December 13, 2018

Help Raise the Bar  We Need Every Family
MBEF’s partnership with our community through the Annual Appeal continues to strengthen our public schools, providing our students access to educators and programs that inspire excellence and innovation at every grade level. Each year, the Annual Appeal is the primary source of funding for these opportunities, and without generous donations from parents and community members, our schools would look dramatically different. We need the support of every family in our District to join the effort to sustain MBEF’s impact and reach our goal of $5 million – we have just over $1 million more to go! Please 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 2018/19 Annual Appeal Donors. Special thanks to our Lead Annual Appeal Donors who have donated $5,250 or more. 


Visual Arts in MBUSD Elementary Schools 
Thanks to the paddle raise at the 2018 Manhattan Wine Auction, MBEF re-introduced Visual Arts programming to our elementary schools in 2018. Led by Bill Ahrens, MBUSD educator for over ten years, the Manhattan Beach Elementary Visual Arts (MBEVA) program, is reaching every 4th and 5th grader on a weekly basis. The primary goal of the program is to introduce MBUSD students to visual arts curriculum that is built around the California education standards and provide an additional outlet for creativity in the classroom. Students are empowered with lessons in art history, basic design elements, and color theory. In fourth grade, students spent the first part of the year creating abstract color knots to test the archetypical boundaries of color before moving on to learning about human proportions through self-portraits, and developing a sense of perspective in 3-D Missions of California. Fifth graders have focused on similar elements but utilized varied projects like the expressionistic pumpkins and 3-D versions of Grinch’s Castle. Mr. Ahrens will be hosting an MBEVA Night for Parents to learn more about the program on January 14th at Pennekamp – all parents are invited to join.


World Peace Game – Driving Innovation at Meadows
Created by John Hunter, award-winning teacher and educational consultant, the World Peace Game (WPG) is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention.

Funded by an MBEF Teacher’s Driving Innovation grant, twenty-six Meadows students experienced WPG through a 5-day intensive version of the game earlier this year. The students were faced with 50 worldwide problems and work collaboratively to solve them as “nation teams”.  The impact of WPG is inspiring – here are the thoughts a few students shared: "I thought battle was the way to go, but learned other ways to solve problems," and "A good negotiator knows both sides they are dealing with and knows what both sides want. It's someone who doesn't argue and listens."

A proposal to bring World Peace Games to all MBUSD schools through MBEF’s Teachers Driving Innovation grants was just approved for the coming year. To learn more about the program, please visit the World Peace Game Foundation



A Look at College Admission Testing – Thursday, January 10th
If college admission testing is on the horizon for your student, we invite you to join us for a presentation provided by nationally recognized speaker, Adam Ingersoll. The evolving college admission testing landscape has far-reaching implications, both for public schools and individual students. Our speaker comes to us from Compass Education Group, however, he will not be presenting his company’s services. All attendees will leave with a better understanding of the college admission process and a framework for maximizing the student’s success on standardized tests. All high school students and parents are welcome to this complimentary event hosted by MBEF at the Mira Costa Auditorium on Thursday, January 10th at 7pm.



MBEF Bringing Julie Lythcott-Haims to South Bay in March
As the dean of freshmen at Stanford University for over a decade, Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a significant increase in parental involvement in students' lives. Parents were exerting control over academic work, extracurriculars and career choices rather than risking their child's failure or disappointment. Julie's message of preparing kids for success by avoiding the overparenting trap and empowering them with opportunities for failure is one we can all learn from. This event is hosted by MBEF at the Mira Costa Auditorium on Sunday, March 24th and Monday, March 25th. Look for registration information in January 2019. Check out Julie's Ted Talk to be inspired and mark your calendar!


MBUSD's Fond Farewell to School Board Members
Retiring Board Members Christine Cronin-Hurst and Ellen Rosenberg were acknowledged at last night's board meeting for their years of service and dedication to challenging our schools to constantly improve. We appreciate the partnership with MBEF of these upstanding members of our community for helping to mobilize and move us forward. Two new members of the School Board, Jennifer Fenton and Sally Peel, were sworn into office and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Board to strengthen Manhattan Beach public schools. Welcome Jen and Sally!


Successful Screening of 'Inventing Tomorrow' 
MBEF's special screening of the film Inventing Tomorrow brought our community together to discuss how we can impact our world's environmental challenges. The powerful film encourages students to identify challenges around them and utilize innovation, initiative, and tenacity to find solutions. Thanks to Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) staff, Dr. Mike Matthews, Ms. Leanne Weaver, Ms. Tanya Sanchez, Mr. James Locke, Mr. Timothy Piper, as well as local expert, Cory Pike, and the film's producer, Melanie Miller, the audience witnessed an insightful and inspiring conversation following the film. The panel shared their individual perspectives on the film and how our community can help support our own students as the changemakers and scientists of the future. If you missed it, click here to learn more about this amazing film and how you can take action. 


Pier to Pier

Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises over $2 Million!  
Sunday, October 28th marked the 10th annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in support of our local schools and children with special needs. Thanks to so many for taking part in what was another record-breaking year with over 14,000 participants who raised over $2 million. Manhattan Beach had a 30% increase in registered students, parents and friends wearing their school gear, waving MBEF signs and showing their support. We are so grateful for SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg, Robin Curren, 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 – Sue Antrobius, Anna Bargagliotti, Skylar Herdman, Shivani and Raj Mehrotra, Thuy Pham, Carolina Suaid, Jenni Tucker, Vicki Tyler, and Kim Waller. Skechers, The Friendship Foundation and MBEF thank you for your support!


Matching Gift Program Brings in More Dollars
Companies, big and small, often provide matching gift programs to support the organizations and causes their employees believe in. Last year, matching gifts accounted for over $300,000 of overall donations to MBEF. Check to see if your employer has an Eligible Matching Gift Program. Many companies have already approved MBEF as a beneficiary, simplifying the process. Every Dollar Counts!


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.


Join the MBEF Team!  
MBEF is currently looking for a Community Relations & Events Director and Development Director to join the team. If you have experience in event management, communications or fund development, and are passionate about public education and our community, we would love to hear from you.  Please click here for more information.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

MCHS Choirs Winter Concert, This Shining Night, in the Auditorium at 7pm.
12/21/2018 - 1/4/2019
Winter Break - No School
College Admissions Testing - An Evening with Adam Ingersoll at 7pm in the MCHS Auditorium.
MBMS Strings Winter Recital. Performances in the MPR at 5pm and 6:30pm.
MBMS Band Winter Recital. Performances in the MPR at 5pm and 6:30pm.
Dr. Martin Luther King Day - No School
Kindergarten Information Day from 9:30-11am at Pacific Elementary Auditorium.
MCHS All-District Orchestra in the MCHS Auditorium at 6:30pm.
Annual Appeal Ends
This is MBMS. All potential 6th Graders are invited to attend this opportunity to learn about MBMS - from electives, classes and other opportunities.
Mira Costa All-District Band Festival in the MCHS Auditorium at 5pm.
2/18/2019 - 2/22/2019
Mid-Winter Break - No School
3/24/2019 & 3/25/2019
MBEF brings Julie Lythcott-Haims to our South Bay community to share her perspective on How to Raise an Adult.
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

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