Volume 13, Issue 13 | March 13, 2019
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Dining For Dollars at Super Mex Today!
Head to Super Mex on Spring (6429 E. Spring St.) ALL day with the flyer and 20% will be donated to Cubberley.

Another chance to skip cooking, hang out with friends and raise money for our school.

Thank you so much for your continued support!
Wear Green on March 15
Students may wear green for St. Patrick's Day on Friday, March 15, as long as they follow the dress code.
March 20: Loved Ones Lunch
Loved Ones Lunch
Calling all loved ones in our students' lives. Come have lunch with your child during your child’s regular lunch time. The schedule is on the flyer here

This is an on-campus activity. Please enjoy your lunch on campus.
March Madness Yearbook Presale – now through March 25
Pre-order this year’s yearbook for $30. It is a hard cover, color yearbook. Please fill out one form per student. Please pay by check or money order, made payable to Cubberley school, so cash is not lost. 

Orders must be received by March 25. There will not be another presale this year and quantities are limited. If yearbooks are left, they will be sold in June.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meet and Greet
All Cubberley parents are invited to a Meet and Greet hosted by the new Diversity and Inclusion Committee on March 28. The event will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria, and childcare will be provided. Committee members will go over the group’s mission, 2019-2020 goals and action plan, and opportunities for parent education and involvement. Please come to hear about the new committee and to share ideas about how we can all work together to support all Cubberley students!

For more information, please contact Nav Deol-Johnson ( nav.deol.johnson@gmail.com), Haley Franks-Tucker ( haley.frankstucker@gmail.com), or Jordan Tracy ( jordanliztracy@gmail.com).
Garden News
Where's Popeye?

This month we harvested the spinach that we planted from seed last fall to make spinach burritos, made with gluten free flour tortillas, for our healthy snack. Of course, the students' number one choice of ranch dressing was used in lieu of salsa or hot sauce. One reason why we chose to use tortillas in making most of our healthy snacks, other than it is popular with kids, is because it is cost effective. You do not have the cost of buying paper goods or silverware. Our Garden Program serves a healthy snack to every elementary student each lesson. We serve over 400 snacks each month. By the end of the school year that will come out to be over 3,000 healthy snacks served in the Garden Program! Also, the reason why we incorporate ranch dressing into many of our snacks is because we have found that students are more willing to try a vegetable if they can dip or smear it with ranch dressing. We just don't let them know that the dressing is fat free!

The students helped to remove weeds and dead leaves from the raised beds as part of our maintenance, and the salsa garden was started by planting seedlings of cilantro. The lemon balm that was root bound was transferred to a bigger box, and the 1st graders planted sweet peas in its place. The lesson for this month was on how a seed travels. Dispersal by animals, especially the bird explanation, still remains among the most popular methods with the kids.
The 5th Grade and Middle School Garden Clubs are continuing to maintain the Middle School Garden, in spite of the rain. Unfortunately, with the damp weather, we have been unable to do some much needed upkeep on the furniture in the garden. Luckily, however, we did have enough of a break in the weather to pot some plants to sell at the Talent Show, and to get a head start on items for our plant sales this spring. Thanks to all who purchased plants at our last sale and those who have brought in cans and bottles for recycling.

~Jeanette Stephen, Garden Program Coordinator
The Los Angeles Chargers are Coming to Cubberley!
This announcement was made to the entire school on Monday morning:

The Los Angeles Chargers organization has reached out to Cubberley to host a FREE Chargers junior training camp. This camp is a free program for 2nd-8th grade boys and girls, to emphasize physical fitness and positive choices for kids, in a safe environment. 

Because space is limited we will be filling spots on a first come basis. On Monday, March 11, participation waivers were handed out after school in front of the auditorium. Mrs. Garza began collecting waivers Tuesday, March 12 in the morning, and will continue to accept the waivers until all spots are filled. Waivers will only be collected in the mornings. The office will not except waivers. Kids can also find Mrs. Garza before school during the week, at the valet drop off on Killdee.

The first 25 kids in each grade level from 2nd-5th will be guaranteed a spot. The first 33 kids in each grade level for 6th-8th will be guaranteed a spot. There will be a wait list for all other forms being turned in.  

The actual Clinic will be on Friday, March 29 during the school day on our sports field. The middle school session will be from 11:30-1:00. Elementary will be 1:30-3:00 (after 5th grade gets back from their field trip).

Hope you're all as excited as I am. (There is no guarantee any Charger players will be at this camp).


~Mrs. Garza
Free TB Testing for VIPS
If your VIPS status is expiring soon, LBUSD will be providing free TB testing on Wednesday, March 20 from 1-5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26 from 9:00 -1:00 p.m.. at:

Tucker Administrative Offices
2221 Argonne Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

VIPS applications, including a current negative TB test, must be renewed every four years.

View the flyer here for more info.
Mesa Prelims Results
Congratulations to all MESA students on a great day of fun and competition at MESA Prelims on Saturday, March 9. Special congratulations to:

  • 6th grade MESA for the 2nd and 3rd place medals in the glider competition.
  • Grant, Isaac, and Jeffrey for taking 2nd place in the MESA escape room.
  • Matilda, Eli, and Maura for 2nd place in the MESA think tank.
  • Steve and Matthew for 3rd place in creativity in the MESA ball launch.
  • Kalani and Jacob for 3rd place in the MESA ball launch.
  • Max, Seth, and Santo for 2nd place in the MESA ball launch.
  • And to Grant, Isaac, and Jeffrey for winning 1st place in the prosthetic arm competition and moving on the regional completion next month in Riverside.

