November 3, 2013

Vote Tuesday, 11/5

THREE OPEN SCHOOL BOARD SEATS Have a say in the future of your child's education! Undecided? Read interviews with each of the four candidates and check out the websites for Christine Cronin-Hurst, Jennifer Cochran, Ellen Rosenberg, and Kathleen Paralusz. Not sure where to vote? Click for your polling place.

VOTER INCENTIVE - WIN DINNER AT MAMA D'S Turn in your voter stub to Mrs. Snively for a chance to win dinner out... two winners will be chosen, and each will receive Mama D's gift cards worth $60! Winning stubs will be drawn at 3pm on 11/8.

Elementary Night at MCHS Football 11/8

TICKET SALES CLOSE 11/6 Grand View, Pacific, and Robinson families are invited for an exciting night of Mira Costa football when the Mustangs face cross-town rival Redondo Union.  Purchase tickets now at

GV Fundraiser at MB CPK 11/6

GET YOUR GATOR GRUB Present this flyer to your server and 20% of your dine-in or to-go order will be donated to our school! Tasty!

MBEF Pledge Day 11/7

ANNUAL APPEAL Thank you to those who have contributed to the Annual Appeal. We look to you, our amazing Grand View families, to reach 100% participation.  MBEF pays for teachers - 70 in grades K-12 this year! Every donation matters and every donor is important. If you haven't already, please consider donating on or before November 7th at And please stop by an MBEF table to pick up a yard sign and have a coffee, compliments of Two Guns Espresso.

Eat Cake... and Yam Tarts!

SPECIAL GV FUNDRAISER When you order a Candied Yam Tart for your Thanksgiving table from Eat Cake, 20% will be donated to our school! See the flyer for details. Order by 11/13.

PTA Art Contest Entries Due 11/15

BELIEVE. DREAM. INSPIRE  The Reflections Art Contest is a national arts recognition and achievement program that gives students a chance to express themselves through the written word, song, dance, and the visual arts.  Entries are due 11/15.  Please visit for details.

Pancake Breakfast Roundup 11/17

GREATER GATOR FAMILIES ATTEND FREE Click to see the updated list.
BUY TICKETS TODAY & SAVE! Spend the morning with family and friends enjoying this yummy Gator tradition! There will be buttermilk and gluten-free pancakes with fresh fruit toppings, yogurt parfaits, sausage, and other healthy and tasty treats. Tickets are $16 per family in advance and $20 per family at the door. Click to buy them now!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! For even more fun at this 31st annual event, sign up to help with decorating, grilling, serving, and more.

Donate Toiletries 11/12-11/15

SUPPORT WESTSIDE FOOD BANK GV Brownie Troop 8945 will collect travel size toiletries from 11/12-11/15 for the Westside Food Bank.  Drop off donations in the box outside the front office. Items needed (travel size, please): shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath & shower gel, toothpaste. Toothbrushes and new or gently used towels are also needed. Thank you for your support!

Order Extra Directories

GATOR DIRECTORIES FOR MEMBERS ONLY While each PTA member receives a free student directory, members may order additional copies for just $10 each. Click here to order. Need more info? Email the student directory committee.

MBX Volleyball Fundraiser 11/9

$$ FOR COSTA VOLLEYBALL PROGRAMS Looking for Mom beach volleyball players to play in a fundraiser for athletics. See the flyer for details and contact Barbra Fontana if you are interested. Should be a fun day! Thanks!

In the Library

CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE NOW TO 11/15 Gently used books suitable for children in grades K-5 will be distributed to Access Books or to area schools in need. Bring donations to the Library hall. Please no DVDs, videocassettes, magazines, textbooks, or grown-up books. Thank you!

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 5,227 items were checked out in October - that's 1,047 more than for the same time last year! The top readers for October: Genavieve Sileo, Molly Isip, Kalia Barton, Ella Kim, Scarlett Braun, and Shelby Ells. Each will receive a free pizza coupon from Fresh Brothers!

MCHS Drama Presents

THE CRUCIBLE - ONLY 6 PERFORMANCES 11/1-11/9 Mira Costa's talented drama students take on Arthur Miller's 1953 play (an allegory of McCarthyism) dramatizing the Salem witch trials of the 17th century.  Ticket info and purchasing.

TEDx Manhattan Beach 11/16

A SAMPLING OF THE DIVERSE LINE-UP The Hyperloop project manager. A jazz musician (5-time Grammy nominee) of international renown. A space policy expert from the RAND Corporation. A practicing artist and educator from Otis. A producer/writer from Modern Family. An archeologist, a marine conservationist, and TWO out-of-the-box business ideas that will surprise you! Purchase tickets at The promo code MBEF gives MBEF donors $10 off the ticket price.

Label It Now or Lose It Forever

UNMARKED ITEMS TO BE DONATED Unclaimed items without legible names will be donated 11/22. Thank you to Pam Nemzer for keeping the Lost & Found so neat and tidy!

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