Titan Talk Newsletter

October 18, 2019

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The week ahead...

  • 10/19 - Titan Advantage from 9 am to 12 noon
  • 10/21 to 10/25 - Bus Driver Appreciation Week
  • 10/21 to 10/24 - Iowa Testing (ITBS) 8th Grade
  • 10/22 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 PM - 5:30 PM in the Media Center
  • 10/23 - Picture Retakes with Cady Studios
  • 10/23 - JA Finance field trip for 7th Grade
  • 10/23 - Drama Club after school in Ms. Bickel's class
  • 10/23 - RAK Club after school in Ms. Dismer's class
  • 10/23 - Volleyball Game @ 5:30 PM at Sandy Springs Middle School
  • 10/23 - KEEPING KIDS SAFE ONLINE given by a retired FBI AGENT from CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DIVISION. Digital Safety Parent University Workshop @ 6 p.m.
  • 10/24 - Hampton Film Academy @ 4:05 PM - 5:30 PM in the Media Center
  • 10/24 - Orchestra Fall Concert in EPMS Gym @ 7 p.m.
  • 10/25 - PINK OUT @ EPMS for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • 10/25 - Volleyball Game @ 5:30 PM at Elkins Pointe Middle School
  • 10/25 - Middle School Volunteer Opportunity at Freaky Friday @ Hembree Springs
  • 10/26 - Titan Advantage from 9 AM to 12 noon

Coming in October...

  • 10/28 to 11/1 - Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/29 - 8th Grade Band Cluster Concert @ Milton 6:30 p.m.
  • 10/30 - Start of the Jr. Beta Canned Food Drive
  • 10/31 - Parent Resource Open House @ 9:30 a.m.
  • 10/31 Lost & Found donated at end of the school day

Important to Note:


October 21 to October 24


October 21 to October 25


given by a retired FBI AGENT from the Crimes Against Children Division

October 23 @ 6 PM in the Media Center

Special Guest: Gina Young from the FBI

* Stranger Danger, Digital Fingerprint, Copyright, Explicit Content, Social Media


Friday, October 25th

* Show your support for Breast Cancer Month

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Message from the Principal

Greetings Families,

Next week, our 8th grade students will be taking the IOWA assessment. The IOWA assessments help determine how students are performing on nationwide standards. Please help us make testing a positive experience by ensuring all 8th grade students are in school, on time each day, and have their laptops fully charged.

  • On Monday, 10/21, 8th grade will take the reading and vocabulary sections.
  • On Tuesday 10/22, 8th grade will take written expression, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  • On Wednesday, 10/23, 8th grade will take Math and Computation.
  • On Thursday, 10/24, 8th grade will take Science and Social Studies.

We anticipate testing to take from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. each day. If you have any questions, please email Assistant Principal Nancy Lahey at lahey@fultonschools.org.

Thank you for your support and cooperation!

Damian Bounds


Elkins Pointe Middle School

"Every Day, Every Student, College & Career Bound: Go Titans!"


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...And the Trophy Goes to Elkins Pointe!

WINNER OF THE MAYOR’S AWARD TROPHY @ ROSWELL YOUTH DAY PARADE! Elkins Pointe won a top trophy at the Youth Day Parade for our float. The theme was “Be a Hero.” The Mayor's Award trophy is awarded to the float with the most representation of students. A special thanks to Art teacher Ms. Powell, Construction teacher Mr. Moffit, Parent Liaison Lisa O’Hanlon Cowles, PTSA Youth Day Chair Mrs. Tracy Murphy, Dads Club Mr. Kelly Ross, and Business sponsor Home Depot for working together to make the float possible.

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Little Pumpkin Surprise!

Thank you to the PTSA for the little pumpkin SURPRISE for every staff member in the mailroom! Our PTSA is better than Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin!

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7th Grade Fall Fest was the Best!

The 7th grade Fall Fest was a good time for all. Thank you to Megan Fox, the PTSA, 7th grade teachers, AP Lahey, and the parent volunteers! Click on the link below to see the photo-booth pictures!
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RAK feeds the Homeless

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club students assembled 70 meals for the homeless this week. RAK Club meets every Wednesday, after school in Ms. Dismer's class.
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Who's Ready for i-Ready Math?

Ms. Jennifer Hawke and Ms. Melissa Rankin are i-Ready at the i-Ready Blended Learning Symposium!
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No Outside Food or Beverages

Parents, this is a reminder that outside food is not permitted in school. Students may pack a lunch from home or eat in the cafeteria. Outside food from restaurants is against Fulton County Schools' policy. Examples of items that are not permitted include Starbucks, McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Subway. Items brought in from outside vendors are subject to confiscation. Please do not ask the front office staff to hold outside food for you at the front desk.

As we approach the upcoming holidays, candy, desserts, baked goods (store-bought/homemade), or other edible items are not to be sold or distributed during school hours unless approved in advance by the administration. This measure will help us maintain a safe environment for all students. You can help us protect your student(s) by requesting that they not eat anything given to them by another person, anything that they have not brought from your home or anything not in its original sealed package. Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping all of our students safe at school!

Bus Driver Appreciation Week – 10/21 through 10/25

Elkins Pointe will be celebrating Bus Driver Appreciation Week from Oct. 21st to Oct. 25th. Please join us in appreciating our fantastic drivers. The PTSA and our Admin team have planned a week of showing our drivers the love!

  • Monday - You are ALL that and a bag of chips! - Give Your bus driver some chips or a token of your appreciation!
  • Tuesday - You Drive Miles & Miles! - Give Your driver some M&Ms or another sweet token of your appreciation!
  • Wednesday - Dads Club will give "Donuts to the Drivers!"
  • Thursday - We like the way you roll! - Give your driver a note of thanks!
  • Friday - Happy Trails to You!- PTSA provides a Continental Breakfast for our drivers!

