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Principal's Message

Dear Sea Lion Families,
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend McGaugh’s annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday night. It was a great night filled with parent and student connectivity and ice cream filled smiles. Thank you to PTA and the Jen Rohdenburg Group for sponsoring this very special annual event.
Please enjoy a few pictures from the night below.

Mark your calendars for Back to School Night (BTSN) for 1st-5th grade this THURSDAY, September 1st. BTSN is an important opportunity for parents to learn about classroom expectations, grade level standards, homework policies, school programs, and important events.

Please note the schedule below and arrive on time to your child's grade level presentation.  We are asking ALL parents to attend the all-school presentation beginning at 6:15pm in the Auditorium.
5:30-6:10pm – 1st & 2nd Grade Classroom Presentations
6:15–6:30pm *ALL SCHOOL PARENT MEETING* - Auditorium
6:35-7:15pm - 3rd – 5th Grade Classroom Presentations

Back to School Night is a parent-only event.  For your convenience, Kids Korner will provide day-care for McGaugh students for $10 and $5 for a sibling. Please view this flyer for details & directions:  Please return the signed flier and payment by the end of the school day on Tuesday.
**Please note payment and forms will NOT be accepted at the door.

BTSN – September 1st
**Minimum Day Release Schedule for ALL STUDENTS.  All grades dismiss at 12:30pm
Just a friendly reminder that all playground equipment is closed before and after school. Our gates open at 7:35am for students to take advantage of the breakfast option, available to all Sea Lions. You are welcome to sit at the lunch benches and enjoy breakfast with your child. Thank you for reminding your Sea Lions to stay off all playground equipment before and after school.
I am thrilled to share that we have a brand-new Wellness Center in room 27 that is open daily at recess. Many of our Sea Lions are enjoying the new space.
In addition, our wellness counselor, Mrs. Tina Heeren, is on site every Thursday & Friday and every other Wednesday! Students will be coming into the Wellness Center for whole group lessons using the Second Step curriculum. Students will learn skills on how to manage emotions and problem-solve social situations. The wellness theme for the month of September is “Making Connections”. Classroom lessons include making friends, staying connected and having empathy. Feel free to review the Second Step website here. Please see grade level focuses below.
Second Step Lessons:
UTK/K-Inviting to Play
1-Inviting to Join In
2-Showing Compassion
3-Making Friends
4-5- Empathy and Respect
  • 9/1 Minimum Day Dismissal – 12:30 for ALL STUDENTS
  • 9/1 Back to School Night for 1st-5th Grades
  • 9/5 No school in honor of Labor Day
  • 9/7 College Day
  • 9/9 PTA Room Parent Meeting – 8:00am Kids Korner

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

(562) 799-4560 


First PTA Meeting This Thursday, September 1st


Please join us for our first PTA Meeting this Thursday, September 1st at 8:00am in the McGaugh Auditorium.  We will be reviewing our programs and events for the year, priorities, and looking for additional leadership positions and support opportunities for throughout the year. Our amazing Spirit Wear team will be set up outside the auditorium, along with our favorite Coffee Cart!


We can’t wait to see you there!

Music Academy

Dining for McGaugh, Thursday 9/1/22

Who want to cook dinner on Back To School night, right? Dominos has you covered! From 10am-12am on Thursday, 9/1, the Seal Beach Dominos location will return 25% of all sales to Project SEEK to support our art and technology programs. Make sure to mention Project SEEK when ordering and fill out your child’s name and classroom to entered into a drawing for free pizza! Helps us kick-off our school year by supporting both a local business and our school!

Print the flyer here or look for a copy coming home in your child’s backpack.

