A Message from the Principal...
Dear Parent and Guardians,
Working in education has been likened to planting seeds, never knowing if or when they will germinate and even if they do, how they will grow. Teachers and students have been compared to tinder and flint, something happens when they are together that is not possible as two separate things. Teaching is juggling, keeping many balls in the air at once. No matter how we frame it, teaching involves the unknown and the unpredictable; at any point in the future a student may recall something learned at an earlier time and bring it to bear in a current situation. As educators, we learn to live with the knowledge that we will often not see how something manifests in a student, as she or he may be long gone before something comes to fruition.
How many times has this happened in your life, too, when you did something not realizing the long term impact or how it would come back to you? At Cumberland, many of our traditions and events started incidentally, with the people who initiated something being unable to see what might come of it. Fun Lunch is a perfect example. Pam Woodard (WFB School Board member extraordinaire) and Joan Turner were co-presidents of the Cumberland PTO. As moms, they packed lunches for their children each day, as many parents do now. One day in 1989 while talking about this, they wondered how it might work to offer something they called ‘Fun Lunch.’ Their intention was to offer something that would be fun for the students, and fun for the parents who would not have to pack a lunch that day. The first Fun Lunch consisted of hot dogs they cooked at home and brought to school to serve from Nescos! The second time they did it, Pam and Joan decided to serve tacos, grapes and a drink, and as you can see from the notes above they were planning for somewhere between 300-450 students, quite a range, with an evident cost of either $2.60 or $3.15. When Pam gave me this note, it was with the comment that she was not even sure the math was right or what they were actually computing!
Nonetheless, as you are certainly aware, Fun Lunch has grown to be a tradition at Cumberland. Now, it is typical to serve 600-700 people and the food is not prepared in someone’s home but delivered to us from a commercial kitchen. Fun Lunch still serves the same purpose, though, of giving families a break from making a lunch and providing students a lunch with a celebratory air. Twenty eight years ago, Pam and Joan did not know that they were planting seeds for something that would sprout and grow, getting bigger and more complex over the years.
Indeed, this is what we might each hope, that something we do will impact others, maybe even start a tradition. Education and parenting are alike in this way, we can’t foresee while we are in it how our actions and decisions will show or carry on in the future. It is kind of magic, how these small moments add up to rich lives and well- rounded people. What a privilege.
Perhaps this weekend’s Green Day in the Bay will become one of these long lasting traditions. Or, maybe the May 20th Run the Bay event will carry on long after our little ones are grown. One thing I know for sure, all staff at Cumberland are absolutely thrilled that the Staff Appreciation breakfast is becoming a tradition, and we thank everyone who contributed and helped make it a beautifully decorated and tasty event. See the website for photos!
From the building PBIS team: Please consider providing feedback and helping us improve our PBIS / Cougar Pride efforts at Cumberland with the following survey. Staff and students have been working hard the last several years to implement and support our behavior expectations, and we'd like to hear from you what you know about the program and its components. We appreciate your time and input, so that we may continue our efforts with your voice in mind. Please click on this link to complete this short (7 question) survey. PBIS / Cougar Pride Survey
Thanks for all you do to support Cumberland School. Regards, Jayne Heffron
ONE MORE Fun Lunch this SCHOOL YEAR!
There will be a final Fun Lunch for this current school year...on Wednesday, June 7!
2017-2018 PTO Board AND Opportunities!
2017-2018 PTO Board Members
President: J.J. Brojde
President- Elect: Jennifer Bjorson
Ways & Means: Christine Foley & Erin Orth
Cultural Arts: Amanda Bothwell & Liza Glowacki
Treasurers: Christine Johnson & Erin Gray
Community Service: Susie Albrightson & Sarah Sifuentes
The PTO is also seeking committees or chairpeople volunteers for the following positions:
Fall Fest - committee
Art for Youth
Movie night- committee
WFB Education Foundation Adviser
Conference Dinners- committee
Family Fun Night- committee
Family Fun Night - Friday, May 19, 3:30-5:30pm
Get ready for Carnival Games and Prizes, Cake-walk, Bake Sale, and Plenty of Food, Treats, and Sweets!
There will be Inflatable Slides and Obstacle Courses and new this year, try the Velcro Wall!
All purchases at this event are made with tickets only, and wristbands will be available for unlimited inflatables.
Stay tuned and watch in your child’s folder for our pre-ticket sale option. Avoid the lines and have your tickets ready and waiting for you! In addition, we will have ticket sales and wristbands available Thursday morning and afternoon (May 18th) and Friday morning (May 19th).
This event is a lot of fun for the whole school and is our largest annual fundraiser, but it takes a lot of volunteers to make it happen.
We’d love to have your participation!
Please sign up HERE.
Spring Book Fair!
Scholastic Spring Book Fair
Friday, May 19th
(Family Fun Night)
3:00 – 6:00pm
As part of Family Fun Night, Cumberland will host a Spring Book Fair in the Great Room. This is a great opportunity to pick out summer reading for your child and support Cumberland School. The proceeds from this fair will go directly back to the teachers to pick new books for classroom libraries. Nearly 65% of the money you spend during the fair comes back to Cumberland teachers to buy new books for their classrooms.
You may also shop the fair online. The website will be active from May 7th through May 27th. Any orders placed online will also earn reward dollars for our school. Books will be shipped directly to the school and delivered to your child’s classroom.
FINAL Scrip Fundraiser of the School Year
Orders are due May 11, with delivery May 25. Go to ShopWithScrip.com for a list of all participating merchants. If you don't see the gift cards you want on the order sheet, just write them in.
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 5/11.
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 5/25
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
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