Wear College/EPMS Spiritwear...Order Spiritwear HERE!
  • 10/22 to 11/2 IOWA Testing ‐ 8th Grade Only
  • 10/22 to 10/26 BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK
  • 10/22 - Principal Chat @ PTSA Roundtable 8 am to 8:30 am Principal Chat @ PTSA Roundtable (Media Center)
  • 10/24 – Band Side-by-Side Concert with RHS Wind Ensemble, 6:30 pm in EPMS gym

  • 10/25 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)

  • 10/26 to 10/27 Chorus: GMEA District V Honor Chorus (Location: TBD) ‐ TENTATIVE
  • 10/26 - Spirit Friday! Wear College/EPMS Spiritwear...Order Spiritwear HERE!
  • 10/29 to 11/2 Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/30 - Fall Picture Day Retakes ﴾All day﴿
  • 10/30 - Mr. Huff for Parent Coffee from 8 am to 8:45 am (Media Center)/ Presentation to 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade
  • 10/30 - 8th Grade Concert with MHS Band @ 6:30 pm (Location: MHS)
  • 10/31 - Reflections Breakfast Celebration @ 7:30 am (Media Center)