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  • September 20, 2020

    Good Evening LAMS Family Members, 

    This is Ms. Ponella the Principal of Louis Armstrong Middle School with your weekly news. 

     I’d like to wish everyone who celebrated Rosh Hashanah a wonderful New Year.  May it be filled with health and happiness for you and your family.  L’shanah Tovah! 

    This week marked our first week of opening school with our student orientation remote learning.  I heard from many parents singing the praises of the excitement from their children engaging in getting to know each other activities and being back to a learning environment. It was good to hear my teachers laughing and connecting with their students again. I also heard from the parents of children who did not have teachers assigned to them for all their classes.   

    We are aware of your concerns and have been laboriously working to resolve them. 

    Our administrative staff has rescheduled the classes and programs such that all children will have a teacher come this week for their courses. Your children should have received an invite to their new classes or will be invited early this week.  This came at a cost to scheduling teachers to teach multiple grade levels, electives, and in some cases have more than 30 students in remote learning classes.  This again is a temporary solution until we receive adequate funding to hire the 36 teacher vacancies that we currently have.  

    We did receive funding to begin the hiring process, however, we received $37,000.  This amount wouldn’t cover 1 substitute teacher.  I have escalated this grave concern.  Also, as the number rise in parents opting for fully remote classes, the vacancies are also growing for fully remote learning, and classes have to be constantly rescheduled and students redistributed to equalize the classes.  I apologize for the constant shifting of your child’s schedules, I know the importance of maintaining a coherent constant class structure.  However, until we have stability in our numbers and funding comes for our teaching vacancies, we will continue to be in a state of flux. We are not alone in this situation.  This is a citywide problem.   We are working around the clock to ensure your child’s schedules and teachers remain as constant as possible. Again, I appreciate your continued support, understanding, and flexibility during these uncertain transitional times to reopen our school. 

    I will continue to keep you updated via Pupil Path, our school website, and voice messages.  Mrs. Cataldo is also echoing my notes and would like me to remind you to check your spam box for messages. 

    Here at Louis Armstrong Middle School, we have strong core values that will always remain constant to our mission and vision.  Regardless of all the changes, our standards of meeting the needs of the whole child – socially, emotionally, academically, and physically will always be delivered in the spirit of excellence to meet your child’s needs.  We are a family and together we will get through this. This season too shall pass, and we will come out stronger.  

    Remember, we are NY Strong.  We are Queens Strong.  We are Louis Armstrong. 

    Helen Ponella
    Principal

     

    Good Afternoon LAMS Family Members, 

    As you may have heard, our in-person blended learning will begin on October 1, 2020.  Until then, all students will be learning remotely. 

    I would like to address a few concerns that I have heard from parents: 

    Vacancies/Google Invites/Email:   

    With the constant shifting of parents moving to remote learning coupled with numerous staff receiving reasonable accommodations to work from home, we had numerous vacancies in our class schedules.  NYC DOE is giving us money in our budgets to fill the vacancies and to begin the hiring process.  In the interim, we have placed teachers in most vacancies for your child to have a teacher on Monday.  For Monday, the only vacancies that we have will be in some fully remote Spanish classes and a few health classes and an in-person music teacher. Hopefully, we will secure a teacher for these gaps.  Please be mindful that teachers will be receiving new schedules with new class rosters and will be reaching out to your children to join their classrooms.  However, there are still some citywide issues with setting up email classes and receiving invites.  It is my hope that these matters will be cleared up soon. Again, I thank you for your continued patience, support, flexibility and understanding. 

    If your child/student is still unable to login to their NYC DOE account, please open a service ticket with the helpdesk at the link below. 

