Argyle Weekly Newsletter
THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 6
- 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
Meeting ID: 822 2266 9361
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:
- 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
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)
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
Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!
Parent Teacher Student Association
Your responsibilities by joining the Whatsapp group:
- Messaging rights may be limited if we encounter additional issues.
- 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.
- People will be removed (or block) who post inappropriate messages or content and we will not allow that individual(s) from joining.
- If this happens again, please remove the content from your view by selecting the content and select the trash icon.
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: email@example.com
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