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Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Sea Lions,

There are many things to be thankful for at McGaugh and Los Alamitos Unified School District, and LEAF (Los Alamitos Education Foundation) is just one of them.
Two weeks ago, at the State of the District breakfast event, LAEF presented a donation check to Los Alamitos High School for $245,000.  This record donation will fund the construction, furnishings, and décor for the new LAHS Well Space, which is currently under construction (completion is planned in December).  Like the established spaces at Oak and McAuliffe Middle Schools, the Well Space will be a calm, comfortable and safe place for students to reset and seek counseling support.  LAEF would like to thank the 2022 Fundraising February for Los Al Kids supporters, who made this donation possible.  The LAEF Board of Directors approved an additional $70,000, beyond the $175,000 net from Fundraising February, to fully fund the project due to inflation and increased construction costs. A portion of this donation will go to McGaugh’s own wellness space.
Another reason for McGaugh to be thankful is our very own PTA. In addition to the many donations and programs they provide our school, they just recently provided additional covers, to the lunch bench area, to keep the sun exposure to a minimum while our Sea Lions eat lunch. Thank you McGaugh PTA!

Please join us for a community wide WALK/ BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th.  Meet us or drop off your child at Pavilions or Heron point by 7:15am.  Together with staff and our Seal Beach Police Department, we will walk/bike to school at 7:25am. Our goal is to increase connectivity between staff, community members, parents, and students.  We hope to reduce traffic congestion, teach pedestrian safety, and increase physical activity! 

Once in a great while, an opportunity to travel and experience something so incredible is right in front of us! These should be exceptions and, generally, are opportunities we should not miss! If this is the case, we would encourage you to enter into an Independent Study Contract (a minimum of 3 school days in length.) Your child is not marked absent and the school collects the Average Daily Attendance rate for those days. We need two-week’s notice for this. However, when possible, we HIGHLY encourage vacations and family trips to be taken during non-instructional time. There are 31 days within the school year (not including weekends) that school is not in session. We encourage you to take your trips then so that instructional time is not interrupted. The school calendar can be found on our website. In our first eight weeks of school, we have issued 40 Independent Study Contracts totaling over 185 missed instructional days. Please be mindful of this as you plan for the rest of the year

Los Alamitos Unified Employment Opportunities
Los Alamitos Unified School District is in need of Student Supervision Assistants. The schedule is typically Monday through Friday during lunch time and varies by school site and need, depending on lunch schedule and supervisor requirements. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Los Al USD website: to submit an online application.


  • 10/12 Walk/Bike to School
  • 10/12 McGaugh Idol Try-Outs (grades 1, 2, & 5)
  • 10/13 McGaugh Idol Try-Outs (grades UTK, K, 3 & 4)
  • 10/17, 10/18, 10/20, 10/21, 10/24 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 10/19 “Unity Day” – wear orange
  • 10/22 McGaugh Carnival
  • 10/24 OSS Parent Information Night
  • 10/24 – 10/28 Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/26 McGaugh Idol Dress Rehearsal

Ms. Wendy Wood, M.Ed. ​
McGaugh Elementary School Principal

(562) 799-4560 


PTA Meeting Recap and Thank You! 

Thank you to all who attended our PTA Meeting last week. If you were not able to attend here is what you missed. 

  • September Review: We reviewed all the great things that happened in September, including the Angels game an AMAZING P.E.A.C.E Week, Brent Poppen visit and assembly, and our Come Walk In My Shoes event to end the week. 
  • Reflections: Thank you to all the students who submitted a Reflections entry. We had even more entries than the year before! Thank you to the Reflections Committee for putting together a great afternoon last week to get kids together to create Reflections entries. We will definitely be continuing this idea next year.
  • Special Education: Thank you to our Special Education Chair for the updates from District about putting together a District Wide calendar of disability awareness events throughout the year for education and acceptance opportunities. It was also discussed ways for to make events and activities more inclusive for all. Check out The Exceptional Day of Play who will be at our own McGaugh Carnival.
  • Red Ribbon Week: Thank you to those on the committee who were able to make it to the meeting, Cynthia Villa, Officer Owen, and Officer Rael-Brook, to discuss the upcoming Red Ribbon week 10/24-10/28. There are some great things planned for the week, including a lunchtime rally on 10/26.
  • Membership: Our school PTA Membership numbers are nearing 500 and that is the best numbers we have had for years! What does that mean? More support for our school, more people stepping in to make a difference, and more opportunities we can provide as a PTA!
  • Carnival: Our biggest event of the year is here! If you have not already signed up for a spot to help in your class booth please check with your room parent. Stay tuned for a Carnival Newsletter coming your way shortly! This year will be full of many of your favorite fun things about carnival, with lots of new additions! 
  • Silent Auction: One more week if you have something to donate. This year stay tuned to lots of never-before-seen items!
  • For the news and information, visit the PTA Website often, follow PTA on Instagram and join the McGaugh Facebook page
  • The next general PTA meeting is Thursday, November 3rd, at 8:00 a.m. in the McGaugh Auditorium. See you there! 

