February 5, 2017

Week at a Glance 

02/06, 02/08, 02/10 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
02/07 Morning Mindfulness 7:45-8:05am - Room 23*
02/08 Parent Strategies Training Series 7-8:30pm - MBMS
02/09 5th Grade Lunchtime Book Club
02/10 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
02/10 Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
02/10 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
MBEF Annual Appeal Deadline*
*Details Below

A Message from the Principal

THE RIPPLE EFFECT OF PRACTICING KINDNESS Something mind-boggling to discover when you dig into the science behind kindness is that random good-deed-doing not only improves the overall well-being of one individual, but the mood of an entire community. The chemical effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to "pay it forward." So one good deed can create a virtual circle of kindness that improves the day for dozens of people! We feel happy when someone does something kind for us and immediately want to return this kindness. Both of us improve our moods, in addition to our anxiety levels and overall physical health, but we also create a ripple effect whereby many more people get to experience the biological benefits of a "kindness high."

THIS WEEK I have challenged students to practice acts of kindness by leaving a "HeartPrint" behind. Here is a short video on the awesome power of the kindness boomerang.
Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle

It's Not Too Late to Make a Difference

IT ALL ADDS UP The 2016-17 Annual Appeal is coming to a close. Help us reach new heights. It's not too late to make a meaningful donation that will have a huge impact on the programs MBEF is able to fund for the next school year. It's time to give today. mbef.org/givetoday 

CLASSROOM BONUS Quite a few classrooms are close to earning $250 for their teacher. Please help her get there! Teachers will receive $250 to spend in the classroom THIS YEAR if their classroom achieves 95% participation, or $200 with 75% participation. Click to see where your classroom stands.

Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders

PULL FORWARD & REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE When dropping off or picking up your child, please pull as far forward as you can. Leaving a gap in the line, or parking in the line and leaving your vehicle, causes delays in moving the line along. Let's all do our part to make drop off and pick up easier for everyone.

Yoga Pilot Program Begins 2/7

MORNING MINDFULNESS WITH JOANIE Our Character and Wellness Committee is pleased to offer Morning Mindfulness with Joanie to students in 3rd-5th grade every Tuesday in February from 7:45-8:05am in Room 23 (first come, first served). Parents and teachers are invited to participate. Yoga mats will be provided. Details at gvpta.com. Contact Lisa Schlager if you'd like to help out.

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.

Gator Gratitude

NIKAU KAI A huge thank you to Jason and Allison Shanks from Nikau Kai Waterman Shop and Cafe for donating an Arbor skateboard to the Sorting Helpers Raffle!

School Absence = Funding Loss

PLEASE HELP Did you know that Grand View loses $45 in state funding every time your child is absent from school? Even though we would love for students to have an attendance record of 100%, we realize unexpected family commitments do occur. If you have a planned absence, please consider making a $45 donation for every day your child is absent. Make your check out to MBUSD and drop it off at the front office, or include it in your Tuesday Envelope. Questions? Call 310-546-8022 or email Kathy Poje or Caryn Dates.

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. It's the book everyone is talking about - "UnSelfie" by Dr. Michele Borba. Join us Thursday, March 2, 9-10:30am in the MBMS Multipurpose Room. Click for details and to RSVP. Get your copy now and start reading!

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!


Art Contest Entries Due Friday

SPONSORED BY NEPTUNIAN WOMAN'S CLUB Entries are due in the school office by 3pm on 2/10. Contest rules and entry forms are available in the school office or click here for K-5 and here for 6-12. The Art Show & Awards Ceremony is 2/26 at 1pm. Questions? Contact Contest Co-Chair Lorri Kampfner.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS More than 3,400 books were checked out in January! Looking for the best books to purchase for your family or for gift giving? The 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards (Caldecott, Newbery, etc.) have been announced, as well as the California Young Reader Medal nominees for 2017-18.

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.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

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
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 9am MCHS Small Theater
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
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