March 21, 2017

Annual Appeal Appreciation
Thank you to our parent and business community for your generous support of MBEF's Annual Appeal this year. Raising funds for our schools is not easy. We know the gap that MBEF will fill this year  over $6 Million    is significant. And we recognize how many requests for support you receive throughout the year. 

With every gift, large and small, we are able to sustain the programs that directly impact our students. Our children will continue to benefit from Smaller Classes, Science Lab & STEM, Music, Library, PE, Counseling, and more. Together, we did it again. Thank you!

If you are not sure if you supported the 2016/17 Annual Appeal, please check here. The Annual Report and Honor Roll will be published and mailed to all donors this summer. 

  Save the Date

C'est Magnifique! 
The 23rd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction will be held on Saturday, June 3rd at 4:30pm at the Manhattan Country Club. The Wine Auction is MBEF’s only fundraising event of the year and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise money for our schools. This year's proceeds will benefit the MBEF Endowment to help ensure the long-term financial stability of our schools. 

Gather your friends together for a memorable evening sampling food from some of the finest local restaurants and wine from distuinguished vintners from California and beyond. Corporate and family tables are available now  contact the MBEF Office at 310-303-3342 or email Manhattan Wine Auction. General admission tickets go on sale Monday, May 1st at 6:00am. The Wine Auction sells out early every year so mark your calendars now!


MBEF in MBUSD - Our Family's Experience
Kathleen Gibbons, MBUSD parent

It’s hard for us to believe, but our family is nearing the end of our time in the Manhattan Beach School District. Our oldest son graduated from Mira Costa last June and attends Tulane University in New Orleans, while our youngest son finishes his Junior year at Costa. With our older son away, there is a little less frenetic energy in our home, less juggling of multiple academic, athletic, and activity schedules.  In eighteen months, my husband and I will be empty nesters. And as we adjust to the quieting of our home, we’ve had a chance to reflect on our sons’ education in MBUSD and the impact of MBEF-funded programs in particular. Read more here.


The MBEF Endowment - $20 Million by 2020 
Thirty-one years ago, a few forward-thinking members of our community came together to create the MBEF Endowment. Their mission was to build a permanent, sustainable and consistent source of funding for Manhattan Beach public schools. Modeled after the endowment of colleges and universities across the country, the Endowment disburses a portion of the returns generated on an ongoing basis.

Today the Endowment stands at $15.3M and will disburse $500K, in 2017, towards current MBEF programs. This is a tremendous milestone for our schools, and the health of our community as a whole, but there is work to be done to fulfill our vision of sustainable funding. Read more here. 


Social Inclusion Efforts in Our Schools
Eyes and hearts were opened by the fire bombing of the home of Malissia and Ron Clinton in 2015. Following this incident, our school community came together and continues to be positively impacted on many different levels through MBEF's Social Inclusion Grants funded by the Clintons' unclaimed reward money. At MBMS, Dr. Brandon Gamble from California State Long Beach is leading a three-day parent and community workshop series on hidden biases and how they foster micro-inequities in school and society. The remaining two workshops are on March 29th and April 5th from 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the MBMS MPR. Mira Costa students, Nisha Chatwani and Jennifer Marer, are encouraging MCHS students to increase their understanding and share in the beauty of diversity. Read more about their efforts in an article recently published in La Vista, Mira Costa's student-run newspaper. 


MCHS Drama/Tech Department Presents Oklahoma!
Come see life on the plains take center stage in the iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, playing April 21st-29th in the Mira Costa auditorium. Mira Costa’s spectacular production of Oklahoma! will bring to life the story of America’s expanding frontier and romance on the prairie. Set in 1906, this is a show about rivalries – farmers and ranchers fighting over fences and land rights, and romantic rivalries that make this show sing with classics like Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, and, of course, Oklahoma!  Discount pre-sale tickets for Oklahoma! are available online through April 29th. More information here.

Photo by Kat Monk

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises $130,000 for Our Schools
Thank you again to the Manhattan Beach community for coming out in the fall to support the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Walk to raise funds for our schools and the Friendship Foundation. It was an inspirational event that raised a total of $1.6 Million for the Friendship Foundation and all local Education Foundations – $130,000 for the Manhattan Beach schools.

Our endless thanks to SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg, Robin Curren and the Friendship Foundation team for their tireless efforts. Our thanks also to our School Team Captains - Schuyler Chang, Cory Kingston, Tanja Canada, Remco Waller, Ellen Padnos, Anna Bargagliotti, Nisha Chatwani, Haley Herdman, Skylar Herdman and the MBMS ASB.


Shadow Days at Mira Costa - A Day in the Life of a Mustang
Early morning practices, lunch time study groups and late night this what the life of a teenager looks like these days? Fifteen teachers, adminstrators and parents recently spent a day finding out, by shadowing students from morning 'til night to better understand student stressers. Initated by Mira Costa's Social Emotional Wellness Committee, the shadow days have proven to be helpful in determining how to help combat stress in our schools. Costa students take a closer look here


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

Cathedral Concert featuring Mira Costa's 48-voice Advanced Women's Chorale, 29-voice Vocal Ensemble and a 34-voice Chamber Choir from the University of Cologne, Germany. The concert will be held at St. Cross by the Sea Episcopal Church at 1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach. Tickets are available at MBX.
3/24/2017 to 4/2/2017
Mira Costa All Media Art Show will be held at the Manhattan Beach Art Center March 24th - April 2nd. The exhibit will showcase student experimentations and explorations in a variety of artistic media. The Opening Reception is on Friday, March 24th from 6 - 9pm. 
Issues on the Minds of Teens, a discussion and teen panel for parents, will be lead by Leah Niehaus, LMFT, in the MPR at MBMS from 7 - 8:30pm. This discussion is part of the Teen Wellness Speaker Series hosted by South Bay Families Connected and the Beach Cities Health District.
South Bay Student Video Festival will be held at Mira Costa's Small Theater at 7pm and feature films made by local high school students that use cinematic language as a unique art form.  
Teen Substance Abuse in the Beach Cities: What Every Parent Should Know will be presented by Joan Stein Jenkins, MB City Prosecutor and Head of the Juvenile Diversion Program, and Captain Milton McKinnon of the Hermosa Beach Police Department at Hermosa Valley School from 7 - 8:30pm. The program is also part of the Teen Wellness Speaker Series.
23rd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction benefitting MBEF and the MBEF Endowment Fund.
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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.

Stanford University dean and author of "How to Raise an Adult", Julie Lythcott-Haims, helps identify Eight Skills Every 18 Year Old Should Know to thrive. 

Understanding the Teenage Brain can be complicated. Best selling author, Daniel Siegel, explains the facts and myths behind the adolescent brain.

Charles Darwin believed that sympathy is humanity’s strongest instinct. But sometimes our ability to feel compassion may need a boost. Here are 11 exercises for strengthening our empathy muscle in Survival of the Kindest.

Raising an engineer in training? Check out these easy Do-It-Yourself Projects for Kid Engineers presented by Brienne May in a TEDEdChat.

Simply encouraging effort does not lead to the development of a growth mindset. Misunderstanding the idea's core message may actually do more harm than good. Learn more about the nuances.

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


Zislis Group    


Downtown Business             

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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