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Principal's Message

Hello McGaugh Sea Lion Families,
Happy March! The wellness theme this month is focused on Growth Mindset–grit and resilience. Simply put, a growth mindset is believing that your brain can grow, and you can learn many new things. You are not born smart; you become smart. A fixed mindset is quite the opposite. It is believing that you cannot learn new things. This idea is so important in a school setting because students are constantly learning new things and they are not always easy things. It is helpful to discuss that just because they might not know something right now, does not mean they won't be able to learn it later once they have practiced it. This month, all elementary wellness counselors are providing resources on growth mindset in the Wellness Spaces. Additionally, our wellness counselor, Tina Heeren will be providing lessons on either growth mindset or problem solving to our classrooms. 
Wellness at Home
If you would like to learn more about Growth Mindset and how to encourage your student(s) to have one, please click this link to read more about it. Additionally, here are two read-alouds of kindness books you can watch together. We encourage you to have an open discussion about what they think these stories mean and what they learned from it. 
“The Thing That Lou Couldn’t Do”
“Growth Mindset Ninja”
We are pleased to invite you to a parent education night, “Promoting a Growth Mindset”, led by Elementary Wellness Counselor, Stacy Eatmon, LCSW. The parent education night will focus on the connection between using a growth mindset perspective and building resiliency in children.  
This event will be in person on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and will be held at Los Alamitos Elementary School in the Media Center. Please see the flyer below for additional information.
Should you have any questions about the event, please contact Grace Delk, Director of Special Education and Mental Health at

  • 3/6 No School – Teacher Professional Development Day
  • 3/15 School Site Council Meeting
  • 3/20 Progress Reports viewable to parents in Illuminate
  • 3/21 Parent Education Night – “Promoting a Growth Mindset”
  • 3/20 – 3/27 Parent Conferences (minimum day schedule-12:30 dismissal on 3/20, 3/21, 3/23, 3/24, & 3/27)
  • 3/24 Project SEEK “Gala”
  • 3/27 Project SEEK Skate night
  • 3/28 McGaugh Board Report Presentation of LosAlUSD Teacher of the Year and Hero of the Heart

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

(562) 799-4560 

Dine for McGaugh All Week Long! 

Project SEEK is giving you the best reason to indulge in a dozen (or two) Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Until March 10, 2023, 50% of your order will be donated back to Project SEEK, to fund Art & Technology programs at McGaugh, when you purchase via our fundraising sales page!

Simply buy online, visit your local store & redeem using your code. Treat yourself or even gift them to friends and family! Visit:

Thank You McGaugh Community 

Thank you to everyone who came out to Family Fun Night on Feb. 16! We were overwhelmed by the turnout of McGaugh families and loved seeing everyone on campus enjoying math games, learning about zoo animals, supporting our book fair and more. Did you know? -- we served up more than 500 FREE In-N-Out burgers! We will definitely order more for next year! A big thank you to Mathnasium, Mobile Zoo of Southern California, In-N-Out and ALL of the volunteers who helped make Family Fun Night a success. 

Please let us know what you'd like to see next year! We welcome all feedback. Email

School Readiness Program 

Jog A Thon Class Results 

CONGRATULATIONS to all the classes who won the challenge of having the highest percentage of student participation in their group/grade level, and the highest fundraising class overall by the deadline! All classes will receive a PIZZA PARTY Emoji

Project SEEK Meeting Tuesday, 3/14 

Please join us for Project SEEK’s next meeting, Tuesday, 3/14/23 at 8:00 am in the Kids Korner room. We’ll be talking about ways to support Project SEEK fund our Art and STEM classes this year and our largest fundraiser of the year, The Event, March 24th, 2023.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday, 3/14/23 at 8:00 am.

Mom's Night Out March 9th


Please Join us Thursday, 3/9 at 5:30 pm

Seal Beach Police - Bike Safety 

Looking For Volunteers to Join the PTA Executive Board!

The McGaugh PTA plays an important volunteer role in the support of students and teachers by providing a wide-range of functions, fun activities and events, enrichment opportunities, support, and representation for our school community.

We welcome you to join our PTA Executive Board!  The following position we are currently looking to fill for the 2023-24 school year for McGaugh:

  • Treasurer

Positions are also available at the District Council level. Each position is supported by an amazing team of volunteers an administration staff. For questions or more information, please contact our PTA Parliamentarian, Valeria Dropkin (

Spring Photo Mini Sessions!

Join Fund Photos for a mini spring photo session at the Seal Beach Pier! Photo sessions will be on March 18th and 19th. Each family gets a 15-minute portrait session and 2 digital images for $50. Additional images and options are available. 

Sign up for your time slot 

Learn about FUND PHOTOS and how they make the process so easy, with beautiful, great quality photos       HERE

Band and Orchestra Festival 


Project SEEK's Gala Event 3/24  

Project SEEK’s annual gala fundraiser, The Event is happening Friday, March 24th, 2023. Are you coming? Get your tickets now to the adult only fun that benefits the art, STEM, and technology classes at McGaugh! Excited to see you all there!!! And please check with your room parent or attend one of our SEEK meetings to see how you can support this Event!

Run Seal Beach 3/25 


Skate Night, Monday 3/27 

Are you ready to ROCK AND ROLL?! Grab your fave band tshirt and meet us at Fountain Valley Skate Center for Project SEEK’s last Skate Night of the school year! Monday, March 27th we will be rocking out to your favorite tunes from 6:00-8:00 pm. Request a song, tie up those laces and bring all your bandmates for an amazing time while we raise money for our arts & technology programs at McGaugh! $8 pre-sale tickets for everyone in attendance/$10 at the door.

Kids Dance Clinic  


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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