If your child is no longer at McGaugh please unsubscribe from this list.

Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 
I don't want to get ahead of myself, but if last Wednesday was any indication of what next school year might hold, I'm excited! Last Wednesday, both Cohorts A & B (all grade levels) were on campus. The students participated in academic lessons and team-building activities like getting to know you scavenger hunts, minute-to-win-it games, and classmate interviews. Frankly, it felt much like the first day of school.  I know our faculty and staff are excited to have all our Sea Lions in class together again this Wednesday (5/26). 
Thank you to our 5th-grade teachers for such a fun-filled week of OSS alternative activities. Wednesday night's virtual smores, trivia, and campfire songs and Friday's field day were two of my favorite highlights. I nearly tore both hamstrings playing Gaga Ball with 5th graders wearing dress shoes, but I had tons of fun. I also appreciate the skill it takes to hit the target in field archery. Our 5th graders, including LosAL@Home, had a blast. Thank you again to our 5th-grade teachers! 
That's all for now! Here are a few things to keep in mind this week: 

  • 5/24 - 5/28 | McGaugh's Staff Appreciation Week
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | A&B Cohorts (all grade levels) on campus
  • Friday, May 28, 2021 | Teacher Planning Day 
  • Monday, May 31, 2021 | Memorial Day - No School


Dr. Issaic Gates
J.H. McGaugh Elementary School
Rah, McGaugh!

Staff Appreciation Week Is Here!!! Get Ready to Spread Joy to the Staff



Attention McGaugh Families – Pavilions & McGaugh PTA have partnered up!

Seal Beach Pavilions has graciously offered to do a donation drive of sanitizer wipes for our school. This couldn’t have come at a better time as we have doubled our student count on Wednesdays with both cohorts attending school at the same time. Also, we should have plenty left to support a healthy, sanitized classroom going into next school year. So, next time you are in Pavilions, make sure to donate a wipe or two in honor of McGaugh!

Exciting News!!!  Last McGaugh PTA Meeting of 2020-21 will be IN-PERSON!!

Save Thursday, June 3rd at 8:15am for our last PTA meeting of the year inside the McGaugh Auditorium. This is such exciting news as we will actually get to see each other in-person and celebrate all of our accomplishments as a group.  For all new families who have not seen inside our auditorium or who have only met their PTA team on zoom, we cannot wait to meet you.  For all McGaugh veterans, please join us as we’ve missed you. This will be a quick meeting where we will celebrate our accomplishments and discuss the PTA’s gift back to the school.  Stay tuned for more information.


Order 2021-2022
School Supplies Now

Kits are customized by your teacher for each grade level and include the supplies your child needs for the next school year.
Each kit will be individually packaged with your child’s name and grade labeled right on the box!
Kits will be conveniently shipped to your home prior to the first day of school!
NEW! Disaster Kits will be available to purchase and will be sent directly to your child’s classroom!

Avoid the hassle of the stores this summer and support Project SEEK!
10-12% of proceeds go to Project SEEK to help 100% fund the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center at McGaugh!
Order Online Only. Deadline to order is July 1st

Shop at Jennings & Allen and Support Project SEEK!

Jennings & Allen on Main Street is donating 10% of sales to Project SEEK for the month of June! Please visit this special artisan shop full of beautiful and amazing pieces from around the globe. Get inspired and discover the unique items owners Colvin and Steven have personally selected during their own travels. Support local business while you support Project SEEK! Mention Project SEEK when you shop or download the flyer here.

Looking for Volunteers to Join the PTA Exec Board!  

The McGaugh PTA plays a vital volunteer role in the support of students and teachers by providing a wide-range of functions, fun, enrichment and representation for our school community.

We welcome you to join our PTA Executive Board!  The following positions are OPEN for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Recording Secretary
  • Historian
  • 3rd Vice President

For questions or more information, please contact our PTA Parliamentarian, Joy Wadleigh ( 

McGaugh Needs a New Connect Coordinator!

The McGaugh PTA is looking for a volunteer to take over coordination of the Connect newsletter for the 2021-2022 school year. The coordinator of Connect consolidates articles for the weekly newsletter in partnership with the Presidents of the PTA and Project Seek along with Dr. Gates and Ms. Wood. The commitment requires ~2 hours a week but does NOT require technical skills!!

