Argyle Weekly Newsletter

WEEK OF JANUARY 11TH

Virtual Parent Meeting: Supporting our Eagles - Monday, January 11th

Our thoughts are with our students and their families as we process the recent trauma experienced when we witnessed the riot at the US Capitol, right in our local DC area. We will come together as an Argyle community at a special Virtual Parent Meeting on Monday, January 11. During this time we will share resources being used at the school and hear your thoughts about ways we can partner to ensure our students feel emotionally safe and supported.

Argyle MS Parent Meeting Zoom Link

  • Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086
  • Passcode: ams

English Speakers' Meeting 6:00-6:30

Spanish Speakers' Meeting 6:45-7:15

Three More Weeks of Quarter 2!

Families remember the last day of classes this quarter is January 28th. Teachers will process second quarter grades on January 29th. NOW is the time to complete all assignments on time, make up missed assignments, ask questions during classes and visit teachers' office hours on Wednesday. Don't wait until the end of the quarter. To meet your academic goals, start now!


Important Dates

  • Monday, January 11th - Virtual Parent Meeting
  • Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School and Offices Closed
  • Tuesday, January 19th - Friday, January 22nd - MAP-M & R in English and Math classes.
  • Thursday, January 29th - End of Marking Period

Return to In-Person School Planning

Please tune in to the MCPS Board of Education Meeting scheduled on Tuesday, January, 12 at 9:00 a.m. to learn more about the status of Reopening Schools. The current COVID metrics will be revisited. Additionally, Argyle Magnet is reviewing family preferences and planning for when it is safe to return.

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF JANUARY 11TH - JANUARY 15TH

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Parents continue to encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their grades and enhance their learning on Wednesdays. Teachers will continue to send email invitations to students who need to make up or retake assignments.

6th Grade Outdoor Education was a Success!

Thank you to all the students, staff, and families who participated during our first virtual Outdoor Ed. 6th graders were able to enjoy and learn from the lessons and activities. Please enjoy a few of the pictures from the week!

ADVISORY PERIOD- Why It Is Important

Attendance at advisory at the end of each day is a daily requirement for ALL students. Attendance is taken in Advisory and students who do not attend are marked ABSENT.


The class occurs from 2:50 to 3:15 Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri on weeks with a normal schedule. Check the weekly newsletter for information on schedule changes. Lessons for the well being of students (ex: managing trauma, stress and mental health check-in) and announcements (ex: re-opening of schools, testing information) are given in Advisory. You do not want to miss out! See you in Advisory!

Encouraging our Eagles: Positive Behavior Interventions (PBIS)

We are thrilled about updates that are coming through the PBIS program at Argyle, which is focused on providing positive rewards to encourage students to make good choices. We are planning for new incentives and activities in the new year. Please stay tuned and check the ACE/PBIS link on our school website for more information about #EverythingACE & PBIS at Argyle in the coming weeks. Remember to be Respectful, Responsible, and Reflective!

COUNSELOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

Counselors are available to meet with students during their virtual office hours. Just click on the zoom during office hours and they'll be there to chat. If you can't make it to their office hours, but need help you can always email them.

All Counselors are available:
Monday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

ESOL: Ms. Green

Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083 | Password: ams

6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Hardy

Email: Nichole_Hardy@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 98859484418 | Password: ams (case sensitive)

7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Lilja

Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 3109498714 | Password: ams (case sensitive)

8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran

Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 832 0065 4201 | Password: ams (case sensitive)

S.O.S. Parent Training Materials

The counseling department will be presenting a county-wide lesson to students on the signs of suicide (S.O.S.). The lessons are created to educate students on identifying signs and to provide resources that they can access. We have provided parent letters and a training video on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student's grade level counselor.

Parent training recordings links

Crisis Referral Document

Parent Flyer ACT (SOS) SY2021

Parent Letters - Preferred Language

Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center

During the lunches, just ask if you want to have a breakout room to get together with your friends or play Minecraft or other games with other students. We can play Kahoots or Pictionary any time if participants want, just ask! You can ask questions about school, books, classwork, technology, anything. Give us your book suggestions! Want Mrs. Suzich to read a book? Just ask! This is your virtual space. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

Media Center Zoom schedule for the week of January 11-15 - all are at 11:30 - 12 noon

  • Monday, January 11 - MINECRAFT Monday Community Day - open for all grades - join others in breakout rooms to play. Help will be available if you have never played before.
  • Tuesday, January 12 - Open Zoom lunch bunch - Let us know what you'd like to do. Ask for a breakout room if you want
  • Wednesday, January 13 - READ ALOUD of All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey. We will be starting the book that day. More info in this newsletter.
  • Thursday, January 14 - Book Wars Meeting
  • Friday, January 15 - Open Zoom lunch bunch, especially for new students and 6th graders to meet others. We can put you into breakout rooms to get to know each other or play games.

