MBEF Newsletter
    December 10, 2020  

Ensuring Inspiring Opportunities for All Students in 2021/22 
December often inspires us to reflect upon the year. The events of 2020 have certainly forced the whole world to consider new perspectives on almost everything. During this time of reflection, we ask you to consider the educational experiences your child has benefitted from here in our Manhattan Beach schools. Our schools are the centers of our community and provide our children with purpose and opportunity – we feel that more than ever now. Some of our children have had the opportunity to return to campus for hybrid learning – the joy expressed by the children, staff, and parents is overwhelming. We look forward to the day when that joy reaches all students and the opportunities continue. Unfortunately, the current Annual Appeal has raised just half of what we need to sustain MBEF grants for the 2021-2022 school year. Decisions that will directly impact your child’s educational experience for the coming school year are based upon the funds we raise. If you are not sure if your family has yet contributed to the Annual Appeal, please check here. The time to give is now, while we can still impact the 2021-2022 school year and ensure our children have access to inspirational opportunities we can all be excited about. Please show your support today!


Nurturing STEM in Schools for Lifelong Learning
Supporting hands-on science programs in our schools has been a significant priority for MBEF over many years. When the world was introduced to the notion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the new millennium, our district embraced the concept in our schools as well. Recognizing that the workplace and industries were shifting, our school community joined together to ensure that our students would be prepared. MBEF became, and continues to be, the catalyst for progress. Click here to learn more about how the Manhattan Beach Unified School District and its educators are helping students embrace STEM at all grade levels. 


Get In The Know with MBEF's Podcast Series
MBEF has introduced a new podcast series to keep you in the know about the issues you care about. Join Dan Hellie, local parent and sports announcer, as he sits down with members of our community who are instrumental in the success of our Manhattan Beach schools and community. In each podcast, Dan will address important information, concerns, and updates about the issues impacting our schools and students. In The Know is available on iTunes or you can check out the first two podcasts below:
Podcast #1 Dr. Mike Matthews, MBUSD Superintendent, addresses the approval of waivers for Manhattan Beach elementary schools and what it all means. 

Podcast #2 Dr. Alice Kuo, Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA addresses the impact of COVID-19 on children and what the future might bring. 


A Big Thank You To Our Downtown Businesses For Supporting Our Schools!
MBEF is very appreciative of the community support our downtown businesses demonstrated on Give Back Day in early November. Spearheaded by the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business + Professional Association, more than 30 businesses partnered with MBEF in support of our schools by donating a portion of their sales. We are still tallying the proceeds but anticipate the Give Back Day will generate $10,000 to MBEF. Please be sure to shop local this holiday season to support our community businesses. We are stronger together!


MBEF Innovation Grants Strengthen Distance Learning 
The Teacher's Driving Innovation Grant Program was created to support innovation and collaboration in TK-12 classrooms by providing educators an opportunity to exercise their passion for teaching, develop ideas, partner with colleagues, and connect with the wealth of knowledge, expertise, and talent within the MBUSD and community. In keeping in line with our underwriting partner, Northrop Grumman, there is a particular emphasis on support of projects focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). For the 2020-21 school year, the approved grants range from technology to enhance the integration of digital art into traditional visual arts curriculum for art students at MBMS, to a program to empower and build confidence in the language and literacy skills of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Pennekamp, to a computer simulation project on real-world budgeting experience for students in the MCHS Financial Algebra course. To learn more about our 2020-21 Grant Award recipients click here.


