Titan Talk Newsletter

October 26, 2018

Upcoming Dates...

The Week Ahead...


  • 10/27 - RHS Band Food Truck ExtravaBANDza from 6:00 to 8:30 pm @ RHS
  • 10/28 - Anti-bullying Forum at Beth Tikvah @ 2 pm

Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 29 to Nov. 2

  • 10/29 - Red Ribbon Week Kick-Off!! Theme: Neon Out “We are too bright for drugs!” Students and Staff wear neon clothing
  • 10/30 - Fall Picture Day Retakes ﴾All day in the Media Center﴿
  • 10/30 - RRW Theme: Camo Out “Don’t let Drugs find you” Students and Staff wear Camo
  • 10/30 - "Real Talk" with Mr. Huff for Parents from 7:45 am to 8:30 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 - RRW Theme: Students and staff all wear Crazy Hats....Bring $1 or a canned good!
  • 10/31 - Reflections Breakfast Celebration @ 8:00 am in the Media Center
  • 11/1 - RRW Theme: Tacky Tourist: “Life is a journey, travel drug-free”
  • 11/1 - Start of National French Week (11/1 to 11/7)

  • 11/1 - Lost & Found Donated

  • 11/1 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)

  • 11/1 - Student Council @ 8 am (E-106)

  • 11/1 - PTSA Coard Mtg @ 8:30 am

  • 11/1 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/1 - Title I Family Engagement Documents distributed to all Elkins Pointe Families

  • 11/2 - RRW Theme: Wear Red “The Best me is drug-free”.

  • 11/2 - For the Love of Reading during WINN

  • 11/2 - VOLLEYBALL GAME vs. NWMS @ 5:30 pm (Home)

  • 11/4 - Daylight Savings Time Change - Fall Back

IMPORTANT DATES!!

RED RIBBON WEEK

Oct. 29th to Nov. 2nd


EARLY MORNING "REAL TALK" WITH MR. HUFF

Oct. 30th @ 7:45 am in the Media


REFLECTIONS BREAKFAST

Oct. 31 @ 8 am in the Media Center


HAT DAY - BRING CANNED GOOD OR $1.00

October 31st


TITLE I DOCUMENTS DISTRIBUTED FOR 2018-2019

by Nov. 1st

Elkins Pointe Parent & Family Engagement Plan 2018-2019

Elkins Pointe School-Family Compact 2018-2019

Elkins Pointe School-Wide Plan 2018-2019

Title I Talk District Newsletter (English/Spanish)

District Parent & Family Engagement Plan 2018-2019 (English/Spanish)


NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK

Nov. 1st to Nov. 7th


BOOK FAIR @ ELKINS POINTE

Nov. 5th to Nov. 9th

Sign Up to Volunteer HERE!


NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON ELECTION DAY

November 6th


JR BETA & INTERACT CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Now to Nov. 16th

Bring your canned goods to Rotunda

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents,


This morning at our monthly staff meeting, we took time to celebrate the work we do for student achievement. When ordinary people do extraordinary things, it is beautiful. Our teachers and staff work very hard to create an environment of learning, love, and positivity. Everything we do in this building is all for the goal of student growth.


This week, 8th-grade students successfully completed ITBS testing. Our bus drivers are the very people who bring our kids to and from school, safely and on time. Hence, it was very timely that we celebrated Bus Driver Appreciation this week. Our Student Council arranged for a PINK OUT to highlight the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our PTSA was especially active this week with their PTSA Student Roundtable, providing breakfast for the bus drivers, gifting a miniature pumpkin to every mail slot, and even surprising me with the perfect pink earrings for PINK OUT.


Next week, the PTSA will be hosting Red Ribbon Week. To help deliver an impactful message, the PTSA is sponsoring Mr. Jerome Huff to give a "Real Talk" to Parents at 7:45 am on Tuesday, October 30th in the Media Center. Mr. Huff will be speaking to our students throughout the day about how to have their best year by staying drug-free and making good choices. On Thursday, Nov. 1st, Resource Officer Jones will be hosting a Digital Safety workshop for parents at 6 pm in the Media Center.


Join us next week in our Red Ribbon activities as we focus on growing the whole child.



Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

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CELEBRATE SMART, HAPPY & CONNECTED

Pink Out at the Pointe

Elkins Pointe Student Council planned a PINK OUT at Elkins Pointe to bring Awareness to Breast Cancer Month. Thank you to Mrs. Jaime Kohler for making the BIG pink Break Cancer Awareness bows!
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Happy Fall Y'all

Thank you to the PTSA for "Surprising and Delighting" the mail room with tiny pumpkins!
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Dads Club Rocks!

Thank you to the Dads Club for helping out with morning duty!
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Beep! Beep! Bus Driver Appreciation Week

The Elkins Pointe PTSA helped to kick off the week by providing breakfast and snacks for our wonderful bus drivers. Especially thanks to Amie Dean for making this happen!
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Perfect Harmony!

