Armstrong Parent Newsletter
May 29th - June 2nd
BLACK & GOLD DAY
FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023
May and June 2023
May 29th - Memorial Day No School
May 30th - NJHS Night
June 1st - BTSD Trenton Thunder Music Night
June 1st - DWA Hershey Trip
June 2nd - Black and Gold Day
June 7th - AMS Music Dept Dorney Field Trip
June 8th - 8th Grade Formal
June 13th - Awards Night
June 16th - Last Day of School
BTSD 2022-2023 Calendar
Looking for Working Papers?
Students 14 years and older. The last day to apply for your working papers will be Friday, June 2nd. See Ms. Hughes in the front office!
Annual Black and Gold Day - June 2, 2023
Which team are you on this year? Get your face paint, your black and gold shirts, and your creativity ready for this annual tradition at Armstrong!
We will be holding a food drive this year for Black and Gold day to benefit local food pantries. The team that donates the most food will win 3 points for their team on Black and Gold day and the other team will earn 1 point.
If you are on the Black team, we are asking you to bring in rice, canned vegetables, canned soup, granola bars or jelly and drop your donations off in G-1, Mrs. Gravuer's room. If you are on the Gold team, we are asking you to bring in canned fruit, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, or crackers and drop your donations off in G-3, Ms. Dillon's room.
You can drop off your donations anytime between now and the morning of Black and Gold day. The winning team will be announced during Black and Gold day on June 2nd.
8th Grade Semi Formal
8th grade parents and students:
8th grade Semi-Formal
Thursday, June 8, 2023
Georgine’s Restaurant, Bristol, PA
6 pm - 8 pm
Friday, May 19th is the final day to return permission slips for the 8th grade semi-formal. Please email or see Ms. Mazzocchi if you have your permission slip and need an extension for payment. Tickets will be given out in homeroom on the day of the dance. Early Dismissal Forms for the dance will be given out during homeroom on May 23rd. Please look for directions for parent pick-up at 12 pm.
8th Grade Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, June 13th
We are excited to announce our 8th grade Awards Ceremony will be Tuesday, June 13th at 6 pm. Parents and students receiving awards will be notified through email. The specific award will be announced during the ceremony. Please forward all questions to Regina.Mazzocchi@bristoltwpsd.org or Lauren.Austin@bristoltwpsd.org
Tuesday, June 13th
The last day to turn in a broken Chromebook, and get a loaner is 6/7. After that, students can see Mrs. Levan or Miss Rutecki before 8:15 AM to get a Daily Loaner. *These Chromebooks will need to be turned in during 8th period, students with broken Chromebooks after 6/7, will not be able to bring a Chromebook home.
Chromebook Collection is being held on Tuesday, June 13th. All students MUST hand in their Chromebook and charger. 6th and 7th-grade students with cases should keep them at home to be used for the next school year. All students will be required to have their Chromebook in a case at all times next school year. Many broken Chromebooks this year could have been avoided had they been properly stored in a case.
The following fees are associated with Chromebooks:
Broken screen/cracked or damaged housing: $50
Damaged keyboard/trackpad: $100
Stolen/Broken Chromebook beyond repair: $250
Missing/damaged charger: $35
Vandalism: to be determined on a case-by-case basis
Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter; have a great summer!
Mrs. Levan and Miss Rutecki
DWA Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade!
Big shout out to Mr. Travers and DWA for their amazing performance at the Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade!
Free Planet Fitness Pass
Armstrong Sports Week 5/29 - 6/2/23
3:15 PM: Boys Baseball (Home) vs. Robert K. Shafer Middle School
3:15 PM: Girls Softball (Home) vs. Robert K. Shafer Middle School
Both teams will be dismissed at 2:35 PM
ROCKS Groups for Armstrong Students
This week, we have more ROCKS Groups beginning at Armstrong. Do you have any questions about ROCKS Groups? Please see the Q&A below!
What are ROCKS Groups?
ROCKS Groups provide social/emotional lessons to students who were identified to benefit from this intervention.
Who is going to be participating in the ROCKS Groups?
We have approximately 98 identified students for this program! We are so happy that we are going to be able to help out so many students.
How were these students identified?
Students were chosen based on quite a few measures, including ROCKS Referrals, LinkIt Data, guidance data, behavioral referrals, and a few other mediums of data.
What will students work on in the groups?
In this group, students will have the opportunity to work with their peers on various skills and topics, such as social skills, organization, emotional regulation, and much more.
Who will my student be working with?
Students will work with counselors, teachers, and/or the SAP counselor in these groups.
