November 1, 2015

Week at a Glance

11/01 Daylight Saving Time Ends - Fall Back 1 Hour
11/02 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
11/02-11/06 Maker Space Resumes*
11/02 School Site Council Meeting 3-4pm - Library
MindUP Parent Info Night 6:30-8pm - MBMS Multipurpose Room*
11/04 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
11/04 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
11/06 Run Club with Guest VIPs 7:45-8:05am*
11/06 Blood Drive - MBMS

*Details Below

MindUP Parent Info at MBMS 11/3 

PROGRAM SUPPORTS ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND MORE Students are learning to develop mindfulness, improve focus, reduce stress and anxiety, maintain a positive outlook, and much more with MindUP. You are invited to join other MBUSD elementary school parents to find out more at the MindUP Parent Info Night on Tuesday, 11/3, from 6:30-8pm, in the MBMS multipurpose room.

From Principal Rhonda Steinberg

KEYBOARDING RESOURCES Practicing keyboarding at home is important for students in 3rd-5th grade. Please visit and look for Keyboarding Resources under Departments/Educational Services.

MATH TEXTBOOK ADOPTION New math books are coming! The Math Committee has narrowed the field of options and parent input is an important next step in the textbook adoption process. Please stop by the PTA room from 11/5-11/13 from 8:15am-3pm to review materials and offer feedback. There will be rubrics available to share your input. We value your opinion -- please check out the choices.


Wow! 93% Membership!

THANK YOU FOR JOINING GVPTA! An amazing 93% joined GVPTA during the membership drive! The classrooms that achieved 100% participation will enjoy an ice cream party. Click here to see how your class is doing. We're looking forward to another year of productive work between our wonderful teachers and parents. Thank you for your time and generosity!

SO CLOSE! LET'S GET 100% It's never too late to join and costs only $15. Pick up a form in the office or join at

MEMBERS ONLY Only PTA members will receive instructions on how to access the indispensable online Gator Directory.

CORPORATE MATCHING Email Katie Koerber with inquiries about corporate matching funds.


Maker Space Resumes

GATOR MAKER SESSION INFO We took the week off during minimum days and are ready for Session 1 Gator Makers to come to the Science Lab during lunch on their assigned day: 3rd grade on Monday, 11/2. 4th grade on Tuesday, 11/3. 5th grade on Friday, 11/6. Session 1 ends the week of 11/9 and Session 2 will start in January (dates TBA). Learn more about the program at Questions or comments? Email Scott Jensen.

Gator Grub Fundraiser 11/10

ALL DAY AT MARINE STREET CAFE! Support Grand View and a Grand View family restaurant on 11/10! Marine Street Cafe will donate 20% of dine-in sales throughout the entire day to GVPTA. Please present this flyer to your server. Call 310-545-5518 for dinner reservations and say you are a GV Gator.

Student Art Contest

PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL PTA REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST Reflect on the theme "Let Your Imagination Fly," create an original work, and be recognized! Details and forms available at Entries due 11/12 in the PTA room. Questions? Email Vicky Vilchis.

Pancake Breakfast Roundup 11/15

TICKETS ON SALE NOW Chow down on some tasty breakfast vittles for only $7 per person (under 2 eat for free) and enjoy all our Western hospitality at Gator Ranch on Sunday, 11/15. Tickets WILL NOT be sold at the door, so buy yours by Thursday, 11/12! Thanks in advance to our sponsors!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED Sign up here to help. We need decorators, set-up help, food wranglers, and a pick-up hay driver. Even one hour will be mighty appreciated! Questions? Email Kelli Spriggs.

Jog-a-thon 11/17

OLD SCHOOL FUNDRAISING! Parents, you could write a check OR help your kids embrace this opportunity to give back to their school! Click here for the pledge form.

PRIZES! Fantastic prizes await kids who raise over $20. Major prizes --such as an iPad or a Kindle-- await those who raise over $50.

VOLUNTEER! Sign up here to help. THANK YOU for supporting this fun day!

In the Garden

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Please email Cheryl DeFonce if you are able to help water the newly-planted Children's Garden. When exploring the garden with your little ones, please stay on the paths, and let caregivers know to keep children out of the planted areas.

Tennis Balls Needed for P.E.

THANKS IN ADVANCE Tennis balls in any condition (minus dog drool) would be greatly appreciated for the P.E. program. Drop them off in the front office for Miss Wood.

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. WE NEED YOU!

Gator Gatherings 2.0

HAVE FUN RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR KIDS! Last year we raised $50,000+ having the best fun! Next up: the locally world famous Dad's Poker Party on 11/14 at the home of Brett Zebrowski.

GATOR GRATITUDE  Thank you the Hutter and Wood families for hosting the fabulous Halloween Lip Synch Party! Thank you to the Dobak, Householter, and Tarnay families for hosting the spooktacular Pumpkin Carving & Pizza Party and many thanks to GROW and Fresh Brothers for providing pumpkins and pizzas!

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


THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND PLEDGES Thank you to the families who have already donated to the MBEF Annual Appeal! If you have not yet had the opportunity to contribute, we look to YOU, our AMAZING Grand View families, to reach our goal of 100% participation. Your donation supplements inadequate state funding and pays for 71 educators around the District. MBEF is a community foundation, and in addition to providing critical school funding, also advocates on behalf of parents for a well-rounded, hands-on education that sparks creativity and ignites every student's enthusiasm for learning. Click here to read about MBEF's grants for the 2015-16 school year, and click here to make your donation or pledge today.

EDP November Camp

11/23-11/25 7:30AM-5PM AT PACIFIC SCHOOL All students may attend this three-day camp, even if not currently in the EDP program. Forms are available at Registration and payment are due by 11/9. Questions? Email Susana Anton.

Run Club

GUEST VIPS 11/6 Meet Equinox trainers on Friday!
CONGRATULATIONS! Top honors go to 4th grade with 40% participation last week. The following classes had the highest number of runners in their grade level: 1st: Britton. 2nd: Pliaconis/Mills. 3rd: Miles. 4th: Slater. 5th: Witzansky.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 5,359 books were checked out in October - that's 266 more than during the same time last year!

TOP PATRONS The following students had the most checkouts in their grade level during October, and each will receive a little gift: 1st: Mario Scaduto. 2nd: Nola Gendron. 3rd: Maximo Wright. 4th: Joshua Gurman. 5th: Kalia Barton. For information about the library program visit

Calling All Hoopster Dads

PARENTS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Represent Grand View at the annual MBAF/MBX Basketball Tournament on 12/6. Win bragging rights for GV as you help support the Mira Costa Boys Basketball Program. Click for more info. Questions? Email Gail and Jeff Goldstein.

Life at Mira Costa

FROM PAKI WOLFE, FORMER GVPTA PRESIDENT Before you know it, your little Gators will be proud Mustangs! The Costa Experience helps 8th grade students and their parents transition into Mira Costa. Dr. Ben Dale and a dozen high school students spoke to a full house recently about life at Costa. Booster organizers were on hand to talk about the performing arts, athletic teams, extra-curricular classes, and more in the newly-completed Mustang Mall. Excited faces say more than words about a tour enjoyed by MBMS students!

TEDx Tickets

TEDx MANHATTAN BEACH 11/14 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

Rain Barrel Distribution

CATCH THE RAINWATER & SAVINGS Review the information and register to receive a free rain barrel. Eligible participants will be notified of when and where to pick up the barrel.

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