February 12, 2017

Week at a Glance 

02/13-02/15 Kindergarten Registration*
02/13 & 02/15 Run Club 7:45-8:05am*
02/13 School Site Council 3-4pm - Library
02/13 School Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office*
02/14 Morning Mindfulness 7:45-8:05am - Room 23*
02/16, 02/17, 02/20 No School - Presidents' Holiday Recess
*Details Below

A Message from the Principal

"Happiness begins where selfishness ends." John Wooden
This week we are launching a PE program new to Grand View called "I Set the Standard." Our goal is to promote and encourage sportsmanship and integrity by acknowledging students who set an example for others by their words and actions. On Tuesday each child will receive a note from Ms. Wood outlining the program. Individual students will soon be recognized in their classrooms and by the school for their character in PE (and in life) and will receive a special t-shirt. Thank you for your support as we improve the playgrounds at GV with compassionate athletes and scholars! Here are two great stories showing extraordinary character on the playing fields: Sara Tucholsky - An Inspiring Softball Story and True Sportsmanship. Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle

2017-18 Registration 2/13-2/15

KINDERGARTEN AND NEW STUDENTS Do you know a child who lives in Manhattan Beach who will be 5 years old on or before 9/1/17? If so, please let the family know it is important they go to their child's neighborhood elementary school this week to fill out a pre-enrollment information sheet. This is also the week to pre-enroll children entering grades 1-5 in 2017-18 who will be attending MBUSD schools for the first time. Details and forms at mbusd.org.

School Board Meeting 2/13

PARENTS & STAFF URGED TO ATTEND The MBUSD School Board will meet Monday, 2/13, at 6:30pm to discuss SB 415, the new state mandate which requires elections take place in even years. To comply with this new mandate, our Board would need to to extend its current members' terms one year (three seats are up in 2017 and two seats are up in 2019) OR would have candidates run for five-year terms. Public comments are welcome. Meeting agenda.

Yoga Volunteers Needed

BEFORE SCHOOL & DURING RECESS Our Yoga pilot program is offered by the Character and Wellness Committee every Tuesday in February. Program details are at gvpta.com. Sign up here to volunteer.

Run Club Prize Day 2/15

BLUE STAR WEDNESDAY Donut prizes to be won! No rain is forecast, but consider packing a bag with spare shoes and socks in case the field is wet. If weather cancels Run Club you'll receive an email alert around 7am. gvpta.com/runclub.

Pacific Makerspace Open House 2/23

ALL INVITED Parents across the school district are invited to Pacific's Makerspace Open House on 2/23 from 1-4pm. RSVP here. More info about Pacific Makerspace/STEAM Lab here.

Box Tops for Education Ends 2/24

COLLECTION DEADLINE 2/24 Clip box tops from participating products and turn them in to the submission box in the PTA room or your child's classroom by 2/24. This collection of box tops is the final one for the 2016-17 school year. Help our school earn some easy money!

MBMS PTA Nominations for 2017-18

CONTACT VICKI TYLER ASAP! Will you have a student at Manhattan Beach Middle School next year? Want to be nominated for a role in the MBMS PTA, or just would like to receive more info? Email Vicki Tyler today! The first nominations meeting is Monday, 2/13 and they would love to hear from you. Available roles are: Co-President, VP Fundraising, VP Volunteers, VP Communications, VP Programs, Financial Secretary (Credit Cards), Recording Secretary, and Auditor.

GV Dish Now at Manhattan House

SPECIAL FEBRUARY PROMOTION Our 5th grade junior chefs have created a garden-inspired dish featured this month at Manhattan House. Working closely with Chef D and GrowingGreat, our Gator Gourmands crafted an irresistible ravioli dish featuring lemons and nasturtium pods from our school garden. Enjoy! See the flyer for program details.

Parent Book Club 3/2

JOIN US! Margot Parker, the Assistant Principal at Manhattan Beach Middle School, is hosting a book club especially for MBUSD elementary school parents. March 2, 9-10:30am in the MBMS Multipurpose Room. Click for details and to RSVP.

Minimum Day - Open House & PTA Meeting 3/2

SCHEDULE DETAILS TO COME Save the date to experience a "day in the life of a Grand View Gator," with an informative PTA meeting post-open house. Complete schedule details are to come.

School Bond Oversight Committee

MEASURES C AND EE UPDATE We've had a great response from residents interesting in participating in the BOC for the measures that will modernize our elementary schools and give us a new gym at MCHS. However, we still need residents to apply who are members of a taxpayer's organization. Interested applicants please fill out this form and email it to Carol Gerken in Business Services: cgerken@mbusd.org. Questions? Email Carol or call 310-318-7345 x5944.

Science Expo is Coming!

MARCH 15, 3-7PM - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Visit the invitation page at SignUp.com and enter your email address. Thanks in advance!


In the Library

CELEBRATING LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH Thanks to our friends at Pages bookstore, author/illustrator Louis Thomas will speak to our students on 2/23. His picture book "Hug It Out" is a fresh, funny take on sibling rivalry and is available for purchase at Pages bookstore, or online for school delivery. Click for ordering details. Due to scheduling conflicts, not all classes will attend the presentation.

City Council Candidate Forum 2/24

OUR CITY, OUR SCHOOLS All eight candidates will answer questions specifically related to the relationship between the City of Manhattan Beach and MBUSD including City rental of school facilities, school safety, and transportation. The event will be moderated by the Beach Reporter's Paul Silva and is hosted by the Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs. The event is free and the public is welcome. Meet and greet at 8:30am in the MCHS teacher's lounge, followed by the forum in the Small Theater at 9:00am Click here to submit questions for consideration. Click here for the City elections page. Click here for the vote by mail application (due 2/28).

MB Hometown Fair Board Openings

MB RESIDENTS The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board, a 20-member all volunteer board, is looking for new members. If you re a resident of Manhattan Beach interested in helping to plan and participate in the South Bay's favorite fair, held annually in early October, please email Sandra Seville-Jones at vicepresident@mbfair.org.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

02/15 MB Public Library Author Visit for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
02/17 MCHS Mini Mustang Dance Camp 9am-1pm
02/24 South Bay Cities Council of Governments General Assembly 8:30am-3pm - Carson Community Center
02/24 MB City Council Candidates Forum 9:00am MCHS Small Theater
02/25 MB Public Library Outdoor Music and El Rebozo Art Show 1-4pm (Music 2pm)
02/27 MCHS Basketball Youth Night 6pm & 7:30pm - Fisher Gym
02/28 Postmark Deadline to Request Vote by Mail Ballot for 03/07 Municipal Election
03/10 Deadline to Sign Up for JG Conditioning Program - MCHS
04/10-04/14 Golf Camp for Ages 6-14
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