How will the groups work?
For groups that are adapting the Peer Mentor model: older students will have the opportunity to mentor a younger student and younger students will have the opportunity to have a mentor to work with! It will definitely be a fun and educational experience for both mentors and mentees.
All groups will receive similar education in these above listed skills; however, each group was formed based on specific needs that each student is presenting.
Are students required to participate?
A letter will be sent home with each student. Parents/guardians have the option to opt out of this program. Some students may have their group during their lunch period. They are welcome to bring their lunch to the group.
How much class time will my students miss?
These groups will run bi-weekly, for approximately 20-30 minutes, so students will not miss a full class each week.
I have some more questions!
Please feel free to reach out to Miss G with any questions at 267-599-2274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Dayton's SEL Tip of The Week
Dear Armstrong Families,
There a several fun activities planned for our students. Please remind your child that the ROCKS Matrix needs to be followed in order to attend the events.
From the Guidance Department
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Though we pay particular attention to our mental health and the mental health of others at this time each year, let's make it a yearlong daily practice rather than a “spring cleaning”. Our mental health benefits from regular maintenance. Let's all make an effort to care for ourselves and others not just this month, but every month.
From the School Nurse
Private Physical form
Private Dental form
I have about 40 free smart thermometers that were donated to our school from Kinsa’s FLUency™ program, if your family is in need of a thermometer, please reach out to me at email@example.com or 267-599-2262 to request one!
BTSD Health and Safety Plan
Lost and Found at the Nurse
State Screenings and BTSD Wellness Policy Information
Bullying and Teens
What Teens Can Do
Bullying stops us from being who we want to be, and prevents us from expressing ourselves freely, and might even make us feel unsafe. If you are bullied, say something! If you are bullying, it's not cool! SPEAK UP: If you feel uncomfortable with the comments or actions of someone...
Bristol Township Bullying Policies and Procedures
Bristol Township School District is committed to providing a physically safe and emotionally secure environment for all students and staff. Local school policies assist school personnel in identifying bullying, intimidation, and harassment, and provide a framework for an appropriate response that reinforces positive conduct. The district defines positive behaviors as those which evoke non-violence, cooperation, teamwork, understanding, and acceptance toward all students and staff in the learning and teaching environment. It takes a community to prevent bullying of children--stopping bullying behavior needs a team of school people, students, and families. Together we can intervene to stop bullying behaviors.
Victims: - All students who believe they have been the victim of bullying shall promptly report the bullying incident to a teacher, counselor or building administrator.
Parents/Guardians: - All parents/guardians who become aware of any bullying are encouraged to report the bullying incident to a building administrator.
Witness(es): - All students who witness bullying shall immediately report the bullying incident to a teacher, counselor or administrator. Any teacher, counselor or administrator who witnesses bullying shall immediately intervene and take appropriate action to stop the bullying.
Teachers/Counselors: - Any teacher/counselor who witness bullying or receives a report of bullying shall document such incident and promptly investigate the matter. Administrators shall seek to discuss the bullying incident with the victim in a place where the victim feels secure. The initial discussion with the victim shall not take place in the presence of the offending student. If more than one (1) student is involved in perpetrating the bullying, the administrator shall talk to each of the offending students separately. After the investigation has been completed, the building principal shall take appropriate actions consistent with this policy.
Anyone who is the victim of or has witnessed bullying please submit the incident form to building administration.
Incident Reporting Form
BTSD Bullying Policy
Disciplinary and other action
Disciplinary action shall be in accordance with Board approved district procedures and guidelines. Depending on the severity of the offense, the disciplinary action for bullying may include loss of privileges, removal from class, suspensions, and a Board expulsion hearing. If the investigation has determined that the conduct rises to the level of a crime, disciplinary action may also include referral to law enforcement officials. In addition to imposing and disciplinary action, the building administrator will discuss the bullying behavior with the offending student and the parent/guardian and review why the behavior was inappropriate.
In some circumstances, mediation may be used as a viable alternative or in addition to disciplinary action when addressing a first offense of bullying. The building administrator shall consider the nature and sensitivity of the offense in determining whether mediation is appropriate. Mediation shall not be used without the consent of the victim and their parent/guardian or where the building administrator has a concern about retaliation being perpetrated against the victim. Victims shall not be pressured into participating in mediation.
All incidents of confirmed bullying, including those that are mediated, shall be recorded in writing and placed in the offending student's discipline file.
The penalties and prohibitions in this policy are in addition to, and do not replace or supersede, any related provisions in district policy prohibiting conduct such as harassment, violence, assault, and hazing.
