September 22, 2013

Be a Greater Gator and Your Classroom Could Win a Homework Pass!

THURSDAY IS THE FINAL DAY FOR GREATER GATORS!  Greater Gators are Grand View's strongest supporters because they join the PTA and make their donations to MBEF early.  They also get to check Family Fun Night tickets and Yearbook purchases off their to-do list.

As a reward, the classroom with the highest percentage of Greater Gators earns a HOMEWORK PASS!  What a great way to say thank you to parents AND students!

Even if your classroom doesn't win the homework pass, ALL Greater Gators receive a free coffee traveler mug to flaunt their status, plus a family pass to the Pancake Breakfast!  Look for the Greater Gator table this Tuesday and Thursday in front of Room 9 from 2-3pm.  Thank you!

National Best Practices Tour at GV

ACADEMIC AND GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS SHOWCASED  Read the press release at and see the story and photos in the Easy Reader.  We owe our successes to our students, parents, staff, and community!

Donate Unwanted Stuff This Week!

FIRST GATOR FUNDRAISER OF ITS KIND THIS WEEK ONLY  RAISE money, SAVE the environment, and HELP those in need, just by cleaning out your garage and closets!  The Goodthrift company will pay us ten cents a pound for your gently used clothes, shoes, purses, linens, blankets, soft toys and stuffed animals.  Every bit counts and adds up fast!  Deposit your donations in the marked container in front of the school from 9/23-30.  Details at

Family Fun Night 9/27

LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS 9/26  Bring your chairs to GV for dinner and a movie under the stars at this great Gator family tradition!  Click to buy tickets by 9/26. Volunteer at the event and have even more fun!  Volunteer

Property Taxes Aren't Enough 

YOUR DONATIONS NEEDED TO FILL THE GAP  Did you know only 20% of our property taxes come back to our schools here in Manhattan Beach?  As a result, we rely on tax-deductible donations to MBEF to provide the top-notch education programs our children enjoy.  Please help us maintain that excellence with a donation that is right for your family.

Tri-Tip Volunteers Needed

HOMETOWN FAIR TRI-TIP BOOTH 10/5-6  Grab a friend or make new ones at one of the most fun volunteer opportunities!  Be part of a great team of parents helping to raise funds for our kids at our award-winning Tri-Tip Booth.  Choose your job: marinating, prep work, set up, grilling, or working at the Hometown Fair.  Click to sign up.

Student Directory

CONFIRM YOUR INFO ASAP  We are at 85% assurance of accuracy thanks to those who have responded, but we strive for 100%!  Returning families, check your email to confirm your data.  New families, download the directory form or look for a copy in your Tuesday Envelope and return it ASAP.  For more info email

Register to Vote

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS ARE COMING  Make your voice heard!  Register online by 10/21.  Moved in the last year?  Make sure you re-register.  Never seem to make it to the polls?  Sign up to vote by mail.

CANDIDATE FORUM  The four candidates for three open positions will speak 10/2 in the Mira Costa Auditorium from 7-9pm.  Take advantage of this chance to get to know each of them better before you vote in November: Christine Cronin-Hurst, Ellen Rosenberg, Jennifer Cochran, and Kathleen Paralusz.

From the Front Office

1. Please use caution and courtesy on our narrow streets.  Our neighbors on 24th Street report that drivers getting to and from school are hitting fences, grazing the mirrors of parked cars, and trampling flowers.
2. Drivers must pull as forward as possible in the drop-off lane, otherwise traffic backs up on 24th Street.
3. Dogs are never allowed on school grounds for health and safety reasons.

Campus Supervisors Needed

ROCK THIS STUNNING VEST  Earn a modest hourly wage and make memories that will last a lifetime by helping to supervise our students at the lunch tables and on the playground.  Contact Rhonda Steinberg.

GAP Registration

CLASSES BEGIN 9/30  Enriching after school classes are held right here at GV, and the small fee supports the Manhattan Beach Athletic Foundation (MBX).  For more info contact Gina Marcarelli.

Scrip "To Do" List for Sept.

1. Sign up for a Monthly Standing Order - help your class reach 100% participation!
2. Sign up for an EFT - with an Electronic Funds Transfer your scrip bill is automatically paid from your checking account... you set it, and forget it the whole school year!
3. Enjoy using your scrip cards - make $$ for GV while you dine, shop, and pamper yourself!

Look for scrip forms in your Tuesday Envelope, or the front office, or get them online now at

New in the Student Store

LONG SLEEVE TEES  Order by Tuesday and it will come home by backpack on Wednesday or Thursday.  Check out the new items and purchase online.

Upcoming Events

09/23-30  Fall Fundraiser Cash 4 Clothes
09/26  PTA Meeting
09/26  Greater Gator Deadline
09/27  Family Fun & Movie Night
09/30  Hearing/Vision Screenings - Library Closed
10/02  School Board Candidates Forum
10/04  Golf Event
10/05-06  Hometown Fair Tri-Tip Booth

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Around Town

GIRL SCOUT LEADERS NEEDED  Girl Scouts is a leadership program committed to building girls' courage, confidence, and character through a host of creative programs and activities.  If you love inspiring girls and watching them soar, then maybe being a Girl Scout leader is for you!  There is plenty of leadership training, and a Manhattan Beach Service Unit to give you support.  For more info about getting started on this rewarding path contact Shelby Phillips Weinstein

SUPPORT OUR GIRL SCOUT TROOPS AT THE HOMETOWN FAIR - The girls will be selling yummy Creamwiches from the Creamery!

ADVENTURE GUIDES NIGHT  Shouldn’t their best memories be with you?  The Y Adventure Guides Voyagers program is for dads and their children in grades K-2.  Dad/daughter or dad/son pairs join a larger group for activities, community service, and camp outs.  The program provides plenty of time to bond with kids and make new friends (kids and parents!) in the community. 
Orientation and Recruitment Night Serving Manhattan and Hermosa Areas 9/23 at 7pm at American Martyrs O'Donnell Hall (15th & Laurel in MB

AMATEUR ARTISTS AGE 1-100 - SUBMIT ARTWORK BY 9/30  Do you or your children have a talent for drawing, painting, photography, sculpting, quilting or other craft?  Submit an application to exhibit artwork at the Joslyn Center during the MB Hometown Fair, 10/5-6.  Amateurs only, please – professional artists may not apply.  Get details and an application. 

SPIDER PAVILION OPENS 9/22  Check out some creepy crawlies and stay to see the new Nature Lab, Gardens, and Becoming L.A. exhibits.  See what Los Angeles Magazine, New York Times and Wall Street Journal are raving about right in our backyard at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County.

Bookmark Contest Entry Form Due 10/19
Pajamarama with Ms. Melissa 9/27, 10/25, 11/22 at Pages
4th/5th Book Club with Ms. Melissa 10/2, 11/6 at Joslyn Center
Family Storytime with Ms. Melissa 10/19, 11/16 at Pages

MIRA COSTA GIRLS V-BALL "DIG PINK" FUNDRAISER 10/17  Breast cancer fundraiser, raffle, silent auction.

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