Annual Donations to MBEF Are Essential Student Learning Opportunities
Each year funds raised through the MBEF Annual Appeal are critical to ensure that key programs and educator positions continue in our schools. Without this funding, MBEF-funded programs are subject to reduction or elimination. And these are the programs that truly impact student learning – that challenge our students with hands-on opportunities in SCIENCE LAB, foster creativity in MUSIC and literacy in LIBRARY, support social-emotional health with COUNSELING, encourage determination in MAKERSPACE, goal-setting with the COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER, foster team-building skills in PHYSICAL EDUCATION, and ensure more personalized learning and support for each student with CLASS SIZE REDUCTION. These are the program that set us apart. These are MBEF donations at work in our schools. Support the Annual Appeal.


Matching Gift Program at Work in MBEF
Through the generosity of corporate matching gift programs and our diligent donors, MBEF raised $350,000 during the 2020-21 Annual Appeal. Currently 13% of MBEF donations are matched by donor employee matching gifts – the potential to grow this is exponential. We encourage all MBEF donors to check the Double the Donation program or ask their corporate giving or human resources department if their employer participates in a matching gift program. You can double your donation and your impact today!


Beep! Beep! MBEF and Kinecta Coming to Mira Costa!
Celebrate our community and MBEF with ice cream treats this Friday. MBEF and our Community Partner, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, will be in the student parking lot passing out free ice cream and other fun giveaways from 2-3:30pm this Friday, October 29th. All MCHS students and staff are welcome to stop by the pink and purple truck for an ice cream to go. Kinecta will also be joining tailgaters on the field from 5-6:30pm for the Costa Community Tailgate before the football game. Thank you Kinecta for supporting our schools! Go Mustangs! 


TEDx Future RE iMAGINED – November 6th 
Don't miss this inspiring local event that motivates us with challenging ideas and concepts worth spreading. Fourteen presenters with bold visions will share how they re-imagine the future – our own Mira Costa Senior, Hannah Gedion, plans to make global citizens out of our high school students. Plus, visit the hands-on EXPO to explore velocity and flight with MBEF's own MakerSpace program. Ticket sales end TODAY, Wednesday, October 27th – to learn more and to purchase tickets, please visit TEDxManhattanBeach. As a longtime supporter of TEDx, MBEF is able to extend a $10 discount off each Gold Ticket to our families by entering MBEF21 when ordering. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Sharing the Love of Reading – Our Very Own Library Resource Specialists
Since they were initially funded by MBEF, campus libraries have become favorite spaces for so many students – a place where they could get lost in the pages of a compelling book that provokes new ideas and spurs their imaginations. The connections that our students make in our campus libraries, both to people and books, help them thrive academically and emotionally. Our Library Resource Specialists ensure that the library is a warm, welcoming place, stocked with exciting books for all to experience. We invite you to learn more about these special members of our school community. Read more here…


Mira Costa High School The 2021/22 School Profile
Our community takes great pride in all of our schools, especially our prestiguous high school. The comprehensive Mira Costa High School offers excellent academics with over 200 courses, including 36 Honors and Advanced Placement options, over 100 clubs and specialized programs of excellence, competitive athletics with a wide range of options for students of all levels, the list goes on and on. Each year, the MCHS School Profile is updated to ensure that the admissions offices at colleges and universities throughout the country are aware of Mira Costa's rigor, requirements, and offerings. Check out the new 2021/22 MCHS School Profile to learn more about Mira Costa and how our students are excelling. 


Thank You to MBEF's Loyal Donors
Our high-quality schools are strong because of the consistent support of our community – parents, neighbors, businesses, and the like. Because of this long-term support, our programs flourish with dedicated funding directed at ensuring their success over many years. Each year MBEF recognizes those donors who have contributed to our efforts for five or more consecutive years as Loyal Donors. We are proud to share that we have over 430 Loyal Donors who together have raised over $1,345,338 to date in the campaign. Thank you for recognizing the value in donating to MBEF over the duration of your students' education and beyond. 


Get In The Know with MBEF's Podcast Series
Last year, MBEF's new podcast series, In the Know, was introduced to keep our local community informed about issues surrounding our local public schools. In each podcast episode, hosts Dan Hellie, local parent and sports announcer, and Ellen Padnos, MBEF Board member and parent, sit down with members of our community who are instrumental in the success of our Manhattan Beach schools and community. In our first two episodes of the school year, Ellen sits down with Dr. John Bowes, MBUSD Superintendent, to learn about his past experience in neighboring districts, his personal interests and how he plans to guide the district. In the second podcast, Ellen meets with two district PTA leaders, District Advisory Council President Wysh Weinstein and Grand View PTA Co-President Jennifer Cram to explore how the PTAs are the heartbeat of our schools, connecting families with teachers and administrators, and building communities outside the classroom. You can catch both In The Know podcasts on iTunes or on the MBEF Website.


