October 9, 2016

Week at a Glance 

10/10 Run Club*
10/12 Local Holiday - No School
PTA Meeting 8:30-9:30am - Cafeteria
10/13 Odyssey of the Mind Info Meeting 8:30am - Pennekamp Cafeteria*
10/14 School Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Wear
Run Club with Olympic VIP Guest*
10/15 Last Day Holly Socrates Gallery Fundraiser*
*Details Below

Emergency Emails

MAKE SURE YOUR POWERSCHOOL PROFILE IS UP-TO-DATE Didn't receive the emergency emails from Principal Nancy Doyle last week? Is there someone else in your family who should also receive emergency communications? Please contact Kathy Poje in the front office to update your PowerSchool profile, so when emergency information is distributed everyone who needs the information will be notified.

Parking Lot Safety

TWO UNSAFE SITUATIONS HAVE BEEN WITNESSED We absolutely must keep everyone safe during drop-off and pick-up.

STOP MEANS STOP When driving east on 24th Street, drivers must come to a complete stop at Manor Drive. It is illegal and unsafe to roll up just shy of the stop sign, making a quick left into the lot in front of drivers coming from the west who are waiting to turn right into the lot.

PARKING LOT IS NOT FOR PICK-UP At the very least, drivers waiting in the parking lot lanes for their children cause frustration for those drivers ready to exit the parking lot. When picking up from the 24th Street entrance, drive up the pick-up lane and have your child wait on the pedestrian path for you, behind the guard posts. It is unsafe to have your child walk out into the parking lot to get into the car.

Safety Meeting

RECAP AND NEXT STEPS Thank you to the parents and staff who attended the first GV Safety Committee meeting of the year on Friday for your valuable feedback and for asking important questions. A few key takeaways from the meeting:
  • The initial emergency email regarding the recent incident should have been sent out earlier to give parents a choice about sending children to school.
  • Next time, provide as much information as possible in the initial email, i.e., important details such as rusty, unusable bullets rather than just saying ammunition.
  • Some parents were not notified of the incident, and some parents desired certain other family members should be included in such emergency communications (see Emergency Emails above)
  • Parents asked for help about how to talk to their children about the incident. Click here for suggested talking points.
  • While classroom teachers felt prepared to deal with emergency situations, non classroom staff and campus volunteers asked for training.
  • The safety of the derelict playground on the former Ladera campus, currently used as a de facto dog park, needs to be addressed in future discussions.
The next Safety Committee meeting will be announced in an upcoming Gator Gazette. All parents and staff are welcome to attend. The meeting will recap this discussion and will begin to address next steps on how to strengthen safety at Grand View.

Odyssey of the Mind Info 10/13

PARENT INFO MEETING 10/13 8:30AM - PENNEKAMP CAFETERIA Speaker Bob Anderson will explain what it takes to be an Odyssey of the Mind coach and how to get your team started in this international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students.

Run Club

OLYMPIC VIP GUEST 10/14 Over 150 kids and parents turned out for the Run Club kick-off event with VIP guest Principal Nancy Doyle there to award "high fives." Friday, 10/14, VIP guest GV Dad Adam Krikorian, the Olympic Gold Medal Coach for the Women's National Water Polo Team, will speak to the kids. Run Club info at gvpta.com.

Gallery Fundraiser for GV Ends 10/15

HOLLY SOCRATES GALLERY Thank you to the Holly Socrates Gallery for supporting our school! The gallery is offering 20% off all artwork plus 20% of your purchase will be donated to GVPTA. This generous promotion ends 10/15. See flyer for details.

Student Council

ELECTION RESULTS Congratulations to the more than 50 students who ran this year for their school spirit and inspiring speeches! The first meeting is 10/10 at 7:45am in room D3.
Presenting the 2016-17 Student Council:
President - Dominic Bell
Vice President - Penn Clay
Community Service - Caroline Hellie
Fun Fridays - Rafferty Waterson
Garden Club - McLean Grimes
Gator Mascot - Tillie Lamkin
Green Commissioner - Justin Smith
Historian - Kaden Socrates
Secretary - Ty Mellinger
Spirit - Marlowe Hutter

Wanted: Student Artists

PTA REFLECTIONS CONTEST Does your child like to dance, produce films, write poetry or stories, compose songs, take photos, or create visual art? This year's National PTA Reflections theme is "What Is Your Story?" Have your child submit his or her artwork/thumb drive and registration form in the PTA room by 11/4/16. Details at gvpta.com.

Wanted: Mini-fridge

FOR GRADES OF GREEN Have a gently used mini-fridge to donate to our Grades of Green team? Contact Chrissie Clay.

