Monthly Matador

"Reaching For The Stars"

September 2022 Edition

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Dear CJ Morris Families,

We have just concluded our 5th week of school! Regardless of heat waves and batches of rain and wind, mixed with humidity, we didn’t skip a beat.

We just hosted our first in-person Student of the Month Awards in three years! It was such a pleasure welcoming back our families onto campus to celebrate the achievements of our hard-working students.

Our CJ Morris Community has been BEYOND supportive. We have hosted two Family Dine-Outs and raised approximately $1,000. The family turnouts have been remarkable and the best ever. All of this money will go directly back to our students.

CJ Morris is a PBIS (Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention) School. PBIS encompasses our expectations and rules for students and outlines how staff acknowledges appropriate student behavior and responds to inappropriate student behavior. The ultimate goal of PBIS is to increase student engagement. Each year, PBIS schools have the opportunity to submit an application to the California PBIS Coalition to earn top honors (medals) in their PBIS implementation and fidelity. The top honor is Platinum, then Gold, Silver, and Bronze. For the past several years, CJ Morris has been honored the Bronze Medal. However, this year, we have captured GOLD!!! Our school has adopted new procedures and systems, which have propelled us to our top ranking. We are super excited to receive this prestigious honor.

Looking forward to all of the learning opportunities and memorable moment that September will deliver. Thank you for your support and partnership! Let's continue to RISE UP!

Proud to lead,

Ms. Kelly Morris

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All WVUSD Parents Invited!

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We are excited to let you know that starting the 2022-2023 school year, ParentSquare will be replacing Blackboard Connect as the new district-wide communication platform. CJ Morris will be using ParentSquare as our main mode of communicating important information from our office. With ParentSquare you’ll be able to:
  • Receive all school communication via email, text or app. All communication can be translated in your home language.
  • View and download photos
  • View all messages sent throughout the year on the Dashboard. You don't have to search your email history to find information any longer.
It is our hope that WVUSD's partnership with ParentSquare will enable a stronger dialogue between school & home. We also hope it will help empower everyone within the school community to stay connected and informed. Please choose the link below that best suits your main mode of communication. You can choose to download an app you can access from your phone or tablet or you can sign up directly with your computer. While ParentSquare can send messages through both email and text messages, we believe the best experience will be through the phone/tablet app which you can download by the links below.

Parent Volunteers

Interested in volunteering in your child's classroom this year? Please read the information letter that states the requirements.

Counselor's Corner

A Message From Our School Counselor, Ms. Chavez, About Back To School Routines

As with any new or potentially unsettling situation — like starting school for the first time or entering a new grade or new school — allow kids time to adjust. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the first day of school and that it will all become an everyday routine in no time.

Emphasize the positive things about going back to school, such as hanging out with old friends, meeting new classmates, buying cool school supplies, getting involved in sports and other activities.

PYP IB Program

A Message From Our IB Coordinator: Mrs. Howard

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Monthly Learner Profile Attribute of the Month: Principled

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For the month of September, we will be teaching our students what it means to be Principled. Principled means we act with integrity and honesty, respecting the rights of people everywhere.

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Community Club Update

A Message From Our Community Club President: Mr. Billy Fermin

September Community Club President Report

Community Club-Join Us!

Meet other parents and learn more about our school. Check out our C.J. Morris Community Club Facebook Page!

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Family Dine Out-Mc Donald's

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Celebrate your child’s birthday with their name displayed on the CJM Marquee for the week of their birthday!


October-July Birthdays-$25

We will accept 20 requests per month. This is a first come, first serve basis. Submit your request on the Google Form below. Each Google Form is time stamped. The office will contact our first 20 requests per month and ask the families to submit their payment to the front office with cash or a check (payable to CJMCC) within 3 days of notifying the family. If the front office does not receive your payment in three days, the birthday request will be voided, and we will pick another name from the Wait List. Please fill out the Google Form for each child that you would like to honor.

*Proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new marquee for the school.

