Volume 14, Issue 1 | Sept. 4, 2019
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Principal's Message
Cubberley Families,

Our school year is off to a great start and is running smoothly thanks to our dedicated staff, fabulous students, and committed families. It is a great feeling to open school and to see the Cubberley Community working hard to make this school year the best ever. We are truly blessed to have volunteers who see a need and work to fill it without hesitation. I want to thank everyone who came along side our teachers and office staff to assist with the opening of school.

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, I held grade level assemblies for students in Grades 1 – 8 to remind them of the importance of working together as a team to have a successful school year. During our assembly, I talked to students about the Cub Pledge. The pledge is designed to remind our students of the purpose of school, and the importance of believing in themselves and putting forth their best effort each and every day:

Cub Pledge
Cubs are dressed for success, prepared, and ready to learn.
At Cubberley we are leaders who are kind, respectful, and responsible.
We work hard, play hard, and believe we will achieve.

The Cubs with Character traits for the month of September are the Scholarly Traits. A detailed description of these traits can be found in the Cubberley Parent Handbook and in the Cubberley Planner on the page entitled “Cubs with Character.” We have shared these traits with students in their assemblies and we have also be sharing them in the morning announcements. We are encouraging all students to dedicate this year to exhibiting Scholarliness. On Friday, Sept. 27, we will be having students wear BLACK for Scholarliness. 

I hope that you will take some time this week to review the Cub Pledge and the traits of the month with your children. If we all work together in this effort, our students will show growth as students and as individuals. 

Happy Back to School!

~Mrs. Imbroane
PTA President's Welcome
Welcome back, Cubs, and a very special welcome to our new Cub families!

The mission of the California State PTA is “to positively impact the lives of all children and families.” Cubberley PTA implements this mission in many ways: providing enrichment programs that benefit the students of Cubberley (Meet the Masters art program, PTA “Reflections” art program, Reading Rewards/Literature Club, Garden Program, etc.), facilitating communication between school and home (Cubberley Connection On-line newsletter, room parent communication, PTA website, etc.), and providing services to the school to take some of the “busy work” off the hands of teachers and staff (copy room, Cub of the Month, office copier lease, etc.) 

As an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization, we rely solely on the Cubberley community for our funding and manpower. We strive to fundraise as little as possible, but we cannot provide any of these valuable programs and services without your help. There are many ways to show your support:

  1. Become a PTA member. Your $8 membership is divided among Cubberley PTA ($2.95), Long Beach Council PTA ($.30), 33rd District PTA ($.50), California State PTA ($2.00), and National PTA ($2.25). Your membership provides financial support, gives you a vote at PTA meetings, and gives Cubberley a voice at the local, state, and national levels. Please consider signing up the entire family
  2. Donate $40 per student at our upcoming “no hassle” fundraiser. Your generous donation will help us to fully fund our budget, and allow us to provide all of the programs and services that help to make Cubberley exceptional. (More info. to follow.)
  3. Volunteer. We all have busy lives with work, kids’ activities, and other personal and family obligations. Many of our committees and events allow for tasks that may be completed at home, on your own time. Please click here for details, and consider donating some of your time and enthusiasm. Every little bit helps!

Our theme this year is “We Before Me,” and we hope to inspire our Cubs to find the leader within, and ask themselves what they can do each day to benefit the entire Cubberley community.

The first PTA Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. We hope you will join us to learn more about what we have planned for the coming year. In the meantime, please visit our website for more information about PTA, what we do, and how to get involved.  It’s a great day to be a Cub!


Becca Gadbois
PTA President
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.
FREE After School Ceramics Class-- ALL GRADES WELCOME!
During this 6 week class students will learn the basics of working with clay and glazes. By the end of the class, students will have completed a number of hand-built pieces of ceramic art!

Signups for Fall Session 1 are going on now through Sept. 13. 

Email Jordan Tracy at jordanliztracy@gmail.com to get your student on the list for the lottery because there are only 10 spots available each session. You will be notified if your student has a spot in the class on Sept. 14.

Class is completely FREE! Students need only bring themselves. Donations for materials will be gladly accepted! Volunteer helpers who are also VIPS are also welcome!
Class will take place outside the ceramic shed (close to the corner of Rosebay and Monogram).

Fall Session 1
Mondays 3:15-4:45
Sept. 23-Oct. 28

Fall session 2
Tuesdays 3:15-4:45
Nov. 5-Dec. 17 (No class Nov. 26)
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
All Cubberley parents are invited to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, 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, and 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).
Attention All Actors and Theatre Techies!
theatre workshop
Coming this fall, the Young Actors Theatre Workshop is very honored to begin it's eleventh year at Cubberley School. 
The Young Actors Theatre Workshop is an after-school enrichment program under the artistic direction of Marie Contreras Romero and, assisting as costume designer, Suzette Picazo. The workshop is dedicated to instilling an appreciation for the dramatic arts with lessons in script interpretation, auditioning for roles, fundamental acting techniques, stage movement, and character development. Particpants are also introduced to sound and lighting design, set construction and painting, and production performance. 

