MBEF Newsletter
    April 14, 2020  

26th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction Goes Virtual 
Join MBEF to RAISE YOUR GLASS and your PADDLE for our schools and teachers! At a time when our community, and the world around us, is suffering, it would be understandable to lose sight of the immediate need for more funding towards education. But the urgency to support our schools is now greater than ever, and we have the opportunity to make a difference through MBEF. Even if we are not physically together this year, our community can join together virtually in support by bidding on Silent and Premier Auction Lots, donating to the online Paddle Raise to fund teachers, or participating in a Virtual Wine Tasting on May 30th. Click here for more information. Cheers!


The City of Manhattan Beach in the Face of COVID-19
The City of Manhattan Beach has been working diligently to keep our community safe in our new reality. For updates on city ordinances, services, and other information related to COVID-19, please visit City of MB Coronavirus Information. We applaud our local city officials, law enforcement officers, health-care professionals, and educators for ensuring our community continues to thrive during this pandemic. Please adhere to the orders for the protection of all!


Distance Learning Throughout Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Learning from home certainly has its challenges – none of us were prepared to embark on this journey. As the pandemic timeline stretches towards summer, it will be important for parents to understand the impact. To that end, MBUSD has developed new Distance Learning Objectives for our schools. In addition to the communications from Superintendent Mike Matthews, school principals, and teachers, MBUSD has created a Distance Learning Site as a centralized location for information. Parents can also visit Resources for Parents for more suggestions on how to ensure learning continues at home. This is unprecedented – and patience, understanding, and commitment will ensure we overcome this together. 


MBUSD Libraries Remain an Escape for Students
Despite the Safer-At-Home order in place, our dedicated educators are still connecting with their students. For example, Heidi Snively, Grand View Library Specialist funded by MBEF, has been recording herself reading aloud on Zoom and posting Stories and Activities every week. She says the feedback from families has been touching and serves as a reminder that while curriculum and learning are the objectives, the connection that kids feel to their library has deep roots that help to grow a whole, happy child. One parent shared, “I wanted to let you know that [my daughter] listens to your video reading The Happy Book and Other Feelings, over and over every day. I asked her what she likes about it and she said your voice keeps her calm.” What an amazing thing to accomplish from afar! Thank you, Ms. Snively, and all our teachers and educators, for keeping our students learning, growing, and thriving during these stressful and uncertain times.


Wide Open Schools from Common Sense Media
Need ideas on how to structure a day with online learning? Looking for an adventure that feels like a vacation but keeps you safe at home? Or just need to know how to de-stress during times of uncertainty? Check out the expert advice and online resources compiled by the highly respected Common Sense Media in Wide Open Schools to discover a whole world of online tools to keep children healthy and occupied during school closures and make our new normal an authentic educational experience. Children and adults will appreciate the tools to keep our minds open during this time of unprecedented closures.


College and Career Center News 
The College and Career Center at Mira Costa is funded by MBEF and helps support our students as they navigate their path after graduation. This year the CCC has been a remote source of information and support for our MCHS students preparing to embark on their college journey next year, and those just beginning the application process. Check out the latest news in the CCC's April Newsletter.  

Here are a few highlights: 


MakerSpace – Building Bridges
The MBEF-funded MakerSpace educators are keeping the creative minds of students of all ages working with challenges. This Building Bridges Challenge has students using at-home items to build a bridge to cross over the water. The MakerSpace program is applauded for developing problem-solving skills through trial and error and empowering students to see themselves as inventors. Check out the MakerSpace March Newsletter for fun, school-related activities at every age. Here are a few student favorites: 

Spaghetti Structure Challenge  

Zip-Line Food Delivery Challenge

Buddy Chair Challenge

Family Game Night Challenge


Words of Wisdom from Pro Surfer Alex Gray
South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) and Beach Cities Health District are proud to present The Journey – A Conversation About Mental Health in New, Uncertain Times with professional surfer Alex Gray and local clinician Kevin Sousa, MFT on Thursday, April 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. As a professional surfer for almost 20 years, Alex Gray has traveled the world using surfing as the bond between adventure, culture, and connection. Alex will share his experiences and insights on anxiety to help build confidence in teens by focusing on their own purpose and passions. You can check out his abbreviated message in this short Video for Teens shared through SBFC.
Both SBFC and BCHD help both parents and youth thrive in the South Bay through their many resources.