The Side-by-Side Concert at Elkins Pointe was superb. Thank you to our Band Director Mr. Todd Wilson and Band Assistant Kate Burhardt for arranging this amazing concert!
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PTSA Student Input!

PTSA Students had their second meting to give input into their school directly with the Administration. Thank to our PTSA for providing these student advocacy opportunities.
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PTSA Shows Our Principal the LOVE!

Thank you to the PTSA for showing Principal Smith the LOVE! October is Principal Appreciation month too! Our PTSA Co-Presidents showed the with perfectly PINK earrings and a card!
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THINGS TO KNOW

Anti-Bullying Forum @ Beth Tikvah -10/28 @ 2 pm


The Anti-Bullying Forum is open to the public and scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, promises to explain, among other things, what bullying and cyber-bullying is, how to identify the warning signals, and how it affects learning and self-esteem and can lead to depression and even suicide. Location: Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Rd., Roswell, GA 30075

https://www.myajc.com/lifestyles/bullying-would-you-know-you-saw/zl4INxjtGm7SqOnd07ACfK/?ref=cbTopWidget

Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 29 - Nov. 2

RED RIBBON WEEK THEMES:


  • Monday - Neon Out “We are too bright for drugs!”
  • Tuesday - Camo Out “Don’t let Drugs find you”
  • Wednesday - CRAZY HAT DAY...Bring a canned good to donate to charity or $1. Galaxy/Future: “Your Future is to stay drug-free”
  • Thursday - Tacky Tourist: “Life is a journey, travel drug-free”
  • Friday - Red Out: Red Ribbon Week: “The Best me is drug-free”.

RHS ExtravaBANDza - 10/27

The Roswell High School Band Food Truck ExtravaBANDza is on Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. 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 7:45 pm, 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!!

Real Talk for Parents with Mr. Huff - 10/30 @ 7:45 am

Mr. Jerome Huff will be giving a "Real Talk" for parents in the Media Center on Oct. 30th at 7:34 am. This is a MUST attend if you would like insight on how your child can have their "Best Year!" Thank you to the Elkins Pointe PTSA for sponsoring Mr. Huff. Mr. Huff will be addressing each grade with a "Real Talk" presentation focused on each student can have their "Best Year." Mr. Huff is the former principal of Roswell High School, and he now has a career in Professional Development and motivational speaking. Parents, if you have never had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Huff speak, it is most definitely worth getting up early to hear his "Real Talk."

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!

Reflections Breakfast - 10/31 @ 8 am

A Reflections Breakfast for all parents and students who participated in the contest will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31st at 8 am in the Media Center. Congratulations to the Reflections Contest winners and honorees!


Visual Arts:

6th Grade

  • 1st: “Freedom for All” by Sydney Keifer
  • 2nd: “Armed Forces My Heroes” by Chris Alackal

7th Grade

  • 1st: “Fantasy and Reality” by Loveah Martinez

8th Grade

  • 1st: “The One and Only” by Celeste Sanchez


Photography:

7th Grade

  • 1st: “2,996 Lives” by Katelyn Mardis


Literature:

6th Grade

  • 1st: “Heroes Around Me” by Grace Warner

7th Grade

  • 1st: “Heroes Around Me” by Ashton Stevens
  • 2nd: “Heroes Around Me” by Carson Leatherman
  • Honorable: “Heroes Around Me” by Jason Lampert
  • Honorable: “Heroes Around Me” by Lily Davenport

8th Grade

  • 1st: "A.Nath.E.Ma" by Noelle Sambal
  • 2nd: “Heroes are Everywhere” by Briana Frye


Film Production:

7th Grade

  • 1st: "My Hero Drew Brees" by Brady Clements

8th Grade:

  • 1st: "YOU" by Brandon Castaneda


All students who submitted a Reflections entry are invited to attend the breakfast. Reflections entries will be on display in the Media Center during breakfast.

Jr Beta Meeting - 10/31

Jr. Beta will be meeting Oct 31st in the rotunda at 8:00 am to collect canned goods in support of Hat Day!

CRAZY HAT DAY/ HAT DAY -10/31

Wednesday, OCTOBER 31ST is CRAZY HAT DAY/ HAT DAY! Jr. Beta/ Interact will collect canned goods in the rotunda on Halloween from 8:00-8: 30 am for Hat Day. Students must bring a canned good to wear your favorite hat or you can pay $1.00. (Money will be donated)

Title I Documents Distributed by 11/1

Dear Families, Please be on the lookout for important Title I Documents for immediate distribution to our families. Title I documents will be sent home with students in their Titan Binders! The following Title I documents are for distribution by Nov. 1, 2018:


1) Elkins Pointe Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2018-2019. This cream colored is in English/Spanish. You can access by clicking on links below:


3) Fulton County Schools District Title I Parent and Family Engagement Plan 2018-2019 - This white document is in either English or Spanish, , and are distributed according to the student's home language. You can access by clicking on links below:


3) Title I Talk District Newsletter - This multicolored document is in either English or Spanish, and are distributed according to the student's home language.


