April 16, 2017

Week at a Glance 

04/17 No School - Last Day Spring Break
04/18 Bring Trash-free Lunch*
04/19 Walk/Wheel to School & No Idling*
04/19, 04/21
Run Club 7:45-8:05am
04/18-04/21 3rd Grade SBAC Testing
04/20 Bring Reusable Water Bottle*
PTA General Meeting 8:30am - Cafeteria - 2017-18 PTA Board Slate
04/20 Talent Show Try-Outs
04/20 Deadline Spring Fair Sponsorships
04/21 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
*Details Below

A Message from the Principal

DEAR GATOR FAMILIES, I am hoping you all had a restful break with your beautiful children! With just 42 school days left, I want to focus on the value of courage and the inner strength it takes to be an upstander in today's world by doing the right thing, especially when no one is watching. In November of 2016, in Chicago, a third grade student courageously coined the phrase Hate Has No Home Here and a global movement was started. It takes just one! The project promotes justice and inclusive neighborhoods and communities where everyone is welcomed and valued. Please click here for more information and consider a yard sign. Remember ... Love Is Louder! I will be visiting all classrooms in the next few weeks to encourage tolerance, empathy, and courage. Below are links to videos I may be sharing with our older students. Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle.  

Earth Week at GV

EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY AT GRAND VIEW! Because we are a National Green Ribbon School, taking care of our environment is second nature so we will celebrate with an Earth Week Challenge! Each day, students will participate in different green activities. Here is what parents and caregivers need to know:
  • TUESDAY we will focus on WASTE. Students bring a trash-free lunch to earn Challenge points. Students who order lunch can earn points by sorting lunch waste or by picking up trash around campus.
  • WEDNESDAY we will focus on AIR. Students walk or wheel to school. Grades of Green Youth Corps member Penn Clay and the Grand View Green Team will be out during pick-up time encouraging drivers to turn off their vehicles if idling for more than ten seconds.
  • THURSDAY we will focus on WATER. Students bring reusable water bottles.
  • FRIDAY we will focus on ACTION. Teachers tally the Earth pledges students recorded on the classroom board.
  • SATURDAY join us in Polliwog Park for the Earth Day Celebration! There will be over sixty vendors and exhibitors, a family drum circle, a FREE Kids' Zone with eco-crafts, an obstacle course, a free clothing swap, and a performance by The Lucky Ones. Click for details.
2017 CERTIFIED GREEN HONOR SCHOOL We are excited to announce that Grand View has been named a Grades of Green Certified School for Spring 2017! This honor is awarded to schools that take on at least five Grades of Green activities. We continue to inspire and empower kids to care for the environment through recycling, composting, donating leftover food, supporting vehicle No Idle Zones, encouraging trash-free lunches, and teaching lasting environmental values. Congratulations, Green Gators!

51st Annual Spring Fair - Sunday, 4/30

SUNDAY 11AM-3PM - UPPER PLAYGROUND Our Spring Fair is around the corner featuring the fabulous talent show, tasty eats from local restaurants, game booths, inflatables, the YAA Art Show, and more! Get your tickets here!

VOLUNTEER FOR FUN Help make the Fair amazing! Volunteer at your grade level sponsored booth, the Chili Booth, Book Booth, Student Store, and more! This year, our 5th grade students are invited to help at all game and craft booths so please consider signing your child up for a shift or two. Sign up today!

FAIR SPONSORS WANTED Please consider donating $100 by 4/20 and your name (or company name) will be featured on our front gate sponsorship banner. Click for details. Thank you!

TALENT SHOW TRYOUTS 4/20 - PAC Calling all kids! Got a hidden talent you're ready to share? Express yourself through music, song, dance, or comedy. Sign up for a tryout time.

CHILI COOK OFF Dust off that crock pot, test that secret family recipe, and enter the Chili Cook Off. Got what it takes? Contestants, please contact Amanda Zaumeyer to sign up for the competition.

TEACHER/STAFF RAFFLE Enter to win a memorable experience! Click here for a description of offerings and click here to print out the raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit MBEF. Hard copies went home before spring break in most classes; others will receive them this week.

EVEN MORE We are now accepting used books, DVDs, and CDs for our Book Booth. Click for details.

A Message from the Front Office

MORNING ARRIVAL SAFETY REMINDER Playing on the play structures, swinging on the swings, or playing on the blacktop is not allowed before school starts as there is no supervision. Students should arrive no earlier than 8am and should wait for the 8:10 bell at the lunch benches, or where they have been otherwise directed by their teacher.

