Volume 13, Issue 8 | Dec. 19, 2018
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Principal's Message

Dear Cubberley Families,
As 2018 draws to a close, I want to take a moment to wish all of you a wonderful Winter Break. I hope that this holiday is filled with wonderful memories with loved ones and friends.

When we return from break on Monday, Jan. 7, we will “Kick Off the New Year with Kindness.” Students will be receiving a calendar with a suggested kind act per day for the month of January. Please look for the calendar when we return from break, and encourage your student to participate in some, or all, of the activities during the month. Let’s kick off 2019 with kindness and show the world that Cubberley Cares.

Have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!

~Mrs. Imbraone
This December, Remember to Become a Member!
In need of a few last minute gifts? A PTA membership is a GREAT gift to give for the holidays— one you won't have to exchange because it's one size fits all!

Click here to give the gift of advocacy today. 
Festive and Fashionable, or Just Plain Ugly...
Celebrate the spirit of the season on Friday, Dec. 21 with your favorite holiday sweater! All students may wear jeans.
Minimum Day on Dec. 21
Friday, Dec. 21 is a minimum day. TK and K students will attend on the minimum day schedule. Grades 1-8 will dismiss at 2 p.m. The campus will close at 3 p.m. (with the exception of Kids' Club). 

Parents, please make arrangements to have your students off campus no later than 3 p.m., as our staff begins the winter break.
Skunked In The Garden!
We had some nocturnal visitors in our elementary garden this fall, causing some minor damage. The tiny footprints and small holes were a pretty good clue that something was digging for grubs at night in our beds. The smell that greeted us one morning before watering confirmed that we had a skunk visiting at night. A few strategically-placed ammonia-soaked rags hopefully eliminated our nighttime visitor. All in all, it made for a fun discussion during our observation lesson this month. 
The healthy snack for the month was the famous "Cubberley Oreo," which is a concoction made out of low fat cream cheese and shredded radishes that the kids grew, spread between 2 soda crackers. The leftover radishes will be pulled and bagged up for Food Finders as our way of giving back to the community.
Thanks to your support, our Garden Clubs had some very successful plant sales this month. The 5th grade Garden Club and middle school Garden Club did a fantastic job in the preparation for these sales. This month, the two clubs planted and delivered succulent plants in Christmas mugs for the office staff. Also, the clubs continue doing a wonderful job during their lunchtime meetings in maintaining the middle school garden and surrounding areas. Look for us in February for our 1st annual Valentine plant sale.
Last month, Mr. Cleven's 7th grade classes harvested their garden and set-up a salad bar in the Middle School Garden to enjoy during their lunch hour. They will finish off their semester by harvesting their carrots and making smoothies out of the remaining greens. 
~Jeanette Stephen, Garden Coordinator 
PTA Board Nominations
Come be a part of the PTA! Nomination forms are due to the office by Jan. 11, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Dotts at jmushinskie@yahoo.com 
Bravo! A Christmas Carol takes a Bow!
theatre workshop
The Young Actors Theatre Workshop, an after school enrichment program, would like to thank all who attended the performances of "A Christmas Carol." The play was very well-received and was a success. The cast and crew's dedication, talent, dramatic flair, enthusiasm, and desire to reach for the stars contributed to a memorable production.

Our gratitude goes to all the parents who devoted time and energy to the play.

An extra special thank you to Principal Cathleen Imbroane for her ongoing support and appreciation for the arts. 
Congratulations to the fantastic cast and crew: J effrey W., Owen D., Ayanami M., Ethan C., William K., Lal S., Demir G., Alice W., Everado R., Eli D., Braeden M., Dominic M., Joseph C., Raschele G., Samuel W., William H. T. W., Francesca P., Emma G., Natalie D., Jonathan M., Trevor K., Isabella M., and Philip R. 

See you next year!

Happy Holidays! 

