October 20, 2013

Earthquake Drill 10/24

Dear Grand View Parents,
Throughout the remaining weeks of October, our community will participate in activities that focus on safety and community building.  On Thursday, 10/24, we will experience a ShakeOut drill.  Students and staff will be directed to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” for a few minutes then we will evacuate safely and swiftly to the Grand View upper playground.  We will then put in place our practices for ensuring that all staff and students have been accounted for in case of a real emergency.

On or around 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 10/24, you will receive a phone call from our School Messenger communication system.  School Messenger is our primary emergency notification system; please check your phone to verify that you received a test call from Grand View School.  If you do not receive a call, please email Kathy Poje at kpoje@mbusd.org.  Not sure if your wireless numbers are registered to receive text messages from School Messenger?  Click here and follow the simple directions.

In order to protect students, in case of an actual emergency students will be released only to the parents and/or other adults listed on student’s emergency card.  Please ensure that this card has updated and accurate information.  It is a good idea to have several trusted adults listed on the card, including one or two who live within walking distance of school.  You should assume that in an actual emergency telephone communication may not be possible, and you should discuss your family meeting place and reunification plans in advance with anyone listed on the student’s emergency card.

In the event of an actual emergency any approved emergency contact person should do their best to bring identification and should report to the upper gate (the southwest corner of the playground) to request the student and sign them out.  This procedure is designed for your child’s protection and for your peace of mind.

Prior to the drill, please discuss your family’s home preparedness plan with your student(s).  The American Red Cross has outstanding materials.  You may obtain Red Cross materials from their website.  The Great California ShakeOut website has valuable information on emergency preparedness, and there are resources to be discovered on the internet in many languages.

Principal Rhonda Steinberg

Red Ribbon Week 10/21-25

MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES  Our school will celebrate Red Ribbon Week and making healthy choices with something fun every day of the week!
Monday - Red bracelets and red licorice will be distributed to students.
Tuesday - Wear crazy socks to symbolize "socking it to drugs"
Wednesday - Wear RED.
Thursday - Wear favorite sport shirt to symbolize "teaming together against drugs."
Friday - Wear GREEN or RED to show school spirit.

Box Top Contest Ends 10/25

HELP YOUR CLASS WIN AN ICE CREAM PARTY  Get your BoxTops to the classroom by Friday!  Thus far our top five classrooms in alphabetical order are: Mrs. Daughdrill, Mrs. Fairbrother, Mrs. Farris, Mrs. Guelff and Mrs. Pliaconis.  Everyone is still within striking distance, so keep on clipping!

Gator Gratitude

SLOOPY'S  Thank you to our friends at Sloopy's for supporting our school, and thank you to all the diners!

Celebrate Walk to School Month

WIN PRIZES IN OCTOBER!  Continue to walk, roll, or skip to school!  The two classrooms with the most walkers this week will win pedometers.  The totals will be tallied from the Walk to School tracking sheets due 11/4.  Thanks to all who celebrated the Walking School Bus on its 3rd birthday!  See the flyer for more info.

Why YOU Need an MSO!

SCRIP CARDS FOR EVERY OCCASION  If you grocery shop, dine out, play sports, or celebrate birthdays then YOU need a scrip MSO to help you stay on top of your to-do list.  Sign up before 10/31 to help your classroom reach 50% participation and win a sundae or movie party!  Look for the order form in your child's backpack or sign up at gvpta.com.

PTA Membership Drive

IT'S A RACE TO THE FINISH!  The overall school participation is 73%!  To date, Mrs. Guelff and Ms. Glassman are tied for 1st with 96%, Mrs. Farris is 2nd with 91%, and Mrs. Witzansky is 3rd with 90%.  The first class in each grade level to reach 100% membership will win a free ice cream, and every class with 100% membership earns a fun pajama day!  It costs only $10 to join.  Pick up a form in the front office or join online by 10/31.  Thank you for supporting GVPTA!

MEMBERS ONLY  Only PTA members will receive a copy of the indispensable Gator Directory!

