Volume 14, Issue 5 | Oct. 30, 2019
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Principal's Message
Greetings Cubberley Families:

This week is Red Ribbon Week; a time when we educate students about the importance of living a balanced, healthy lifestyle and committing to being drug free. This year’s theme is “Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.” Our students will have the opportunity to write a message to themselves or to someone they love reminding them how important they are and that they need to stay drug free. Parents play a key role in making sure their students avoid experimenting with drugs during their teen years. Children of parents who regularly talk to their teens about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t.

Please partner with us this week to take the parent pledge and encourage your children to take the student pledge to remain drug free.

Parent Pledge
1.      As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
2.      We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
3.      We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
4.      We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
5.      We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

Student Pledge
I pledge to grow up safe, healthy, and drug free by:
1.    Understanding the dangers of drug use and abuse.
2.    Respecting myself and being drug free.
3.    Spreading the word to family and friends about the importance of being healthy and drug free.

Have a great day, and Go Cubs!

~Mrs. Imbroane
Red Ribbon Week: Oct. 28-Nov. 1
Red Ribbon Week 2019 has gotten off to a great start! This year's theme is "Send a message. Stay drug free." The week's activities focus on learning how to make healthy choices and develop appropriate coping strategies to avoid drug abuse and addiction.

On Monday, Oct. 28, students got to wear silly socks and had the opportunity to create posters with messages about drug awareness and making healthy choices.
On Tuesday, October 29, students participated in Pajama Day, since "Your Choices are the Key to Your Dreams." Today, Oct. 30, middle schoolers attended presentations about avoiding drug abuse and coping with addiction from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Tomorrow, students will have the opportunity to write messages to themselves or loved ones about why it's important to stay drug free, and they may wear Halloween accessories with their uniforms to "scare away drugs." The theme for Friday, Nov. 1, is "Wear 80s Gear to Show You are Too Rad to Do Drugs."

~Haley Franks-Tucker, PTA Red Ribbon Committee Chair
Please Support Your PTA
Did your child’s PTA Fundraiser envelope end up in the famous (or infamous) backpack black hole? Or did you put it aside thinking you would get to it “tomorrow,” only to have it buried on your desk beneath a mountain of mail? (Is that just me?:-) That’s okay! We are still gratefully accepting donations. We are not even halfway to our goal amount, that would fully fund our current budget, so PLEASE keep those donations coming in! $40 per student would be ideal, but please consider donating any amount you can spare.

We tried to make it easy on you with our “no hassle” format-- not asking you to buy or sell anything! We are also attempting to have a virtually no cost fundraiser, where nearly 100% of your donation goes directly to benefit all of our Cubberley students. We’d love not to have to bother you with any more fundraising this year, and we REALLY don’t want to have to cut any of the enrichment programs our students and teachers have come to expect and rely on:

