Volume 14, Issue 3 | Oct. 2, 2019
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Principal's Message
Data Celebrations

Cubberley Families,
It is with great excitement that I share some wonderful news regarding Cubberley’s progress toward meeting our school’s goals.

Our students did a tremendous job on their state exams last year. We had a 10% increase in ELA and a 6% increase in Mathematics. Students in Grade 3 – 8 are given the SBAC Test each year in May. We are happy to report that 71% of our students received a score of Met or Exceeded in English Language Arts and 59% of our students Met or Exceeded the standards in Mathematics.

3rd Grade was our highest performing grade level in elementary in both ELA and Math. As a grade level, they were 86% Met or Exceeded in ELA and 82% Met or Exceeded in Math. In middle school, 7th Grade was the highest performing grade level in ELA, with 71% of the students Meeting or Exceeding the standards. 6th Grade was the highest performing grade level in Mathematics with 58% Meeting or Exceeding the standards.

We had huge gains in our subgroups. For example, in ELA, Hispanic students had a 16% gain, African American students had an 8% gain, English Learners with Fluent English Proficient students had an 11% gain, Homeless students had a 12% gain, and Special Education students had an 11% gain. In Mathematics, Hispanic students had a 13% gain, African American students had a 6% gain, English Learners with Fluent English Proficient students had an 11% gain, Homeless students had a 13% gain, and Special Education students had a 5% gain. The grade level with the highest growth overall was 5th Grade. They had double digit growth in all four SBAC Claims in both ELA and Mathematics!

In our Culture/Climate Survey, we had a 5% Improvement in our Elementary Focus Area – Hitting/Pushing and a 3% Improvement in our Middle School Focus Area – Making Fun of Others.

Cubberley earned a $15,000 performance incentive from Superintendent Steinhauser for our academic growth on the SBAC Test. We received $5,000 for having a 5% or more increase in ELA, another $5,000 for having a 5% or more increase in Mathematics, and an additional $5,000 for having a 5% or more cohort increase in ELA.

Congratulations to students and staff for your tremendous success! I am so proud of all of you, and I know that we will continue on this path of success.

~Mrs. Imbroane
Box Tops for Education: New App + Last Call for Clips!
Box Tops for Education is transitioning to an all-digital program, so we're looking to collect all clips before they reach their expiration dates.

Clip drop boxes are available at the office, morning valet (thanks, Ms. Garza! ), and Kids' Club.

Be sure to download the Box Tops for Education app to scan receipts with eligible products . Each Box Top is worth $0.10, so it's an easy way to help Cubberley through the things you already buy.

Reach out to Rachel Maniago at rachel.maniago@gmail.com with any questions.
Mini Cubs Cheer Clinic Oct. 14-16
The clinic is open to anyone in grades TK through 3 rd. It will consist of two afternoons full of fun and learning and, on the third day, the mini Cubs will have the opportunity to cheer alongside our Cubberley cheerleaders at a Cubberley football game!

The clinic will take place Oct. 14 and 15 from 3:15 until 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The mini Cubs will learn new cheers and a halftime routine. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and don't forget your water!

The football game will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m.

The cost of the clinic is $30, cash or check (made out to Cubberley School Foundation), and includes two days of instruction from Millikan cheerleaders, a tee-shirt to wear the day of the game, and a bow to wear in their hair the day of the game.
Flyers and applications will be going home this week!

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Jessica Dotts
Parent University
This fall, Parent University is excited to host free parent workshops available for our LBUSD families:

Tuesday mornings at Browning High School, 9:30–11 a.m.: 

Weekly, guest therapists from the Long Beach Child and Adolescent Program will be guiding workshops to assist parents and guardians in helping their children overcome both daily struggles and emotional challenges. Please view the flyer here.

