November 20, 2014

As we head into Thanksgiving break and give thanks for our many blessings, we hope that you will find the information below informative and helpful to your family. We thank you for giving, for caring, for helping.


Award-Winning MBUSD Educators Make the Grade

An exceptional teacher has a lasting impact on a student, encouraging a lifetime love of learning. MBUSD is fortunate to have a plethora of extraordinary educators to support our students in the early stages of learning. From teachers to administrators, MBUSD educators are among the best in the state, and even country. Read more about the most recent accomplishments here.


UCLA’s Center X – Examining the Core of Mathematics

The Common Core State Standards for math are dramatically different from previous state standards and both teachers and students will need to adjust. Leading the charge at MBUSD is the Mathematics Project at UCLA’s Center X. The skilled team is bringing professional development and coaching to our K-12 school sites to help keep us at the top of the learning curve. Read more here.


STEM or STEAM = Jobs of the Future

The recent results from the MBEF survey indicate strong support from both parents and teachers of STEM/STEAM curriculum in our schools. The national movement towards an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts is directing the workforce on an international scale and our community wants our students to be prepared. Here is the first of two articles examining STEM/STEAM and what it means to our community.


Thank You: For Giving, For Caring, For Helping

Before you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner, stand up for our local schools. If you haven't already made your Annual Appeal gift, please send a donation that will help support programs and students throughout the entire year. And that’s something we can all be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at MBEF.


Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Beach Chamber to Launch a New Program for Young Entrepreneurs

In January 2015, the Manhattan Beach Chamber will launch the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) for middle and high school students. YEA! is a year-long program that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to start and run their own, REAL businesses. Students brainstorm business ideas, write a business plan, pitch their plan to investors for funding, and actually launch their own business or social movement. The Chamber is looking for students between the ages of 11-18 to participate, and applications will be accepted until December 1, 2014, or until the program is full. For more information, please contact the Manhattan Beach Chamber at 310.545.5313 or visit


Your Generosity Never Ceases to Amaze Us

Once again, we’d like to express our profound gratitude to our parents for their selfless support. Your participation, coupled with the caring efforts of our volunteers, ensures that our local schools will remain among the finest in the state. We'd like to recognize families who’ve contributed $5,000 or more. Thank you.

Sarah and Bobby Akin Melinda and Eric Arentsen
Joseph Argilagos Lillette and David Ballantine
Peter Barbara & Erin Foster Angela and William Barrick
The Bennett Family Kate and Timothy Bergin
Brandy and Rob Blake Margaret and Mark Blanchard
Dolly and David Boden Laura Thiers and Charles Boettcher
Sippy and Christopher Brennan Elissa and Bob Brown
Sarah and Douglas Brown Kristi and Rick Buckley
Diana and Matthew Bui Jennifer and Steven Camacho
Antonia and David Carpenter Nadia and Jon Christensen
Jennifer and John Cochran Kristin and Brad Coons
Amy and Todd Coordt Michelle and Dave Cormack
Tracey and Kevin Daley Taree and Drew Davidoff

See full list here.

23rd Street Jewelers

'Tis the Season for Giving
Thursday, December 18th at 23rd Street Jewelers

Here is a great opportunity to give a gift to your loved ones and our schools! Longtime MBEF supporter 23rd Street Jewelers invites you to a special day of shopping to benefit MBEF. On Thursday, December 18th from 11am – 9pm, 23rd Street Jewelers will be offering a 10% discount on all merchandise plus a 10% donation to MBEF on all purchases. Hors d’oeuvres and champagne will be provided throughout the day, with complimentary valet parking from 6-9pm. Click here for further information.

Give back

Celebrate the Holidays While Supporting MBEF

Hosting a party for friends, family or colleagues this holiday season? If you place an event order from Choura Events by December 31, they will donate 5% of your order back to MBEF. What better way to celebrate the season and support your schools! Don’t forget to tell Choura that you’re an MBEF supporter. Click here for further details.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Business Sponsors
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:
Body Glove            Cobalt Mortgage        Downtown MB

Thank you to all of our Business Sponsors.  
Click here
for a full list and to learn more.     

Better Schools, Better Community

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 nearly 3,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $5 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

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation P.O. Box 1110 Manhattan Beach, CA 90267
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