MBEF Endowment Hits $20 Million In 2020
As we near the end of the year, we are proud to share that the MBEF Endowment has hit the ambitious goal of $20 Million by 2020! Generous gifts from our supporters and strong long-term investment returns have fueled the MBEF Endowment to its current balance of over $21M. We are grateful to the dedicated individuals who had the foresight to establish the MBEF Endowment in 1986 with just $10,000 and to all of the Endowment Donors who have helped it reach this historic milestone. The Endowment plays an important role in sustainable funding for our schools – the current balance allows for approximately $1M to be disbursed to our schools every year in perpetuity according to the Endowment Disbursement Policy, which follows the prudent standards outlined in the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act of 2006 ("UPMIFA"). Since the Endowment hit $10M in 2014 and made its first disbursement, the Endowment has contributed over $3.7M towards MBEF’s annual grants to MBUSD. In 2020 alone, the Endowment disbursed $923,000 to support our schools as part of our record $7.5M grant to MBUSD. Your support of the MBEF Endowment in the past, today, and in the future will help our efforts to sustain quality public education here in Manhattan Beach now and for generations to come. Great Schools Today. Great Schools Forever.


MBEF Social Inclusion Grants – Bridging the Divide
In a world full of division and strife, now more than ever our students and teachers benefit from materials, tools, and training in Race, Equity, and Diversity. Every year MBEF supports social inclusion grants in our schools to help bridge the divide. This year the approved grants include districtwide Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias training for all MBUSD teachers, enriched library collections for K-8 to foster a culture of inclusion and appreciation of all cultures, and an enhanced selection of inclusion and diversity books from diverse authors for English 11 curriculum. MBEF’s Social Inclusion Grants are open to all MBUSD parents, students, and teachers to introduce programs that will focus on celebrating and respecting diversity – racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, economic, and cultural. Applications are available starting in August and accepted through early October. To see a complete list of the 2020-21 Grant Award recipients and learn more about how to apply next year, click here.


Emotional Support Workshops For Parents 
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District PTA Council and Social-Emotional Learning Committee have collaborated to bring a four-part series on “Emotional Support During Distance Learning” for all parents. Olivia Tiffany, Family Counselor, Life Coach, and Doctoral Student of Child Psychology, will provide insight and tools to support your child’s social-emotional well-being during this pandemic. The first of four webinars titled “Emotional Support” is on December 11th at 9:30am where Tiffany will discuss how to identify the signs of depression and the best ways to support teens and tweens during these very stressful times. Please RSVP to attend and click here for more information on Teen Souls, Tiffany's resource for adolescent girls.


South Bay Families Connected Keeps Our Community Connected in Difficult Times
South Bay Families Connected (SBFC) offers a wealth of free and accessible social-emotional wellness resources to help our youth thrive during these challenging times as we stay safer at home together. Be sure to have your teens visit the SBFC Virtual Teen Center for videos and resources related to trending youth mental health issues. This month they have also updated their website to include a Coronavirus Support page, Grief page, and Opioid Overdose prevention page. Check out these links and more at South Bay Families Connected.



MBEF's Community Partner Program
MBEF’s Community Partner Program provides a way for businesses to contribute to the Manhattan Beach community and its schools in a meaningful and lasting way. The remarkable support of our local businesses, corporations, and real estate agents is one of the reasons why Manhattan Beach is among the best places in the country to live, work, and learn. Check out MBEF’s Community Partner Program to review the extensive sponsor benefits a company will receive and how the investment in our schools is shared with our community. Thank you to all of our current Community Partners who contribute funds that directly impact the grants MBEF provides to the Manhattan Beach public schools each year.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

Emotional Support During Distance Learning "Emotional Support" Part 1 of 4 Webinars @ 9:30am.
12/21/20 - 1/4/21
No School - Winter Break
Emotional Support During Distance Learning "Nutrition and Mood" Part 2 of 4 Webinars @ 9:30am.
No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Annual Appeal Ends
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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.

Do your teens lack motivation with distance learning? Here is an interesting New York Times article on how to motivate teenagers and what they can do to equip themselves to move forward during this difficult and frustrating time. 

The University of California making changes to their math requirement for admissions which aims to provide more options outside the non-STEM pathways. Check out this article by EdSource to learn more.

If you are looking for ways to help an anxious child during very anxious times, check out this NY Times article on “Helping Children With Anxiety in the Pandemic” and get some clarity on the best steps to take and when to take them.

MBEF would like to recognize the following Community Partners
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Valedictorian $25,000 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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