Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF September 27

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Outdoor Education (6th Grade Only) - September 27, 28 & 29

  • PTSA Meeting - Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | Time: 7 - 8 PM

  • Picture Days for Student & Staff - Monday, October 4, 2021, & Tuesday, October 5, 2021

  • Early Release Day for Students - Friday, October 8, 2021

PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, September 28th

Please join the PTSA for the first meeting of the year. The meeting will start at 7pm for the general body meeting. For members who have already paid and joined, there will be a member's meeting starting at 6:30pm so that we can vote on this year's officers and the budget. These results will be reviewed at the general meeting. Those who have joined and paid for PTSA membership (it is not too late) will get an email from arygleptsawebsite@gmail.com with the invitation and link to join the meeting at 6:30. For the general meeting, please use the link below. This link (along with an agenda for the meeting) can also be found on the PTSA website.

Argyle Middle School PTSA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Argyle Middle School PTSA's Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 825 3704 7019
Passcode: 328230

6th Grade Outdoor Education at Argyle

Greetings 6th-grade families!


This year, students in 6th grade will attend Outdoor Education at the Smith Center for an extended day. The Outdoor Education experience is connected to our 6th-grade science curriculum and provides an immersive opportunity for students to learn about their world. Students will also earn 10 SSL hours for their participation!


The extended day program begins at Argyle, and students will return from the Smith Center at 8:00pm on their scheduled day. This year, our students will attend on either September 23, 27, 28, or 29.


Student permission slips were sent home on Wednesday, September 8. Your child's scheduled day will be included on the permission slip.

Tik Tok Challenges and It's impact at Argyle

There are a couple of trends on Tik Tok called "Devious Lick" and the "Hottest Chip" challenges that are affecting our Argyle community. We wanted to bring awareness to these challenges so you can learn about them and communicate with your kids about the importance of keeping our community safe. Students in middle school are at an age that is easily influenced by social media, and as parents/guardians and educators, we can work together to support our students in making choices that align with the values of our community.


The "Devious Lick" challenge involves destroying or stealing school property. The bathroom soap dispensers in the boy's bathrooms have been pulled out by students attempting to emulate this challenge . These acts of vandalism affect the entire Argyle community, especially since we are still in a pandemic.


The "Hottest Chip" challenge involves eating a chip called "Paqui" which is labeled as the world's hottest chip. People react differently when trying this chip and some people have reacted with health concerns.


When having these conversations with your children, here are some points to focus on

  • Be an ally and advocate for the school and their personal safety.
  • Share information with adults. if your kid sees or knows something is going on, informing a trusting adult can help us keep everyone safe.
  • Take care of school/teacher property. The entire Argyle staff has worked hard to make Argyle a welcoming and safe place for everyone.
  • Identify and avoid social media challenges that are dangerous.

We will be discussing this further at our next parent meeting.

STUDENT ENRICHMENT

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Student Government Association (SGA) Meeting

The Student Government Association will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, October 6th after school in room 201. We invite ALL 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to attend and are accepting applications for elected SGA positions that need to be filled. SGA application


Students, if you believe you have what it takes to lead and be a voice for your peers, we look forward to seeing you on October 6th!!!! Contact Ms. Blackman for more details at Delicia_Blackman@mcpsmd.org .

Excel Beyond the Bell - Starting September 27th - December 16th

Students in EBB get expanded access to after-school. Students can power up with an after-school meal before heading off to an activity of their choice. Membership includes access to the 5:45 p.m. EBB bus. You might come for the extracurricular activities, but you’ll probably stay for the people you meet.


EBB Application


Space is limited, register today!

Argyle Athletics Registration

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Welcome to the Argyle Fall Athletic Seasons! The fall season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays after-school at 3:30,​ beginning on Tuesday, September 14, and finishing on Thursday, November 4, 2021. The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in seventh, and eighth grade and consists of the following activities:


  • Co-Ed Cross Country
  • Boys' Softball
  • Girls' Softball



Students must submit a Pre-participation Physical Examination certifying that they are physically fit to participate in the Argyle Middle School athletics program.

*An Activity Bus will be provided for student departure.


Registration is done electronically through the Argyle Athletics Registration, which is also posted on the school’s website. Students and parents/guardians who have difficulty with registration should contact Eric Franklin at Eric_S_Franklin@mcpsmd.org. We are excited to return to play and provide your student with the greatest education-based athletics.


We Can, We Will, We R.A.I.S.E.

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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. During that period of time, all other students who have been in close contact will have to be in a temporary quarantine while the other families wait on the outcome of that testing for your child. This could be potentially disruptive to your children and families moving in and out of quarantine and to avoid it takes all of us working together. It is a collective responsibility that we exercise extreme caution and be conservative in our approach.


The single symptoms that the health room staff screen for and will result in quarantine are cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, fever ≥100.4°, sore throat, severe Headache, diarrhea or vomiting. Please do not send your children to school with any of these 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.

Picture Day for Student & Staff

Students' picture day will be on Monday, October 4th & Tuesday, October 5th during their Health or Physical Education classes. Please review the flyers below:

FAMILY RESOURCES

Montgomery County Cares Clinics

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

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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:


PTSA What's App Discussion Board

Join PTSA What's App Discussion Boards 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

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. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@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