March 6, 2016

Week at a Glance 

03/07 Run Club
03/09 Run Club Prizes*
03/11 Run Club
03/11 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
03/11 Book Drive Deadline*
03/11 Progress Reports Issued
3/12 Parent Party 6-11pm*

*Details Below

Parent Party Fab Facts!

1. GV'S BIGGEST FUNDRAISER! The party is this Saturday, 3/12. Get your tickets now!

2. INSANE EXPERIENTIAL AUCTION ITEMS! Game of Thrones premier and star-studded after party; a FOX NFL Sunday set visit; a chance to make a professional music video; multiple beach trips to Mexico; and mountain trips to Mammoth, Tahoe, Deer Valley. You can cheer for the Dodgers from Frank McCourt's own suite, or buy a set of braces from two of MB's leading orthodontists! Click to see every amazing item.

3. THE PARTY WILL BE OFF THE HOOK! We'll have professional dancers to help you get your groove on, an over-the-top raffle, and top-notch food and multiple bars. No costumes this year -- this is your chance to don your cocktail attire and #keepitclassy!

4. SILENT AUCTION ENDS AT 8:30! Don't pre-party anywhere by AT the party! It starts at 6:00.

5. OPEN-BAR WRISTBANDS! Bring your credit card for all-night, open-bar wristbands. Get there early enough and that $50 wristband will be a downright bargain!

Volunteers Needed for Science Expo

PARENT HELP NEEDED Volunteering at the Science Expo on 3/16 is a great experience and a fun way to help Grand View. Please sign up on VolunteerSpot.

Book Drive Ends 3/11

BENEFITS SCHOOL IN CUDAHY Spring cleaning? Please donate gently used K-8 children's books to our 5th Annual Access Books Project. This year donations will benefit the Park Avenue Elementary School Library in Cudahy. Collection bins will be in the Library hall until 3/11. Sturdy boxes to transport books are also needed.

WANT TO DO MORE? Join us on 3/12 when we work together to refurbish the Park Avenue School Library. All are welcome, many helping hands are needed. For more info email Ellen Padnos at

Parent Charity Soccer Tournament

TIME TO DEFEND OUR TITLE! We are forming this year's Grand View parents' team for the annual Jeff Goodrich Parents' Soccer Classic on April 30. The Goodrich Tournament has raised over $200,000 for MB/X and athletic programs in our schools. There will be competitive and recreational playing levels this year so more players can get involved and join the fun! Read on for details or email Jeff Serota or Charles Southey

From the Health Office

KEEP SICK KIDS HOME For your child's well being and to protect the health of classmates and school staff, please keep your child home when he or she is sick. School policy offers concrete guidelines for determining when a child is too sick to come to school:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever (measured orally at 100.4 or above)
  • Severe cold symptoms (constant cough, sneezing, or nasal drainage)
  • Severe flu symptoms (fever accompanied by body aches and headache)
Students may return to school once they have been symptom free for a minimum of 24 hours. If your child has had the flu, or a flu-like illness, or has experienced signs of a fever (warm to the touch, flushed, chills, sweating), keep your child home for at least 24 hours after these symptoms have abated without the use of fever-reducing medications containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If your child has seen a doctor, please bring the diagnosis note and/or a note to return to school. Remember to report all absences to the health office by emailing through the Report an Absence link at or call Paula Sodeika at 310-546-8022 x5463. Thank you for your cooperation.

Cuckoo for Gaga!

WHAT IS GAGA? Gaga translates from Hebrew as "touch-touch." Gaga is a kinder, gentler version of dodge ball played in an octagonal pit with a soft ball. Gaga keeps a large number of kids running, jumping, and dodging to avoid getting hit by the ball. Three pits on the upper playground and one on the B-level playground were funded by the Jog-a-thon, thanks to our amazing kids and generous families.

ENJOY GAGA SAFELY The rules of Gaga as taught by Miss Wood during P.E. class must be observed at all times, even when school is not in session. Always use a soft ball, such as the type purchased inexpensively from the supermarket or toy store. Never use a firm ball, such as a basketball, or soccer ball.

Run Club

THE OVER 75 CLUB Congratulations to three classrooms with more than 75% participation at Run Club to date: Mrs. Farris, Mrs. Means, and Ms. Glassman. Yogurtland prizes will be given away this Wednesday!

MBUSD Earns State Honor

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD MBUSD has been named one of five honorees in California to earn the prestigious Green Ribbon Schools Award and will advance to compete nationally in the U.S. Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon Schools recognition program. This program honors schools that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy. Read the press release.

Summer Camp Expo 3/19

GET SUMMER OFF TO A GREAT START! The Meadows Summer Camp Expo will be at MBMS on 3/19. There will be reps from over 40 camps plus food, activities, and a silent auction. CAMP VIP The summer schedule (four one-week sessions from 6/27-7/22) is finalized and registration is coming soon. For help with options contact Nancy Rosenberg at or 310-503-1771. MB/X Visit the summer page at to register with one or more of the exciting partner camps such as Planet Bravo, Steve and Kate's, or Performing Arts Workshop. Proceeds from Camp VIP and MB/X are donated to MBUSD.

Education Roundtable 3/24

MEET YOUR LAWMAKERS Local lawmakers will update our community on the latest education-related legislation in Sacramento. Hot button topics include: Common Core implementation and funding; teacher shortages; public education funding; and construction of school facilities. Seating is limited, so reserve a seat now. Thursday, 3/24, 6:30-8pm, Mira Costa High School Small Theater.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 3,739 books were checked out during February --724 more than during the same time last year! The top patrons per grade level will each receive a little prize (with an extra high-five to the Clay brothers!) : 1st-Avery Hartman. 2nd-Carter Clay. 3rd-Brandon Thomas. 4th-Penn Clay. 5th-Jacob Tan, Liam Curry, and Kalia Barton (a three-way tie).

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Around Town

03/08 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
03/11 Carnegie Hall Fundraiser MCHS Eclectic Music Ensembles 6-9pm - Mira Costa Cafeteria
03/12 Coder Dojo (Girls Only Age 7+) 10-11:45am - MBPL
03/14 Deadline to Register for Junior Guard Conditioning (Returning JGs Only) Offered by MCHS Aquatics
03/20 MB/X Mini Mustang Youth Track Meet Fundraiser
03/24 Meet Your Lawmakers 6:30-8pm - MCHS Small Theatre
03/26 Kiwanis Toy Drive 8:30am-3pm - Mira Costa
05/14 Roundhouse Run for the Oceans 9:30am
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