Upcoming Events

posted Sep 20, 2017, 2:17 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Sep 21, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

All Volunteers, We are having a Volunteer Training on Tuesday, September 26 at 2:45 in the Library.  If you are or plan on volunteering at Cummings this year, it is strongly recommended that you attend this training.

Our first PTC meeting of the year will be on Thursday, September 28 at 6pm in the Library.  We have an all new amazing PTC board this year that have many fresh and exciting ideas for our student and staff communities this year.  Please join us!

What is the Cummings School PTC? 

The PTC is a club for parents, teachers and staff members of Cummings School. It’s purpose is to: 
  • Establish communication between the parents, staff and community. 
  • Support school activities that will enhance the academic achievement of our students through volunteer work and fundraising. 
  • Build school-parent partnerships that promote success for all students. 

Fall 2017 Newsletter

posted Aug 28, 2017, 12:44 PM by Cindy Voves

Please see the Fall 2017 Newsletter: Main Menu, Newsletter

2017-18 School Information

posted Aug 21, 2017, 3:32 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 3:35 PM ]

Dear Parents and Community Members of Cummings Elementary School,

 I hope that this letter finds you safe with many memories of a relaxing, yet exciting summer. We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

 It is with great excitement that I begin my second year as your principal. The greater Cummings community is truly a large family with everyone looking out for each other. Our staff is among the finest in this state, from office staff to custodial, instructional assistants and teachers.

 We have very few new staff members whom you will be able to meet during our open house. The only classroom teacher new to our building is Ryan English, who will be teaching 5th grade. He comes to us with many years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher and as a mentor for beginning teachers. He is looking forward to being back in the classroom.

 Our academic goal for this coming year is to get all students to grade level in reading and math. It is of utmost importance that all students read at home every day. Our youngest students should read or be read to by a family member on a daily basis. One of my favorite anonymous quotes is; “You only have to read on days you want to eat.” Read anything and everything: books, magazines, street signs, recipes, instructions to board games, whatever comes your way! Reading is as important as nourishment.

 Our part time reading specialist will work with small groups of students who may need some catching up. SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) volunteers will continue to work with individual students grades K-3, chosen by the classroom teachers.

 Some improvements to our school include a new walking path on the inside of the fence north of our school along Delight Street. We will be training students to use this path, as they are walking home to avoid cars that may be backing out after parking alongside our fence.

New bark dust was added to our track, which will make for a nice soft surface for our walkers and runners.

 I am looking forward to another great year at Cummings Elementary School.

 We will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on September 5th, 2017, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for all Cummings students and families.  I hope to meet you then, if not sooner. 

Grades 1 – 5 class lists will be posted in the lobby of the school office at Open House. Kindergarten students will be assigned to classes by September 8th, 2017. Office staff will notify parents by phone. Please see below for more kindergarten information.


Martina Mangan


2017-18 Kindergarten Information

posted Aug 21, 2017, 3:26 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 3:28 PM ]

Dear Parents of Incoming Kindergarten Students,

 We are excited for your child to begin his/her formal education at Cummings Elementary School.

If you happen to know of any families who may have moved to your neighborhood this summer, please encourage them to register their children at Cummings beginning August 15th in the school office.

 Kindergarten “Smooth Start” offered in September

 Students entering kindergarten next fall are encouraged to participate in a Smooth Start day before the first day of school.  Smooth Start is a day to ease students’ transition into the school environment. Children will have the chance to “practice” being in school in a small group for a day before the school year begins.   Children will get familiar with their classroom, learn where bathrooms are located, and learn how the cafeteria works. They will also meet their teachers and have a chance to ask questions.

 Students attend Smooth Start on one of two days in September, based on last name:    

  •  Monday, Sept. 11 for students with last names starting with A through L
  •  Tuesday, Sept. 12 for students with last names starting with M through Z
  •   Smooth Start hours are 9:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
  •   Lunch and bus transportation are provided

 Kindergarten begins on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

 For more information on Smooth Start, please contact the school office at (503) 399-3141. Further information will also be shared during OPEN HOUSE on Sept. 5th, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.


Martina Mangan


2017-18 School Supply List

posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:18 PM by Cindy Voves

Please see the attached 2017-18 School Supply List.  Have a wonderful summer!

