Volume 13, Issue 17 | May 15, 2019
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PTA Meeting
Please join us for the last PTA meeting of the year, tomorrow evening (May 16) at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The brief meeting will be followed by our Cubberley Parent Education Series.
Tomorrow Night! Cubberley Parent Education Series
Navigating Child Mental Health Issues: Raising Independent and Empathetic Kids

Please join us tomorrow, May 16, immediately following the short PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m. for the final session of the Cubberley Parent Education Series for this school year. 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
Get Ready for the Book Fair!
The Scholastic “Dino-Mite” Book Fair will be held May 20-24, in the Cubberley library. Each student will have an opportunity to visit the fair with his or her class. A letter will be sent home that will include the Book Fair schedule, as well as each child’s classroom visit day and time. 

The online fair, including an expanded list of titles, is going on now through May 25, with free shipping to the school. Click here for more information on the fair and to shop online. We are also excited to announce Scholastic's Book Fair eWallet payment option. Parents may deposit a set amount for their students to spend at the fair...no cash or checks needed! Click here for more information and to enroll.

Elementary students have had the opportunity to earn $6 in Book Bucks to spend at the fair by completing and turning in their Reading Rewards calendars from November through April. (A total of $10 for the year!) The Book Bucks will be issued at the fair during each student’s classroom visit. Book Bucks may be used toward the purchase of books only— no pencils, posters, etc. All Book Bucks issued in the 2018-2019 school year will expire on the last day of the fair (May 24).

We need volunteers! 
It takes a lot of work to turn the library into an awesome book store and we could use lots of help for setup and tear down, as well as helping the kids select books at the fair. We also need donations for the teacher preview breakfast on Monday morning. Please click here to sign up. The classroom visitations are listed with the corresponding volunteer shifts, for those who would like to volunteer when their child visits the fair.

See you there!

~Becca Gadbois and Jessica Dotts, Book Fair and Reading Rewards Co-Chairs
It's A Wrap Folks!
We have concluded our elementary school garden program for the year by celebrating Cinco de Mayo with our healthy snack of chips with salsa made from the cilantro and onions that we grew. Also, our annual Garden Jeopardy was held with the questions centered on what was learned during our garden lessons, including what we grew and what healthy snacks were consumed. Mrs. Davetas' second grade class was awarded garden gnome tags for being the best behaved class in the garden for the year.
Kindergarten and TK had their final garden lesson before Spring Break. They harvested the radishes that they had planted earlier in the spring. The radishes were pulled up and cleaned by the students. They were then cut up and served with the usual mounds of ranch dressing. We have to compliment our smallest Cubs for their extraordinary behavior and their ability to listen and follow directions during their turn in the garden. Hats off to our great Kindergarten and TK team of teachers and students!
We are on the way to break our record from last year on funds collected from recycling plastic bottles and cans. And, as you know, those funds go back into our garden program. We will continue to pick up and redeem the recycling until the end of the school year. So please continue to deposit any cans or plastic bottles in the red can by the elementary garden. As always, as part of our "giving back to our community," any overages of our crops are bagged up and turned over to Food Finders. It should be noted that the elementary students who help with this task do so during their recess or lunch period.

Again, we must thank the PTA for the support they have given our garden program in order to provide further enrichment for our students. Thanks to our teachers who make time in their busy classroom schedules in order for their students to participate. And, most of all, to the VIPS who give up their time to help with the monthly class lessons, along with many assorted tasks related to our garden program: Janet, Gloria, Erika, Chris, Elizabeth, Nina, Donna, Laura, Stephanie, Kim, Dara, Muriel, Jill, and Graeme. Last but not least, thanks to some of our former students who help to keep our gardens watered while earning community service hours toward high school graduation: Lauren, Gretchen, Bella, Colleen, and Chad.

~Jeanette Stephen 
Garden Coordinator 

Editor's Note: A HUGE thank you to our (volunteer) Garden Coordinator, Miss Jeanette, for her incredible dedication to this valuable enrichment program!
Parent University
LBUSD's Parent University is offering many free classes during the month of May, including workshops about the kinds of technology LBUSD students are using in the classroom, resources that are available to promote academic success, and summer programs and other activities that prevent summer learning loss. Spanish/Khmer translation services are available. Children are welcome, and child care for kids ages 4 to 12 is available during evening workshops. Please click here for more details.
Thank You!
We are so thankful for the help and support of our school staff and their families. Cubberley teacher, Dr. Bober, and her father, Mr. Manuel Jaramillo, kindly donated an almost new and much needed wheelchair to the nurse’s office.
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 22. See you there! 

If you have any questions, please contact Holly at cmartinsgirl@verizon.net.
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.
VIPS Appreciation
Cubberley has the best Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) and we are having a Mardi Gras Party to celebrate. Please come on Thursday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the library. 

We are thankful for your dedication to the students and teachers. Your endless energy gives us inspiration to continue to make learning fun and be a great school. Thank you also to the PTA Hospitality committee who kept the lounge a festive place all year. Cubberley is lucky to have so many dedicated VIPS on both our PTA and our Cubberley Foundation. Hope to see you on May 30.

Students may play on the playground until 4:00.
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.
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 31 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 16
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, Food Sales, Chorus & Instrumental Concert

May 27
Memorial Day Holiday

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

May 30
VIPS Appreciation Party
2:30 p.m. in the library

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

See you next year!

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