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Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 
The McGaugh Carnival is scheduled for this weekend! There’s tons of excitement throughout the community! Thank you again to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer.   Again, if you're interested in volunteering, it’s not too late.  Many of our teachers have sign-up sheets on the door.  You can also reach out to McGuagh's PTA to sign up. 
Thank you again for all your support in every area that makes McGaugh such a successful school. I continue to need your support to decrease student tardiness.  Academic achievement and overall student success is directly related to attendance. It’s important to know, it takes students quite a bit of time to recover from the feeling of walking into class late. It’s the same feeling adults may feel when we walk into a class lecture or work meeting late. Remember, if your child is late by just five minutes, over the course of a week, that is 25 minutes of instructional time lost a week.  
Here are a few steps to take:

  1.  Have a conversation with your child(ren).  
  2. Set a goal to be on time for the next ten school days.  
  3. Determine the actions to support your goals:  
    1. laying out clothes the night before school 
    2. packing lunches/snacks the night before 
    3. setting an alarm clock five minutes earlier  
  4. Then, when you reach your goal as a family, which I know our Sea Lions will; reward yourselves with a game night, sweet treat, or time doing something special.   
  5. Lastly, send me your stories of how you met this goal and the reward time so that I can share the success stories out to families, staff, and our student body.
  • McGaugh is a closed campus after 7:55 AM. 
  • All students who arrive on campus after the 7:55 AM tardy bell must check into the main office and receive the pink-tardy pink slip.  
  • Students must have a pink-tardy slip to enter class after 7:55 AM. 
  • Students have the opportunity to earn RAH Bux when all students are in their seats before the tardy bell rings. 
Here are a few things you should know about: 
Parent Conferences | Dates: 10/18, 10/19, 10/21, 10/22, & 10/25
  • During your child’s conferences,  teachers will share progress reports which will highlight student strengths and areas of growth to work toward for the final report card in December. 
Great ShakeOut | Thursday, October 21st
  • Earthquakes may happen anytime and almost anywhere in California.
  • Thursday we are joining millions of people that are practicing earthquake safety!
  • Feel free to frontload your child that they will be participating in a drill that has us practice safety procedures.  The school day will look different as they follow adult directions and practice collective safety on campus.
  • Click here for the flier.
On the Horizon | 

That's all for now!
Dr. Issaic Gates
J.H. McGaugh Elementary School
Rah, McGaugh!

McGaugh’s Carnival is This Saturday, Oct. 23rd! Are you ready?!!
Here’s your one-step shop to get ready for a fun filled day for the carnival! Our PTA Is so excited to welcome back this beloved event and fundraiser

Tickets/Wristbands? Check!
  • Purchase wristbands at
  • We will also be selling on campus Thursday 10/21 and Friday, 10/22 before and after school. 
Silent Auction
Get your thumbs ready to shop and bid with our amazing silent auction which includes Lakers tickets, LA Kings tickets, a personal mermaid experience in Newport Beach and so much more!
  • Bookmark now, share with friends and family and start bidding on Friday, 10/22!

Last MInute Donations
  • We need pre-packaged/store-bought cakes for the cake walk!  Bring your donations to your child’s classroom any day this week!

PTA October Membership Contest – Join Today & Win!

We’re hosting a PTA Membership Drive to celebrate our upcoming Carnival coming back to Seal Beach! 
The classroom that has the highest percentage of PTA members by 10/20 at McGaugh will win a 20 Minute VIP session for Your Class ONLY on the Twister InflatableHere are the latest standings:

  1. Martin, TK/Kindergarten & Alvarado, 4th/5th Grade (BOTH HAVE 100% PARTICIPATION!!!)
  2. Sizemore, Kindergarten
  3. Aniceto, 2nd Grade

If you or your family hasn’t joined PTA yet – please sign up today!  Memberships start at $10 and each membership is worth a point for your child’s classroom, so even grandparents, neighbors and friends can join!  These funds help support many student activities throughout the year like field trips, special assemblies like Brent Poppen, the Paralympian who shared his inspiring story with McGaugh students during P.E.A.C.E. Week., and so much more!  Winning classroom will be announced on Friday, 10/22!

It’s Teacher Donation Raffle Time Again!

Every year, teachers and staff graciously donate a “creative adventure” to be won by lucky students during a raffle at the Carnival Silent Auction that benefits Project Seek! Drawing will take place on Saturday, October 23rd at 2pm.

You do not need to be present to win!

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased NOW! Look for the ticket form in your child’s folder today!!!!

Tickets are $5 each OR buy 5 and receive1 ticket FREE!

That’s 6 tickets for $25 or 12 tickets for $50!

You may also purchase tickets before/after school out front on Wed (10/20) and Thur (10/21) and before school on Friday, Oct 22nd

OR at the Silent Auction in the Gym on Saturday, October 23rd

We will take cash, check, Venmo AND credit card!

Check out the flyer here.

