October 25, 2015

Week at a Glance

10/26-10/30 Minimum Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/26-10/29 Red Ribbon Week*
Run Club 7:45-8:05am
10/28 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
10/30 Run Club Cancelled - Halloween Parade 8:15am - Upper Playground
10/30 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated after School
Daylight Saving Time Ends - Fall Back 1 Hour

*Details Below

From Principal Rhonda Steinberg

GOAL-SETTING CONFERENCES THIS WEEK Our teachers are excited about sitting down with parents earlier in the school year for goal-setting conferences. In the past, conferences have focused on discussing report cards. This year, the focus is to identify goals and articulate a vision to guide student growth. Parents and teachers will share perspectives and gain insight on the child's strengths, needs, learning styles, interests, and more. We hope these conferences foster mutual respect and build a trusting partnership.

MindUP PARENT INFO NIGHT 11/3 AT MBMS Last spring, MBUSD teachers were trained in MindUP "a neuroscience-based program in which students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success." MindUP lessons align with all state standards including Common Core and support improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy, and kindness, as well as fostering complex problem solving skills. To learn more about it, please join us at the MindUP Parent Night with parents from all five elementary schools on Tuesday, 11/3, from 6:30-8pm in the MBMS multipurpose room.

REPORT CARDS The MBUSD School Board approved a new elementary report card system last spring. We have made the decision to postpone the roll out of the new reporting tool until the 2016-17 school year. Report cards for this year will be the same as in the past with two exceptions: fourth and fifth grades will be moving to standards based grades (4, 3, 2, 1 scale) and reports will be distributed at the end of two semesters.

Student Council News

RED RIBBON WEEK 10/26-10/29 Join us as we celebrate making healthy choices by dressing up for Spirit Week in these fun ways:
Monday - Red Shirt Day & Red Bracelets Distributed
Tuesday - Band Together against Drugs (Band T-shirt)
Wednesday - Put Drugs to Bed (Pajama Day)
Thursday - Team Up against Drugs (Team Jersey or T-shirt)

YOUR 2015-16 STUDENT COUNCIL Congratulations to all the candidates!
It was a tight race this year, capped by inspiring speeches by our poised and articulate candidates. This year's Student Council: President: Avery Roth. Vice President: Tyler Keyzer. Historian/Secretary: Nathan Goldberg. Gator Mascot: Lola Watkinson. Spirit Chair: Seth Gilefsky: Community Service Chair: Ryann Goldberg. Grades of Green: Mila Matich. Fun Fridays: Charlie Cotrell. Garden Club: Jordan Karambelas. Gator Events: Ryan Bui.

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

JOG-A-THON PRIZES NEEDED Click HERE to donate. Please consider donating an incentive prize for our inaugural Jog-a-thon on 11/17. Our kids will collect pledges for the laps they will run and will earn raffle tickets for prizes for every $50 they raise. Details at gvpta.com/jogathon.

2 Campus Supervisors Needed ASAP!

ROCK THIS STUNNING VEST Earn an hourly wage and make memories that will last a lifetime by helping to supervise our students at the lunch tables and on the playground.  Contact Rhonda Steinberg. WE NEED YOU!

Gator Gatherings 2.0

HAVE FUN RAISING FUNDS FOR OUR KIDS! Last year we raised $50,000+ having the best fun! Come to the Pumpkin Carving & Spooky Pizza Party on 10/30. Then in November don't miss the Dad's Poker Party on 11/14.

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

Volunteer Badges Go AWOL

WHERE, OH WHERE, HAVE OUR LITTLE TAGS GONE? Caryn Dates reports so many volunteer badges and lanyards are missing more may need to be purchased. Please return any strays so we may avoid the expense.

Run Club

JOIN US! Congratulations to our Gators who have collectively run over 1,200 miles -- that's 46 marathons! Everyone welcome Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:45-8:05am. The following classes had the highest participation rate for their grade level last week: 5th: Claytor 40%. 4th: Slater 40%. 3rd: Farris 54%. 2nd: Pliaconis/Mills 39%. 1st: Olson/Johnson 39%. gvpta.com/runclub.


Large eWaste Items Wanted

COSTA 2 CARNEGIE FUNDRAISER Mira Costa's Grammy Award winning music program has been invited to play Carnegie Hall in 2016. We need the community's help to pay for transporting 250 instruments across the country and this e-waste fundraiser is the first step. Click for details and for the form to see if your large unwanted electronics qualify for a pick up. Questions? Email Vickie McCorkendale or call 310-210-5744.

Calling All Hoopster Dads

PARENTS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Represent Grand View at the annual MBAF/MBX Basketball Tournament on 12/6. Win bragging rights for GV as you help support the Mira Costa Boys Basketball Program. Click for more info. Questions? Email Gail and Jeff Goldstein.

TEDx Tickets

TEDx MANHATTAN BEACH 11/14 Meet twelve scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, artists, moms, dads, and students who give us a glimpse of tomorrow --today. They show us "What's Next?!" Tickets on sale at tedxmb.com.

Rain Barrel Distribution

CATCH THE RAINWATER & SAVINGS Collecting and reusing rainwater reduces the amount of water flowing into storm drains and ensures every drop of water is being used efficiently. Review the information and register to receive a free rain barrel. Eligible participants will be notified of when and where to pick up the barrel.

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