Titan Talk Newsletter

December 6, 2019

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Upcoming

The week ahead...


  • 12/7 - Titan Advantage from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 12/9 - Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Tour (off campus)
  • 12/9 to 12/17 - Operation Winter Wrap! Donate snacks for hungry children and Interact Club will wrap your locker with the paper of your choice.
  • 12/9 - Raffle Tickets on sale in the morning for Tell EDU Drone - $1 each!
  • 12/9 - Girls Basketball practice from 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM in the Gym
  • 12/9 to 12/17 - Come make a seasonal decoration in the Media Center before school and during lunch. Please see Mrs. Newman or Ms. Rickson for a pass.
  • 12/10 - Raffle Tickets on sale in the morning for Tell EDU Drone - $1 each!
  • 12/10 to 12/12 - Candy Cane Sale in the Atrium in the mornings! Each candy cane cost $1.00. Send a candy cane and a sweet message to a friend!
  • 12/10 - Club-Group Photos - ALL Day @ EPMS
  • 12/10 - Hampton Film Academy from 4:05 PM - 5:30 PM in the Media Center
  • 12/10 - Band Holiday Concert @ EPMS 6:30 p.m. ALL grades
  • 12/11 - Raffle Tickets on sale in the morning and at STEM Night for Tell EDU Drone - $1 each!
  • 12/11 - Katha Stuart Meeting: VMES @ 9:30 a.m.
  • 12/11 - Invention Convention & STEM Night @ 5:30 pm to 7 pm - ALL Families Invited!
  • 12/12 - FCA @ 7:45 a.m. in the Media Center - Bring $$$ for a chicken biscuit
  • 12/12 - Hampton Film Academy from 4:05 PM - 5:30 PM in the Media Center
  • 12/12 - Chorus Holiday Concert @ EPMS 6:30 p.m.
  • 12/13 - Winter Holiday Sweater Day! Wear a seasonal sweater and earn points for your college.

IMPORTANT DATES:

CANDY CANE CRUSH SALE BY STUDENT COUNCIL

December 10th, 11th, and 12th

in the Rotunda for three days

Cost is one Candy Cane for $1.00

* Send one to your crush, BFF, or buy one for yourself


INVENTION CONVENTION & STEM NIGHT

December 11th @ 5:30 PM

All families invited to this NEW 7 Exciting Event!

WOW! WIN A TELLO EDU DRONE - BUY RAFFLE TICKET FOR $1.00

Raffle Tickets $1.00 each and can be purchased during STEM Night or

will be on sale in the mornings Mon-Wed for Tell EDU Drone - $1 each!



OPERATION WINTER WRAP BY INTERACT CLUB

Now to December 17th

*Donate snacks for hungry children*

Bring a 6-pack of snack to Atrium in the morning,

pick out your wrapping paper, and Interact Club will wrap your locker!


TOY DRIVE SPONSORED BY JR. BETA

Now to December 18th

Bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots to school!

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Message from the Principal

Greetings Titans,


I wanted to share some very exciting news. The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) released the list of Distinguished Schools for 2019-2020. I am Titan proud to announce that Elkins Pointe has earned this incredible recognition. This award is a culmination of the hard work from students, teachers, staff, parents, PTSA, and our community partners.


The Distinguished School designation means that Elkins Pointe is among the highest-performing and in the top 5% of Title I Schoolwide schools. The Elkins Pointe CCRPI score of 88.4 and the 5-Star Climate Rating were the metrics used to determine our placement. Our academic goals of Literacy and Mathematics, along with AVID teaching strategies, and active family engagement, significantly contributed to this tremendous accomplishment. Parents, please take a moment to take GADOE Parent Survey; your parent participation is essential.


GADOE Parent Survey: https://gshs.gadoe.org/parents


On Wednesday, December 11th, at 5:30 pm, all students, parents, and families are invited to the Invention Convention STEM Night. Please join us for this joint venture between the PTSA and 6th grade Science teacher, Ms. Adamczyk. There will be 10+ STEM interactive activity stations for students to experiment with Mr. Moffit, our Construction teacher, will be doing a STEM demonstration in the Construction room. The 6th-grade inventions will be on display in the cafeteria. Come to see who wins the top inventors awards and who will win the Tello EDU Drone in the raffle. The Invention Convention STEM Night promises to be the kind event that makes us a 2019-2020 Distinguished School!


Thank you for all that you do!


Damian Bounds

Principal

Elkins Pointe Middle School

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

https://twitter.com/epmsprincipal

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Shop at Amazon and Earn Money for Elkins Pointe!

Remember to use AmazonSmile this holiday season when you are placing orders online for gifts! AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. It adds up quickly and can make a big difference for our school!


To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. · Go to https://www.amazon.com/


  • Log in
  • Choose “Accounts & Lists”
  • Choose “AmazonSmile Charity Lists”
  • Choose “Supporting” and if there is not one chosen then select “Elkins Pointe Ms PTSA”


Note: If you already have an organization designated, you can then just choose “Change” and type in “Elkins Pointe Ms PTSA”

· Click “Select.” You are done!


The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. That adds up quick for our school! The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.


Please see complete AmazonSmile program details for more information.

CELEBRATE TITANS

AVID Door Contest Winners!

On behalf of the EPMS College/AVID Culture Committee and the Administration, we would like to congratulate all our teachers for their participation on the College Door Decoration Contest. Here are our WINNERS:

  • 6th Grade: Mrs. Gallagher – Room F114
  • 7th Grade: Mrs. Sneed – Room D112
  • 8th Grade: Mrs. Streeter – Room E114
  • Connections: Ms. Lindesay – Room A152
  • Staff Support: Mrs. Peterson – Room F124

and the Best Overall Door Decoration goes to…

  • Ms. Taylor – Room E112


* Mrs. Peterson is pictured below with her Kent State door!

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French Fashion Week @ the Pointe

Ooo-La-La! Mademoiselle Dismer's French classes walked the red carpet as part of a fashion show. These World Language students are très chic (“very stylish”)!
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PJs & Books Delivered!

Dear Staff and Families of our EPMS Community,


Susan Rickson and I wanted to thank ALL who donated books or pajamas to the Pajama Program of Atlanta in our media center. I dropped everything off. Susan Gordon, volunteer coordinator, was overwhelmed with the amount of donations we had from our school. Our holiday community service project collected 24 sets of cozy pajamas, 11 pairs of flannel/fleece pants, 10 sweatshirts, 1 t-shirt, 1 flannel nightgown, 3 book sets, and 24 individual books.


This means that over 46 children will be handed new books along with a new pair of pajamas just in time for the holiday season! You guys are the BEST! Thank you so much for supporting the children through this charity. You can learn more about them here: www.pajamaprogram.org


Thank you,

Jennifer Newman and Susan Rickson

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THINGS TO KNOW

Invention Convention STEM Night - 12/11

Question: What is an Invention Convention STEM Night?

Answer: This NEW to the school event will be jointly run by the 6th grade Science Department and the PTSA!


Here are some of the awesome activities planned!

1) INVENTION CONVENTION: Inventions from 6th grade science classes will be on display in the cafeteria. Inventions will be judged during the school day, but the awards will be issued at the event.

2) STEM STATIONS: We will have different stations for guests to participate in STEM activities:


  • Math-Estimation Table
  • STEM activities with Q-Tips and Aluminum Foil
  • An Eiffel Tower Building Challenge with Pipe Cleaners
  • Designing cars with cards, mints, balloons, straws, tape - Then rest in a racetrack
  • Catapults- marshmallow launchers...have a starting line for the launcher and see whose goes the farthest
  • Rock quarry challenge to invent a device that will lift a rock out of a quarry
  • "ProBot" racecars with LifeSaver wheels
  • Squishy Circuits uses playdough to create circuits
  • Magnatizes circuit boards using Little Bits
  • 3D Doodler and 3D printing pen
  • Stop-Motion Video with iPads
  • Greenscreen Station


3) RAFFLE - RAFFLE - RAFFLE!!! The BIG Prize is a Tello EDU Drone to raffle at STEM night. All proceeds go to 6th grade TAG science.

4) REFRESHMENTS: PTSA will be providing food items to give our STEM-goers fuel for their brains!

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Candy Cane Crush - 12/10 to 12/12

Student Council will be hosting our annual Candy Cane Crush Event!


Students will be able to send a Candy Cane with a sweet message attached to a friend. We will have a list of messages to select from, and students will sign their names to the message or send the message anonymously. Students may also purchase the candy canes for themselves.


StuCo members would sell the candy canes before school December 10th, 11th, and 12th in the Rotunda for three days (cost: ONE Candy Cane for ONE dollar).


The Candy Cane Crushes will be delivered by StuCo members to the recipients during WINN Class on Friday, December 13th.

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Toys for Toys!

George the St. Bernard is pointing the way for you to donate unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots! Collection buckets are in the Media Center and the front office. Good doggie, George!! Thank you for supporting Jr. Beta's Toy Drive.
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Operation Winter Wrap - 12/ 9 to 12/17

The Interact club is running a campaign called “Operation Winter Wrap” with a goal to serve our school community that may be in need of healthy snacks during the Christmas break. Our goal is to reach at least 1/3 of the school population that are in need over the break. Students may have their lockers wrapped by donating a 6-pack of snacks to the Atrium in the mornings. Selections of holiday paper choices will be located in the front of the school. Students can drop off their snacks, pick out their choice of paper and list their locker. Teachers can also have their door wrapped for the price of 2 x 6-pack healthy snacks. Your child can bring in snacks and have their teacher's door wrapped as a surprise!

RHS BAND BENEFIT - PRIVATE SHOWING OF STAR WARS! 12/21

Join us for a private screening of the newest Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker! It will take place at The Aurora Cineplex on December 21st. Tickets are $20.00 which includes pizza and a drink. The movie begins at 12:30 p.m.; doors open at 11:15 to check in and get your food. Tickets (wristbands) can be purchased below. You will receive your wristband at the event. https://www.roswellband.com/store/movie-form/

Proceeds will benefit the RHS Natalie Henderson Color Guard Scholarship Fund. To honor the memory of RHS Color Guard student Natalie Henderson, this memorial scholarship was developed to support RHS color guard students with their financial obligations so that they may participate in RHS marching band color guard and/or winter guard.

It's Snow Fun to Craft in the Media Center - 12/9 to 12/17

Please join us in the Media Center to make a Snow Globe of your favorite book! You can come in the mornings OR during lunchtime starting Monday, Dec. 9th - Tuesday, Dec. 17th. Bring your creativity. We'll have a craft table set up for you. Happy Holidays!
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Buy a Yearbook for $55 before 12/20!

HOLIDAY PHOTOCARD PROMOTION - November 18th through December 6th

When students purchase a yearbook online at www.jostens.com/holidayspecial, they’ll additionally receive 20 FREE Holiday Photo Cards ($25 value). They will receive a promotional code in their yearbook email receipt with instructions on how to order their FREE cards. They will have from November 18th through January 31st to go online and redeem their FREE photo card promotional code. The holiday card website link for ordering will be provided in their email receipt.


** Yearbooks are $55 each now, but they will be $60 after Dec. 20th.

Yearbook @ EPMS Asks for BFF Pictures!

Do you have a picture of you and your friend when you were younger and a picture of the both of you now? Well, send it right away to our Yearbook Staf at Lindesay@fultonschools.org.


We are also accepting pictures of best friends who didn't know each other when they were younger, but are inseparable now.

Cotillion - Registration Now Open!

The Bridges/North Atlanta Cotillion is coming January 2020! Registration opened on November 1st. We are excited to start our classes on Sunday, January 5, at The Country Club of Roswell. This is not your Grandmother's cotillion...Have fun with us while learning dance and etiquette!


Seventh Graders will learn basic ballroom dancing and popular dance (Shag, Swing, Free-Style, Line, and Slow), as well as many relevant social and professional skills the students will need to know now and throughout their lives. The Seventh Grade class will culminate in a Parents Showcase displaying the Program as parents observe all their child has learned. Students will also enjoy a 50's Party filled with games, contests, dancing, and pizza!


