Update on School District Water Testing
Please see attached letter from Dr. Osborne outlining the latest water testing results for district schools.
October 5, 2016
Dear Families and ALMS Students,
We hope everyone is having a great start to the fall season. We look forward to seeing you at our first PTA meeting taking place on October 5th at 7:00 pm in the ALMS Library. All attendees will have the pleasure of meeting our two new assistant principals! Please join me in welcoming Mr. Daniel Goldberg and Mr. Patrick Keevins to ALMS. Both Mr. Keevins and Mr. Goldberg are excited to be at ALMS, and to lead ALMS to reach our full potential. Mr. Goldberg will be grade supervisor for grades six and eight. Mr. Keevins will be grade supervisor for grade seven and our self-contained special education classes. They are both talented, smart, and eager to serve the ALMS community and to get the school year up and running.
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 recently spoke at Met Life Stadium on August 22nd 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 school year!
Monday, October 24th -- KICK OFF DAY! Red Shirt Day: Wear red shirts or head to toe
Tuesday, October 25th – Be a Superhero. Have the Power to Say No to Drugs Day: Wear
your favorite superhero t-shirt or outfit.
Wednesday, October 26th – Team Up Against Drugs Day: Wear your favorite team’s
Thursday, October 27th – Put A Lid On Drugs Day: Wear your favorite hat or cap.
Friday, October 28th – iTUNE Out Drugs and it’s NO SWEAT Day: Wear your favorite
Monday, October 31st – Say BOO to Drugs! Day: Wear your favorite Halloween costume.
No clown costumes allowed.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016, 7:00pm Location : ALMS Auditorium
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the one-hour long film about Growing Up in the Digital Age followed by a panel discussion.
Limit seating so please rsvp: email@example.com
Suggested donations is $3.00.
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!”
The New Rochelle Fund for Excellence is hosting a Biathlon for students in grades 3-8 on Saturday, Oct. 15th from 7:30 am to 10 am. It will be held at NRHS using the pool and the track. Students will swim and then run across the finish line. It's all about fitness and fun! There is a nominal entry fee of $10 per student.
Deadline extended to Nov. 11!
Earn perfect attendance for the school year OR achieve a final G.P.A. of 3.8, 95% or “A” equivalent, OR show a full grade point, letter
or 10 percentage point improvement from the previous year’s final report card* and WIN a free season pass to Playland.
Open to students in grades 6-12.
Sign up today at: westchestergov.com/ace
*For more information visit westchestergov.com.
Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level.
Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.
Pre-sale orders for the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid are available.
Scholastic Prize Raffles, too!
Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair!
Library Media Specialist
Please see attached procedures.
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’. Please click here for the October editions.