THE PAW PRINT

VOL. 5 - Week of September 14, 2020

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS!

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Enriching Students App for Wednesday PAWs Sessions

The website to access the Enriching Students (PAWs) website is: https://app.enrichingstudents.com/


What is PAWs?

PAWs (Panther Achievement Workshops) are sessions that are scheduled every Wednesday after Panther Pods (homeroom). Each subject will have a time slot where teachers will be hosting extra help/intervention/enrichment sessions for students who could benefit from the extra time with their teachers. Students can sign up for 0-7 PAWs sessions every week. Though it is not mandatory to sign up for PAWs, the students are encouraged to utilize this extra help session for the classes that they may need the extra help.


When does PAWs happen?

PAWs sessions happen every Wednesday. There are 30 minute sessions scheduled for every subject area. See bell schedule on the left.


How do students sign up for PAWs?

Starting Wednesday, September 23rd, students can sign up for PAWs by using a sign up site called Enriching Students. Their teachers will be posting their PAWs offering for the week on Monday. The students can sign up themselves or the teacher can sign up the students if they feel they can benefit from attending the live video session. Attendance will be taken by the teacher in the PAWs session.


How will the students know how to sign up for PAWs?

During this Wednesday’s Panther Pod time, the students will be trained on how to sign onto the Enriching Students website, how to search for the teachers’ offerings, and how to schedule for their PAWs sessions. Here is the instruction on how to log in and change your password, viewing your schedule, and scheduling or requesting an appointment. To watch a video tutorial on what the students see on the mobile app, you can watch this video.

Absences and Student Attendance Update

  • My child logged on late to his Zoom class. Will he be marked tardy or absent?

  • What happens if my child logs on to his Zoom class, but doesn’t pay attention?

  • I know my child is understanding her coursework and completing her assignments, but I don’t think she’s participating much in her online classes. Does this affect attendance during distance learning?


These and many other important questions about attendance and student engagement were explored during last week’s School Board meeting. CCUSD School and Family Services Coordinator Dr. Kim Indelicato presented the district’s new approach to attendance and student engagement while students are in full distance learning, including definitions and examples of unexcused absences, excused absences, being present and minimally engaged and being present and engaged.


This presentation is critically important for parents to watch. Some of the information may surprise you. Please view the short video presentation here.


Para ver esta presentación en español, haga clic aquí

Spanish Parent Meeting Presentation

Presentación de la reunión de padres en español:

Gracias por acompañarnos durante la presentación de la reunión de padres en español. Para acceder a los materiales, haga clic aquí.

Missed the distribution days?

The library is open Monday through Friday from 9-2 for Social Studies textbooks, math 8 workbooks, music books and class novels.


Elective supplies, Fun Friday kits and ELA packets will be available for pick up in the main office by appointment. Click here to make an appointment!

CCMS Celebrates Diversity with Theme Months!

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Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month is Sep. 15 - Oct. 15!

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.


The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month — like its shorter precursor — always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.


WHY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH IS IMPORTANT

  1. Strong impact on America: Hispanic influences are tightly knitted in the fabric of American life. Think music, food, art, cinema, politics, literature, and so much more.

  2. Around one-fifth of the U.S. population is Hispanic: The state with the largest Hispanic and Latino population overall is California with over 14 million.

  3. Our kids benefit: While Hispanic children learn about their roots this month, all kids can benefit from learning about Spanish history and culture.


Check out the two resources below:

  1. Oprah Mag: On OprahMag.com, we celebrate Latinidad­ and all identities every day. But for Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15, we're highlighting stories from Latinx perspectives, which you can read here. Disfruten! (Highly recommend)
  2. National Park Service: Telling All Americans' Stories, American Latino Heritage

NEW! Looking for a way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your kids? Check out these family-friendly resources!

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources For Teachers, Parents, & Kids: Curated list of free educational resources from PBS LearningMedia. Explore the experiences, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have shaped Latino—and American—history.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS FOR PARENTS

Panther Parents – we need you!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s already donated to help reach the goal of the 100 Campaign - 100% of families donating to raise $100,000 for the school in the first 100 days! We have raised about $20,000 in these first 3 weeks (21 days) of school. Thank you! To everyone else who hasn't yet had a chance - please click here to donate now!