During the rehearsal process each student is encouraged to explore their imagination through emotional, verbal and physical expression, and as they interact through creative teamwork, a strong camaraderie with their fellow students is developed. Throughout this process, the YATW strives to help build self-confidence, encourage the acceptance of others, recognize each participant's artistic talent, and give each student the opportunity to shine and have fun. The culmination is a rewarding ensemble production performance that will inspire, enlighten, and entertain audiences.

Open auditions for students grades 4th-8th will be held in the Cubberley auditorium , from 3:30-5:45 p.m. , on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 11
  • Thursday, Sept. 12
  • Friday, Sept. 13
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Thursday, Sept. 19
  • Friday, Sept. 20
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25

The workshop will meet on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the auditorium. Students interested in acting, prop and set construction, or being part of the technical crew and costume design are welcome. There will be a workshop fee. The play performances will be held in December.

~Marie Contreras Romero, YATW Artistic Director

~Suzette Picazo, YATW Costume Designer
Garden News
Thanks To Our Present and Past Cubberley Gardeners!

Thanks to some of our former students, our furniture in the Middle School Garden got a complete makeover. All the tables were sanded and stained, the wrought iron benches given a new coat of paint, as well as the planter boxes. Thanks to Devin G., Aiden G., Owen, and Aidan A., former students who accomplished these tasks over the summer for credit toward their community service hours for graduation. Other former students helping over the summer were Lauren E. and Ruby M., who babysat succulent seedlings that we plan to incorporate into our landscaping on our school grounds, and to sell to help fund our Garden Program. One more big thanks goes out to 5th graders, Nathan and Charlie, for helping to get the Middle School Garden ready before school started. We appreciate these efforts by our past and present students, giving up part of their vacation to help maintain our Middle School Garden.

Please contact us at jnetgreg@aol.com if you are interested in helping with your child's class (grades 1 through 4) garden lessons. The commitment will be once a month, for approximately 30 minutes, during the 1st and 2nd Monday/Tuesday of each month. We will be planting at the end of October, and monthly lessons will run from December though May. During the 30 minutes allocated to each class we (1) perform a garden chore (2) give a garden lesson (3) provide a "healthy snack" from something that the students have grown. No experience is required!
The kindergarten and TK will join the Garden Program in the Spring. Their program runs for about six weeks and is comprised of three lessons. We find it easier for them after they have learned to lineup, focus, and behave in a group setting etc. Also, it is always a great joy to end our gardening program with our youngest Cubs.

Garden Club for the 5th grade and Middle School will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The meetings will be held weekly during lunchtime. The Garden Clubs maintain the Middle School Garden, and surrounding areas, and learns about drought resistant and succulent plants.

We thank the PTA, teachers, and parents for their support in this enrichment for our students. This a great example of your PTA donations at work for our Cubberley community.

~Jeanette Stephen, Garden Coordinator 
Wear Black for Scholarly Traits on Sept. 27
Cubs have character and, this month, Cubs are Scholarly. We can show our support and dedication by wearing Black on Friday, Sept. 27! 

You can show Scholarly Traits by being goal-oriented and resourceful, plus having perseverance, pride, curiosity, organization, and academic integrity.
View the full calendar here.

Sept. 9
Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Sept. 17
Elementary Back to School Night
5:30 p.m.

Sept. 19
PTA Meeting
6:30 p.m.
in the library

Sept. 24
Fall Picture Day
(Free Dress)

Middle School Back to
School Night
5:30 p.m.

Sept. 27
Wear Black for Scholarly Traits

Oct. 28-Nov. 1
Red Ribbon Week

Nov. 4-8
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 11
Veterans' Day Observed

Nov. 12
Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 25-29
Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 20

Dec. 23-Jan. 5
Winter Break

Flag Football

All games @ 4:30 p.m.

View the full schedule here.

Sept. 25
vs. Stanford @ Stanford

Oct. 2
vs. Washington @ Cubberley

Oct. 7
vs. Keller @ Cubberley

Oct. 14
vs. Jefferson @ Jefferson

Oct. 16
vs. Rogers @ Cubberley

Girls Volleyball

Sept. 6
Tryouts 3:30-5 p.m.

All games @ 4:30 p.m.

View the full schedule here.

Sept. 25
vs. Stanford @ Stanford

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