These forms are linked in on the Elkins Pointe website. The Elkins Pointe Title I Family Engagement Plan is available in the Parent Resource Center (located in the media center). If have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles, your Elkins Pointe Parent Liaison.

Canned Food Drive - Now until 11/19

Interact Club and Jr. Beta are conducting a Canned Food Drive from Oct 16th to Nov19th. Canned food may be dropped off in the rotunda or box near media center.

Breakfast Book Club - 11/2

Elkins Pointe is starting a Breakfast Book Club which will meet every FIRST Friday of the month! Students must have a completed permission slip to attend. Please pick up a permission slip in room F-108 or to print out, click HERE!
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Book Fair - 11/7 to 11/9

The Book Fair is coming to Elkins Point the week of Nov. 7-9. Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson would love help with the set up and with the sales. Please sign up to help HERE!

Boys Basketball Try-Outs - 11/26 & 11/27

Boys Basketball Tryouts will be held on November 26th and 27th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

THINGS ON OUR WISH LIST

Teacher Restroom Furniture and Art Donations Needed!!!

Donations needed for Teacher Restrooms. New, Gentle Used and Thrift Items all welcomed. Unused pieces will be donated to charity. Click link to sign up and donate!

THINGS ABOUT FEEDER SPORTS

Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse - 11/10 & 11/13

The Roswell Jr. Hornets Girls Select Lacrosse program will be holding tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (7th and 8th grade) on Saturday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 13th. The tryouts will be held on the Roswell Area Park Field MS #2 and Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field.


Registration - All players must be registered with Roswell Recreation and Parks prior to tryouts. http://www.roswellgov.com/

Spring Middle School Travel/Select Lacrosse

Activity Code Program # 33018-02 for 13U girls and #33018-3 for 15U girls.

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


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


Saturday, November 10th (Location: RAP MS #2)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

9:30 am – 11:00 am – please show up 30 minutes early to register and get warmed-up


Tuesday, November 13th (Location: Roswell North Elementary Lacrosse Field)

All Girls Jr. and Sr. Select

6:30pm – 8:00pm


Important – Parents will not be permitted to stay for tryouts. Please drop your daughter off and then pick her up at the conclusion of the tryout.


All players must have/wear appropriate lacrosse equipment (eye protection, mouth guard and stick) to tryout. Direct any questions to Jody Ewing at jody.ewing@gmail.com

Jr. Hornet Wrestling

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#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.

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.

UPCOMING DATES

Upcoming in November...


RED RIBBON WEEK: Oct. 29th to Nov. 2nd

NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK: Nov. 1st to Nov. 7th

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR: Nov. 5th to Nov. 9th

RFF DAY - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Nov. 16th

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK: Nov.19th to Nov. 23th


  • 11/5 - Scholastic Book Fair (11/5 to 11/9 in the Media Center)

  • 11/5 - Band Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)

  • 11/5 - Jr. Hornets Wrestling for boys & girls held at the Underground (See flyer)

  • 11/6 - NO SCHOOL - ELECTION DAY - TEACHER WORKDAY

  • 11/7 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/8 - FCA @ 7:45 (Media Center)

  • 11/8 - Legacy of Excellence Awards @ 11:30 am - 1 pm

  • 11/8 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/9 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/9 - Rotary Club Student Celebration

  • 11/9 - Interact Meeting @ 7:45 (E-114)

  • 11/10 - Latino Leadership Conference @ 8 am - 4 pm (KSU)

  • 11/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ 9:30 am ‐ MPES on a TUESDAY

  • 11/13 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Jr. Beta Meeting @ 8 am (Media Center)

  • 11/14 - Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/15 - FCA @ 7:45 (Media Center)

  • 11/15 - Student Council @ 8 am (E-106)

  • 11/15 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/15 - Student-Led Data Conferences @ 6 pm (Cafeteria)

  • 11/16 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - RFF DAY

  • 11/19 to 11/23 - THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BREAK

  • 11/27 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/27 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (Spanish) @ 6:30 pm This meeting is for Spanish speaking parents who have students rising to high school in 2019‐2020

    Language: This meeting will be conducted in Spanish by Koritza Rodriquez.

  • 11/28- Drama Club @ 4:15 - 5:15 pm (E-111)

  • 11/29 - PTSA Sponsored Nutcracker Field Experience for the 8th grade

  • 11/29 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 - 5:30 pm (Media Center)

  • 11/29 - EPMS Rising 9th Grade Info Night (ENGLISH) @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center. 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

  • 11/30 - Wear College Swag

  • 11/30 - "For the Love of Reading" during WINN