Santa Monica Malibu Wine Auction

We are seeking wine donations for the annual Santa Monica-Malibu wine auction, which benefits SMMEF, so please contact me, Molly White at or at 310-488-6542, if you would like to donate from your personal wine collection or have contacts who may want to donate.  Last year we had some spectacular wines – and we hope to repeat that success this year!

The deadline to submit wine donations is April 14th.

The SMMEF Wine Auction would also love to have a Community Collection of Wines from each school. Please consider donating a bottle that has special meaning to you – your wedding wine, a winery you’ve visited, your favorite special occasion bottle, etc.  The wine should be valued at $20 or more.  Please attach a note with your “story of the wine” and sign the label, and then separately provide a brief description and the dollar value of the wine (this can be printed from the internet).  We cannot collect wine on campus – but I live close to the school and would be happy to arrange for private pick-up/drop-off).

PTA Meeting, February 1, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Reading and Approval of Minutes
  3. Financial Report
  4. New Business
    1. Voting on donation to SMMEF for $2500
    2. 4th Grade Grant Request for $1500
    3. Photocopy Machines – update on donation of machines
  5. Literacy Presentation by Rachel Mauk and Kortney Krivokopich
  6. Announcements
    1. Date change for Spring Gala
    2. Superintendent to speak at March meeting
  7. Adjourn

Book Drive!

Grant Elementary School Book Drive

Please drop off any gently used children’s books
the front of Grant Elementary School.

Saturday, November 19th
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

We are looking to build the love of reading by building classroom libraries that give all students access to books of interest at their level.

Have a few books that your child has already read? When you drop them off, you will be entered into a raffle to win an Amazon gift card. Raffle winners will be announced on Monday, November 21st.

PTA Meeting November 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Note: The meeting is now at 6:30 p.m., not 8:30 a.m. as initially scheduled.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Reading and Approval of Minutes
  3. Financial Report
  4. Executive Committee Report
  5. Committee Updates
    1. Learning Garden
    2. Reflections – Mary Beth O’Donovan
    3. SMMEF – Molly White and Sara Tropea
    4. Fall Festival – Jen Ortiz
    5. Monster Mash – Jennifer Wolf & Angie Sutthof
    6. Health & Wellness – Tamara Craig/Amy Jo Deguzis
  6. New Business
  7. Announcements
    1. Pupil Free Day 4th Nov
    2. Minimum Days 7th – 10th Nov
    3. Holiday 11th Nov
    4. Bingo Night – 18th Nov
    5. Minimum Days 23rd Nov
    6. Holiday 24th/25th Nov
    7. Next General PTA meeting 7th Dec at 8:30 a.m.
  8. Adjourn

PTA Meeting October 5, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Special Announcement: We are very privileged to welcome the SAMOHI Chamber Orchestra to the library this evening where they will be giving us a sneak preview of their upcoming Disney Concert!

  1. Call to Order
  2. Reading and Approval of Minutes
  3. Financial Report
    • SMMEF/PTA Annual giving update
  4. Student Council Report (Luke, Maxine, Ava)
  5. Executive Committee Report
    • Discussion with Cary Upton (SMMUSD facilities mgr)
    • New radios for staff
    • Legislative Issues and meeting procedure
    • Vacant PTA Chair positions
  6. Committee Updates
    • Learning Garden – Lindsay Traill
    • Grant Learning Community – Andra Bard
    • SMMEF – Molly White and Sara Tropea
    • Fall Festival – Jen Ortiz
    • Book Fair – Petra
    • Parent Mixer – Alison Havel
    • Health & Wellness – Harriet Fraser
    • Hispanic Heritage Day
  7. New Business
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn

Elemental Strings Prelude Program (3rd & 4th Grade)

It’s not too late to join the Elemental Music Prelude Program! Open to 3rd and 4th graders, the Prelude Program offers an ensemble experience to beginning string players with no previous experience on their instruments. Students perform in three concerts a year, all while improving on their instruments and meeting other students who are excited about music.

Weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45pm at McKinley Elementary School. Tuition is $800 for the year (which averages less than $15/hr) and tuition reduction is available to qualified families. The first rehearsal is on October 4 and all interested families should email Emily Call, or visit for more information.