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Neptunian Woman’s Club 39th Annual Art Contest

Imagine what it’s like to be the exhibiting artist in an Art Show…now enter the Neptunian Woman’s Club 39th Annual Art Contest and find out! The deadline to enter is February 10. Turn in your artwork and entry form to the school office by 3:00 p.m. Good luck!

Social Emotional Wellness Resources for Elementary School Parents

Read this month’s SBFC e-newsletter
This month’s e-newsletter features an article by MBUSD parent and therapist Leah Niehaus. Great info for all elementary school parents! Click here to access.
Don’t miss the curated gallery of articles and resources for the elementary school parent. Search for any topic of interest.

5th Grade Parent invitation to MBMS Discussion

MBMS and 5th grade families are invited to join in on the third installment in MBMS PTA’s Connected families book series discussion. MBMS Vice Principal, Margot Parker, will facilitate and direct parents through large and small group discussions centered around the book: “UnSelfie, Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” by Michele Borba. Ed.D. It will take place on Friday, January 27, 8:15-9:30 a.m., at MBMS in the Multipurpose room.

Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec - Free Class Pass

The City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec Department is offering free trials of many of their classes the week of January 15! For details, click here.

Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec – Citizen Survey

The City of Manhattan Beach would like to know what classes or activities you’d like to see from Parks & Rec in 2017? Click here to share your ideas!

Volunteers Needed

Lunchtime Maker's Studio Volunteers
Join us in the HUB on Fridays twice a month!  Innovate, create and make with our Robinson students.  No special skills needed.  We will show you everything you need to know for each session. Arrive at 11:45 am for set up and training so that we are ready to go when the lunch bell rings.  All volunteers welcome. Please contact Suzanne DeStefano with any questions.

Parent Party - Party Book

The Party Book still has spots available to many fabulous parties!! You can now find them for sale in the school store on the Robinson website!

Families Connected

A new resource for the school and Robinson community is the Families Connected website ( On this site you will find information and resources on teenage development, how to support your child in positive social development, how to help your child handle stress, bullying, and other teenage emotional issues.

Student Council

Congratulations to our new Robinson Elementary Student Council Representatives!
President, Marco Bottene; Vice President, Charlize Stanton; Recorder, Hunter Gregory; Going Green Commissioner, Katherine Jester; Community Service Commissioner, Iona Lee; Ambassador Commissioner, Kate Allen; Character Counts Commissioner, Brooke Firring; Spirit Commissioner, Trevor Lemm

Parking and Traffic Flow Alert

This entire week, 9/26-9/30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., an engineering company will be conducting excavation work to improve Time Warner Services. The work will take place on 1st Street between Morningside Dr. and Vista Dr. and will include sidewalk and street excavation/restoration. Your patience and cooperation is appreciated, as parking and traffic flow will be affected (Note: This work is permitted under the city of Manhattan Beach.)

Bicycles at School

If your child rides his/her bike to school, please make sure it is secured at the bike rack only. The perimeter fence may not be used to secure/store bicycles.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Click the following for 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: Parking can be very difficult the first month of school.

Pets on School Property

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.

First General Session PTSA Meeting

Location of this PTSA Meeting will be in the HUB.

Learn how our PTSA supports the Robinson curriculum, the annual budget, and how you can get involved to support your child’s education. Directly following the meeting, Principal Jackson will be available to speak with parents. Please mark your calendar for additional meetings throughout the year: January 26, 2016 and April 26, 2017.

After School Enrichment Classes Begin the Week of 9/26

Online registration at opens at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7. Deadline to enroll is September 21!

Our New Nurse

Ms. Monica Ruiz is a Los Angeles native. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Her heart and compassion led her to work for the San Francisco Unified School District, at Tenderloin Elementary, as a literacy tutor and program leader working with high-risk youth. Ms. Ruiz worked with her amazing students for three years, supporting and encouraging them to do their personal best in everything they did. In the past year, she moved back to Los Angeles, and is looking forward to starting at Robinson as the new Health Nurse.

1st Grade Substitute Teacher - Lisa Leweke

Ms. Lisa Leweke will be a long-term substitute teacher during Mrs. Masciel’s maternity leave. She is originally from Danville, California, and graduated from Pepperdine University in 2013. Upon graduating, Ms. Leweke joined Fuhu Inc., where she helped develop an educational app for the Nabi tablets. She also worked as a retail merchandiser, educating retail stores on the Nabi products to help drive sales. This past year, Ms. Leweke taught in Manhattan Beach where she was most recently a part-time 1st grade teacher at Grand View Elementary.

A Recap of our New Teachers and Classroom Assignments

Teresa Scott joins Robinson as an AM Kindergarten teacher.
Mrs. Scott is in her 12th year with Manhattan Beach Unified School District. She earned her professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at California State Dominguez Hills, with a minor in Psychology. Mrs. Scott started her career in education with the Long Beach Unified School District teaching Kindergarten, and first grade at Mark Twain Elementary School. Most recently, Mrs. Scott was at Meadows Elementary School teaching Kindergarten.

Take the 2016 Robinson Parent Survey!

We want to hear from you! Please take the 2016 Robinson Parent Survey to tell the PTSA how you feel about the way your donations are utilized. This brief survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey may be taken once per IP address; we respectfully ask you to keep your responses to one per household.