Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 6

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • PTSA Meeting (Virtual) - Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • Wellness Wednesday - Wednesday, December 22, 2021
  • Winter Break - Thursday, December 23, 2021 - Friday, December 31, 2021

  • Early Release Day for Students - Wednesday, January 12, 2021

  • No School for Students & Staff - Monday, January 17, 2021

PTSA Meeting on December 7

Please join the PTSA for our next general body meeting, Tuesday, December 7th at 7 pm. We will discuss having a toy drive to support our community for the holiday, supporting our teachers and staff with breakfast and a gift card raffle, updates about information around the county of interest, and time to have a brief "let's chat" session about recent events. We look forward to seeing you


Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 822 2266 9361
Passcode: 873606

STUDENT ENRICHMENT

Athletic Registration

Hello,


To assist with preparations for the winter season, this week’s update is being released on Wednesday instead of Friday.

Please refer to the December 1 communication for the latest updates regarding MCPS Athletics. A Spanish version is also available. The updated Return to R.A.I.S.E. Plan is here. Major updates include:


1. Winter Operations Plan – this plan will guide operations for the winter season. The internal operations document is here. The public-facing communication is here. Key components include:

  • MCPS is committed to providing the safest, greatest experience possible for student-athletes, coaches and spectators.
  • This plan is for the 2021-2022 Winter Season. The plan will be assessed prior to the 2022 Spring Season and throughout the season, as necessary.
  • Spectators must wear face coverings/masks indoors at all times.
  • Spectators are expected to demonstrate behaviors consistent with the R.A.I.S.E. core values of MCPS Athletics. Spectators who do not comply with MCPS expectations will be asked to leave the premises and may be banned from attending future events.
  • Additional security resources and personnel will be employed to assist with game administration.
  • MCPS will utilize GoFan digital ticketing to the extent possible during the winter season and will be offered for all events.


Additionally, with the transition to GoFan and to assist with managing game operations, the following modifications have been made to game admissions:

  • MCPS will eliminate the $1 Child Ticket completely.
  • All children 10 and under will be admitted free, with a paying adult.
  • Middle school students must purchase a ticket and be accompanied by a paying adult.
  • There will be one ticket price for MCPS events - $5 for all spectators 11 and older (cash price is $5/ticket, GoFan price is $4 plus $1 convenience fee).

2. Indoor Mask Update – MCPS will continue to operate under the current guidance in the Return to R.A.I.S.E. plan. As previously shared, MCPS has submitted a request for an exemption to the Montgomery County Board of Health that would include that face coverings are not required indoors for student-athletes actively participating in activities, practices and contests; however, students who are not fully vaccinated (with approved medical exemptions) would be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Additionally, the exemption request includes that during competition, face coverings would not be required for coaches and officials who are fully vaccinated. This request will be reviewed by the Board of Health on December 7. Additional guidance will be provided following the meeting, which would take effect as soon as allowed (hopefully that evening for opening night).


3. Indoor Track & Field Update – The Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex announced that the fieldhouse will be opening on December 15 for track and field activities. There will be restrictions in place, including limitations on the number of participating student-athletes and spectators. Updated information will be provided prior to the first meet, as necessary.

4. Middle School Athletics – Tryouts and practices for middle school basketball begin on December 7. Registration is completed through ParentVue. A "Quick Guide to ParentVue for Athletics" for parents/guardians when registering their students for athletics can be found here. Further information for parents/guardians can be found here in English and Spanish.

The latest information continues to be available on the COVID-19 Athletics Information webpage. Please communicate this information to all stakeholders across the program.


Thank you for your continued efforts and leadership!

Argyle's Minority Scholars Program

The Argyle Scholars Program is Argyle’s chapter of the Minority Scholars Program!


This is an opportunity for student leaders to name, face, and take steps to make a difference at Argyle and close the Opportunity Gap. It is a student-led program that builds community and connects students at various grade levels. Students choose to be a general member or a part of the planning core, which plans the events of each Tuesday session. In facilitating the workshops, students are given ownership of their school community, build confidence, and become leaders in their own way. Further information on the county-wide impact can be found at: https://www.minorityscholars.org


General meetings occur every Tuesday from 3:30 pm until 4:30 pm in Room 124.

COVID 19 PROCEDURES & UPDATES

COVID - 19 Procedures for Students & Families

As we return to school, we continue to rely on our families and each individual to screen themselves daily for symptoms. To help us avoid quarantine, we are asking that you please continue to screen your children at home and if they have even one symptom of COVID-19, or are awaiting COVID test results, please do not send them to school.


This is particularly important if your child has any of the following single symptoms they will be sent home and not be able to return to school until they have a negative test, alternate diagnosis, or complete a full 10-day quarantine. It is a collective responsibility that we exercise extreme caution and be conservative in our approach.


Please do not send your children to school with any of COVID-like symptoms. This is essential for us to continue to remain in school without quarantine.

Quarantine Instructional Support

When a student needs to quarantine as a result of COVID-like symptoms or due to testing positive for COVID, Argyle has arranged limited live access to staff to provide instructional support. As a result, the grade level counselor will support the student in identifying times and zoom links for that teacher’s availability. The quarantine schedule is to be used only for students who are in a Health Department determined quarantine and not expected to be used for other student illnesses or absences.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Shortage of Meal Supplies

Parent,


Please keep in mind that due to a shortage of food supplies in the country, students will receive different meals that are not on the MCPS menu.

FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year.


Apply online NOW at MySchoolApps.com (Translations available)

Click here for English video tutorial. Click here for Spanish video tutorial.


Federal eligibility guidelines change each school year; therefore a new application must be submitted each school year. All students in the family should be listed on one household application. A notice will be mailed home for each student if you are approved for meal benefits or do not qualify for meal benefits. Please keep this important document for your records and use throughout the school year. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.


Households that are unable to apply online should contact their school or the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.


Please click here to apply online.

Lunch Safety Protocol Update

As a result, of additional support provided through the hiring of an monitor, we are able to provide additional support during lunch in the form of limited seating (40 students) outside. This increased safety protocol along with other measures below will continue to reduce the number of students eating and unmasked at the same time

  • Four lunches will continue to reduce the number of students in the cafeteria

  • Additional spaces for lunch provided in the bus loop, media center and as well as 40 seats outside

  • Staggered release of students to lunch lines

  • Recess options after eating

low-cost internet access

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!

Parent Teacher Student Association

PTSA WELCOME LETTER

Hello Argyle Family,


Please take a moment to review the welcome letter from Argyle's PTSA President below:

PTSA Welcome Letter

Participate in Argyle's PTSA!

We want to make sure you know about all the great things going on at Argyle!


To join, please complete the forms linked below:


Whatsapp Responsibilities

Your responsibilities by joining the Whatsapp group:


  1. Messaging rights may be limited if we encounter additional issues.
  2. Although Whatsapp is very user family-friendly, we cannot prevent anyone from joining. We can remove a person, however, we cannot remove messages or content.
  3. People will be removed (or block) who post inappropriate messages or content and we will not allow that individual(s) from joining.
  4. If this happens again, please remove the content from your view by selecting the content and select the trash icon.

PTSA What's App Discussion Board

Join PTSA What's App Discussion Boards by clicking below ...


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

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

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

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

SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 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

8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Turner: Hannah_D_Turner@mcpsmd.org

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Ms. Chao: Cortney_E_Chao@mcpsmd.org


Main Office (240) 740-6370

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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

6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran | Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Rowan | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Green | Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

Resource Counselor/ SSL Coordinator: Mr. Lilja | Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

Argyle Magnet Middle School

Magnet Program for Digital Design and Development