March 16, 2016
  Parent Survey

Please take five minutes to respond - click here!

As a community-based foundation, the feedback and priorities of our parents are critical to our strategic direction and decision-making. This survey will only take 5-10 minutes of your time, and our goal is 100% parent participation. Please click here and let us know how/if your priorities have changed so that our funding can best represent the needs of our stakeholders. Read more here...

  Save the Date

Save the Date! Manhattan Wine Auction
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at 4:30pm
Manhattan Country Club

Mark your calendars for the 22nd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction, to be held on Saturday, June 11th from 4:30 – 11pm at the Manhattan Country Club. If you’re interested in purchasing a corporate table or gathering some friends to go in on a family table, please contact the MBEF Office at 310-303-3342 or email The Wine Auction is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise money for our schools, while sampling local cuisine and wines from around the world. Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 2nd at 9AM at We hope to see you there!

  Parent Education

“Raising Kids in our 24/7 Connected World”
Presented by Yalda T. Uhls, Director of Creative Community Partnerships, Common Sense Media
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 9am
MBUSD District Headquarters, 325 S. Peck Avenue, MB

We invite parents of elementary and middle school students to join MBEF for a workshop on Wednesday, April 20th at 9am with Yalda T. Uhls, Director of Creative Community Partnerships at Common Sense Media. Ms. Uhls’ recently published book, Media Moms and Digital Dads, provides an overview of the digital media landscape in which our kids live, learn and play. She’ll discuss opportunities and challenges presented by digital media, the latest findings from psychological studies on kids and media usage, and how parents can navigate this rapidly evolving landscape with their own children. Ms. Uhls will also provide advice on how parents can guide their kids to make responsible, respectful, and safe media choices, with special attention paid to social media usage. Space is limited, so please secure your spot by clicking here.


Parenting Classes (For Parents of Elementary Students)
MBEF is partnering with Pepperdine University and the Manhattan Beach Library to provide a five-part series of Parenting Classes for parents of children in grades K-5. This program was developed by Pepperdine University’s Dr. Judy Ho, Ph.D., and her team of researchers, and is a scientifically driven family education program for parents. It’s based on real parenting needs, cutting-edge empirical data, and Dr. Ho’s years of experience in the field as a licensed clinical psychologist. These free workshops are organized into five topics - Social Skills, Anxious Behaviors, Attention & Concentration Skills, Acting Out Behaviors, and Connecting with your Child. You may attend any or all that are of interest to you. Please click here for more information and to register.

  Frank Bruni

“Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania”
A Discussion with Bestselling Author & NY Times Columnist Frank Bruni
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 at 4pm
Mira Costa High School Auditorium

We are pleased to announce that the Frank Bruni event on March 19th at 4PM has been moved to the Mira Costa High School Auditorium to accommodate the overwhelming interest. Please click here to reserve a spot, if you have not already done so.

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally demoralizing process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of rankings and, a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In an effort to begin a meaningful dialogue in our District, MBEF is pleased to host Frank Bruni, author of the book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be”. We invite students and parents to join us for this important and timely discussion, where Bruni will share highlights from his book, an outlook that helps to ease the anxiety that the college admissions process evokes in students and parents alike.


MBEF’s Annual Appeal - $4.8M and Counting!
On behalf of all the students who will benefit from your generosity, we’d like to take a moment to thank you so much for your support of MBEF’s 2015/16 Annual Appeal. Each year, we look to you to help raise the funds that will take the education in our district to the next level. We are truly grateful for our community’s commitment to the education of our children, and for recognizing the need to provide more for our students than the California budget can support. The 2015/16 Annual Appeal raised nearly $4.8 million, and will provide for the extras that make a good education GREAT. Read more here…


SKECHERS Foundation Presents MBEF with $130K Check
A great big THANK YOU to the SKECHERS Foundation, who recently presented MBEF with a $130,000 check from the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk! More than 13,000 walkers representing families, schools, businesses, troops, and other community organizations, joined forces on October 23rd to walk along the Strand from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Pier and back. To date, the Friendship Walk has raised over $5 million, including a record $1.4 million this year. It was truly a wonderful day, and so inspiring to see thousands of people walking together, raising money for our schools and the children served by the Friendship Foundation. We are grateful to SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg and the SKECHERS Foundation for their amazing work throughout our community, and for supporting MBEF and all of the local education foundations. We’d also like to thank our volunteer committee for coordinating recruitment and outreach at each of our schools – we appreciate you!

  Meet Your Lawmakers

Meet Your Lawmakers - Education Roundtable
Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 6:30-8:00pm
Mira Costa High School Small Theatre

Please join the Manhattan Beach PTA in welcoming Senator Ben Allen and Assemblymember David Hadley to our second annual “Meet Your Lawmakers” Education Roundtable. Our local legislators will update our community on the latest education-related legislation in Sacramento, and discuss hot button topics such as Common Core implementation and funding, teacher shortages, public education funding, and construction of school facilities. Be sure to take this opportunity to submit any questions you have for your legislators when you register. Seating is limited, so register now to reserve a spot.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:
       Industrious Films
Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors. Click here for a full list and to learn more.

About MBEF:  Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent non-profit established by parents and community leaders to financially support the seven public schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.  Since 1983, MBEF has granted much needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the top 1% of school districts in California.  With over 5,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $6 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful educational foundations in the state.  Any questions or concerns about this communication should be sent to

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