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Blue Ribbon Riptide - Catch the Spirit!

Thank you to the 93% of the families who have joined Robinson's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). 

PTSA Membership Ice Cream Contest

The first class in EACH GRADE to achieve 100% participation for the PTSA membership will receive a free ice cream scoop voucher to Baskin Robbins.

Here are the current rankings:

  • Kindergarten -   Asano (92%), Ortega (88%),
  • 1st  Grade -  Walsh (96%), Masciel (92%), Yerke (92%),
  • 2nd Grade - Herbert (96%), Tanita (96%), Kinnier (87%)
  • 3rd Grade - Whalley (91%), Spragg (86%), Wissel (82%), Meyer (67%),
  • 4th Grade - Holz (96%), Lautzenhiser (88%), Weiss (84%)
  • 5th Grade - Dreilling (88%), Hamilton (75%)

New Gates Are In Use and Locked During School Hours

Our new fences are installed and the gates are now locked during school hours. 

If you have prearranged to volunteer in your child's classroom, or you are dropping off for EDP just come to the office, sign in, and put on your Visitor Badge.  You will be able to use the back door of the office to enter campus.

Party Book Sign-Up

It is not too late!! Party Book officially re-opens on Wednesday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.; a few parties are even available for purchase now. 

Limited spots are available at some exciting parties – both for parents and for kids.

Please click here to purchase a spot at the party of your choice.  Thank you for supporting Robinson!

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk -

Nothing as good as starting your Sunday with a fun walk with your friends and family; even better to meet celebrities like Austin North & Ryan Newman from Nickleodeon's "See Dad Run", Ashely Argota, Hayden Byerly & Teri Polo from ABC Family's "The Fosters" or Disney stars Laura Marano, Rowan Blanchard & August Maturo.  It's not too late to join in on the fun Sunday, October 26th and register for the

Great Parent Education Opportunity - Digital Citizenship!

Tuesday, October 28 from  5:30pm - 6:45pm - PLEASE JOIN US!

Former Robinson teacher, Darri Stephens, is now the Digital Literacy Director for Common Sense Media.

She will be here to present a very informative parent education evening discussing kids today and the digital landscape.

She will share information to empower your children and your family to be safe, responsible and respectful in today's digital world by sharing a plethora of resources from Common Sense Media.

California PTA Reflections Contest

The PTA's annual Reflections art contest is now open.

This year's theme is, "The world would be a better place if..."

Students may submit entries in any of six areas:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Music Composition
  • Film Production
  • Photography
  • Literature
  • Visual Arts

Entries will be judged in two age groups: K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade.

Entries are due Nov. 12 in the main office.

Unattended Cars in Drop Off Circle

We are seeing cars being parked and left in the "Loading Zone" area in front of the school. This creates major traffic issues for drop off and pick up.

Please know that cars will be ticketed, too.

Thank you for helping us out!

Halloween Parade -

We will have our annual Halloween Parade on the Robinson field at 8.30 a.m. on the blacktop.  Students are encouraged to dress up in costumes and join in the parade; however, participation is completely voluntary.  

We ask parents to carefully monitor your children's costumes so as to avoid outfits that are morbid, suggestive or in poor taste. Let's have fun, but remember it is a school event, so let's keep the attire appropriate. 

Families are welcome to come out to watch the parade and join in the fun.

Coming Soon: TEDx Manhattan Beach

Who are the "game changers" who are changing attitudes, lives, workplaces...maybe even the world?

The annual TEDx Manhattan Beach conference, to be held on Saturday, November 15 from 9am - 2:30pm at Manhattan Beach Middle School, will provide an opportunity for dialogue with some of these extraordinary individuals from all walks of life.

Robinson's 2014-2015 Student Council

Congratulations to ALL of the Riptides who ran in our Student Body Election.  Such a show of school spirit. You are all winners in our eyes!

  • President: - Zachary Davis
  • Vice President – Cole Christensen
  • Recorder – Declan Hynes
  • Character Counts – Gigi Panzarella
  • Ambassador Commissioner – Alex Peters
  • Community Service – Tabitha Brown
  • Spirit Commissioner – Robby Bennett
  • Go Green Commissioner – Lauren Jester

Guidelines for Returning to School After an Illness or Injury

Parents/guardians must provide the Health Office with written instructions from the student’s physician in the case of serious injury requiring orthopedic appliances, cast, or overnight hospitalization, etc.

Keep students home with:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees),
  • Vomiting/diarrhea 

Student must be without symptoms for 24 hours in order to return to school.

Walking School Bus Program Kickoff

Robinson has officially kicked off its Walking School Bus Program.

Click here for more information on Robinson's Walking School Bus

Click here to enroll your child as a walker and your child will receive the first of many prizes for participating. For every child you enroll, you will receive one FREE Admission coupon to AdventurePlex and be eligible for a number of prizes throughout the year!

Grades of Green Youth Corps

The Grades of Green Youth Corps is looking for new members for the 2014/15 school year.

Through this student leadership program, students who are passionate about the environment take on a year-long project of their choice to help green their school community.

Students are provided with mentorship and leadership training from Youth Corps staff members as well as peer support from other Youth Corp members.

Two Bit Circus STEAM Carnival

Looking for a fun and unique opportunity for your kids?

Mark your calendars for the STEAM Carnival, produced by Two Bit Circus, coming to San Pedro's Crafted at the Port of L.A. on October 25 and 26.

Be Prepared to Vote on Election Day, Nov. 4

Election day is Tuesday, November 4, 2015. Be an informed voter! If you are not registered to vote, register here.

To register, you will need your California driver license, the last four digits of your Social Security number and date of birth. The registration deadline for the November election is October 20.

Meet Coach Branim

Thanks to generous support from the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Robinson now has a P.E. specialist, Doug Branim.

"Coach B" introduces himself here:

"Dear Robinson Parents,

My name is Coach B (Doug Branim.)

I am the new P.E. teacher at Robinson. I come to Robinson with sixteen years of experience teaching physical education and I am super excited about the opportunity to work with your children.

America's Assembly

Thank you to all who contributed to make our America's Assembly such a beautiful and moving tribute to our country and our veterans.

Photographer Steve Gaffney (Robinson parent) took beautiful photos that are available for viewing or purchase here. (You must enter password 5120).

To read more about the event, see this news story at

Back to School Night Recap

Thanks to all who joined us for our Back to School Night this year.

These are vital meetings to inform parents of curricular changes and expectations for the year. We hope you found them informative and enjoyable!

Last week you may have noticed that teachers were out of the classroom periodically. The district is providing extensive professional development related to the common core that will require teachers to be out at times throughout the year.

Before or After School Playground

Please note that we do not have supervision for students on the yard or play structures before or after school. 

Please make sure that students are supervised by parents at all times before and after school and at their classroom door at the time the bell rings so that instruction can begin. 

Our 4th and 5th graders have PE beginning at 8:10 on the lower field, so no students will be able to be on the field after that time.

Thanks for your understanding and your help keeping students safe, supervised, and prompt.