March 12, 2017

Week at a Glance 

03/12 Daylight Savings Time Starts - Spring Forward One Hour
03/13, 03/15, 03/17 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
03/14 Morning Mindfulness 7:45-8:05am - Room 23*
03/15 Nimo Patel 8:30am & 9:30am - PAC*
03/15 Free Science Expo 3-7pm*
03/15 MBUSD School Board Meeting 6:30pm - District Office
03/17 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
03/17 2017-18 Kindergarten Orientation 8:30am - Cafeteria
03/17 Gator Run Artwork Deadline*
Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
*Details Below

A Message from the Principal

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." Nelson Henderson
Keep the momentum going by performing simple but meaningful good deeds! "Planting Seeds: A Song to Live By"

CLOTHING DRIVE 3/13-3/15 Help break the cycle of poverty by kindly bringing in a gently used or new baby item to benefit the Good+ Foundation. Drop items in the collection bin in the front office Monday-Wednesday, or in the bin by PAC at the Nimo Patel assembly on Wednesday. Click here for more information about needed goods for young families. Questions? Contact Danika Knieriem.

NIMO PATEL ASSEMBLY 3/15 We will culminate our focus on Kindness with an uplifting performance by Nimo Patel in the PAC at 8:30am and 9:30am. Parents are welcome to attend. "Grateful: A Love Song to the World"

PHOTOS AVAILABLE Thank you to photographer and GV parent Steve Gaffney for capturing beautiful pictures of our students at the recent Kindness Matters Assembly! The photos are available for download at a nominal cost. Click here to view the gallery. Password: 455. Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle.

No Dogs Allowed on School Property

A REMINDER FROM THE FRONT OFFICE Dogs are not allowed on MBUSD school grounds at any time to maintain safety and cleanliness. This means dogs are not to be on walking paths or in parking lots. Dogs are to be leashed and are to remain on school perimeters, i.e., city streets and sidewalks. Be aware this rule is in effect every day of the year, not just when school is in session.

FREE Science Expo 3/15, 3-7pm

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF SCIENCE! Check out the magic of science with robotics, coding, planets, amazing animals, and much more! Food trucks, too! Parent volunteers are needed to help with the exhibits. Please sign up here. For more info visit

Gator Run Art Entries Due 3/17

KIDS! WE WANT YOUR ARTWORK! Draw, paint, or color our Grand View Gator running like a champion across the finish line! This is the 22nd Annual Murad Family Foundation Grand View Gator 5K. The winning design will be featured on t-shirts, banners, flyers, postcards, and websites. Qualifying designs must use only four (or fewer) colors. Black does not have to count as one of the colors. Entries are due 3/17 in the PTA room. Questions? Email Betsey Keely. Last year's design, pictured at left, was by Ella Luthro.

Last Call to Buy Yearbooks

DON'T MISS OUT! Order at The kids love collecting signatures at the end of school, and you'll enjoy reminiscing over the pictures in the years to come. Can't remember if you ordered yours already? The list of orders to date should be up and running by Sunday. Questions? Email Sandy Quigley.

Gator Gratitude

POKER PARTY Big thanks to the Buchanan, Cram, LeRosen, and Pierce families for organizing and hosting a fun-filled Poker Party that raised over $6,800 for GVPTA! Thank you to all who attended, and many thanks to Manhattan House for catering.

SAFETY VOLUNTEERS Sincere thanks to the cheerful orange-vested parents and 4th/5th grade students who have helped keep our drop off procedure safe and friendly!

Social Emotional Wellness Resources for Elementary School Families

NEW! FAMILIES CONNECTED VIDEO SERIES In our first video we focus on empathy and compassion. We extend our deepest appreciation to the Henry family for their candor and willingness to share their journey with us. Click here to view the video at the top of the SBFC Inclusive Community page. A huge shout out to our own Melissa Overholt, the driving force behind this new video series. She produced the deeply moving Henry family story and is working on future installments.

PARENT EVENTS Don't miss this month's SBFC Speaker Series talk "Supporting Mindfulness at Home" with Danielle Radl on 3/15 at Pages Bookstore from 7-8:30pm. For more events open to all South Bay parents, click the SBFC calendar.

PARENT NEWS Click here to read the March (College) Madness SBFC newsletter.

MORE For those with children in middle or high school, visit MBMS Families Connected and/or MCHS Families Connected to access resources to help keep youth on a healthy path to maturity.

A Message from the PTA President

3/2 PTA GENERAL MEETING RECAP Thank you to those who attended and to the presenters who gave the following updates:
  • Augusta Halle, GV 5th grader and Student Council Rep, spoke about the Gator Gratitude Cards to be implemented this month to inspire students to pass along gratitude.
  • Heather de Roos, PTA President, gave an update on safety, upcoming PTA events, and news of the new fence to be added at Bell Avenue.
  • Keri Herczeg, PTA Treasurer, gave an update on PTA financial status.
  • Nancy Doyle, Principal, spoke about the new "I Set the Standard" student awards and the 3/3 Kindness Matters Assembly.
  • Ellen Rosenburg, School Board Member, spoke about the new Social Emotional Wellness Improvement Program at MCHS, the MBUSD Budget, and the Shared Use Agreement with the City.
  • Jennifer Williams, MBX President, talked about the after school program, summer school, booster clubs and more that are provided by MBX, with an update of summer programs.
MEETING MINUTES For details on information presented, please take a moment to review the meeting minutes. Questions? Contact Heather de Roos.

Announcing Proposed Board Slate

PROPOSED 2017-18 PTA BOARD Please review the proposed PTA board slate for next year. It is posted in the PTA room and will be voted on at the next PTA general meeting on 4/20. Questions? Email Sandy Quigley.
  • President Heather de Roos
  • Executive VP Nicole Shepley
  • Secretary Dana Hartmann
  • Treasurer Jill Pierce
  • VP Communications Betsey Keely
  • VP Events & Fundraising Rochelle Cistone
  • VP Programs Jen Camacho & Bea Zimbalist
  • Financial Secretary Amanda Zaumeyer
  • MBEF Site Representatives Katie LeRosen & Whitney Stephenson
  • Parliamentarian Sandy Quigley
  • VP Membership Becca Kelley
  • VP Volunteers Jen Cram
  • Room Parent Coordinator 3rd-5th Keri Herczeg
  • Room Parent Coordinator TK-2nd Krystal Romagnoli
  • Advisor Nancy Doyle

Morning Mindfulness Continues

YOGA EVERY TUESDAY The Character and Wellness Committee is pleased to continue offering Morning Mindfulness with Joanie in March, and expanded to include students in grades 1-5. Upcoming dates: 3/14, 3/21, 3/28 from 7:45-8:05am in Room 23. More info is posted on the homepage of A few volunteers would be appreciated. Click to sign up.

Save the Date

GATOR GRUB FUNDRAISER ALL DAY AT CPK 3/20 & 3/21 We got a super-sweet deal from our friends at CPK: 20% of ALL purchases ALL day (11am-10pm) over TWO days will be donated to our school! That includes dine-in, take-out, catering, and all (yes, ALL) beverage orders! Just show your server the CPK flyer on your phone, no need to print out anything!

BONUS! CPK says the classroom with the highest number of check-ins will get a pizza party in June! This is our only Gator Grub FUNdraiser this year. Enjoy!

GV Spring Fair

SAVE THE DATE -- APRIL 30 -- 11AM-3PM New this year, our annual Spring Fair has a Sunday date and shortened hours. More info to come.

Lots of Fun to Come

SUMMER PLANS Make sure to check out the MBX summer options at There is something for everyone -- Steve and Kate's Camp, Performing Arts Workshop, Planet Bravo, TGA Premier Sports, and a new, streamlined Camp VIP program. Questions? Email Nancy Rosenburg or call 310-503-1771.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

03/12 Mini Mustangs Youth Track Meet - Registration
03/18 MB Skate Park Grand Opening 1-3pm
04/10-04/14 Golf Camp for Ages 6-14
04/19-06/07 MB Parks/Rec Filmmaking Class for Ages 7-13
07/24-07/27 Cheer Clinic for K-8 Girls - MCHS
08/07-08/10 Volleyball Camp for Ages 7-14 - MCHS
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