Students Give Science Specialist a Thumbs Up Via Zoom
Nothing is holding back Susan Holt, MBEF-funded Science Specialist, from providing her students with hands-on lab experience and project-based learning opportunities. Through Zoom, students are challenged to conduct experiments at home. In this week's Science Lab Video, Ms. Holt demonstrates a variety of concepts using water, including how surface tension can make a paper boat zoom across the water, or how air in a cup can keep a paper towel dry when submerged in water. Feedback from parents and teachers has been very positive – students are loving the chance to explore the world of science through interactive online experiments!


Shop Local. Dine Local. Support Local.
Show your support by ordering take-out with one of Manhattan Beach's many local restaurants offering to-go service. OR shop online at a local store to keep our community thriving. The Manhattan Beach Chamber's Meals2GoMB and Shop2GoMB links provide you with all the details and the most current information on who is open to serve your every need. Just added to begin this Wednesday, VIP To Go Family Meals from longtime Community Partner zinc@Shade. The Chamber has also created a Business Resource page to help individuals and small businesses navigate the challenges related to Covid-19. We are stronger together!


Google Classroom – Keeping the Music Alive
Google Classroom is helping keep the music alive in our elementary schools. The new norm for music education is encouraging students to record and evaluate themselves playing their instruments. Seeing first-hand how they look and sound has empowered students to self-evaluate their skills, instilling a new level of pride. Music teachers are also reviewing the submitted videos, providing individualized instruction and encouragement to each student. 


MBEF Community Partners Give Back 
Not only do our Community Partners support our schools, they also support our local community in times of need. The teams at several Simms Restaurants, The Arthur J, Tin Roof Bistro and Simmzy's, are carefully preparing meals for local Emergency Room workers through their program Feed Our Heroes LA. Started just three weeks ago, they are now serving 200 meals a day to the heroes on the front lines at three ER's in the South Bay. As this campaign grows, they plan to expand – more meals donated, more cooks and more kitchens! MBEF Community Partner, Locale 90, is making a difference by helping to feed families impacted by cancer. For every pizza kit ordered from Locale90 in Redondo Beach, one will be donated and delivered to a local family in need registered with Walk With Sally. Champion Partner SKECHERS has donated tens of thousands of shoes, goods, and funds to support communities impacted by disasters – including the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004, Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Most recently, SKECHERS donated 4,000 N95 respirator masks to health professionals in the South Bay. Thank you to these and all of the generous organizations in our incredible community!


Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between 
With so much going on in the world, it is sometimes hard to navigate through all the information we encounter on a daily basis and to know what is fact or fiction. Even harder is trying to explain it to children. Here are three interesting articles from Common Sense Media on how to decipher the news, weave through the nonsense, and end up on the right side of the story. 

Explaining the News to Our Kids

How to Help Kids Sort Fact from Fiction About the Coronavirus

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy) 


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

4/14/20 - 5/4/20
Classrooms Closed - Distance Learning 
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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.

Looking to lift your spirits? Check out the Mira Costa High School band and their inspiring video that highlights their talents. Thank you to Joel Carlson and the MCHS band students!

We all need some ideas on how to stay sane during this unusual time. MBEF speaker and best-selling author, Julie Lythcott-Haims, provides 10 Tips For Parents on Sheltering in Place Without Losing Your Mind. 

MBEF would like to recognize the following Community Partners
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Benefactors $10,000 Level

Continental Development

Leaders $5,000 Level

Thank you to all of our Community Partners. Click here for a full list and to learn more.
Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

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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