Titan Talk

October 27, 2017

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“Real Talk, Real Love” with Mr. Jerome Huff

(Elkins Pointe Media Center)

* Note: Students are welcome to come to the school early with their parents on Monday, October 30th at 7:45 AM. Please drop your children off in the cafeteria on the way to the Media Center. This early morning "Talk for Parents" is designed for an adult audience.


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Upcoming Dates



“Real Talk, Real Love” with Mr. Jerome Huff

(EPMS Media Center)

All parents and staff are invited to attend!

Mr. Huff Speaks to Students by Grade Level:

Mr. Huff speaks to 7th grade from 10:20 am to 11:00 am in the Gym

Mr. Huff speaks to 8th grade from 12:30 pm to 1:10 pm in the Gym

Mr. Huff speaks to 6th grade from 2:25 pm to 3:10 pm in the Gym

  • 10/30 - Zumba for a Cause (Gym) @ 6 pm
  • 10/31 - Red Ribbon Week - Sock it to DRUGS. Wear crazy socks!
  • 10/31 - Parent Resource Open House (Media Center) @ 9 am to 12 pm
  • 11/1 - French National Week Begins - Ooh-La-La!
  • 11/1 - Red Ribbon Week - My future is SO BRIGHT! Wear sunglasses!
  • 11/2 - Red Ribbon Week - RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. Do something kind.
  • 11/2 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/2 - PTSA Mtg @ 8 am
  • 11/2 - Student Council Mtg @ 8 am
  • 11/2 - Volleyball @ Webb Bridge @ 5 pm
  • 11/2 - MHS Band Cluster Concert (EPMS 8th Grade) @ 6:30 pm (MHS Theatre)
  • 11/3 - Red Ribbon Week - BE YOU! Wear your favorite outfit!
  • 11/3 - Interact Mtg @ 8 am (Rm D-119)
  • 11/3 - French National Week Petit Café! Help Needed - Parent Volunteers &

    Pastry donations requested SIGN-UP HERE

  • 11/3 - Wear College Swag
  • 11/3 - Titan Tailgate
  • 11/4 - Latino Leadership Conference 8 am - 4 pm
  • 11/5 - Daylight Savings...Fall Back
  • 11/6 - FREE Screening of the documentary "Screenagers" at MHS Auditorium
  • 11/6 to 11/10 - Book Fair @ EPMS
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Dates to Note:


Monday, October 30th @ 6 pm (Gym)

Zumba to raise money for the US Virgin Islands Hurricane Relief

Click HERE to RSVP


October 30th to November 3rd

* Keynote Speaker is Mr. Jerome Huff


Petit Café Titans on Nov. 3 - French Language Parent Help Needed

Pastry donation requested SIGN-UP HERE

Parent helpers requested SIGN-UP HERE


Click here to sign up to help


Happy Friday Parents,

I am excited to share with you some good news for Elkins Pointe and to invite you to come hear Mr. Jerome Huff speak to our parents on Monday, October 30th at 7:45 AM.

Elkins Pointe has just received another 5-Star Climate Survey Rating with the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE). 5-Stars is the top rating, and Elkins Pointe has rated 5-Stars every year. The School Climate Star Rating is calculated using data from Surveys measuring student, teacher/staff, and parent perceptions, Student Discipline, Safe and Substance-Free Learning Environment (e.g. illegal substances, bullying, etc.), and Attendance of the percentage of students with less than six unexcused absences. Parents, you are a key component to Elkins Pointe Middle School achieving a 5-Star Climate rating. Your participation in the Parent Survey scored us points for Family Engagement. Even more importantly, your dedication to Attendance, getting your child to school every day, on-time, and focusing on fewer than six absences, is the most important thing you can do for both your child and our school.

Mr. Jerome Huff will be giving Real Talk, Real Love” to our parents on Monday, October 30th at 7:45 AM in the Media Center. Parents we have arranged for Mr. Huff to come speak early because we are trying to capture our working parents, dads, and moms. Mr. Huff's talk will cover one of the four components of the GADOE Climate Star Rating...Safe and Substance-Free Learning Environment. I realize this talk is very early in the morning, but I believe you will be grateful for arranging your day to see Mr. Huff.

