December 11, 2016

Week at a Glance 

12/12, 12/14, 12/16 Run Club 7:45-8:05am*
12/14 Deadline Joyful Giving Toy Drive*
MBUSD Organizational & Regular Board Meetings 6:30pm - District Office
12/16 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
12/16 Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
12/16 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
Once Upon a Road Trip 3pm - PAC - Tickets*

*Details below

Run Club

WEDNESDAY, 12/14 - SKYWATCH RAFFLE Parents and grandparents are invited to walk or run with their kids on Wednesday, 12/14, our Run Club Family Holiday Spirit Day! Every adult will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Skywatch generously donated by the Ibarra family. And one lucky Gator will win a new pair of Skechers! More info at

Joyful Holiday Giving Update

THANK YOU! Because of our generous Gator families, all the needy children on our holiday giving list have been spoken for.
WANT TO DO MORE? Bring in an unwrapped children's present by Wednesday, 12/14 to the PTA room. These presents will be delivered to Menlo Avenue School in Los Angeles to stock a holiday "store" where parents can select gifts for their children. Questions? Contact Anne Hellie or Ellen Padnos.


HELP US MEET OUR GOALS! When you come on campus, you'll see our new MBEF banner that represents how close we are to meeting this year's Annual Appeal goals:
  • To raise $5.2M district-wide so that we can sustain existing programming.
  • To engage 100% of our families in this important effort.
EIGHT WEEKS With only eight weeks left of our Annual Appeal, 76% of our Gator families have participated and we still have $1.4M yet to raise district-wide. We hope you will give an amount that is meaningful for your family to help us meet these two important goals before January 31, 2017. Donate at

CLASSROOM BONUS MBEF will gift $200 to every classroom with 75% or higher MBEF participation, and $250 to every classroom with 95% or higher. Curious as to how your classroom is doing? Check out the stats.

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 a video about the project. Click here for the flyer and visit for more info. Click for tickets.

Shoe Drive Ends 12/21

USED SHOES WANTED - ALL SIZES Drop off used shoes --all sizes wanted-- in the donation box in the front office now to 12/21. Waste Management, in partnership with Grades of Green, will donate them through the Soles4Souls project. Click for a student-made video about last year's drive. While the dates are not current, we think you will be moved by the timeless message. Thank you!

Gator Gratitude

SOUND ARTS Thank you and congratulations to the students for four wonderful performances of "A First Class Holiday" and to all the volunteers who did so much. You are amazing! And many thanks to those who donated to the 1736 House Toy Drive.

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! Every time you click through to Amazon from and make a purchase you earn money for our school. Thank you!

South Bay Families Connected

PARENTING RESOURCES MBUSD is a South Bay Families Connected Partner District. The District is proud to provide its elementary school parents with this invaluable parenting resource as we strive together as a community to keep our kids on a healthy path to maturity. This month, we feature the following parenting information, inspiration, and resources for our elementary school families:
  • Check out the curated gallery of articles and resources for the elementary school parent. Topics include stress reduction, social media, and bullying.
  • Don't miss this month's featured TED Talk by Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult.
  • Be sure to sign up for the free monthly SBFC e-newsletter and parent network.
FOR PARENTS WITH OLDER CHILDREN Visit MBMS Families Connected and/or MCHS Families Connected.

A Message from MBPD

STOP THE SCROOGE Take steps to protect your personal property this holiday season. Don't leave valuables in your car or on your porch. If you see something suspicious, call the non-emergency number 310-545-4566. Click for more info.

Art & Photography Contest

SPONSORED BY NEPTUNIAN WOMAN'S CLUB Students attending Manhattan Beach schools in grades K-12 are invited to enter this contest, in its 39th year. Contest rules and entry forms are available in the school office or print here for K-5 and here for 6-12. Entries are due in the school office by Friday, February 10, 2017, no later than 3pm. The Art Show & Awards Ceremony is Sunday, February 26, at 1pm. Questions? Contact Contest Co-Chair Lorri Kampfner.

Upcoming Events

12/21 Last Day Shoe Drive
Winter Break
01/13 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
No School - MLK Day
01/20 Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
01/27 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School

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Around Town

Now-12/15 Kiwanis Santa Float in MB
12/11 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
12/11 MBFD Spaghetti Dinner 4-6:30pm - Station #1
12/11 MB Holiday Fireworks 7pm - MB Pier
12/13 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
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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