School Library Journal has announced the Best Books of the year. From picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and beyond, there are so many great books --and books are exactly what we need in these challenging times. Details here.
Some Personnel Reductions to Go Forward but MBEF Fully Restores Library Resource Specialist Positions for 2020-21 When Conditions Allow In-Person Learning
MBUSD Protocol Helps to Flatten the Curve
Beginning March 16 all MBUSD students begin distance learning and school buildings are closed to the public. With Spring Break already scheduled for the week of April 6, the earliest date our schools are expected to re-open is Tuesday, April 14. UPDATE May 4 is the target date for staff to return. May 5 is the target date for students to return.
Explaining COVID-19 to Kids
News of the coronavirus is everywhere, and many adults are wondering how to discuss this topic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Fortunately, there are some great resources to help at South Bay Families Connected.
The Importance of Following Social Distancing Protocols
Are your children asking why they may not get together with friends to play or do schoolwork over the next few weeks? This article from Medium helps to explain the importance of social distancing: Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day.
Online Access to the Library is Available 24/7
Search various databases, the catalog, and more by visiting grandviewlibrary.info. Under the Resources tab find Encyclopedia Britannica and TeachingBooks.net. The username and password for both is mbusd and beach. Just for fun, try StorylineOnline, found under the Resources for Students dropdown. Hear actor Chris O'Dowd read Arnie the Doughnut --hilarious!
Due to Social Distancing Protocols in Response to COVID-19 Emergency, Support Our Schools Week Postponed
Board members voted 4-1, with Bill Fournell dissenting, to issue pink slips for roughly 40 positions, including counselors, elementary P.E. teachers and subject specialists for the 2020-2021 school year. The potential cuts, according to the district, will save $3.6 million to fix a budget deficit. Read more
Parent Info Meeting Thursday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria.
What Is the Battle of the Books? Children read at least three titles from a grade level reading list then work together with a team to answer questions based on the books they have read. See the flyer.
Who Participates? Grand View students in 2nd through 5th grade. There will be a 2nd grade competition, a 3rd grade competition, and students in 4th-5th grade will compete against each other.
When Is the Event? The 2nd Annual Grand View Battle of the Books will take place Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. at various campus locations.
Forming a Team Form a team of four to six children in your child's grade level, and decide who will read which books from the list, so that all titles are covered. Students typically read about five books from their grade level list. It is fine if a certain book is read by more than one of your team members. If you are unable to put together a team, email email@example.com and your child will be placed on a team with children in your child's grade level.
Getting the Books Thanks to the generosity of the PTA, our school library has multiple copies of the books on hand, and they are generally available at the public library. Click here for the book lists.
Parent Volunteers Each team is required to have one parent captain to help lead the team and at least one parent volunteer to help on the day of the event. The captain will stay with the team as they rotate through the competition locations, and the team volunteer(s) will help with the event itself. When communicating with your team, highlight the names of the captain and the volunteer(s).
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Cram or Jessica Taubman.
Sunday, October 27, 2:00 p.m. El Segundo Performing Arts Center
A love of reading is its own reward, but it's fun to get prizes, too! Click here to see how, and also to see MBUSD summer reading lists, Battle of the Books reading lists, and to sign up for the Summer of Discovery program at the Manhattan Beach Public Library.
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What Mrs. Snively is reading right now
Mrs. Snively reads adult books, too