On Monday, students are welcome to arrive with their parents and will be issued light homework. Please drop your child off in the cafeteria on your way to the Media Center. Homework will be light on Monday, so parents can have the evening free to discuss Mr. Huff's speeches to parents and students. Ms. Dease, our Guidance Counselor, has prepared discussion questions for you to tackle Red Ribbon Week topics (see below). Questions will also be passed out during WINN classes, and teachers will be conducting guided discussions with students. Dads and moms, I really want for you to come hear Mr. Huff speak so your entire family can be part of the conversation!

Thank you to our PTSA Red Ribbon Week Committee for planning such a meaningful, and well thought out series of events for our students. Our PTSA. Mr. Huff, teachers/staff, and parents are "THE KEY" to keeping our children drug-free and on the path to making good choices.

I look forward to seeing our dads and moms at 7:45 AM on Monday in our Media Center!

Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!

Red Ribbon Week - Discussion Questions for Parents - Oct 30th

Questions and Answers for Parents to Discuss with Adolescents:

Do you know the harms of drinking alcohol? Alcohol is a drug. Drinking can lead to serious problems, especially at this time in your life. If you choose to drink when you are older, I hope you will do so responsibly.

What’s the big deal with drinking beer? Some people think that beer is not as harmful as other forms of alcohol. But one beer has the same amount of alcohol in it as a drink of liquor or a glass of wine. It’s the amount you drink that affects you. You can definitely get drunk on beer.

What is harmful about smoking cigarettes? Tobacco is one of the most addictive drugs and can affect an individual’s health. The easiest way to quit is not to start.

What if my friends begin taking drugs?

If some of your friends use drugs, you may need to learn what it is like to make a decision that is different from your friends. Your friends should respect your decision and you may be surprised that one or two others might follow your example.

Marijuana is a natural substance, so how is it harmful? Marijuana, like many drugs, does originally come from plants growing in nature. But we know that plants can be dangerous; some can be so poisonous they are deadly. Most drugs which come from plants are changed by a chemical process in some way.

Is it true doctors give marijuana to people who are sick? It’s true that some people who are seriously ill, for example with AIDS or multiple sclerosis or those who are undergoing cancer treatment find that using marijuana helps their symptoms. The majority of doctors recommend other medicines to control these symptoms because they are concerned about the health risks associated with smoking marijuana. Many drugs, whether originally from a plant or produced only in labs, can have some positive helpful benefits in the right situations. But that does not mean these drugs are meant to be used for personal recreation.

Are prescription drugs in your own home harmful? Drugs prescribed for someone else can be extremely dangerous. They can even be life-threatening if they are used in combination with alcohol or another drug. It is the responsibility of the patient to dispose of them safely so they are not available for anyone else to use.

Note: Questions were prepared by our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Dease.



Thank You! Thank You!

To Mrs. Deb Johnson, mother of Grady, the front office would like to give you not one "Thank You," but two "Thank Yous" for giving us your time to organize & clean the front office supply closet, and for updating our marquee weekly. We thank you for your kind gesture, and for keeping our parents "Smart, Happy and Connected!"


Way To Go Robotics!

The Elkins Pointe Robotics Team placed 3rd int heir first competition

!! To put it in the context, all the teams in our league are super strong.

At least 3 of them are former state champions. Roswell High - the defending state champion came 4th. Wow!

Way to go, Epic Pi Bots.

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Congratulations to Ms. Lindesay for being AJC Top 10 Teacher of 2017!

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution honored 10 outstanding teachers in its inaugural AJC Celebrating Teachers Awards. Ms. Lindesay who was nominated by her former student Divya Nori was recognized for making "a significant positive impact on students and the community by going above and beyond to reach students and to propel excellence both inside and outside the classroom." Ms. Lindesay and the other nine winners were honored in at a special dinner event Wednesday, Oct. 25th, Also, Ms. Lindesay, along with the other winners will be featured in a commemorative edition in the Sunday paper on Oct. 29th.

Pictured below from left to right: Mrs. Sangeta Nori, Mr. Will Jones, Divya Nori the student who nominated Ms. Lindesay, Ms. Lindesay's Father, Ms. Lindesay, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. O'Hanlon Cowles)

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Kudos to Fulton County Schools!

Four of the 10 AJC Teacher Winners are Fulton County Schools Teachers!


