January 17, 2016

Week at a Glance

01/18 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/20 MBUSD Board Meeting
01/21 (New Date) PTA General Membership Meeting 8:30am - Cafeteria
01/22 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Gator Store Open 2:15-3:30 - Cafeteria*
01/23 Incoming Kindergarten Information 9:30am-11am - Pacific*

*Details Below


MUSIC: AN INSTRUMENT FOR LEARNING MATH Studies by the U.S. Department of Education show that music in school helps children learn math. It also helps students grasp scientific concepts faster and improves cognitive development. Over time, children with access to music education demonstrate higher math and science proficiency by a significant margin. Needless to say, we would not have a Grammy-winning program at Mira Costa without the strong foundation in music we develop in the elementary grades. Investing in our Annual Appeal ensures that your child will have music in every grade, K-12. Please Give Now. mbef.org/givetoday

Gator Store Open 1/22

GATOR GEAR FOR THE NEW YEAR! Stop by the Gator Store next to the Cafeteria on Friday from 2:15-3:30pm and get the very latest in Gator Wear and Gator Gear. We've got new shirts by Heroes and Hooligans that are perfect for showing school spirit on Fridays, and a new 14 oz. stainless steel Gator tumbler.

Run Club

BACK WITH A VENGEANCE IN 2016 Despite cooler temperatures, we've had an excellent showing of kids and parents, with several guest appearances by P.E. teacher Ms. Wood. Our amazing kids have run over 3,600 miles this school year -- the equivalent of running to the Staples Center 200 times! Congratulations to the following classrooms with the highest participation in their grade level last week: 1st-Olson, 2nd-Glassman, 3rd-Goodlad, 4th-Shaw-Bueno, 5th-DiBiase. Everyone welcome M-W-F 7:45-8:05am. gvpta.com/runclub

POPSICLES AND BUNDT CAKES Kids who earned free Popsicles during the Jog-a-thon may redeem them after school at the Cafeteria window 1/20 and 1/27. And please disregard the 12/31/15 expiration date on the Nothing Bundt Cakes coupons. They will be honored whenever you bring them in!

GAP Registration Continues

CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF 1/25 GAP is an exciting way to enrich the school experience with classes in science, sports, chess, and the arts. The new extended session runs from 1/25-4/28. Register at mbxfoundation.org. Questions? Email Gina Marcarelli or call 310-415-6883.

Neptunian Art & Photography Contest

K-12 COMMUNITY SHOWCASE The Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach is sponsoring its 38th Annual Student Art and Photography Contest for grades K-5 (art) and grades 6-12 (photography). Submit entries to the school office no later than 3pm on 2/22. An awards ceremony will be held on 3/6 at 1pm in the Neptunian clubhouse. K-5 Entry Form / 6-12 Entry Form. Questions? Email Joyce at handschumacher@outlook.com.

2016-17 Registration - Kindergarten and New Students

SPREAD THE WORD 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 the week of 2/8-2/16 to fill out a pre-enrollment information sheet. 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. Details at mbusd.org.

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