Argyle Weekly Newsletter
THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15
Parent Conferences (Virtual) - November 22, 2021 from 1:30 - 7:00 pm
Early Release Day for Students - November 22, 2021 & November 23, 2021
*New* Holiday - School & Offices Closed - November 24, 2021
Thanksgiving Break - Thursday, November 25, 2021 & Friday, November 26, 2021
Argyle will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 22, from 1:30-7:00 pm. All conferences will be virtual and will last no more than 10 minutes. Caregivers will sign up for a conference using ParentVUE, which is the same method MCPS used last year. Caregivers can begin signing up for time slots with teachers on November 12.
For support with accessing ParentVUE, please call the main office or email your student’s grade-level counselor:
- Main Office: (240) 740-6370
- 6th Grade: lisa_L_tran@mcpsmd.org
- 7th Grade: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 8th Grade: email@example.com
For support with signing up for a conference, please access these support guides from MCPS:
Welcome to the Argyle Fall Athletic Seasons! The fall season is scheduled to occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after-school at 3:10, beginning on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, and finishing on Thursday, February 17, 2022. The middle school interscholastic athletics program is available for students in seventh, and eighth grade and consists of the following activities:
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 any 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.
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.
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
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)
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
Please visit Montgomery County - Low-Cost Internet for more information!
Parent Teacher Student Association
Your responsibilities by joining the Whatsapp group:
- Messaging rights may be limited if we encounter additional issues.
- 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.
- People will be removed (or block) who post inappropriate messages or content and we will not allow that individual(s) from joining.
- If this happens again, please remove the content from your view by selecting the content and select the trash icon.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts: email@example.com
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