Volume 13, Issue 11 | Feb. 13, 2019
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Principal's Message
When I think about February, I typically think about hearts, flowers, candy, love, and happiness. In the school setting, February is also a month of celebration. It is a time when we honor the hard work and dedication that our students have shown during the first semester of school.

For our eighth grade class, February has also been a month of reflection and recommitment. We kicked off the month with a pancake breakfast hosted by the eighth grade teachers. Several parents came out to assist with set up and clean up and flipped “all you can eat” pancakes. During the breakfast, Mr. Dixon and I had the opportunity to speak to the students about putting all of their energy and effort in making their last semester of middle school their best semester at Cubberley. We talked to them about all of the exciting 8th Grade Activities that are ahead and we encouraged them to finish strong. I am confident that our eighth graders will take this opportunity to work hard and to make everlasting memories before they move on to high school.

This week I had the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of many of our students at the elementary awards assemblies, and next week we will be taking time to honor middle school students with grade level honor roll lunches. We believe that it is important to honor students for their accomplishments, and although not every student earns an award every semester, all students have the potential to grow and achieve their goals. 

Speaking of goals, this Thursday morning, our Instructional Leadership Team, Literacy Specialist, and I will be presenting our school data and progress on our school goals for the first semester of school. We will use this opportunity to reflect on the first semester, to celebrate our successes, and to plan our next steps. I invite anyone who is interested to attend this presentation at 7:55 a.m. in the Cubberley Auditorium. I am excited to share this information on Valentine’s Day as I LOVE to talk about all of the wonderful things that are going on at Cubberley. 

I hope the rest of February is filled love and happiness for you and yours.

~Mrs. Imbroane, Principal
Next Week! Feb. 21: Parenting Strategies for Cultivating Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Confidence
Please join us at the next Cubberley Parent Education Series session on Thursday, Feb 21. Our topic, suggested by both parents and staff, is Healthy Social-Emotional Development: Parenting Strategies for Cultivating Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, and Self-Confidence.

We’ll be exploring how to help your kids and tweens develop a healthy sense of self awareness, empathy, and compassion for others, as well as useful strategies to nurture self-confidence by allowing kids to be challenged, to grow, to succeed, to fail, and to try again. We’ll talk about how teaching and encouraging, as opposed to managing and rescuing, helps kids develop self-confidence, resilience, perseverance, and grit.

The PTA meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, and the CPES meeting will immediately follow.

Looking forward to connecting with you,

~Leah Macpherson, MA
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Certified Parent Educator
Trials, Tribulations, and Rain
If you want to know when it is going to rain, just ask us when the next garden lesson is scheduled! The Garden Program most definitely extends a great thanks to the teachers, VIPS, and students for their cooperation in getting through this month's garden lessons— from picnics in the classrooms to rescheduled lessons due to the holidays and weather. A special thanks goes out to Ms. Sandra, who allowed us to hold a few of these lessons in the cafeteria. This month's lesson consisted of how to get rid of garden pests using non-toxic methods. We learned how to use a mixture of oil and water to control aphids and how to get rid of rats through the use of peppermint oil. 

The healthy snack was kale pizza made on a flour tortilla, with the ever-popular ranch dressing in lieu of spaghetti sauce. Be sure and let Popeye know that we will be harvesting the spinach for our healthy snack next month!
Mr. Cleven's second semester health class was able to get their salad garden planted before the last rain storm hit. They planted carrots, radishes, arugula, lettuce, snap peas, and kale. The first semester closed out their garden with smoothies made from their remaining greens and harvested their carrots.

The 5th grade and middle school gardens did not get much time this month due to the weather, but, as usual, the kids were great about managing the cleanup the weather created. As soon as the weather is more stable, we have plans to recondition the furniture and do a bit more landscaping. We will also be getting ready for our Spring plant sales.

~Jeanette Stephen, Garden Coordinator
Picture Dates
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Feb. 14: Girls basketball and boys track pictures will be taken after school.

March 8: Vocal and instrumental pictures.

March 12: Spring Picture day (only those that purchase pictures will be photographed)
Restaurant Nights at Flippin' Pizza Feb. 19 & 20
Due to the fabulous turnout of the previous Restaurant Nights at Flippin' Pizza, this time Flippin' would like to offer friends and family of Cubberley TWO nights to come in and help raise money for our Cubs. 

Head over to Flippin' Pizza (6269 Spring St.) on Feb. 19 or 20 (or both!) from 5-9 p.m. and up to 50% of the total will be donated back to our school. Also, each student from the class with the highest participation will receive a FREE SLICE of pizza so be sure to complete the sign in sheet to win.  