  • Spanish and Khmer Translation Available
  • Young children are welcome.
Tuesday evenings at Poly High School, 6-7:30 p.m.: 

A variety of speakers regarding the following topics (please also view the flyer here): 
  1. Oct. 8 - Teens & Drugs: What Parents Need to Know
  2. Oct. 15 - LBUSD & the Long Beach Public Library - Parent Resources for Student Success
  3. Oct. 22 - Parent Technology Institute - How to Navigate School Loop and the Google Suite
  4. Oct. 29 - Parent Technology Institute Part II - Cybersafety, Screen Time & Monitoring Student Technology Use
  5. Nov. 5 - Stress & Anxiety - How Families Can Help their Kids with Everyday Struggles
  6. Nov. 12 - Post High School Options - Preparing Students for College and Career
  7. Nov. 19 - Mental Health Awareness - How to Look for Red Flags
  • Spanish Translation
  • Child care for ages 4+ will be provided.

We will also be posting the information on our website and sending out School Messenger emails/texts. For families that cannot attend the Poly HS workshops, those events will be live-streamed on our district's You Tube page, as well as made available, after the workshops, on both the You Tube page and the Parent University home page. 
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
All Cubberley families are invited to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. Light refreshments and pizza will be served— please feel free to bring an appetizer to share. Kids are welcome to attend.  

We will be discussing workshop topics for Parent Connection (parent education and involvement activities) and preparing for the upcoming Cubberley Fall Family Ice Cream Social.
Please come and share your ideas.

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 Blue for Trustworthiness on Oct. 25
Cubs have character, and this month, Cubs are Trustworthy. We can show our support and dedication by wearing Blue on Friday, Oct. 25!

You can show that you are Trustworthy by being honest, reliable and loyal to your fellow Cubs, teachers, staff and parents. Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal. Do what you say you’ll do, have the courage to do the right thing, and build a good reputation. Stand by your family, friends, and country. Think “true blue.”  
Cubberley Fall Family Social
Come and meet up with fellow Cubberley families for free treats, ice cream, games, and lots of fun on Thursday, Nov. 14.  

Families are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and eat on the grassy area near the elementary lunch tables starting at 6 p.m. Ice cream and treats will be served until 7 p.m.
Diversity Makes Our Cubberley Families Great!
Cubberley’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is sponsoring a series of posts in the CCO this year, to share and celebrate the beautiful forms of diversity apparent in every Cubberley family. Each month, families celebrate important facets of their identity in the form of religious holidays and cultural observances. We want to know more about those important days, weeks, and months as they occur throughout the year! We are asking individual members of our community to write posts that address the theme: “What ________ means to my family.”

What Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur mean to my family...

The high holidays, what Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are called collectively, are a 10-day span to start the Jewish year with reflection, atonement, and renewal. It means looking back at the year and asking, "How did I do?" It is asking friends and family for forgiveness when you weren't your best self. And it means looking forward, making intentions about the year ahead. It means being with family, and friends, eating good food and being outdoors. It means being hungry all day (many Jews fast on Yom Kippur) and eating a large meal later that night. It means eating apples and honey with our kids (on Rosh Hashanah), making art projects, and reading books about the holidays.

~Seth Linden

If you or someone in your family would like to write for this series, please email Jordan Tracy jordanliztracy@gmail.com.
PTA Reflections Arts Program
The PTA Reflections kickoff is here. Drumroll please... the theme this year is “Look Within.” Students may submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Student entry packets with the official rules are available in the office, or may be downloaded here. This a wonderful opportunity for your student to show off their creative side. The deadline for entries is Oct. 18. For more information contact Holly at cmartinsgirl@verizon.net

Cubberley Carnival
Cubberley's annual carnival is coming Nov. 1!

This year's theme is all about the 80's! There will be costume contests, games, live music, dancing, a maze, a jump zone, and a Rubik's Cube contest.

Volunteers are needed! Please contact Chris Dziobecki ( chrisdziobecki@gmail.com) for more details or if you would like to help out.
Track Your VIPS Hours
It’s time to . . . record those hours! Hello, VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools), and welcome to another fun-filled school year. As a reminder, and to those of you who are new to the school, please remember to record your hours in our VIPS book located in the office. (Note: Please wear your VIPS badge while you are on school campus. Since the badge is property of the LBUSD, it is to be kept at school on the VIPS bulletin board in the office.)

If you volunteer in the classroom, help in the copy room, or aid in any program or school activity, we want to know about it! Our PTA keeps track of all our volunteer hours so that we can retain our non-profit status, and it also shows how important the PTA is to the community. If you perform work at home for our teachers or other PTA/Foundation programs, please keep track of those hours as well. You may either record those hours in the VIPS book, noting that it was work done at home, keep track yourself and submit the time later, or send them to me and I will keep track of them.

