The Paw Print

Vol 5. Week of September 13, 2021

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Yom Kippur--September 15-16, 2021

God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to make amends and ask forgiveness for sins committed during the past year. The holiday is observed with a 25-hour fast and a special religious service. Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are known as Judaism’s “High Holy Days.”

History and Significance of Yom Kippur

According to tradition, the first Yom Kippur took place after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Descending from the mountain, Moses caught his people worshipping a golden calf and shattered the sacred tablets in anger. Because the Israelites atoned for their idolatry, God forgave their sins and offered Moses a second set of tablets.

Jewish texts recount that during biblical times Yom Kippur was the only day on which the high priest could enter the inner sanctum of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. There, he would perform a series of rituals and sprinkle blood from sacrificed animals on the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments. Through this complex ceremony he made atonement and asked for God’s forgiveness on behalf of all the people of Israel. The tradition is said to have continued until the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D; it was then adapted into a service for rabbis and their congregations in individual synagogues.

According to tradition, God judges all creatures during the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, deciding whether they will live or die in the coming year. Jewish law teaches that God inscribes the names of the righteous in the “book of life” and condemns the wicked to death on Rosh Hashanah; people who fall between the two categories have until Yom Kippur to perform “teshuvah,” or repentance. As a result, observant Jews consider Yom Kippur and the days leading up to it a time for prayer, good deeds, reflecting on past mistakes and making amends with others.

Observing Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is Judaism’s most sacred day of the year; it is sometimes referred to as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths.” For this reason, even Jews who do not observe other traditions refrain from work, which is forbidden during the holiday, and participate in religious services on Yom Kippur, causing synagogue attendance to soar. Some congregations rent out additional space to accommodate large numbers of worshippers.

Jewish texts recount that during biblical times Yom Kippur was the only day on which the high priest could enter the inner sanctum of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. There, he would perform a series of rituals and sprinkle blood from sacrificed animals on the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the Ten Commandments. Through this complex ceremony he made atonement and asked for God’s forgiveness on behalf of all the people of Israel. The tradition is said to have continued until the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 A.D; it was then adapted into a service for rabbis and their congregations in individual synagogues.

The Torah commands all Jewish adults (apart from the sick, the elderly and women who have just given birth) to abstain from eating and drinking between sundown on the evening before Yom Kippur and nightfall the next day. The fast is believed to cleanse the body and spirit, not to serve as a punishment. Religious Jews heed additional restrictions on bathing, washing, using cosmetics, wearing leather shoes and sexual relations. These prohibitions are intended to prevent worshippers from focusing on material possessions and superficial comforts.

Because the High Holy Day prayer services include special liturgical texts, songs and customs, rabbis and their congregations read from a special prayer book known as the machzor during both Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Five distinct prayer services take place on Yom Kippur, the first on the eve of the holiday and the last before sunset on the following day. One of the most important prayers specific to Yom Kippur describes the atonement ritual performed by high priests during ancient times. The blowing of the shofar—a trumpet made from a ram’s horn—is an essential and emblematic part of both High Holy Days. On Yom Kippur, a single long blast is sounded at the end of the final service to mark the conclusion of the fast.

Traditions and Symbols of Yom Kippur

Pre-Yom Kippur feast: On the eve of Yom Kippur, families and friends gather for a bountiful feast that must be finished before sunset. The idea is to gather strength for 25 hours of fasting.

Breaking of the fast: After the final Yom Kippur service, many people return home for a festive meal. It traditionally consists of breakfast-like comfort foods such as blintzes, noodle pudding and baked goods.

Wearing white: It is customary for religious Jews to dress in white—a symbol of purity—on Yom Kippur. Some married men wear kittels, which are white burial shrouds, to signify repentance.

Charity: Some Jews make donations or volunteer their time in the days leading up to Yom Kippur. This is seen as a way to atone and seek God’s forgiveness. One ancient custom known as kapparot involves swinging a live chicken or bundle of coins over one’s head while reciting a prayer. The chicken or money is then given to the poor.

September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America.

Hispanic Heritage Month originally started with one week of commemoration when it was first introduced by Congressman George E. Brown in June 1968. With the civil rights movement, the need to recognize the contributions of the Latin community gained traction in the 1960s. Awareness of the multicultural groups living in the United States was also gradually growing.

Two heavily Latinx and Hispanic populated areas, the San Gabriel Valley and East Los Angeles, were represented by Brown. His aim was to recognize the integral roles of these communities in American history. Observation of Hispanic Heritage Week started in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was later extended to a 30-day celebration by President Ronald Reagan, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law via approval of Public Law 100-402 on August 17, 1988.