If interested please reach out to

International Culture Club (ICC): Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month & May Book Club! 🌼📚  

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! In celebration of the far-reaching history & impact of the AAPI community, each week the McGaugh ICC will highlight an influential Asian American or Pacific Islander. This week we are highlighting Ellison Shoji Onizuka, the first AAPI in space! Ellison was born on June 24, 1946, in a simple rural community in Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii. From these humble beginnings, Ellison formulated his dream of venturing into space. Ellison excelled in school, graduating from Konawaena High School with honors in 1964.  He was also active in student council, National Honors Society, yearbook, varsity basketball and baseball and Boy Scouts.  After graduating from high school, Ellison attended the University of Colorado, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering followed by a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering.  He joined the United States Air Force in January 1970. Against stiff competition (8,000 applicants), Ellison was selected in 1978 as one of 35 astronauts for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program! He was the first Japanese American selected to participate in America’s space program. On January 24, 1985, Ellison first entered space as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery – America’s first classified manned military space flight.  The mission was a success, and Ellison was honored as the first Asian astronaut to venture into space. Soon after, Ellison was selected for Challenger Flight 51-L along with six other crew members.  The crew of this mission was carefully chosen to reflect the spirit of America.  All walks of life, backgrounds and regions were represented on his shuttle flight, including elementary school teacher Christa McAuliffe, who would be the first civilian in space.  On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifted from the earth.  At 11:39 a.m., 73 seconds after liftoff, the orbiter tragically exploded and ended his and 6 other astronaut's lives, but not their courage or legacies.  Learn more about the inspiring life of AAPI astronaut Ellison Shoji Onizuka HERE.

“Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.  Make your life count – and the world will be a better place because you tried.” – Ellison S. Onizuka

To learn more about AAPI Heritage Month click HERE. For a wonderful & comprehensive list of children's books celebrating AAPI communities from the NYPL click HERE. 

And lastly, please don't forget to join The next ICC Book club at 6:30 pm, Thursday, May 27th! We will be discussing How Much of These Hills Is Gold, a critically acclaimed novel by C Pham Zhang. Please email: with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! Emoji


Don't forget to visit the McGaugh PTA website regularly for the latest information on all things McGaugh! The home page is updated frequently with details on up-and-coming events. McGaugh PTA is working hard to give you all the information you need in one place. That includes details about PTA programs, a calendar, links to McGaugh Connect and more. And don't forget to sign up to become a member of PTA while you're there. If you want to see something on the PTA website, email

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Simmzy’s while supporting Project SEEK!

Simmzy’s has generously partnered with Project SEEK to support the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center Sea Lion Lab at McGaugh! Place your order online, anytime using the code JHM15 and 15% will go to Project SEEK.

LAEF Summer Enrichment! 

LAEF is offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for Los Al Kids this summer!  The 12th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) will take place over two sessions – June 28 to July 9 (no class on July 5) and from July 12-23 – with classes available between 8am and 4:40pm.  Kids entering grades TK-5 will be on campus at Rossmoor Elementary.
Register now at! Early bird pricing is available through June 9, but classes fill up quickly. 
Jumpstart classes will be available to sharpen skills in math and language arts, plus there are classes in STEM, the arts, world language, athletics and much more!  Class size is 7-15 kids and will be taught by credentialed teachers and highly-qualified instructors.  Find class descriptions, teacher bios and policies/procedures at
Multi-class SEI discounts apply to families and individual students across both sessions – the second class is 25% off, and 50% off any class thereafter!  Scholarships are available to families with financial needs.
Middle school and high school classes are also available.  Summer Camps with LAHS Coaches and Directors are also in the works, with information posted to once they become available.

In This Issue   
Principal's Message
Staff Appreciation Week
Pavilions Partnership
PTA Meeting
School Supplies
Shop Jennings & Allen
PTA Volunteers
Connect Coordinator
ICC Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
PTA Website
Simmzy's for Project SEEK
LAEF Summer Enrichment

Attendance Hotline
Please make every effort to report your child's absence by calling the Attendance Hotline at (562) 799-4571 prior to 9:00 am on the day of the absence. If the absence is reported after 9:00 am, it may take up to 24 hours to clear and you may receive an automated call in error. Any questions, contact the school office at (562) 799-4560.
Quick Links
McGaugh Website
Project SEEK
Los Al School District
Los Al Ed Foundation
ST Math (JiJi)
Farnaz Pardasani
PTA President

Julie McMahon
Project SEEK President


visit the McGaugh website
Copyright © 2021 McGaugh PTA, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

View this email in your browser

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp