September 27, 2015

Week at a Glance

09/28 3rd Graders Apply to Maker Space Program in Science Lab at Lunch*
09/29 Picture Day
10/01 4th Graders Apply to Maker Space Program in Science Lab at Lunch*
Run Club Resumes 7:45-8:05am Lower Grass Field*
10/02 5th Graders Apply to Maker Space Program in Science Lab at Lunch*
GV Tri-tip Booth and GV Water Booth at Hometown Fair*

*Details Below

Homework Update

READING, READING, AND MORE READING Please visit for the important message from Dr. Brett Geithman, Executive Director, MBUSD Educational Services.

MB Hometown Fair 10/3 & 10/4

ATTENTION GATOR KIDS! YOU CAN WORK THE HOMETOWN FAIR FOR GRAND VIEW! Our school will have a water booth and your parents can sign you up at VolunteerSpot.

THERE ARE STILL SPOTS AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH THE TRI-TIP SANDWICH BOOTH! Adults only, please, due to the barbecue and hot dishes. Sign up at VolunteerSpot. If you prefer not to use your email address to sign up for either booth please email Amanda Garner Paul for a manual sign up.

Gator Grub Fundraiser 10/5-10/8

AN AMAZING WAY TO START THE YEAR Johnny Rockets will donate 15% of the sales to GV when you dine every day from 10/5 to 10/8. After a long, fun-filled Fair weekend, who wants to cook? Print the flyer and present it to your server. Thanks for supporting GVPTA!

Gator Gatherings 2.0

HAVE FUN RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR KIDS THIS YEAR! Last year we raised $50,000+ playing ping pong, singing Karaoke, carving pumpkins, sipping Patron, and hanging at the beach. Don't miss out on this year's fun!

FIRST UP ON 10/9 Women's Tennis Clinic with GV Dad Boris Kodjoe, a former IFT Top 10 Junior, ATP Ranked, Collegiate Player, and Josh Oswald, Current Adult National Champ. Click for more info and to purchase tickets.

WANT TO HOST ONE OF THE MONTHLY  PARTIES? Email Amanda Zaumeyer or call 310-613-1790.

Maker Space Application Dates

ATTENTION FUTURE GATOR MAKER PARENTS! This year's Maker Space program starts up the week of 10/12. Students interested in applying should report to the Science Lab during lunch on their designated day: 3rd graders 9/28, 4th graders 10/1, and 5th graders 10/2. Questions? Contact Scott Jensen.

GVPTA Membership Stats

GREATER GATORS Thank you to 260 families who became Greater Gators this year -- 49% of our school! You will be recognized with a new car magnet, your family's name on the Greater Gator honor wall, and a free pass to Soul Cycle (for first-time riders). Your dedication and generosity are greatly appreciated!

2015-16 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE We're off to a great start! Thank you to the 343 families who have joined -- 65%! Last year 98% of our families joined the PTA so we've got a way to go before the 10/31 deadline.

ALL KIDS DIRECTLY BENEFIT Your PTA donations allow us to send ALL kids on wonderful field trips, participate in cool programs such as Young At Art, enhance learning with technological tools such iPads and SmartBoards, enjoy new playground and PE equipment, and much more. Please consider joining and making a donation -- as well as volunteering your time -- so that all our kids will continue to experience a world-class education.

FUN INCENTIVES Every class with 100% PTA membership will be rewarded with a Popsicle party, and the first class in each grade to reach 100% will also enjoy a Pajama Day. Click to join GVPTA today!

Online Student Directory

ACCESS PROVIDED FOR 2015-16 PTA MEMBERS If you've joined GVPTA, you're now able to access the student directory. Click for directions to download the DirectorySpot app to your devices. Already have DirectorySpot from last year? Just log in again to reactivate. Want access to the directory? Click to join GVPTA today!

Run Club Starts 10/2

FREE T-SHIRT FOR FIRST 350 TO SIGN WAIVER AND RUN! To sign the waiver, find out more, or volunteer go to
When: Every MON WED FRI
Time: 7:45-8:05am
Where: Lower grass field
How: Run Club ID card for every registered child
Who: 1st-5th graders and their parents (click for why TK/K students may run but are not official participants)

Walking School Bus Kick-off 10/7

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY Register your child with the WSB program before 10/7 and your child will be eligible for participation prizes throughout the year. Children who registered last year must re-register for 2015-16. For every child you enroll, you will receive one free admission to AdventurePlex, including for children who are re-registering!

WSB KICK-OFF PRIZES Students who register and walk with a WSB on 10/7 will be entered into a drawing for a $20 Skechers gift card (one winner per school). The school with the greatest percentage of registered walkers will receive an assortment of new exercise equipment for the school. Click for the 2015-16 WSB route map.


Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk 10/25

JOIN THE GRAND VIEW TEAM! Be sure to designate your contribution to MBEF so your registration fee will directly support our schools! Can't walk on 10/25? We appreciate our virtual walkers! Here's the link to register with the GV team. Questions? Contact Kelli Spriggs.

Family Portraits

JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING JW Photography will take your family portrait and give back half of the sitting fee and 10% of the order to GV. Click for dates, locations, how to schedule a sitting, and the payment process. Questions? Contact

Food Drive 10/6-10/16

CRENSHAW IS IMAGINARY. CHILDHOOD HUNGER ISN'T. HELP US FEED FAMILIES IN NEED Inspired by Crenshaw, a new novel by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, our friends at Pages Bookstore are participating in a national food drive contest to win a visit from the author. We know GV families will be eager to help! Drop off non-perishable food items in the collection bin in the front office from Oct. 6-16. Questions? Contact Ellen Padnos.

Odyssey of the Mind Info 10/7

START A GV TEAM Hear about what it takes to be an Odyssey of the Mind coach and get your team started in this international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Come to the Art Room at Pacific School at 6:30pm on Oct. 7. Click for details.

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Upcoming Events

10/05 No School - Staff Development
10/06-10/16 Food Drive
Walking School Bus Kick-off
10/07 Odyssey of the Mind Info 6:30pm - Pacific School Art Room
10/07 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
10/12 Vision & Hearing Testing - Library Closed
10/16 Save the Date: Elementary Night at Mira Costa Football vs. Peninsula
10/20 5th Grade Panoramic Picture 8:30am
Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/30 Halloween Parade 8:30am - Upper Playground

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Around Town

10/10 2nd Annual Clint Clausen 4DK Fours Volleyball Tournament
Now-10/16 MB Youth Basketball (Early Bird) Registration
10/03-10/04 MB Hometown Fair
10/15 Cub Scout Recruitment Night 7pm - GV Cafeteria
City MB Strategic Planning Meeting 6-9pm - Joslyn Center
10/16-10/31 MB Youth Basketball (Late Fee) Registration
10/24 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Entries Due by Mail
10/25 Skechers Friendship Walk 8am
10/25 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race Noon-5pm
10/31 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Entries Walk-in Due Date
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