September 15 is set as the starting date for the month as it is important for many reasons. It is the independence anniversary for Latin American countries El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. From here onwards, the independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Dia de la Raza or Columbus Day also falls within this month, on October 12.

Hispanic Americans have been integral to the prosperity of the U.S. Their contributions to the nation are immeasurable, and they embody the best of American values. The Hispanic-American community has left an indelible mark on the U.S. culture and economy.

Share Your Traditions With Us!

Families celebrate in many unique ways. Help us share your traditions with the students and staff of CCMS by filling out the survey below!

Learn How to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with These Great Resources!

Physical Education Clothes

PE clothes will be sold in the student store beginning this week. We are once again short on some common sizes and it will be a couple weeks until the next order arrives. Students will begin dressing out for PE. As a reminder, your student can wear a plan gray shirt (for PE and not for school) or the CCMS PE shirt and navy blue shorts without pockets (for PE and not for school) or the CCMS PE shorts to dress out for PE. We will communicate when the next order arrives. Additionally, please help us by reminding students the importance of getting in and out of the locker rooms quickly. Students will have 7 minutes to dress and that should be more than enough time.

CCMS Sports Update: Girls Volleyball Tryouts, Cheerleading Sign-ups, Parent Meeting Date


  • Day: Tuesday Sept. 14 & Wednesday Sept. 15 (MUST BE PRESENT BOTH DAYS)
  • Make-up day: Sept. 20 if student can only attend one of the 14/15 days
  • Time: 4PM to 6PM
  • Location: Front Gym
  • Important information: Please make sure you wear athletic clothing and shoes. No parents will be allowed during tryouts. No club uniforms/logos of any kind can be worn during tryouts.

CHEERLEADING Sign-ups: Friday Sept. 10

  • 7th & 8th graders: 2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
  • 6th graders: 2:45 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Panther Plaza
  • No parents are allowed at the cheerleading sign-ups.


  • Day: Tuesday Sept. 21
  • Time: 6 PM
  • Location: CCMS Multi-Purpose Room
  • Please plan to attend to meet coaches and get practice and game schedules. We will also share any updates on how COVID testing will work and all guidelines needed for a safe and fun season.

If you have any questions regarding sports, tryouts, guidelines, etc., please reach out to Angelo Sablan, CCMS Athletics Director, at

Last Chance to Sign Up for Panther Partners Fall Session After School Classes!

CCMS Panther Partners After-School Program Classes will start Tuesday, September 7, after shool on the CCMS campus.

Fall session runs September 7- December 10, 2021 (13 weeks)

  • Beginning & Continuing French **Only a few left!

  • Discover Art **Only a few left!

  • ​Magic:The Gathering **Only a few left!

  • Chess Club Tuesday **Only a few left!’

  • Chess Club Thursday **SOLD OUT

  • Photography **SOLD OUT

  • Spanish Class **SOLD OUT

  • Math Olympiad & Math Counts **Only a few left!

  • Fictional Writing **SOLD OUT

  • Robotics using LEGO EV3 **SOLD OUT

  • CCMS IMPROV **SOLD OUT To be placed on the waiting list, email

Enrollment is first come, first served and will close once the limit is met.​

Please note: Classes that do not meet enrollment minimums will be cancelled.

To register, please visit: Sign Up for Panther Partners After-School Program

Congratulations to our New SSC Parent Members!

Congratualtions to Victoria Zerpoli and Viviana Guzman for being elected to serve on this year's School Site Council and to Cj Cooper-Zuniga who will serve as an alternate. We look forward to working with you all this year!

First CCMS PTSA Equity Committee Meeting this Tuesday!!

Dear Panther students, teachers, parents and guardians, as the Equity Committee starts its inaugural year, we are looking for input and participation from all of you. We'll be holding our first meeting of the 2021-2022 year on Tuesday, September 14, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm PT via Zoom. Join us so you can be informed and find out what's in the works, plus share your ideas!

This committee is focused on supporting parents and guardians in creating equitable and inclusive educational experiences for their children, and we'll need help with events, programming and training that we'll be rolling out to supplement the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) offerings from CCMS.

If you are interested please click on the link below to fill out the questionnaire:

Once you have signed up here, the Chairs will be sending you the link to the Zoom meeting. Thank you!!

CCMS PTSA Special Education Committee - Sep 20

The CCMS PTSA Special Education Committee will be having our first meeting on 9/20/21 at 6:00pm via Zoom - all are welcome! Whether you have a child with an IEP or 504, or you’re passionate about the needs and inclusion of all students, we’d love to see you there. Disability Awareness Month is in October, so we welcome all input, ideas and talent!

Meeting ID: 818 2491 7998 Passcode: imz5tU7F

Please reach out to Lindsay Crain ( or Mayra Marentes ( with any questions.