Great job everyone!
Foundation Board Members Needed
The Cubberley School Foundation was created in 2008 with the sole purpose of raising funds to enhance the well-being and educational opportunities of Cubberley's students.

The Foundation supports programs and needs that are not funded by the state or district, and fall outside of the scope of the PTA.

Most current Foundation board members' terms will be up at the end of this school year. In order for the Foundation to continue funding needs for Cubberley next year, we need new board members to fill the following vacancies— President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. If you are interested in being a part of this valuable organization, please contact me at tamtmyers@gmail.com or (562) 716-0344.
Thank you!

~Tam Myers, Cubberley School Foundation President
Lost and Found Items
Please stop by Lost & Found (across from the library) to claim your children’s belongings – jackets, lunchboxes, water bottles and more. 

Unclaimed items not picked up by spring break (April 18) will be donated.  
Wear Red for Caring on April 30
CARING is the character trait we are highlighting for the months of March and April, and we can show our support and dedication by wearing RED on Tuesday, April 30.

You can show that you are CARING to your fellow Cubs, teachers, staff, and parents by being kind, compassionate, and expressing gratitude. You can show you care by being charitable and altruistic, forgiving others, and helping people in need.

View the flyer here.
2019-2020 PTA Board Nominations
This year's Nominating Committee is pleased to present its slate of nominees for next year's PTA Board of Directors:

President – Becca Gadbois
1st VP – Jessica Dotts
2nd VP – Chris Savant
3rd VP – Kelley Bowling
Recording Secretary – Keri Reed
Treasurer – Susan Bates
Financial Secretary – Abby Oppliger
Historian – Haley Franks-Tucker
Auditor – Elizabeth Whitt
Legislative Director – Jordan Tracy

The privilege of nominating from the floor is extended to members of the association who are present at the election meeting on March 21 at 6:30 p.m., whose dues are paid, and who have been members of the association for at least 30 days. An eligible member may nominate him or herself. If no nominations are made from the floor, a majority vote of the eligible members in attendance will be held to approve the above slate of nominees. Multiple nominees for any position will result in a ballot vote.

The members of this year's Nominating Committee, elected at the Nov. 15 PTA meeting, are:  Susan Bates, Jessica Dotts, Jodee Gossett, Stefanie Modica, and Keri Reed.

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

Our next PTA meeting will be March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

There will be no PTA meeting in April. The last meeting of the year is scheduled for May 16.
St. Baldrick's
St. Baldrick's is coming! This year's event will be held at the Long Beach Firefighters Union Hall at 2201 Cherry Ave. in Long Beach on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Team Cubberley participants may still sign up here to shave their heads and collect donations to help fight children's cancer. Online donations to Team Cubberley or individual participants may still be made as well.

Shirt orders were delivered today. Extra shirts will be sold at the girls' soccer game on Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. They are $12.
Thank you for your generous support.
No Food Deliveries
As a reminder, students or parent/guardians may not order food or other items to be delivered to school. This includes pizza delivery or any mobile delivery services.
From Nurse King Grade- 6 Tdap and Varicella Reminder
The State of California has 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. There are 73 students that need to provide verification to the office.
View the full calendar here .

March 13
Dining for Dollars at Super Mex

March 15
Wear Green for St. Patrick's Day

March 20
Loved Ones Lunch

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

March 23
St. Baldrick's Event

March 25
Yearbook Presale Deadline

March 28
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meet and Greet
6:30 p.m. in the cafe

April 1-5
Autism Awareness Week

April 18
Bunny Hop

April 19-28
Spring Break

April 30
Wear Red for Caring

May 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9
Foundation Fun Run

May 14-15
Cheer Clinic
3:30-4:30 p.m.

May 16
Cheer Tryouts
2:30-5:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m.

May 18
LBUSD Science/Engineering Fair
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cabrillo High School

May 20-24
Classified School Employees Week

Book Fair

May 22
Open House

May 27
Memorial Day Holiday

May 31
VIPS Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m

June 5
Sports Awards
4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

June 7
Wear Purple for Citizenship

5th Grade Promotion Picnic
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

June 12
Kindergarten Promotion

June 13
8th Grade Promotion
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Last Day of School

Girls' Soccer

View the full schedule here.

All Games @ 4:30 p.m.

March 14
vs. Franklin @ Cubberley

March 20
vs. Jefferson @ Cubberley

March 27
vs. Keller @ Keller

April 3
vs. Stanford @ Cubberley

April 10
vs. Rogers @ Rogers

April 16
vs. Washington @ Washington

Boys' Soccer

View the full schedule here.

All Games @ 5:15 p.m.

March 14
vs. Franklin @ Franklin

March 20
vs. Jefferson @ Butler

March 27
vs. Keller @ Cubberley

April 3
vs. Stanford @ Stanford

April 10
vs. Rogers @ Cubberley

April 16
vs. Washington @ Cubberley

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