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Welcome to an informative corner to help keep people up to date in some of the latest happenings and/or hot topics in education. In today's highlights we discuss two topics:

#1: Exercise is a Treatment for ADHD Article: Click here

#2: A Must See Video, What will Revolutionize Education? Article: Click here


• Learning Academy schedule: Tues - Thurs. 2:45-4:45pm

• Feb. 26: 8th Grade PAVE Assembly right after the afternoon announcements

• March 19: The Taste of New Rochelle, PTA Fundraiser


This year, the New Rochelle Fund for Excellence is hosting a new event just for 7th and 8th students called Arts Out Loud. Students are invited to express themselves and their views through poetry, art or music. On April 30th, 2015, at New Rochelle H.S., select students will have the chance to present their original piece on the NRHS auditorium stage. All presented work will be published in a commemorative journal. The deadline for submissions is the week of February 23rd, 2015. ALMS: See your ELA teacher or the ELA Committee Facilitators (Margaret Bavosa or Toby Weber), Art, or Music teacher (Mr. DeMicco) for details!
Thursday, March 5
Day 4
Friday, March 6
Day 1
Sunday, March 8
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Monday, March 9
Day 2
Tuesday, March 10
Board of Education
School Budget Review Session
NRHS Library
7:00pm
Day 3
Wednesday, March 11
Day 4
Thursday, March 12
Day 1
Friday, March 13
Day 2

Thank you to all who participated in our Rachel's Challenge presentations! Let's continue the chain reaction!
www.stompoutbullying.org

We are pleased to announce that our PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.


Weather

Today, 3/5/2015
High: 26 Low: 9
Snow
87% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/6/2015
High: 23 Low: 14
Mostly sunny
2% chance of precipitation.
Please join us for our PTA Spring Fundraiser "The Taste of New Rochelle" on March 19th, 7-9pm
Dear Families and ALMS Students,

We hope everyone is having a great winter. We are grateful to work with our amazing 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 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.

In October, we facilitated a pep rally for students. We thank STOMP OUT Bullying and Armour Foods for hosting the pep rally. For more information about STOMP OUT Bullying, please visit: http://www.stompoutbullying.org. In an effort to continue the momentum around our anti-bullying campaign, the entire ALMS community took part in Rachel's Challenge in November. The challenge included a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs, and a series of five strategies (challenges) to equip students and adults to create/sustain safe, caring and compassionate learning environments. Please feel free to visit the Rachel's Challenge website for additional information about this program:  http://www.rachelschallenge.org.

In December, we have focused on encouraging members of our school community to pay things forward through random acts of kindness. Students have worked on fund-raising for the needy, collecting supplies for our local animal shelter, and thinking about the power of their words and the impact, good and bad, that they can have on another person.

In January, students worked to raise money for The Make A Wish Foundation. During our second school spirit week, students were encouraged to pay things forward and to make an impact by considering the small gestures they can do in order to help other people.

We hope to see you at our upcoming Winter Concert on January 29th beginning right at 7:00 pm.
  
With appreciation,
 
John Barnes
ALMS Principal



To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2014 - 2015 school year! My name is John Barnes and I am thrilled to be working with you and to serve the community as the Albert Leonard principal. I have worked for the last eleven years as a middle school principal. I love working with students as they transition from childhood to young adulthood and believe it is the most important time in the lives of young scholars.
ALMS PTA Spring fundraiser 'The Taste of New Rochelle' will be held on March 19th from 7pm-9pm. We can promise you that it will be a fun night out for adults, with delicious food from local restaurants, great live music, and a chance for all attendees to win some fabulous prizes.
The Taste of New Rochelle is Albert Leonard’s largest fundraiser! We are fortunate to live in a community with vibrant restaurants and delicious dining options throughout our city. We hope you will help our fundraiser and learn about some of the restaurants we have in our community.
All the proceeds from Taste of New Rochelle go directly to OUR students, including grants to teachers, assembly programs, educational enhancement/enrichment projects, monthly student recognition luncheons, and 8th grade graduation events just to name a few. Our entire school community benefits when people are able to support the PTA.

