December 6, 2015

Week at a Glance

12/07 & 12/08 Sound Arts Holiday Show 7-8:30pm - PAC
12/09 Jog-a-thon Donations Due*
12/09 MBUSD Board Meeting District Office - 6:00pm Organizational Business & 6:30 Regular Meeting
*Details Below

From Principal Rhonda Steinberg

GRAND VIEW WELLNESS COUNCIL Our school is a member of a healthy schools alliance program because we know healthy students are better learners. Visit for more info about making classroom celebrations healthier.

Season of Giving

COUNTING BLESSINGS When you count your blessings this holiday season, consider as one of them the outstanding education your child is receiving from our MBUSD schools. Despite one of the lowest funding levels in the country, Manhattan Beach has managed to remain one of the top districts in the state because of community support. The generous support of parents like you helps us to fund programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in our public schools. Please remember MBEF during this season of holiday giving. Click here to make your donation or pledge today. Thank you.

Petty Family Fire Fund

COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS IN THE FACE OF LOSS You've read the news that a Grand View family escaped a house fire recently with just a few of their belongings, and many of you have already kindly donated clothing, shoes, and more to help with their immediate needs. Please consider assisting the Petty family even further via the Petty Family Fire Fund. Thank you very much.

Make GV Staff Holidays Bright

WANT TO SEND HOLIDAY CHEER TO OUR AMAZING SUPPORT STAFF? Send in a voluntary holiday contribution to Kathy Poje, Heidi Snively, Monica Wood, and all the support staff who brighten your day. Click here to contribute online by 12/14. Thank you!

New Date: Jog-a-thon Donations Due 12/9

WELL DONE, GATORS! A massive congratulations to the 715 Gators who ran 13,979 laps around the out to about 2,000 miles, or 77 marathons! A huge thank you to our sponsors and donors! The donation pledges can be paid by cash, check, or online at The deadline for donations to be counted toward prizes has been extended to 12/9.

Run Club

EVERYONE WELCOME! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:45-8:05am. Info at Congratulations to the following classes with the most runners per grade last week: 1st grade - Olson/Johnson. 2nd grade - Pliaconis. 3rd grade - Farris. 4th grade - Shaw-Bueno. 5th grade - Spragg.

5th Grade Book Club 12/14

MEETING LUNCHTIME IN ROOM 24 All 5th graders are welcome to bring a copy of "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and a lunch to Room 24. Questions? Email

Help the Homeless

NEW SOCKS AND USED SWEATERS Please help Mira Costa students Annabelle and Emma Mirhashemi provide new socks and gently used sweaters to homeless shelters in our area. Look for the collection box in the front office and kindly donate before the holidays. Thank you.

Gator Gratitude

PERFECT BOOK FAIR FROM START TO FINISH! A huge thank you to Michele Fukumoto, Lisa Thompson, Haruko Froeb, Liz Grampp, Jo Karambelas, Mariko Ostboe, Danny Poje, and Susan Anderson. We are so grateful for the parent volunteers, with a special thank you to Kathy Poje and Victor Simmering for always being there to help. Thank you to our vendors for goods, services, and percentage of sales donations: {pages} a bookstore, Fresh Brothers, Deep Roots, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Beckers Bakery, Anderson Lilley Candles, Sunshine and Juice Designs, Creations by Kathie, Skel, Ruby Ribbon, dale.michele boutique, and Irie Art Designs.

GV Succulent Garden

DONATED STALKS WANTED Former students Maddy and Calvin Bream have refreshed the C level succulent garden with aloe vera plantings. They are eager to enhance the area further with cuttings of interesting or unusual succulent stalks clipped from your home gardens. Cuttings only, please, no orphan plants. And no ice plant, rose apple, or jade plant cuttings as they will overtake the garden. Drop off cuttings in the bin outside of the Science Lab, Room C-1.

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 4,077 books were checked out in November, 911 more than during the same time last year! Top patrons in November with the most check outs per grade level: Ist: Madeline Reiter. 2nd: Emersyn Bradfield. 3rd: Lauren Dillavou. 4th: Joshua Gurman. 5th: Madison Herczeg. Each will receive a little prize.

Upcoming Events

12/14 5th Grade Book Club Meeting Lunchtime - Rm. 24
Deadline for Contributions to Support Staff Gift
12/18 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School
12/21-01/01 Winter Break
01/18 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


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Around Town

12/06 MB Parks & Rec Gingerbread House Workshop - MB Art Center
12/07-12/18 MB Santa Float Schedule
12/11 Parent's Night Out Dance Camp (Kids 1st-5th Grade) 6-10pm - MCHS / Registration
12/12 & 12/13 MB Parks & Rec Gingerbread House Workshop - MB Art Center
12/13 Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
12/21-12/22 MCHS Boys Volleyball Holiday Camp (Ages 9-14)
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