Argyle Weekly Newsletter

THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 18

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IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Tuesday, October 19 & Wednesday, October 20 - MISA Testing for 6th Grade (No special Schedule)

  • Professional Day for Teachers (No School for Students) - Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • Early Release Day for Students - November 22, November 23, & November 24

  • Thanksgiving Break - Thursday, November 25, 2021 & Friday, November 26, 2021

Celebrating National Principal's Month

Please access the link to add a message for our Principal, Mr. James Allrich, https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/isLi8oSz

MISA TESTING FOR 6TH GRADERS

Parents of 6th-grade parents:


This is a reminder that 6th-grade students will take their 5th grade Science MISA from last year through science classes on Tuesday, 10/19, and Wednesday 10/20. This will conclude the assessments for the Early Fall. We ask that you support by asking students to do their best and ensure students are present and well-rested.

Please Claim Lost & Found Items by Friday, October 29

Students should claim their items in the main office by Friday, October 29th.

Please see pictures of items in the slides linked below:

Lost & Found Items

INTERIMS GRADES

Parents,


Please remember that grades are now available through ParentVUE. Please review the video on How to Check your Student's Grades to guide you through the steps.

Book Fair Volunteers

Argyle is searching for parent volunteers to assist during our book fair from Monday, November 8 to Friday, November 12. If interested, please follow the MCPS Volunteer Process below:


Please click here to see the process on becoming a volunteer

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STUDENT ENRICHMENT

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.

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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.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Amharic Community Meeting Announcement

Good evening Down-County Consortium Parents/Guardians/Caregivers:


Northwood High School, in partnership with the MCPS Office of Curriculum and Instruction, will be holding a Zoom webinar community meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7pm regarding a proposal for an Amharic language pilot course at Northwood High School.

All interested community members can join the meeting via the Zoom information below. We will discuss why this course is critical for our community, hear from our students and community members, how you can support the course and approval process, and answer any questions you may have. Amharic translation will be available.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Garrick, principal of Northwood High School, at Jonathan_L_Garrick@mcpsmd.org

Zoom Link

Webinar ID: 812 6853 6409

Passcode: 862291

One tap mobile : US: +13017158592,,81268536409#

Or Telephone: +1 301 715 8592

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እንደምን አመሻችሁ የዳውን-ካውንቲ ኮንሶርሺየም ወላጆች/አሳዳጊዎች/ተንከባካቢዎች፦


የኖርዝውድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ት/ቤት ከሥርዓተ ትምህርት እና ትምህርት ቢሮ ጋር በመተባበር፣ በኖርዝዉድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት የአማርኛ ቋንቋ የሙከራ ኮርስ ሀሳብን በተመለከተ ረቡዕ ኦክቶበር 20/2021 በ 7pm ላይ የዙም ዌቢናር የማኅበረሰብ ስብሰባ ያደርጋል። ፍላጎት ያላቸው ሁሉም የማህበረሰብ አባላት ከዚህ በታች ባለው የዙም መረጃ አማካይነት ስብሰባውን መቀላቀል ይችላሉ። ይህ ኮርስ ለማህበረሰባችን ለምን ወሳኝ እንደሆነ እንወያያለን፣ ከተማሪዎቻችን እና ከማህበረሰቡ አባላት፣ ትምህርቱን እና የማፅደቅ ሂደቱን እንዴት እንደሚደግፉ እንሰማለን፣ እናም ሊኖሩዎት ለሚችሉ ጥያቄዎች ሁሉ መልስ እንሰጣለን። ማንኛውም አይነት ጥያቄ ካለዎት እባክዎን የኖርዝውድ ሁለተኛ ደረጃ ትምህርት ቤት ርዕሰ መምህር ዶክተር ጋሪክን በ Jonathan_L_Garrick@mcpsmd.org ይገናኙ።


https://mcpsmd.zoom.us/j/81268536409?pwd=RjFxUEVLcDZ6L2VSYzRWSXcvbW9pZz09

የዌብናር መለያ/Webinar ID: 812 6853 6409

ፓስኮድ (Passcode)፦ 862291

በሞባይል አንዴ በመጫን/One tap mobile ፦ US: +13017158592,,81268536409#

ወይም በስልክ ፦ +1 301 715 8592

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.

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

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. 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

Celebrating National Principal's Month

Please access the link to add a message for our Principal, Mr. James Allrich, https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/isLi8oSz