April 22, 2016
 
       
  Weather Balloon

Inaugural Year of Teachers Driving Innovation Grants Off to a Promising Start
By Mrs. Joanne Michael, Science Specialist - Meadows School
Three years ago, I had a dream—I wanted to work with my students to send a balloon into the edge of space. Not knowing how to fund it, or really how to do it in the first place, I tried writing grants, getting sponsors, talking to aerospace companies—nothing. In the fall of 2015, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) began a new grant program for teachers—the "Teachers Driving Innovation Grants"—to give teachers an opportunity to go a bit "outside the box", in the interest of inspiring kids or pushing them out of their comfort zones. I knew this was my chance—if my goal was to be achieved, it had to be through this grant. Read more...

 
       
  Parent Education

“Raising Kids in our 24/7 Connected World” Presented by Yalda T. Uhls, Director of Creative Community Partnerships, Common Sense Media
Thanks to all of you who attended Dr. Yalda T. Uhls recent discussion about parenting in the digital age. We are the first generation of parents and educators grappling with the challenges of parenting around technology, and it can be daunting. Click here to read more about the resources and tools she provided…

 
       
 

Understanding the MBEF Endowment
We often receive questions about our Endowment: Why does MBEF need to raise money when we have an Endowment? Where is my donation most needed – the Annual Appeal or Endowment? Why can’t we take funding from the Endowment to support this year’s Annual Appeal shortfall? While both MBEF and the MBEF Endowment support quality public education here in Manhattan Beach, each does so differently. Read More...

 
       
  The Path to Higher Education

The Path to College
Almost 1000 South Bay parents and students came together on a Saturday afternoon last month to hear Frank Bruni, author of “Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You Will Be,” speak about the college admissions process. Given that stress levels among students, particularly high school, is a subject of concern among parents and educators on a national level, the large number of attendees wasn’t surprising. Read more...

 
       
  2016 Manhattan Wine Auction

22nd Manhattan Wine Auction
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at 4:30pm
Manhattan Country Club

Tickets go on sale for the Manhattan Wine Auction on Monday, May 2nd at 9AM at www.manhattanwineauction.com. 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to bid on over 300 items in the Silent and Live Auctions! To purchase a corporate or family table, please contact the MBEF Office at 310-303-3342 or email information@manhattanwineauction.com. We hope to see you there!

 
       
 

New at MBEF: The Real Estate Partner Program
Earlier this month, MBEF introduced the Real Estate Partner Program in the South Bay. We know that the quality of a school system has a direct impact on a local real estate market. From the Distinguished Elementary Schools to the Blue Ribbon Middle and High Schools, our schools attract informed and professional buyers looking to settle in a town ideal for families. MBEF now offers agents, developers and brokers the opportunity to market themselves to our broad base of well-educated and invested parents. If you work in the real estate sector or know someone who would appreciate this unique opportunity to be part of the MBEF Real Estate Partner Program, please contact the MBEF office at 310-303-3342. We have special benefits available for partners who sign up before June 1, 2016.

 
       
  Parent Survey

We need your feedback - click here!
As a community-based foundation, the feedback and priorities of our parents are critical to our strategic direction and decision-making. MBEF supports every child, every day, and our goal is to reach 100% parent participation in this short survey. Please click here and take five minutes to share your thoughts. Read more here...

 
       
  Official Cast

Award-Winning Costa Drama Dept. Presents The Addams Family
The Addams Family opens April 22nd at Costa, and we hear it is fantastic!  For the fourth year in a row, Mira Costa High School’s Drama Department has won Best Musical Theater performance at the Fullerton College High School Theatre Festival. Over 50 Southern California high schools participated in this two-day competition. For the first time in Costa’s history, the Technical Theater teams placed 1st and 2nd overall in the Tech Olympics category and won a total of 9 medals. Click here for ticket information.

 
       
  Fresh Brothers

Fresh Brothers Pizza for 11th Grade Testing
During the upcoming SBAC testing at Mira Costa High School in May, MBEF Business Partner, Fresh Brothers, will be providing pizza to juniors at lunch. Last year, many juniors opted out of the testing which had a negative impact on our District. It is important for students to do well on tests in the 11th grade because (1) It is used as a placement exam for CSU and some UCs, (2) It reflects on our District and our reputation—which will impact college acceptance, and (3) Our District will not be able to get out of "Program Improvement" status until we increase the number of students who are taking the test. We encourage all juniors to take the tests, do their best, and enjoy the pizza! Thank you, Fresh Brothers!

 
       
  Grand View Gator 5K

Grand View Gator Run
Saturday, June 4th at 8am
Grand View Elementary
On Saturday, June 4th, The Grand View Gators are hosting their 21st annual Murad Family Foundation Gator 5K. Proceeds from the 5K support MBEF, so not only is the race a fundraiser for all MBUSD schools, it is also fun for the entire family! The school with the highest participation & spirit (excluding Grand View) will receive the Spirit Trophy. Thank you to Grand View and the Gator 5K committee for their invaluable support of MBEF and our schools! Need more information? Go to gvpta.com

 
       
  MBMS Odyssey Team

MBMS Odyssey of the Mind Team advances to World Final Championships!
Back in September, students from MBMS, Pacific, Pennekamp, and Robinson formed Odyssey of the Mind teams. For six months, students worked on creating solutions to different long term problems. Embracing the foundational precept of Odyssey of the Mind, “No Outside Assistance”, teams envisioned, brainstormed and began creating their solutions. Students drafted, revised and edited scripts; designed, built and improved vehicles, mechanical props and moving costume elements; created, troubleshot, revamped and let their artistic abilities shine on sets and backdrops; designed and hand-made elaborate costumes and props, and grappled with engineering and physics. Read more...

 
       
  Beach Cities Read

Beach Cities Libraries Pledge to Clean Up Our Oceans
The libraries of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach invite you to join them during the month of April in their quest to clean up our oceans. From touch tanks to mixed media presentations to a cinematic voyage on key environmental issues, the entire month offers informative and entertaining events. Young and old ocean lovers will enjoy the upcoming Beach Clean-Up sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation and Manhattan Beach on April 23rd from 10-12pm South of the Pier. More fun ocean related activities are in the attached flyer. MBEF supporters are encouraged to support the environment and our friends at the public libraries.

 
       
  Manhattan Beach Library

Manhattan Beach Library Anniversary Celebration
Join the Manhattan Beach community for a party on Sunday, May 1st from 2-4pm celebrating the first year in the new library. The Mira Costa High School Chamber Orchestra will play at 2:00pm, followed by Tears for Fears Drummer, Jamie Wollam and Special Guests at 3:00pm. There will be plenty of activities, including a mobile mural lab, a screening by the Teen Friends of the Library and free books for children.

 
       
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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.

Six Simple Science Experiments You Need to Show Your Kids 

58 Things I Want My Teenage Son To Know Mary Dell Harrington and Lisa Heffernan

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math' Miles Kimball and Noah Smith

 
       
MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:
Fresh Brothers       Bank of the West
Two Guns Espresso   Zislis Group
Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors. Click here for a full list and to learn more.
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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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