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It is a Pennekamp tradition to contribute to the end-of-the-year gifts to our children’s classroom teachers as a thank-you for all of their hard work. A few years ago, we began another tradition of giving families the opportunity to thank other hard working teachers and staff who assist our... read more
Click here to see calendar for 2016-2017 We go back on Monday August 29th. Two days off for Thanksgiving. No ski week in February. June 8th is last day of school. Lots of changes for next year. See here read more
SEE ATTACHED FOR INCOMING 6TH GRADERS! 5TH Grade Activities & Ambassadors Carnival information attached.
Our PTA Membership Drive is offically underway!  Your donation provides our school with vital educational software, visual and performing arts, technology, library books, science lab supplies, PE equipment, and much more.   We cannot do it without you! Recommended donation is $350 per child and... read more
1st Day School Supplies kits for the 2016-2017 school year are available for pre-orders now!
Everything is 50% off. We are making room for the new 2016/2017 Swag. Come by and grab some PK swag!  It’s a great time to stock up for summer with a new water bottle, hat, T-shirt and beach bag! The store is open every Friday from 8:00 AM-8:45 AM and is located down the ramp from the cafeteria. ... read more
Please join your friends for weeks of fun. EDP camp welcomes all children residing in Manhattan Beach currently in grades K-5th. TKs currently enrolled in EDP are also eligible to attend Summer Camp. Camp is held on the EDP section of Pacific School – Pacific & 17th Street. There are 8, week-... read more
Need some gift cards for this weekend? Stop by the Dragon Swag store on Fridays to pick up gift cards to support Pennekamp! We have over $7,000 in gift cards ready for pick up.  For a list of of gift cards we have in stock, See attached!  
Friday, May 20, 2016 to Monday, June 20, 2016
To help in the apprehension of criminals, we have created a Security Camera Registration Program through the Police Department.  This program is completely voluntary for our residents and businesses.  However, we are encouraging locations to sign up.  I have attached the form, which can be...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The band and orchestra’s field trip to NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall is next week (we leave onMay 26)! As a thank you for the community support we have received, we would like to invite everyone to join us at our send off concert on Tuesday, May 24, at 7pm in the high school auditorium. Tickets...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Attention 4th and 5th grade parents: Want to get an insider’s view of MBMS? Come watch the Scholar Quiz Finals on May 26th at 1:15pm in the MBMS Multi Purpose Room (MPR)! This high-speed academic competition (think Jeopardy at 100 mph) galvanizes the entire campus for seven days in the Spring each...
Thursday, May 26, 2016
On Thursday, May 26th, please support Pennekamp PTA by dining at Wahoo's in downtown Manhattan Beach. 20% of the restaurant sales will go directly back to PK! Please present flyer at time of service. SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO PRINT!
Friday, June 3, 2016
Ready, set, JUMP! PK is officially raising money for the American Heart Association and we are trying to raise $3,000 to show our support to live active and healthy lives! See attached for more information. If we hit our goal Mr. Newman will have his head shaved at an all school assembly!! Thanks...
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Final Call for Early Registration for the Murad Family Foundation Grand View Gator 5K There is still time to catch the early registration discount for the upcoming Gator 5K Run/Walk! The event will be held on Saturday June 4 at 8:00 AM. Grab your shoes, your family and your friends and come out...
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Come join our annual End of Year Picnic Celebration! Sunday June 5th. 1-4pm Pennekamp Field Food trucks, Sweet treats, Games, Crafts, Inflatables & lots of fun! For more information: Paul 310-918-8214 or Sam 732-610-7277 See attached flyer to order tickets. Volunteers needed for the Pennekamp...
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Manhattan Wine Auction Saturday, June 11th, 2016 at 4:30pm Manhattan Country Club Tickets go on sale for the 22nd Annual Manhattan Wine Auction on Monday, May 2nd at 9AM at The Wine Auction is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise money for our schools, while...
Monday, June 27, 2016 to Friday, August 12, 2016
We learn, we play with lego bricks! See attached for more information! Costs $175 Residents. $193 for non-residents. For a full description of each camp and to register on-line Please pack a light snack!  


