October 4, 2015

Week at a Glance

10/04 GV Tri-tip Booth - Hometown Fair
10/05 No School - Staff Development
10/05-10/08 Gator Grub Fundraiser at Johnny Rockets*
10/06-10/16 Food Drive*
10/07
Walking School Bus Kick-off*
10/07 Run Club 7:45-8:05am - Grass Field
10/07 Odyssey of the Mind Info 6:30pm - Pacific School Art Room*
10/07 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
10/09 Run Club 7:45-8:05am - Grass Field

*Details Below

Grand View Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

GATOR PRIDE The National Blue Ribbon Award was presented to less than one half of one percent of the schools in the US, so our outstanding staff, students, and parents are understandably proud of this high honor! Click for details.
 

Gator Grub Fundraiser 10/5-10/8

NO NEED TO COOK AFTER A BUSY HOMETOWN FAIR WEEKEND Johnny Rockets will donate 15% of the sales to GV when you dine from 10/5 to 10/8. Print the flyer and present it to your server. Relax and support GVPTA!
 

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.

WANT TO BE A WSB VOLUNTEER ONE DAY A WEEK? Contact Jenn Jappel.
 

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.
 

Gator Gratitude

3 CHEERS TO OUR HOMETOWN FAIR SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS! A great big Gator thank you to our wonderful tri-tip and water booth volunteers! Many thanks to our sponsors Fresh Brothers, GROW, Puritan Bakery, LA Specialty, the Zislis Group, Hot's Kitchen, and OB's Pub & Grill.

MISSED THE FUN? Click to support GV with a donation! Thank you from Amanda and Don Paul and Dan Graham.
 

MB Education Foundation

THANK YOU! Many thanks to the more than 58% of our Gator families who have already donated to MBEF! Without your contributions our schools would not enjoy the many programs that the CA state budget cannot provide. Classes that reach 75-94% participation will receive $200 in classroom supplies and those that reach 95% and above will receive $250 in supplies to use this year. Check out your child's classroom stats.

HELP YOURSELF TO A YARD SIGN! The We  MBEF signs decorating GV are for you. Pull one up and plant it in your yard to show your support for our outstanding public schools. There are extras in the PTA room. If you haven't yet done so, please consider donating at mbef.org/givetoday.
 

Service Dog Training in GV Kinder Classroom

PLEASE NO PETTING Mrs. Abt is raising and training an assistance dog that will accompany her every day to school. This is a working dog. You must refrain from petting or distracting the dog from Mrs. Abt's direction in any way. The dog will remain in Room 2 in a crate or an exercise pen most of the school day for the first five months. For more info visit cci.org.

REMINDER Service dogs at school are the only exception to California Education Code. No other dogs are permitted on campus at any time, even when school is not in session.
 

Gator Gatherings 2.0

HAVE FUN RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR KIDS! Last year we raised $50,000+ having the best fun! First up on 10/9 join a 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. Then on 10/24 it's a Halloween Lip-Synch Party followed by a Pumpkin Carving & Spooky Pizza Party on 10/30.

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

Run Club Is Back

RUN CLUB STATS 205 Gators and their parents came out for our first Run Club Day and ran 185 miles! 4th grade had the highest level of participation overall at 37%. Top participants for each grade level: 5th: Spragg 37%. 4th: Kinzer 44%. 3rd: Farris 50%. 2nd: Pliaconis 39%. 1st: Mushet 40%.

FREE TEE WHILE THEY LAST Please sign the waiver at gvpta.com/runclub to claim your free Dri-fit Run Club t-shirt. Run Club ID cards will be at the lower field for all our Gators every MON WED FRI 7:45-8:05am. For more info visit gvpta.com/runclub.
 

Cub Scouts Info Night 10/15

FOR 1ST-5TH GRADE BOYS Join us for camping, hiking, crafts, community service, games, and fellowship. Come hear new member info at our next Pack Meeting on 10/15 at 7pm in the GV Cafeteria. Serving Manhattan Beach for 74 years. Join the adventure! Join the fun! Pack713.org.
 

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! We're about a fourth of the way to the $2,000 goal we set for ourselves. Can't walk on 10/25? We appreciate our virtual walkers! Last year, for every $25 registration or donation, MBEF received over $150 from the Skechers Foundation. Click 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 Karen@jwpartypictures.com.
 

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 5,478 books were checked out in August and September -- 218 more than during the same time last year! The students with the highest number of check outs per grade: 5th (tie): Kalia Barton and Sela Spilsbury. 4th (tie): Elise Murphy and Eliza Perella. 3rd: Maximo Wright. 2nd: Dean Cabanes. 1st: McKinlee Rainey. Each will receive a little prize from Mrs. Snively.

LEVELED READERS AVAILABLE FOR AT-HOME USE Engaging, fully-illustrated Rigby reading books in Fountas & Pinnell levels A-S are available for check out. Questions? Email Heidi Snively.
 

Upcoming Events

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 & Picture Re-takes
10/26-10/30 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/30 Halloween Parade 8:30am - Upper Playground

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Around Town

10/08 MBPD Tip-a-Cop Event 5-9pm - Tin Roof Bistro
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
10/15 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
11/14 TEDx What's Next?! - MBMS
 
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