News & Updates:

Top Ten Things You Should Know About Estate Planning

Did you know that over half of parents in the U.S. with children do not have a will? Creating a will or trust can be daunting and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be! Join us on November 12th or November 20th to learn from our Professional Advisory Council* about the importance of creating… Read more »


by Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member As more than 7,000 students begin their school year here in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, recent grads of Mira Costa High School are spreading their wings across the country and around the world. The class of 2014 is attending over 162 colleges and universities in over 43… Read more »


By Carolyn Seaton, Executive Director of Human Resources, MBUSD We are thrilled to welcome our new team of Certificated Physical Education Teachers. It is important to note that PE teacher time is distributed based on the number of students in grades 1-5 at each school. All students in grades 1-5 will receive 100 minutes of… 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 »


By Leanne Huebner, June 2014 Recently, our MBEF crew caught up with a number of the most impressive Mira Costa students from the Class of 2014 – the valedictorians. One unique factor about Mira Costa is that any student who receives an “A” in every single class during their four years of high school –… 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 »