Any questions? Contact Jessie Standlea 

Dining for McGaugh at Dominos Tuesday, October 19th

Dominos has you covered for dinner! From 10am-12am on Tuesday, 10/19, the Seal Beach location will return 25% of all sales to Project Seek to support art and technology programs at McGaugh. Make sure to mention Project Seek when ordering and fill out your child’s name and classroom to be entered into a draw-ing for free pizza! By ordering, you’ll be supporting both a local business and your child’s art, STEM and media classes! Print the flyer here or look for a copy coming home in your child’s backpack.


Red Ribbon Week- "Drug Free Looks Like Me!"

October 25-29th

Get ready for a fun-filled week as we partner with the Seal Beach Police Department to celebrate being drug-free individuals with the theme of "Drug Free Looks Like Me!" 
We will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with these dress up days:

  • Monday, October 25th- Put drugs to rest with PAJAMA DAY
  • Tuesday, October 26th- Support one another in saying NO to drugs with TWIN DAY
  • Wednesday, October 27th- Wear red for our RED RIBBON RALLY DAY
  • Thursday, October 28th- Let everyone see you are drug free from your head to your toes with CRAZY HAIR/CRAZY SOCK DAY
  • Friday, October 29th- Show that drugs are out of character for you during our Halloween Parade with COSTUME DAY

 All students will also participate in a coloring contest during their time in the Art Lab with Miss Brim during the week of 10/18! Grade level winners will be announced on Red Ribbon Day and will win a special prize pack provided by SBPD. The grand prize winners will be announced on Monday, November 1st and will win a ride to school in the SBPD Shelby Mustang!
This year, we will be having a Red Ribbon Rally during lunch on Wednesday, October 27th! Look for a special appearance by SBPD and K9 Yosa!


Chase Farrell is McGaugh PTA’s Special Education Committee Chair. If you’d like to join the committee, please reach out to Chase through 

The committee will determine goals and plans for the year. This committee is active throughout the school year.

Look for updates here on McGaugh Connect, on the PTA website, the McGaugh FB page and through ParentSquare. 

SAVE THE DATES: Here are a few upcoming parent/caregiver education opportunities. 

November 9th from 6-7:30pm - The OCDE Crisis Response Network in conjunction with the Greater Anaheim Special Education Local Plan Area is virtually presenting “How to support your child during times of crisis."  Please RSVP to the Greater Anaheim SELPA office via Jennifer Cox: - a Zoom link will be provided after registration. 

November 10th @ 9am - McGaugh Special Education Coffee Chat with Dr. Gates and Mrs. Delk, Director of SPED and Mental Health. Open to all school families.

December 7th and March 4th from 6-7:30pm - The Greater Anaheim SELPA to which the district belongs is offering a virtual parent education opportunity in regards to the IEP process. Please RSVP to the Greater Anaheim SELPA office via Jennifer Cox: - a Zoom link will be provided after registration. 

Support Project SEEK While you Shop!

Supporting Art, Innovation and Media lab @ McGaugh has never been so easy!!! These won’t cost you anything extra!


A simple way for you to support Project SEEK @ McGaugh every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, they will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Project Seek Inc.

Benefit is a free iPhone and Android app that allows you to shop at places like Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Walmart and many more, while giving up to 20% of every transactions back to Project SEEK. Just shop like you normally do. Download the app and select our organization as your chosen beneficiary to start giving today. www.benefit-mobile.comWhen it comes time to checkout, instead of pulling out your credit card, pull out the Benefit app and purchase a digital gift card that you redeem instantly.

This program makes fundraising easy by donating to Project SEEK based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card with Project SEEK as the donation recipient, all you have to do is shop at Ralphs and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

Everyday purchases add up by simply doing the things you already do. Leverage the future of fundraising for Project SEEK with eScrip, the longest running and most successful “electronic scrip” program in the USA. Select “Project Seek - McGaugh School” as the beneficiary.
eScrip Group ID – 137956836


Did you know there is an incredible 100+ page yearbook put together each year by a group of volunteer parents for the promoting class, reflecting on all 6 years the students spent at McGaugh? It is such a treasured memento for these students!

Do you like to take pictures of your student throughout the year and reflect on their growth? Do you like to organize photos and use your creative mind to design an awesome collector’s book for your kid? If YOU are interested in participating, we are looking for a group of 5th grade parents who would like to put together this year’s yearbook for the 2022 graduating class!
Please email Christine Barhoma if you’re interested!

Instrumental Music Sign Ups

The Youth Center after school music program is excited to be back at McGaugh. We are currently accepting enrollment for beginning violin, guitar, and drums. The Youth Center is also offering beginning guitar classes and experienced violin classes on Saturday at the Youth Center. To enroll in our fun music classes, go to and enroll. If you have any questions, you may call 562-493-4043.
In This Issue   
Principal's Message
PTA Membership
Teacher Donation Raffle
Dining for McGaugh
Red Ribbon Week
OSS Info Night
Special Education Committee
Project SEEK Fundraising
Fifth Grade Parents
Music Sign Ups

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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