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The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) is a community driven fundraising organization, which supplements state funding for programs that inspire learning, enrich teaching, and promote innovation and academic excellence in the public schools of Manhattan Beach. Donations to the Manhattan... read more
Parent Volunteers NEEDED Greetings PK Parents, Have you heard about the AMAZING Dragon Innovation Den here on PK campus? If you haven’t …  the Dragon Innovation Den (a.k.a. Makerspace) is an innovative place that presents hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build... read more
We are excited to announce that the 2016-2017 Pennekamp Directory App is now available!  If you were a DirectorySpot user last year, then you don’t need to do anything.    Just log in (same username and password) and you will see the new data.   Please make sure you have the latest version of... read more
How does your student express him or herself? The categories are: Dance Choreography, Film, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts. Submissions are due by Nov. 10th. For any questions contact  Erika Shankle for assistance 310-283-7815 Here is the webiste  ... read more
We have thousands of dollars of gift cards in stock. Stop by the Dragon Swag store on Fridays to get gift cards, or you can fill out the attached form and drop off a check in the office.
PARENTS, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO PASS MEASURES C AND EE! It takes a great community to support great schools.  We’re fortunate in Manhattan Beach to have both! A record turnout is expected on Nov. 8th and the parent vote will make the difference in passing these crucial bonds for our schools.  The MB... read more
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Monday, October 24, 2016 to Friday, October 28, 2016
The Monster Book Fair is right around the corner! Please join us for the GRAND OPENING BREAKFAST on Monday, October 24th at 7:15 a.m.  in the Cafeteria. The Book Fair will be open before school, during recess, and after school  (see the posted hours below). All PK Dads, mark your calendars for...
Thursday, October 27, 2016
On Thursday, October 27th, please show your support by dinning at CPK in the Manhattan Village.  20% of the sales go directly back to Pennekamp PTA! Pennekamp receives the proceeds for dine in, curbside, and take-out. And thank you for your support of Pennekamp Dragon Dinners in September, where we...
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Please join our Pennekamp Community in donating to the LA Regional Food Bank for the month of November as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Let’s give back together to those less fortunate than us.  You can drop off your donations to the PENNEKAMP LIBRARY or the FRONT OFFICE  and look for the...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Please Donate Halloween Costumes for Kids-In–Need  “We will be collecting costumes on behalf of Waste Management who will be donating them to a local charity for next year’s Halloween. Please drop off gently used and unwanted Halloween costumes from now until November 4th.  The box will be located...
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Take a break! Treat yourself! TEDxManhattanBeach is Saturday, November 5th. Brilliant speakers with amazing ideas, cool exhibits you’ve never seen before, and great food - breakfast and lunch! Don’t miss the fun!  TEDxManhattanBeach…Good for the Mind.  Tickets on sale at
Saturday, November 5, 2016
SoCal Maker Con 2016 is on November 5th at the Fairplex in Pomona and you are invited to bring students 11 years old and younger for free under the Young Inventors Program! Students 12 to 18 receive a discounted rate.  To request tickets under the Young Inventors Program, please complete the...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
LET'S TALK BOOKS! MB LIBRARY Saturday, November 12, 2016 2 - 3 PM Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett   SEE ATTACHED FOR MORE INFORMATION
Friday, November 18, 2016
Run, Dragons, Run!  The 2016 Turkey Trot is Friday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m. on the Pennekamp field.  Please return your pledge form to your child’s room parent by Monday, November 14.  Last year we raised over $25,000 and we hope to do the same this year. Thank you for supporting our school! [...
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 to Friday, November 25, 2016


Dragon Families, Well done!! Our first week back and what a great start!! I love seeing our PK community come together every morning and starting our day together! I have a few reminders as we head into our second week of school. Back to School Night is next week! Thursday, September 8th is the day... read more
Principal Letter - Welcome Back Dragons!
Dear Dragon Families,  Welcome back to school!! Summer is quickly winding down and I am hopeful all of you enjoyed the break and ready to return for a fabulous year ahead! Team PK has been hard at work preparing for students to return and we can’t wait to see you Monday!! I have a few information... read more
Dragon Families- I trust you are all enjoying our California summer and I hope relaxing with family and friends. I just wanted to check in and send a few reminders out for our Dragon community to prepare for the upcoming school year!! -If you or someone you know needs to register for MB schools... read more
Please click on link for power point presentation for Back to school night September 2015. read more
Principal Letter - SEPTEMBER 5 2015
Dragon Families, I hope this email finds you well and enjoying this beautiful weekend! With the school year underway, I wanted to share the schedule for Back to School Night this Thursday, September 10th. The evening will begin at 5 PM in the cafeteria with a General PTA Meeting. Come hear all the... read more
Principal Letter - AUGUST 27 2015
Dear Dragon Families,   Welcome back to school and I hope you all had an amazing summer!! I cannot wait to see our Dragon community on Wednesday and I look forward to an amazing school year!!  I wanted to take a minute to share some exciting news and information for the upcoming year!   New Faces... read more
Principal Letter - August 2015
Dragon Families, I hope this email finds you well! As you and your family enjoy the last days of  summer, I wanted to reach out to all Pennekamp families with a few reminders  for our upcoming year!! My PK team is very excited to welcome you and your  child back to school and the 2015-16 school... read more
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MB Library S.T.E.A.M. Wednesdays in November

Tue, 2016-10-25 09:40
November 1 2016 to November 30 2016

Children in grades K-5 are invited to the Manhattan Beach Library on Wednesdays for hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities. Click here for the November schedule!

FALL FIESTA for teens and their families

Sun, 2016-10-09 08:20
November 5 2016

You are invited to a special event! OUR VILLAGE, a non-profit agency, is holding a FALL FIESTA for teens and their families on Saturday, November 5th from 12pm - 3pm at the Redondo Beach Teen Center! Please join us for live music, delicious Mexican food, silent auction, pool tables, video games and more! Tickets on sale now at: and visit us at our website for more info at:

Teen Wellness Speaker Series

Mon, 2016-09-19 21:53
September 21 2016

Sept 21st at 7pm - Pages Bookstore

A free, monthly parent education event at Pages, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach.

Offering parents everything from mindfulness parenting workshops, to alcohol and substance use prevention strategies, as well as an opportunity to connect with other parents and discuss the challenges we all share. 

This month's topic: Back to School for Parents: Mindfulness Workshop to Help You Be at Your Best 

Click here for more info.
Click here to register.  

Elite Beach Volleyball Club Tryouts - Sept 25, 2016

Fri, 2016-09-09 21:33
September 25 2016

Come train with Holly McPeak, Barbra Fontana and Eric Fonoimoana in the heart of Manhattan Beach! Club trains girls from 10-18 years old. Tryouts September 11 from 9-11AM at Marine Avenue Beach and September 25 from 9-11AM at Rosecrans Avenue Beach. Choose to train with us 1, 2 or 3 days per week.

James Dashner to speak at Mira Costa

Wed, 2016-09-07 08:16
September 28 2016

NY Times Bestselling Author of the Maze Runner series, James Dashner to speak at Mira Costa on September 28, 2016 at 7:00pm.

You love his books, you've seen the movies, now come meet James Dashner in person. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear an inspiring author talk about the books you've grown up on and be the first to hear him talk about his latest book, The Fever Code.

This event is open to the public and will sell out. Go to to make your reservation now!

Mr. Dashner will be signing The Fever Code immediately following his presentation. You can have a chance to meet him in person - purchase a book when you make your reservation and get a priority spot in the signing line.