November 30, 2014

Week at a Glance

12/01-12/05 Minimum Day for Grades 1-5 8:15am-12:40pm
12/01-12/05 Book Fair 8am-4pm - Cafeteria*
12/01 Deadline Book Fair Family Fun Night Food Orders*
12/02 Donuts for Dads at Book Fair 7-8:15am*
12/03 Drop off Baked Goods for Book Fair Family Fun Night*
12/03 Book Fair Family Fun Night 5-8pm*
12/05 Drop off Voluntary Staff Holiday Gift Contributions*

*Details Below

Book Fair! Open 8am-4pm Daily!

WE ARE THRILLED TO BRING YOU THE BEST IN BOOKS WITH HELP FROM PAGES BOOKSTORE! Our Reading Wonderland will be open daily from 8am-4pm in the Cafeteria. Volunteer spots are still available. Sign up online.

MON 12/1 1-1:45pm Author Sarah Ban Breathnach reading and signing! Family Night food orders due.

TUE 12/2 Donuts for Dads 7-8:15am Come for the sweets, stay for the books -- support Grand View, books, and reading! 1-1:45pm Author Julie Berry reading and signing!

WED 12/3 Family Fun Night 5-8pm Join us for the best in books, dinner provided by Fresh Brothers, tempting baked goods, a rousing Sound Arts performance, and more! Drop off your yummy bake sale contributions in the PTA room today. Food orders needed by 12/1.

THU 12/4 1-1:45pm Author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg reading and signing!

FRI 12/5 8am-4pm Last chance to wrap up your holiday book shopping!

Collecting Contributions for Staff Gifts

HOLIDAY CHEER We make it easy to show your appreciation for our dedicated GV support staff with a voluntary holiday contribution. Look for the contribution form (due 12/8) in the Tuesday Envelope or print it here. Thank you!

Holiday Scrip Orders Due 12/8

SUPPORT GV WHILE SHOPPING It costs you nothing extra! Simply order gift cards for stores where you regularly shop, or buy cards for gift giving this holiday season. Friends, relatives, teachers, babysitters, coaches...there is something for everyone! GV gets a percentage of the cost of each card, but you pay only face value.

ORDER BY 12/8 This is your chance to purchase holiday gifts for family and friends, as well as GV teachers and staff. The Order Form and Teacher/Staff Wish Lists are available online.
PAYMENT Submit form and payment to the scrip box in the PTA room by 12/8. Orders received without payment will not be processed.
DELIVERY Gift cards will be delivered by 12/18. You may designate that gift cards be sent home in your child's backpack or be picked up from the front office.

For more info visit or email Paula Davis.

MBEF in the Classroom

THANKS TO YOU, WE CAN COUNT ON MORE TEACHERS Next time you're on campus, count the number of teachers you see. Then take a moment to feel good, knowing that your MBEF donation helps pay the salary of 1-in-5 teachers... a total of 70 teachers around the District. These teachers make a real difference in your child's education. And thanks to your support, we'll be able to count on them for years to come. If you have not already done so, please donate at

Thank Ye Kindly 

A huge thank you to our chairs, sponsors, friends, families, and volunteers who made the 32nd Annual Pancake Breakfast Roundup such a fun and scrumptious event. GVPTA thanks our amazing Pancake Chairs Kelly Radack, Kelli Spriggs, Janiece Cotrell and Alex Gauss. The Chairs are grateful for Jackie Miller, Rachel Disser, Rachel Nammack, the Clausen family & Four Daughter’s Kitchen, the Savela family, the Lagao family, Victor Simmering, Janie Mederos and, of course, Kathy Poje.

Children's Used Book Drive Now to 12/12

TO BENEFIT CHILDREN IN NEED A Mira Costa student volunteer with the Reading Partners program at William Green Elementary in Lawndale is collecting gently used books suitable for children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Drop off donations in the hallway by the library. Drive ends 12/12. Questions? Contact Heidi Snively.

Holiday Wrap Drive Now to 12/11

WANTED: HOLIDAY WRAPPING PAPER, RIBBONS, TAPE, SCISSORS The 1736 Club at Mira Costa is collecting holiday gift wrap supplies that will be donated to clients of a local shelter. The shelter supports homeless youth in crisis, battered women, and homeless veterans. Look for the bin by the front office.

Coat Drive Coming 12/9-11

WARM COATS & WARM HEARTS Our Student Council will collect coats and jackets for people in need from 12/9-12/11 and has organized a friendly classroom competition. Bring the donations to your classroom to be tallied -- the class with the most will get a doughnut party and every class with at least 15 coats will get mini candy canes. Questions? Email Kiley Duncan.

Run Club Logs 3,000 Miles

RUNNING ACROSS AMERICA After 3,000 miles and eight states we are in Deming, NM! More than 100 Gators have run 13 miles or more and have each earned a pedometer from our sponsor the Murad Family Foundation.
  • Class with the most runners: ROBERTSON
  • Grade with the most runners: FOURTH
  • Class with the most laps: SLATER with 295

Safety Tips

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Thank you to Scott Fusco for presenting safety tips at the PTA meeting. Email Scott Fusco or visit MB Neighborhood Watch for more info or how to get involved. Highlights from Scott's presentation:
  • See something suspicious? Call MBPD dispatch at 310-545-4566
  • Lock doors, windows, gates
  • Make sure garage doors are completely closed 
  • Don't leave valuables (phones, computers, etc.) in your car in plain sight
  • Install deterrents (alarm system, locked mailbox, motion sensor lights, etc.)
  • Get involved. Call 310-802-5183 to become a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain or to join your block's existing distribution list.

Calling All Hoopster Parents

MB/X PARENTS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 12/7 Join the Grand View team at the annual MB/X Parents Basketball Tournament on Sunday, 12/7 in the Mira Costa Gym. The event starts at 11:30am and usually lasts 3-4 hours. There will be eight teams (MBUSD schools and American Martyrs). Each player pays $200 to participate, a tax deductible donation to MB/X Foundation. Got game? Contact Mike Smith.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 3,168 books were checked out during November's 13 school days! TOP PATRONS Congratulations to Charlee Rainey, Sam Raker, Davis Spielvogel, Sophie Kodjoe, and Jack Keating who had the most checkouts in their grade level. Each will receive a gift certificate. For information about the library program visit

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