A Note from the Principal...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
When you send your child or children to us, we enter into an agreement of trust. This trust means that every single day, we will do the very best we can to meet your child’s needs at Cumberland. We agree to support and nurture your children in social/emotional and academic ways. We also agree to take steps daily to help your child grow in independence.
Independence shows itself in multiple settings at school. It is apparent when a child can complete a task on her/his own that previously required teacher support. It is apparent when a student applies learning successfully to a new setting or problem. Independence shows itself when a student solves a peer problem that in earlier days was left to simmer or that needed an adult to intervene and facilitate a solution.
If we do not help your child to grow in independence, we are not doing our job. We are not fulfilling our part of the bargain. So, every single day, we look for opportunities to reduce the amount of teacher scaffolding. We seek opportunities to celebrate your child doing something on her/his own that was not possible the previous day. And, when we see this happen, we start again by increasing the difficulty of the task, by introducing a new strategy or concept or by asking the child to generalize this learning to a new setting. This is what we must do. This is what you want from us as we help your child grow on their path from being a four year old to leaving us at ten or eleven. Fifth grade does not just happen. Students do not magically become able to make big and important decisions without starting small with things that do not matter so very much.
So, we encourage you to start small at home as we start small at school. Would you like to wear this or this? Do you want to have this or this in your lunch? Shall we invite him or her over for a play date? Later on, the decisions get a bit bigger. Do you want to sign up for lacrosse or soccer? Would you rather take drum or voice lessons? How do you want to plan to finish your homework?
The job of a parent/guardian is not for the faint of heart. Seeing that baby who needs you to do every single thing for him or her begin to grow into a toddler and being able to look ahead to the child and teenager who s/he will grow into takes unending love and vision and a commitment to recognizing that your job at home and our job at school intersect where we both seek to nudge your children forward day by day to increasing levels of competence and independence.
The job of educators is not for the faint of heart, either. It is challenging work that we have agreed to do together and we are grateful for your trust. If you see us stumble on the path of helping build greater independence in your child, let us know that you value this increasing independence, too, so we get back on track. We will do the same for you, too, as we walk this road together. It is the best work in the world that we are lucky enough to do. The future depends on it!
Regards, Jayne Heffron
2017 Variety Show
Tickets for the 2017 Cumberland Variety Show are on sale NOW! Follow this link to order your tickets to see 156 of Cumberland’s talented students perform live on stage. There are two opportunities to catch your favorite acts on Saturday, February 25th at 1:00pm and 6:00pm. Great Room seating capacity is limited so order your tickets today. With students from every grade level participating, you won’t want to miss this truly memorable evening!
Please consider donating baked items to the 2017 Variety Show Bake Sale! The treats will be sold during the intermission of both performances and after both performances. All proceeds go to the Cumberland PTO. Here is the Sign Up Genius.
Thank you to our incredible parent leadership Nahid Afsari, Susie Albrightson, Adrian Esguerra, Suzanne Singh, Kate Snelling. This show would not be possible without you!
Dear Cumberland Families,
Did you know that you can access our library's online catalog 24/7? Our catalog has a free app, called Destiny Quest!
Download this app to access our school's library collection, including ebooks and audiobooks.
1. The first time you access the app, you will need to enter: wfbschools.follettdestiny.com and click on "Connect".
2. Select Cumberland Elementary and then click on "Try Destiny Quest".
3. Once you're in the catalog, you may select FollettShelf to read and listen to our digital books. In FollettShelf, click on Login, and enter Username: clmc Password: book
Using this app will support your children's reading at home: Destiny Quest.
Please contact Mrs. Mallmann, Library Media Specialist, with any questions!
SCRIP - The easiest fundraiser you will ever do. Easy as 1,2,3.
1. Complete the attached order form to buy a gift card to your favorite store or restaurant.
2. There are two easy ways to order.
Submit the order form and a check to school by 2/9.
You can also order online and pay with PrestoPay. Click HERE for directions on how to order online and setup PrestoPay.
3. You will receive the full value of the gift card and Cumberland will receive a percentage of your purchase from the retailer. Gift cards will be sent home 2/23.
Box Tops for Education
This is your chance to get those Box Tops out of your kitchen and to Cumberland where they mean money for our school.
The deadline for Box Tops for Education is February 24th.
Just bring any Box Tops to the collection bin in the school lobby, and we’ll do the rest! (However, if you are able to trim the Box Tops, it will make submission much easier for us.) Remember that each Box Top earns Cumberland School ten cents and Bonus Box Tops earn even more. The money adds up quickly – this past Fall, Cumberland earned over $500 from Box Tops alone!
Box Tops Bonus App
Please click to view another way to earn cash for our school!
Remaining Cumberland Concert Dates for 2016-2017 School Year
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
K5 Concert 5:30 PM
1st Grade Concert 6:30 PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
5th Grade Band/Orchestra/Choir Concert 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 6, 2017
K4 Concert (AM and PM Students) 5:30 PM
Monday, May 8, 2017
4th Grade Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Band-O-Rama (5th-12th Grade Band Students) 7:30 PM @WFB HS Field House
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
All-School Spring Sing 1:30 PM @Cumberland Playground Outside