What is bullying?
Bullying implies an imbalance in strength or power. The student who is bullied may have difficulty defending him/herself.
Bullying shall mean an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of acts directed at another student or students which occurs in a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive, and that has the effect of doing any of the following:
Substantially interfering with a student's education;
Creating a threatening environment; or
Substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
[School setting shall mean in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school.]
21st Century YMCA After School Programs
Join the YMCA after school program for food and fun! All clubs meet here at Armstrong and are FREE! Sign up in your grade level canvas today.
YMCA 7th Grade Initiative
Students Need to Purchase Chromebook Insurance!
All students need to purchase Chromebook Insurance!
Sometimes accidents happen! Please make sure you protect your Chromebook!
Students please remember to charge your Chromebook nightly, and it may be helpful to bring your charger to school just in case! Please keep in mind that having a Chromebook is a responsibility and it is your job to keep it in good working condition. Chromebooks should not be carried by the screen and should be closed when moving from place to place. If something happens, please be sure to fill out a Chromebook Issue Form found in your Canvas Grade Level Classroom.
Having Technology Issues??
ICampus PortalsThe Campus Portal Links have been updated. Please use the links below and replace any old bookmarks with the new URL below. If you are having issues with the Parent Portal App, please delete and re-install the app.
Student Portal Link - https://bristolpa.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/students/bristol.jsp
Parent Portal Link - https://bristolpa.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/bristol.jsp
If you are having issues with your username or password please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armstrong students with Canvas password issues can be resolved by emailing Ms. Hannah at email@example.com.
Keeping Track of Your Child's Progress
Are you a parent observer on your child's Canvas account? Follow these instructions.
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures
Drop off and Pick-up Procedures at Armstrong MS
Walkers: will enter and exit through the front of the building. There will be no vehicular traffic permitted in the main parking lot.
All buses and vans: will drop-off and dismiss through the main parking lot.
Car Riders (Arrival): During arrival, car riders will drop-off on the left-hand side at the end of the main drive. In the morning, cars should drop off students at the end of the long drive by the walkway that leads to the building near the softball field. Please do not park and/or exit the vehicles in the main parking lot. Students are not permitted in the main parking lot during arrival and dismissal times.
Car Riders (Dismissal): Please arrive at 3:00 to pick up your child. At afternoon dismissal, cars will need to loop around at the end of the drive to wait for the student(s). Cars should park on the softball field side of the driveway. Cars can then proceed out one row at a time. Please do not park in the driveway or on the fields. Students are not permitted in the main parking lot during arrival and dismissal times.
Important Information for Parents and Guardians
When possible, please avoid scheduling appointments for your child during the school day or at a time requiring an early dismissal for your child. A note from the appropriate doctor confirming medical appointments requiring your child to miss school time should be sent to the homeroom teacher after the visit.
If an early dismissal is unavoidable, please come to the school and your child will be called down for dismissal. Reminder: You must provide proper ID to take your child from school.
Early dismissals requested for the convenience of parents/guardians are not considered "Excused" and will be counted as "Unexcused" according to District policy.
Home - Safe2Say Something
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to "say something" BEFORE it is too late.
What is Safe2SaySomething?
How does Safe2Say Something Work?
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
- Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app
Armstrong Family Engagement Plan
Armstrong Parent School Compact
Armstrong Family Engagement
Bristol Township School District Neil A. Armstrong Middle School 475 Wistar Rd Fairless Hills, PA 19030 215-945-4945 Review/Revision Date:2022-2023 Goals 1. Schedule parent/family meetings and activities 2. Survey both parents/students annually 3. Conduct Confe...
Important Contact Information
Armstrong Middle School
Phone - 267-599-2270
Principal - Mr. Dayton
Principal Secretary - Mrs. Page
Phone - 267-599-2269
Assistant Principal - Mrs. Sabatini
Attendance/Assistant Principal Secretary - Mrs. Capriotti
Phone - 267-599-2268
Mr. Benson - All grades last names A-L
Phone - 267-599-2272
Ms. Guinta - All grades last names M-Z
Phone - 267-599-2274
School Counseling Secretary - Ms. Fleming
Phone - 267-599-2265
Social Worker - Ms. Donnelly
Phone - 267-599-2264
School Nurse - Ms. Rose
Phone - 267-599-2262
Fax - 215-949-1721
Special Education Department Chair - Mrs. Schultz
Armstrong Middle School
Location: Neil A. Armstong Middle School, Wistar Road, Fairless Hills, PA, USA
Phone: (267) 599-2270