Spanish-Speaking Parent Workshops

Los promotores de Salud Mental del condado de Los Angeles y Culver City Middle School los invitan a participar en estos talleres.

Invitados: Padres y Tutores de Culver City Middle School

Enlace de Zoom:

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The CCMS Student Store Needs Volunteers!

The CCSM Student Store is open after school for students to purchase snacks and drinks (and PE clothes, once we resume sales). The student store is one of the PTSA's biggest volunteer opportunities! In order to open the store each day, we must have two parents willing to help out - don't worry we will train you!

Sign up to volunteer here:

If you have any questions, please contact Stephany Olson

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Why You Should Donate To The CCMS 100 Campaign

"Hi. My name is Deanna Newell and I am the VP of Fundraising for the PTSA this year. I have a son in 7th grade & a daughter in 9th grade (at CCHS). My husband and I feel like we hit the jackpot raising our family in Culver City - we're so thankful for this amazing community and its incredible schools, so we give as much as we can afford on behalf of each of our kids every year to support the amazing work happening in our schools. Our middle school experience at CCMS has been incredibly rewarding, because not only are our kids growing and learning exponentially in the classroom, but our kids have participated in sports, theater, Improv, & WEB. None of these programs would be possible without the support of PTSA & Panther Partners. We feel so lucky that our children have had these invaluable opportunities. Please be generous with your contributions, not only with this annual giving drive, but with your time and talent - because everything helps to make our school and community stronger. Thank you.” - Deanna Newell and Mark Herscovitz

This is just one of many reasons why all CCMS families should donate to the CCMS 100 (Annual Giving) Campaign, collaboratively run by our PTSA and Panther Partners (booster club). This Campaign funds essential CCMS programs including teacher supplies, student counseling, field trips, the arts and so much more. If we don't raise these funds, we will have to scale back or cut some of these important programs.

The Campaign is simple:

100% of families donating

– during the first 100 days of school

– to raise $100k for CCMS!

So far, we have raised $25,000 and are 1/4 of the way to our goal. This is amazing Panther Parents – let’s keep it going!!! If you haven’t given yet, please do so now! Click here (Donate 21-22) to donate today to help us get to 100%. You can give once or spread out your donation over the year by giving on a recurring, monthly basis. A public education is free but a great one takes all of our support. All contributions, of any amount, are greatly appreciated and tax deductible! Thank you so much!


Emergency & Safety Drill Information

California schools are required to a practice fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills each month. This week we will have a fire evacuation drill. Students will be expected to remain calm, follow their teacher's instructions, walk in a line, and remain seated for attendance. You can help by reminding your students the importance of practicing for emergencies and how it helps us all to be prepared in the event of a real emergency.

In light of the recent shelter-in-place order that took place on campus, it is important to explain the difference between shelter-in-place and lockdowns.

  • Threat in the community (police activity near school, toxic chemical in the air, etc.)
  • Class activities continue as normal
  • No restriction on volume
  • Doors are closed/locked
  • Waiting for direction: CLEAR or upgrade to Lockdown


  • Immediate threat on/near campus
  • All doors are locked
  • Class activities stop
  • All persons are silent
  • Lights are off
  • Not visible through windows

Back to School: Five Ways to Support Your Children

By Mental Health First Aid USA on August 16, 2021

Your children may be excited to return to school after a long summer – or even a year of online classes. However, the new school year can come with new challenges. As a caring adult, parent or guardian, it can be difficult to know how to support children with this stressful and overwhelming transition. In a typical year, your children may face a new environment, new classmates and teachers, perhaps even a new routine altogether. These changes can be a lot to handle, which is why it’s important that adults who live or work with youth help them have a smooth transition back to school.

This year may be particularly stressful, as accommodations for COVID-19 have had a major impact on youth mental health and may still affect the schedule, learning environment, and activities of schools. According to a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, parents/guardians and their children have experienced worsening mental health since the start of the pandemic. Many children are not seeing their friends or family on a regular basis, are limited in the availability of extracurricular activities, or aren’t spending as much time outside. They also may not know how to communicate their feelings about these major disruptions to their lives.

With information and resources from the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum, you can help them communicate their feelings and cope with stress, encourage open and honest conversation, and support them to get the help they may need throughout the school year.

Use these tips from the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to support your children as they go back to school:

Check in. Whether you’re having a conversation at dinner or talking to them while driving in the car, ask about how they are feeling. Encourage open and honest conversation and remind them that it is okay to ask for help.

Talk about COVID-19. Your children may have questions about the pandemic. Encourage them to ask anything and help them feel heard. Honest answers and reassurance can help them feel calm about the situation.

