October 13, 2013

Gator Gratitude

A BIG THANK YOU to those who made our Tri-Tip Sandwich booth a big success and so much fun!  Rachel Disser, Alisa Pedersen, Tara Sorensen, and Vicki Tyler, with a special shout out to Deb Raguse! 

We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Fisher family and GROW, the Grimes family and Puritan Bakery, the Zislis family and Sysco Foods, the Turpin family and Popchips, Joe Lamkin, North End Caffe, and OB's Pub & Grill.  Many thanks to the Goldberg family and Fresh Brothers Pizza for feeding us at the marinating party!

The co-chairs extend a HUGE thank you to ALL the volunteers, many who worked extra shifts without being asked... THANK YOU!


Your 2013-14 Student Council

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CANDIDATES  It was a tight race this year, capped by inspiring speeches by our poised and articulate candidates.  This year's Student Council: Fun Fridays: NOA DUKE FRANK.  Grades of Green: JAMIE WILHELM.  Historian/Secretary: KATE RAMALLO.  Community Service: JACK P. KEATING.  Spirit: OLIVIA ARENSDORF.  Gator Mascot: VINNY COSTA.  Vice President: SARAH FONG.  President: AINSLEY CHILDRESS.


MCHS Math/Science Open House, 10/15

GET A LOOK INSIDE THE FUTURE OF MATH AND SCIENCE  We are so proud of our new Math/Science building at Mira Costa!  Come on over to see our state-of-the art facility on Tuesday, 10/15.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony kicks off the celebration at 5:45pm, and there will be time for parents and future Mustangs to poke around the classrooms and labs until 7:30pm.  Click the image for a photo gallery of the new building's progress.


Picture Retakes, 10/15

MAKE-UPS AND DO-OVERS  If your child missed picture day or if you would like the picture retaken, please pick up a Lifetouch form from the front office.  In the case of do-overs, the picture package you received must be turned in when your child gets the new photo done.  Contact Sandy Quigley for more info or to report an incorrect picture package.
 

PTA Membership Drive

OUR NUMBERS ARE INCREASING!  332 families or 64%!  It costs only $10 per parent to support the PTA.  A donation of $150 per child is suggested, but donations at any level are appreciated!  The first class in each grade level to reach 100% membership will win a free ice cream, and every class with 100% membership earns a fun pajama day!  Pick up a form in the front office or join online by 10/31.  Thank you!


Music Teaches Math

MBEF SUPPORTS MUSIC EDUCATION  According to studies by the U.S. Dept. of Education, music helps children learn math.  Kids with music in their schools have a higher math proficiency, by a significant margin.  MBEF grants ensure music education in our schools!  Make a gift to the Annual Appeal today to ensure those grants will continue.  mbef.org/givetoday


PTA Art Contest Entries Due 11/15

BELIEVE. DREAM. INSPIRE  The Reflections Art Contest is a national arts recognition and achievement program that gives students a chance to express themselves through the written word, song, dance, and the visual arts.  Entries are due 11/15.  Please visit gvpta.com for details.


Register by 10/21. Vote 11/5. 

YOUR CHILD'S EDUCATIONAL FUTURE  With three open seats, this school board election is particularly meaningful to parents of school age children, yet parents typically have low turn-out rates at school board elections.  What?!  Don't let others decide the future of your child's education!  Register online by 10/21.  Moved in the last year?  Re-register.  Never seem to make it to the polls?  Sign up to vote by mail.

VOTER INCENTIVE - WIN DINNER AT MAMA D'S  Turn in your voter stub to Mrs. Snively for a chance to win dinner out... two winners will be chosen, and each will receive Mama D's gift cards worth $60!  Voter stubs must be received by 3pm on 11/8.


Do You Shop at Ralphs?

EARN $$ FOR GV BY REGISTERING YOUR RALPHS CARD!  Simply print this barcode and take it to Ralphs the next time you shop.  The cashier will scan the barcode along with your Ralphs Rewards card (or phone number) and GV will earn up to 4% of your grocery bill now to the end of the school year.  It's that easy!  For more info contact Scott Holcomb.


Celebrate Walk to School Month

WIN PRIZES IN OCTOBER!
Week of 10/14  Nominate your walking route to be an official Walking School Bus Route and Safe Route to School for a chance to win a Pinkberry gift card.  Nomination cards will be in the Tuesday Envelope.  See the flyer for more info or visit gvpta.com and remember to walk to school this week!


Scrip MSO Contest Standings

ICE CREAM SUNDAE & MOVIE PARTIES  We're off to a great start!  The leading classrooms by grade: Crum (Kinder), Mushet (1st), Gladstone (2nd), Simon (3rd), Slater (4th), and Claytor (5th).  The overall leader with 17% participation in the MSO program is Ms. Claytor's classroom.  Every order makes a difference and it takes only 50% participation to win a party!  Sign up online.  Incentive ends 10/31.


Think RAC for Halloween

RENT A COSTUME  The RAC was featured on the recent US Dept. of Education tour of our school and is open every Wednesday from 1:15-2:30pm.  A complete costume rents for only $5 plus a $10 deposit, and we have a large supply of adult options!  More info at gvpta.com.


Upcoming Events

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Around Town

MCHS GIRLS V-BALL DIG PINK 10/17  Breast cancer fundraiser.

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER 10/27  Have fun, get fit, give back!  Register on our Team Page.  Can't walk that day?  Consider making a $25 donation and being a virtual walker.  This event earned MBEF $71,000 last year!  For more info contact Lizzie Fong.

MBMS BLOOD DRIVE 11/1  Grab an appointment slot.  For more info contact Julie Argue.

MANHATTAN BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Bookmark Contest Entry Form Due 10/19
Pajamarama with Ms. Melissa 10/25, 11/22 at Pages
4th/5th Book Club with Ms. Melissa 11/6 at Joslyn Center
Family Storytime with Ms. Melissa 10/19, 11/16 at Pages



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