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
Principal Letter - September 30, 2014
From the Desk of Dr. Toni Brown Pennekamp Principal     Dear Pennekamp Family, From Dragon to Mustang- Come out to support our team!! This Friday is our PK Football night at Costa. Pre-sale tickets will be for sale on Wednesday right after school outside the front... read more
Principal Letter - August 26, 2014
From the Desk of  Dr. Toni Brown Pennekamp Principal   Dear Pennekamp Family,   Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!! I am so excited to take on the new role of Principal at Pennekamp Elementary. After three amazing years in the district as Assistant Principal at Manhattan Beach... read more
Principal Letter - March 4, 2014
Dear Pennekamp Parents and Guardians, I am pleased to share that we received notification from the Los Angeles County of Education that our application for California Distinguished School has passed through the first phase of acceptance. Our next step is a school validation visit, which will take... read more
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4th Annual Roundhouse Run for the Oceans

Sat, 2016-05-14 21:09
May 14 2016

May 14, 9:30am, Manhattan Beach Pier
Early Bird Sign Up Special til March 14

The Roundhouse is an important part of our community and it benefits everyone.  Not only do children of all ages go to the aquarium but Manhattan Beach is known for this landmark. 
It needs our help and support!

As community members we are capable of helping through participating in this fun event that will take place on the hard pack of the sand along the water. The aquarium provides students with free seminars and educational field trips. 

Click here for registration information.

The State of Our Families

Wed, 2016-05-04 20:39
May 11 2016

A presentation to discuss the current challenges to our families.  
Wednesday May 11th, 6:30-8:30pm, MB Library

We will discuss how challenges from the youth culture, achievement pressures, parent perspectives, and community factors affect the health of our family.  Positive, productive strategies will be discussed.  

Presenters are Dr. Greg Allen. LMFT, Licensed Therapist and Freedom4U Director with relevant participation form community members.  

Click here for a flyer with more information.
RSVP is required.

Teen Center All-Nighter Mulligan Fun & Sleepover

Tue, 2016-05-03 12:15
May 6 2016 to May 7 2016

Teen Center All-Nighter
Mulligan Fun & Sleepover
Friday May 6th  to Saturday  May 7th
$25 Resident/$28 Nonresident

Spend a full evening with the Teen Center enjoying Lazer Tag, Go Karts, Miniature Golf and much more at Mulligan's Family Fun Center.  After an evening at Mulligan's, join us for an all-nighter sleepover as we watch movies, eat popcorn and have some fun at Manhattan Heights Teen Center!  
Please bring money for dinner at Mulligan's. Popcorn and snacks during the movie will be provided.

Manhattan Beach Library - Tween Fridays: May 20, 2016

Wed, 2016-04-27 18:04
May 20 2016

Tween Fridays
May 20th, 3:30-5:00pm, Grades 4-8
Join us as we discuss the zany book Escape from Mr.Lemoncello's Libary and participate in a scavenger hunt. We will enjoy snacks, trivia and art activities. Titles of the book are available at the Children's Reference Desk. 

Manhattan Beach Library 1 Year Celebration May 1st, 2:00-4:00pm

Wed, 2016-04-27 17:58
May 1 2016

Upcoming Events at the Manhattan Beach Library

1 Year Celebration
May 1st, 2:00-4:00pm

The library is hosting its one year anniversary with live music, free books, chamber orchestra, and music with Jamie Wollam from Tears for Fears.  Click here for more info.

Mindfulness Workshop

Sat, 2016-04-02 21:35
April 2 2016

Mindfulness Workshop
April 2, 9:30-12,American Martyrs Church - O'Donnell Hall

Learn how mindfulness can reduce anxiety, depression and stress at this FREE workshop.
Advance registration is required.  
Click here to register.  
Click here for more information.

Salam Neighbor Screening

Mon, 2016-03-28 21:24
March 28 2016

Salam Neighbor Screening
March 28, 6:30pm, MCHS Auditorium

Please join us for a screening of Salam Neighbor, a movie shot by the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set-up a tent inside a Syrian refugee camp.

You can purchase tickets ahead of time online for $5 plus a fee (see link) or for $7 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the refugees.

Mira Costa parent, Salam Darwaza, the film’s producer will be at the event, as well as the film’s director/producer, Chris Temple. Both will participate in a post screening Q&A. This film has screened at over 140 schools and universities around the world and recently had a New York screening with opening remarks by U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power and a screening on Capitol Hill hosted by Manhattan Beach’s Congressman Ted Lieu. We are so fortunate to be able to host this screening, so we hope you can attend such a special and worthwhile event.
Click here for ticket info.

