September 25, 2016

Week at a Glance 

09/25 GROW Give-Back Last Day
09/26 GAP Session Begins
09/28 Meet & Greet Mike Matthews & Ben Dale 6:30-8pm - 917 8th St. MB
09/29 Special MBUSD Board Meeting 8am - MCHS Small Theater
09/30 Greater Gator Deadline*
09/30 School Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Wear
09/30 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
Holly Socrates Gallery Donates to GVPTA 5-9pm*
*Details Below

Want Your Name on the Wall? Final 6 Days!

LAST CALL! BE A GREATER GATOR BY 9/30! 167 of our families -- 31% -- have become Greater Gators this year so far. 49% of our families were Greater Gators last year, so act fast to check this off your back-to-school to-do list!

WHAT IS A GREATER GATOR? GGs are families who support our school and help our volunteers save precious time by signing up for multiple programs very early in the year. Through the GG page you can join the PTA, pay your room parents for classroom funds, buy your yearbooks, and donate to MBEF.

WE CAN'T THANK OUR GREATER GATORS ENOUGH But we will recognize your generosity with an exclusive travel coffee mug, and your family name and year will be painted on the new Greater Gator wall on the upper playground. Name already on the wall? We'll add the current year to ensure your continuous support is recognized!
BONUS Early access to the 2016-17 online student directory provided by 10/1.


New Visitor Manager Procedure

BEGINS OCTOBER 4TH We have an enhanced campus security system that requires visitors and volunteers to check in and check out from the front office. Visitors will need to register with their driver's license and take a photo. This registration is one time only. Then at each subsequent campus visit, check in at the front office to receive your date and time stamped photo ID sticker badge. Upon leaving, check out from the front office. While the system is slated to take effect October 4th, it is up and running as of now. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to improve campus security.

24th Street Drop-Off Reminders

FROM THE FRONT OFFICE Follow these procedures to prevent traffic from backing up on 24th Street, and to keep your children safe:
  • Unloading begins at the upper playground fence. Pull forward as far as possible in the drop-off lane, filling in all gaps.
  • Children should have their possessions by their side, ready to exit the vehicle quickly.
  • Drivers remain in the car at all times. Driver side doors are to remain closed.
  • Children unload from the passenger side only.
  • Once your child has exited your vehicle you may exit the drop-off lane via the bypass lane to the left. This lane is for driving only - no unloading, loading, or stopping at any time.
  • Right turn only out of the parking lot during posted hours.
Complete drop-off and pick-up procedures for 24th Street and Bell Avenue are outlined at

Champagne & Shopping 9/30

HOLLY SOCRATES GALLERY 5-9PM Thank you to the Holly Socrates Gallery for supporting our school! The gallery is offering 20% off all artwork plus 20% of your purchase will be donated to GVPTA. This generous promotion runs from 9/30-10/15, with a special champagne event on 9/30. See flyer for details.

Run Club Starts 10/5

REGISTER NOW FOR A FREE T-SHIRT! The first 250 kids who show up to run (a parent must first complete the online waiver) will receive a fabulous Dri-fit t-shirt. To sign the online waiver, find out more, or volunteer go to
When: Every MON WED FRI beginning 10/5
Time: 7:45-8:05am
Where: Lower grass field 

Emergency Kits - Done!

THANK YOU GVPTA! The PTA has generously purchased fresh emergency kits for all students this year! Last year's kits will be cleared of personal items and donated to an organization in need. If you would rather have your old kit returned to you, please complete this short questionaire by 9/30, and the kit will be returned in early October. Questions? Contact Kristen Lukas.

Gator Gratitude

JIM AND LISA SCHLAGER A huge dose of Gator Gratitude to Jim and Lisa for hosting the first Gator Gathering of the school year - the 2016 GV Beach Tennis Smack-down! It was a blast, and a great fundraiser. Thank you to all the families who joined the fun and got sweaty and sandy in support of our school!

BRIAN AND RACHEL DISSER Thank you to Brian and Rachel for graciously hosting a standing-room-only crowd in their lovely home for the GV night of the Superintendent and MCHS Principal Meet and Greet series.

NICOLE SHEPLEY AND KC JOHNSON Thank you to Nicole and KC for co-chairing Family Fun and Movie Night, to the volunteers for their time, and to all who came out for a fun event!

Measures C & EE

WONDERING ABOUT THE SCHOOL BOND MEASURES? Click here for specifics and to help. Grand View and Meadows volunteers will work the phone bank together on 9/27. Click here for details.

MEASURE EE This bond will provide funds to replace Mira Costa's 65-year-old gym. Take a virtual tour here or on Facebook, or grab a neighbor to see for yourself. Gym tour schedule.

Manhattan Beach 10K 10/1

REGISTER TODAY! The 39th Annual Manhattan Beach 10K Run is October 1st! The run begins at 7:30am and finishes at the iconic MB Pier. Click to register.

MB Library

CHILDREN'S EVENTS The Manhattan Beach Public Library is hosting a number of activities for children this fall. Check out their Book Clubs for 4th and 5th graders on 10/8 and on 11/12, after school STEAM Wednesdays, and their Meet the Author Event with D.J. MacHale on 10/20. Their annual bookmark contest is on now! Entries are due 10/29.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

09/25 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
09/27 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
09/28 MCHS Author Event: James Dashner 7pm - Costa Auditorium
10/01 Manhattan Beach 10K
10/01-10/02 MB Hometown Fair
10/16 MB Art Center Show: Dichotomy of Design & Art Closes
10/20 Meet Author D.J. MacHale 3:30-5:00 - MB Public Library
10/23 GV Team Registration for Skechers Friendship Walk
10/24 November Election Voter Registration Deadline
10/29 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Deadline
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