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This is a great question and topic of debate as technology devices become more integrated into the learning process.  The PTA Tech Committee is currently working on putting together an info page to help share the various ways tech is being used in the classroom.

For those who want to read more about this topic in general, here is a good article discussing the balance of screen time in the classroom:


Check out this article:

or Read these tips from a K-8 Typing Teacher:  

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At the beginning of every school year, families register or update their student/family InfoSnap registration information requested by the School District.  The registration form contains a question about sharing your contact information with the PTA.  If you opt out of sharing your information with the PTA, you will miss very informative and valuable information regarding the events and programs at the school. 

The PTA collects the following info:

  • Parent Names
  • Student Names
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Student Grade & Classroom

The PTA will use family and student information for the following:

  1. The School's Family Directory - Online is sponsored by the PTA to help foster community; you always have option of opting out at any time from online directory
  2. Volunteer Coordination - Helps set up email lists for various school programs & events
  3. Walkathon - This critical fundraiser needs to have every child and parent informed of how they can participate, what they need to do and when, etc.
  4. This Week @School - PTA Weekly Calendar Reminder
  5. The PTA Snapshot - PTA Monthly Activities & Events Newsletter

Any credit card processing or online payment processing is processed by 3rd party payment processors who provide their own security methods.  PTA does not collect or store any credit card payment information in any of it's databases.

Should you ever have any problem with opting out from any of the various PTA communications, you can send your request to the PTA President: 

Please know that we do not knowingly share your email and/or contact information with anybody outside the PTA organization without your explicit permission --and even within the PTA organization, we only provide contact information on a need-to-know basis to program/event chairs or PTA exec board members.  You will always have the option of unsubscribing from any newsletter the PTA publishes.

Although the menu may say Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cumberland actually serves Soy Butter.

NOTE:  Part of School Site Council's charter is to monitor the cafeteria program.  If you'd like to have a greater voice and influence on the cafeteria services, we encourage you to contact School Site Council to attend one of their monthly meetings or become a member of this committee made up of teachers, administrators, and parents.

For lunch and breakfast menus, please visit the Sodexo Food Service website:

(Note:  This link has been updated as of 1/5/2015 and often changes.  Please notify the webmaster or PTA President if link becomes outdated.  Thank you!)

Please check the school website for other Cafeteria information:

NOTE:  Part of School Site Council's charter is to monitor the cafeteria program.  If you'd like to have a greater voice and influence on the cafeteria services, we encourage you to contact School Site Council to attend one of their monthly meetings or become a member of this committee made up of teachers, administrators, and parents.

Providing for your student's safety when school is in session is a major responsibility of the school staff. The principal and school staff is prepared to make prompt and responsible decisions in any situation that could threaten the safety of students. We have a number of staff members with first aid certificates and we will be in communication with local emergency services. The need to close a school and evacuate the students before the regularly scheduled time could arise from a relatively minor emergency such as a prolonged interruption of power or from a major event such as fire, disastrous earthquake, or severe storm.


  • Information will be broadcast to parents over local radio stations KCBS 740 AM, KGO 810 AM, KBAY 95.5 FM, and KEZR 106.5 FM or local television stations. Information will also be published in the San Jose Mercury News and posted at the school site.
  • No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual designated by a parent) comes for him/her.
  • All parents or designated persons who come for students must sign out at the school office or at the temporary student release station. Signs will be posted if this alternate location is required. We are prepared to care for your child in emergency situations. If you are not able to reach the school, we will care for your child until you or a designated person arrives.

We do ask your help in the following ways:

  • Please do not call the school. We must have the lines open for emergency calls.
  • Do turn to the above radio and television stations for information.
  • Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not immediately drive to the school. The school access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles and/or may be cluttered with debris.

It is important that we be prepared personally and in relationship to others in our school community as well as the broader community. During the year your student will be trained in the necessary emergency procedures. Students will learn how to react, where to assemble, and what to expect in an emergency situation.

Education, knowledge, and preparation are our best allies.

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The state of California does not view vacations as excused absences. If you will miss between five and ten school days, an independent study contract may be completed. Please notify your child's teacher and the front office ten school days before your trip.


If you need more information about independent studies, or attendance protocols, please see the SESD Parent Student District Handbook pages 13-15.
A Truancy notice is standard procedure when you incur unexcused absences --like vacation days.

YES.  The State PTA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This exemption applies to all the State PTA’s constituent organizations like Cumberland Elementary PTA. 

In-kind non-cash donations exceeding $250 in value should be recorded for tax purposes.  You can find the donation receipt form here on the Cumberland PTA website finance page.  Have the appropriate chairs sign them.

“Quid Pro Quo” contributions (Contributions that are made partly as a contribution and partly in payment for goods and services received, for example, a ticket price that is higher than its normal value). For Quid Pro Quo contributions of more than $75, list item(s) and total amount paid for each.

Should the donor require the IRS Tax Letter citing our tax exemption or if you have any questions, please contact the PTA Financial Secretary or Treasurer.

Corporate matching can provide up  to an additional 25% of funding (FREE MONEY!) so it's worth the time to submit your corporate matching requests to your company.

Here's a recent list of companies that have provided corporate matching in the last few years.

The most current list will be available when you register for the Walkathon and enter your company name information.  Please be sure to look-up your company name.  If it is not listed, please contact your HR department to add Cumberland Elementary PTA to their list.  Please be sure to include the EIN (Tax ID):  94-6171886.  DO NOT register under the name of Cumberland Elementary "School"  --the school is a separate tax entity from the PTA.