Let’s keep it going to help fund vital teacher supplies, student counseling, technology, academic support, the arts, and more to help everyone in our community to navigate these unprecedented times. Families who donate $250 or more will receive a gorgeous plush navy blanket

embroidered with the #CULVERPRIDE logo!


It was so great meeting new families at the 6th grade parent mixer and greeting friends new and old at the PTSA meeting this past week. (Click to join PTSA here https://jointotem.com/ca/culver-city/culver-city-middle-school-ptsa ). With so many challenges in the world we’re grateful for CCMS and this amazing community.


Thank you so much!

Your Fellow Panther Parents at PTSA & Panther Partners

Volunteers needed for the Backpacks for Kids Program

The Backpacks for Kids program provides bags filled with food and snacks for children to take home each week when needed. Sponsored by Council PTA, we have been distributing bags all summer and are expecting to distribute even more this school year. We need help though! Please check out the volunteer opportunities listed below and let me know if you're interested and able to help- volunteers do NOT have to be CCUSD cleared but masks & distancing are required. Please email Connie at cslwong123@gmail.com if you can help. Thanks! (Monetary donations can be made at https://www.ccbackpacksforkids.com/ ).


Volunteers Opportunities:

1) Wednesdays, 9-10:30am, Packing Bags at CCMS

Looking for two volunteers that can consistently come to the pantry each week to help pack food into bags. The pantry is a small indoor space located at CCMS so masks and distancing will be required inside. No children allowed. Volunteers should be able to work quickly, may need to carry bags and lift heavy boxes, and should be willing to also do tasks such as mopping the floor, clean, re-stock shelves, take out trash, breakdown/fold boxes, etc.


2) Wednesdays, 11:00-11:30am, Transporting bags from CCMS to Farragut Cafeteria

Looking for 1 to 2 volunteers that can consistently come to the pantry each week to pick up bags from CCMS and drop them off at the Farragut cafeteria for distribution to students. Volunteers should have a large SUV/minivan/truck to fit ~100+ bags and can comfortably carry and move bags of food.


3) Thursdays, 11:30am-1:15pm, Distributing Bags at La Ballona during Grab-and-Go Meals

Looking for a friendly volunteer to help pass out bags to students/families on Thursdays at La Ballona Elementary School during the Grab-and-Go Meal pick-ups. Volunteers should enjoy working with people and will be expected to help make sure things run smoothly. Being able to speak Spanish may be helpful.

Sip Some Wine & Support Our Schools on September 26!

Support our schools on September 26th

Only 3 weeks until the Culver City Education Foundation’s virtual fundraising event, SIP for our Schools.

Join us virtually to see how your donations are making an impact in our schools, enjoy visits from special guests, bid on our silent auction items, and much more....

Tune in for free and sip your own beverage of choice, or buy a ticket to enjoy a creative wine tasting adventure (with real wine!) and cooking demonstrations from local award-winning chefs.


Ticket prices increase after September 11th so don’t delay!

Click here to purchase your tickets today:

http://events.handbid.com/auctions/sip-for-our-schools-2020


Please join us as we SIP together and support our schools on September 26th.

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Book Recommendation: The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child's Academic, Social, and Emotional Development in Any Setting

From Corwin Sage Publications:


We are in this together and will get through this together

Parent involvement has always been a vital part of any child’s education, but the pandemic and resulting remote instruction require that parents and educators partner at a deeper level.

Following the tremendous success of The Distance Learning Playbook, K-12, education authorities Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie have teamed up with New York Times bestselling author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman to bring you the consummate guide to support your child's academic, social, and emotional development in any learning environment – while not overwhelming you in the process.

This essential guide will arm you with the tools and insight to

  • Create an environment conducive to learning, establish routines, and most importantly, take care of yourself and your child

  • Maximize the time you spend supporting learning by focusing on what is proven to work best in education

  • Help your child develop the cognitive attitudes and habits that foster creativity, critical thinking, and increased responsibility for their learning

  • Support the development of your child’s social and emotional learning skills, including the ability to navigate social interactions, build friendships, and regulate emotions at a time when they have never been more important to have, and more challenging to maintain

The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents outlines supportive strategies for navigating virtual environments to ensure effective and impactful learning that aligns the needs and expectations of teachers, parents, and students alike.