Pictured Above from Left to Right: Mr. Farhat Ahmad, McClarin Success Academy, Ms. Susan Ahmad, Lake Windward Elementary School, Ms. Maureen Wales, Alpharetta Elementary School, Ms. Lynetter Lindesay, Elkins Pointe Middle School.


Return of Our Titan!

Ms. Emily Yandel is a former EPMS Japanese student who came to talk to our Japanese students. After she graduated from EPMS, she continued studying Japanese in college, and now she is teaching English at middle/high schools in Japan. Ms. Yandel shared her tips on learning Japanese, stories about her students and schools in Japan, and her vast cultural experiences about living in Japan. Ms. Yandel's students and EPMS Japanese students are now connected as pen-pals. It is great to see former Titans grow up and coming back to our school to talk to our students! Also, Ms. Yandel was an Orchestra student of Mr. Seth Gamba and you can see them pictured together in the upper right-hand corner.

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Our Titans showed up and showed out in for PINK OUT today! Below is a picture of our Friday morning Faculty meeting! #RiseUp2PinkOut!
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Things to Know


Mr. Jerome Huff will kick off Red Ribbon Week!

  • “Real Talk, Real Love” Parents Session with Mr. Huff @ 7:45-8:30 am in the Media Center – All parents and staff are invited to attend!

Students by Grade Level:

  • Mr. Huff speaks to 7th grade from 10:20 am to 11:00 am in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 8th grade from 12:30 pm to 1:10 pm in the Gym
  • Mr. Huff speaks to 6th grade from 2:25 pm to 3:10 pm in the Gym


Red Ribbon Week 10/30 - 11/3

The theme for this year’s Red Ribbon Week is “Your Future is Key so Stay Drug-Free." Every day during Red Ribbon Week, PTSA will give the students a “key” for staying drug-free. We will use WINN time to spark meaningful conversations about how they can use these keys to help them stay DRUG-FREE!

Mr. Jerome Huff will be the guest speaker to kick off our week. He will speak to our students about the things they are facing these days and how to navigate their way through it all. Mr. Huff will also have a session for the parents Monday, October 30 at 7:45 am - 8:30 am in the EPMS Media Center.



THEME: HATS OFF TO FAMILY! Wear a hat! *Light homework night to allow time for parent/child discussion.



THEME: Sock it to DRUGS. Wear crazy socks!



THEME: My future is SO BRIGHT! Wear sunglasses!



THEME: RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. Do something kind for someone else today.



THEME: BE YOU! Wear your favorite outfit!

Zumba For a Cause - 10/30

Please join Ms. Lynette Lindesay on Monday, October 30th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Elkins Pointe Gym to help raise money for the US Virgin Islands. If you would like to understand more about Ms. Lindesay's passion to help her native Virgin Islands, please read her heartfelt letter below.

If you can't make ZUMBA FOR A CAUSE but would still like to contribute, please use this website to make a donation: usvirecovery.org.

Click HERE to RSVP to ZUMBA!

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French National Week - 11/1 - 11/7

The AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) is pleased to announce its organization of the seventeenth annual National French Week. This week-long celebration of all things French will take place in schools and communities. Monsieur Mendy and Madame Kabore have arranged a week of activities to bring the Fench Language and culture to our school. We are looking for parents to help with several of the activities, and to donate pastries for the Petit Café.

Wednesday, November 1: Opening

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • In class activities (games-movies-etc.)

Thursday, November 2: Sports-Games-Francophone Traditions

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Outside activity of Tour de France Race and Pagnes Race

Friday, November 3: Petit Café Titans (French pastries and beverages for students)

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Petit Café Titans - all day (in the Fishbowl)
  • Pastry donation requested SIGN-UP HERE
  • Parent helpers requested SIGN-UP HERE

Monday, November 6: Projects presentation

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Projects presentations in class

Tuesday, November 7: Closing

  • Morning Announcement will include a French Feature
  • Exhibition of students’ projects and tour guide activities– All day in front of the World Language mural.
  • Parents are welcome to tour the exhibit.

If you have a French student in the class with Monsieur Mendy or Madame Kabore we are asking you to help contribute by donating pastries or your time. Please, click on the box below to sign up. Merci Beaucoup!

