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STEM at MBMS: Observations of a Parent

by Elizabeth Kunkee Many parents, like myself, see Middle School electives as a chance to encourage our children to engage in a non-academic subject that will enhance their joy in life. Band, Film, Wheel, Drama, Art…But what about science electives? Is the STEM class and the FabLab class a chance for “science kids” to double… Read more »

TOP DONORS – $5,000 and Above

MBEF Salutes: MBEF is truly grateful for the generosity of its donors, especially the following families who have donated $5,000 or more to our current Annual Appeal. This list reflects donations as of 3/3/2015. Sarah and Bobby Akin Melinda and Eric Arentsen Joseph Argilagos Kami and James Armstrong Lillette and David Ballantine Peter Barbara &… Read more »

MBEF’s New Video

  Many thanks to our great team of volunteers who worked on the new MBEF video. We are so grateful for your ongoing commitment to our schools and our community. Julian Ryder at Ryder Communications Group Steve Tobenkin (Video and Editing) Don Anderson (Copywriter and Script) Peter Figen (Still Photos and Video) Steve Gregan (Sound… Read more »


Dear MBEF Supporters, We’ve had a busy month in our district. MBEF hired a new ED, Mira Costa Music Department won a GRAMMY, MBUSD’s Superintendent disclosed an accounting error, MBUSD and MBUTA settled on an employment package for 2014-15 and our Wine Auction sold out in 10 hours. All the while, MBEF volunteers and staff… Read more »

Summertime Planning: Ideas for MB Kids

Summer is coming. While you might have picked out a fabulous vacation spot or two for the family, you still have eight weeks to fill. To avoid summer learning loss and maintain your own sanity, we have found a few not-so-typical camps you may not have yet considered in your summer planning. 10. Experium Science… Read more »

Understanding the MBEF Endowment

Have you ever wondered how MBEF and its Endowment are different? MBEF exists to support quality public education here in Manhattan Beach today, while our Endowment works to ensure that students in our community will benefit from high quality educational programs for years to come. Though the Endowment is a subsidiary of MBEF with a… Read more »