More Spring Updates

posted May 26, 2017, 10:47 AM by Cindy Voves   [ updated May 26, 2017, 3:40 PM ]

Field Day
Here is a message from the Cummings PTC board:
Field Day is scheduled for Friday June 16th from 1:30 to 3:30.  Our students look forward to celebrating the beginning of summer break.  To make this event successful, we need you!   If you'd like to help with preparations before or during Field Day, please email Gloria and Bekki at cummingsptc@gmail.com or Text/Call Bekki at 503.569.3294.  

Lost and Found
Please be sure to check all of the Lost and Found items on the tables in the front hall.  All items will be donated June 23.

Checking out Students
For student safety, please be prepared to show identification when checking out a student.

Internet Safety Presentation
Please join Officer Trevor Wenning, our School Resource Officer, for an educational evening about internet safety for children on Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm in the library.  This is an adult only event, no childcare will be provided.

Spring 2017 Announcements

posted May 24, 2017, 12:05 PM by Cindy Voves

Negative Lunch Balances Paid by Generous Donors!
Two generous donors, Terry Nicolson Berry and Vivian Brown have made donations to be used for some of Cummings Elementary School's student meal negative balance accounts.  Support from our community members helps keep our schools thriving.  It has been such a gift for the school and students receiving this kindness!

Dress Code
 With rising spring temperatures please make sure that your student wears appropriate clothing for school.  Tank tops or tops with spaghetti straps do not meet district dress code.  Shoes appropriate for PE and running club should be worn every day.  Flip-flops or sandals that fall off children’s feet are not safe.

Fidget Spinner Policy
Here is our new policy on fidget spinners:
Unless the fidget spinner is used as a focus or sensory device identified to meet the need of a student by their case manager, it will be considered a toy.  Students, on first warning, can return it to their backpack where it will stay until dismissal, then stay home thereafter.  On second warning teacher can take it and turn it into the office where it will be stored until parents pick it up.  Additionally, the office will not call parents to pick up the spinners, the teacher or child can communicate that information to parents.

Spring Newsletter

posted Apr 24, 2017, 3:07 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Apr 24, 2017, 3:08 PM ]

Please see the Spring Newsletter under Main Menu, Newsletter.

School transfer requests due Mar. 1-31, 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:27 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 12:27 PM ]

To enroll or transfer a student to school other than his or her assigned school starting fall of 2017, parents must submit an In-District Transfer (IDT) request between March 1 and 31, 2017.

IDT request forms can be picked up at any school office, and must be completed and returned to the student's assigned school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved.

Parents of students attending school on an approved IDT must provide transportation to and from school. The district does not provide bus transportation for students attending school on an IDT.

School offices will be closed from March 27 through 31 (Spring Break). During this time, transfer requests can be returned to:

Office of K-12 Education
2450 Lancaster Drive NE, Suite 130
Salem, OR 97305 (map)

More information on the In-District Transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page.

Kindergarten Registration opens Feb. 21, 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:13 PM by Cindy Voves   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 12:21 PM ]

Registration for Salem-Keizer Public Schools fall 2017 kindergarten programs opens Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

All elementary schools in Salem-Keizer offer free, full-day kindergarten. Students who turn five on or before September 10, 2017, are eligible to register. Parents are asked to register students soon to help schools prepare kindergarten classrooms for fall.

How To Register

To register, please visit the school and pick up a registration packet. If you’re unsure what school is assigned to serve your residence address, please visit the district’s school finder page.

Parents must complete and sign the forms in the registration packet (registration form, home language survey, immunization form) and provide:

  1. Proof of residence address. Examples of documents accepted include a copy of a utility bill, driver’s license with current address, copy of rental agreement, etc.
  2. Original birth certificate for the child. The school will make a copy and return the original to the parent.

Additional information about registration requirements can be found on the Enrollment and Registration page.

Help Your Student Get Ready For School

Parents can help students get ready for kindergarten by helping them:

  • Hold a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly.
  • Practice writing his/her name.
  • Learn the ABC’s and how to count to twenty.
  • Name and identify basic shapes, such as square, triangle and circle.
  • Learn how to take turns and share with others.
  • How to use the bathroom and wash hands independently.

Find more resources to prepare for kindergarten on the Kindergarten Readiness page. Please contact your school with questions about registering for kindergarten

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