December 8 Calendar Correction
Please note that December 8 is a regular school day. An error in the district calendar indicates that it is a Superintendent's Conference Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.
Dear Families and ALMS Students,
We hope everyone is enjoying the last month of 2016! We welcome December and wish everyone a terrific holiday season and all the joy that comes as we prepare for the beginning of a new year! Before closing out 2016, we are excited to celebrate our students selected for our monthly principal's luncheon sessions on December 9th (during our scheduled lunch periods). We thank our PTA for facilitating this wonderful tradition, and our teachers for recognizing our ALMS all-stars.
We know with the holidays approaching, that there are a lot of calendar items. We hope you will join us for our January events. On January 11th, we are having our next PTA meeting. We begin at 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:45 pm. Please note, our meeting will conclude by 8:30 pm. We value our home to school partnership and hope you can plan on attending our next PTA meeting. Also, our talented musicians will be featured during our Winter Concert celebration on January 26th! We also open doors at 6:45 pm, and begin promptly at 7pm.
We are grateful to work with our fabulous students, talented staff members, and incredible families. Thank you for your continued collaboration as we work to support our students on their quest to become their personal best!
Here at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our entire school community in an academically challenging and supportive learning environment. In particular, we have devoted time at ALMS to promote the up-stander mentality (as opposed to the by-stander mentality) when it comes to bullying.
We thank STOMP Out Bullying (CEO Ms. Ross Ellis) and The New York Jets (Mr. Jesse Linder) for coming to ALMS, last school year, and for recognizing our entire school community for our efforts as we work to eradicate bullying in our school. We had a special day with Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker visiting the school and speaking about bullying from both a by-stander and victim's perspective. Although we had a full audience, you could have heard a pin drop as these personal stories were shared with our engaged students. It is quite an honor for Albert Leonard and the district for us to be the first school recognized in The New York Jets' School Recognition Program. Congratulations to all! Mr. Barnes spoke at Met Life Stadium, over the summer, to a panel of educators looking to combat bullying in their school organizations. For more information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit their website http://www.stompoutbullying.org.
Our PTA is actively involved in all aspects of our school, and we are a better school as a result of our partnership and strong home/school connection. This past year, Fran Nordquist and Nancy Podhradsky served as our PTA Co-Presidents. We thank Ms. Nordquist for her two years of service as our PTA President and will miss her this coming year! We also thank Ms. Kim Castellano for joining Ms. Podhradsky as our 2016/2017 PTA Co-Presidents, and look forward to a great year of working together.
Cheers to a wonderful school community and a phenomenal wrap-up to the sweet 16! (2016)
The "Pay It Forward" club and the ALMS community will be collecting "Toys For Tots" through December 16th. We are asking that each student please try to bring in a small, unwrapped toy, such as a toy car or little doll, so that every child around Westchester County will have a present to open during the holiday season. Collection boxes can be found in the main lobby and it would be wonderful to see them full of toys that ALMS can pass on to others.
THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ALMS!
Saturday, January 7, 2017
6:30 pm Doors ; 7:00 pm Game
Three Levels of Seating Available!
All Ages, Family Event!
Profits from this event will support the ALMS Student Council, ALMS Step Team, and the ALMS Model UN!
For more information: email@example.com
THE HARLEM WIZARDS ARE COMING TO ALMS!
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:30 pm Doors ; 7:00 pm Game
Three Levels of Seating Available! All Ages, Family Event!
Profits from this event will support the
ALMS Student Council, ALMS Step Team, and the ALMS Model UN!
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Jason Newman and Ozzie Kelly-Youh! They took second in the Championship section of Greenwich City Chess Championship on Sunday, 11/13. ALMS scored 5 PTS which tied Brunswick for most points.
Nov. 28-Dec. 2 with ELA classes in the ALMS Library.
Join us Dec. 1 for extended hours.
Online shopping Nov. 23-Dec. 6.
We are pleased to inform you that we have selected our new school counselor, Mr. Eric Helmrich, who began on Monday, November 7th. As many of you know, Mr. Sloane became our district-wide Director of Guidance. We were fortunate to have Ms. Ann DeLeo fill in for Mr. Sloane while we facilitated our search and interview process for the ALMS school counselor position.