Google Form:

Shop Amazon Smile

Remember to do all your online shopping through Amazon Smile! Designate Cyrus J Morris Community Club as your supported charity, then when you buy anything at a portion of the proceeds will be donated to us! It’s an easy way to contribute while doing your everyday Amazon shopping.

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Title One

Title One Information From Our Title One Specialist: Mrs. Esse

What does it mean to be a Title I School?

Title I is a federal program that provides opportunities for the children served to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to meet challenging state content standards. Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of at-promise students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services, resources and activities to support students in order to meet the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing. Title I resources are distributed to schools where needs are the greatest, to make a difference in the improvement of instruction.

Working Together To Create Successful Habits

CJ Morris Staff and families share a common goal: helping our students learn, grow and become outstanding global citizens. To achieve this goal, schools and families need to work together. At CJ Morris, the start of a new year is a great time to establish new routines and best practices. Below are some helpful habits that you may want to establish at home to help set your child up for a successful and productive year of learning:

Create a home study space that is comfortable for your student. It can be at a bedroom desk, at the kitchen table or on the couch. It just needs to have plenty of light and few distractions when your child is working on extended classwork.

Make a weekly schedule. Plan time for schoolwork, play, extra activities and relaxing as a family. Be sure to include shared family reading time. Reading together regularly shows your child you value reading and reading is important.

Keep a family calendar. You can use a different color for each family member’s activities. This way everyone can be prepared for all activities.

Set up a folder or special area for school notices so they won’t get misplaced.

Cut back on screen time. Set a daily limit on time spent interacting with screen media. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no more than 2 hours a day, this includes T.V. time.

Update contact information. Provide your work and emergency numbers to the school. Let the school know if major life events, such as marriage, divorce, moving or illness, are happening in your child’s life so that the adults at school can best support your child.

Important Dates to Remember

September 28th School Site Council Meeting 3:00 pm

  • Be on the lookout for an invitation!

October 3, 4, 5, 7 Parent Conferences

TK/K 11:33; 1-5 11:20 dismissal

  • Check with your child’s teacher for your specific date and time.

October 6th Title I Parent Night

  • An invitation and more information will come soon

Encouraging Principled (Integrity & Respect) Behavior

Being principled is a positive quality. Principled learners act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice, and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups, and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. Bossiness—being demanding, not listening, speaking over others, not cooperating—just makes working with others harder.

~What you do as a parent matters. How you treat and respond to your child should come from a knowledgeable, deliberate sense of what you want to accomplish.

~Involve your child in deciding the rules for a game or activity, and then ensure that they stick to them.

~Encourage your child to play games that involve teams. Discuss with your child the qualities of a good team player. What sort of person would they want on their team?

~When playing a game, don’t change the rules or let your child win. Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner.

~Provide opportunities for your child to make their own decisions, discuss the consequences of their decisions.

~Discuss how being principled is a life-long commitment and a well sought after characteristic.

~Read books and tell stories in which the characters demonstrate making principled decisions. Stories like The Empty Pot, by Demi.

~ Discuss how being principled is a lifelong commitment and a well sought after characteristic.

September School Calendar

September 14th

  • Community Club Meeting 8:30 a.m. in MPR. All parents are welcome to attend!

September 15th

  • Early Out Thursday
  • Theater Class-2nd Grade (during school day)

September 21st

  • ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) Meeting-Mandarin. Mrs. Albiso will be sending out details on time and location. This meeting is for parents of English Language Learners.
  • McDonald Family Night Out

September 22nd

  • Early Out Thursday
  • Theater Class-2nd Grade (during school day)

September 28th

  • ELAC (English Language Advisory Council) Meeting-Spanish. Mrs. Albiso will be sending out details on time and location. This meeting is for parents of English Language Learners.
  • School Site Council Meeting 3:00 p.m. Virtual. School Site Council Meeting is a time when parents and staff come together to develop goals for the school and to provide input on next steps.

September 29th

  • Early Out Thursday
  • Theater Class-2nd Grade (during school day)

September Lunch Menu

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