October 2, 2016

Week at a Glance 

10/03 Local Holiday - No School
Meet & Greet Mike Matthews & Ben Dale 6:30-8Pm - 1706 Pacific Ave. MB
10/05 Run Club Begins 7:45-8:10am - Lower Field*
10/05 MBUSD Board Meeting 6:30 - District Office
10/07 School Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Wear
*Details Below

New Visitor Manager Procedure

BEGINS OCTOBER 4TH We have an enhanced campus security system that requires visitors and volunteers to check in and check out from the front office. Visitors will need to register with their driver's license and take a photo. This registration is one time only. At each subsequent campus visit, check in at the front office to receive your date and time stamped photo ID sticker badge. Upon leaving, check out from the front office. Thank you for your cooperation as we work to improve campus security.

Run Club Starts 10/5

REGISTER NOW! There is a free Dri-fit t-shirt for the first 250 kids who turn up to run... parents must first complete the online waiver. Run Club operates every MON-WED-FRI from 7:45-8:05am on the lower grass field and starts this Wednesday, 10/5, with Principal Nancy Doyle as First Day VIP. To sign the online waiver, find out more, or volunteer go to gvpta.com/runclub.

KIDS! RUN TO YOUR FAVE TUNES! Email your favorite upbeat song choices for the Run Club playlist to Vicki Tyler by 10/4.

Gallery Fundraiser for GV Now to 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.

GVPTA Membership Stats

GREATER GATORS Thank you to the 338 families who became Greater Gators this year --64% of our school! That is 30% higher than our previous record! You will be recognized with a new travel coffee mug and your family's name and/or current year will be added to the Greater Gator honor wall. Your dedication and generosity are greatly appreciated!

2016-17 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE We're off to a great start! Thank you to the 423 families who have joined so far --80%! Last year 98% of our families joined the PTA so we have a ways to go before the 10/31 membership deadline.

ALL KIDS DIRECTLY BENEFIT Your PTA donations enable ALL kids to go on wonderful field trips, participate in cool programs such as Young At Art, experience enhanced learning with technological tools such as iPads and SmartBoards, enjoy new playground and PE equipment, and much more. Please consider joining and making a donation --as well as volunteering your time-- so that ALL our kids will continue to experience a world-class education.

FUN INCENTIVES Every class with 100% PTA membership will be rewarded with a Popsicle party, and the first class in each grade to reach 100% will also enjoy a Pajama Day. Click to join GVPTA today!

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 COMMUNITY REWARDS Each time you use your registered Ralphs card GV receives up to 4% of your purchase. 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 Help GV earn a portion of $7,500 from Manhattan Village Mall's Shopping 4 Students Rewards Program. Between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2017, shop or dine then show your receipts at the concierge desk, or drop them off in the PTA room, or submit them electronically. Remember, Ralphs, CVS, and all other businesses in the parking lot count!

AMAZON REWARDS Most purchases at Amazon.com will earn GV a 6% reward. Instead of typing Amazon.com, type gvpta.com, click on our Amazon banner, then complete your online shopping.

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.

Do You Have this Brownie Vest?

IT WAS IN A LULULEMON BAG On Friday between 1-2:45pm someone accidentally picked up the bag from the office hall counter. The bag is marked Tessa Lukas and contains her Brownie vest with all her hard-earned badges. The name Tessa Lukas is embroidered on the vest. If found, please email Kristen Lukas.

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.

MBEF Social Inclusion Grants

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS Has your child ever expressed a desire to provide more social inclusion at school? 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. Proposal cover sheet directions and other details can be found at mbef.org. The proposal deadline is 10/28.

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk 10/23

JOIN THE GRAND VIEW TEAM! Be sure to 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 people (38 families of four) to sign up. Can't walk on 10/23? We appreciate our virtual walkers! Click to register with the GV team. Questions? Contact Ellen Padnos.

Measures C & EE

GET EDUCATED! MEASURES C AND EE ARE CRUCIAL FOR OUR SCHOOLS Click here for info and here to help. Grand View and Meadows volunteers will work the phone bank every Tuesday in October.

MEASURE C Take a virtual tour here or on Facebook. This bond will provide $114 million for crucial renovations for our elementary schools, preschool, and middle school including:
  • Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Replace temporary classrooms
  • Install air conditioning, as needed
  • Renovate buildings for earthquake safety and other safety measures
  • Rebuild or renovate lower Grand View (formerly Ladera Elementary and 57 years old)

In the Library

GREAT GATORS ARE GREAT READERS 4,488 books were checked out in September - 110 more than during the same time last year! grandviewlibrary.info.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

10/02 MB Hometown Fair
10/02 MB Historical Society Museum Open 12-3pm - Polliwog Park
10/04 MB Farmers Market 11am-4pm - Metlox
10/08 4th/5th Grade Book Club Meets 2-3pm - MB Public Library
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
11/05 TEDx Manhattan Beach 9am-3pm - MCHS
11/12 4th/5th Book Club Meets 2-3pm - MB Public Library
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