February 7, 2016

Week at a Glance 

02/08-02/12 Registration for 2016-17 Kindergarten and New Students*
02/08 School Site Council 3-4pm - Library
Gator Grub Fundraiser 5-8pm - Mendocino Farms*
02/11 Minimum Day & Open House Schedule*
02/12 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Mark Your Calendar Today - Parent Party in One Month 3/12!*
02/12 MBEF Annual Appeal Ends*

*Details Below

It's a Matter of PrinciPAL

FROM THE DESK OF RHONDA STEINBERG Dear Gator Families, I look forward to our upcoming Open House on Thursday, 2/11. The format for the evening has been changed to give families a first-hand look at "A Day in the Life of a Grand View Gator." This evening will give your child the opportunity to show and share with you the practices and learning happening every day in the classroom. You will get to see "just right" instruction that meets your child's needs in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Here is the schedule for the evening:
AM Kindergarten 5:45-6:15pm
1st-5th Grade 6:00-7:00pm
TK & PM Kindergarten 6:30-7:00pm
Library Open 5:30-7:00pm

The MBEF Annual Appeal ends Friday, 2/12. Thank you to the 84% of our GV families who have donated. If you are in the remaining 16% of our families who have not yet participated, WE NEED YOU! Thank you for donating at mbef.org/givetoday.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Open House on 2/11!
Warm Regards, Rhonda Steinberg, PrinciPAL

70+ Reasons to Support MBEF

GV AT 84% PARTICIPATION - APPEAL ENDS 2/12 While 84% of GV families have donated to MBEF, our school is still $45,000 behind where we were in donations at this time last year. The generous support of our parents and community help us to fund programs and people that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in our public schools. Your generosity helps pay for the salaries of 71 much-needed teachers and specialists that the state budget cannot provide. These instructors make a real difference in your child's education. Please contribute an amount that is meaningful for your family. Friday is the last day to pledge at mbef.org/give today!

CLASSROOM BONUS Classes that reach 75-94% participation will receive $200 to spend on supplies, and those that reach 95% and above will receive $250 to spend. Congratulations to Mrs. Mangan, Mrs. Gladstone, Mrs. Farris, Ms. Simon, and Mrs. Fairbrother --your families have taken you all the way to 100% participation! Check out your classroom stats:
Kindergarten & TK
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade

Parent Party 3/12

OUR AMAZING ANNUAL EVENT! Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready for a fun night out! Our annual Parent Party will be Saturday, 3/12, at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo from 6-11pm. Details and ticket sales coming soon. Book your sitter now and get ready for an amazing event!

Gator Grub Fundraiser 2/9

MENDOCINO FARMS AT THE POINT Dine in or take out! Print this flyer --it must be present for 20% of your total purchase to be donated to GVPTA on Tuesday, 2/9, between 5-8pm. Enjoy!

2016-17 Registration 2/8-2/16

KINDERGARTEN AND NEW STUDENTS Do you know a child who lives in Manhattan Beach who will be 5 years old on or before 9/1/16? If so, please let the family know it is important they go to their child's neighborhood elementary school this week to fill out a pre-enrollment information sheet. Children born between 9/2/11 and 12/2/11 are eligible for our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) --no exceptions. This is also the week to pre-enroll children entering grades 1-5 in 2016-17 who will be attending MBUSD schools for the first time. Forms and details at mbusd.org.

Spare Change Wanted

CHANGE 4 CHANGE FUNDRAISER Our students are collecting spare change they may find, or may have around the house, to bring to their classroom. The Grand View Student Council will donate the money to St. Jude's Children's Hospital on 3/1 to help sick and injured children. We have set a modest goal of $1 per student. Thank you.

Shopping 4 Students

EARN TRIPLE POINTS WHEN YOU SHOP OR DINE AT MANHATTAN VILLAGE IN FEBRUARY Bring your MV receipts (includes businesses in the parking lot, like Fry's, Ralphs, CVS, and more) to the concierge booth (located near Macy's Men's/Home). Schools earn 15 points per dollar spent in February (receipts must be dated and submitted between 2/1/16-2/29/16). Click to view a list of MV businesses.

EARN 1,000 BONUS POINTS WHEN YOU BUY A MANHATTAN VILLAGE GIFT CARD The perfect gift! Gift cards are welcome at any store within the center that accepts Mastercard, and are available at the concierge booth in any amount between $20-$300. A charge of $1 applies for each MV gift card purchased. Triple points apply to the value of the gift card, including the service fee. The 1,000 bonus points per gift card does not triple.

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Visit the Shopping 4 Students website.

New School Committee Forming

TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING Do you care about children's physical, social, and emotional health? Would you like to help build a healthier, more connected school and community? Come be a part of the Health and Wellness Council, a new committee forming at Grand View with the support of Beach Cities Health District. Email Lisa Schlager or Erin Toppenberg.

Run Club

ACTIVE KIDS DO BETTER Science studies have proven that active kids do better in school. YOU are invited to join the growing number of moms, dads, grandparents, and teachers participating in Run Club and enjoying the opportunity to bond, build community, and get a little healthier! Congratulations to 1st grade for having the biggest jump in participation during January, with a special shout out to the Olson/Leweke classroom for having the most participants! M-W-F 7:45-8:05am. gvpta.com/runclub

Costa Music Night 3/11

CARNEGIE HALL FUNDRAISER Enjoy our Grammy Award winning Mira Costa musicians like you've never heard them before --playing a wide variety of music in small, eclectic ensembles. See what's in store for your future Mustang musicians and support our teens in their effort to raise money to get from Costa to Carnegie Hall in May. The price of admission includes appetizers, dinner, drinks, and dessert. Avoid the lines at the door and save --click here to buy tickets at the pre-sale price-- or look for our ticket table at the All District Band Festival on 2/10. Raffle tickets for great prizes are available in advance and at the door. An Evening of Eclectic Ensembles, 3/10, 6-9pm, Mira Costa Cafeteria. Prepare to be amazed!

MB Hometown Fair Board Openings

MB RESIDENTS The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board, a 20-member all volunteer board, is looking for new members. If you are a resident of Manhattan Beach interested in helping to plan and participate in the South Bay's favorite fair, held annually in early October, please email Vice President Jeanna Harkenrider or call 310-489-9916.

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