Check out the flyer below!


Buy The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents here!

PREVIOUSLY POSTED ANNOUNCEMENTS

After School Performances Program

If you are interested in participating in the after school Performances Program for the fall production, check out all of the info below!

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Update on Wednesday PAWs

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New Information Regarding Grab n Go Meals!

S​erving Procedures:

  • Grab 'n Go meals will be offered daily at all school sites.
  • CCMS will serve at the main entrance from 1:00 PM to 2 PM daily.
  • Lunches will include a student’s choice of lunch entrées along with accompanying side dishes.
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Sandy Segal Youth Health Center Services

See the attached flyer for a full list of services
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Visit Our New FAQs Page!

Still have questions? Access our FAQs page here!

CCMS Office Will be Open By Appointment Only

If you need to visit the CCMS Main Office, please make an appointment here.


  • Complete Aeries Registration (if unable to do it at home)
  • Pick up an item: pre-purchase yearbook from last year, 8th grade certificate or award, etc


In an effort to keep our community safe, we encourage you to call or email all other questions or concerns that do not require an in-person visit.


CCMS Main Line: (310) 842-4200

Office Hours by Appointment: 9AM-2PM

AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES AND SPORTS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

An Update on CCMS Fall and Winter Sports

Due to Covid-19 all Fall and Winter sports have been canceled at CCMS.

We are looking into spring sports as a possibility, and we hope we will be able to offer a full sports program for the 2021-2022 school year.

If you have additional questions about particular sports, please contact the AD for the sports under their name.

Athletic Director - Tom Salter tomsalter@ccusd.org 310-842-4200 x6060

Fall - Flag Football , Water Polo , Girls Tennis

Winter - Swim

Spring - Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis

Athletic Director - Angelo Sablan angelosablan@ccusd.org

Fall - Girls Volleyball , Cross Country

Winter - Boys and Girls Basketball

Spring - Boys and Girls Soccer, Track, Boys Volleyball

Athletic Assistant - Tonya Mclinn tonyamclinn@ccusd.org


Panther Partners After School Classes--REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

Registration is now open for the Panther Partners After School Classes!


Register here: Click here for Panther Partners After School Classes Registration!


Panther Partners After School Classes/ASC program is offering a dynamic selection of virtual learning classes for Fall 2020. Classes will start September 7, 2020 ( Labor Day week) and run through the week of December 11, 2020. That’s 14 weeks of classes!


We recommend EARLY registration to ensure enrollment in the class you choose.

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.


SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.


PP ASC will be offering:

  • Fiction Writing

  • Beginning & Continuing French

  • Zooga Yoga

  • Jr. Culinarians

  • 3 different art classes

  • Mathcounts & Math Olympiad

  • Actors’ Workshop

  • Singing

  • Digital Skills for Entrepreneurs (coding)

  • Creative Web Design (coding)

  • Photography

  • Folklorico Dance

  • Magic: The Gathering


Stay tuned to the Paw Print and check on out social media and websites below for announcements of open registration. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantherPartnersofCCMS,

https://www.pantherpartners.com/, & CulverCityMiddleSchool@yahoogroups.com

CCMS IMPROV After School Program Info

CCMS is the largest and longest-running after school program at CCMS. Started in 2011, 100+ students participate each year.


Improv is a comprehensive study of game-based, short form improvisation directed and taught by award-winning professional improvisers Eric Price, Sarah Parga, and Eddie Quintana.


Students learn, practice, and perform fundamentals of improvisation as well as advanced concepts and skills (scene study, character work, styles, genres, and musical improvisation). Most importantly, students develop essential life skills such as acceptance, commitment, flexibility, courage, collaboration, critical thinking, and kindness. No experience of any kind is necessary; only commitment and positive attitude are required!


Please see our short informational video at ccmsimprov.com, and check out the flyer below for additional information.


Registration begins Aug 18 ~ classes start Sep 14. Register at ccmsimprov.com

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

2020-2021 CCUSD School Calendar

Access the calendar for the 2020-2021 school year here!

Visit Our CCMS Store Today!

Want to buy some of the cool shirts you saw at registration? Visit our CCMS Store and place your order today!

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