Dear Riptides,
There is actually a condition affecting school children called the “summer slide,” which the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD) describes as, “a term that suggests a playful amusement park attraction but actually describes a grim reality".  The phenomenon was studied extensively by Johns Hopkins University researchers… [in 2007 and their] studies show that students can lose up to two to three months worth of reading and math skills over the summer.
Just in case you are looking for some resources to “stop the summer slide”, click on the links below. 
Scholastic Magazine:  7 Ways to Stop the Summer Slide
From Education World-7 Fresh Activities to Combat Summer Slide
And of course---the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do every day is READ.  Research has shown that encouraging kids to read just six books, or 20 minutes a day, over the summer can help prevent the summer slide. Children who are given access to books over the summer perform 35-40% better on achievement tests than those who are not. 
Have a great week!

Jackie O’Sullivan
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Robinson Events & News

6/13: Summer Festival: End of Year Party @ Fowler Field, 12:40 - 2:40PM
Mark your calendar for our annual Summer Festival!  On the last day of school, we'll kick-off the festivities directly after the bell from 12:40-2:40.  We will have drinks, Ameci Pizza, Brothers Burritos & Kona Shaved Ice for the whole family.  Your kids will have a blast celebrating their last day of school with bounce houses, obstacle courses, a DJ, tattoo artists, and some very cool beach toys! As a reminder, all children must be supervised by an adult. 

Purchase tickets for your whole family by clicking here.
If you prefer to write a check then please drop it in the front office with a note including # of tickets, food choice & name of student(s). $18 / person.

Summer Festival Volunteers - Sign up to work a shift at the summer festival and help make the afternoon a success! 
2019-2020 Open PTSA Committee Chairs
Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to lead a PTSA Committee this year! We are looking for several new chairs for the 2019-2020 school year.  The positions are Apparel Sales, Battle of the Books, Frozen Treat Sales, Hospitality, Lost and Found, Spelling Bee & Spirit. Many other chairs would like the support of a co-chair. Please contact Shana Kish or Andrea Barker to find out more.

Deadlines Approaching:

6/13 Deadline: Fall 2019 Back-to-School Supply Kits Available for Purchase
For your convenience, Robinson has once again partnered with 1st Day School Supplies for the Fall 2019 Back-to-School Supply Kits! The Robinson teachers have personally created a grade-specific kit for your child, and each kit is delivered directly to the classroom prior to the start of school.  Ordering through 1st Day School Supplies, allows you to avoid the hassle of shopping, save money (as these supplies are purchased in bulk), and ensure consistency in school supplies. Click here to order. Contact with any questions
6/13 Deadline: Expense Reimbursement Requests Due by 6/13
  1. Please submit all expense reimbursement requests within 30 days. 
  2. Expenses will be reimbursed within 2 weeks. Exceptions will be made for payments that require a quicker turn-a-round.
  3. ALL expense reimbursement requests must be submitted with a CHECK REQUEST FORM. These forms can be found in the office or on the Robinson Elementary School website under FORMS. Click here for the form.

6/13 Deadline: Lost & Found
Please take a moment to look though the items in our lost and found before items are donated to charity on June 14th.  

5th Grade Deadlines

6/3 Deadline: MBMS 6th Grade PE Clothes Available for Purchase!
5th Grade Families: Order MBMS PE Clothes for your incoming 6th grader now before the August onslaught! Click here to order shirts and shorts. By doing so NOW, your order will be delivered to your respective elementary school before 6/14. Direct questions to Chickie Leonard by text: (310) 896-1021

MBUSD & Community News

6/8: Manhattan Wine Auction
The 25th Anniversary of the Manhattan Wine Auction takes place on Saturday, June 8th. Here is your chance to join the celebration, enjoy an evening of excellent food, wine and entertainment, and raise money for our schools. Don’t miss this spectacular event!  
Click here to purchase your tickets.
MB Hometown Fair
Raise money for your organization and support your community! Applications are now being accepted for the 47th annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair! There are many ways to participate and it's a great way to raise money for your organization. Visit to access links to paid games, food and water booths, beer lottery, community showcase, civic corner, free speech, battle of the bands, and volunteer opportunities.
South Bay Families Connected
MBUSD supports Mental Health Awareness month in many ways, including connecting families with helpful resources and youth wellness information on our MCHS Families Connected webpage. Visit today for links to this month’s Families Connected newsletter, teen workshops, parent and youth blogs and videos to reduce stigma, and youth wellness information to support our students and families this month and throughout the year. 
Do you know someone who’s been thinking about going back to work? Or perhaps they’re burnt out and ready for an “encore” career. Manhattan Beach USD has a number of positions open! Click here and consider joining our ohana.

Summertime Activities

Costa Boys Basketball Annual Summer Camp
(Incoming 6th - 8th Graders)
July 15-17, 12 noon to 3 pm each day at MBMS. Presented by Varsity Head Coach Neal Perlmutter, the Coaching Staff and Costa Players! Sign up HERE. Please contact with any questions.
Mira Costa Football Players and their Varsity Coaches will host a football clinic for 5th-8th graders this summer. Come practice with the “big boys” and get a t-shirt, too! For session details click here. To register click here. GO MUSTANGS!
Kids Summer Discovery Program
Teen Summer Discovery Programs
MBX/MBUSD Summer Camps
Hello Riptides! If you’ve enjoyed the Junior Architects After School Enrichment classes this year, then you’re in luck because these high quality activityy based classes are being offered on the Robinson campus for three weeks in July. But that’s not all. Steve and Kate’s Camp and re-Discover Tinkering Camp are also providing exciting options. You can check it all out at on the Summer Camps link. Any questions, please contact Nancy at


Thank you to Thuy Pham for organizing a lovely Volunteer Luncheon this week.  Thank you to Lisa Jadon for hosting the event and to Katie David for all of your help setting up. We are grateful to all the parents who have volunteered this year in the classrooms and on PTSA committees and it was wonderful to celebrate all of you and your hard work.

As our school year comes to and end, we also want to thank all of our amazing Young at Art docents. Thank you to Sam Perkins and Shana Kish for organizing lessons and to our dedicated classroom docents, Alexandra Dionisio, Amy Lanza, Anna Musker, Caro Moreaux, Darcy Staples, Diedre Gurney, Dina Stephens, Donna Maertz, Harriet Clark, Helen Spiridellis, Janeen Caleo, Jenny Marashi, Karalyn Honea, Nikki Phillips, Pam Luce, Raelene Formos, Regan Gosnell Davis, Schuyler Chang, Sharon Gardner, Shilpa Sethi, Stephanie Rogin, Tracy Mork, Tristan Coopersmith and Yea-Lan Chiang.  Your art lessons bring joy and creativity to every classroom each year!
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