January 22, 2017

Week at a Glance 

01/23, 01/25, 01/27 Run Club 7:45-8:05am
01/25 Parent Strategies Training Series 7-8:30pm - MBMS
01/27 Spirit Day - Wear Green or Gator Gear
Ice Cream Window Open 2:15-3pm
01/27 Unclaimed Lost & Found Donated After School

A Message from the Principal

"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" Henry David Thoreau
Kindness and empathy start with human connection. Michele Borba's book "UnSelfie" explores why empathetic kids succeed in our all-about-me world. Over the next few weeks, I encourage parents to take a look at the nine essential habits that provide children with the "empathy advantage" which Borba describes in her book. Additionally, Common Sense Media offers a list of books that teach empathy and a list of movies that inspire empathy. By helping children develop crucial fundamental skills of empathy such as emotional literacy, moral identity, perspective taking, self regulation, and, most importantly, practicing kindness, we give children the moral courage and the leadership to change the world for the better. Stay tuned for details about a GV parent book club coming in February to discuss "UnSelfie," and ways to nurture the best capabilities in our precious children. Gratefully, Mrs. Doyle.

Annual Appeal

READING FUNDAMENTALS From Kindergarten through third grade children learn to read, and then they read to learn. MBEF funds five credentialed reading specialists, including our own amazing Ms. Batavick, to ensure our elementary students have the reading competency and comprehension skills needed to increase reading proficiency at all reading levels. The fundamental skill of reading is a fundamental priority for MBEF. mbef.org/givetoday. Annual Appeal ends 2/10.

HELP YOUR CLASSROOM TEACHER Thank you to the 81% of our GV families that have donated to our annual MBEF drive. Teachers earn a bonus to spend in the classroom this year if their classroom reaches 75-94% participation ($200) or 95%+ participation ($250). We would love for ALL of our wonderful teachers to receive the bonus this year. Please consider donating if you have not already done so. Check out your classroom's current stats here.

Safety Meeting Recap

FROM PTA PRESIDENT HEATHER DE ROOS I want to thank everyone who attended Wednesday's meeting on a chilly, rainy night. I feel very lucky to have so many individuals committed to making our community safe. Read on for a brief recap of the information that was shared, and next steps going forward. Many thanks to Debbie Goldberg at Fresh Brothers for providing a tasty meal and a raffle prize!

Volunteer Open House 2/1

A FESTIVE EVENING TO FIND OUT ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEXT YEAR Join us at Amanda Zaumeyer's home on 2/1 from 6:30-8:30pm to find out more about Young At Art, Yearbook, GrowingGreat, Grades of Green, Student Store, Parent Party, PTA board postions, Gator Run, Run Club, Room Parent Coordinator, School Garden/Garden Club, Spring Fair, Book Fair, and Family Fun Movie Night. Please RSVP attendance by 1/29. Can't attend, but want to get involved? Email Jen Cram, VP of Volunteers.

Book Drive

CHILDREN'S BOOKS Girl Scout Troop 15395 is collecting gently used children's books now until March 17 to benefit a school in need via Access Books. Drop off donations in the bin by the library. Questions? Contact Karen Arensdorf or Jessica Butler. Thank you for your kindness!

GAP Classes Begin 1/30

REGISTER TODAY! MB/X after school enrichment classes (GAP) start the week of 1/30. Click here for the schedule. Click here for deadline information. Click here to create an account. Questions? Email Gina Marcarelli or call 310-415-6883 for site related questions or email Nancy Rosenburg for overall program information. Email Jennifer Williams for technical issues.

MB Hometown Fair Board Openings

MB RESIDENTS The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Board, a 20-member all volunteer board, is looking for new members. If you are a resident of Manhattan Beach interested in helping to plan and participate in the South Bay's favorite fair, held annually in early October, please email Sandra Seville-Jones at vicepresident@mbfair.org.

Upcoming Events

Around Town

Now to 03/12 MB Art Center Exhibit: A Very Cinematic Narrative
01/24 Deadline Why I Heart MB Art Contest
01/25 MB Public Library S.T.E.A.M. for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
02/10 Deadline Neptunian Woman's Club Art & Photography Contest
02/11 MB Public Library 4th/5th Book Club 2-3pm
02/11 MB Public Library 2nd/3rd Book Club 3:30-4:30pm
02/15 MB Public Library Author Visit for K-5 Students 3:30-4:30pm
02/24 MB City Council Candidates Forum 9am MCHS Small Theater
02/27 MCHS Basketball Youth Night 6pm & 7:30pm - Fisher Gym
02/28 Postmark Deadline to Request Vote by Mail Ballot for 03/07 Municipal Election
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