Volume 13, Issue 7 | Dec. 5, 2018
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Principal's Message
Dear Cubberley Families,

Are you planning a family trip for Winter Break? As you are making your travel arrangements, I would like to stress the importance of sending your child to school each and every day possible. Our Winter Break will extend from Dec. 22 through Jan. 6. Friday, Dec. 21 is a District-Wide Minimum Day (2:00 p.m. dismissal) Each year, absences spike in the days before and after the winter holiday as families attempt to squeeze in a few extra vacation days. We are hoping that as you are making your plans, you will consider the impact on your students who are missing school. A few missed days here and there means lost learning time and may put your child behind in their studies. This is as true in Kindergarten as it is in 8th Grade. 

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you have received a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching and our students will be learning right up until vacation starts, and instruction will resume on the first day back. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the great habit of coming to school every day.  

Mrs. Imbroane
Book Fair Going on Now
The Scholastic “Enchanted Forest” Book Fair is being held in the Cubberley library this week. Each student will have an opportunity to visit the fair with his or her class. A letter has been sent home that that included the Book Fair schedule, as well as each child’s classroom visit day and time. The online fair is also going on now, with free shipping to the school. Please click here for fair hours or to shop online.

See you there!

~Becca Gadbois and Jessica Dotts, Book Fair and Reading Rewards Co-Chairs
Early Bird Flash Sale for 2018-2019 Yearbooks
The 2018-2019 yearbooks are on sale now through Dec. 14 for a discounted price of $25. The price is for a hardback, full color yearbook. You may write one check, but each child needs their own form. Click here for the form.

Checks should be payable to Cubberley School and need to include the child’s name and room number on the check. Since this is a discounted price, there is not a sibling discount. Cubberley School is not responsible for lost cash. Checks or money orders are the preferred payment at this time. The price will go up to $30 after the presale. Please see or call Mrs. Gholson in the office for questions.
Holiday Drives
Cubberley collected a total of 1,117 cans of corn for the Long Beach Basket Brigade. Thank you for your generosity! Let’s continue to think of others by donating to our other upcoming drives:

  • Canned and boxed food for donations to the Salvation Army.

  • New, unwrapped books and toys for ages birth to 16 years to donate to Miller Children’s Hospital and to Foster Youth organization. Books to donate may also be purchased through our book fair this week.

Items may be brought to classrooms, the office, or valet drop off. 

The deadline for all items is Friday, Dec. 14.  #cubberleycares

$1.00 Donations Requested
A separate drive is on for the students and teachers affected by the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, California. The Ponderosa Elementary School teachers were able to evacuate every child, but the entire school burned down and the teachers need help replenishing their classrooms. We are collecting $1.00 or more to be donated by Dec. 7.
This Weekend: "A Christmas Carol"
Free Performances, Dec. 7 & 8
theatre workshop
The Young Actors Theatre Workshop will present, Charles Dickens', "A Christmas Carol,” on Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cubberley auditorium. 
Marie Contreras Romero is directing the production that will feature Jeffrey W. in the lead role as Ebenezer Scrooge, Owen D. as Jacob Marley's Ghost, Ayanami M. as Narrator, Ethan C. as the Ghost of Christmas Past, William K. as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Lal S. as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Demir R. G. as Crier, 1st Boy and Ebenezer the Boy,  Alice W. as Crier, 2nd Boy and Belle, Everado R. as Crier, 3rd Boy and Young Boy, Eli D. as Bob Cratchit, Braeden M. as Fred, Dominic M. as Solicitor and Fiddler, Joseph C. as Fessiwig and Thomas, Raschele G. as Mrs. Fessiwig and Caroline, Samuel W. as Ebenezer, the Young Man and 2nd Businessman, William H. T. W. as Richard and 1st Businessman, Francesca P. as Mrs. Cratchit, Emma G. as Martha, Natalie D. as Belinda and Fan, Jonathan M. as Peter, Trevor K. as Tiny Tim and Isabella M. as Peg. 

The crew includes Philip R., Jonathan M. and Everardo R. as spotlight technicians, Owen D. and Raschele G. as light technicians, Ethan C., Alice W. and Lal S. as sound technicians. 
Join us for this classic holiday tale of the greedy and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, his surprise visit from the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, and three spirits that help enlighten old Scrooge of the meaning of Christmas. 

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Proceeds will help support future Young Actors Theatre Workshop productions.  
This December, Remember to Become a Member!
We are almost 50% of the way to our goal of 1,000 memberships, but we need your help! Please consider purchasing a PTA membership for yourself and your entire family. It helps our school and our kids in so many ways. It’s easy to do and it only costs about the same as you might spend on a holiday coffee drink and a cookie. Click here to join or pick up an envelope in the office.

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Lewis' homeroom and Ms. Flaherty's class for achieving 100% participation! Each class has earned $100 Scholastic for classroom books and materials, and $5 Scholastic for each student to spend at the book fair.
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.
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
Box Tops
Our Box Tops have been counted and the class with the most Box Tops had 1244!

The winning class is... Mrs Flagg and Mrs Mendoza’s 1st grade class. You have a donut party coming soon!

Second place, with 667 Box Tops, was Mr. Prowant’s 2nd grade class.
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. 3-7
Book Fair

Dec. 7 & 8
YATW Performances
"A Christmas Carol"
6:30 p.m.

Dec. 12
Elementary Winter Concert
5:30 p.m.

Dec. 19
Middle School Winter Concert
6:00 p.m.
Cubberley Auditorium

Dec. 21

Dec. 22-Jan. 6
Winter Break

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

Boys' Basketball

Click here for the full schedule.

Dec. 6
vs. Stanford @ Stanford
4:30 p.m

Girls' Track

Click here for the full schedule.

Dec. 8
League Meet
@ Cabrillo High School

7:30 a.m.- Field Events
9:00 a.m.- Running Events

Dec. 12
City Championships
@ Wilson High School

4:30 p.m.- Field Events
5:45 p.m.- Running Events

*Save Dec. 15 and 19 in case of rain

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