January 15, 2017

Week at a Glance 

01/16 No School - MLK Day
01/18, 01/20 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
01/18 PTA Meeting - Focus on Safety 6:30-8pm - PAC*
01/18 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
01/20 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
01/21 Incoming Kindergarten Info Meeting 9:30-11am - Pacific Campus

*Details below

A Message from the Principal

KINDNESS MATTERS Dear Gator Families, As 2017 is upon us, I wish peace and joy in the hearts and homes of every Grand View family. As we restart our minds this year (and, in particular, this week), we pause to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was such a powerful voice for compassion. He was a bold example of loving kindness in action. To him, unconditional love was not passive acceptance, but a moral imperative to act -- to speak out and stand up for those without a voice. MLK's message of tolerance centered around the idea of nonviolence. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." I happened to be in a first grade classroom earlier this week as a young girl shared with her class that Martin Luther King fought only with his words and his heart. We hope that all our students will carry his message into the world every day by cultivating compassion through mindfulness, empathy, and kind actions toward others. Take a moment to have a family conversation about MLK and the importance of compassion. At GV, we will spend the next eight weeks exploring and practicing why and how Kindness Matters in our world, perhaps now more than ever. Thank you for your support and for your generous hearts. Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle.

PTA Safety Meeting 1/18 6:30 p.m.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! You won't want to miss this PTA General Meeting on safety, and please invite your neighbors as campus safety does impact them. Topics will include:
  • Safety Committee findings
  • Safety updates from MBPD including Neighborhood Watch info
  • General PTA news
SPECIAL TIME AND LOCATION To enable more of our parents and neighbors to attend, this is an evening event in the GV Performing Arts Center at 2617 Bell Avenue, from 6:30-8pm. Questions? Contact PTA President Heather de Roos.

Annual Appeal Ends 2/10

PLEDGE NOW - PAY LATER If you are not prepared to make a gift today, please take the time to make a pledge to pay later. Pledging by 2/10 to support MBEF's Annual Appeal ensures that the Foundation can plan for funding the programs that make a difference in the lives of our students every day. You are the difference. mbef.org/givetoday

CLASSROOM BONUS Remember that teachers earn a bonus to spend in the classroom this year if their classroom reaches 75-94% participation ($200) or 95%+ participation ($250). Check out your classroom's current stats here.

Book Drive

CHILDREN'S BOOKS Girl Scout Troop 15395 is collecting gently used children's books now until March 17 to benefit a school in need via Access Books. Drop off donations in the bin by the library. Questions? Contact Karen Arensdorf or Jessica Butler. Thank you for your kindness!

South Bay Families Connected

PARENTING RESOURCES MBUSD is a South Bay Families Connected Partner District. SBFC is an invaluable resource to help keep our kids on a healthy path to maturity. This month, we feature the following parenting information, inspiration, and resources for our elementary school families:
  • MBMS Families Connected Invites parents of 5th graders to attend their book club on January 27 to discuss "UnSelfie." Click for details.
  • Read this month's SBFC e-newsletter. This month's featured article is by MBUSD parent and therapist Leah Niehaus with great info for all elementary school parents.
  • Check out the curated gallery of articles and resources for the elementary school parent.
FOR PARENTS WITH OLDER CHILDREN Visit MBMS Families Connected and/or MCHS Families Connected.  

GAP Registration

WINTER SESSION CLASSES ARE FILLING -- REGISTER TODAY! MB/X after school enrichment classes (GAP) start the week of 1/30. Click here for the schedule. Click here for deadline information.

SOUND ARTS As of Friday, there were a few open slots for 4th and 5th graders. If spaces fill, please add your child to the wait list (not the wish list).

NEW REGISTRATION PROCEDURE Even if your child has taken GAP classes in the past, you must first create an account here.

NEW ACROSS-DISTRICT ENROLLMENT Grand View students may register for classes held at other school sites. Classes offering across-district enrollment are:
  • PACIFIC The Actor's Place: Find Your Funny, Global Storybook Engineers, VolleySkills, and The Exciting World of Robotics.
  • PENNEKAMP Global Scientists, Imagination Makers, and The Actor's Place: Broadway Musicals.
  • MEADOWS Global Storybook Engineers, Build It: Minecraft Creations, and Yoga with Mrs. Radl.
  • ROBINSON  The Actor's Place: Musical Dance Theatre, and Build It: Minecraft Creations.
QUESTIONS? Email Gina Marcarelli or call 310-415-6883 for site related questions or email Nancy Rosenburg for overall program information. Email Jennifer Williams for technical issues.

MB Parks & Rec

FREE CLASS PASS The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec Department is offering free trials of many of their classes the week of January 15. Click for details.

CITIZEN SURVEY The City of Manhattan Beach would like to know what classes or activities you'd like to see from the Parks & Rec Department in 2017. Click to share your ideas.

Upcoming Events

01/24 School Site Council 3-4pm - Library
01/27 Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
1/27 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
01/30 GAP Classes Begin
MBEF Annual Appeal Deadline
02/16, 02/17, 02/20 No School - Presidents' Holiday Recess

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Around Town

Registration Closing Soon for South Bay Pony Baseball
Register MB Little League Baseball or MB Girls Softball
Now to 03/12 MB Art Center Exhibit: A Very Cinematic Narrative
01/15 Deadline Registration MBLL Player Pitch Divisions
01/15 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
01/17 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
01/18 MB Public Library S.T.E.A.M. for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
01/24 Deadline Why I Heart MB Art Contest
01/25 MB Public Library S.T.E.A.M. for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
02/10 Deadline Neptunian Woman's Club Art & Photography Contest
02/11 MB Public Library 4th/5th Book Club 2-3pm
02/11 MB Public Library 2nd/3rd Book Club 3:30-4:30pm
02/15 MB Public Library Author Visit for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
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