Please allow me to introduce Mr. Eric Helmrich, and welcome him to the ALMS school counseling team. Please note, Mr. Helmrich's email will be email@example.com.
Below is a brief introduction from Mr. Helmrich. We thank you all for your understanding and collaboration while we have worked together to navigate this transition.
Mr. Helmrich Letter of Introduction:
November 4, 2016
To the Families of Albert Leonard Middle School,
I would like to introduce myself as the new school counselor at ALMS. I am thrilled to be joining the school counseling team and eager to meet you! I have experience working in lower Westchester and the New York City area, with students from kindergarten through high school. My most recent position was as a high school counselor for ninth and tenth grade students.
As your new school counselor, I aim to work collaboratively with students and their families to foster academic, personal and social growth. I am eager to work with the teachers and staff to support all students in their goals to achieve success as they prepare for the future. I embrace the opportunity to work with my students through individual, group and classroom activities.
I am excited to be a part of the Albert Leonard family and the New Rochelle community. I hope to help provide a safe and motivating environment in which all students can become the best they can be. I look forward to working with all of you.
Eric Helmrich - ALMS School Counselor
New Rochelle Fund for Excellence Presents: Anne Frank, A History for Today, November 1-December 7, 2016, Museum of Arts and Culture, NRHS
An exhibit featuring rare photos and historical events that bring Anne's story to life. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank. Special events (free and open to the public):
Nov. 3rd. 7-830pm Opening Reception with Guided Tours.
Nov. 21st. 7PM "My Italian Secret, The forgotten heroes" film/discussion at Linda Kelly Theatre. Exhibit opens at 6pm. Kristallnacht Commemoration Co-Sponsor: Iona College.
Nov. 29th. 7PM "A Conversation with Anne and Martin". A play with actors as Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect at Linda Kelly Theatre.
Museum hours: Mon. to Fri.: 9am-1pm and Nov. 10th and 17th: 7-8:30pm
Museum of Arts and Culture is in the new wing at New Rochelle High School (North Ave. and Braemar Ave.)
For info or arrange a tour, please contact Andrea Berman in the NR Fund Office: Aberman@nredlearn.org
ALMS, IEYMS students stomp out bullying
Both Albert Leonard Middle School and Isaac E. Young Middle School held assemblies on Thursday as part of STOMP Out Bullying's Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention – a national campaign that focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse.
October is recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month; and the first Monday is traditionally Blue Shirt Day. The schools acknowledged the day on Thursday this year because the buildings were closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
Students from both schools gathered in their respective auditoriums to learn about bullying, and how to combat it. “We’re here to what?” Albert Leonard Principal John Barnes asked a large group of seventh- and eighth-graders. “Stomp out bullying,” the chorus of students chanted back.
“The whole day is dedicated to fighting bullying,” said Isaac E. Young Assistant Principal Tawanda Robinson. “Content teachers are focusing class time on anti-bullying messages.”
ALMS welcomed singer, songwriter, poet and anti-bullying ambassador Shacara Atiyá to address students for two assemblies. As a senior in high school, Atiyá was bullied and brutally assaulted by a group of young women.
“They beat me to the ground,” Atiyá told the students.
But now, she travels, sharing her story of faith and triumph over bullying and explaining ways for those who feel victimized to also overcome.
Atiyá encourages students to “go after your passion. Find a way to express yourself, and pursue it.”
The United Pride Step Team – made up of ALMS students – also performed during the assemblies, leading students in an anti-bullying chant: “Not in our school!”
Jessica Shapiro raised $3500 for Hoops for Heart! Her donations are supporting heart disease research. In addition, ALMS will be receiving $200 in US Games certificates to purchase new PE equipment for next year.
Thank you so much to Jessica for supporting the American Heart Association and Hoops for Heart!
For our next Principal's Corner feature, we hope you will enjoy our newest newsletters The Middle Years ‘Working Together for School Success’ and Helping Students Learn ‘Tips Families Can Use to Help Students Do Better in School’.