December 4, 2016

Week at a Glance 

12/05 Run Club
12/06 Sound Arts Performance
12/07 Run Club Parks & Rec Day*
12/07 Sound Arts Performance
12/09 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Run Club Teachers' Day*
12/09 Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
12/09 Staff Holiday Donation Deadline*

*Details below

Staff Holiday Donations

SENDING HOLIDAY CHEER Want to show appreciation and gratitude to our fantastic Grand View staff? Submit your donation online by 12/9. Donations will be compiled and presented to staff on 12/14 in time for holiday shopping. Questions? Contact Heather de Roos.

Joyful Holiday Giving

BRIGHTEN A CHILD'S HOLIDAY We have a list of needy children whose faces will light up when they receive that special gift for the holidays. If you are interested in purchasing a small gift (under $25) for one child please email Anne Hellie or Ellen Padnos. You'll be contacted this week with the name, gender, and gift idea. Gifts will be delivered after school on 12/14 to Menlo Avenue School in Los Angeles. Thank you for your generous Gator spirit!

Shoe Drive 12/4-12/16

USED CHILDREN'S SHOES WANTED Drop off your used children's shoes in the donation box in the front office now to 12/16. Waste Management, in partnership with Grades of Green, will donate them to needy children through the Soles4Souls project. Thank you!

A Very Special Performance 12/18

ONCE UPON A ROAD TRIP BY CASEY ROHRER Grand View is very lucky to have secured a special encore performance of the sold-out show Once Upon a Road Trip on Sunday, December 18, 3pm, in the PAC. Written by Casey Rohrer, a local 14-year-old living with cerebral palsy, and co-written and directed by Angelo Michael Masino, the play chronicles one family's memorable trip to Yellowstone. Along with local actors, Casey performs in the play, speaking through his Tobii, an eye-tracking device. Ticket sales benefit a foundation that provides artistic experiences for special needs children. Click here for the flyer and visit for more info. Tickets go on sale Friday, 12/7, online.

Run Club - Two Days of Prizes

WEDNESDAY, 12/7 - SKECHERS On Wednesday a pair of Skechers will be won, and MB Parks and Rec will set up an obstacle course for kids to enjoy while running!

FRIDAY, 12/9 - MURAD & POPSICLES On Friday our teachers are invited to run or walk with the kids. One lucky teacher will win a gift basket generously donated by Murad, and free Popsicles (distributed the following Wed. after school) for their students who run on 12/9. No registration required to participate - student Run Club cards are ready at the field. Free Dri-fit tees are still available. More info at

Gator Gratitude

A PERFECT READING WONDERLAND FROM START TO FINISH! A huge thank you to Book Fair Chairs Andrea Hutter, Karen Nolan, Mai Scaduto, Mariko Ostboe, and Julie Grasso and to their dedicated volunteers for a fun and successful event! Thank you to Pages Bookstore for bringing us the very best selection and generously supporting our school with a portion of the sales. And many thanks to all of YOU who came out and shopped!

Gift Giving that Supports GV

THANK YOU, SEE UNDER SEA! When you shop for unique gifts at SeeUnderSea use the code GATOR and you'll receive a 15% discount, and 10% of the purchase will be donated to GVPTA. Look for canvas prints, tees, hoodies, and coasters --many with a Manhattan Beach vibe. Offer valid until 12/31/16. Many thanks to underwater photographer and GV dad Erik Lukas!

Amazon Purchases = $$ for GV

YOU SHOP, WE EARN! Doing some holiday shopping on Every time you click through to Amazon from and make a purchase you earn money for our school. Thank you for taking the time to make that extra click from!

Support Local Businesses

SHARE YOUR GATOR HOLIDAY SPIRIT This holiday season please consider the many local businesses who support our thriving school community through generous sponsorships and kind donations. From grocery shopping and meals out to gifts and more, please share some Gator holiday spirit and consider these fabulous local businesses as you plan your holiday season: 23rd Street Jewelers, El Gringo, Fresh Brothers, Garrett's Run Shop, GROW, Lemonade, Look! Optometry, Manhattan Beach Creamery, MB Surplus - Jewelry, Murad, OB's Pub & Grill, Pages a Bookstore, Ralphs, Simms Group (Tin Roof, MB Post, Simmzy's, Fishing with Dynamite), Skechers, Skywatch, SportClips, UCode, Village Runner, Vons, VoxDJs, Zislis Group (Shade, Rock'N Fish, The Strand House, Rock & Brews, Brewco). Looking for more? Consider supporting our generous MBEF Business Sponsors!


A TIME FOR GIVING When you count your blessings this holiday season, consider among them the excellent education your child is receiving. Despite having one of the lowest state funding levels in the nation, Manhattan Beach has managed to remain one of the top school districts in the state because of community support. The generous support of parents like you helps us to fund programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in our public schools. What a blessing for our students.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS Wow! 4,063 books were checked out in November with picture books, graphic novels, and books in a series being the most popular sections. Thank you to GVPTA for supporting the growth of our collection so we always have the books kids want to read!

OVERDUE BOOKS A courtesy reminder of what your child has checked out is emailed every Sunday morning. Please open it to see what your child needs to return or renew. While our school library does not charge late fees, if a book is lost or damaged please make arrangements to pay for it.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

Now-12/15 Kiwanis Santa Float in MB
12/04 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
12/04 Sandpipers Holiday Homes Tour
12/06 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
12/09 MCHS Holiday Band Concert 7pm - Costa Auditorium
12/11 MBFD Spaghetti Dinner 4-6:30pm - Station #1
12/11 MB Holiday Fireworks 7pm - MB Pier
12/14 MB Public Library Holiday Art Fun 3:30-4:30pm
12/16 MCHS Holiday Choir Concert 7pm - Costa Auditorium
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