September 7, 2017

Welcome to the New School Year!
There are many inspiring events and happenings throughout the District to support our community of students and parents. Please mark your calendars.

September 7th – MCHS Back to School Night from 6 - 9pm in the classrooms

September 13th – Bill Nye the Science Guy and co-author Gregory Mone introduce their popular series Jack and the Geniuses - Into the Deep Blue Sea at 6pm in the Mira Costa Auditorium. This event is full - check back for additional seating

September 14th – MBMS Back to School Night from 6-7:45pm, with the General PTA Meeting at 5:20pm in the MPR

September 18thScreenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age from 6-8pm in the MPR at MBMS, followed by a discussion session with an expert panel. Register here.

September 20thParenting in the Age of Social Media presented by Clayton Cranford, author of Parenting in a Digital World, from 6:30-8pm at Hermosa Valley School

September 22nd – MCHS First Friday Tailgate Party with traditional BBQ from 5-6:30pm before the Mustang football game

September 27thPlugged-In Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age presented by Dr. Yalda Uhls of Common Sense Media (see below) at 6pm in the MPR at MBMS

October 17th – Recognizing and Responding to Teen Stressors and Pressures with guest panelists Greg Allen, Moe Gelbart, Leah Niehaus and Adam O’Neill at 6:30pm at Redondo Union High School

November 7th – Rita Lurie, Holocaust Survivor, and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, authors of Bending Toward the Sun at 6:30pm in the MPR at MBMS

November 16th & 17th – Meet Your Lawmakers at the 2017 Education Roundtable on either date for a discussion regarding current issues in public education (more details to come)

November 30thCollege Testing: Learn more about the ACT and SAT from expert Adam Ingersoll, Founder and Principal of Compass Education Group at 6pm in the Mira Costa Auditorium

January 30th – Special guest Michele Borba, author of Unselfie - Raising Empathetic Children speaks at 6:30pm in the Mira Costa Auditorium

March TBD – "What It's Really Like for Us" - a teen panel moderated by Leah Niehaus, LCSW, at 6:30pm at Hermosa Valley School 

April 17th – Denise Pope, author of Overloaded and Underprepared - The Well-Balanced Student and co-founder of Challenge Success at 6:30pm at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Many of the above events are part of the Parent University Get PUMPed Program at MBMS in partnership with Beach Cities Health District and MBEF. We encourage you to check the web site at your school site to find out more happenings on your campus. 


Inspiring Change – Social Inclusion Grants  
MBEF is pleased to continue funding programs that will inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools through the 2017/18 Social Inclusion Grants. Originally initiated by Malissia and Ron Clinton in 2015, the Social Inclusion Grants help bridge the racial divide and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for our children. MBUSD students and teachers are encouraged to apply for small grants to introduce programs that will focus on celebrating and respecting diversity - racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, economic and cultural. Social Inclusion Grant Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2017.  


Science Hero, Bill Nye, Comes to Manhattan Beach! 
Bill Nye the Science Guy and co-author Gregory Mone, will share the new adventures of Jack and the Geniuses - In The Deep Blue Sea with our community at the Mira Costa Auditorium on Wednesday, September 13 at 6pm. Nye is best known for his Emmy Award-winning PBS show, Bill Nye the Science Guy on PBS, and will be introducing his fans, 3rd grade and up, to his newest book. The Jack and the Geniuses series follows a trio of bright, resourceful kids using science and engineering to solve mysteries. All seats have been reserved - please check back for additional seating.


Plugged-In Parents: Keeping Kids Safe, Happy, and Healthy in the Digital Age with Yalda Uhls
Dr. Yalda T. Uhls, UCLA Researcher, Author and Common Sense Youth Development Expert, brings her expertise on current trends in the media to parents of middle school parents and beyond on September 27th at 6pm at MBMS. Today's youth spend hours focused on entertainment media that ultimately shapes their attitudes and behaviors. Yalda's work addresses the critical matter of helping kids grow up healthy and safe in the 21st century. If you are wondering how to navigate social media and the digital age with your child, Yalda brings a breadth of insightful revelations and practical tips to parents. Register here for the event.


