Casimir Weekly Cougar Updates
November 19, 2022
Amazing Casimir Families, Please Enjoy Our Newsletter!!
There is no school next week, 11/21 - 11/25 for Thanksgiving break!
Last chance for See's Candy orders
Please support our 8th grade class in their last major fundraiser for the year! See's makes great gifts and treats for the holidays. Due date has been extended to Monday, Nov 21st and goodies will arrive to Casimir in early December.
Canned Food Drive
Speech and Debate - TUSD Talk Showcase
Congratulations to Casimir's Speech and Debate Team! They participated in the TUSD Talk Showcase on Tuesday at Calle Mayor! Here are the talks our Casimir students participated in.
2022-2023 TUSD Talks - Casimir Middle School Students Topics:
“Keep Yourself Intact by Taking Breaks”
by Kevin Matsumoto
“Why I Should be President”
by Mia Au
“You Don’t Need Equations to Add Up”
by Luke Nguyen
“The Underlying Struggle in Society”
by Madeline Sanada
“Why You Should Go to College”
by Brian Hu
“Why Rice Should be Your Favorite Food”
by Dante Aguilar
“Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?”
by Alyssa Yoo
“What Is the Best Way to Celebrate Birthdays?”
by Josiah Lee
“Is ELD Good or Bad?”
by Grace Higa
“Why the Chicana Movement Was Such an Important Movement in History”
by Jade Herrera
Here are some great pictures from the event!
Are you interested in learning the sport of Volleyball? If so, there will be clinics after school on 11/30, 12/5, 12/7 from 3:30-4:30. Permission slips will be in the office.
Tryouts for the Casimir Middle School Volleyball team will take place on 12/12 & 12/14.
Make Up Picture Day
Make Up Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, December 1st, 2022.
Any new students or students who were absent on Picture Day in October should have their picture taken this day.
Students who purchased pictures and would like to retake them will be required to bring in their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.
Make Up Picture Day Schedule will be as follows:
Period 1 - 8:40 - 9:30 - 6th Grade
Period 2 - 9:33 - 10:23 - 7th Grade
Period 3- 10:41 - 11:31 - 8th Grade
Please contact the office at (310) 533-4498 if you have any questions.
Roaring to Read!
Have you FALLEN into a good book? Please participate in our “Roaring to Read” raffle! Congratulations …Lukas Hendricks! You’ve won this week’s free book! Please check your email. We’re THANKFUL for all our Casimir Readers!
No Pajama Bottoms at School
FRIDAYS from 3:20-4:20 in Room 75 (Mr. Merrihew)
Come elevate your mind with us!
Be sure to pick up a permission slip in the office.
Ping Pong Club!
Casimir’s Crochet Crew!
Greek and Roman Mythology Club
Check the Lost and Found!
Helping Students Learn Newsletter - November 2022
You're invited to attend
ACTIVE PARENTING FOR TEENS
For Parents of Teens and 'Tweens
It's a tremendous responsibility to raise your teen to be thoughtful, responsible,
courageous young adults. You can help them develop the skills and character they need to
thrive as they gain independence. In these sessions filled with activities, discussions, and
real-world examples ACTIVE PARENTING OF TEENS will give you the support and techniques
you'll need to meet these challenges.
You will learn:
- Methods of respectful discipline
- Skills for clear, honest communication
- Specific strategies to prevent risky behavior
- How to be supportive, encouraging parent
- Insight into important issues such as bullying, depression, and social media and much more
Virtual Parenting Class
Oct 10 to Nov 14 from
5:00pm to 7:00 pm
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Free online tutoring now available to Californians
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that every Californian can now access free online tutoring available 24/7 through a new initiative offering homework help in every K-12 subject. Real-time homework help is now available "on the websites of any of the 1,130 local public libraries around the state," and at this link City of Torrance Library Tutoring Help. The pilot program led by the State Library offers assistance in Math, Language Arts, and other core K-12 subjects in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. There’s no age limit to who can use the service. Adult learners can also access writing assistance, citizenship resources and other tools. You can use the online resource via smartphone, tablet or computer, so long as you're in the state of California.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Letter
Put your backpacks and tote bags in your locker!
Casimir Cell Phone Classroom Policy
Students will need to keep their phones and headphones out of sight during class so that instruction is not interrupted. Teachers have pocket charts for you to place your phones in during class if you do not want to leave them in your lockers. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rojas.
Tired of the front gate traffic jam before and after school?
Parents, the back gate on Spinning Avenue is a fantastic option to avoid the traffic jam at the front gates.
Traffic congestion is a concern during drop off and pickup times. Our goal is to make this process flow in a safe and smooth manner. Please comply with all traffic laws and parking restrictions to ensure the safety of our students. We need every parent, guardian and adult to cooperate with us on this issue.
Dress Code Reminder!
Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences
Quick Guide to Reporting Student Absences
Reporting student absences has always been important but even more so now with students back at school with COVID-19 protocols being in place. If/When your student is absent please notify us via email by sending an absence note with the following information to email@example.com
Absence Notes should include:
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
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive system approach to help parents and school staff create and maintain a safe, supportive, learning environment, while promoting life skills and reducing negative behaviors so that all children can learn and succeed in school.
Here at Casimir we follow the Cougar Code to promote positive behavior around our school!
Our Q1 Gotcha Grand Prize Winner of a new skateboard is Tyce Yoshida!!!!
Q1 Sticker Pack Winners!
Our Q1Sticker Pack Gotcha Ticket Raffle winners are:
Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 if you have not picked up your stickers.
Q1 Pizza Winners!
Ms. Beasley will contract you next week about your pizza!
Q1 Book Winners
Please see Ms. Beasley in room 13 to choose your book.
Q1 Shakey's Pizza Coupon Winners
Chloe Suh Choate
Christian De Alba
Your pizza coupons will be handed out next week during 4th period.
Congratulations to our Period 1 Students of the Month!
Lukas Hendricks Jr.
Sophia Kee Rivera
Congratulations to our Period 1 Cougar Kindness Award Winners!
At Casimir we all follow the Cougar Code! We are safe, responsible, respectful and successful in everything we do. We created an opportunity for students to publicly acknowledge and recognize one of their peers for demonstrating our Cougar Code in a positive way! Your Cougar Kudos will be shared on the weekly Casimir newsletter.
Please click this for the Cougar Code Kudos form to fill out. There is a Cougar Kudos folder in the office to turn in the form too if you prefer to write on paper!
Wellness Center/ Counselor Office
See Something Say Something Reporting System Video
How Can I Tell When Someone Else Is Angry?
How Can I Tell When Someone Else Is Angry?
When someone you know is angry, he or she may stomp away or stop talking to you, or become quiet and withdrawn. Some people scream and try to hit or harm anyone close by. If a person is this angry, you should get away as soon as possible.
Once you are away from the angry person, stop and think. Try to figure out what made that person so angry. Can you make the situation better? How does the other person feel? When the other person has cooled down, try to talk about the problem. Listen to what he or she has to say.
What Should I Do If I Get Angry?
Don't lose control if you get angry. Taking it out on others never solves anything. Instead, admit to yourself that you are angry and try to figure out why. What can you do to keep the situation from happening again? If your little sister gets a toy and you don't, it's not OK to break that toy. Maybe you can ask her to share it with you. Or if your science homework is too hard, don't rip up your notebook. Ask your teacher or a parent for help instead.
It helps to talk about your anger with an adult, such as a parent, teacher, or relative. Once you talk about anger, those bad feelings usually start to go away.
Here are some other things you can do when you start to feel angry:
- talk to a friend you can trust
- count to 10
- get or give a hug
- do jumping jacks or another exercise
- draw a picture of your anger
- play a video game
- run around the outside of the house five times as fast as you can
- sing along with music
- pull weeds in the garden
- think good thoughts (maybe about a fun vacation or your favorite sport)
- take a bike ride, go skateboarding, play basketball — do something active!
Never getting angry is impossible. Instead, remember that how you act when you're angry can make the situation better or worse. Don't let anger be the boss of you. Take charge of it!
Stay in Contact!
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Calendar at a Glance
11/21 - 11/25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
12/1 - Makeup Picture Day
12/16 - End of P2
12/19 - Yearbook Early Bird Pricing Ends
12/19 - 1/2 - Winter Break
1/28 - End of Q2