    NYC DIIT Helpdesk 

    Visit the following DOE web pages for up-to-date guidance and information: 

      

    ·         iPads and Devices 

    ·         iPad Requests 

    ·         Technology at the DOE 

    ·         DOE Student Accounts 

    I had scheduled an informational video to be posted today.  However, in light of all the new changes, I will have to update the video and will be posting it prior to school re-opening.  Please continue to pose your questions on the family survey link on our website at:  www.armstrong227q.com, or to access the survey link directly, you can click on:  Parent Survey Link 

    I will continue to update you as I receive information. We will get through these transitional times together.  Remember, we are NY strong.  We are Queens strong.  We are Louis ArmSTRONG.   Stay safe. 

    Helen Ponella

    Principal

    Louis Armstrong Middle School

     

     

    If your child/student is still unable to login to their NYC DOE account, please open a service ticket with the helpdesk at the link below.

    NYC DIIT Helpdesk

    Once there please click create a ticket and follow the prompts.

     

    Parent Survey

    Hello LAMS Family: While there has been a lot of information distributed in these past few weeks regarding the start of school, we recognize that you still may have unanswered questions and concerns. I will be hosting an information session to address several of these items. Some items that will be discussed include:

    • COVID Safety and Health Protocols
    • Attendance Protocols Arrival and Dismissal Protocols
    • Visitor Protocols
    • Breakfast and Lunch Protocols
    • Technology Updates
    • Communication
    • Busing
    • Learning Models of Instruction

    If you have any additional questions not covered in the topics above, please fill out this survey. Responses are due by Thursday, September 17th, 2020. Thank you and we look forward to the start of a successful new year. Helen Ponella Principal Louis Armstrong Middle School.  

    Parent Survey Link

    Bell Schedule

    2020-2021 Bell Schedule

    Class Schedules

    Please click on the links below to find your child’s schedule. Don’t forget to refer the “In Person” calendar that is posted on our home page for the days that you child will be in attendance, and when your child will be learning from home.

    LAMS IN-PERSON SCHEDULES 

    LAMS FULL TIME REMOTE SCHEDULES

     

    In-Person Calendar

    September In-Person Calendar

    October In-Person Calendar

     

    STUDENT TECHNOLOGY ACCOUNTS

    This year all students will be using their DOE email accounts to join their Google Classrooms. If you have not activated your DOE email account, please follow the instructions below.

    Your Student Account ID and Password 

    To retrieve your account ID and password: 

    1. Go to Student Account Self Service(Open external link) 
    2. Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.) 
    3. Enter your birthday
    4. Click Continue
    5. If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed.  
    6. Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net. For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is JaneD@nycstudents.net. 
    7. If you haven't already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up. 
    8. Pick a password that only you will know. 
    9. Re-enter your password
    10. Click Update Password
     

    Cohort Update

    Good Afternoon LAMS Family Members,

    I'd like to thank everyone who responded to the survey requesting remote learning and our siblings' survey for busing.  After reviewing our remote survey, we were approved for the 3 Cohort Model along with Special Classes (12:1:1 Special Education - Self Contained), and our ACES class receiving five-day in-person instruction. See below for a diagram of the 3 Cohort Model.  The 3 Cohort Model allows for students to receive more in-person teaching than the 4 Cohort Model discussed at our Zoom Parent Meeting.  The 3 Cohort Model also allows for students to come back to in-person teaching during designated times during the year more easily.  Students will be placed into Cohorts and schedules will be made.  Once we have made the schedules, they will be sent home.  The same holds true for busing.  We cannot make bus routes until we have developed Cohorts and schedules.  I thank you for your continued patience during this time.

    Last week, we had our COVID 19 school ready inspection.  Our ventilation system needs some repairs.  There are currently three exhaust fans with issues - two general exhaust and one toilet exhaust.  My Chief Custodian spoke with the Department of School Facilities and stated they will be in service before the start of the new school year.  Although the fans will be fixed, I'm still concerned with the room temperatures on the 3rd and 4th floors.  We have Hopper Windows (window that opens from the top - not up and down windows) and doesn't allow for proper ventilation.  Also, our building was constructed where cross ventilation is not possible.  Therefore, limited ventilation.  I have escalated these concerns.  