~Marie Contreras Romero
YATW Artistic Director

~Suzette Picazo
YATW Costume Designer
Save the Date! Jan. 17 ~ Harmonious Home & School Relationships
Welcome to another year of the Cubberley Parent Education Series! Entering our fourth year of serving the community, the CPES was created to provide information and support to our students and families. We’ll be kicking off the new year with a new topic: Harmonious Home & School Relationships: Cultivating Cooperative Relationships Between Home and School That Benefit Students.

Research conducted and compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists indicates that healthy home and school relationships can have the following effects:
  • Improved test scores
  • Improved grades
  • More positive student attitudes
  • Less high-risk behavior
  • Higher staff morale
  • Enhanced relationships between school and community
  • Increased parental support for school's initiatives and programs
  • Improved parental opinion of and regard for the school

Join us to explore how home and school community members can work together to cultivate better communication, less stress, and positive outcomes for our students. We’ll meet in the auditorium, right after the PTA meeting, on Thursday, Jan. 17.
Looking forward to connecting with you,

~Leah Macpherson, MA
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Certified Parent Educator
Everyday Heroes
PTA's "Hero Around Me" for the month of December is: Ms. Pirie!

Ms. Pirie has been at the forefront of teaching our middle school students compassion, kindness, leadership, organization, community, and so much more by being the ASB (Associated Student Body) advisor for many years. In addition to her job of teaching science to 6th and 7th graders, Ms. Pirie spends her lunches with ASB students, organizing activities such as Middle School dances, the corn drive during Thanksgiving, a Toy Drive for the holidays, the St. Baldricks Cub team, making signs for school events, Autism Awareness week and so much more. Middle school ASB students learn how to run all of these events under the leadership of Ms. Pirie.
Thank you, Ms. Pirie, for all that you do!

If you would like to nominate a "Hero Around Me" for our school, please email Maria Towne at cubptapresident@gmail.com 
Grade 6 Tdap and Varicella Reminder
The State of California has now added the second varicella (chicken pox) vaccine as a requirement for students prior to starting 7th grade, as well as proof of the tdap booster. Your child may have already had these two boosters, but verification is due to the nurse’s office. In case your child needs one or both boosters, please schedule an appointment. All 6th grade students need to provide proof of both boosters to the nurse's office ASAP.
Washington, D.C. Trip
Students in grades 7 and 8 may experience an exciting trip during spring break, April 22-April 26, 2019.

Students will explore numerous Smithsonian Museums, discover the true meaning of sacrifice at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, walk in the footsteps of our country’s past and present leaders on Capitol Hill, and stand where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

For more information, please email Reyna Gonzalez at  reyna.gonzalez@gmail.com  or she may be reached at 562-489-4438.
View the full calendar here .

Dec. 19
M.S. Girls' Basketball Tryouts
3:30-4:30 p.m.
See Coach Cleven

Middle School Winter Concert
6:00 p.m.
Cubberley Auditorium

Dec. 21

Dec. 22-Jan. 6
Winter Break

Jan. 8
M.S. Boys' Track Tryouts
3:30-5:00 p.m.
See Coach Garza

Jan. 17
PTA Meeting & CPES
6:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Jan. 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 25
Wear Gray/Silver for Digital Citizenship

Jan. 29
Measure E Community Meeting
6:00 p.m.

Feb. 5
Class Picture Day

Feb. 11
Lincoln's Birthday

Feb. 18
Washington's Birthday

Feb. 21
PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Feb. 22
Wear Orange for Fairness

March 1
Talent Show
6:00 p.m.

March 5&6
Spring Conferences

March 21
PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m. in the auditorium

April 1-5
Autism Awareness Week

April 19-28
Spring Break

Girls' Basketball

Click here for the full schedule.

Jan. 22
vs. Franklin @ Franklin
5:15 p.m.

Jan. 24
vs. Washington @ Washington
4:30 p.m.

Jan. 31
vs. Keller @ McBride
4:30 p.m.

Feb. 7
vs. Rogers @ Marshall
4:30 p.m.

Feb. 14
vs. Jefferson @ McBride
4:30 p.m.

Feb. 22
vs. Stanford @ Stanford
4:30 p.m.

Boys' Track

Click here for the full schedule.

Feb. 2
Practice Meet
7:30 a.m.- Field Events
9:00 a.m.- Running Events
@ Wilson H.S.

Feb. 9
League Meet
7:30 a.m.- Field Events
9:00 a.m.- Running Events
@ Wilson H.S.

Feb. 13
City Championships
4:30 p.m.- Field Events
5:45 p.m.- Running Events
@ Wilson H.S.
Please remember that the Long Beach Unified School District requires all students in kindergarten through 8th grade to wear a school uniform. At Cubberley, this includes a solid white, navy, or light blue top and navy bottoms. Middle school students may also choose red shirts and dark denim or khaki bottoms. Spirit Wear is also encouraged.

Please click here for the full guidelines on Cubberley Academic Attire. We appreciate your continued support! 
Send a Note for Student Absences
Regular, on-time attendance is most important for success at school. Parents are strongly urged to send their child to school on time every day, unless he or she is ill. (Please plan family vacations around the school calendar.)   

Phone calls will not be accepted to excuse absences. Instead, a written note from the parent or guardian is required. The note should be sent with the student upon return, and given to the teacher, or may be emailed to our attendance clerk, Brenda Camrin, at   bcamrin@lbschools.net . Absence notes need to include the child's first and last name, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature.

Children returning after having a contagious disease will need to be readmitted through the nurse's office.  
If your child is late to school and arrives before 9:30, they may go straight to class. A child arriving after 9:30 needs to check in with the office before going to class. Exception: if your child was at school, signed out and returned to school the same day, the office needs to have the return time filled in on the sign-out sheet.  

If a student goes to the doctor or dentist, a note is required from the doctor/dentist for the absence to be excused. 
Thank you for your cooperation! 
Marq-it Your Way
Want to shout out to your child, or a friend, a "Happy Birthday?" We have the place for you-- the Cubberley marquee! No cardboard signs or balloons... this is the way to wish the birthday child a great day!

Click  here  to print out the form, or pick one up from the rotating organizers at the entrance of the school (outside the main office). Fill it out, attach cash or check, and drop it off in the main office. We'll do the rest!
Do all you can to support Cubberley with these simple programs:
Register your debit, credit or grocery store card at   www.escrip.com  and local shops and restaurants will donate a portion of your purchases to Cubberley. Register for Ellwood Cubberley School, Group ID 139422137.
Amazon Smile
Enroll in the Amazon Smile program (with your existing Amazon.com account or a new one) and choose Ellwood P. Cubberley PTA as your designated charitable organization. .5% of each eligible purchase will be donated back to Cubberley. Click 
here  to start shopping.
Each teacher will receive a menu to post in the classroom. The menu may also be found on the district website.
Pay for Meals On-line 

Now you can add cash to your child's cafeteria account on-line, any time! The process is quick and simple. First, you will need your child's student ID number.  

Click  here  for more information and to register.
Once registered, you can view cafeteria purchases, track balances and schedule payments. (A convenience fee will apply for online payments.) You can still make payments in person at the Cubberley cafeteria. 

Cubberley students can tap into a long list of kid-friendly research sites for free, courtesy of Long Beach Public Library.
Click  here  for a list of helpful sites. If you're asked for a barcode or ID, type in Cubberley's secret code: 2309 00068 15405, or your library card number.
Students will have access to full-text articles from thousands of newspapers and magazines, on-line dictionaries, and encyclopedias; test preparation sites, language-learning tools, an online library or current events, an African-American study center, a collection of animated picture books and more. 

Cubberley became the leader of the pack when the school notably became the first National Blue Ribbon School in the Long Beach Unified School District in 1997.
Cubberley was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1995, 2004, and 2008.
The Cubberley Connection On-line (CCO) is brought to you by Cubberley PTA. For more information about how we put your donations to work, or to donate to support this valuable informational tool, please visit www.cubberleypta.com.
CCO Editors: Becca Gadbois, Haley Franks-Tucker, & Stefanie Modica