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Principal's Message

Dear Sea Lion Families, 
What a great week we had! The ice cream social was a blast. A BIG thank you to McGaugh's PTA and our amazing teachers and staff for scooping ice cream, sprinkling sprinkles, and adding other toppings to bowls of ice cream! College Day was also a blast! It was great seeing students representing their favorite colleges and universities. You may have noticed the USC flag that now adorns our school's flagpole. Last year during The Event, Project Seek auctioned off the opportunity for bidders to fly the university flag of their choice. As a result, the flag is less of a representation of the University of Southern California and more representative of our community's commitment to supporting the Sea Lion Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center. 
Saturday, September 11, 2021, is Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. This weekend, as a nation, we commemorate those we lost and give thanks and honor the bravery and heroic actions of the first responders. First responders put their lives on the line risking their health and safety to prevent further heartbreak and devastation on that unthinkable tragic Tuesday morning in 2001. It's a day that we as Americans will never forget. 
Unlike last year, current COVID guidance allows for an all-school assembly. However, we will not hold a Flag Deck Friday assembly this week. 
Instead, in grade-level teams, our teachers will design meaningful lessons and activities for our students. The aim is for our teachers to foster students' understanding by exploring 9/11 through a lens of depth and complexity, which encourages students to discuss the most important specifics about 9/11, ask and consider unanswered questions, and understand overarching ideas like patriotism, service to others, volunteering, and unity. 
At 8:46 PST, McGaugh will observe a moment of silence in remembrance of the day and solidarity with other schools across the district, county, and nation. 
Here are a few things you should know about: 
SSC - Update 

  • We received eight candidate nominations for McGaugh’s two open SSC seats. We hold an election for the vacant seats electronically. I will email the electronic voting ballot on the morning of Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  For more information regarding the School Site Council - click here. 
Wellness Counseling 
  • Please welcome Ms.Priscilla Jara, McGaugh’s Wellness Counselor. Ms. Jara will be working to provide students with social/emotional support through classroom lessons, group counseling, and short-term individual counseling. 

 Please welcome Mrs. Zynette Cohen, McGaugh’s Child and Youth Behavioral Military Family Life Counselor (CYB-MFLC). Mrs. Cohen started this week and has met teachers and some military families.  There is still a bit of onboarding to get through before she really gets started. In short, Mrs. Cohen is here to directly support the needs of military children and families by partnering with parents, faculty, counselors, and staff to foster healthy growth and social skill development. Click here to download the parent consent form.
On the Horizon :
Thus. (9/14) |Project Seek Meeting  @ 8:05 AM - Auditorium Courtyard 
Wed. (9/15) |School Site Council Meeting @ 2:45 PM - Media Center
That's all for now. 

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

The Jester Program is BACK and we are looking for some volunteers to be our Jesters!
NEW!  Submit this request for a Jester visit your child’s class here. We will do our best to accommodate short notice requests. 
Here’s how it works: 
  • Parents can pay a $25 fee to have a Jester visit their child’s classroom for a birthday or special occasion, and the Jester will read a book of their choice to the class.
  • An inscription/dedication from the parents is placed in the book and your child will receive a gift, too!
  • Your student can also take the book home for a week to enjoy before returning it to the library.
  • This program has really helped to build such an amazing library at our school and we can’t wait to continue this McGaugh tradition.  
 Jester Volunteers Needed
If you like reading books to kids, have a flexible schedule and love dressing up, then we would love to hear from you. Any Jester will tell you it is one of the most rewarding and joyful volunteer jobs around! And this year we have some extra fun things planned great for ALL grades!
If you are interested in being a Jester or learning more, please reach out by email to Jennifer Katz.
And check out our Surf Jester who did a virtual visit here!


Join McGaugh’s PTA Today!
Our award-winning PTA is starting up our annual membership drive!
Joining our PTA is the best way to support our staff and students and continue the “magic” of McGaugh’s community.  You can attend our meetings and get involved right away!  Here's some important things to remember:
1) Anyone can join - parents AND extended family, plus students, teachers, community members, alumni
2) A membership is one of the best ways to become involved - it allows you to vote on our programs and support our teachers and students throughout the year!
Join Today - Click Here


Get ready for this year's Reflections program.  How will you change the world?  Use your creativity to show us!

Volunteer Opportunities

McGaugh’s PTA is looking to fill a few very important roles for the upcoming school year, including:

  • McGaugh Carnival Volunteers
If you’re interested, please contact Denyse Rabbat for more information. 

