Titan Talk

March 23, 2018

Upcoming Dates:

The Week Ahead...

Autism Awareness Week

3/26 to 4/2

  • 3/26 - Book Fair - Pack Up (Media Center)
  • 3/26 - Summit Counselor Onsite
  • 3/26 - Academic Bowl Practice @ 4:05 -5:30 pm (Media Center)
  • 3/26 to 4/2 - Autism Awareness Week 2018
  • 3/28 - Student/ Admin Roundtable (Mrs. Tongue's Room) @ 8:05 -8:35 am
  • 3/28 - Student Council Meeting @ 8 am (E-106)
  • 3/28 - Jr. Beta Mtg @ 8 am (Media Center)
  • 3/29 - FCA Mtg @ 7:45 am (Media Center)
  • 3/29 - Thursday Club Day - Club Schedule
  • 3/29 - Spring Picture Day during Connections
  • 3/29 - Japanese Students Visit EPMS for half day
  • 3/29 - EPMS 8th-grade student tours of MHS & RHS @ 9 am (for students only)



March 28th @ 8:05

(Mrs. Tongue's classroom)


March 29th

During Connections classes


April 18th @ 6:30 pm

Elkins Pointe Middle School

in the Media Center


APRIL 13th @ 6 pm

Stage in the Gym



May 4th @ 7 pm - 9 pm

Elkins Pointe Atrium & Cafeteria


Dear Parents,

This was the week that all things wonderful happened at Elkins Pointe!!!

The Scholastic Book Fair took place in the Media Center. Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Rickson arranged for the Pelloni family to bring in their service dog, Bella, for the event. I think our students enjoyed shopping the Book Fair as much as our four-legged friend enjoyed greeting all of them.

Our amazing PTSA brought "The Great Outdoors" inside to treat teachers and staff to a week of appreciation. Each day during Teacher Appreciation Week, the staff was treated to a new "surprise and delight!" Thank you to the Teacher Appreciation Committee, Amie Dean, Jenny Rindt, Lindsay Lavin, and Jaime Kohler, for the coffee bar, trail mix, massages, jewelry, Ippolito's luncheon, and so much more.

Next, we were on to International Night! The Elkins Pointe International Night has become so popular that the Mayor of Roswell, Lori Henry, came to enjoy the festivities. Our entertainment featured a Japanese Archery Group, a Flamenco Dancer, Superhero Greenscreen, and Mr. Seth Gamba's Band, The Expats! Thank you to our World Language Department for bringing the world to us!

We ended our week with our Teacher and Professional of the Year Breakfast. The PTSA arranged a morning feast from the Flying Biscuit. Congratulations to our TOTY, Mr. Johnson, and our teacher nominees, Mrs. Nessmith and Mr. Wilson. An additional congratulations to Mr. Wilson for the superior ratings on LGPE for the Band. We also celebrated our Professional of the Year, Mrs. O'Hanlon Cowles, Title I Parent Liaison. Lastly, we are pleased to announce our Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Calvert. Fulton County Schools will be honoring all of the VOTYs at a special luncheon in April.

Next week, we will be dialing it down to get ready for the Georgia Milestones. Our week will consist of preparation of students and devices! Please make sure that your children keep their devices in tip-top shape, properly powered down, fully charged, safely stored in their bags, and know where their laptop is at all times.


Kindra L. Smith, Ed.S

Elkins Pointe Middle School

Home of the Titans!


Titan Advantage @ Elkins Pointe - 3/24

The Titan Advantage program will serve as a Georgia Milestones workshop and is going to be open to all students regardless of level.

  • Saturday, March 24th
  • Breakfast and check-in will occur from 8:00-9:00
  • Georgia Milestones session 1 workshop will take place from 9:00 am until 10:15 am
  • Break from 10:15 until 10:45
  • Georgia Milestones session 2 workshop will take place from 10:45 am to 12 noon

Teachers have issued permission slips to students directly through their WINN classes

Spirit Brunch into Spirit Night @ The Peach & The Porkchop - 3/25

TITANS! Let’s start off our week right with a SPIRIT DAY at Peach & the Porkchop Sunday, March 25, 2018! Join us at The Peach &The Porkchop Sunday, March 25, 2018, ALL DAY 11am-11pm! Brunch is served 11-2:30. EPMS will receive 20% off all sales the ENTIRE DAY!!! Please tell your server you are there for the Elkins Middle School Spirit Day so you tab is included in the fundraiser! If you would like to make a reservation you may call the restaurant at the number below or make your reservation on Open Table!

Peach & the Porkchop

12040 Etris Rd Ste D100

Roswell, GA 30075

tel:(770) 696-5409


P&P + Titans = 1 Fun Spirit DAY!!

Georgia Milestones Testing Schedule

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Only Three More PTSA Positions to Fill...

The PTSA only has three more important chair openings which need to be filled.

  1. Summer Newsletter (End of May-July commitment)
  2. Spirit Wear (End of Summer-Dec commitment)
  3. Youth Day Parade (Fall)

If you would like to step up and take on one of these positions, please contact Kristin Kelley at kelleyrk@gmail.com.

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Picture Day @ EPMS - 3/29

Attention parents: Cady Studios will be at Elkins Pointe on to take your child’s spring pictures on Thursday, March 29th. Save time and money when you pre-order your picture today at spring.cadystudios.com. For questions, please email Mrs. Suckow.

Titans Got Talent - 4/13 @ 6 pm

"Titans Got Talent is coming to the EPMS Stage on Friday, April 13th from 6-7:30 pm, featuring an opening and closing act by the Drama Club, and 23 Acts by your fellow students showcasing their vocal, dance, piano, cello, and gymnastic talents. The Show is FREE for everyone to attend, and the School Store will be open to buy snacks and drinks. Come support your fellow Titans as they take the Stage for the first Annual Titans' Got Talent!"


Congrats to Our Volunteer of the Year!

Congratulations to Laura Calvert for being selected as the Elkins Pointe Volunteer of the Year! Laura Calvert is ou Co-PTSA President, and is the brains and the passion behind "Get Connected Night!"
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Titans Page for the GA House of Representatives

Two of our Titans paged for the GA House of Representatives on Monday, March 19th for Betty Price. Congratulations to 7th graders, Atlanta Griffin and Genevieve Chism for your civic pride.

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Bella of the Book Fair!

Bella the service dog hard at work promoting literacy in the Media Center. Thank you to Cliff, Wanda, and Nick Pelloni for bringing your service dog to school and to the Thursday Pet Club.
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Celebrating International Night!

Principal Kindra Smith, and Sensei Johnson, founder of International Night, welcomed Roswell Mayor, Lori Henry, and members of the Japanese National Horseback Archery team of Japan. Elkins Pointe Middle School celebrated their 12th annual International Night on Thursday, March 22 with music, food, displays, and entertainment from across the globe. More than 1,000 students, teachers, staff, parents and community members participated in this beloved tradition.
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Click below on the sway.com to view the slide show.

An International Note of Thanks from Johnson Sensei

Dear Titans,

I want to thank everyone who came to the International Night! It turned out amazing…the gym and café were packed with students, staff, parents, former students, friends and family in the community...including Mayor of Roswell!

This event was successful, because so many staff members came to help and support this event, even in the middle of the busiest time of the year. I would like to thank the following staff members personally:

  • Administration: Ms. Smith for overall guidance, Ida Ward for help setting up/serving, Dr. Brown, Dr. Bearden, and Mr. Rodney Jones for making sure the event running sooth. Will Jones and Officer Jones for crowd control.
  • Emory Johnson for MC, and Seth Gamba for helping continuously without any break on the stage/sound system
  • Adriana Seery and Martha Lightcap for overall help
  • Edith Woodruff and Kashma for setting up, cleaning up during and after the event
  • Wonderful performers/coaching on the stage: Seth Gamba, Coach Jamison, and Coach Scott-Hooper
  • Amazing booth sponsors in the gym: Cassidy Culberson, Lynnette Lindsey, Natasha Young, Martha Lightcap, Nithya Srinivasan, Jennifer Okiyama, Shantae Streeter, and Keith Hampton
  • Food, dessert, and drink servers (thank you for many staff who worked through the whole evening!): Ida Ward, Georgia Bickel, Brad Gust, Marcie Suckow, Ainara Sorozabal, Lisa Cowles, Lynn Kurowski, Sabrina Jackson, Daniel Moffit, Laura Peterson, Colleen White-Hayes, Mirlene Moreau, Carly Nessmith, Paige Vogel, Ali Striggles, Tim Feilen, Diane Belinfanti, Denise Lewis, Paige Jacobson, Carolyn Ingram, Kelly Dominguez-Sullivan
  • Ticket sellers: Liby Roude, Malikah Williams, Oshianna Thomas, Missy Rankin, Koritza Rodriguez, Ellen Walsh
  • Food-pick up, set-up, or other helpers: Liby Roude, Colleen White-Hayes, Denise Lewis, Stephanie Baker-Kpeglo, Shannon Palmer, Monique Erskine, David Paperno, Alexa Burruss, Adam Hardigree, Megan Ramsey, Krista Fancher, Allison Goodrich, Betsey Martin, Lisa Cowles, Kevin Wallace, Abby Ansley, Jacob Vani, Kellie Kremmel, Jennifer Newman, Susan Rickson, Terri Dixon and Stan Broach
  • Food donations: Nithya Srinivasan, Stephanie Baker-Kpeglo, Traci Dease, Kimberly Veillette, Shannon Palmer
  • Our World Language teachers…Claudia Bolson, Marcela Crowe, Germaine Kabore, Maria Mejia, and Jean Louis Mendy!
Lastly, I would like to thank our parents, students, community partners and PTSA. We could not host this event without the support of our Titan families. Thank you so much for your dedication, hard work, and made this year’s International Night better than ever!

With much appreciation,

Miyuki Johnson (“Johnson sensei”)

Japanese teacher

World Language Department Chair

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Yabusame (Japanese Horseback Archery)

The yabusame event will take place this Saturday at 5:30pm at the Grand Prix Stadium, located in the Georgia International Horse Park (1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers, GA 30013, Conyers, GA 30013) . To locate the stadium visit here: http://www.georgiahorsepark.com/p/about/272.

The festival will finish at 5pm but there is a horse show happening right across from the festival where we’ll hold the demonstrations. There is a brief article mentioning yabusame here: http://www.rockdalenewtoncitizen.com/news/local/cherry-blossom-festival-comes-to-conyers/article_d69e8f00-4554-513b-a6e2-2d066f0dd221.html.


Celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation

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Thank You to Our Business Partners for Treating Our Teachers!

The PTSA celebrated "The Great Outdoors" and brought surprises and delights to our teachers and staff.
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Celebrating TOTY & POTY Breakfast

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Read by Amie Dean, Teacher Appreciation Chair:

Each of you – Emory, Lisa, Todd, & Carly is leaving your mark and creating your Masterpiece through your life’s work with students. Every person in this room and on this staff takes up the brush and makes a mark on the lives of the student’s here at Elkins Pointe. Thank you for what you sacrifice to do this job, and for leaving “Footprints for a Lifetime.”

Poem by the poet Javan from his book: "Meet Me Halfway:

We are born into the World

Like a blank canvas

And each person that crosses our path

Takes up the brush

And makes his mark

Upon our surface

So it is that we develop

But we must realize there comes a day

That we must take up the brush

And finish the work

For only we can determine

If we are to be

Just another painting

Or a Masterpiece

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Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to get involved or have any questions, please email volunteer@elkinspointeptsa.org.

Things for Sports @ RHS & MHS

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