    To date, schools have not received guidance on who will be teaching our classes for teachers who have requested reasonable accommodations to work from home and who will be teaching our remote classes in need of secondary certifications.  I have also escalated these concerns.  However, I have been told that the teachers who requested reasonable accommodations will most likely be part of the remote teaching staff for LAMS in their proper certification area. 

    Also, I had a few parents asking about when their students can pick up their belongings and when will seniors be able to get their senior items.  We are still waiting for guidance and hopefully, this will come out soon.

    There is a lot to get done before the reopening of school and my greatest concern is making sure all of our students and staff will be safe.  As I receive information, I will continue to update you.  

    Always remember:  We are NY Strong.  We are Queens Strong.  We are Louis ArmSTRONG!  Stay safe…Ms. Ponella 

    Chancellor's Update August 6th

     

    August 5 Parent Information Meeting 

    School Reopening Plans and Information 

    New Student/Parent Welcome

    LAMS Remote Learning Parent Resource Site 

     Coronavirus Updates  

    Ms. Ponella's Phone Announcements

    Contact Information During Remote Learning

    Tutoring Available to LAMS Students 

    Tutoring Available to LAMS Students (Spanish)

     

    Supply List for 5th Grade

    2020/2021

    The following is a list of basic supplies that students will need in 5th grade. These are the supplies needed for Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Art. Teachers of other subjects may request additional supplies.

    • 6 Mead marble notebooks. Please write your name on each one and then we will label them in class together (please try to get 200-page notebooks): - 2 for ELA, 1 for Social Studies, 1 for Science, 2 for Math
    • 3 very sturdy, 2-pocket folders – write your name on them and we will label them in class
    • Pencils and erasers – all classes
    • Colored pencils – all classes
    • 1 large glue stick – all classes
    • Scotch tape – all classes
    • 3 black Sharpie markers (2 regular tips, 1 fine tip) – for all classes & fine tip for Art
    • Computer paper - for Art
    • Pencil case to hold all supplies – all classes
    • Wipes – for Art
    • 2 roll of paper towels – 1 for homeroom, 1 for Art
    • 2 boxes of tissues – for homeroom
    • Students need to keep their coats and their lunches in their lockers. Small backpacks may be used to carry books between classes. School bags with wheels are not permitted.

    Please be reminded that it is the student’s responsibility to replace all supplies as needed.

    • Please also keep at home: a notebook, loose-leaf, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, construction paper, scissors, and coloring pencils.

    Thank you,

    The 5th Grade Teachers


    Supply List for 6th Grade

    2020/2021

    The following is a list of basic supplies that students will need in 6th grade. These are the supplies needed for Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Art. Teachers of other subjects may request additional supplies.

    • 3 Marble notebooks. (please try to get 200-page notebooks): - 1 for ELA, 1 for Social Studies, 1 for Tech (Grambo)
    • 1- 1.1/2” binder - for Math & Science
    • 1 subject spiral notebook with 3 holes punched (recommend buying  2 extra for refills)- for Math
    • 6 very sturdy, 2-pocket folders – 2 for ELA, 2 for SS, 1 for Math, 1 for Science (2 with 3 holes for binder)
    • Loose-leaf paper – all subjects
    • Dividers
    • Pencils and erasers - all subjects
    • Sharpener with cover to hold shavings - all subjects
    • Mini stapler - all subjects
    • 1 cm ruler - all subjects
    • Pens - all subjects
    • Highlighters –all subjects
    • Colored pencils - all subjects
    • 1 large glue stick
    • 2 rolls of Scotch tape
    • 2 black Sharpie markers (1 regular tip, 1 fine tip) – for Art
    • Post-its
    • Pencil case to hold all supplies
    • 1 roll of paper towels – for Art
    • Wipes – for Art
    • Students need to keep their coats and their lunches in their lockers.

    Please be reminded that it is the student’s responsibility to replace all supplies as needed.

