Volume 13, Issue 10 | Jan. 30, 2019
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Principal's Message
As the first half of the school year draws to a close, we are already making preparations for the 2019-2020 school year. We had a wonderful turnout at the Education Celebration last weekend, and met many families interested in starting their elementary or middle school journey at Cubberley. When we speak to prospective parents regarding our school program, we speak about our three pronged focus at Cubberley School: Rigorous Curriculum, High School Readiness, and Community Service. I have had the opportunity to speak with students and parents regarding what it means to be high school ready. In addition, our Community Involvement Committee, Middle School Clubs, ASB, PTA, and Parent Foundation all work together to provide community service opportunities throughout the year (#cubberleycares), so that our students learn that they can make a difference in their community.

I do not regularly have an opportunity to address the rigorous curriculum we provide at Cubberley, so hopefully this article will help parents have a greater understanding of our program. I will also highlight the 6th grade program to assist 5th grade parents in understanding the wide range of opportunities that Cubberley provides to our students as they enter middle school.

Rigorous Curriculum
It is my expectation that all of our teachers provide all students with rigorous academic curriculum, which is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in a warm, but demanding environment. It is the responsibility of the Cubberley staff to appropriately motivate and challenge each student, regardless of their current academic level, and the Common Core State Standards are, by design, more rigorous than the old state standards. Students are expected to read at grade level by the end of each school year or make, at minimum, a full year’s growth each school year. We provide interventions for students who need extra assistance to meet this goal (i.e. Small Group Literacy Instruction, CCR English, Math Development, Homework Help, Kahn Academy, Lexia CORE 5, and ST Math)

Qualified Cubberley students in 1st through 8th grade have the opportunity to take an accelerated program of study. Currently in elementary school, we offer PALS class in 1st and 2nd grade and GATE class in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. In middle school, course labels change from GATE to ACC. Currently, 75% of our middle school population is enrolled in ACC English and Math. 75% of our current 8th grade students are on track to complete Algebra 1-2, and 50% of our 8th grade students are on track to complete Spanish 1-2, by the end of 8th grade. Students are placed in accelerated courses and in rigorous electives, such as Spanish 1-2 and Robotics 7/8, using multiple measures including teacher recommendation, report card grades/conduct, and district/state assessment data. The number of ACC sections offered each year in 6th grade is based on the data of the incoming 5th grade class. 

GATE Identification
All students in grades 2 and 4 are screened for identification and may be eligible to participate in our district’s gifted and talented education (PALS/GATE) program in elementary school. Students who pass the preliminary screening will be given the entire test battery. The families of qualified students will be notified if they qualify for GATE identification. GATE-identified students are clustered into classes with accelerated (high-achieving) students. When students reach middle school, the program changes from GATE to ACC (Accelerated). All GATE-identified and high achieving students are scheduled into ACC ELA and Math courses in middle school. 

6th Grade Courses
All 6th Grade students at Cubberley take the following core courses:
  • ELA 6 or ELA 6 ACC
  • Math 6 or Math 6 ACC
  • History 6
  • Science 6
  • PE 6 (alternating with an elective)

The following electives are currently being offered in 6th grade on an “exploratory wheel”. This means that all 6th grade students have the opportunity to take these four classes on an alternating day schedule. They will have two of these courses the first semester and two the second semester:
  • Chorus 6
  • Exploratory Art 6
  • Technology 6
  • Long Beach Scholars 6

In addition, 6th Grade students have an option to take one or more of the following electives on an alternating day basis:
  • CCR English 6 (Intervention)
  • Math Development 6 (Intervention)
  • Beginning Band
  • Beginning Orchestra
  • MESA 6
  • Strategies for Success (RSP Intervention)
  • PE 6 (if they want PE everyday)

As you can see, we offer a wide variety of elective options for our 6th grade students. Our goal is to expose them to a wide range of courses so they can begin to develop their interests as they look toward selecting high school pathways. Students who choose to stay at Cubberley through 8th grade will leave well-prepared, well-rounded, and equipped for the challenges of high school. 

~Mrs. Imbroane, Principal
Save The Date! 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
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 graduation 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!!!

8th Grade Class Shirts
We are using Image Market for our 8th grade shirts this year. They have graciously created an online cart, so you are able to purchase directly through them and have your items shipped to Cubberley. The online link to order the Class of 2019 Shirt is now live. The shirt is available in a t-shirt, crew neck sweatshirt, and hoodie and includes all students' names on the back. The deadline to purchase your shirts is Friday, Feb. 8. The online option will close at that time, so they can have time to make the shirts and get them here by the end of February.
Class Pictures
Feb. 5- Elementary Class Pictures and Grade 8 Panorama Photo

Elementary Class pictures
Tuesday, Feb. 5 will be elementary class photo day. Students need to be in uniform. Photos need to be purchased for $11 each. They were not included in the picture package sold earlier in the year. Order forms will be coming home with the students or you may place an order online here. Orders may be turned in to the office through Feb. 8.

8th grade Panorama
Tuesday, Feb. 5 will be a panoramic photo for 8th grade students. Students need to be in uniform. Pictures need to be purchased for $12 each, or $17 for the photo with protective coating. They were not included in the picture package sold earlier in the year. Order forms will be coming home with the students or you may place an order online here. Orders may be turned in to the office through Feb. 8.
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.
A Warm Cubberley Welcome
Please welcome our new ASB Financial Technician, Sheila Tran. She replaces Julie Gholson, who retired in December.  Sheila works at Cubberley and Tincher.
Sock Drive
Cubberley is again participating in the "Sock It To' Em" sock drive for the homeless.

All socks should be brought to your student’s classroom by tomorrow, Jan. 31.


For detailed information about this project, click here.
Thank You, Mr. San
Happy retirement, on Jan. 31, to custodian Mr. San, who leaves Cubberley after 15 years and a total of 19.5 years in the district. We wish you all the best!
Free and Reduced-Price Meals at School
Family incomes can be disrupted by unexpected events such as the recent shutdown of the federal government, which employs thousands of people. The Long Beach Unified School District Nutrition Services Branch is available to assist families affected by the federal shutdown to determine if they are eligible for free or reduced-price student meals. For assistance, call Nutrition Services at (562) 427-7923 to speak with a meal application specialist. More information is available here.
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 to the nurse's office ASAP, or before April 30, 2019, so we may update our records.
View the full calendar here .

Jan. 30 & 31
Talent Show Auditions

Feb. 5
Class Picture Day

Feb. 11
Lincoln's Birthday

Feb. 12
Talent Show Volunteer Meeting

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

May 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 22
Open House

May 27
Memorial Day Holiday

June 7
Wear Purple for Citizenship

5th Grade Promotion Picnic

June 12
Kindergarten Promotion

June 13
8th Grade Promotion

Last Day of School

Girls' Basketball

Click here for the full schedule.

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! 
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