Think RAC for Halloween

RENT-A-COSTUME The RAC is open every Wednesday from 1:15-2:30pm and is located behind the GV Performing Arts Center on Bell Avenue. A complete costume rents for only $5 plus a $10 deposit, and we have a large supply of adult options, perfect for the Parent Party coming 10/29! Questions? Email Shawna Austin or call 310-569-3796.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk 10/23

JOIN THE GRAND VIEW TEAM! When you register, check the box to designate your contribution to MBEF so your registration fee will directly support our schools! Last year MBEF achieved its largest Pier to Pier donation ever - $130,000 from the SKECHERS Foundation - which was included in MBEF's overall grant to MBUSD. Last year GV walkers raised $4,100 and we've set this year's goal at $4,500. This translates to 150 GV sign-ups. Can't walk on 10/23? We appreciate our virtual walkers! Click to register with the GV team. Questions? Contact Ellen Padnos.

You Shop. GV Earns $$$

THREE WAYS TO SUPPORT GV Our Rewards Programs cost nothing more than what you were already going to spend, and contribute significant funds to help our school.

RALPHS REWARDS Register at the Ralphs Community Rewards page using our NPO # 83394 or the name Grand View. You must re-register every fall, and it takes about seven days for the registration to activate.

MANHATTAN VILLAGE MALL REWARDS Shop or dine then show your receipts at the concierge desk, or drop them off in the PTA room, or submit them electronically. Ralphs, CVS, and all other businesses in the parking lot count for rewards!

AMAZON REWARDS Click through to Amazon from gvpta.com and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our school.

MBEF Social Inclusion Grants

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS MBEF wants to support social justice and student innovation through direct grants. Encourage your child to imagine a way to shine a light on bias and discrimination and promote inclusion. Details can be found at mbef.org. The proposal deadline is 10/28.

Measures C & EE

GET EDUCATED! You may have heard, the State does not provide adequate funding for schools, and little to no budget for building repairs, renovations, and improvements. And, MBUSD is at the very bottom of the state funding hierarchy.

WHY DO WE NEED BONDS? ISN'T THERE A BUDGET FOR THAT? A comprehensive assessment of our facilities identified approximately $300 million in renovations/repairs needed district-wide. That total need is more than five times MBUSD's state and federal annual budget, making it virtually impossible to both save enough to renovate facilities and provide a quality education.

OUR SITUATION IS NOT UNIQUE Our elementary schools are up to 77 years old, and the Mira Costa gym is 65 years old. Recognizing that we can't do everything, Measures C & EE address the most immediate needs for the safety, welfare, and performance of students and teachers, while being mindful of the tax burden to residents. Manhattan Beach is not unique - districts throughout the state have similar bonds on the ballot this November.

SEE THE NEED Take a virtual tour of our elementary schools here and of the MCHS gym here or visit Facebook. Click here for more info and to help. Grand View and Meadows volunteers will work the phone bank every Tuesday in October.

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? Click here to find out. Voter registration deadline is 10/24.

TEDxMB 11/5

BE A PART OF WHAT IF? IN MANHATTAN BEACH Come out to TEDxMB, Manhattan Beach's local branch of the internationally acclaimed TED Talks, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading on 11/4 from 9am-3pm at Mira Costa.

IGNITE. INSPIRE. ENCOURAGE. Exercise your brain with 14 accomplished and stimulating speakers who dare to tackle the question, "What if?" What if kindness were the best defense against rude? What if better sleep led to unexpected benefits? What if you could predict the future of business? Be a part of conversations that ignite imagination, inspire action, and encourage us to look at our world differently.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW The ticket price includes all sessions; an interactive high-tech exhibit hall; locally-sourced organic breakfast, lunch, and snacks; mealtime entertainment, networking opportunities, and new experiences. Tickets sell out quickly, so don't miss your chance! TEDxMB

Upcoming Events

Around Town

10/09 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
10/11 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
10/16 MB Art Center Show: Dichotomy of Design & Art Closes
10/20 Meet Author D.J. MacHale 3:30-5:00 - MB Public Library
10/23 GV Team Registration for SKECHERS Friendship Walk
10/24 November Election Voter Registration Deadline
10/25 Sea Starry Night Roundhouse Aquarium Fundraiser 7-10pm - Manhattan Country Club
10/29 MB Public Library Bookmark Contest Deadline
10/30 NHM Spider Pavilion Opens
11/05 TEDxMB 9am-3pm - MCHS
11/12 4th/5th Book Club Meets 2-3pm - MB Public Library
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