October 24, 2018

Support of MBEF's 2018/19 Annual Appeal is Critical
Without the support of the Annual Appeal each year, the programs that we rely upon to strengthen our schools would be eliminated. Whether our kids are learning an instrument in music, exploring a passion in an elective class, tinkering in MakerSpace, trying a sport in PE, or researching post-graduation pathways with a counselor, there is no question that these parent-funded programs have a profound impact on their experience in MBUSD. Our Annual Appeal is the primary source of funding for these grants – please help ensure they continue and show your support today

Thank you to those who have already contributed. If you are not sure if you participated yet this year, check out the complete list of All Annual Appeal Donors. Special thanks to our Lead Annual Appeal Donors who have donated $5,000 or more. Please Give Today!


Pier to Pier

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk This Sunday! 
It's not too late to join your friends, neighbors, and classmates at the annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, a fun community event that combines the values of inclusion, love and friendship with quality education. Join one of the teams listed below, and designate MBEF as the beneficiary so your donation supports Manhattan Beach public schools. If you cannot attend on Sunday, please participate as a “virtual walker”. All donations will be generously matched by SKECHERS and are a significant part of MBEF's fundraising efforts. 

Grand View Team
Meadows Team
Mira Costa High School Team
Pacific Team
Pennekamp Team
Robinson Team
MBEF / MB Community Team

Congratulations to Meadows parents Chris and Michal Pasula for registering early and winning two tickets to the 25th Annual Wine Auction in June 2019!


Congratulations to Kim Holz, California Teacher of the Year! 
Our own Kim Holz, fourth grade teacher at Robinson Elementary, was named one of five extraordinary 2019 California Teachers of the Year by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson. Mrs. Holz has been teaching multiple subjects for 38 years, 21 of which have been at Robinson Elementary. She is known for her ability to help every student reach their potential by using personalized learning and differentiated instruction. MBUSD Superintendent of Schools Mike Matthews was thrilled but not surprised to learn of Mrs. Holz’s achievement. “Mrs. Holz has a passion for teaching that her students sense each and every day. She takes great pride in teaching students to think critically and deeply about what they are learning.” Congratulations Mrs. Holz!


Inventing Tomorrow: Exclusive Screening & Discussion – December 4th 
First seen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, INVENTING TOMORROW follows six young scientists from around the globe as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. Each student is preparing original scientific research that he or she will defend at the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Framed against the backdrop of the severe environmental threats we now face, the audience is immersed in a global view of the planetary crisis, through the eyes of the generation that will be affected by it most.

Inventing Tomorrow proves that a game-changing idea, combined with the guts to make it happen, could change the world. After the movie, a panel of MBUSD educators will discuss how we can foster innovation and courage in the next generation, helping them to find the courage to take on our planet’s environmental threats. Reserve your seat online to be part of this inspiring event.



A Look at Mira Costa – The New School Profile
Everything you need to know about Mira Costa High School can be found in the new School Profile, which has been completely revised and updated under the direction of MBEF. If you are curious about the academic and enrichment opportunities available at Mira Costa, the mean average on college admissions tests, the number of AP exams our students take, or college admissions statistics for the past 5 years, this profile has the answers. Compare it to the profile of any private school and you won’t be disappointed. 


Blowing Smoke: What Parents Need to Know About Vaping – October 25th
Vaping has quickly become a concern for parents and health professionals alike – and it should be. 28% of 11th graders in the Beach Cities report smoking electronic cigarettes or vaping in the past 30 days. Join South Bay Families Connected on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30pm at the Redondo Union High School Auditorium for a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Nicole Wesley, Executive Director of Student Services for RBUSD. Hear from a variety of panelists, including Mark Hernandez from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM from the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, Dr. Moe Gelbart from the Thelma McMillen Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Claire Haddad, Redondo Union High School Senior and BCHD Youth Advisory Council member, and Todd Schenasi, who will offer personal testimonials. Advance registration is required to reserve a spot. Childcare is provided at Adventureplex through Beach Cities Health District.


Inspiring Inclusion in Our Schools – Applications Due Now
MBEF helps fund programs that will inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools through the 2018/19 Social Inclusion Grants. 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 orientation, economic and cultural. 2018-19 Social Inclusion Grant Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2018. The Social Inclusion Grants help bridge the racial divide and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for our children. 