Establish a routine. Your children might be going back to school in person full time, staying in a virtual setting, or trying a hybrid of the two. With any of these scenarios, there will be a new schedule. Help them establish a routine through weekly planning check-ins that take into account your morning and nighttime routine, homework, chores and time to relax. Knowing what they can expect will alleviate some stress for young people.

Collaborate to find solutions. Sometimes, a young person who seems happy and relaxed at home acts differently outside the home. Ask your child’s teachers about how they are doing in the classroom and if additional support is needed. It is important to identify these challenges so you can offer support and facilitate appropriate help.

Model healthy habits. The way you behave during challenging times models the behaviors that you want to show and teach your child. If you cope with stress in a healthy way, your child will learn to do the same. Things like exercising regularly, eating healthy and practicing relaxation techniques can help you take care of your mental health and set a positive example for your children. Check out this blog for more ways to practice self-care as a family.

As we transition into a new school year that may look a little bit different than last year, knowing how to recognize your children’s needs, talk to, and support them is vital. Check out our other blog posts for more tips on how to support your children when they need it most:

You can also find a Youth Mental Health First Aid course near you. Youth Mental Health First Aid gives adults who live or work with youth the skills they need to identify, understand and respond to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge and help them connect to appropriate care.

With information and skills provided by Mental Health First Aid, we can all #BeTheDifference for our children this fall.


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Click Here to Join the CCMS PTSA

Please consider joining the PTSA! It's only $8/member for an annual membership, and any family member can join!


Atheltic Clearance Information

  1. Students must have a physical before they can participate in any school sports including practices and games. No student will be able to participate without the approval of a physician. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are unable to obtain a physical from your physician call the Health Center to schedule an appointment at (310) 392-8636.
  2. Obtain written permission from a parent/guardian to compete.
  3. Maintain a 2.0 GPA (cannot have 2 or more N's and no more than 1U) or you will be ineligible to participate in the program.
  4. A student may be declared ineligible for disciplinary reasons by administrative action.
  5. All Students must complete an Athletic Clearance Packet before trying out or competing for any sport.

For more information regarding the Athletic Clearing process, please visit this link:

Athletic Clearance Information

Here are more options for obtaining a physical exam:

Health Center on Campus

Hours: Mon & Wed from 8:00 - Noon

(310) 392-8636

  • Cost: $25

  • Must have a signed parental consent form at time of appointment from the health center.

  • Must schedule appointment in advance.

Wellness Mart

12200 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 820-2150


  • $40 walk-in welcome

Minute Clinic @ CVS Drug Store

Hours: M-F: 10a-6:30p / Sat & Sun: 9a-5:30p

Closed for lunch M-F: 2p-3p; Sat & Sun: 1p-2p

Address: 13171 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 821-8908

  • Last appointment: 15 minutes before closing

  • Cost: $49


This past year has been full of difficulties, inlcuding challenges to our CCMS sports program. Due to not be able to offer sports last year, we are severly lacking in enough funds to grow our programs. Now, more than ever, it's important that we collect as many donations as we can to keep our program afloat (especially to offer "no cut" teams).

We request a $100 donation per athlete per sport so that we may provide quality coaches, uniforms,equipment, league fees, certificates to each player at the end of the season, and so that we can continue to offer a wide and deep athletic program. If you are unable to contribute the full amount please donate an amount that is affordable. You may also choose not to donate by clicking on the appropriate button on the registration website (lnk below).

All clearances and donations for CCMS sports programs are to be entered here: Athletic .

Culver City Backpacks Program

Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) believes that no child in our community should go hungry or have food insecurities, especially on weekends when students don’t have access to school-sponsored breakfast and lunch. The Culver City Council PTA, in conjunction with CCUSD, provides students in need with a backpack filled with non-perishable food and snacks each week to ensure that every child can eat on the weekends.

There is no cost to participate and enrollment is 100% confidential. Each week, filled backpacks will be available in the school’s main office. You or your child, simply pick up the backpack and take it home. Backpacks will not be returned each week; your student will receive a new backpack each week. Enrollment is ongoing so any child in need can sign up for the program at any time throughout the school year.

If you would like your student to receive a weekly backpack, sign up here: or complete a form in your school office.

Cafeteria Information

During the 2021-22 school year, ALL students will receive free meals from the cafeteria.

  • Students need only to show their student ID for scanning.
  • Pins will no longer be used.
  • If students wish to purchase additional snack not included in the regular school meal, they may do so out of the funds in their student meal account.
  • Cash will no longer be accepted.
  • To load money on your student's meal account, go to:
  • To complete a meal application, click here:
2021-2022 CCUSD School Calendar

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