June 14, 2017

Approved Grants for the 2017/18 School Year
As a community-driven organization, MBEF strives to ensure that our grants are reflective of parent and teacher priorities. We welcome feedback and regularly survey our stakeholders to help determine our strategic direction and funding priorities. To determine the grants for the 2017/18 school year, MBEF’s 35-member Board of Directors worked with the District to identify programs that are most aligned with parent priorities and MBEF Grant Guidelines. Read more about the 2017/18 grants and approval process here...


Manhattan Wine Auction Hits New Heights 
On Saturday, June 3, the Manhattan Country Club hosted 2,000 guests for the 23rd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction, raising a record-setting $1.8 million for MBEF and the Manhattan Beach public schools. Once again, the Wine Auction was an evening filled with great food and wine, good times with friends and neighbors, and a spirit of community and generosity that is awe-inspiring. Please take a moment to visit the Manhattan Wine Auction website or view the Wine Auction Program and join us in applauding everyone whose support and generosity contributed to the success of the evening. Finally, please mark your calendars now for next year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018.


$20 Million by 2020 Campaign 
MBEF recently kicked off a campaign to grow its’ Endowment to $20 million by the year 2020. Much of the success of our schools depends on the tremendous support from our community. Each year MBEF grants over $6M for educational programs throughout our District, most of which comes from annual donations from parents. When we look to the future of our schools, increasing the MBEF Endowment has significant advantages; it creates an ongoing source of income, relieves fundraising pressure on the Annual Appeal and upholds our donors’ values and priorities. Read more here...


Embracing Diversity - Bringing Inclusion to our Schools
By Kathleen Gibbons
Social inclusion was brought to the forefront of our community after a burning tire was thrown at the front door of Malissia and Ronald Clinton’s Manhattan Beach home in February 2015. Many families stood in solidarity with the Clinton family against the suspected hate crime and raised over $30,000 in reward money. With the perpetrator(s) at large after eighteen months, the Clintons turned the incident into a positive outcome and donated the unused reward money to MBEF by establishing the 2016 Clinton Family Social Inclusion Grants for the 2016-2017 school year. More on social inclusion within our community here…


Congratulations Class of 2017! 
On Thursday, June 15, the Mira Costa Class of 2017 will participate in their last milestone with MBUSD schools, graduation. Costa graduates will continue their journey at a variety of higher education institutions more prepared and with more perspective on the world. MBEF would like to extend our appreciation to those families who participated in MBEF's Class of 2017 Forever Fund with a donation to the Endowment. Donations are invested in perpetuity and the return on that investment goes to help ensure that the great schools they remember, stay great. If you would like to give a gift in honor of a graduate, you can donate online here


Making the Most of Summer
Summer is the time to slow down and take a moment to explore the world around us – whether through travel, new experiences, or a good book. The MBUSD recommended, and in some cases, required Summer Reading List by grade level will keep students engaged. In addition to reading, there are many local activities and camps for students to take advantage of during the summer months. 

CAMP EXPO – If you missed the event earlier this year hosted by Meadows PTA, you can still check out participating camps here.

CAMP VIP – Run by MBX, our familiar hometown folks offer up plenty of opportunities from robotics to performing arts. There’s even a great camp to get kids ready for Kindergarten.

EASY READER SUMMER CALENDAR  Check out the Easy Reader's guide to camps this summer for kids of all ages.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

Last Day of School
MCHS Registration - 12th Grade from 8:30-11:00am
MCHS Registration - 11th Grade from 12:30-3:00pm
MCHS Registration - 10th Grade from 8:30-11:00am
MCHS Registration- 9th Grade from 12:30-3:00pm
MCHS Freshmen Orientation from 8:30am-1:00pm
MBMS 6th Grade and New Student Orientation from 8:00am - 3:00pm
Kindergarten Back to School Night
First Day of School
Elementary Back to School Night - Grades 1-5
MCHS Back to School Night from 6-9pm
MBMS Back to School Night
College Testing: Learn more about the ACT and SAT from expert Adam Ingersoll, Founder and Principal of Compass Education Group, at 6:30pm in the MCHS Auditorium.



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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.

Flip phone until age 14? Bill Gates weighs in on Setting Technology Limits, including the safe, minimum age for a smartphone.

It's easy to get swept up in the College Admissions Madness. New York Times columnist Frank Bruni shares his insights on how to appreciate the process and get over the obsession with elite colleges.

The Benefits of Boredom being a great parent doesn't mean providing everything in your power to educate and entertain. Inner resources can be just as powerful on development as the outer. 

The recent High Altitude Weather Balloon Launch was just one of the many programs funded by the Teacher Innovation Grant program.

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





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 in 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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