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Message From the Principal

On Friday, we had a Spirit Assembly featuring the character pillar of Gratitude. It was great seeing our kids as they planned and performed flawlessly. We are grateful at Robinson to have so many wonderful parents and students that make our little school by the sea so amazing.  I am already looking forward to the next assembly.

It was great seeing so many of our students and parents walking on the strand for the Sketchers Pier to Pier walk on Sunday.  We are so grateful at Robinson to be able to walk for others that might not be able to walk for themselves.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Robinson Run Club 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

November 6-9, Monday - Thursday: Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 10: No School, Veteran’s Day

Monday, November 13: Minimum Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 27 - December 1, Monday - Friday: Book Fair

Tuesday & Thursday, December 12th and 14th: Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences (Regular Schedule)

SKECHERS Friendship Walk A Success

Thank you to all of the families who joined in on Sunday's SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk to raise money for our schools. We had a great showing of Robinson students, and Splash was there to support and cheer on our walkers every step of the way. Robinson and MBEF thank you for your support! Special thanks to our Community Service co-chairs, Schuyler Chang and Dina Stephens, for promoting and organizing Robinson's participation in this event.

This Program Benefits the Entire Student Body

MBUSD is proud to support physical education led by trained educators in our elementary schools. Each week, our credentialed and passionate PE teachers provide 100 minutes of physical education – instilling an early love of sportsmanship, teamwork, and exercise. This healthy addition to our curriculum is made possible by your support. Please give generously today.

What does the PTSA mean to your child?

The PTSA is our Riptide community and it unites every parent, teacher and student at Robinson.  The PTSA means your child can participate in Young At Art, Growing Great, the 3 Piggy Opera, and Hip Hop.  The PTSA means your child is learning with MakerSpace activities, writing resources and classroom supplies.  The PTSA means your child is safe because of campus improvements and on-site security cameras.  And the PTSA means your child is having fun with field trips, iPads and yearbooks. 

Community Service Project - Operation Gratitude

We are partnering with Operation Gratitude to express our thanks to all who serve our nation. Please join Robinson classmates after school on Thursday, November 2nd to write letters of gratitude to the U.S. Military and First Responder communities for their service, dedication, and sacrifice. Along with student written letters, we will be hosting a candy & toothbrush collection drive to send care packages to the troops.  The drive will take place Nov 1-3.  This event was a big success last year and we hope many students will participate.

DirectorySpot – Online Robinson Directory

Attention all PTSA Members! Your membership has given you access to DirectorySpot, our online directory! New families to Robinson can download the DirectorySpot app, login with their email address and set a password when prompted. If you already have a DirectorySpot account registered to the same email address, no action will be required on your part.

School Handbook

Here is a quick reminder of a couple of rules for Robinson students that can be found online in our School Handbook (

PTA Reflections

Please encourage your children to enter the PTA Reflections student program! PTA Reflections encourages artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: Within Reach.

Party Book

The Robinson Party Book is still open for purchase!!  Upcoming parties for November with spots still available are: 5th Grade Girls Bowling, 4th Grade Boys Pool & Play on Minimum Day, 2nd Grade Nerf Tag & Target, 4th & 5th Boys Nerf Battle Royale, 1st Grade Gametruck & SoulCycle.  And there are many more spots still availabe to fabulous parties throughout the year!! Go here to browse and buy!!


We have some VERY COLORFUL pillowcases left over from the Home Town Fair!!! they are $5 each and are great for
1) Halloween candy bags
2) a kids room
3) extra pillowcase for sleepovers and/or camp!

They will be available tomorrow (Wed) after school and again at the Assembly on Friday for $5 each… feel free to send you child with money OR  you can venmo Tenley at "Tenley-Prince” and she will make sure your child gets to pick the one they want :o)
Thanks for supporting Robinson!

Music: An Instrument for Learning

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education show that music in schools helps children learn math, as well as improve cognitive development. Over time, kids with music programs in their schools demonstrate higher math and science proficiency by a significant margin. The strong foundation in music developed in elementary grades has led to our Grammy winning program at Mira Costa. Investing in our Annual Appeal ensures that your child will have music in grades 1-12.

2017-2018 Student Council

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Student Council:

President: Katie Phillips

Vice President: Win Gurney

Spirit Commissioner: Ford Finster

Character Counts Commissioner: Jenna Brodkin

Ambassador Commissioner: Sarah O’Grady

Community Service Commissioner: Sofia Stephens

Going Green: Caroline Chu

Recorder: Gray Rappoport

Important Reminders and Dates

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders
It is important to keep the traffic flowing during drop-off and pick-up times. Please adhere to these important rules and advise caregivers of them as well (please ensure that caregivers who do not speak English fully understand these policies):

Back-to-School Apparel

We're getting ready for school to start up again. Robinson Apparel is back again! Pick yours out today! Go online to the Robinson Store or visit the Apparel Sales table on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Dog Policy

As a reminder, dogs are never permitted on campus under any circumstances, regardless of whether they are on a leash, carried, or in a purse.  Certified service dogs are the only exception to this policy.

MCHS Social Emotional Wellness Committee

Wondering what the Social Emotional Wellness Committee at MCHS has been working on all year? What is Challenge Success anyway? Here are two opportunities for the community to learn more and get involved. Click here for more information.

Hometown Fair Booth Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 45th annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair! There are many ways to participate and it's a great way to raise money for your organization. Visit to access links to paid games, food booths, beer lottery, community showcase, battle of the bands, and volunteer opportunities.

Superintendent’s May Newsletter

Click here to read the May newsletter from Dr. Matthews, which includes information regarding school absences.  Also included are important elementary school dates such as minimum days for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fifth Grade Team Wins Odyssey of the Mind State Championship

The 5th grade team from Robinson Elementary captured the Odyssey of the Mind State Championship and is headed to the World Finals in May at Michigan State University! They placed first in Spontaneous Problem-Solving and First Overall in their division. Congratulations to team members: Bridget Ballantine, Callie Boren, Hunter Gregory, Chloe Hynes, William Kiely and Jonathan Voskuilen. Other MBUSD teams participated and shined at the tournament, including Pacific and Pennekamp.