Volume 13, Issue 16 | May 1, 2019
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Principal's Message
Outstanding VIPS of the Year!

Dear Cubberley Families,
As you are well aware, Cubberley School is a community that is known for its outstanding staff and our large group of active parent volunteers who work tirelessly to support the staff and the many programs and activities that take place here. Yesterday, one of our amazing volunteers, Mrs. Maria Towne, was recognized as one of LBUSD’s Outstanding VIPS of the Year. Maria has been a Cubberley parent volunteer for ten years. She is currently serving her second year as PTA president and is on the School Site Council. She partnered with me three years ago to start our Character Counts program, which includes Cubs with Character, Staff with Character, and Cub of the Month. I appreciate her positive attitude and her willingness to serve in any capacity she is asked to serve.

Mrs. Pirie, our Student Government Advisor has added, “ Maria Towne is the epitome of all that is wonderful about people who truly commit to being a volunteer. Not only has she served as the PTA president for two years, but she was an integral part of the 8th grade parent committee last year and is constantly picking up the pieces and supporting all of the events on campus. Whenever I see her, she has a smile on her face, and it comes from her generous heart. She is all about the students, the staff, the parents, and about building a community at Cubberley. She has stepped in many times to help me: ordering, picking up, and serving pizza to 140 eighth graders; putting up banners; and supporting every one of my Student Government events in any way she can.”

I want to congratulate Mrs. Towne on this accomplishment and also want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for her years of dedication to the Cubberley Community.  

~Mrs. Imbroane, Principal
May 16: Cubberley Parent Education Series
Navigating Child Mental Health Issues: Raising Independent and Empathetic Kids

Please join us for the final session of the Cubberley Parent Education Series for this school year on Thursday, May 16 immediately following the short PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing the most common child mental health issues, like anxiety, depression, and ADD/ADHD, what symptoms to watch for, as well as what parents can do proactively and preventatively to help kids be well balanced, happy and healthy.

Join us to explore how a variety of factors contribute to good mental health in children. One of the most important factors is what Stanford professor of psychology and child development expert Dr. Carol Dweck calls grit, which she describes as "perseverance or stick-to-it-iveness.” We will discuss how to help nurture grit and a growth mindset in kids, and how it drives both emotional and intellectual growth, including self-efficacy, confidence, and compassion.

Looking forward to connecting with you,

Leah Macpherson, MA
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Certified Parent Educator
Staff Appreciation Week
"And the award goes to..."
Staff appreciation week is May 6-10. Let’s give our teachers and staff the star treatment they deserve. Please click here for the flyer with the daily activities. Don’t forget to check with your room parent(s) for a list of your teacher’s favorite things.

The week will culminate in a luncheon for the staff on May 10. The main dish will be catered but we’ll need donations of fruit platters, rolls, desserts, and beverages. Please click here to signup.

Thank you for helping us roll out the red carpet! 

For further inquiries, please contact PTA press agent (aka hospitality chair), Jodi Kobos at jodijue@hotmail.com.
Boys Soccer Playoffs
Our boys soccer team will play in the semi-finals vs Bancroft this Thursday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. at Bancroft Middle School. Go Cubs!
Art Show
Hey Cubs, the Art Show is coming! It’s time to get those art supplies out and get busy creating your very own masterpiece. We are looking for drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and we won’t say no to a favorite LEGO creation either. We want to see how all our cubs get creative.

We are taking submissions now til Friday May 17. Please bring pieces to the front office before or after school. Don’t forget to include student’s name, age, grade, and room number (homeroom for middle schoolers).

The Art Show will be held in the cafeteria during Open House on May 22nd. See you there! 

If you have any questions, please contact Holly at cmartinsgirl@verizon.net.
Let's Dance
Cubberley introduces "To the Moon and Back," our first ever spring family dance for grades K-5.

Friday, May 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the McBride High School gymnasium.

It’s time to pull out that fancy outfit and strap on your dancing shoes! Grab your Mom, Dad, Aunt, Uncle, Grandma, Grandpa, or other adult and join us at Cubberley’s first spring family dance.

•$20 for one adult and one child (K-5)
•$5 for each additional child or adult
•Snacks and drinks will be provided
•All children MUST be supervised by a guardian for the duration of their stay— this is NOT a drop off event 

Tickets order forms will be sent home or may be downloaded here.

Interested in helping out with this event? Please contact SARLASOHL@YAHOO.COM for more information.
Minimum Day May 22
Wednesday, May 22 is a minimum day. 

Students in Grades 1-8 will be dismissed at 2 p.m.

Late bird TK and K students will attend 10:10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Open House, Art Show, Book Fair and Concert
Wednesday, May 22 is our annual Open House night for all grades, TK-8.

Classroom visitation will be 5:30-7 p.m.

Visit the book fair in the library, the art show in the cafeteria, and beginning at 7 p.m. there will be a chorus and instrumental concert in the auditorium.

Please view the UPDATED flyer here.
Student Planner Cover Art Contest
Students in Grades 5-7 are invited to participate in the student planner cover art contest for next year’s planner. See the flyer for the requirements. Submissions are due to the office by Friday, May 17.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
All Cubberley parents are invited to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting on Friday, May 10, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served— please feel free to bring an appetizer to share.  

We will be working on our action plan to strengthen school, family, and community partnerships— including Parent Connection (parent education and involvement activities), SEL support activities, annual parent survey, and other upcoming events. Share your ideas! Free childcare will be provided in Room 15— pizza will be served.

Committee membership is open to all Cubberley parents.

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 ).
Wear Purple for Citizenship
CITIZENSHIP is the Character trait we are highlighting in May and June, and we can show our support and dedication by wearing PURPLE on Friday, June 7!

You can show that you are a good CITIZEN to your fellow Cubs, teachers, staff, and parents by doing your share to make your school and community better. Also, by cooperating, getting involved in community affairs, staying informed, and voting. Always be a good neighbor, obey laws and rules, and respect authority. 
From Nurse King- Grade 6 Tdap and Varicella Reminder
There are still 36 sixth grade students that need to provide proof to the nurse's office, so we may update our records. There are only a few weeks left of school. Your child’s schedule of classes may be withheld if we do not receive verification.

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.
View the full calendar here .

May 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week

May 9
Foundation "Apex" Fun Run

May 10
Diversity & Inclusion Meeting
6:30 p.m.

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

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

PTA Meeting & CPES
6:30 p.m.

May 17
K-5 Loved Ones Dance
6:30-8:30 p.m.
@ McBride High School Gym

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, Art Show, Book Fair, Chorus & Instrumental Concert

May 27
Memorial Day Holiday

May 29
Middle School Spring Concert
6:30 p.m.

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

June 7
Wear Purple for Citizenship

June 12
Kindergarten Promotion

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

Last Day of School

Boys Soccer

May 2
vs. Bancroft @ Bancroft
4:30 p.m.

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