Refresh Your Mind at TEDxMB – November 3rd
TEDx Manhattan Beach returns to our community Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-3pm at Mira Costa High School. Among those Talking this year – a flying taxi researcher, big bang explorer, a zzzzz Doctor, a modern anthropologist, a digital visionary, a serial tech entrepreneur, a blockchain champion, an insightful storyteller...and a very lucky guy. 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. 



2018 Fall Classic Golf Tournament Nets $50,000
The 3rd Annual MB Fall Classic Golf Tournament, held October 15th, was a tremendous success – netting $50,000 for MBEF and our schools! Held at the Virginia Country Club, the Fall Classic was a fun-filled day of world-class golf, great food and drink, and friendly competition – all in support of our students and our schools. Tremendous thanks to Tournament Founder & Producer Todd Klawin and Virginia Country Club for their incredible support, generosity, and partnership. We’d also like to express our gratitude to the 2018 Fall Classic Presenting Sponsors: Jim Schlager and Moss Adams Wealth Advisors, Borzi Family Foundation, Beach Cities Orthopedics, Cause Events, and Highridge Costa Companies. We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to the Team Captains, players, and the many in-kind donors who contributed to the event’s success. For more information and a complete list of tournament supporters, please visit 2018 Manhattan Beach Fall Classic.


MCHS Drama/Tech Department Presents The Laramie Project 
Costa's Drama/Tech Department is proud to present The Laramie Project, an emotionally riveting drama by Moisés Kaufman, centered on the murder of gay college student, Matthew Shepard, and its affect on his community and the nation. Witness our young MCHS actors in a stunning portrayal of the Laramie residents that calls us all to explore contemporary thoughts on homosexuality, religion, class, economics, and education. The Laramie Project is playing November 2nd-10th in Mira Costa’s Small Theatre. Discount pre-sale tickets ($12 Adult; $10 Student/Senior) will be available for purchase online October 15th through 3pm on November 2nd. A special student rate of $5 is available for the November 7th show. This production is appropriate for ages 14+. 



VETFEST BEERBQUE – November 11th
Celebrate Veteran’s Day and salute those who serve and protect us. Join the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach and Kinecta for the first ever VETFEST BEER-B-QUE. Feast on Texas BBQ, indulge in distinctive craft beer offerings, and enjoy 80s style Yacht Rock sensation, Yachty by Nature. 100% of ticket sales will benefit Team Rubicon, Bob Hope USO, UCLA Operation Mend and other local charities, including MBEF, that Manhattan Beach Rotary supports. Spend Sunday, November 11th from 12noon - 5pm at 1440 Rosecrans having fun, filling up and supporting those who protect and serve our country. Tickets available online.


Put Your Support of MBEF on Display
Show your support for our local schools by displaying an MBEF lawn sign or car magnet. Lawn signs are available at each school site and the new car magnet will be mailed upon receipt of your donation or pledge. For your convenience, you can Request an MBEF Lawn Sign Online and we will deliver it to your home or place of business. This is a great way to display your support and encourage others to join this important effort.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

South Bay Families Connected presents: Blowing Smoke: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Vaping from 6:30-8pm at Redondo Union High School.
Come learn more about MCHS programs and activities at This is Costa from 6-8pm.
Join your school team for an inspiring day at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk.
See what trailblazers are talking at TEDx Manhattan Beach on Saturday, November 3rd at Mira Costa High School.
11/2/2018 - 11/10/2018
Check out the MCHS Drama/Tech Department's Fall production of The Laramie Project.
Honor our Vets on Veteran's Day at the VETFEST BEERBQUE at Kinecta Federal Credit Union.
Veterans Day Holiday - No School 
South Bay Families Connected presents: Screening of the film "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety"  from 6:30-8pm in the MCHS Auditorium.
Manhattan Beach Holiday Open House & Pier Lighting from 6-9pm. MCHS Choir concert on the MB Pier at 6pm.
Don't miss the Supporting Your K-5 Reading Workshop in the Cafeteria at Pennekamp Elementary from 8:30-10am.
11/19/2018 - 11/27/2018
Thanksgiving Break - No School
Screening of Sundance Film INVENTING TOMORROW at the Mira Costa Auditorium at 6:30pm. Free admission, Advance Ticketing Required
MBMS Winter Choral Concert in the MBMS Multi-Purpose Room at 6:30pm.
Mira Costa Orchestra Concert in the MCHS Auditorium at 7pm.
Mira Costa Choir Concert in the MCHS Auditorium at 7pm.
12/21/2018 - 1/4/2018
Winter Break - No School
25th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction benefitting the MBEF Endowment.
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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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