If you or anyone you know has the ability to donate an item for the silent auction and raffle (i.e sporting event tix, celebrity meetings, memorabilia, experiences, jewelry, gift cards, gift certificates, etc...) please contact Nancy Podhradsky, co-chair, by email mrsnpod@verizon.net or by phone 914-424-7120.
Thank you and we really hope to see you on March 19th. If you would like to purchase tickets for Taste of New Rochelle, please go to the ALMS PTA website at www.almspta.org.



Family University Save The Date for April 20, 2015
The City School District of New Rochelle, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances), and New York Presbyterian Hospital, will host the Sixth Annual Family University on April 20, 2015 at New Rochelle High School from 6:00PM- 915PM.
2015 Family U_Save the Date2.pdf
Family Fitness Event: On Friday, Jan. 23rd  students and staff participated in a Yoga class as part of our Family Fitness events! Thank you Mr. Cioffi and Mrs. Gersh! It was outstanding to see the students come out to try something new! Fun for all!

Please click here for the updated Metro Card payment form!
Please note *This message is for our students that ride the beeline bus and who paid $100 in September (for the first 5 months of the year). Students will now have to pick up a new student pass, which will cost $100 for the remaining 5 months of the school year, or $20 per month. These passes are payable before the 1st of each month. Please see Ms. Gilda Melillo in the main office with cash, check, or money orders before February 1st. 
For your convenience, we have listed the Metro Card days in our student planner/agenda books. Students are asked to come during their designated lunch period. Thank you.

Please see important Cold Weather Preparation Health Advisory from our district physician/medical director, Adrienne Weiss-Harrison, M.D.
14-15 Cold Weather Preparation.pdf
Click here for the ALMS Extra Help Schedule! 
Extra Help Schedule.pdf
Please see link below for ALMS Co-Curricular Schedule 2014-2015.
Co-Curricular Schedule 2014.pdf
CSDNR CLOUD Information:

To CSDNR Parents & Guardians for Students in Grades 3-12
,
In order better to support teaching, learning and communications with your child(ren) in Grades 3-12 we
will be providing a secure CSDNR Google for Education email accounts for your child. This email
account will be utilized in the CSDNR CLOUD and students will only be able to communicate with
CSDNR teachers and with other CSDNR students who have nredlearn.org accounts. It is secure,
monitored, and safe.
Inside the CSDNR CLOUD students will be able to utilize secured email, word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, virtual storage, eBooks, wiki's, instructional software and
discussion boards-all secured and inside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will not be able to email or
communicate outside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will be monitored to make sure that they utilize
these tools responsibly and for the purpose of teaching, learning and communications. Access to email,
discussion boards, and virtual projects, will give students more opportunities to practice reading,
writing, research and communication skills. It will also provide students who are shy and have a
question, to communicate with their teachers through email. In addition, students using Google Docs
can electronically send their writing, presentations and projects to their teachers for feedback.
If you do not want your child to participate in this program, you can opt out by writing a note to your
building Principal stating that you do not wish your child(ren) to have a CSDNR Google for Education
email account.
If you choose to opt out, understand your child(ren) will be given the instructional
resources in a paper format and still be required to complete all assigned work.
We are excited to move instruction to a more 21st Century model for Grades 3-12 and extend learning
in a more digital way. We invite you to review the CSDNR CLOUD at www.nredlearn.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Coleman, Director of Technology, Email: ccoleman@nred.org

En Espanol click here

Web-based Resources - Instructions for Students
We are pleased to provide students with access to Successmaker and Castle Learning. Please use the following instructions when logging on both from home and at school.
SUCCESSMAKER
To log on to the SuccessMaker Student Interface and launch an assignment:
1. Open your browser and go to http://albertleonard.nred.org
2. Hover over your mouse cursor over "Student" and a menu will open. Click on "Successmaker" on the bottom of that menu.
3. On the "Log In" page, enter your Username (Student ID) and Password (Student ID), and then click "Log In."
4. Click your course's name on the "Assignments"page to launch the assignment.
To exit an assignment and log off the Student Interface:
1. Click the X (Close) to exit your course and preserve your session data.
2. Click "Log "Out" on the Student Interface page to log off SuccessMaker.
CASTLE LEARNING
1. Go to www.castlelearning.com
2. Enter your child's CLO login ID and password* and click the Sign In button. *Note: If your child has not set a password, leave the password field blank for the first time and click Sign In. Then, follow the steps to create a password.
3. Assignments from teachers will appear near the top of the page under the section labeled Your Classes.
4. To generate an assignment without a teacher, select a Course to review in the middle of the Student Home Page and click the GO button. Once the screen refreshes your child can create an activity or review completed work.
5. Should you have any questions, please contact support@castlelearning.com