Mira Costa Graduating Class of 2017
This coming year, Mira Costa grads are attending 172 colleges and universities in 38 states and 9 countries. The MCHS College and Career Counselors are fully funded by donations to MBEF and help match our students with great schools everywhere. To see where our grads are continuing their education, check out our College Map in detail. Thank you for partnering with us to create exceptional educational opportunities. Stronger schools, stronger community, stronger together. 

  Pier to Pier

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – Sunday, October 29
Join your friends, neighbors, and classmates at the annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, an awe-inspiring community event that supports our public schools and children with special needs. Last year the SKECHERS Foundation quadrupled personal donations, with MBEF receiving $130,000 for our community-wide participation. This funding supports the many programs and educators MBEF is providing in our schools this year.  The Walk also provides assistance to The Friendship Foundation, an organization that brings companionship and recreational opportunities to children and young adults with special needs. 

Please join the MBEF Team and designate MBEF as your beneficiary so your donation supports Manhattan Beach public schools. If you're unable to attend, please consider being a virtual walker and your donation will be matched by SKECHERS.


TEDxManhattan Beach – Saturday, November 4
TEDxManhattanBeach returns Saturday, November 4th from 9am-3pm at Mira Costa High School. Hear from 14 innovators who are meeting today’s challenges head on, breaking through barriers in science, technology, business and the arts to prove that “Anything’s Possible.” Tickets are limited - and on sale now. The event is sponsored in part by MBEF and MBEF donors receive a $10 discount by entering Promo Code “MBEF”. Your ticket includes a full day of TEDx Talks, locally sourced breakfast, snacks & lunch, and access to the TEDxMB interactive Expo Hall. Visit TEDxMB for tickets and information. 


MBEF Business Sponsor Spotlight:
Family Dinners Made Easy at Zinc@Shade

Shade Hotel is one of MBEF’s most generous and longstanding business sponsors. This fall, Zinc@Shade would like to help your family ease back into the school routine by providing family meals to go. From Sunday through Thursday, Zinc@Shade will prepare a family meal for 4 for $60. Simply order your meal, pull up to the valet, or pick up with Uber. No parking meters, no kitchen clean-up, and no fuss. When placing your order, mention MBEF and you’ll receive $10 off your first meal. Click here for further details and to view the menu to see what’s cooking! Additionally, every Thursday night, Shade will donate 15% of all food and beverage orders to local schools – just let your server know you support MBEF/MBUSD. Thank you to Shade and the Zislis Family for your generous and ongoing support of our schools – we are truly grateful.


Business Sponsorship Program
The generous support of local businesses and corporations is one of the reasons why Manhattan Beach is among the best places in the country to live, work and learn. MBEF’s Business Sponsorship Program provides a means for businesses to contribute to our schools in a meaningful way, while receiving recognition through MBEF communications and events. It’s a win-win: the program helps businesses reach a large and local audience while supporting the critical programs MBEF funds. Click here to learn more about the benefits of the Business Sponsorship Program. To become an MBEF Business Sponsor for the 2017/18 school year, please call the MBEF office at 310-303-3342.

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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.

Even Melinda Gates has had to learn how to parent in the digital age. Here are her Practical Technology Tips for parents to ensure our children are using technology wisely. 

As the number of Mira Costa students that are taking advantage of Advanced Placement classes increases, so have the scores. Here's a look at the new AP Trend at Mira Costa High School

An infusion of new talent heads up the MBUSD Leadership Team for the 2017/18 school year. 

Just how valuable is curiosity to our students? The Power of Curiosity in the classroom is often overlooked, yet essential, in today's classrooms. 

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



Murad Family Foundation


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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