Interact Club

Interact Club Meeting - 11/3

“Meet-up”- for the “Sticky Note Campaign” & “BTV” posters 8:10-8:25 in D119

Next Formal Meeting: November 3, 2017 at 7:45 a.m. Parents are welcomed to send breakfast items. Please check emails until then. For questions email Mrs. Streeter, D119 at streeters1@fultonschools.org

Check out our pictures from the last week to see what we have been up to.

  • Youth Day Parade to celebrate all youth
  • Fall conference/ Leadership Awards for those in attendance
  • BTV Carpool/Buses Kick-off at the with our very own Titan Cheerleaders and the Roswell Jr. Hornets
  • Committee Round-Up meeting to brainstorm & play catch up on our campaigns

It is not too late to join! We are up to something good…”Service Above Self”!!! Come be a part of something great!

Marching Band Competition # MHS - 11/4

Bring the family out for food, fun, and music at the13th Annual WCI Marching Band Competition. Top High School Bands from all over metro Atlanta will be competing for the Grand Champion Trophy. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for Seniors/Students and under 4 is free. Tickets sold at the gate.


Book Fair @ EPMS - 11/6 to 11/10

Hooray, the Book Fair is coming to EPMS the week of November 6th thru 10th! The Book Fair takes place at our Media Center. If you would like to help out with the Book Fair. Please click here to sign up to help. Any Questions? Contact our Media Specialist Jennifer Newman at newmanj@fultonschools.org.

Veterans Day - 11/11

We would like to take this opportunity to honor and remember all who served

our country on Veterans Day Saturday, November 11, 2017. Your service

and sacrifice is greatly appreciated. Many thanks to our very own EPMS staff:

Officer Allen Jones, Army; George Eberhart, Army; Granville Broomes, U.S. Marine Corps.

We salute you!!

Things for Students

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Boys Middle School Select Travel Lacrosse Try-outs - 11/5 & 11/7

The Roswell Youth Lacrosse program will be holding boys tryouts for Spring Jr. Select (6th and 7th grade) and Spring Sr. Select (8th grade) on November 5th 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 15th 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 15 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Roswell Area Park-Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Rd, Roswell GA 30075


  • 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/


  • Location: Roswell Area Park MS #1 and MS #2
  • Participants do need to attend both tryout dates.

Sunday, November 5

  • Boys Jr. Select (6th & 7th Graders) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Boys Sr. Select (8th Graders) 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 7

  • All Boys 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, mouth guard, etc.) to tryout.

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


Interested in wrestling? Now taking Registration for the 2017/18 Roswell Jr Hornet Wrestling team!

  • For Boys & Girls
  • Ages 7-14 (as of 12/31/17)

Wrestling Improves conditioning, Increases agility, helps you become faster and stronger, and builds character.

Practices Start on November 6th. They are held at “The Underground” 925 Woodstock RD Suite 102B. Athletes playing other are welcome to start after their current sports end.

  • Elementary School Mon and Thursday 6:00-7:30
  • Middle School Mon, Wed & Thurs 7:00-8:30

Registration Cost is $200. For more Info: http://roswellwrestlingclub.com/registration/

Academic Bowl - Mondays @ 4:05 pm & Wednesdays @ 8 am

Have you heard the BUZZ about Academic Bowl? Academic Bowl meets every Monday after school from 4:05 pm to 5:30 pm in the Media Center and every Wednesday in the cafeteria from 8 - 9 am. If you would like to know more about Academic Bowl, please email Ms. Castleberry at castleberrys@fultonschools.org.

FCA - Thursdays @ 7:45 am in the Media Center

All students are invited to come to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes every Thursday at 7:45 am in the Media Center. Chicken Biscuits will be on sale $3 or 2 for $5. If you have questions, please see Mr. Billups.

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Things for parents


The school climate surveys for the 2017-2018 school year officially opened on Monday, October 2, 2017, and will remain open through Friday, March 2, 2018.

The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) requires 100% participation from students, teachers, and parents. 100% participation helps our school score points on GADOE's College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).


If you want to see how we are doing in participation, click here.

For More Info on the GADOE Climate Surveys, click here.

  • Box Tops for Education: Clip Box Top labels from participating products. Collect them in a baggie and turn into the front office collection box. Box Tops for our next submission are due by October 18. Each Box Top is worth .10 - schools can earn thousands of dollars through this program! See full list of products here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products.