BOOK WARS

Participants will choose a meeting on Wednesday, January 13 at 2:45 PM or Thursday, January 14 at 11:30 AM.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

WEDNESDAY LUNCH TIME READ-ALOUD and FEBRUARY 3 AUTHOR VISIT INFORMATION

Wednesday, January 13 at 11:30 AM Lunch time read-aloud

This week, we'll start reading All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey. We are lucky to have a visit with the author scheduled for 12 noon on February 3 for World Read Aloud Day! Here is a Padlet if you have questions you'd like to ask her: Argyle's Padlet Link

If you would like to read or listen to the book on your own, the audiobook is available free through the Hoopla app and website with a public library card from Montgomery County Public Libraries or through Sora. If you have any questions, or if we need more copies of the ebook, please email Mrs. Suzich at jacqueline_h_suzich@mcpsmd.org.

The read-aloud will take place on the Virtual Media Center Zoom link:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

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Attendance Calls

We have begun to send out daily calls for attendance, parents will receive phone calls for any missed classes including advisory.

If you received a call, please make sure to check your ParentVUE account under attendance to verify which period the student has been marked absent. If you believe your child's attendance was a mistake, please make sure to contact the student's teacher.

Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form

Parents or guardians should use the live virtual lesson absence form to document excused absences from live virtual lessons. The form must be completed for each day of absence from a live virtual lesson. Please check your email to access the form.

Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form

If you have any questions or need to send the school a doctor's note please email Argyle's attendance secretary at Marisol_Ferreras@mcpsmd.org

Comic Convention Online - Saturday, January 16!

MoComCon, Montgomery County Public Libraries’ fifth comic convention, will return as a full-day of online activities on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The virtual event will celebrate all things comic, graphic novel and fandom. This free convention is open to all, including seasoned comic conventioneers, novices and the curious of all ages. More details, including schedule, cosplay, art and essay contest, are available on the website. Check back often as the schedule is being continually updated.

Family RESOURCES

Argyle Is a Food Distribution Site!

Additional Bus Stop Locations Added to Meal Service Program

MCPS is expanding the number of meal service sites for the community. In addition to the 74 school sites, students and families can pick up meals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at several bus stop locations throughout the county from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information is available at the MEALS SERVICE PROGRAMS LINK

P-EBT Cards

For P-EBT assistance please contact the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at 1-833-330-7328.

Please click the link below for more information:

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

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DID YOU KNOW LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AND OLDER ADULTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY CAN GET HOME INTERNET ACCESS FOR A LITTLE AS $9.95 PER MONTH?

Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!

PTSA What's App Discussion Boards

Join by clicking below ...

English (ArgylePTSA.en) - What's App Link

Spanish (ArgylePTSA.sp) - What's App Link

Vietnamese (ArgylePTSA.vi) - What's App Link

Portuguese (ArgylePTSA.pt) - What's App Link

WE ARE STILL HERE TO HELP YOU!

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Argyle Tech office will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 - 3 p.m.

Below are emails and phone numbers for the following departments:

Administration (240) 740-6370

School Principal - Mr. Allrich: James_K_Allrich@mcpsmd.org

Principal Intern / 8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: jae_hwang@mcpsmd.org


Main Office (240) 740-6370

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Ferreras: Marisol_Ferreras@mcpsmd.org

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Jones: Ashanti_Jones@mcpsmd.org

School Financial Specialist - Mr. Magruder: Timothy_W_Magruder@mcpsmd.org

Administrative Secretary - Ms. Majano: Jennifer_L_Majano@mcpsmd.org


Counseling Office (240) 740-6380

Counseling Secretary/Registrar - Ms. Pineda: Marlene_C_Pineda@mcpsmd.org

For academic support please check the link below:

Who’s Who At ARGYLE MS

Change of Telephone Number for AMS - (240) 740-6370

As a reminder, starting November 9th, Argyle has new phone numbers. Calls made to our previous numbers will no longer be transferred.

  • Main Office/Administration - (240) 740-6370
  • Counseling Office - (240) 740-6380

Equity Hubs Open to MCPS Students

The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost child care and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through Grade 5 students, and students needing additional assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by telephone at 240-200-4999.

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