If you would like to help with Bus Drive Appreciation Week, please contact Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles.

Keeping Kids Safe Online for Parents - 10/23 @ 6 PM

All parents are invited to come to Elkins Pointe Middle School for "Keeping Kids Safe Online" for a digital safety workshop on Wednesday, October 23 @ 6 pm. Retired FBI Agent from Crimes Against Children will be speaking to parents about the dangers and ways to prevent them. This digital workshop is critical for 5th-grade parents! Parents typically gift cellphones, tablets, and gaming systems to children in the 5th and 6th grades.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles, Elkins Pointe Parent Liaison.

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Cross Country Running Club Starts on 10/24

Running Club starts on Thursday, October 24th after school in the gym by the stage. Spots are limited to 20 students. Permission and physical forms are required and must be turned in to the Media Center to Ms. Newman. Long-distance running club at Elkins Pointe Middle School. Cross Country Club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Running Club takes place after school on Thursdays from 4:20 to 5:10 pm. We will meet in the GYM at 4:20 pm. Students will need to be picked up in front of the school no later than 5:15 pm.

Permission Packets are available in the Media Center.

Any questions can be emailed to Mrs. Ingram at ingramc1@fultonschools.org. or Mrs. Newman at newmanj@fultonschools.org.

Picture Retakes - 10/23

Cady Studios will be here on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 12-4 p.m. in the Media Center for Picture Retake Day. This day is really for those students and faculty who missed taking their pictures previously. We will be using WINN Time for students to go to the Media Center and get their pictures taken.

Middle School Volunteer Opportunity @ HSES - 10/25

The Candy Corn College Challenge! 10/29 - 10/31

Student Council is hosting an event on October 29th -Oct 31st called

"The Candy Corn College Challenge!"

We will sell candy corn for $1.00 in the Rotunda from 8:10 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. each morning.

As YOU purchase candy corn -you are earning points for YOUR COLLEGE -

Integrity, Perseverance, Courage, and Optimism!

Turn in Your Box Tops

It's Box Tops Time! Please send clipped Box Tops (in a baggie) with your student by Friday, October 25. Collection boxes are in the Atrium and at the school store. Did you know Box Tops are going digital? Simply download the app and scan your receipts; EPMS will get credit and you don't have to get out the scissors!


Blog by Mariah Dantzler McFetridge, M.S., Summit Counselor

Transitions: How to cope with change and set realistic expectations and cope with a transition.

Change is inevitable; in fact, they say that the only thing in life that is constant is change. If we pay attention, we can see that even in nature, things are constantly changing - the seasons change, the tide changes, and climate changes. Change can be a difficult reality to accept, but we have learned that once you do, things get a lot easier.

Here are ways we can embrace change and cope with new situations:

  1. Don’t set rigid expectations for a new situation. Once we have a situation planned out in our mind, how it is going to go, we make ourselves stuck to that one scenario, a scenario that was made up in our head. Instead, predict possible “most likely scenarios” and use logic to ask yourself, “what is likely to be some outcomes that could happen in this change?”
  2. Keep a ritual or routine. Whenever a big change in our life is occurring, we want to maintain some sort of familiarity. For instance, if we are transitioning schools, then maybe we still listen to our favorite songs on the bus ride to school each morning or pack the same snack at lunch.
  3. Pick an intention to set that will guide you and ground you throughout this new season. Reflect, journal, or meditate on that intention throughout the season of newness.
  4. Problem solve. Use problem-solving techniques to try to overcome roadblocks that arise. Remember, sometimes a way to problem solve is by practicing acceptance.

Change doesn’t have to be something that we dread; it can open us up to new possibilities and growth!

October is Breast Cancer Fundraising Month @ EPMS

Elkins Pointe is raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research. Parents and teachers can join us in donating by sending a check made payable to Elkins Pointe Middle School for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or visiting https://www.bcrf.org/.

Elkins Pointe will be hosting a PINK OUT on Friday, October 25th in support of Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

More things for Titans!

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Thank you for stopping by the table in the rotunda in the morning to show your support with a donation for Breast Cancer Research. If you would like to volunteer to help raise funds throughout this month, please let Ms. Lindesay know. What does volunteering entail? Just a little bit of your time, smiles, a listening ear for students who need to tell you about their family members, and a meaningful thank you very much. You can help us raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the rotunda. Each item is just $1.

Jr. Beta Community Activities Coming Soon...

Jr. Beta has some fantastic community opportunities coming soon. Please consider joining Jr. Beta and supporting their efforts!

  • Oct 30 - Nov 18 - School-wide canned food drive
  • Dec 2-18 - Toys for tots -Toy donations
  • Dec 6- Pajama day for charity -Pay $1 to wear your favorite set of PJs, money goes to charity.

Samsung Stem Contest for Students!

The 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM contest is officially open for applications!

This nationwide contest is designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their local community.

The even better news? We have increased our prize pool to $3 Million and more schools will win this year. We encourage students to submit your application today to kick off your school year.

This Solve for Tomorrow year is going to be a memorable one, so submit your STEM project idea/solution for your students’ chance to participate in the 2019-2020 competition! All it takes is answering two, short questions – take a few minutes to apply today on Samsung.com/solve.

Connect to Feeders and the Community

Jeep Raffle for RHS Marching Band

It's the RHS Band Jeep Wrangler Giveaway! Tickets still available while supplies last. They're only $10 each, or $45 for 5 tickets. Just go to RoswellBand.com to purchase online (actual tickets will be emailed for any online sales)! If you are supporting an RHS band student, don’t forget to enter the band student you're supporting during checkout!
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Calendar Dates


  • 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)