Argyle Weekly Newsletter

WEEK OF DECEMBER 21ST

ARGYLE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK

Families the building will be closed for Winter Break, December 24-January 4. We hope all of our students, families, and staff stay safe and experience joy during this time off. We will see you in the New Year!

VIRTUAL STUDENT LEARNING SCHEDULE WEEK OF DECEMBER 21ST - DECEMBER 25TH

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Wednesday Office Hours

As a reminder, we will host the last Wednesday Office Hours of 2020. Parents continue to support by encouraging students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their grades and enhance their learning on Wednesdays. Teachers will continue to send email invitations to students who need to make up or retake assignments. We will also continue with office hours in the New Year!

Interims December 21st

Parents,
Please remember that interims will be distributed on December 21. You can share this video on How to Check for Missing Assignments to guide students through the steps for checking their grades in StudentVUE. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the days before winter break to complete missing assignments.

Argyle's 6th Grade Virtual Outdoor Education Begins Jan. 4th

6th Grade students will have the opportunity to engage in learning through their regular schedule from January 4 - January 8. Additional activities will be available on Wednesday and after school for all students to participate. An important presentation will be shared during 6th Grade Advisory classes on December 21.


SCHEDULE FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION WEEK

COUNSELOR VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS

Counselors are available to meet with students during their virtual office hours. Just click on the zoom during office hours and they'll be there to chat. If you can't make it to their office hours, but need help you can always email them.


All Counselors are available:
Monday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wednesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


ESOL: Ms. Green

Email: Chelsea_R_Green@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 876 7442 3083 | Password: ams


6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Hardy

Email: Nichole_Hardy@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 98859484418 | Password: ams (case sensitive)


7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Lilja

Email: Matthew_J_Lilja@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 3109498714 | Password: ams (case sensitive)


8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran

Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

Virtual Link: Zoom Link | Meeting ID: 832 0065 4201 | Password: ams (case sensitive)

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Zoom Lunches in the Virtual Media Center

During the lunches, we can play Kahoots! or Pictionary any time if participants want, just ask! You can ask questions about school, books, classwork, technology, anything. Give us your book suggestions! Want Mrs. Suzich to read a book? Just ask! If you want to have a breakout room to chat with friends or in a different language or play games, just ask! This is your virtual space. We welcome your ideas and suggestions.


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams


Zoom schedule for the week of December 21-23 - all area 11:30 - 12 noon


  • Monday, December 21 - MINECRAFT Community Day - open for all grades - join others in breakout rooms to play. Help will be available if you have never played before.
  • Tuesday, December 22 - Baking Cookies with Mrs. Paull - Our Media Assistant Mrs. Paull will bake a batch or two of cookies and show you how.
  • Wednesday, December 23 - READ ALOUD of Patient Zero by Marilee Peters, we're finishing Chapter 5 about the Spanish Flu epidemic, then Mrs. Suzich will share some good books and audiobooks you can read or listen to over winter break. Ask Mrs. Suzich if you want a copy of the Patient Zero in Sora. It's also available for free through Hoopla.


BOOK WARS

No meeting the week of December 21-23, we'll meet again on January 6 & 7

Wednesday, December 23 AT 11:30 AM: PATIENT ZERO READ-ALOUD CONTINUES THIS WEEK

It's totally fine if you are eating your lunch while you listen and read along, just mute yourself. We will finish chapter 5 about the Spanish Influenza epidemic, and Mrs. Suzich will provide some good winter break ebook and audiobook suggestions.


If you would like to read along or read it on your own, the e-book is available free through the Hoopla app and website with a public library card from Montgomery County Public Libraries, or through Sora as a book that Mrs. Suzich can assign to students. If you would like a copy of the ebook added to your Sora account, or if you have any questions, please email Mrs. Suzich at jacqueline_h_suzich@mcpsmd.org.


