MBEF Newsletter
    April 29, 2021  

Secondary Students Back on Campus 
Last week marked the first week that MBUSD students in middle and high school returned to campus for in-person learning. Like many districts in the area, MBUSD was able to move to in-person learning once Los Angeles County shifted from the small cohorts of 14 to stable groups that are permitted to switch classes throughout the day. Important protocols remain in place, such as masking, handwashing, and plexiglass dividers, but as the number of vaccinations increase, especially among eligible students, the rate of infection will continue to decrease dramatically. Read More Here.


Join the Iconic Event of the Year from Home!
Bring the traditions of the 27th Manhattan Wine Auction home on June 12th through an exciting Livestream Show, extensive Silent and Live Auctions, inspirational Paddle Raise, and incredible food and wine options to chose from.

Don't miss out – online sales open Saturday, May 1st and feature:

The Manhattan Wine Auction promises to be an exciting evening that offers something for everyone to enjoy. Raise your glass in support of our schools. Cheers! 


Bringing Social Inclusion to MBUSD
For the past five years, the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation has dedicated a small portion of its funding towards its Social Inclusion Grant Program, which supports programs that inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools. The Social Inclusion Grant Program was introduced after a suspected hate crime was inflicted on the Clintons, a local Manhattan Beach family, in 2015. The perpetrator was never identified, and the Clintons used the reward money to partner with MBEF to fund small, application-based programs focused on educating the community, inspiring an open, honest, and inclusive culture in our schools, and encouraging people to stand up against racism and discrimination. Read More Here.


Paddle Raise for Programs
MBEF remains dedicated to supporting the academic journey of all students we can move beyond the challenges of this last year together and embrace our students the way Manhattan Beach does best. As our schools prepare for the full return to the classroom in the Fall of 2021, we have the opportunity to restore support to the enrichment opportunities previously diminished due to the 2019-20 MBUSD budget cuts. At this year’s Manhattan Wine Auction we ask you to Support the Paddle Raise for Programs on or before June 12th. Together, we can restore MBEF's robust academic and enrichment opportunities for all students in the coming school year!



Pass/Fail Grading Up For Consideration 
MCHS Vice Principal Jessica Bledsoe and Guidance Counselor Jennifer Wildenberg presented data showing the significant academic and social-emotional challenges students are experiencing due to the pandemic to the MBUSD Board of Trustees at the April 14th Board Meeting. Some of their findings reflect a decrease in athletic eligibility, an increase in students earning D and F grades, and a dramatic increase, almost 10%, of seniors, in danger of not graduating. As a result, MCHS is proposing that MBUSD reinstate an option for a pass/fail versus a letter grade for both the Fall of 2020 and the Spring of 2021. To see the MCHS Grade Proposal presentation, click here. Tune in to the MBUSD Board Meeting on May 5th at 5pm for the decision by the Board of Trustees.


Exploring Science Virtually in our Schools
The passion for science is exploding in our elementary schools! Students cannot seem to get enough of the hands-on applications during the school day at Science Lab. Budding scientists at Meadows spent last weekend experimenting on virtually everything – from creating a beautiful rainbow out of M&M’s, to building an erupting soda with mentos,  to making elephant toothpaste. A PTA-sponsored supply box included everything necessary to complete one of 10 different experiments. Check out the videos sharing the hands-on fun that was had by all students. Pennekamp is also diving deeper into science and hosting its own virtual Science Night tonight at 6pm. The fun-filled evening is coordinated by Susan Holton, MBEF-funded Science Specialist, who will guide families through presentations on Mad Science, Reptacular Animals, and a Fire & Ice show.


MCHS Drama & Tech Presents Found – A Musical Revue
Mira Costa High School Drama and Tech is proud to announce its spring production of Found, an original musical revue that follows the journey of a cast and crew of students who are magically transported from the doldrums of their COVID lives to the bright lights of the Costa stage. This special event showcases a selection of hopeful songs tailored especially for the cast and filmed for streaming directly into your home. Found is playing on May 14th & 15th and May 21st & 22nd. For more details on how to purchase tickets, click here.


La Vista – Mira Costa's News Source
Mira Costa High School’s La Vista is a student-run hybrid news source that gives a voice to the student body and provides relevant articles on the school and its local communities. This small but mighty organization of journalists was created by students in 1950 and has grown its distribution to over 3,000 subscribers. La Vista covers a range of stories from students, sports, arts, curriculum, community events, and everything in between. Last Fall, the student staff chose to highlight the inner workings of MCHS by reporting on teacher and staff accomplishments. Learning more about the personal interests of MBUSD educators helps students to connect more with their teachers and aspire to pursue their own passions. For more details on these amazing educators and their achievements, please click here.


Mira Costa Participates in Los Angeles Master Chorale Choir Festival
The Mira Costa Choirs had the incredible opportunity to be part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale Virtual High School Choir Festival on April 23rd. The Festival brought 26 Southern California high schools together to sing "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, "Resilience" by Abbie Betinis, and "Es Tu Tiempo" by Francisco Núñez. In past years the event has taken place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and this year, the pandemic did not stop the music. All participants were captured singing together in unison on screen despite being in their own settings. To watch the amazing performance, click here.


South Bay Families Connected Speaker Series 
South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) offers a wealth of free and accessible social-emotional wellness resources to local students and their families. Let's Learn and Grow Together/Apart is a three-part series hosted by SBFC and the Manhattan Beach School District providing useful tips on how to help our youth thrive during these challenging times. The last event of the series, Building Resilience and Paving a Path to Success: Tips for Elementary Parents is presented by Moe Gelbart, PhD., Executive Director at the Thelma McMillen Recovery Center and Director of Behavioral Health at Torrance Memorial Medical Center will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 27th at 6pm. To register, click here.


You Shop. Amazon Gives. MBEF Wins.
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Manhattan Beach Education Foundation" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) and tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Manhattan Beach Education Foundation" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

5/14/21 - 5/15/21
MCHS Drama/Tech Production Found @ 7:00pm.
5/21/21 - 5/22/21
MCHS Drama/Tech Production Found @ 2:00pm & 7:00pm
SBFC Let's Learn and Grow Together/Apart Series #3: Building Resilience and Paving a Path for Success @ 6:00pm
Memorial Day - No School
Last Day of 2020/21 School Year
First Day of 2021/22 School Year

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

Benefactors $10,000 Level

Leaders $5,000 Level


Thank you to all of our Community Partners!

Click here for a full list and to learn more about MBEF's Community Partner Program.

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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