If you would like to turn in your hours monthly send them to me at sflaherty@lbschools.net. Please include your name and phone number in case I have questions. Around mid-March 2020, we will send out a request for all hours worked for the 2019-2020 school year. You will have to estimate your hours from March-June 2020. Remember, all hours recorded in the VIPS book will already be counted so, when the call goes out, report only those hours that were not previously recorded in the book or sent to me. Cubberley appreciates our fabulous VIPS. Keep up the great work and have an awesome school year!!! 

~Sheila Flaherty, PTA Historian
Avoid the Lost & Found!
Every year, an enormous amount of unclaimed and unlabeled clothing, water bottles, hats, etc. are donated to charity from Cubberley's lost and found.
With Mabel's Labels fundraising, 20% of your purchase of waterproof, personalized labels and stamps goes back to Cubberley PTA! Click here and search for "Cubberley PTA" to get started. Win-win!
Put We Before Me...Join PTA!
When you join the PTA you show your child that school matters and that you are invested in their success.

We need your help to achieve our goal of 100% participation. PTA membership is open to everybody– whether you’re a parent, student, educator, business leader or community member. Do good things for kids – join PTA! 

As an incentive, the classroom with the greatest percentage of participation will receive an ice cream party, and the top 3 classes with the greatest percentage will earn their teachers a $25.00 “Scholastic Dollars” credit for books and classroom supplies.

Membership is only $8. These dues are shared among National ($2.25), State ($2.00), 33rd District ($.50), and Long Beach Council PTA ($.30). The remainder ($2.95) remains at Cubberley to help fund the various programs and services PTA provides for all Cubberley students.

All you need to do… Click here to join online. (There is a $1 convenience fee charged by 
the processor to enroll online.) Please make sure to add your student’s name and grade 
level in the notes section. If you would rather pay by cash or check:

  1. Pick up an envelope in the office. Fill out the envelope with the member’s name(s), student’s name and grade level, and a valid email address. (If you wish to add more members than there are lines provided, please enclose a separate sheet of paper.)
  2. Enclose cash or check (Payable to Cubberley PTA)- $8 per member.
  3. Return the envelope to your child’s teacher or the office. 

Membership has perks! Click here to learn more.
View the full calendar here.

Oct. 8
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Oct. 14-16
Mini Cubs Cheer Clinic

Oct. 17
PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m. in the library

Oct. 19
High School Choice Fair and Summit @ Cabrillo High School
9 a.m. -12 p.m

Oct. 25
Wear Blue for Trustworthiness

Oct. 28-Nov. 1
Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 1
Cubberley Carnival
3-6 p.m.

Nov. 4-8
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Observed

Nov. 12
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 13
Picture Makeup Day

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Nov. 14
Cubberley Fall Family Social
6 p.m.

Nov. 21
PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m. in the library

Nov. 22
Turkey Trot

Wear Yellow/Gold for Respect

Nov. 25-29
Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 9-13
Book Fair

Dec. 10
Breakfast with Books

Dec. 11
Elementary Vocal and Instrumental Concert
6-8 p.m.

Dec. 13 & 14
YATW Play Production
6:30 p.m.

Dec. 18
Middle School Vocal and Instrumental Concert
6-8 p.m.

Dec. 20
Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Dec. 23-Jan. 5
Winter Break

Flag Football

All games @ 4:30 p.m.

View the full schedule here.

Oct. 2
vs. Washington @ Cubberley

Oct. 7
vs. Keller @ Cubberley

Oct. 14
vs. Jefferson @ Jefferson

Oct. 16
vs. Rogers @ Cubberley

Girls Volleyball

All games @ 4:30 p.m.

View the full schedule here.

Oct. 2
vs. Washington @ Newcomb

Oct. 7
vs. Keller @ McBride

Oct. 14
vs. Jefferson @ Jefferson

Oct. 16
vs. Rogers @ Rogers

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 PTA, 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  for more information.

Mabel's Labels
Avoid the lost and found while benefiting Cubberley. Click here and search for Cubberley PTA.
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, 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