November 24, 2013

Much Obliged, Y'all!

PANCAKE BREAKFAST A huge thank you to our Pancake Breakfast Roundup Chairs Kelly Radack, Kelli Spriggs and Alex Gass. Y'all put on quite a party! Our chairs send their heartfelt thanks to the sponsors and volunteers who made the Pancake Breakfast Roundup such a fun, memorable, and yummy event. Click here for a list of our amazing sponsors and volunteers who went above and beyond.

PTA MEMBERSHIP SOARS AT GV Thank you everyone for all your help! We reached 94% and raised close to $100,000! How cool is that?!  Congratulations to Brancato, Ellis, Guelff, Gladstone, Glassman, Farris, Fairbrother, Shaw, Slater, and Witzansky who all reached 100%! A separate email will come regarding ice cream parties and pajama day. Click for classroom stats.

GV ROCKS PHILIPPINES RELIEF EFFORT From this incredible community, we were able to send more than twenty huge shipping boxes of summer clothing and other necessities to those in need in the Philippines. We raised $1,000 to help secure clean drinking water for hard-hit areas. THANK YOU for showing such generosity and kindness!

ONE WARM COAT DRIVE Your generosity enabled Girl Scout Troop 2055 to collect hundreds of coats and sweaters for the L.A. Mission. Your support will keep many folks warm this winter. The troop wishes one and all a warm and joyous holiday season!

Book Fair 12/2-12/6

A READING OASIS Be sure to visit the Scholastic Book Fair during conference week for holiday gifts for the whole family and for teachers, too! To spread literacy to those in need, consider donating a new book to Access Books. Want to help? Sign up at VolunteerSpot. For more info contact Michele Fukumoto or Pauline Shahin.

Family Fun Night 12/5 - 5-8pm

FOOD, SHOPPING, FUN Shop for books in a relaxed atmosphere while the kids enjoy glow-in-the-dark games like flashlight tag! It's even a night off from cooking when you  pre-order dinner from Fresh Brothers (orders due 12/2). Many thanks to Grades of Green for making this a zero waste event.

Book Fair Bake Sale 12/5

CONTRIBUTIONS NEEDED Bake (or buy) a batch of your favorite cookies, cupcakes or bars for the Book Fair Family Fun Night. Drop off donations 12/5 in the PTA room. Please email Jo Karambelas with what you're bringing. Thanks!

Gator Gear - Get Your Cozy Here

HOLIDAY ORDERS DUE 12/5 Something to be thankful for: flannel pajama pants are back in time for holiday gift-giving for the whole family! And for a limited time our long-sleeve tees are available in men's and women's cuts. These items are available by special order only, and will not be back until next fall/winter.

Volunteer Badges Go AWOL

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

Student Directories Distributed

DID YOU GET YOURS? PTA member families who have not received their directory should check their child's backpack. ONE free directory is given to each member family and members may purchase extras at

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE! Thought you joined, but never got around to it? We've got you covered! Click here to join GVPTA. It's only $10 and your membership will add strength to the national organization that advocates for ALL school age children.

Common Core Update

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES PRESENTATION Carolyn Seaton did a fabulous job presenting an update to the Common Core State Standards initiative. Carolyn is the Executive Director for Educational Services at MBUSD. Click to download the presentation.

In the Library

SEARCH LIMITERS POINT TO "JUST RIGHT" BOOKS Books that are "too hard" or "too easy" are eliminated from school library catalog search results when limiters for reading level and interest level are set. For more info visit the Library website. Note: the catalog will be unavailable 11/28-11/30 due to server migration.

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 3,228 books were circulated during November's fourteen days of library visits! The top readers for the month: Caitlyn Fleming, Trey Kelly, and Parker Eilber. Each will receive a Fresh Brothers gift certificate.

Vote for Costa Choir by 12/2

KUSC CHOIR CONTEST Please support Mira Costa High School and our own 2014 California Teacher of the Year, Michael Hayden, by voting for Mira Costa's vocal ensemble, one of three finalists in KUSC's Local Vocals High School Choir Sing-Off. The winning choir will be featured on a national broadcast of the popular KUSC radio show From the Top. Click here to vote. Voting concludes 12/2.

Upcoming Events

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Around Town

12/07 MCHS Holiday Dance Camp (age 6-11) - Mira Costa Small Gym - 10am-3pm. See flyer for details and registration form.
12/08 MCHS/MBX Adult Basketball Classic - Mira Costa Fisher Gym - 11:30am. Tournament features parent teams from MBUSD schools competing for bragging rights. Come out and join a team! For more info contact Bob Wymbs.
01/11 Writing Workshop Benefits Access Books

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