Science Camp

Category: Enrichment

All 5th-Grade students will attend Science Camp for four and a half days where they learn about science and nature.

Science Camp is planned for March 20-24, 2017

Environmental Volunteers Program

Category: Enrichment

The Environmental Volunteers Program promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. These classroom programs and field trips meet the State of California science education requirements.

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Starting Arts

Category: Enrichment

Starting Arts is a 3rd party provider of a 6 week Rotating Arts Program of Dance, Music, Drama, and Visual Arts.  The school district pays for 3 of those wheels:  Dance, Music & Drama.  Each classroom gets 3 hours of instruction for each wheel.

The PTA pays for the Visual Arts wheel and for a grade level vocal music with concert performances.  Each grade level receives 10 hours of instruction.  The calendar for these grade level perforamnces will soon be finalized and published on the school calendar.


Read Naturally

Category: Enrichment

Grades:  2-5

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Physical Education

Category: Enrichment

Grades:  4-5
Coordinator:  ;

No volunteer(s) currently exist(s) to support the teachers in 1st-3rd grades.  If you are interested, please click the Volunteer button on the home page to volunteer.


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Jim Wiltens Leadership

Category: Enrichment

Grades:  4th & 5th
Grade Level Program

You read to young children to instill a love for reading and give them a head start in school. You teach your children to swim so they will enjoy and feel confident around water. You enroll in The Leadership Advantage to help your child develop one of the most valued traits in our society –– leadership. Introduce leadership to your child when she/he is building life-long behaviors

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Project Cornerstone

Category: Enrichment

Project Cornerstone gives our children tools to handle difficult, but often common social & growing-up challenges.

Cumberland is happy to announce that we will be participating in our 8th year of Project Cornerstone for the 2017-2018 school year! Project Cornerstone was created in Silicon Valley in 2004 to help children develop critical developmental characteristics that will help them thrive. It has grown from one school to 130 schools in the Bay Area, and reaches over 50,000 children each month.

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Motor Perception

Category: Enrichment


Motor Perception is a 30 week program which helps your child develop motor skills through movement and exercise. This is but one piece of the whole learning experience here at Cumberland and focuses on helping your child make that crucial mind/body communication link, which is the foundation for all aspects of learning.

Through carefully selected movement experiences, our program goals are to:

  • Assist each child in acquiring efficient movement
  • Improve sensory function
  • Develop positive self-image


Motor Perception will occur one day a week. We will know the specific day of the week, when the new school year starts. The program begins when the kinders start their full days of school; usually at the end of September, beginning of October. Your child’s class will have the same time slot all year long.



The program is held outdoors on the kinder playground area. If rain occurs, volunteers report to their child's classroom.



Motor Perception can only work with the volunteer efforts of our wonderful kinder parents. As a volunteer, you will help guide and motivate the children while they participate in small group station activities.


We require 3 parents from each class and also substitutes.  The volunteer commitment is approximately 45 minutes each week ONLY during your child’s time slot.


***Please note younger siblings are welcome at this meeting as well as during the actual Motor Perception classes throughout the year.



Two kinder classes at a time come to the kinder playground.  The classes participate in warm up activities and then are divided into 6-8 stations.  Each volunteer will run one station.  Each station will have instructions and equipment.  All the students will rotate to all stations during the period.



A training workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8:20am.

***Please note younger siblings are welcome at this meeting as well as during the actual Motor Perception classes throughout the year.


Any questions, please contact one of the Motor Perception Chairs: Stacey Bell and Lisa Rademacher at


School Policy: All Volunteers must have current TB test and Volunteer Form on file in the office. 


Category: Enrichment

**Bring your extra Plant Pots to the Garden**

garden pots

Do you have extra plant pots that you no longer need? Please bring them to the garden and leave them in the collection box under the canopy near room 26. We can use 6-packs, 3", 4" and 5-gallon or larger containers. Please no 1-gallon containers.

Cumberland Garden is located in the west end of campus, near 2nd grade classrooms, about 4000 sq ft of area. All garden maintenance and activities are provided through the help of Cumberland volunteering parents (collectively they spend 100's of hours tending this absolutely breath-taking please consider joining this amazing team!).

Students participate in various gardening activities throughout the year (seeding, mulching, weeding, composting, and of course harvesting) and can observe first-hand the magic of growth. Last year, we have had great success with our fava bean and broccolli crops, amongst others. The children were able to see the nitrogen nodules growing on the roots of the fava beans!

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Category: Enrichment

FAME (Fine Arts Mini Experience) is a six-year art and music program funded by the PTA to enrich Fine Arts experience in the classroom setting. Volunteer docents lead 6 in-class presentations per year, consisting of a short introduction to a composer and an artist with a hands-on art project related to the style of the artist. 

Students will bring their FAME artwork home at the end of the year as a portfolio.

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Cluster Classes

Category: Enrichment

What are cluster classes?

Cluster classes consist of small groups of 4th & 5th graders with a teacher or parent leading them in a topic of mutual interest. In past years, classes have included energy science, DJ mixing, leadership skills, computers & robots, podcasts, engineering, sign language, chess, modular origami, genetics, yoga, catapults, juggling, backpacking, raising chickens, baking bread, muffins & manners, and many more!

> Sign up in February/March by emailing

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Clay / Kiln

Category: Enrichment

kilnCumberland is one of the few elementary schools in the district lucky enough to run its own kiln! The clay program is a very special art experience for all grades. Students work on grade-level appropriate skills and techniques to produce their very own art pieces. Volunteer docents do not have to operate the kiln.

We will be preparing for two projects in each class over the school year. If you would like to help in your classroom (or other classrooms), please contact us at  and include your teacher's name. 

Interested in making a project for Walkathon? Purchase materials at Clay Planet, Fireworks CeramicsCranberry Hill, or another vendor. All materials should be low-fire and lead free. Please send an email to  with any questions.

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