The read-aloud will take place on the Virtual Media Center Zoom link:

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 946 0269 9139

Passcode: ams

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Attendance Calls

We have begun to send out daily calls for attendance, parents will receive phone calls for any missed classes including advisory.


If you received a call, please make sure to check your ParentVUE account under attendance to verify which period the student has been marked absent. If you believe your child's attendance was a mistake, please make sure to contact the student's teacher.

Family RESOURCES

Food Boxes Available for Students during Winter Break

The Department of Food & Nutrition Services (DFNS) is excited to announce pre-ordering for New Year's food boxes for children ages 18 and under. MCPS and the Division of Food & Nutrition Services will be providing New Year's boxed meals to meet the needs of children over the extended winter break. DFNS will distribute boxes on December 29, 2020 at ten designated locations. You must have pre-ordered your box(es) by December 18th. The location selected will be the assigned location to pick your pre-ordered boxed meals. Boxed meals will be provided to children 18 years of age and younger at the designated locations ONLY. Your box(es) must be picked up from the selected location in the pre-order form. The boxed meals are for children 18 years of age and younger only; each box will include breakfasts and lunches for one child for five days. Your box(es) must have been pre-ordereded by December 18th to pick up a box(es) on December 29th.


Please note locations & service times:


  • Damascus High School (Damascus: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Division of Food & Nutrition Services (8401 Turkey Thicket Drive, Gaithersburg: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
  • Harmony Hills Elementary School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Montgomery Blair High School (Silver Spring: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Northwest High School (Germantown: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Olney Elementary School (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Paint Branch High School (Burtonsville: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Poolesville Elementary School (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Sargent Shriver Elementary School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)
  • Earl B. Wood Middle School (Aspen Hill: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)


Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Division of Food & Nutrition Services.

Equity Hubs Open to MCPS Students

The Children’s Opportunity Fund and the Black and Brown Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence are coordinating low-cost child care and distance learning support for MCPS students at facilities across the county. Priority is given to low-income, kindergarten through Grade 5 students, and students needing additional assistance with virtual learning. Learn more at EquityHubs.org or by telephone at 240-200-4999.

P-EBT Cards

For P-EBT assistance please contact the Maryland Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Hotline at 1-833-330-7328.


Please click the link below for more information:


Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program

Argyle Is a Food Distribution Site!

Additional Bus Stop Locations Added to Meal Service Program


MCPS is expanding the number of meal service sites for the community. In addition to the 74 school sites, students and families can pick up meals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at several bus stop locations throughout the county from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More information is available at the MEALS SERVICE PROGRAMS LINK

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!

Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form

Parents or guardians should use the live virtual lesson absence form to document excused absences from live virtual lessons. The form must be completed for each day of absence from a live virtual lesson. Please check your email to access the form.


Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form


If you have any questions or need to send the school a doctor's note please email Argyle's attendance secretary at Marisol_Ferreras@mcpsmd.org

PTSA What's App Discussion Boards

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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

New Tech Office Hours

As of December 14th, the Argyle Tech office will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 - 3PM .

Important Dates

  • Thursday, December 24 - Friday, January 1 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - School and Offices Closed
  • Thursday, January 29th - End of Marking Period

WE ARE STILL HERE TO HELP YOU!

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 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

Principal Intern / 8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: lisa_n_shorts@mcpsmd.org

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall: elizabeth_a_sandall@mcpsmd.org

Magnet Coordinator /6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang: jae_hwang@mcpsmd.org



Main Office (240) 740-6370


Attendance Secretary - Ms. Ferreras: Marisol_Ferreras@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


For academic support please check the link below:


Who’s Who At ARGYLE MS

Change of Telephone Number for AMS - (240) 740-6370

Starting November 9th, Argyle will have new phone numbers. Any calls made to our previous numbers will be transferred to the new phones for the next 2 months.


  • Main Office/Administration - (240) 740-6370
  • Counseling Office - (240) 740-6380

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