Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF JANUARY 17

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • MLK Day | Schools and Offices Closed - Monday, January 17, 2022

  • Professional Day for Teachers; No School for Students - Monday, January 24, 2022

  • End of Marking Period 2 - Monday, January 27, 2022

  • Report Card Available in Synergy - Monday, January 31, 2022

  • Professional Day for Teachers; No School for Students - Tuesday, February 1, 2022

  • Presidents' Day | Schools and Offices Closed - Friday, February 21, 2022

KN-95 Mask Distribution

Students will receive one KN-95 mask during advisory each week. Students will be able to able to reuse them as long as they are kept in good condition. However, no replacement KN-95s will be provided during the week. Students may also choose to wear a mask from home, and additional surgical masks will continue to be available in the main office for emergency use.

In Person Afterschool Activities are Returning!

We will begin to host our afterschool, in-person extracurricular and co-curricular activity program beginning Tuesday, January 18, 2022. In order to ensure that all participants are healthy and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all students should complete their COVID-19 home test and report their test results to the MCPS Google Form (English/Spanish) and notify their sponsor. Tests were distributed on Monday of this week. If you still need a test kit, please see Ms. Nichols in the Media Center.

Argyle EBB Session Two will begin on January 25th. They will be here to advertise the second semester programs next week during lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. In order to participate in EBB, students will need to have reported their negative COVID Rapid Test results through the same MCPS Google Form.

THE END OF MARKING PERIOD 2

Parents, please remember that teachers will update grades for the end of marking period 1 on Thursday, January 27; Report Cards will be distributed on Monday, January 31. Please remind students to check their grades and submit make-up work. You can share this video on How to Check for Missing Assignments to guide students through the steps for checking their grades in StudentVUE.

Rapid Test Kits Distribution

On January 10th and 11th, Students received take-home rapid test kits during their 7th/ 8th periods. These easy-to-use tests will reveal the prevalence of the virus in each school community. They will quickly identify positive cases, allow COVID-19 positive individuals to isolate, and further reduce the spread of the virus in schools and offices.


Parents are asked to help students administer these tests at home and to submit whether their child has tested positive or negative using the MCPS COVID-19 Reporting Form. It is important for parents to report all results, both positive and negative when using the rapid test kits distributed in schools.


Please review the Argyle At Home Kit Distribution: Family Letter & Argyle Rapid Test Distribution for more information.


Thank you!

SMOB Nominating Convention Delegate Election

Students, interested in seeing the process of the SMOB election unfold? Want to attend the annual SMOB Nominating Convention to participate in the democratic process in the selection of our two finalists for the next SMOB? If you are interested, please contact Ms. Blackman (Delicia_Blackman@mcpsmd.org) by Friday, January 21st to learn more about the process to becoming a delegate to the SMOB Nominating Convention.
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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. Hernandez: Patricia_V_Hernandez@mcpsmd.org

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Chavarria: Johana_M_Chavarria@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

Continue to Report Positive Cases

Parents, please help us maintain a safe environment for our students by reporting positive results for COVID-19. If your child does test positive for COVID-19, please report that to MCPS. The way to do that is by using this electronic form.


If your student is experiencing COVID symptoms, please be sure to keep them at home and contact Argyle's main office to inform us of the student's absence.