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TONIGHT MBUSD Parents/Teachers Please Attend Next MBUSD School Board Meeting

MBUSD Parents & Teachers are urged to attend the next MBUSD School Board meeting to discuss the new state mandate SB 415, which requires elections take place on even years. To comply with this new mandate, our School Board would either need to extend the current members' terms one year (3 are up in 2017, 2 in 2019) or have candidates run for five year terms. Public comments are welcome at the District office (325 S Peck) on 2/13 at 6:30 pm.


Make it happen!!!  Support MBEF and the educational grants at Robinson before February 10th!  Please help MBEF enrich and empower the lives of all students in Manhattan Beach schools by supporting the 2016/2017 Annual Appeal. Thank you to the 82% of Robinson families who have already made a donation or pledge - our goal is 100% participation.

City Council Candidates Forum

Please join the Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs and The Beach Reporter for a great opportunity to meet our city council candidates and learn more about how they plan to support our schools if elected. The City Council Candidates Forum will be held on Friday, February 24th at Mira Costa High School. Coffee and bagels will be served in the teachers lounge from 8:30-9:15am, and the forum will begin at 9:30am in the small auditorium. To submit a potential question to be asked at the forum, visit the following link: Mbps.

Register for the Family Fun Run

Registration for the Family Fun Run is now OPEN....Click here to sign up your family and secure your special t-shirts designed by 5th grader Anya Gore.

Congratulations to the Spelling Bee Finalists

3rd Grade
Brown- Finalists Garrett Flynn and Sydney Huber; Alternate Cash Khorey
Whalley- Finalists Eric Tani and Thomas Newman; Alternate Lior Wolfson
Wissel- Finalists Dixon Karmindro Jr and Zeke Poznick; Alternate Chandler Stone

4th Grade
Weiss- Finalists Caroline Chu and Khai Rizkalla; Alternate Brock Lewis
Holz- Finalists Konrad Karmindro and Suriya Bowen; Alternate Sarah O'Grady
Nuttall-Finalists Ippei Lai and Tessa Yi;  Alternate Cash Lahive

Engineers Solve Problems

Is your child interested in tinkering at MakerSpace after their lunch period on Friday? Parents of children in grades 2-5, please volunteer in the HUB this Friday, February 10th, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to see your kids create flying machines and hovercrafts. Young engineers are being instructed in class this week on the activity and will have time to elaborate on their designs in the recess after lunch on Friday. Please email Katie David for more information.

Prepare for the Family Fun Run

Ready, Set…Run!  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m., we have organized morning runs around Fowler Field before school begins. This is a great way to get in shape for the Family Fun Run! Students will earn a different colored shoe charm for each Fun Run Club they attend. Students who wear their vintage Family Fun Run T-Shirts or Robinson gear to the club on Thursdays will receive an additional dolphin charm! All grades & grownups welcome.

Growing Great Junior Chefs

5th graders have the chance to experience an exciting, real world “garden-to-table” opportunity. In partnership with Growing Great and Chef Diana Stavaridis of Manhattan House Restaurant, the 5th grade students will work with “Chef D” in the school garden and classroom, take a tour of the Manhattan House restaurant and create a garden-inspired dish to be featured on the menu at Manhattan House during the month of March. Applications due February 2nd (12-15 applicants will be selected).

Junior Lifeguard Conditioning Program

Need help training for the Junior Guard Swim Test? Are you a returning Junior Guard looking for conditioning before this summer? Sign-up for our Junior Lifeguard Conditioning Program! We offer three sessions that take place at the Mira Costa High School pool and coincide with the three Junior Guard swim test dates. Participants must be 9 yrs. old (by July 1, 2017). The program is designed to refine basic skills, condition, and improve swimming times.

Party Book Parties Spots Online

Upcoming parties with available spots are 1st-3rd UCODE Party, MixT Scent Event and 1st Grade Tempest Party. For more info on these events and to purchase tickets click here. Questions about Party Book? Contact Melissa Iacono.

Meet the Masters Family Art Night

Looking for a fun and educational family night? Join us Friday, February 24 at 5:30pm – 8:00pm in the Robinson cafeteria for a wonderful hands-on art experience as Joan McMahon guides us through “Lautrec’s Lines” by featured artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. All are welcome to participate! This PTSA sponsored event will kick off at 5:30pm if you want pizza, 6:00pm if you’d rather be creative on an empty stomach! All materials will be provided. Just show up ready for a fun evening of art.

Neptunian Woman’s Club 39th Annual Art Contest

Imagine what it’s like to be the exhibiting artist in an Art Show…now enter the Neptunian Woman’s Club 39th Annual Art Contest and find out! The deadline to enter is February 10. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the school office by 3:00 p.m. Good luck!

Social Emotional Wellness Resources for Elementary School Parents

Read this month’s SBFC e-newsletter
This month’s e-newsletter features an article by MBUSD parent and therapist Leah Niehaus. Great info for all elementary school parents! Click here to access.
Don’t miss the curated gallery of articles and resources for the elementary school parent. Search for any topic of interest.

5th Grade Parent invitation to MBMS Discussion

MBMS and 5th grade families are invited to join in on the third installment in MBMS PTA’s Connected families book series discussion. MBMS Vice Principal, Margot Parker, will facilitate and direct parents through large and small group discussions centered around the book: “UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” by Michele Borba. Ed.D. It will take place on Friday, January 27, 8:15-9:30 a.m., at MBMS in the Multipurpose room.

Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec - Free Class Pass

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec Department is offering free trials of many of their classes the week of January 15! For details, click here.

Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec – Citizen Survey

The City of Manhattan Beach would like to know what classes or activities you’d like to see from Parks & Rec in 2017? Click here to share your ideas!

Volunteers Needed

Lunchtime Maker's Studio Volunteers
Join us in the HUB on Fridays twice a month!  Innovate, create and make with our Robinson students.  No special skills needed.  We will show you everything you need to know for each session. Arrive at 11:45 am for set up and training so that we are ready to go when the lunch bell rings.  All volunteers welcome. Please contact Suzanne DeStefano with any questions.

Parent Party - Party Book

The Party Book still has spots available to many fabulous parties!! You can now find them for sale in the school store on the Robinson website!