    Please also keep at home: a notebook, loose-leaf, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, post-its, construction paper, scissors, and coloring pencils.

    Supplies need for classroom use. OPTIONAL but greatly appreciated

    • Tissues
    • Paper towel
    • Computer paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Expo markers

    Thank you,

    The 6th Grade Teachers


    Supply List for 7th Grade

    2020/2021

     The following is a list of basic supplies that students will need in 7th grade. These are the supplies needed for Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, and Art. Teachers of other subjects may request additional supplies.

    • 3 composition notebooks, (please try to get 200-page notebooks): 1 for ELA, 1 for SS, 1 for Spanish
    • Calculator-TI-34 Multiview - for Math
    • 2-inch binder - for Math only
    • 1-inch binder – for Science
    • 12 dividers for binder (plastic is best)
    • Reinforcements
    • 5 very sturdy, 2-pocket folders(plastic preferred) 2 for Science, 1 for ELA, 1 for SS, 1 for Spanish
    • 1 accordion/expandable file organizer (with 5 or more pockets) – for Science
    • Pencils (sharpened or mechanical with lead) – all subjects
    • Erasers (separate from pencils) – all subjects
    • A pencil sharpener (with a cap that holds shavings) – all subjects
    • Pens (black/blue/red) – all subjects
    • Colored pencils – all subjects
    • Loose-leaf – all subjects
    • 1 large glue stick – all subjects
    • 30 cm ruler – all subjects
    • Highlighter – all subjects
    • Post-its – for Spanish
    • Computer paper - for Art & ELA
    • 2 black Sharpie markers (regular tip & fine tip) - for Art
    • pencil case to hold all supplies – all subjects
    • 1 roll of paper towels – for Art
    • Students need to keep their coats and their lunches in their lockers.

    Please be reminded that it is the student’s responsibility to replace all supplies as needed.

    Please also keep at home: notebook, loose-leaf, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, construction paper, scissors and coloring pencils.

    Supplies need for classroom use. OPTIONAL but greatly appreciated

    • Tissues
    • Paper towel
    • Computer paper

    Thank you,

    The 7th Grade Teachers


    Supply List for 8th Grade

    2020/2021

     The following is a list of basic supplies that students will need in 8th grade. These are the supplies needed for Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, Spanish and Art. Teachers of other subjects may request additional supplies.

    • 3 Marble notebooks, (please try to get 200 page notebooks): 1 for ELA, 1 for SS, 1 for Spanish
    • 2-inch binder - for math only
    • 1-inch binder – for science
    • 12 dividers for binder (plastic is best)
    • 5 very sturdy, 2-pocket folders, (1 with center prongs) - 1 for Science, 1 for ELA, 2 for SS, 1 for Spanish
    • Graph paper – for math & science
    • Pencils with erasers – all subjects
    • Pens (black/blue) – all subjects
    • Post it notes – all subjects
    • Colored pencils – all subjects
    • Loose-leaf – all subjects
    • Ruler – for math
    • Highlighter – all subjects
    • Computer paper - for art & ELA
    • 2 black Sharpie markers (regular tip & fine tip) - for Art
    • Pencil case to hold all supplies – all subjects
    • 1 roll of paper towels – for art
    • Students need to keep their coats and their lunches in their lockers.

    Please be reminded that it is the student’s responsibility to replace all supplies as needed.

    Please also keep at home: notebook, loose-leaf, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, construction paper, scissors and coloring pencils.

    Supplies need for classroom use. OPTIONAL but greatly appreciated

    • Tissues
    • Paper towel
    • Computer paper 

    Thank you,

    The 8th Grade Teachers   

  • The Louis Armstrong Middle School Mission Statement

    The Mission of the Louis Armstrong Middle School is to bring together a group of culturally diverse children to help them grow academically, emotionally, physically and socially. Our five school goals are: improving literacy and numeracy, fostering caring and ethical citizenship, encouraging substantive parent involvement, practicing the arts in all curriculum areas and growing technologically.

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