New at the Student Store

MUSTACHE TRUCKER HATS $12  We really "mustache" you to check out our newest addition to the student store!  One size fits all.  Get yours here, before they're all gone!

E-Waste Collection

RECYCLED E-WASTE = $$ FOR GV  Our school will participate in Waste Management's Cartridges for Kids rebate program all year long!  Please drop off the following accepted e-waste in the designated bin in the PTA room: inkjet and laser cartridges, cell phones, iPads, iPods, eReaders, laptops, mp3 players, digital cameras, video games and consoles.  For more info contact Stephanie Brutocao.

Trash-Free Lunch Contest Winner

CONGRATULATIONS TO JACK NAMMACK  Jack's name was drawn from more than 60 students who brought a trash-free lunch every day during September, and his family will enjoy dinner for four at Rock & Brews El Segundo.  From now through the end of the school year, students who bring trash-free or sort their waste will earn raffle tickets for chances to win Rip Curl wetsuits, Skechers shoes, Beckers T-shirts, and Fresh Brothers pizza!  For more info call Melissa Bailey at 310-465-5647 or Janiece Cotrell at 310-702-0264.

4th/5th Book Club Meets this Week

"THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET"  4th grade will meet 10/22 and 5th grade will meet 10/24.  Both meetings are during lunch in A-1.  Participants should pack a lunch that day to make sure not a minute of the fun is missed!  Parents interested in volunteering please contact Nancy Grimes and specify which day you'd like to help.

In the Library

AUTHOR VISITS GV 11/1  Thank you to Pages Bookstore for treating our K-2 students to a visit from Judy Schachner (Skippyjon Jones and Bits & Pieces) the day after Halloween!  Pre-sale books are available for purchase online, including personalized autographing.  Judy Schachner will appear at Pages on 11/1 at 3:30pm.

Register by 10/21. Meet 10/22. Vote 11/5.

YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATIONAL FUTURE  Meet the candidates 10/22 at 7pm at the home of Mark and Tammy Lipps (628 35th Street between Blanche and Flournoy). With three open seats, this school board election is particularly meaningful to parents of school age children!  Register online by 10/21.  Moved in the last year?  Re-register.  Never seem to make it to the polls?  Sign up to vote by mail.

VOTER INCENTIVE - WIN DINNER AT MAMA D'S  Turn in your voter stub to Mrs. Snively for a chance to win dinner out... two winners will be chosen, and each will receive Mama D's gift cards worth $60!  Winning stubs will be drawn at 3pm on 11/8.

Elementary Night at MCHS Football 11/8

SAVE THE DATE  Grand View, Pacific, and Robinson families are invited for an exciting night of Mira Costa football when the Mustangs face cross-town rival Redondo Union.  Purchase tickets now at gvpta.com.

TEDx Manhattan Beach 11/16

IMAGINE THAT!  Imagine ideas that take you on an unexpected journey -- a journey that inspires, disrupts, educates, and entertains.  Imagine a day when ordinary people share extraordinary stories and creativity abounds.  IMAGINE THAT!  Do you enjoy TED videos and TEDx events?  Then join us for our spectacular annual event 11/16 from 9am-3pm at MBMS.  We have curated an amazing group of live speakers who will inspire and inform you.  Go to TEDxMB Videos to get an idea of what you will see.  Purchase tickets at TEDxMB.com.

Upcoming Events

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Around Town

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER 10/27  Jimmy Kimmel will be one of the celebrities on hand!  Register on our Team Page.  Can't walk that day?  Consider making a $25 donation and being a virtual walker.  This event earned MBEF $71,000 last year!  For more info contact Lizzie Fong.

MBMS BLOOD DRIVE 11/1  Grab an appointment slot.  For more info contact Julie Argue.

Halloween Art Activity with Ms. Melissa 10/22 at Joslyn Center
Pajamarama with Ms. Melissa 10/25, 11/22 at Pages
4th/5th Book Club with Ms. Melissa 11/6 at Joslyn Center
Family Storytime with Ms. Melissa 11/16 at Pages

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