  • Art Enrichment
  • “Meet the Masters”- a grade level specific, standards-based art curriculum
  • “PTA Reflections” art program
  • Art Night- Cubberley’s all-school art show and interactive experience
  • Beautification- plant and maintain flower beds, campus clean-up events, etc.
  • Communications- Cubberley Connection Online Newsletter (CCO), PTA Website, Room Parent program
  • Cubs Have Character- introduction and reinforcement of eight “pillars of character”: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Digital Citizenship, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, and Scholarly Traits
  • Cub of the Month- implementation of the “Cubs Have Character” traits into the classroom setting, with a monthly award to a student in each class who exemplifies that month’s highlighted trait
  • Emergency Preparedness- stock and maintain emergency supplies container on campus
  • Garden Program- teaches all of our K-5 students how to plant, tend, and harvest their own vegetables and herbs, as well as the benefits of healthy eating. Every student receives a monthly lesson (kindergarten begins in the second semester) and a healthy snack made from the vegetables and herbs they have helped to grow
  • Hall of Fame- a parent committee works with Cubberley staff to select the two (one boy and one girl) 8th grade students that stand out as leaders in academics, extra-curricular activities, citizenship, and community service
  • Honor Roll Celebration- luncheon and award presentation for middle school honor roll students
  • Jeopardy! Tournament- middle school students have the opportunity to participate in a curriculum-based Jeopardy! tournament, complete with digital scoreboards, buzzers, podiums and the classic theme song. The school winner moves on to compete against other local middle schools
  • Library Enhancement
  • Literature Club (Middle School) and Reading Rewards (Elementary)- reward students for daily reading (shown to improve test scores and overall well-being)
  • Middle School Newspaper
  • Music- assistance with the purchase of sheet music and other supplies, as well as volunteer help at concerts and events
  • Office Copier Lease, Copy Room Services, Hospitality- financial assistance to the school for the lease of a copy machine specific to the office staff, volunteers to make copies for teachers, staff appreciation luncheons, 6th grade orientation, etc.
  • Red Ribbon Week- implementation of the week-long national “Say No to Drugs” campaign
  • Scholarships- PTA awards two $500 college scholarships to former Cubs
  • School Spirit- purchase of banners, signs, and fence designs to promote school spirit
  • Student Enrichment Activities- various other activities, assemblies, and programs to enrich and enhance the student experience at Cubberley
  • Teacher of the Year- PTA asks students to nominate a deserving teacher and write an essay explaining the nomination. A winning teacher is selected and recognized

We don’t want to lose ANY of these valuable programs!!

There are two ways to donate. You can click here to donate via your credit/debit card or PayPal. You may also print and complete the second page of the attached copy of the fundraiser envelope that was sent home (or the actual envelope if you have it), and return it to school with your cash or check donation in an envelope marked “Cubberley PTA Fall Fundraiser.”

Thank you for your support!

~Becca Gadbois, Cubberely PTA President
Minimum Days Nov. 4-8 & 12
November Conference Schedule
All students will be on the minimum day schedule Nov. 4-8 & 12 (no school Nov. 11) so parents may meet with teachers. Grades 1-8 will be dismissed at 2 p.m.
Picture makeup Day
Pictures from the September picture day will be delivered soon. 

Nov. 13 is picture makeup day for anyone who missed the original picture day in September, or students new to Cubberley, or for those who purchased a picture package and would like it re-taken. Send the package back on make-up day along with a note to the photographer explaining why you would like to have the photo re-taken.

Middle School students who need a replacement ID may bring $5 to the photographer. 
Meet the Masters 2019-2020
Hello Cubberley Families and welcome to another great year of Meet the Masters!

Completely funded by Cubberley PTA, this year's artist line-up is as follows:

  • Nov. 20: Faith Ringgold's Patterns and Quilt Designs (see example below)
  • Jan. 15: Alexander Calder's Sculpture in Stabile or Mobile
  • April 1: Paul Cezanne's Shapes and Patterns in a Tissue Collage
  • May 27: Auguste Renoir's Colors in a Landscape
All TK, K-5, SDC's, and 6th grade Art History classes are scheduled to participate in this diverse and multicultural art curriculum that includes:

  • An interactive Master assembly for students and teachers.
  • A teacher in-service to guide in-class art development and instruction.
  • In-class student worksheets emphasizing Master artist's techniques (usually occurs within a month of the assembly).
  • A culminating art project in the same medium, style, or subject matter as the Master artist (usually occurs within a month of the assembly).
If you are an art enthusiast, curious, or have some free time and would like to volunteer/participate in this program, feel free to talk to your child's teacher or contact me at Tanya@thaut.com or at (562) 650-5342.

~Tanya Thaut, Meet the Masters Committee Chair
Free Parent Workshop
Parenting in the Digital Age

Cubberley parents are invited to a free class on Nov. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Branch Church ( 3445 Studebaker Rd.)

Click here for more information.
School Site Council Meetings
Parents are welcome to attend School Site Council (SSC) meetings. SSC is a team of parents, teachers, administrators, and other school staff who meet regularly to discuss school improvement plans and related budgets. Meetings are open to the public.

