October 5, 2014

Weekly Overview for the Busy Parent


From the PrinciPAL

LUNCH CHANGES COMING THIS WEEK Please read the letter from Principal Rhonda Steinberg about the new "eat first, play second" lunch schedule that begins Monday, 10/6, and about the exciting new play activity that begins Wednesday, 10/8.
Food Services staff wish to share this general information and the October lunch menu.

PTA Membership Drive

WE'RE OFF TO A GREAT START FOR 2014-15! Thanks to all who have donated! To keep it interesting, the FIRST class in each grade level to reach 100% membership will win a free ice cream party, and EVERY class with 100% membership earns a fun Pajama Day! Show your support online at gvpta.com or pick up a form from the front office by 10/31. Current classroom stats. 

MB Education Foundation

WHY PROPERTY TAXES DON'T MAKE THE GRADE A mere 20% of Manhattan Beach property taxes reach our local schools. Some communities access parcel taxes to make up for funding shortfalls. Not Manhattan Beach. Instead, we rely on your tax-deductible donations. Help us maintain our scholastic standards with an MBEF donation today. Your gift makes all the difference.

Trash-Free Lunch Contest

TRACKING CALENDAR DUE MONDAY Turn in your September trash-free lunch tracking calendar to the office by 10/6 to be eligible to win dinner for four (up to $100) at Rock & Brews El Segundo.The student with the most trash-free lunches during September wins! Because many students have a TFL every day, in the event of a tie the winner will be determined by a drawing.
MORE CHANCES FOR MORE PRIZES Please continue to pack trash-free lunches all year. Once a week, students who have trash-free lunches get raffle tickets for fun prizes! Questions? Call Melissa Bailey at 310-465-5647.

Picture Make-ups & Re-takes Tuesday

MAKE-UPS AND DO-OVERS If your child missed picture day, there is a second chance on 10/7. There is no paperwork and no pre-payment is needed. If you would like a new picture taken on 10/7, please send the proof from the first one with your child. The new picture overwrites the first one so there is no going back if you decide you like the first one better. Questions? Contact Sandy Quigley.

Walking School Bus Begins Wednesday

MAYOR TO JOIN OUR 10/8 KICK-OFF Put on your Gator Green, grab a friend, find a WSB route near you, and join MB Mayor Wayne Powell as we kick off our Walking School Bus on Wednesday morning! The WSB reduces traffic around school, increases student safety, and even helps to cut down on morning tardiness!

EARLY ENROLLMENT PRIZES Sign up your child as a walker before 10/8 at bchd.org and receive free admission to AdventurePlex as well as many other prizes.

Run Club News

TWO $50 PRIZES NEXT WEEK The 187 Gators who participated in Run Club's first week collectively ran 380 miles! Two lucky Gators will each receive a $50 Dick's Sporting Goods gift certificate next week. 1st-5th graders are encouraged to join the fun every MON-WED-FRI. The first 350 to turn in the signed waiver will receive a free Run Club t-shirt. Details and waiver at gvpta.com.

SPECIAL GIVE-AWAY WEDNESDAY After helping to kick-off the Walking School Bus on 10/8, Mayor Wayne Powell will be on hand to witness our successful Run Club and to award a special give-away -- a pair of Skechers shoes!

TEDx Conference 11/15

MEET THE GAME CHANGERS The 5th Annual TEDxManhattanBeach conference will be held from 9am-3pm on 11/15 at MBMS.
Game Changers features twelve cutting-edge speakers who are changing attitudes, lives, workplaces, industries, and maybe even the world -- people who see life as a game, with rules meant to be changed. We call them innovators, entrepreneurs, brilliant, maybe even lucky. How do they do it? They break the rules and create new ones, changing the game forever.

The conference will have broad appeal for people of all ages and interests -- and lunch is included! Learn more and purchase tickets. View the flyer.

Order Scrip by 10/10

ONLY CHANCE TO ORDER UNTIL THE HOLIDAYS Support GV while shopping -- it costs you nothing extra! Simply order gift cards for stores where you regularly shop, or buy cards to have on hand for gift giving. GV gets a percentage of the cost of each card, but you pay only face value.

ORDER The form is in the front office and online.
PAYMENT Submit form and payment to the box in the PTA room. Orders received without payment will not be processed.
DELIVERY You may designate that gift cards be sent home in your child's backpack or be picked up from the front office.

For more info visit gvpta.com or contact Paula Davis.

In the Science Lab

VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION 10/8 Calling all Mad Scientists! Join Mrs. Horvath and Mrs. Renshaw in C-1 on 10/8 from 8:15-9am for coffee and nibbles to find out about helping in the Lab. Don't be the missing element for the explosive fun!

PLASTIC BOTTLES WANTED Empty, clean two-liter plastic bottles (with or without caps) are wanted for an experiment. Drop off in C-1 or the collection box in the PTA room.

Skechers Friendship Walk 10/26

WALK WITH THE GRAND VIEW TEAM! If you can't join us 10/26 please consider becoming a virtual walker. Register or donate with the GV Team. Questions? Email Kelli Spriggs.

Volunteer Badges Go AWOL

WHERE, OH WHERE, HAVE OUR LITTLE TAGS GONE? Kathy Poje reports that so many volunteer badges and lanyards are missing more may need to be purchased. Please return any strays so we may avoid the expense.

Lost Sunglasses

MARC JACOBS BRAND Left on lower field 10/1 during Run Club. Email Rachel or call 917-728-3151.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 5,260 books were checked since the start of school - that's 1,264 more than during the same time last year! Picture books and fiction continue to be the favorite sections overall. In nonfiction, books about the natural sciences and sports were popular.

TOP PATRONS FOR SEPTEMBER Congratulations to Charlee Rainey, Anna Zimbalist, Elise Murphy, Luigi Salvaggio, and Robby Fournell who had the most checkouts in their grade level. Each will receive a little prize from Mrs. Snively. For information about the library program visit grandviewlibrary.info.

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