March 3, 2015

STEM Is Everywhere You Look In MB Schools
Three-quarters of the nation’s fastest growing occupations require significant mathematics or science preparation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) jobs are predicted to grow by 17% over the next several years. Therefore, it is not surprising that 78% of Manhattan Beach parents surveyed last year said they would love to see future MBEF grants focused on more STEM initiatives for our schools.

What are Manhattan Beach schools already doing to prepare for this major shift in tomorrow's jobs? Here's ten things around our schools happening that you may or may not be aware of.


Community Priority Budget Meeting-Let Your Voice be Heard!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Joslyn Community Center

The City of Manhattan Beach invites you to participate in the city’s first Community Priority Budget Meeting. RSVP if you plan on attending, space is limited. The purpose of this meeting is to engage residents in the budget process by holding a priority setting session which will be used to inform the development of the Fiscal Year 2015/16 Budget. Visit the Community Priority Budget Meeting page for more information.

  Meet Your Lawmakers

Meet Your Lawmakers: Education Roundtable
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM
The new Mira Costa Multipurpose Room and Theatre

Please join the Manhattan Beach PTA for a candid discussion on how and why Sacramento and Washington shape public education in Manhattan Beach. "Meet Your Lawmakers" is a unique opportunity to hear US Congressman Ted Lieu, CA State Senator Ben Allen, and CA Assemblyman David Hadley discuss how current legislation will affect our district's future. Click here for further information.

  GV Gator Run

Grand View Gator 5K Run
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Save the Date for the 20th Anniversary of The Murad Family Foundation Grand View Gator 5K Run at Grand View Elementary. All proceeds support MBEF. Registration details and all the race day fun planned will be released soon at

Interested in being a sponsor? Please contact Kim Blum. Please see below for a list of confirmed sponsors to date.

  MBMS Open

MBMS Open Tennis Tournament
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Mira Costa High School

Join MBMS and community partners for the 2015 Tennis Tournament, a round robin style event.  The entry fee is $100, with all proceeds benefiting MBEF.


Save the Date! Manhattan Wine Auction - Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Manhattan Wine Auction, to be held on Saturday, June 13th from 4:30 – 11pm at the Manhattan Country Club. The Wine Auction is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise money for our schools, while sampling the best of our local cuisine and wines from around the world. Tickets go on sale on May 1st at midnight - don’t miss out!


Your Generosity Never Ceases to Amaze Us
Once again, we’d like to express our profound gratitude to you - our parents - for your incredible support. Your participation, coupled with the caring efforts of our volunteers, ensures that our schools will remain among the finest in the state. We'd like to recognize families who have donated $5,000 or more since the publication of our last newsletter. Thank you so much.

Allison and Keith Biancamano Mary Alice and Tom Davidov
Lynn Hopton-Davis and Greg Davis Justine and Andrew Hunter
Robert and Katy Nickell Carolyn and Neal Robb
David Rone Whitney and Jonathan Sargent
Marlene and Chris Yamada  

See full list here.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Brett Zebrowski  GROW 
OB Barret Pulver  MB Dermatology  Village Runner

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 nearly 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 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

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation P.O. Box 1110 Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
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