January 31, 2018

Just 10 Days to Go! 
We are counting down the days to the end of the 2017/18 Annual Appeal and we're just $423,000 from our goal of $5 million. We are grateful to our generous community and parents for getting us this far. MBEF's Annual Appeal is the primary source of funding, and without a meaningful donation from every family, our schools would look dramatically different. Please donate or pledge today  – don't wait until our programs are cut.

Special thanks to our Lead Annual Appeal Donors who have donated $5,000 or more. If you are not sure if you have participated in the Annual Appeal this year, please check here



The College Road Map: Finding Your Way to the Right College  – Tuesday, May 22nd
The college admissions process can be daunting . . . What is the applications process like today? What are colleges looking for in their applicants?  What are some best practices every high school parent should be aware of? How can you improve the probability of your child getting into the college of his or her choice? And what is the “best” choice for your child? Our speaker, Bob Patterson, has worked in college admissions for 18 years. He has read and made decisions on over 100,000 applications at public and private universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, University of North Carolina, UC Berkeley and Stanford, where he served as Director of Admissions. Mr. Patterson will share his thoughts on these questions and more so that your child can better navigate the college admissions process and better position themselves for acceptance to college that is right for them. Save the date of Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm in the MCHS Auditorium  – registration will be offered in a future communication.


We Want Your Opinion Today – Survey Closes Thursday!
P.E. or Music? Counseling or Small Class Size? What is your priority? MBEF's goal is to align our strategy with the priorities of parents and teachers. Please refer to the chart to the left for the current breakdown of program funding in our schools. 

The MBEF Parent Survey is critical to our strategic direction and should only take 5-10 minutes of your time. Our target is 100% participation and the feedback you provide is anonymous. The survey will close on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Take the MBEF Parent Survey now to make your feedback count.


Save the Date! Manhattan Wine Auction on Saturday, June 9th
Mark your calendars for Manhattan Beach’s biggest party with a purpose! The 24th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 4:30pm at the Manhattan Country Club. If you’re interested in purchasing a corporate table or gathering friends to go in on a shared table, please contact the MBEF Office at 310-303-3342 or email Hava Manasse. General admission tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 1st at 6:00am. The Wine Auction sells out every year, so mark your calendars now! The Wine Auction is MBEF’s only fundraising event of the year and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate together and raise money for our schools. Click here for further information.


Reading: Creating Meaningful Conversations 
By Michelle Syverson, MBUSD Literacy TOSA

Ms. Syverson shares her enthusiasm for literacy in the article below. You can experience her passion and learn your own tips for fostering a love of reading at her workshop on February 15 – Engaging Your Child with Meaningful Conversations About Reading.

Growing readers and writers is one of my passions. There is a magic to the experience of watching reading and writing come to life. Witnessing growth, forming connections, and developing understanding are just a few pieces to this puzzle we call literacy. In 2010, MBUSD adopted the workshop method/pedagogy for reading and writing as a signature practice. I was on board from the start and eager to use this instructional practice in my classroom and learn all it had to offer. Read more here.


Remembering Les Silverman – Wednesday, January 31st
The unexpected death of Dr. Lester "Les" Silverman, beloved Manhattan Beach optometrist and long-time friend to MBEF and other civic causes, shocked our community. Silverman was the owner of Look! Optometry in Downtown Manhattan Beach and had served on several city commissions. A memorial service has been planned for Wednesday, January 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach – all are welcome to attend.



Families Connected Speaker Series: Purpose vs. Performance – Thursday, February 8th
With the norm being a mix of extracurricular activities, multiple honors & AP classes, and highly competitive sports teams, the typical student seems to be diligently checking the boxes for a successful future from an early age. But are our kids taking the time to think about who they want to be when they grow up, instead of just what they want to be? Hear from former Dodger Eric Karros and his daughter, Mikah Maly-Karros, on how to shift your family mindset away from one focused singularly on outcomes to more purposeful experiences at this event presented by Beach Cities Health District and South Bay Families Connected. Register here. 


MCHS Hosts Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS Show – Tuesday, February 6th
Don't miss Mira Costa Drama/Tech's upcoming AIDS Benefit show Tuesday, February 6th, at 7 pm in the MCHS Small Theatre. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds go to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. Here's your chance to enjoy the many talents of our students in a night of songs, dance, monologues, scenes, comedic improv, and music, and to support a wonderful cause. 


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

Join the Mayor and City Council for the annual Manhattan Beach State of the City from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Joslyn Center.
Families Connected Speaker Series "Purpose vs. Performance" with former Dodger Eric Karros and daughter, Mikah Maly-Karros at 6:30pm at Redondo Union High School.
This is MBMS Night for all incoming 6th grade MBMS students and families will be held in the MBMS Multi-Purpose Room at 6:00pm. Register here to be included in the rotation. 
Join Michelle Syverson, MBUSD Literacy TOSA, for a workshop on Engaging Your Child in Meaningful Conversations About What They Read at 9am in the Pacific Elementary Cafeteria.
Families Connected Speaker Series "Issues on the Minds of Teens" a teen panel moderated by Adam O'Neill and Leah Niehaus, LCSW, at 6:30pm at Hermosa Valley School MPR. 
Families Connected Speaker Series Denise Pope, author of Overloaded and Underprepared - The Well-Balanced Student and co-founder of Challenge Success at 6:30pm at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Join the annual Grand View Gator Run for a community 5K benefitting MBEF.
College Preparedness: The Changing Landscape of Admissions presented by Bob Patterson at 6:00pm in the MCHS Auditorium.
24th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction benefitting MBEF and the MBEF Endowment.
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In the News and Parent Resources
Please find below a round-up of the most widely read and shared articles from MBEF’s Facebook Page. MBEF is proud to be a resource for our families to interact and learn from experts and each other. Join our Facebook Community and join the conversation.

Try these Ten Magnificant Games to play with your children to develop social-emotional skills at a young age.

A local mom shares her insights on what it is like to Raise a Highly Sensitive Teen. Learn helpful identifiers and ways to support them. 

While the world focuses on academic achievement in childhood, emotional self-regulation is equally, if not more, important. In fact, research suggests emotional intelligence is twice as strong a predictor as IQ of later success. Learn how to Strengthen Your Child's Emotional Intelligence.

Understanding the tricks social media apps use to hook our kids will help us teach them to resist the pull. Common Sense Media presents the Sneaky Science Behind Our Kids Tech Obsessions. 

Is success built on raw talent or rigorous practice? Research shows that recognizing the potential in all of us, and working to develop it, is the path to success. Why Practice is Key to Most Prodigies’ Success.

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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 communications@mbef.org.

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