Remaining meeting dates, all starting at 3:30 p.m.:

Thursday, Nov. 14
Monday, March 9
Monday, May 11
Cubberley Ceramics Class
We just finished Session 1 of Cubberley’s After-School Ceramics Class! Students made pebble pots, pinch pot monsters, leaf plates, and coiled skull masks! 

Here is a sample of students’ leaf plates that they imprinted with fig and avocado leaves from the neighborhood. Every piece is unique in texture, color, and shape!

Well done, Cubberley potters!
Superintendent’s Parent Forum Nov. 14
Every month the Office of the Superintendent holds an open meeting for parents, family, and members of the LBUSD community. It takes places the 2nd Thursday of every month (except December this year). The next meeting date is tomorrow, Nov. 14. There is a morning meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the District Administration Building and an evening meeting at 7:00 p.m. at a rotating school site. The Forum agendas address everything from budgets and to pilot programs to security and safety.

Our PTA has a committee devoted to attending these meetings and representing Cubberley’s interests before Superintendent and members of the School Board. But anyone can attend! The Forum presentations are interesting and there are robust opportunities to ask questions of and raise concerns directly to Superintendent Chris Steinhauser. It is probably the best way to learn more about LBUSD, its mission, its goals, and its core values. 

If you are interested in joining the Advocacy and Legislation Committee or if you’d like to carpool to the Forum, please contact Jordan Tracy at jordanliztracy@gmail.com

You can find schedules, agendas, and copies of the presentations here:

You can find a copy of the committee’s notes from the October 10th Forum here:
Coming in December "Hansel and Gretel"
Free Performances, Dec. 13 & 14
theatre workshop
The Young Actors Theatre Workshop will present the Brother Grimm's "Hansel and Gretel" adapted for the stage by Lillian and Robert Masters, on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cubberley auditorium. 

Marie Contreras Romero is directing the production. The cast and crew include Matthew B., Paul B., Katie C., Maddie C., Ethan C., Olivia G., Lexi G., Olivia H., Trevor K., Dominic M., Braeden M., Eamon M., Maxine R., Rachel S., Lal S., Alice W. and Samuel W.

Join us for this classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, who are left in the deep woods by their father Hans to fend for themselves. Lost in the forest, they encounter the evil Witch Wicked's beautiful gingerbread house and are quickly captured by her. Hansel and Gretel soon discover Witch Wicked's devious plan to have them as her next dinner. They cleverly outwit her and break all her cruel spells! Come join us for this classic legend that has charmed children for ages!

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. Proceeds will help support future Young Actors Theatre Workshop productions. 
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.
Cubberley Fall Family Social
Come and meet up with fellow Cubberley families for free treats, ice cream, group 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 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Please contact Nav Deol-Johnson ( nav.deol.johnson@gmail.com) for more details or if you would like to help out.
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!
View the full calendar here.

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
(Regular Schedule)

Nov. 14
School Site Council Meeting
3:30 p.m.

Cubberley Fall Family Social
5:30-7:30 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. 12
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 & 14
YATW Play Production
6:30 p.m.

Dec. 17
Middle School Vocal and Instrumental Concert
6-8 p.m.

Dec. 20
Ugly Holiday Sweater Day

Dec. 23-Jan. 5
Winter Break

Girls Basketball

View the full schedule here.

Nov. 14
vs. Stanford @ Stanford
5:30 p.m.

Nov. 19
vs. Washington @ McBride
4:30 p.m.

Nov. 21.
vs. Keller @ McBride
4:30 p.m.

Dec. 3
vs. Rogers @ Rogers
5:30 p.m.

Dec. 5
vs. Jefferson @ Jefferson
5:30 p.m.

Boys Track

All games @ 4:30 p.m.

View the full schedule here.

Nov. 16
Practice Meet
7:30 a.m.- Field Events
9:00 a.m.- Running Events
@ Wilson H.S.

Dec. 7
League Meet
7:30 a.m.- Field Events
9:00 a.m.- Running Events
@ Wilson H.S.

Dec. 11
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 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