Gator Dine Around

HAVE SOME DELICIOUS FUN! Want to have fun meeting more Grand View parents? Host or attend a potluck dinner in the Grand View neighborhood with Gator Dine Around. There are two ways to participate: host or attend. Hosts coordinate a potluck dinner of up to ten parents (couples or singles) and provide the main entree. The gathering can be a formal dinner or a casual BBQ, the host gets to define the evening. Guests bring a dish and get ready for fun! Leave the kids at home and enjoy some adult time with your fellow Gator parents! Click here to indicate interest by 4/28. The Dine Around Committee will assign participants to hosts and then hosts will coordinate the evening. Questions? Email Rochelle Cistone, Jennifer Cram, Heather de Roos, Dave Gendron, or Nicole Shepley.

Parent Charity Soccer Tournament 5/6

TIME TO DEFEND OUR TITLE! We are putting together this year's Grand View parents' soccer team for the annual Jeff Goodrich Parents' Soccer Classic. Team Grand View will be defending its title (2015 and 2016) against teams from each of the MB elementary schools, MBMS, Mira Costa, and couple of other South Bay teams in a charity soccer tournament held on 5/6 at Mira Costa's Waller Stadium. If you want to be part of the team and part of a charity that has raised over $200,000 for MBX, the foundation that supports school athletics programs) please contact Jeff Serota or Charles Southey to get details. The donation/payment is $225 ($275 after 4/15). Jeff and Charles will send an email to interested players in the next week or so to arrange a practice/get together/kick around.

MBX Classes Open for Districtwide Enrollment

LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL CHALLENGE? The Mira Costa Young Philosopher's Class and the Mira Costa Robotics Club are offering unique opportunities to learn from accomplished students and their teacher supervisors:
  • Philosophy and Balance in Avatar offered at Meadows beginning 4/20
  • The Exciting World of Robotics offered at Pacific beginning 4/21
Click here for more info or email Gina Marcarelli.

GAP CLASSES BEGIN WEEK OF 4/24 Register at mbxfoundation.org. Questions? Email Gina Marcarelli or call 310-415-6883.

Verte 5/13

GRADES OF GREEN INVITES YOU TO THEIR ANNUAL GALA! Verte tickets are on sale here. Verte will take place on Saturday, 5/13 at the Marina Del Rey Ritz-Carlton. Get ready for a fun night out that helps raise funds to instill environmental values in the 370,000+ Grades of Green students! And remember, Grand View is where the nationwide Grades of Green program began!

Manhattan Wine Auction 6/3

SUPPORTS MBEF The 23rd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction will be held Saturday, 6/3 at 4:30pm at the Manhattan Country Club. If you're interested in purchasing a corporate table or gathering some friends to go in on a family table, please contact the MBEF office at 310-303-3342 or send an email. Click here for more info.

Making Summer Plans?

MBUSD SUMMER CAMP The MBUSD Summer Program will be located at Pacific Elementary and fees are the same as last summer. Eight one-week sessions include bus trips, water trips, walking trips, sporting activities, and guest instructors. Details are posted at mbusd.org under the EDP icon. Questions? Contact Caryn Dates or Susana Anton.

MBX HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Check out the options at mbxfoundation.org. Steve and Kate's, Performing Arts Workshop, Planet Bravo, TGA Premier Sports, and a new streamlined program of Camp VIP with unique opportunities for incoming Kindergartners, and lots of LEGO for everyone. Questions? Email Nancy Rosenburg or call 310-503-1771.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

Open Survey: MB Parks & Rec Suggestions
Various Beach Cities Read Events for Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
Various Manhattan Beach Public Library April Events
04/19 S.T.E.A.M. Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm - MB Public Library
04/19-06/07 MB Parks & Rec Filmmaking Class for Ages 7-13
04/21, 04/22, 04/27, 04/28, 04/29 MCHS Spring Musical - Oklahoma!
04/22 Earth Day Celebration 11am-4pm - Polliwog Park
04/24 League of Women Voters Hosts Mental Health Forum 7-8:45pm - Torrance
04/26 S.T.E.A.M. Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm - MB Public Library
04/30 GrowingGreat Farm to Table Benefit - Shade Hotel Redondo Beach
05/13 Grades of Green Verte Gala - Marina Del Rey Ritz-Carlton
07/17-07/20 MCHS Soccer Camp for Girls Ages 6-12
07/24-07/27 MCHS Cheer Clinic for Girls K-8
08/07-08/10 MCHS Volleyball Camp for Ages 7-14
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