EmojiThank you to all who came out to our FIRST school wide movie night! It was a GREAT turnout!Emoji

Bike Walk to School 10/12   


Last Date to Donate 10/14 To Silent Auction

Our annual SILENT AUCTION needs your help! If you have an item to donate, own a business, know of a business that loves to support students, have connections to a weekend away/Airbnb/hotel stay, sporting event tickets, golf rounds, lessons, etc. we would love the connection or donation! We have some fun and never before seen items ahead for you, but EVERY donation makes a difference and is SO APPPRECIATED!

Where will these funds go? Our Silent Auction and Carnival is our biggest fundraisers of the year that supports so many programs put on by PTA throughout the year. These funds go to pay for field trips, assemblies, events like Movie Night and Family Fun nights, Book Fair, International Culture Club and ICC Day, and so much more! Last year we were also able to purchase 40 new violins and supplemental musical instruments to start a strings program at McGaugh (first in the District!), social/emotional classroom books, as well as a Gaga Pit to be installed on the playground, new P.E. Equipment, and whiteboards for all classes.

Contact Jennifer Katz @ or Evelyn Garcia @ if you have a donation to be auctioned off. Items can be left in the office attn. PTA for us to collect as well.
Rah McGaugh! THANK YOU all for making our school the VERY best and for all your support all year long!


Come one, come all to the PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year! The McGaugh Carnival is just two weeks away, and ticket sales begin TODAY, October 9th for all PTA Members. Not a PTA Member? Click here to join! Every ticket purchase now through Friday, October 15th will enter PTA Members into a daily drawing for five FREE carnival tickets. Tickets will be available for purchase by PTA and non-PTA Members beginning Sunday, October 16th. Look for ticket tables out in front of the school and in the pool parking lot before and after school, or visit us online to purchase tickets at Online tickets can be picked up at the table in front of the school during the week of October 16th

Tickets will be needed for food and drink items, games, photo booth, pumpkin patch, mini golf and all other activities including spin art, crazy hair, and face painting. Wristbands are also available to purchase for unlimited use on all inflatables and the flush tank. See pricing for tickets and wristbands below. 
Wristband - $30
Wristband & 25 Tickets - $50
Additional tickets available online in 10 Ticket increments - $10
**military discount also available**

Purchase your Carnival tickets 
HERE (beginning 10/9 for PTA Members & 10/16 for PTA & non-PTA Members)

We are in need of drinks for carnival and a variety of cakes for our Cake Walk. Sign up to bring items 
Questions regarding tickets, including the military discount can be sent to

The PTA is looking forward to a day of Carnival fun with our McGaugh family, and we thank
you in advance for your support! Stay tuned for this year's Carnival Newsletter coming home to you shortly! 

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Since 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month continues to be celebrated from September 15th to October 15th in the US. During this time we recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to history, culture, and achievements to the United States. 

Please enjoy this Read Aloud of the book, Alma and How She Got Her Name, narrated by our own Sea Lion, Elias Mercado. 

Please see below the ICC October Newsletter. It includes talking points, activities, and books to share as a family. Or you can click this link to review.


Coffee Chat 11/10 with Grace Delk, Director of Special Education

LAHS Dance Program  

Project SEEK Presents: Where Does the Money Go?-A quick look at Project SEEK Funded Teachers and Programs

Please take a minute to “meet” the amazing Project SEEK funded teachers who make it all possible and learn more about our Art and Technology programs at McGaugh!

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.

Continue reading to learn more about our current fundraisers or find us on social media.

Instagram: Projectseek_mcgaugh,

Please like our Facebook page: McGaugh Project SEEK

Project SEEK Fall Fundraiser! 

Project SEEK - Roll With Us! 

Project SEEK - AmazonSmile 

One of the easiest ways to support Project SEEK and the Technology and Art Programs at McGaugh, is though AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile allows you to select a charity and a portion of your purchases will be donated to that charity. Please consider turning on AmazonSmile with your Amazon account and selecting Project SEEK as your charity. Here’s how~

For your mobile phone:

•        Open your Amazon app

•        At the bottom, find the 3 lines and click on that

•        Scroll down until you see “Settings” and select the down arrow next to “Settings”

•        Select AmazonSmile from that drop-down list

•        Once in Your AmazonSmile, turn Mobile App on and select or change your charity-you can search Project SEEK, Inc. in Seal Beach, CA to find it.

For your desktop:

•        Type AmazonSmile into your internet browser

•        Click on the AmazonSmile website

•        Follow the prompts to select Project SEEK, Inc. in Seal Beach, CA as your charity

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.
Project SEEK President
Quick Links
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Project SEEK
Los Al School District
Los Al Ed Foundation
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