A Big Thank You to SKECHERS and Manhattan Beach
This past Sunday, October 24th marked the 13th annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in support of our local schools and children with special needs. After a virtual event last year, a record-breaking 17,000 participants joined forces to raise over $2.6 million. It was amazing to see all the students, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, and even mascots, walking with pride in their school gear and waving MBEF signs in support. We are so grateful for SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg, Executive Director Robin Curren, Director of Development & Events Anne Kelly, and everyone at SKECHERS and the Friendship Foundation. A special thanks to the many students and parent volunteers for their recruitment and fundraising efforts at our schools. And a big shout out to our Team Captains at each school site – Jessica Cornelison, Pip Coyne, Heather de Roos, Carly Feingold, Jennie and Doug Hott, Omkar Kulkarni, and Jen Linney. SKECHERS, The Friendship Foundation and MBEF thank you for your support!


New Families to MBUSD Invited to a Welcome Reception Join Us Thursday, October 28th
Our schools are the centers of our amazing community and their success can be attributed to the collective commitment of our parents and leaders. If your family has recently joined our school community, we would like to invite you to a New Family Welcome Reception to get to know fellow parents, as well as our district and school leadership. Join MBUSD Superintendent Dr. John Bowes, MBUSD School Principals, MBEF President Scott Rosenthal, MBEF Executive Director Hilary Mahan, and District Advisory Council PTA President Wysh Weinstein for our upcoming welcome reception on Thursday, October 28th at Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach from 5:00 - 6:30pm. Thank you to Andrea and Michael Zislis for hosting MBEF's Welcome Receptions and generously supporting our community schools. Please Register Here.  


Reserve Room Preview – Fe Wines 
Join us for a special evening in anticipation of the 28th Annual Manhattan Wine Auction. Longtime supporters and wine enthusiasts, April and Roger Spencer, will open their home to friends of the Manhattan Wine Auction for our Reserve Room Preview with Fe Wines on Thursday, November 4th from 6:00 - 9:00pm. Joseph Filippini, General Manager of Fe Wines, will be on hand to lead guests through an incredible tasting experience of 2018 Fe Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and 2018 26 Spring Mountain Red Wine Blend. A selection of hors d'oeuvres curated to accompany the wines will be served. Purchase Tickets Here.

  Best of Manhattan

MBEF Wins the Making A Difference Award!
MBEF was selected as the Best of Manhattan for bringing tremendous value and benefit to the Manhattan Beach Community. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Best of Manhattan is the only event that allows the public to nominate and vote for their favorite person, business, and organization in Manhattan Beach. We are honored to be among many local organizations who work to make this community so special. Thank you Manhattan Beach and congratulations to all of the amazing nominees!


Join the MBEF Team!
The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is looking for a dedicated Data Management Coordinator, who is responsible for managing the Raiser’s Edge database and tracking all donor data for the organization. The ideal candidate is analytical, tech-savvy, and detail-oriented, while also being mindful of the importance of building meaningful relationships with MBEF constituents. Please refer to the detailed job description on the MBEF Website. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Kristi Buckley, Operations and Projects Manager, at communications@mbef.org.


Show Us Some Love on Social Media
Calling all parents, students, teachers, businesses, and community leaders to follow us on social media. Stay informed on MBEF’s impact on our students of all ages, read the latest articles related to education, and see your support of our schools in action. Join the conversation and tag us if you have something to share about MBEF programs and initiatives on Facebook and Instagram.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

New Family Reception - Shade Hotel @5-6:30pm
MCHS Tailgate @4pm
TEDx - FUTURE RE-iMAGINED featuring the MBEF MakerSpace in the Expo Hall
New Family Reception - StrandBar @5-6:30pm
No School - Veteran's Day
Manhattan Beach Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House
11/22/21 - 11/26/21
No School - Thanksgiving Recess 
Giving Tuesday 
MBMS Orchestra Winter Concert @6pm
MBMS Band Winter Concert @6pm
MCHS Band Concert @7pm
MCHS Orchestra Concert @7pm
Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks 
MCHS Choir Concert @7pm
12/20/21 - 12/31/21
No School - Winter Recess
MBEF would like to recognize the following Community Partners
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Leaders $10,000+ 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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