LAEF Enrichment Classes

Sign up for our new after-school and virtual language classes at!
Classes begin September 12th! 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, Breakdance, Broadway Bootcamp, Chess, Fitness and Agility, Full STEAM Ahead, Jiu Jitsu, LEGO Academy, Masters of the Field, Mindfulness and Mediation, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Origami, Soccer, Volleyball and the World Underwater. The class fee is $175. Strategic Kids and Chess classes have a $24 materials fee. Class fee increases after September 6th.
FREE virtual world language classes for 1st - 5th graders begin September 19th!
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

The class fee is $175 until September 6 and $190 starting September 7
Register now at:
Multi-class discounts available: 10% off the 2nd class and 15% off any class thereafter
Class Fee Scholarships available to those who qualify - limited availability - visit
All TK-K classes are from 1:20-2:15 (except Wednesdays)
Classes for Grades 1-5 are from 2:25-3:40 (except Wednesdays)
All Wednesday classes are from 1:25-2:40

*Strategic Kids & Academic Chess: $24 Materials fee

Day: Grade Levels: Class: Teacher:
Monday TK-K Jiu Jitsu Jerry Wetzel
Monday TK-K Soccer Marco Marquez
Monday TK-K Full STEAM Ahead! Tiffany Salter
Monday 1st-5th Jiu Jitsu Jerry Wetzel
Monday 1st-3rd Soccer Marco Marquez
Monday 2nd-5th Full STEAM Ahead! Tiffany Salter
Tuesday TK-K LEGO Academy Play-Well TEKnologies
Tuesday TK-K Fitness and Agility Fitness for All
Tuesday 1st-5th LEGO Academy Play-Well TEKnologies
Tuesday 1st-5th Fitness and Agility Fitness for All
Tuesday 2nd-5th Volleyball Arthur Garcia
Wednesday TK-4th Muay Thai Kickboxing Centerline Gym
Wednesday 1st-5th *Chess Academic Chess O.C.
Wednesday 3rd-5th *Origami Strategic Kids
Thursday TK-K The World Underwater Johanna Hultberg
Thursday TK-K Mindfulness & Meditation Derrik Bankemper
Thursday TK-K Basketball Sami Chedester
Thursday 1st-4th The World Underwater Johanna Hultberg
Thursday 1st-5th Mindfulness & Meditation Derrik Bankemper
Thursday 1st-5th Basketball Sami Chedester
Friday TK-K Broadway Bootcamp Free To Be Me
Friday TK-K Breakdance WeBreak Dance Co.
Friday 1st-5th Broadway Bootcamp Free To Be Me
Friday 1st-5th Breakdance WeBreak Dance Co.
Friday 1st-4th *Masters of the Field Strategic Kids

562.799.4700 Ext. 80424 
For class descriptions, instructor bios and policies and procedures, please visit

Angels vs. Mariners - McGaugh Fundraiser

Join Mcgaugh Elementary for a PTA Fundraiser at Angel Stadium on Sunday, September 18th at 1:07 PM, as the Angels take on the Mariners! Tickets are discounted and $6 from each ticket goes directly back to the school!
HERE to buy

Join the PTA


The PTA encourages you to join during our Membership Drive. Now through September 23rd, every member signed up will be counted toward rewards for the winning class at our MOVIE NIGHT ON OCTOBER 7th! The class with the highest percentage of members will receive the following: Free snack, Glow prize, Early Access to the Bounce House.

Anyone can join – Parents, kids, extended family, and even friends of the community!

Click HERE to join! 

You’re Invited to Project SEEK’s First Meeting of the Year on September 13th!

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 13th at 8:05 am

Where: Courtyard outside the McGaugh Auditorium

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

Project SEEK

I hope all your children came home exclaiming about their first visit to the art lab or innovation lab, just like my kiddos did.  My first grader was so excited to visit the art lab, she told everyone she saw that day, including the grocery store cashier and a man walking by in front of our house. 

It’s because of your generous donations and support of Project SEEK!

Last year, Project SEEK raised over $140,000 for the Art and Technology Programs at McGaugh. The generous support of our families and sponsors funded credentialed teachers and an aid for the Art lab, Innovation Lab and Media Center for the 2022-2023 school year.

One of the easiest ways to support Project SEEK is by becoming a Sea Lion Sponsor and donating to our Fall Donation Drive  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 2022-2023

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

Amazon Smile

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. An average family can earn upwards of $300 a year for ProjectSEEK, simply by connecting their amazon account to Amazon Smile and selecting Project SEEK as their 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
McGaugh Website
Project SEEK
Los Al School District
Los Al Ed Foundation
ST Math (JiJi)
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