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Message From the Principal

What a week!  Still lots happening at Robinson. This week we have the Fire Department coming on Wednesday, Oct. 18th for the home escape route winner contest. Join us at the flagpoles at 8:30 to welcome our surprise 2nd grade winner as she drives to school in the fire truck. Make-up pictures are tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 18th.  On Thursday, Oct. 19th we are participating in the Great California Shake Out Earthquake Drill.  If you are picking up your child on Thursday between the hours of 9:30 to 10:00, please drive into the parking lot on Francisco.  The office will be closed.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Robinson Run Club 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Wednesday, October 18: Make –Up Picture Day

Friday, October 20: Sports Jersey Spirit Day

Friday, October 27: Character Assembly, Gratitude

Sunday, October 29: SKECHERS Walk, 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 31: Halloween Parade

Monday - Thursday, November 6-9 and Monday, November 13th: Grades 1-5: Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences (Minimum Days)

Party Book

The Robinson Party Book is still open for purchase!!  Upcoming parties for November with spots still available are: 5th Grade Girls Bowling, 4th Grade Boys Pool & Play on Minimum Day, 2nd Grade Nerf Tag & Target, 4th & 5th Boys Nerf Battle Royale, 1st Grade Gametruck & SoulCycle.  And there are many more spots still availabe to fabulous parties throughout the year!! Go here to browse and buy!!

Volunteers Needed to Help Vision and Hearing Screening

Nurses will be screening our students on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 in the Library from 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM.  We need adults to help facilitate the process by escorting students to library to screen; keeping students occupied and quiet while they wait their turn; then escorting them back to their respective classes.  To volunteer, please click here.  Thank you.

Character Assembly: Gratitude

All Robinson families are welcome to join us for our Character Assembly celebrating the pillar of character of Gratitude on Friday, October 27 at 9:00 am. The students are preparing a wonderful skit, music and dance performances to share their attitude of gratitude. We also will pump it up for MBEF and our school district's awesome #OHANA theme. Catch the spirit and be there!

Music: An Instrument for Learning

Studies by the U.S. Department of Education show that music in schools helps children learn math, as well as improve cognitive development. Over time, kids with music programs in their schools demonstrate higher math and science proficiency by a significant margin. The strong foundation in music developed in elementary grades has led to our Grammy winning program at Mira Costa. Investing in our Annual Appeal ensures that your child will have music in grades 1-12.

From Our New Librarian

I am pleased to be a part of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. I come from the Downey Unified School District and I couldn't be more pleased with my switch. When I was a child, in elementary school, I would envision myself working in the library one day and here I am now! I graduated from California State, University of Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Education and a minor in Communication Studies.  I have a 3-year-old at home and he is fluffy with four paws.

2017-2018 Student Council

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Student Council:

President: Katie Phillips

Vice President: Win Gurney

Spirit Commissioner: Ford Finster

Character Counts Commissioner: Jenna Brodkin

Ambassador Commissioner: Sarah O’Grady

Community Service Commissioner: Sofia Stephens

Going Green: Caroline Chu

Recorder: Gray Rappoport

Help Us Fund Bigger Dreams

Every child dreams of what is possible. Because of MBEF, our children can experience their dreams in the classroom. Whether it’s being a musician, astronaut, engineer, artist or business leader, MBEF funded programs like MakerSpace, Science and Music in our schools give students the practical, hands-on experience to explore their dreams.

You + PTSA + MBEF = An Excellent Education!

Together we can all make a difference at Robinson!  Become a PREMIERE RIPTIDE today by doing these four things:

(1) Get involved and commit to volunteering at some point during the 2017-18 school year;

(2) Join our PTSA ($20/parent) for access to the online directory, a yearbook for your student, and the opportunity to vote on issues that impact Robinson;

Important Reminders and Dates

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders
It is important to keep the traffic flowing during drop-off and pick-up times. Please adhere to these important rules and advise caregivers of them as well (please ensure that caregivers who do not speak English fully understand these policies):

Back-to-School Apparel

We're getting ready for school to start up again. Robinson Apparel is back again! Pick yours out today! Go online to the Robinson Store or visit the Apparel Sales table on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Dog Policy

As a reminder, dogs are never permitted on campus under any circumstances, regardless of whether they are on a leash, carried, or in a purse.  Certified service dogs are the only exception to this policy.

MCHS Social Emotional Wellness Committee

Wondering what the Social Emotional Wellness Committee at MCHS has been working on all year? What is Challenge Success anyway? Here are two opportunities for the community to learn more and get involved. Click here for more information.

Hometown Fair Booth Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 45th annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair! There are many ways to participate and it's a great way to raise money for your organization. Visit to access links to paid games, food booths, beer lottery, community showcase, battle of the bands, and volunteer opportunities.

Superintendent’s May Newsletter

Click here to read the May newsletter from Dr. Matthews, which includes information regarding school absences.  Also included are important elementary school dates such as minimum days for the 2017-2018 school year.

Fifth Grade Team Wins Odyssey of the Mind State Championship

The 5th grade team from Robinson Elementary captured the Odyssey of the Mind State Championship and is headed to the World Finals in May at Michigan State University! They placed first in Spontaneous Problem-Solving and First Overall in their division. Congratulations to team members: Bridget Ballantine, Callie Boren, Hunter Gregory, Chloe Hynes, William Kiely and Jonathan Voskuilen. Other MBUSD teams participated and shined at the tournament, including Pacific and Pennekamp.

Lost and Found is Full

Are you missing a jacket? Or perhaps 10 jackets, a bunch of lunch boxes, some water bottles and other assorted articles of clothing that found their way to school, but didn't come home? Our Lost and Found, located near the cafeteria, is overflowing with items that have been left behind. If your student is missing anything, please check it out before Spring Break! After April 7, all unclaimed items, from the S'Well bottles to the Jr. Guards hoodies, will be donated!

Girl Scouts Father-Daughter Dance

Calling all Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts!  Please join us for the annual Manhattan Beach Girl Scout Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday, May 13th!  The theme of this year’s super fun event is "Ties & Tiaras.”  Bring your most sparkly personality and your Dad/Uncle/Grandpa!  Click here for more information, or please reach out directly to the Robinson scout leader,