ALMS - Common Core Learning Standards Power Point presentation
ALMS PTA meeting
click here


Thank you to all who helped make Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention a success!

We are pleased to announce that our recent PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.




Please click here to see the 'Helping Students Learn' March 2015 newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española!
Marzo!


Please click here for the helpful 'Daily Learning Planner' newsletter for the month of March!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Marzo!


Please click here for the helpful 'Firm, Fair & Consistent' Newsletter for the month of March!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Marzo!


Please click here for the helpful 'Guiding Ideas' Newsletter for the month of March!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española
! Marzo!


Please click here for the February 2015 'Middle Years' Newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Febrero!

Please click here to see our archived newsletters!




Dr. Osborne's NEW Huffington Post article:  Positive School Environments Created Through Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Spoken Word and Art Exhibition: February 28-March 6
The exhibition celebrates Black History Month through Friday, March 6 with artwork displayed in the NRHS Library corridor during school hours. Each piece commemorates the life, work and legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou using the themes of freedom and empowerment.

2015-2016 School Budget Questions and Answers


Please review the attached document which reflects questions and comments received by the Board of Education to date.  It will continue to be updated throughout the budget process. We encourage you to provide your input by emailing: budgetquestions@nred.org.

Click here to review FAQ's as of February 24, 2015.

NRHS Planetarium -- Spend an Evening Under the Stars

March 26, 2015 - Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Show starts at 7:00 p.m.(no late entry)
Click here to find out some fun facts about Jupiter!!

Family University Save the Date -- April 20, 2015

The City School District of New Rochelle, New Rochelle FOCUS (Families Organized to Curb the Use of Substances), and New York Presbyterian Hospital will host the Sixth Annual Family University on April 20, 2015 at New Rochelle High School from 6:00PM- 9:15PM. See attached flyer.

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The CSDNR Parent Home Access Center

Forgot your password, need an account, please email: 

nrhomeaccess@nred.org




2015-2016 School Calendar

Click here to view calendar.

Paperless Board Meetings

Click here for the link!
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CSDNR Magnet Open House Dates Now Available: for more information, click here.

School Community Health Advisory Influenza Vaccine Fall 2014/Winter 2015

The district wishes to ensure that the importance of getting the Influenza vaccine does not get lost in all of the media and public discussion of Enterovirus D68 and even Ebola. See Frank Bruni’s recent NY Times column,
“Scarier Than Ebola”:  Click Here


Influenza is a serious and potentially deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that ALL individuals 6 six months of age and older be vaccinated against Influenza.


The Flu virus changes genetically from year to year, so last year's Flu vaccine will not reliably protect you from this year's circulating Flu strains. Everyone needs to be vaccinated annually.


Para Español oprima aqui
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2014 New York State English/Language Arts and Math Assessment Results

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released ELA and Math assessment results. Please note that there was a technical error by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) in submitting the District's grade 5 math scores to NYSED. Grade 5 math scores were inaccurately displayed upon initial posting to NYSED's website and will be unavailable until the LHRIC and NYSED remedy the situation. Parent reports will be mailed by the LHRIC in September. For further inquiries please contact your school's administrator.

Please click here for CSD New Rochelle ELA and Math Assessment Results.

Please click here for more information from NYSED about statewide test results.


PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Please click here for more information

PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL 2013-2014 APPR SCORES AND RATINGS 

Please click here for information.  Para Español oprima aquí.



Click here for Request Form, para Español oprima aquí.