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To all in the MBUSD Community...

Event Date: 
October 2 2017 to October 31 2017

To all in the MBUSD Community

Since the events of Sunday night, messages of love and support have poured in not only from our own teachers, students, parents, citizens, and faith leaders in Manhattan Beach, but also from caring people and organizations in the South Bay and around the nation. We have been working together to support Sandy Casey’s students, our employees and members of the community who personally experienced the traumatic event, and our students, employees, and parents who are grieving the loss of an amazing friend and colleague.

Many of you have asked what you can do, and here are two ways you can support Sandy Casey and her family.

A vigil is planned on Wednesday, October 4th, beginning at 6:30 PM at the base of the Manhattan Beach Pier. The vigil is both for Sandy Casey and for Rachael Parker, the records technician from MBPD who also lost her life Sunday night. It is beyond comprehension that two spectacular women in our own small community were taken from us in this senseless tragedy. If you would like to be a part of this vigil, it is open to the public.

NOTE: The MBUSD Board Meeting, scheduled for a 6:30 start, will begin no earlier than 7:30, as the Board will be attending the vigil.

GoFundMe page has been started. After talking with Sandy’s family, the effort will raise funds for two purposes: (1) to provide for funeral expenses, and (2) to create a scholarship fund to support Sandy’s four nieces and nephews whom she loved so much. I hope you will consider contributing if you can. You can find out more and donate here.

Finally, while we all continue to mourn and remember, we are all still taking care of our students and our children, working to provide the best education possible within a safe learning environment. As parents, we may be grappling with decisions about how and what to discuss with our children or struggling to respond to tough questions that they are asking. I always appreciate ideas from others on how to best address those questions. We keep a webpage of resources devoted to helping parents navigate challenging conversations with children. You can find that list of resources here.


Thank you all for pulling together in this difficult time,

Mike Matthews

Michael D. Matthews, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools