Arcola~ Magic in the Middle Memo

September 17, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy Thursday! Way to go for week 2!

Please see my video below and here are the bullet points as well:

  • Lights, camera and action on for Zoom! Students must now have their first and last name and camera on for attendance, direct instruction and assessments. Teachers will be providing direction so that they can connect with your children.
  • There are 2 parts to attendance, being present at attendance and completing the exit ticket, show us you are with us and engaged!
  • Check your GC and PowerSchool
  • Period 8 advisory- students must check-in and then can go to get help or support from core teachers.
  • News Journal will be played every Monday during period 8 advisory and will be posted on the website.
  • Please take time to visit the website, the virtual orientation has great information.
  • Reach out of you need help- our counselors and SAP team are here for you!
  • Back to school Night is 9/30/20

Keep up the great work, stay strong!


Dr. M

Counselor Corner

We know that supporting your students during this time of virtual learning can be a challenge. Please check out our latest video on the Arcola Orientation web site (; it is full of tips on what you can do as a parent/guardian to help your student do their best. The parent/guardian website we refer to in the video is the MSD Family Center located at

The Methacton Backpack program aims to close the gap in meals between Friday lunch and Monday breakfast by providing food for children over breaks during the school year, such as weekends and longer holidays. Backpacks provide food for one child and typically contain nonperishable, easy-to-assemble meals. If your child is in need of participating in the backpack program for the 2020-2021 school year, please use the link below to sign up. Once registered, distribution dates and pickup arrangements will be emailed to you.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and last week was National Suicide Prevention Week. Please see the attached flyer from KidsPeace about suicide prevention. There is help if you or a loved one is at risk: the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line (Text TALK to 741741). Locally, teens can talk to peers at the Montgomery County Teen Talk Line at 1-866-825-5856 or by text at 215-703-8411. If you or a loved one is experiencing a crisis, a local resource to call is Montgomery County Mobile Crisis: 1-855-634-HOPE.