  • Amazon Smiles: Ordering from Amazon? Go to https://smile.amazon.com and choose to support Elkins Pointe MS PTSA. A portion of all your purchases will be sent to the school!

  • Kroger Community Rewards: Link your Kroger Plus card to Elkins Pointe at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Kroger will donate a percent of purchases back to the school. (You must re-enroll your card each year after Aug 1.)

  • Publix Partners: Pick up a key ring card in the office, have it scanned at the register each time you check out. Publix will donate a percent of purchases. Give cards to your family and friends too! (Most Publix stores have these at the registers too, if you don't carry one with you - just ask.)

  • Office Depot/Office Max Give Back to Schools: Make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide our school ID at checkout, and Elkins will receive 5% back in credits for free supplies. Our school code is 70118601 - enter it for online purchases, or ask to look up Elkins Pointe at the register in stores too. You can also submit an order or receipt info after the fact at http://www.officedepot.com/backtoschool/display.do if you forget during purchase!
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FREE Screening of "SCREENAGERS" @ MHS - 11/6

Milton High School, along with their SGC and PTO is hosting a FREE viewing of the documentary "SCREENAGERS" on Monday, Nov. 6th @ 7 pm in the MHS Auditorium. This event is intended for parents, but parents are welcome to bring their child (5th graders and up). Please Note: This is not a drop off event for children; students without an adult escort will not be permitted to enter due to sensitive content.

The event is free, but seats are limited. Please arrive early to ensure you will have a seat because it is first to come, first to be seated. If you have any questions, please email the Milton High School SGC Community Outreach Chair, Lisa O'Hanlon Cowles at ohanlon@fultonschools.org.

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❤️ Volunteer ❤️

Help @ the Book Fair - 11/3, 11/6-10

The Book Fair is coming and we need volunteers to help make it sensational! Please click here to sign up or on the box below.

Click on the links below to access a SignUpGenius or email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org to find out how you can get involved.

School Store Help Needed!


  • Shifts are daily, 8 – 8:50 AM.
Dads Wanted for Dads Club

Calling for Dad’s to join our Dad’s Club. We did receive some signups during "Get Connected Night." Any dad interested and wanting to get more information can contact Mr. Will Jones at jonesw3@fultonschools.org or 470-254-8366.

Attention Moms: You are welcome to "Volun-TOLD" your husband by signing them up!

SIgn-Up Here or below to join Dads Club!!

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Lunch & Breakfast - FCS Nutrition Program

Calendar DATES

Volunteer Registration

Good news parents, if you were registered as a volunteer for the 2016-17 school year at Elkins Pointe Middle School, you DO NOT need to go through the registration process again this year!!! Just sign in on the computer at the front desk per usual. If you are new to EPMS, you will need to register with Fulton County Schools at least 24 hours before coming to volunteer.

  • Computer access is available in the Parent Liaison office to complete registration if needed.

Please Note: Upcoming dates are subject to change & some dates may not be included.

Upcoming Dates in November...

November is Family Engagement Month

  • 11/7 - ELECTION DAY School OPEN (Gym Closed)
  • 11/9 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Rm. E-109)
  • 11/9 - 6th & 7th GR Band Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym)
  • 11/10 - SGC Mtg @ 7:45 am
  • 11/10 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/10 - Legacy of Excellence Awards for TOTY/PEOTY
  • 11/14 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ MPES @ 9:30 am
  • 11/16 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/16 - College & Career Day
  • 11/17 - NO SCHOOL - EPMS Full Release Day
  • 11/24 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 11/10 - Veteran's Day - EPMS Honors Our Vets!
  • 11/30 - Parent University Workshop
  • 11/30 - FCA @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 11/ 30 - Band, Orchestra & Chorus Elementary School Tours
Upcoming Dates in December...
  • 12/1 - Wear College Swag
  • 12/8 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/11 - Band Holiday Concert @ 6:30 pm (Gym) - Please Note Date Change!
  • 12/13 - Katha Stuart Mtg @ HSES @ 9:30 am
  • 12/15 - Wear Titan Spirit-Wear
  • 12/18 to 8/21 - Final Exams for 8th Graders
  • 12/23 to 1/4 - WINTER BREAK - School Closed

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