Casimir Weekly Cougar Updates

September 15, 2023

Amazing Casimir Families, Please Enjoy Our Newsletter!!

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Here is a great picture of Dr. Van Klooster teaching his 8th grade students about 9/11 this week.

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Back to School Night is next Tuesday, 9/19!

Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 19th. It will begin at 5:30pm with PTA followed by some exciting class visits. Parents, come meet the teachers!

Please note: Tues (9/19) is still a LATE START SCHEDULE

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Wednesday, 9/20, is Also a LATE START SCHEDULE Day

The first bell on Wednesday, 9/20, is at 9:20, just like on Tuesdays.

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Attention Casimir Students Who Attend North High:

Hi Middle School Students and Families

Students have been doing a good job in promptly making it to the buses after class. Let's remember to always bring your North ID card to show as you exit. Some have been a little forgetful in bringing their ID card daily. For those of you who still do not have a North ID, I am in contact with the company and hope to have one for you soon. In the meantime, please show your Middle School ID at the gate.

There are some days coming up in September/October that I wanted to let you know of that will be different than our normal Monday-Friday schedule

Tuesday September 19 will be LATE START and we will be on the regular Tuesday bell schedule. 1st period start time is at 9:20 AM

Thursday September 21 will be LATE START and we will be on the regular Tuesday bell schedule. 1st period start time is at 9:20 AM.

Tuesday October 10 there will be NO LATE START and we will be on the regular Monday bell schedule. 8:30 AM start time for 1st period!

Monday September 25th there is NO School for students

Monday October 9th there is NO School for students

Wednesday September 20 is North Back-To-School Night. I wanted to invite the parents to attend to meet your student's high school teacher.

Class visits start at 6:00 PM.

Below is the time schedule

As a reminder students, your North class schedule will always take precedence over your middle school class schedule.

Your Middle School Administration has been notified of these special days and the bus pick up times will be adjusted accordingly.

I'll keep you updated for the future months.

As always, email me if you have any questions.

Darin Kamiyama

Staff Assistant to Ms. Gorsich

North HS

3620 W. 182nd Street

Torrance, CA 90504

Office: (310) 533-4412 x 7088 I

If you are interested in attending Football games at NHS

Please see the below message from the NHS Administration:

"No unaccompanied middle school students are allowed to attend without parents at NHS home football games"

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Chick-Fil-A Fundraiser on 10/10

Chick-Fil-A will be hosting a restaurant fundraiser for Student Council on 10/10 from 3PM - 9PM. More details to come!
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PowerSchool for Parents/ Guardians

Parents and Guardians, have you checked PowerSchool at
this week? In PowerSchool, you can check your student's grades, attendance, and get notifications if they have a missing asignment. If you are unsure of how to log into PowerSchool, click the link below for thw TUSD PowerSchool Parent Support website for instructions.
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Jr. Cheer Clinic at North High School

Join the Jr. Cheer Clinic at North High School on September 27, October 11, 16, and 18 with a game performance on October 20. The clinic is for ages 5-14, is $65, and includes: t-shirt, pom poms, 4-day workshop clinic, games, and halftime performances. Please see the flyer or email at the North High Cheer room if you would like more information.
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Helping Students Learn Newsletter - September 2023

Parents, check out the latest issue of Helping Students Learn for great articles about helping your middle schooler get the new year off to a strong start, sharing a reading process, bolstering school skills in everyday ways, money as real world math, absences affecting outcomes, making it easier for your child to get enough rest, and more.
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Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences

Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences

If/When your student is absent please notify us via email by sending an absence note with the following information to

Absence Notes should include:

1. Date

2. Name of your Child

3. Date of absence

4. Reason for absence (if out due to illness please specify what symptoms your child is having)

5. Parent/Guardian Name & Relationship (absence notes can only be accepted from Primary Guardians listed in PowerSchool)

6. Phone Number where you can be reached

If you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out to Ms. Lindsay our Attendance Clerk @ (310) 533-4498 ext. 4782

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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Congratulations To Our Chick-Fil-A Gotcha Winners!

Congratulations to our weekly Chick-Fil-A winners:

Ethan Tani

Makayla Valdiviezo

Leah Valle

William Hayden

Daniel Upper

Elijah McGlothen

Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 afterschool to get your prize!

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Congratulations To Our Weekly In-N-Out Winner!

Our weekly In-N-Out winner is Hiroshi Liu!

Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 afterschool to get your prize!

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Do you have any board games?

If you have gently used board games that you no longer play, please donate them to our Wellness Center for students to play at lunch. Thanks!
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Emotional Weather

Our internal weather is forever changing like the weather outside. Take a minute to check in on what your emotional weather is like today. If you're experiencing some uncomfortable weather, just know that it is only temporary and will pass:)
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Wellness Center

The Wellness Center in Room 24 is a space available for students to relax, play games, socialize, and talk to the counselor. It is open everyday at lunch time except for Tuesdays.
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Contact Us

If you need any help with this transition or with any other mental health difficulties, please reach out to the mental health team at Casimir:

Stephanie Hunnel - School Counselor

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4711

Taylor Thatcher - School-Based Therapist

(310) 533-4498 ext. 4784

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Stay in Contact!

Be sure to follow @CasimirMiddleSchool on Instagram!
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Casimir Facebook Page

Please take a moment to join our Facebook Page! You can find us at @CasimirMiddle
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Calendar at a Glance

9/19 - Back to School Night - Late Start Tuesday

9/20 - Late Start Wednesday

9/25 - Student Free Day - No School

9/26 - Make Up Picture Day

9/29 - End of P1

10/3 - Progress Reports Available to Parents

10/9 - Student Free Day - No School

11/3 - End of Q1