January 18, 2015

Week at a Glance

01/19 No School - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
01/21 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
01/22 PTA General Membership Meeting 8:30am - Cafeteria
01/23 Gator Gear Store Open 2:15-3:15pm*
01/24 Kindergarten Info 9:30-11am - Pacific Elementary
01/24 Parent Scavenger Hunt - Sold Out

*Details Below

Open House Date Change

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Our Open House and the Young At Art show have been changed from 6/4 to 3/26. Classroom visit times to be announced.

Annual Appeal Going Strong

APPEAL ENDS 2/15 Thank you to those families who have donated. Without parent donations, our schools would not enjoy the many programs that the State's budget cannot provide. Classes that reach 75-94% participation will receive $200 in classroom supplies and those that reach 95% and above will receive $250 for supplies to use this year. Every donation counts, no matter the dollar amount! Please consider donating at mbef.org/givetoday.

Gator Gear Store Open Friday

WE HAVE FULL ZIP HOODIES! Pick up a Grand View Gators Full Zip Hoodie to keep off the chill -- kids and adult sizes! Gator Gear store open 1/23 from 2:15-3:15pm or shop online for classroom delivery!

From Our District Nurses

STAYING HEALTHY DURING FLU SEASON Influenza (Flu) in our community tends to peak during the winter months. Read on for what you can do to help keep the flu at bay and for general symptoms to look for to determine if it's a cold or the flu.

MEASLES IN CALIFORNIA Measles has been confirmed in seven California residents in 2015. All visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park between 12/17/14 and 12/20/14. Of the seven confirmed cases, six were not vaccinated for measles: two were too young to be vaccinated, and one had received appropriate vaccination (two doses of MMR vaccine). Several large contact investigations are ongoing. The recent cases in California highlight the need for education and vigilance regarding measles and the increased need for vaccination to stop the spread of this highly contagious disease. Read on for information about measles and the vaccine to prevent it.

GAP Registration Open

CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF 1/26 GAP is an exciting way to enrich the school experience with classes in science, sports, chess, and the arts. Online registration is open at mbxfoundation.org. Questions? Email Gina Marcarelli or call 310-415-6883

Parent Education Classes

WHEN: CLASSES BEGIN JAN/FEB - WHERE: PACIFIC SCHOOL SITE "Siblings," "Mini Chefs," "Do-Re-Mi and You." For details and registration please visit southbayadult.org/SouthBayFamilyTree.

Grades of Green Earth Tip

DRIVE LESS By saving just one gallon of gasoline (20 to 30 miles of driving in most conventional cars) you will prevent about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. To save that gallon, consider taking public transportation or carpooling to work one day a week. Plan a route to make running your errands more efficient. Start a program to walk or bicycle for part of the week. Take a step away from your car and plan your car use!

Bravo Sound Arts

THANK YOU FROM LAURIE DRAPER Thank you for four incredible Sound Arts performances of "Trading Holidays." The cast of eighty students did an amazing job! Bravo to the cast and to those who helped make the show come to life. Program -- cast thank you -- cast picture.

Neptunian Art & Photography Contest

CASH PRIZES K-12 students are invited to participate in the 37th Annual Neptunian Art & Photography Contest. Entries are due 2/23. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each grade level will be awarded 3/8. Contest rules and entry forms are available in the school office. Questions? Email Mary Essman.

Camp VIP Summer Program

SUMMER ALREADY? Community camps are promoting their programs and we want to make sure parents know about Camp VIP held at Pacific from 6/29-7/26. Visit MBXfoundation.org for an overview (the schedule will be posted in a few weeks) and for info about our partnership with Camp Galileo. Look for our table at the Camp Expo on 3/14 at MBMS. Questions? Email Nancy Rosenburg or call 310-503-1771.

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