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Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 
Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. The teachers and staff have deeply appreciated every shared sentiment, every hug, and every thoughtful message of love and encouragement.
Our district’s wellness counselor and school psychologist continue to be on campus and available to support students and staff. We know that finding the right words tends to be challenging during difficult moments like these. Our counseling team has been tremendously helpful in facilitating conversations with students and providing teachers with supportive language to use in the classroom. 
As a community, you've been nothing short of amazing. Your unbridled support and love for the McQuiston's has been incredibly heartwarming. But even for a close school community like ours, knowing how to best support the McQuiston's can be as hard as finding the right words to say. Through conversations with Brandon McQuiston, I've learned that the Gregory's and McQuiston's are close. Angela Gregory is helping to communicate the best ways to support the family's needs. We have an incredibly supportive and generous community, and I know how our hearts break for the McQuiston family. If you’re looking for ways to support, please feel free to reach out to Angela Gregory via email at If it is more convenient for you to bring something to school, please leave it in the front office. We’ll be sure to get it over to Angela. 
This week, our teachers and staff will meet to discuss how we will honor Mrs. McQuiston's legacy on campus. I'll be sure to keep the community informed. 
Thank you again for your continued support of the McQuiston's during this challenging time. 
Please know: 

  •  “Come Walk In My Shoes'' was such a success. Thank you for your support.  It was nice to see so many parents volunteering to support our teachers with facilitating lessons and activities to teach our students about individual differences as part of building an inclusive culture. The day was filled with opportunities for students to learn about the visible and invisible differences, which is important when developing students' empathy and kindness. Thank you!

On the Horizon :
Wed. (10/06) |Walk Bike to School
Wed. (10/06) |College Day 
Wed. (10/06) |PTA Reflections - Due
That's all for now. 

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

It’s BAAACCK!! McGaugh’s Annual School Carnival & Silent Auction – October 23rd!

Save the Date – Saturday, October 23rd from 10am – 4pm
We’re excited to bring back McGaugh’s legendary school carnival!  This year’s event will have a lot of the classic traditions our community has grown to love, along with some other new attractions that are going to be epic. It’s going to be the best carnival yet!   More details on tickets and wristbands to come soon!

Thank You!!!

Project SEEK’s first fundraiser of the school year was a success (and a blast)! Thank you for coming to skate night and joining in the fun!  You helped to raise over $1000 to support your children’s art, STEM and media classes.

Help! Your donations are needed for our Silent Auction  

The annual McGaugh Silent Auction is quickly approaching and we need donations! 

Have season tickets to a sporting event or theatre? Vacation Home? Business connection that wants to help out a 501(c)(3) non-profit? Unused gift cards from places you don’t really go to? We will take them and make money to give back to our school and kids! Please ask your favorite restaurants while there or pass along any info you have that many we willing to donate to. 
Click here for the donation form, stop by the front office or contact Steve Miller anytime. You can also make a monetary donation, create a basket or donate items in your family name. Donations can be left in the front office or call Steve to arrange for pickup. 
Remember, the carnival and silent auction are PTA’s largest fundraisers of the year. PTA funds our educational programs like PEACE Week and International Culture Club, school field trips, the new marquee, school assemblies and more! Our community support has been vital to the success of our auctions in the past so let’s keep it going!  
Contact Silent Auction Chair with any questions or to arrange a pickup. 
Steve Miller

Join us! Next International Culture Club Meeting: Wednesday October 6th! 


Please join us for our first International Culture Club (ICC) Meeting on Wednesday, October 6th from 6-7:30pm at the McGaugh Lunch Tables! Come meet new parents and learn what ICC is all about -- from celebrating months like Black History Month & Lunar New Year to International Day and much more. We welcome all! Please RSVP to: We look forward to meeting you! ☮💚  Flyer here.


ONLY TWO WEEKS TO GO – REFLECTIONS DEADLINE – October 6th!  Calling all creative kids - how will you change the world?  Use your creativity to show us with dance, film, literature, music composition, or visual arts! 
Download the flyer for the submission form and get started!
Entries Due by Wednesday, October 6th.
**2020 Winners/Examples Available to view 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
Save the Date – Our next PTA Meeting is Thursday, October 7th at 8am in McGaugh’s Auditorium.


To become a Sea Lion Sponsor of Project SEEK, check your child’s folder for our donation form, visit or snap the QR code.  Grandparents and family members are always welcome to donate and get involved, as well. 

If every McGaugh family were to donate $150, we would meet our annual fundraising goal to fully fund these programs.  Of course any amount is always welcome and greatly appreciate! 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

To find out more about Project SEEK and follow us on social media, click on any of the links below.

Instagram: Projectseek_mcgaugh,

Please join and follow McGaugh Parent group on Facebook for updates, as well.

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

Meet McGaugh’s Enrichment Teachers and Learn About our Programs!

Please take a minute to “meet” the amazing Project SEEK funded programs and teachers who make it all possible! 

The smiling faces in this video need your help!  Please consider volunteering for Project SEEK!Project SEEK needs your expertise for the following role:

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.

If this rolesseem 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

In This Issue   
Principal's Message
Skate Night
Silent Auction
ICC Meeting
Join PTA!
Project SEEK Fall Donation Drive 
Project SEEK Presents

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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