Since the Cubberley events are so well attended, Flippin' wants to remind everyone that a great way to avoid long wait times is to call ahead to order your pizza. What a great opportunity to enjoy some delicious pizza, see lots of familiar faces, and help raise money for Cubberley. Hope to see everyone there! 

View the flyer here.
Middle School Soccer Tryouts
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Middle School boys' soccer tryouts will be held Feb. 21 and 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please see Coach Garza for more details.

Middle School girls' soccer tryouts will be held Feb. 25 through Feb. 28, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please see Coach Jen or Coach Sevilla for more details.
Read Across America: Feb. 25 - Mar. 1
In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Cubberley will be celebrating Read Across America.

Dr. Seuss Stovepipe Hats
May be worn all week and will be available for sale in the office for $5.00 (cash only), beginning on Friday, Feb. 22. Colors and quantities are limited.

Green Eggs and Ham in the Cafeteria
On Friday, March 1 our Cubberley cafeteria will be serving Green Eggs and Ham.
Look For The Red Can
As part of our Garden Program, we teach our students about the benefits of recycling. One benefit we discuss is turning cans and plastic bottles into cash instead of putting them into landfills where they don't breakdown. We have a red trash can set up by the elementary school garden to collect cans and bottles. All proceeds go into our gardening programs. We have been lucky this year in which some of the students and parents are even bringing cans and bottles from home. 

Thank you to all who have been supporting our recycling efforts!

~Jeanette Stephen, Garden Coordinator
Minimum Days for Parent Conferences
Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6 are minimum days for all students in all grades, TK-8.

Grades 1-8 will be dismissed at 2:00 p.m. and buses will leave at 2:00 p.m. Students in TK and K will be on the minimum day schedule, with early birds and special day class students attending from 9:00-12:20, and late birds attending from 10:10-2:10.

Teachers will contact parents who need to schedule a conference. Parents who would like to request a conference may email or call the teacher for an appointment.
Attention 8th Grade Families!
Hello 8th Grade Families:

As we enter second semester, we are fast approaching the end of the school year. Hard to believe that in about four months or so, our kids will be high school students. If you have not already turned in your 8th grade donation of $40.00, please do so as soon as possible. Your $40.00 goes toward our year end activities: the CSULB party on Friday, May 31; the Awards Night Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11; the Yearbook signing BBQ on Wednesday, June 12; and finally, the promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 13. We need all the support we can get to pay for all these activities.

Please do not forget to send in your donation. Place your check made out to Cubberley School Foundation, or your cash, in an envelope and label it "8th Grade Class of 2019 donation". The office staff know exactly where to place the envelope once it is received. Every dollar counts and we need your support!!!  

On another note, Robyn Woodyard, one of our room moms, has graciously consented to compile a memory video for our 8th Grade class. She has set up a Shutterfly account to receive photos. If you have pictures of your child’s journey through Cubberley, please upload them here. THANK YOU!!!
Wear Orange For Fairness on Feb. 22
Cubs have character and in February we are highlighting the trait of Fairness. We can show our support and dedication by wearing Orange on Friday, Feb. 22!

You can show Fairness to your fellow Cubs, teachers, staff, and parents by playing by the rules, taking turns, sharing, being open-minded, treating all Cubs fairly, not blaming others, listening to others, and not taking advantage of others.
Grade 6 Tdap and Varicella Reminder
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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 to the nurse's office ASAP, or before April 30, 2019, so we may update our records.
View the full calendar here .


Feb. 18
Washington's Birthday
NO SCHOOL

Feb. 19 & 20
Restaurant Nights @
Flippin' Pizza
5-9 p.m.

Feb. 21

M.S. Boys' Soccer Tryouts
3:30-5:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting and Parent Education
6:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Feb. 22
Wear Orange for Fairness

M.S. Boys' Soccer Tryouts
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Feb. 25-28
M.S. Girls' Soccer Tryouts
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 25-March 1
Read Across America

March 1
Talent Show
6:00 p.m.

March 5 & 6
Spring Conferences
MINIMUM DAYS

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

April 1-5
Autism Awareness Week

April 19-28
Spring Break
NO SCHOOL

May 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 22
Open House
MINIMUM DAY

May 27
Memorial Day Holiday
NO SCHOOL

June 7
Wear Purple for Citizenship

5th Grade Promotion Picnic

June 12
Kindergarten Promotion

June 13
8th Grade Promotion

Last Day of School
MINIMUM DAY



Girls' Basketball

Click here for the full schedule.



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. 20
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! 
Do all you can to support Cubberley with these simple programs:
eScrip
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