A Note from the Principal...
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We loved having the snow before Winter Break. When there is enough for the students to play in, it is a beehive of activity in the fields as the students build and roll and simply lay in the snow. The variety of play opportunities is welcome when the everyday games of recess are just starting to feel old. As you read this, though, we are firmly inside, with wind chills well below zero Wednesday and Thursday of this week. It is my hope that we are not poised to beat our 38 days of inside-recess record from a couple years ago, 38 days being almost eight full weeks of school days! We do go out unless it is below zero wind chill, so that was a cold cold winter.
This is probably not the most auspicious time to tell you that we are in need of 1-2 additional lunch recess supervisors! Supervisors work from 11:30-12:45ish as many days a week as they choose. We even have people who work just 1-2 days each week. Being here at recess is a good opportunity to see the children during the day and it is fun to see Cumberland from the inside. This is a paid position. If you are interested in learning more, please call the office and Debby or Katie can give you details. We would love to have you!
Math teaching and learning in our world is so much more than just numbers, and students’ learning opportunities here at school are much more varied than straight computation. You have read here or heard your child talking about math Fosnot units (comparing paving areas, t-shirt factories, determining comparative packing and shipping containers) and more than ever our efforts relate to math in real world applications. The math standards include eight process standards:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
- Model with mathematics
- Use appropriate tools strategically
- Attend to precision
- Look for and make use of structure
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
One way we have expanded our learning opportunities for students is through the use of Dreambox Learning. Dreambox provides a personalized or adaptive environment within which each student gets problems at the next edge of learning. All K5-5th grade students do Dreambox at school 1-2 times each week. We also encourage students to do Dreambox at home. Research through Harvard University suggests that there is a strong correlation between the amount of time spent on Dreambox and student’s measured math learning. See the short video and article at this link for details. Dreambox research Dreambox math research Having your child do Dreambox even 20 minutes a day three times a week can yield big learning gains.
These leftovers from 2016 Lost and Found are on the cubbies outside the office. I hope someone can claim them:
Warm regards, Jayne Heffron
Presentation by Dr. Thomsen
On Thursday, January 12th the Whitefish Bay School District Superintendent, Dr. John Thomsen, will be speaking on Seven Thriving Dispositions at 7pm in the Great Room. This presentation will be followed by a PTO meeting. All are welcome to attend.
2017 Cumberland Variety Show Auditions a Success!
158 kids took to the Great Room stage for over 4 hours of auditions. This year's show is themed "On Top of the World". Once again, there will be two shows (1pm and 6pm) in order to accommodate all of the families and friends who would like to see the performances. Both shows will run on Saturday, February 25. Tickets go on sale starting February 2nd.
48 acts auditioned this year that included:
10 large grade level dance groups ( or more students)
2 small dance groups (4 or less)
16 emcee cast
1 vocal/instrument combo
4 vocal soloists or vocal groups
1 rock/pop band
Thank you to the Planning Committee for all of your time and hard work!
Nahid Afsari, Susie Albrightson, Kate Snelling, Suzanne Singh
Enroll Your Child in Junior Great Books 2017!
Your student is invited to join Junior Great Books! JGB is a 35-year-old tradition at Cumberland School and involves reading short stories at home from your own JGB books and getting together with classmates to talk about the stories. Your child’s JGB reading group will have a parent leader who will initiate the book discussion once a week during lunch/recess time. This is a perfect wintertime activity for the kids.
JGB is a wonderful way to foster your child’s love of reading and to expand his or her thinking, listening, and speaking skills. Learn more about JGB by visiting www.jgb.homestead.com or www.greatbooks.org.
If you choose to register your child, he or she will participate once a week for a period ranging from 6-8 weeks (based on the decision of the parent leader) beginning in February (dates TBD). No class time will be missed. The group consists of 8-12 classmates from the same grade and a trained parent leader, and each participant will receive the books required. The cost is $20 per participant (scholarships available).
Parents, WE NEED YOU to serve as a group leader for JGB! Leading a group is an easy, fantastic way to spend time with your child, enjoy time with our Cumberland School family and foster a love of reading.
You may choose to work alone as a leader or with another parent. Either way, you will be trained and supported.
Training for Leaders (required, but low key): Meet us for Appetizers on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00-8:15 (location TBD). This is when you will receive your Leader Guide containing suggested questions and discussion prompts for each story. Returning leaders, if you choose not to attend training, you’ll be given the leader guide in advance of the start date.
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 1/12.
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 1/26.
Box Tops Bonus App
Please click to view another way to earn cash for our school!
Join your friends and family at the Wave game on Sunday, February 12th, at 2:05 p.m! A portion of each ticket goes back to support Cumberland. Deadline for ticket orders is Thursday, January 19th. Here is the ticket order form.
Remaining Cumberland Concert Dates for 2016-2017 School Year
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
2nd Grade Concert 6:00 PM
3rd Grade Concert 7:00 PM
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
The Cumberland PTO is providing the following list of web sites as an aid for parents looking for activities for their children beyond school, but should not be inferred as an endorsement.
Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education
The 2017 Free Throw Contest is returning on Saturday, February 18 at the WFB High School Field House. The registration deadline is February 15. Please register for this contest as you would for any other Recreation Department offering. Information can be found on page 12 of the Winter/Spring program guide.
If you have a daughter interested in softball, please check out the Girls Co-op Spring Softball League for girls currently in grades 3 thru 8 that we will be running along with Nicolet Recreation. This program starts earlier in the season than our other softball leagues, with a registration deadline of April 14th. Information can be found on page 11 of the Winter/Spring program guide.
The Preschools have proved to be a successful additional to our popular Lydell Preschool programming. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, January 12th from 5-7pm at the Lydell Community Center. Interested families looking to enroll for the 2017/2018 school year are encouraged to attend.
For more detailed information on Recreation Department offerings, please check us out on www.wfbschools.com.
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Whitefish Bay Recreation: