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Principal's Message

Hello McGaugh Families,

This week we celebrated our first college day of the school year. Many Sea Lions were spotted on campus showing their spirit by dressing in their favorite college gear. 
College day is about facilitating opportunities for students to have meaningful conversations, clarifying what it means to go to college, and breaking down barriers to inspire a pursuit of higher education. Each month, following a short video clip, teachers lead a discussion about college education and careers. 
This month focused on, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Students shared the career they want to pursue and how college, trade school or the military can support their path.

McGaugh School Site Council (SSC) has three vacancies. The SSC collaborates to develop and implement McGaugh’s Academic Plan. This plan highlights the specific goals and objectives in the following areas: school safety, parent involvement, instructional practice, student equity, and academic achievement.Please cast your vote by selecting three candidates on the electronic ballot.  Please access the ballot here: SSC BALLOT 2022-2024. The election closes on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH.

  • 9/13 Project SEEK meeting – 8:00am Kids Korner
  • 9/15 International Culture Club meeting p 8:00am
  • 9/18 Family Fun Day at Angels Stadium/PTA fundraiser 1:07pm
  • 9/19 – 9/23 - Peace Week
  • 9/27 Picture Day

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

(562) 799-4560 


The PTA REFLECTIONS Art Contest Is Happening Now! 


Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 nationwide create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. 

The 2022-2023 Reflections theme is Show Your Voice!  
Students are challenged to express themselves with submissions in six categories: Literature, Visual Arts, Film Production, Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Photography.  

Awards are given by grade level: TK-2nd grade (primary) and separate awards for 3rd-5th grade (intermediate). 

We encourage Sea Lions to show their creativity! Fill out the submission form here, print it out and turn it in with your work of art to the McGaugh office by September 30, 2022. Digital submissions can be sent to There are also forms available in the office. 

Attention 5th Grade Parents and Students 

Our 5th grade contest is here and due soon! We invite all 5th grade students to enter your t-shirt design to be a contender for the winning 5th Grade T-Shirt and Sweatshirts that will be available to purchase later this year. Be creative and have fun! 

Please turn in your design by September 19 to your 5th grade teacher or the front office! If you have any questions, please email 

McGaugh Silent Auction 

We are gearing up to our annual McGaugh Silent Auction and we want to make this the best one yet! We need your help!

Do you have unopened, new toys or gift cards you won't use? Do you know a business owner that has an item or experience to donate? Do you have connections to tickets, events, weekend stays, activities, golf rounds, or lessons? PTA could really use the support to add some awesome items to our silent auction. We are especially in need or larger ticket items. 

You can also create a basket or donate items in your family name. Donations can be left in the front office, attention PTA, or contact 
Jennifer Katz to arrange pick up. 

All proceeds go directly to support McGaugh! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds go to support programs such as International Culture Club, school fields trips, school assemblies and guest speakers, classroom enhancements, our recent purchase to create a strings music program (1st in the District), upcoming gaga pit, community events like the carnival, and so much more! Your support means so much and every donation makes a difference.   

THANK YOU for all your support! Please reach out with any questions.

Jennifer Katz

Last Call for Tickets! - Angels vs. Mariners 

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

Fall Fundraiser Mini Sessions!

Join Fund Photos and Heather DeCamp for a mini fall photo session at Gum Grove Park! Photo sessions will be on October 8th and 9th. Each family gets a 15-minute portrait session and 2 digital images for $50. Additional images and options are available. Photos will be available in plenty of time for your holiday cards! 

Sign up for your time slot 
Learn about FUND PHOTOS and how they make the process so easy, with beautiful. great quality photos  HERE

International Culture Club First Meeting

Join us for our first meeting as we discuss the year ahead, ways to be involved in ICC, and all the great things we have planned.  We have an in-person meeting planned, or if you cannot attend in person there is a Zoom scheduled for evening time. 
Look forward to seeing you all! 
HERE  for the ZOOM link 

Join the PTA Today!

Are you a PTA Member yet? The answer should be YES! Now through September 23rd, every member signed up will count as a point in our PTA Membership Contest. The classroom with the highest percentage of signups will receive a free snack, glow prize, and EARLY EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to the bounce house at our PTA MOVIE NIGHT ON OCTOBER 7th!

This past week it was a battle between Ms. Aniceto’s class and Team Smardner for the top spot in the competition – BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP!  Anyone can join – Parents, kids, extended family, and even friends of the community. Click HERE to join and see where your classroom is in the contest.

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

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

How many drops of water fit on a penny? I bet your first grader knows. Ask them. You can also ask you student about mixing colors, who the artist focus for the year is. These are all things students have exploring already in our STEM and art labs. Mrs. Samari and Miss Anya bring the magic from day one.

And it’s because of generous donations and support from families like you to contribute to McGaugh’s non-profit, Project SEEK!  Project SEEK fully funds the art and STEM lab, as well as the media center.

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

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
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Los Al Ed Foundation
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