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Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Families, 


This month the Elementary Wellness Counselors will be visiting classrooms to provide Second Step lessons on self-regulation and practicing how to recognize and calm down strong feelings, manage anger, problem solve, and implement calming strategies.  The Well Spaces will also have Regulation Centers where students can learn about the Zones of Regulation and have the opportunity to explore and practice regulation tools.  Structured recess and lunchtime guided self-regulation workshops will take place at each site focusing on Yoga, Belly Breathing, Body Scans and Guided Imagery.  Wellness Counselors will also be providing teachers with a read aloud book from the Spot series called A Little Scribble Spot, as well as providing additional regulation activities where students can name and color their feelings.

Wellness at Home 

If you would like to incorporate emotion regulation at home with your Sea Lion below is a read-aloud and a short video you can watch together to further foster the idea of emotion regulation. We encourage you to have an open discussion about what they think these stories mean and what they learned from it. 

“A Little Spot of Feelings” 

“Size of Feelings” 


At the PTA meeting on Thursday, Seal Beach Police Department shared that they will be ramping up traffic and law enforcement efforts around the McGaugh campus starting this week. Please be mindful of red curbs, bike lanes, no parking and no left turn signage. As a reminder, you have many choices for drop-off and pick-up.

  • Front of the school loop (please stay in your car and move forward as cars exit or pull into the north lane to exit)
  • Pool Lot (please stay in your car and move forward as cars exit or pull into the north lane to exit)
  • Seal Beach Blvd gate (park on Marlin and walk-in)
  • Corner of Riviera and Marlin (park on Riviera and drop-off or walk-in)



The Kindergarten and Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) enrollment window for district residents is quickly approaching, February 6 – February 10.   Each year we hold a parent information night and invite incoming Kindergarten/UTK families to join us for an evening filled with information about our District Kindergarten and UTK programs and the enrollment and registration process.

If you have an incoming Kindergarten/UTK student, please join us on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 PM in the Los Alamitos High School (LAHS) Performing Arts Center for our annual Kindergarten/UTK Information Night.  

Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 PM
Los Alamitos High School Performing Arts Center

Following the general information presentation, there will be an information session on Universal Transitional Kindergarten in the LAHS Performing Arts Center and an information session on the Interdistrict Permit Process in the LAHS College and Career Center.  

If your child turns five years old on or before September 1, 2023, they are eligible for kindergarten.  If your child turns five years old on or between September 2, 2023, and April 2, 2024, they are eligible for Universal Transitional Kindergarten.  

In addition to the in-person information session on the Interdistrict Permit Process on January 31, we are also hosting an additional information session on the Interdistrict Permit Process on Thursday, February 9, beginning at 6:00 PM via Zoom.  These sessions are duplicates, and families only need to attend one if they have questions about the permit process.

Click Here to Register and Receive the Zoom Link

We look forward to seeing many of our new and returning families.


  • 1/16 No School to celebrate Martin Luther King Day
  • 1/17 Run Seal Beach t-shirt contest due 
  • 1/18 School Site Council Meeting
  • 1/27 Jog-A-Thon
  • 1/30 After school LAEF classes begin
  • 2/1 College Day
  • 2/2 PTA Meeting
  • 2/3 Pageant
  • 2/4 Pageant

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

(562) 799-4560 
McGaugh Jog-A-Thon 1/27


👏🏼👏🏼 Our first week of the McGaugh Jog-a-thon was SUPER! Let's keep it GOING! 👏🏼👏🏼

Sign up for the Jog-a-thon TODAY by visiting! It only takes 5 minutes!

You raised more than $11,000 toward our $40,000 GOAL during the first week of our annual fitness fundraiser to benefit PTA programs. 
  • That means we're just $4K away from reaching our first FUNDRAISING MILESTONE of $15K that will unlock EXTRA RECESS for EVERY STUDENT
  • If we get to $25,000, students can bust a move during a DANCE PARTY with Assistant Principal Rick Larson (aka DJ Larson) spinning music! 
  • Hitting the $40,000 GOAL means students will be able to ooh and aah at a PERFORMANCE OF BMX STUNT RIDERS on campus!

And students are also already earning individual prizes including these adorable SEA LION PLUSHIES. Raise $150 or send 100 emails asking friends and family to sponsor your student for the Jan. 27th Jog-a-thon where students run as many laps as possible, and you could bring this cuddly mascot home too! 

And there are EVEN MORE PRIZES you can win by earning raffle tickets for opportunity drawings.


Don't leave these opportunities on the table! Some of you are just one or two email away!
Send 10 emails earn 5 raffle tickets 
Send 25 emails earn 10 raffle tickets

Raffle tickets can be used for a ton of different prize opportunities, including turning Mrs. Wood and Mr. Larson into ICE CREAM SUNDAES. Starting this week your McGaugh Staff will have tickets to give out and recognition so show your very best R.A.H. behavior.

See all the DETAILS at

Wellspace at McGaugh


At our last PTA Meeting we heard from Tina Heeren, our Wellness Counselor, and all about the great work she is doing for our school and children. We got to see the beautiful space at the end of the meeting, so here is a peek inside for all of you! 

5th Grade Families!  

Hi 5th Grade Parents!

Please take some time to start gathering photos of your 5th Grader for the yearbook!
Click on the QR Code or Link below and start uploading.  If you have any questions, email Emmy Harris @

Rules for Photo Upload:
1) 30 photos TOTAL per student, choose accordingly.
2) All photos MUST be in JPEG format (Many photos from iphones need to be converted before upload.  Otherwise, they will NOT show up in the yearbook builder tool.) 
3) All photos MUST be uploaded by January 31st, no exceptions.

Thanks and we can't wait to see these cuties throughout their years at McGaugh!

The 5th Grade Yearbook Team


LAEF Spring After-School Enrichment Classes 

Sign up for our new after-school and virtual language classes at!

Classes begin January 30th! 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 and the 1st -5th classes as well as Wednesday classes will be 1 hour and 15 minutes. The classes available at McGaugh are Acting/Stage Performance, Basketball, Breakdance 101, Chess, Fitness and Agility, Full STEAM Ahead, Happiness Mindset, LEGO Academy, Masters of the Field, Musical Theater, Ohana Fitness, Origami, Soccer, and Volleyball. 

The class fee is $175. Strategic Kids and Chess classes have a $24 materials fee. Class fee increases after January 24th.

FREE virtual world language classes for 1st - 5th graders begin February 6th!

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

Sea Lion Splash - Episode 13

The McGaugh Sea Lions learn about the importance of calling someone by their name! We also talk about the Jog-A-Thon and Mae and Namaste by Kara Kotecki.

Save The Date - SEEK Met Gala Event

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.
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