2nd Annual Youth Track Meet Fundraiser

Sun, 2016-03-20 21:06
March 20 2016

Saturday, March 20 1:00-5:00pm
Grades: K-8th
Location: Waller Stadium, MCHS
Cost: $25 (includes free t-shirt)

This is an "All Comers"  meet open to one and all!  All you need is a pair of shoes and a desire to compete.  Kids can enter up to 3 events - for one low price.  This is a great way to introduce your child to Track and Field and just have some fun. You can form your own relay teams and compete with your school mates or run on your own.  Show us what you've got!  Last year there were 270 competitors!  Join the fun!

Click here to register.
Click here for more info and a list of events.

Summer Camp Expo

Sat, 2016-03-19 16:35
March 19 2016

Summer Camp Expo
Saturday, March 19 from 10am-2pm at MBMS

Over 40 Summer Camps will be there plus food, activities and a silent auction (get camps for less!).
Get your kids summer off to a great start!
Click here for more info.

Community Making Workshop - Modern Pendant Necklace Workshop

Wed, 2016-03-16 21:07
March 19 2016

Modern Pendant Necklace Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 1:00-3:00pm

Tweens + Teens, let's get creative together!

Community Making Workshops, in collaboration with Bella Beach Kids at the Point in El Segundo, is having a special workshop for girls ages 7-14 on Sat. March 19.

Moms, how about a little bonding time with the girls? Make it a fun afternoon together starting with lunch at the Point and then get creative. Or, drop off your tweens/teens for a few hours of making with us!
Register here.  Click here for questions.

MCHS Spring Break Tennis Camp

Wed, 2016-03-09 15:11
April 4 2016 to April 8 2016


Register now for the 2016 Mira Costa High School
Spring Break Youth Tennis Camp
April 4 - April 8, 2016
9:30am - 12:30pm
Ages: 8 - 14
Location: MCHS Tennis Courts (corner of Artesia and Meadows)

Cost:  $225/week, $200/4 days, $150/3 days, $100/2 days, $60/1 day  
(includes t-shirt and snacks)

Registration Deadline: 3/25/16

Camp Director: Head Coach - Joe Ciasulli and Assistant Coach - Mark McGuire
Camp Counselors: Members of the Mira Costa Girls & Boys Tennis Teams

Click here to download and complete the Registration and Waiver of Liability
Forms and mail per the instructions on the Forms.

Manhattan Beach seniors teach seniors on technology

Wed, 2016-03-09 14:55
June 30 2016

Mira Costa students volunteer for an intergenerational tech day giving advice on how to use their devices. The students connect with Older Adults on a personal level, to debase stereotypes and feel more rooted in their community. Costa student, Victoria Nwoke said, “They give awesome advice because they have lived for so long. They’re very approachable, and I just love talking to them.”
For the whole Beach Reporter article see attached.

Teen Tech Week: Friday March 11 at 4pm - MB Library

Mon, 2016-03-07 17:00
March 11 2016

Create your own robot that plays music!
Engineer Swapna Kulkarni will help students create their own jingle bots in this celebration for
Teen Tech Week. All materials will be supplied.
Grades 6+.  Space is limited so sign up today!
Click here for more information.


Thu, 2016-02-04 16:12
March 26 2016

Please join us for the 5th Annual Toy Drive benefiting the LA County Toy Loan Program brought to you by the Manhattan Beach Kiwanis and the Mira Costa Key Club. 

Donate your new and gently used toys, books, games, stuffed animals, and dolls!
Saturday, March 26th from 8:30am to 3:00pm at the turn-around in front of the Mira Costa Administration Building
1401 Artesia Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Questions? Contact


Thu, 2016-02-04 16:03
March 22 2016

The Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach is sponsoring its 38th Student Art and Photography Contest for grades 6-12 (art and photography).  Deadline for submission to the school office is February 22, 2016 before 3pm.  An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday March 6th, 2016 1pm in the Neptunian clubhouse. Click here for the entry form. 


Thu, 2016-02-04 15:59
February 27 2016

Let's create together South Bay Community!

Community Making Workshops is collaborating with Gus Vintage Goods for a new workshop onSaturday, February 27, 2016.

Create a boho inspired, wood pendant necklace using modern embroidery skills. This workshop is for all skill levels. Tweens, teens, and adults welcome. More information here.