For Eighth Graders, the classes will review the basics taught in year one, and the students will learn many new dances, including Latin, Swing, and Hustle. An extensive Table Manners segment will further develop your child’s social graces. Dating, interviews and making conversation will also be covered. The Eighth Grade Program will culminate in a Dinner Dance that brings all of the students’ new skills into practice. New students are always welcome in 8th grade.


You can expect your child to gain confidence in our classes, and learn how to greet, shake hands and converse with adults - an all-important skill as the dating years approach. They will also discuss social media etiquette! But most of all, your teen will have fun!


For more information, please contact:

Valerie Macdonald

Director of The Cotillion Group
770-781-5580
Valerie.cotillion@yahoo.com
www.thecotilliongroup.com

Thank You for Turning in Box Tops

EPMS will receive a check for nearly $85 thanks to everyone who submitted Box Tops. Keep sending them in! And, remember to download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts to earn money that way.



Eventually, the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for the school.


The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our earnings online. It adds up fast!


TRANSITION INFORMATION

Rising 9th-grade Transition Dates 2020

NOTE: DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FOR PARENT & STUDENT EVENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL

ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL RISING 9TH GRADE INFORMATION NIGHT

Students & Parents Welcome!!

Date: January 9, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Roswell High School Auditorium

Who: Parents & Rising 9th Grade Students

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ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL

HONORS, AP, & DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT

AND ELECTIVE FAIR

Students & Parents Welcome!!

Date: February 6, 2020

TAG Meeting Time: 5:30 PM in Auditorium

Elective Fair Time: 6:30 PM in the Main Gym of Roswell High School

Who: Parents & Rising 9th Grade Students


NOTE:

The Organizer is Roswell High School.

Please check the Roswell High School website

to make sure there are no changes.

*Subject to inclement weather changes*


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MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

DUAL ENROLLMENT NIGHT

Students & Parents Welcome!!

Date: January 13, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM

Place: Milton High School Auditorium

Who: Parents & Rising 9th Grade Students

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MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

RISING 9th GRADE PARENT NIGHT

Students & Parents Welcome!!

Date: February 11, 2020

Time for Parent Meeting: 6:30 PM

Location: Milton High School Auditorium/Cafeteria

Who: Parents & Rising 9th Grade Students


The MHS Counseling Department Announces Parent Night Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year. All meetings will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held in the MHS Auditorium.

*Mrs. Echeverria, MHS' Bilingual Community Liaison, will host a Spanish version of our Parent Nights (on the same date) beginning at 6:00 PM in the Media Hub.


NOTE:

The Organizer is Milton High School.

Please check the Milton High School website

to make sure there are no changes.

*Subject to inclement weather changes*

Rising 6th-grade Transition Dates 2020

Pointe Team Members Visit Elementary Schools

Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • 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

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

  • Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00p.m. (English)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

  • Rising 6th Grade General Parent Meeting (EPMS) @ 6:00p.m. (Spanish)


Rising 6th Grade Visits to EPMS

  • Mimosa Elementary – May 12, 2020 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Vickery Mill Elementary – May 12, 2020 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Sweet Apple Elementary – May 13, 2020 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)
  • Hembree Springs – May 15, 2020 (9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m.)

School Climate Survey Links:

The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions. We need 200 parents to take the survey to show that we are an engaged school.



If you would like to keep track of our school's participation, click this link: https://portal.doe.k12.ga.us/GSHSReports/. To view the student survey questions, and parent opt-out form, https://www.gadoe.org/schoolsafetyclimate/GSHS-II/Pages/Georgia-Student-Health-Survey-II.aspx.

Calendar Dates

DECEMBER 2019


  • 12/16 - 12/20 - 8th grade exam window (Exam schedule will be published when finalized)
  • 12/16 - Girls Basketball from 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM in the Gym
  • 12/17 - Boys Basketball Practice from 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM in the Gym
  • 12/18 - Boys Basketball Practice from 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM in the Gym
  • 12/19 - FCA @ 7:45 a.m. in the Media Center - Bring $$$ for a chicken biscuit
  • 12/19 - Student Council @ 8:00 a.m. in room E-106 - All students from all grades welcome!
  • 12/20 - SGC Meeting from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • 12/20 - Interact Club @ 8:00 AM in room E-114 - All Welcome!
  • 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)