Project SEEK’s Annual Fall Donation Drive!

Please consider becoming a Sea Lion Sponsor of Project SEEK. 100% of your donations fund our art, innovation, and media lab teacher’s salary and supplies.

To become a Sea Lion Sponsor of Project SEEK, snap the QR code.  Grandparents and family members are always welcome to donate and get involved, as well. 


We hope you can join us in our efforts to keep these amazing programs running. We are so grateful for your continued support of art and technology at McGaugh!

Claudia Vecchio Wille
Project SEEK President 2021-2022

Project SEEK Presents: 
Meet McGaugh’s Enrichment Teachers and Learn About our Programs!

Please take a minute to “meet” the amazing Project SEEK funded teachers who make it all possible! Snap the QR Code below.

Those smiling faces need your help!  Project SEEK is McGaugh's non-profit organization that raises money to fund our art lab, innovation/STEM lab and media center.  We fund three teachers' salaries and all the supplies for these labs to enrich the education of every McGaugh student. Research shows that art, innovation and media education encourage problem solving, creativity, and a growth mindset in all subject areas.

Please consider volunteering for Project SEEK!

Project SEEK needs your expertise for the following roles:

Donations Director for The Event-In this role, you will oversee all donations needed for our silent and live auction at our annual gala The Event, April 8, 2022. You will have access to past donors and can select a co-chair and other volunteers to help you. You will manage a team of parent volunteers soliciting for these donations and follow-up with donors, where needed. Someone with community relationships and great organization skills would be fantastic in this role. You will solicit donations from local businesses to be auctioned at

After-School Assembly Chair-In this role, you will solicit organizations to perform a show in the fall and spring during parent conferences.  You will coordinate with the performers, make a flyer for distribution and collect payment (with help from Project SEEK officers).  You will need to be present during the performances.

SEEK teachers’ Room Parent-In this role, you would serve as the room parent and volunteer for the SEEK teachers; Ms. Brim, Mrs. Samari, and Mr. Browning.  You would help the SEEK teachers with any projects or help find volunteers to help them.  You would also organize volunteers and donations for teachers appreciation week for these teachers. 

If these roles seem like the perfect way for you to contribute to your child's art, innovation and media education, please contact me, Claudia Vecchio Wille at, 917-547-0035. Even if you're not sure, but you would like to help, please contact me or look for me around school. Thank you for your time and continued support!

Claudia Vecchio Wille
President, Project SEEK

You’re Invited to Project SEEK’s First Meeting of the Year on September 14th!

Join us at the first Project SEEK meeting of the year! Learn more about Project SEEK while meeting new friends and fellow parents at McGaugh.

When: Tuesday, September 14th at 8:05 am
Where: Courtyard outside the McGaugh Auditorium

Please RSVP to Claudia Vecchio Wille at for more details! We hope to see you there!

Still Need School Supplies?

Project SEEK has a limited amount of 1st Day School Supply Kits still available for purchase. If you need an SDC kit, TK Kit, or 3rd Grade Kit, email Claudia Vecchio Wille at

Project SEEK Skate Night is Back!  Come have some fun and support your children’s art, STEM and media classes.

LAEF Fall After-School Enrichment Classes

Sign up for our new after-school and virtual language classes at!

Classes begin September 13th! This is an experience your children will not want to miss. There are opportunities every day of the week to get some physical activity in and to possibly try something new/exhilarating. The TK-K only classes will be 55 minute classes (Welcome to LAEF, TK-K families!) and the 1st -5th classes as well as Wednesday classes will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. The classes available at McGaugh are Basketball, Beginnings of Volleyball, Breakdance, Broadway Bootcamp, Chess, Creating Creepy Creatures, DIY Science, Golf, Jiu Jitsu, LEGO Academy, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Nature Art, Origami, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. The class fee is $175. Class fee increases after September 7th.

FREE virtual world language classes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders begin September 20th!

Multi-class discounts available – 10% off the 2nd class and 15% off any class thereafter. All registration information including class descriptions and instructor bios are presented at Call (562) 799-4700 x80424 or email


In This Issue   
Principal's Message
Jesters Needed
PTA Membership
PTA Volunteers Needed
Project SEEK 
Project SEEK Presents
Project SEEK Meeting
School Supplies
Skate Night
LAEF Fall 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)
Denyse Rabbat
PTA President

Claudia Vecchio Wille
Project SEEK President


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