October 18, 2015

Week at a Glance

10/19 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
10/19 Register for the Skechers Friendship Walk*
10/20 Picture Make-ups, Re-takes, & 5th Grade Panoramic*
Run Club 7:45-8:05am
10/21 MBUSD Math Workshop 5-6pm - MBMS Multi-purpose Room*
10/22 PTA Meeting 8:30am - Cafeteria
Run Club 7:45-8:05am

*Details Below

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

JOG-A-THON PRIZES NEEDED Click HERE to donate. Please consider donating an incentive prize for our inaugural Jog-a-thon on 11/17. Our kids will collect pledges for the laps they will run and will earn raffle tickets for prizes for every $50 they raise. Details at gvpta.com/jogathon.

2 Campus Supervisors Needed ASAP!

ROCK THIS STUNNING VEST  Earn an hourly wage and make memories that will last a lifetime by helping to supervise our students at the lunch tables and on the playground.  Contact Rhonda Steinberg.

STEM in Our Schools

INSTRUCTIONAL SHIFT AHEAD Over the next three years our students will experience a significant shift in the way our District teaches science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Did you know that donations to MBEF help fund STEM programming for our children? This fall we launched Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation's leading provider of K-12 STEM programming. The PLTW curriculum is hands-on, project-based, data-backed, and exactly what parents were looking for when they were surveyed last fall. We are excited about how this initiative will transform the way our children engage with STEM and innovation. Learn more about STEM programming funded by MBEF for 2015-16. And if you haven't already, please consider a meaningful donation or pledge to MBEF so we can continue to provide all GV students with programs that enrich and enhance their educational experience.

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk 10/25

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! Join the Grand View team and support our schools! Click here and select MBEF. Your $25 fee gives our schools $125 from the Skechers Foundation. Can't walk on 10/25? Consider signing up as a virtual walker. Questions? Email Kelli Spriggs.

Picture Make-ups, Re-takes, & 5th Grade Panoramic 10/20

MAKE-UPS AND DO-OVERS If your child missed picture day, there is a second chance on 10/20. There is no paperwork and no pre-payment is needed. If you would like a new picture taken on 10/20, please send the proof from the first one with your child. The new picture overwrites the first one so there is no going back if you decide you like the first one better. Questions? Contact Sandy Quigley.



MBUSD Math Workshop 10/21

FROM DR. MIKE MATTHEWS, MBUSD SUPERINTENDENT One of the biggest changes we are making this year is in the area of mathematics. I encourage parents and teachers to attend and participate in a Board math workshop on 10/21 from 5-6pm at MBMS in the multi-purpose room. Workshops are a different type of board meeting, in that they are less formal and allow for more direct and interactive communication between the public and the Board. Click for a description of the workshop.

Gator Gatherings 2.0

HAVE FUN RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR KIDS! Last year we raised $50,000+ having the best fun! On 10/24 it's a Halloween Lip-Synch Party followed by a Pumpkin Carving & Spooky Pizza Party on 10/30. Then in November don't miss the Dad's Poker Party on 11/14.

GATOR GRATITUDE Thank you to Boris Kodjoe for the awesome Tennis Clinic and to the Bell, Grimes, and Rodrigues families for hosting the fabulous Around the World party!

WANT TO HOST ONE OF THE MONTHLY  PARTIES? Email Amanda Zaumeyer or call 310-613-1790.

Join Us! 80% and Growing!!

SCHOOLWIDE WINNER! Congratulations to Mrs. Guelff's families, the first classroom to reach 100%! Mrs. Dever's class also has 100% participation! Who will be next? To date, Olson/Johnson and Goodlad are tied for third place with 96% and Spragg is in 4th place with 93%. Our schoolwide participation is 80%. The first class in each grade level to reach 100% membership will win an ice cream party and every class with 100% earns a pajama day. It costs only $15 to join the PTA. Pick up a form in the front office or join at gvpta.com by 10/31.

MEMBERS ONLY Only PTA members will receive access to the indispensable online Gator Directory. All it takes is a click!

CORRECTIONS? Email Jill Lamkin with questions about your Greater Gator or PTA membership status.

EVERY CHILD BENEFITS Your support provides: iPads, classroom supplies, PE and recess equipment, library books, and science lab equipment. GVPTA funds wonderful experiences such as "The Three Piggy Opera," Young At Art, field trips, dance, and much more. Your membership in GVPTA strengthens the National PTA which advocates for children and families all across America. Thank you!

Trash-free Lunch Contest Winner

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHLOE VERHILLE Chloe's name was drawn from more than 40 students who brought a trash-free lunch every day during September, and her family will enjoy dinner for four at Rock & Brews El Segundo. From now through the end of the school year, students who bring a trash-free lunch will earn raffle tickets for chances to win great prizes. For more info email Stephanie Brutocao.

Run Club

FREE DRI-FIT T-SHIRTS WHILE THEY LAST In less than two weeks our Gators have collectively run over 800 miles -- that's 32 marathons! Come join us! Parents, too! Congratulations to the following classes with the highest participation rate for their grade level this week: 5th: Claytor 56%. 4th: Kinzer 49%. 3rd: Farris 58%. 2nd: Pliaconis/Mills 43%. 1st: Olson/Johnson 43%. gvpta.com/runclub.

Calling All Hoopster Dads

PARENTS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Save the date to represent Grand View at the annual MBAF/MBX Basketball Tournament on 12/6 at 9am in the Mira Costa Gym. Win bragging rights for GV as you help support the Mira Costa Boys Basketball Program. We will have teams from each of the MBUSD schools plus American Martyrs. Schools are welcome to have more than one team participate. Each player is asked to donate a $225 tax-deductible participation fee (includes t-shirt) to MBAF/MBX. We need a team captain from each school to help recruit. For more info email Gail and Jeff Goldstein.

TEDx Tix on Sale

TEDx MANHATTAN BEACH 11/14 They dare to ask, "What if?" and surprise us with what's next. They open our eyes and show us what's on the horizon. For them, it's not about how things are, but how they could be. These innovators shape our future, and give us a new perspective of our world. Meet twelve scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, artists, moms, dads, and students who give us a glimpse of tomorrow --today. They show us "What's Next?!" Tickets on sale at tedxmb.com.

Upcoming Events

10/26-10/30 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/30 Halloween Parade 8:15am - Upper Playground
10/30 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
Daylight Saving Time Ends - Fall Back 1 Hour
11/02 School Site Council Meeting 3-4pm - Library
Veterans Day - No School
11/15 Save the Date - Pancake Breakfast
11/17 Jog-a-thon

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Around Town

Now-10/31 MBPD Sells Pink Tees for Susan G. Komen
Now-10/31 MB Youth Basketball (Late Fee) Registration
10/20 Book Talk Grades 5-8 3:30-5pm - MB Public Library
10/24 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Entries Due by Mail
10/24 Buster Balloon's Halloween Spooktacular 11am-Noon - MB Public Library
10/25 Skechers Friendship Walk 8am
10/25 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race Noon-5pm
10/30 Halloween Art Activities (Ages 4+) 3:30-5pm - MB Public Library
10/31 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Entries Walk-in Due Date
11/06 Blood Drive - MBMS
11/11 Mini Mustangs Basketball Clinic (Boys/Girls K-5th Grade)
11/14 TEDx What's Next?! - MBMS
11/18 Downtown Holiday Open House & Pier Lighting
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