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Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 

Well, here we are, entering the last week of the 2020-21 school year! Although this school year had multiple layers of complexity and challenges, the McGaugh community courageously and creatively stepped forward, accepted the challenges, and pushed through the adversities.   
Despite all the difficulties of social distancing, face masks, and hand sanitizer, our teachers, staff, parents, and community partners maximized every opportunity for students’ success.  A BIG thank you to the McGaugh PTA and Project Seek. Quite frankly, without their continued support, it would be hard to summarize the year as successful. Thank you for supporting McGaugh teachers! It's true; stars shine brightest in the darkest of nights!  McGaugh's teachers were able to shine because of your support. A special thanks to PTA President, Farnaz Pardasani, and Project Seek President, Julie McMahon, for their extraordinary leadership. 
As we look toward 5th-grade promotion and other end-of-the-year activities, your continued support is needed. Again, while we're moving toward a post-pandemic era, we're not quite there yet. You can further support with your continued adherence to all the protocols and policies that we've had in place all year.  
Thank you again for such a great year! That’s all for now. 
Here are a few things to keep in mind this week: 

  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | Fifth Grade Promotion 
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | A&B Cohorts (all grade levels) on campus
  • Friday, June 11, 2021 | Last Day of School - Both Cohorts A & B (7:55 AM -  9:55 AM)

Dr. Issaic Gates
J.H. McGaugh Elementary School
Rah, McGaugh!

McGaugh PTA Gifts Back to Our School

McGaugh PTA has some exciting news to share with you!  As a result of the hard work of our all of our volunteers and generosity of the McGaugh community, the PTA was able to GIFT our school $35,000 to cover expenses that are above and beyond what the District provides.  Based on input from the community, staff, and administration, this money will cover Leveled Reading Books for classrooms (grades to be prioritized) and Teacher Needs (App Licensing, Teacher Training / Planning Days, etc.).  A portion will also be earmarked for Shade Structures on our campus in the future.  This is a huge accomplishment to be able to continue the PTA tradition of financially gifting back to our school – even in a pandemic, and a great way to end the year! Thank YOU!
As we wrap up this year, please join me in thanking our PTA Executive Board: Michelle Currey (Recording Secretary), Emmy Harris (EVP), Joy Wadleigh (Parliamentarian), Claudia Wille (Historian), Jackie Dominick (Treasurer), Arwen Miller (Financial Secretary), Jenny Campbell (Auditor), Jeannette Andruss (1st VP), Steve Miller (2nd VP), Carla Lopez (3rd VP), Jessica Kouzoukas (4th VP), Amber Nichols (5th VP), Julie McMahon (SEEK) and all of the amazing PTA Chairs that have led the success of our programs this year: Tim Way, Stacia Walker, Emmie Heidner, David Robles, Nina Vadecha, Sarah Reilly, Jenny Bagwell, Summer Russell, Cynthia Villa, Jill Cronin, SSgt Miguel Contreras, and Denyse Rabbat.
We always say that the Room Parents are our school’s lifeline and this year has been no exception. Thank you to these passionate and dedicated individuals who have continually supported our efforts and made the PTA successful.
Lastly, I’m honored to have served as your PTA President for the last 2-years.  Thank you for all of your continued support!
Rah McGaugh!
Farnaz Pardasani

McGaugh Needs a New Connect Coordinator!

The McGaugh PTA is looking for a volunteer to take over coordination of the Connect newsletter for the 2021-2022 school year. The coordinator of Connect consolidates articles for the weekly newsletter in partnership with the Presidents of the PTA and Project Seek along with Dr. Gates and Ms. Wood. The commitment requires ~2 hours a week but does NOT require technical skills!!

If interested please reach out to

Attention McGaugh Families – Pavilions & McGaugh PTA have partnered up!

Seal Beach Pavilions has graciously offered to do a donation drive of sanitizer wipes for our school. This couldn’t have come at a better time as we have doubled our student count on Wednesdays with both cohorts attending school at the same time. Also, we should have plenty left to support a healthy, sanitized classroom going into next school year. So, next time you are in Pavilions, make sure to donate a wipe or two in honor of McGaugh!


Order 2021-2022
School Supplies Now

Kits are customized by your teacher for each grade level and include the supplies your child needs for the next school year.
Each kit will be individually packaged with your child’s name and grade labeled right on the box!
Kits will be conveniently shipped to your home prior to the first day of school!
NEW! Disaster Kits will be available to purchase and will be sent directly to your child’s classroom!

Avoid the hassle of the stores this summer and support Project SEEK!
10-12% of proceeds go to Project SEEK to help 100% fund the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center at McGaugh!
Order Online Only. Deadline to order is July 1st

Shop at Jennings & Allen and Support Project SEEK!

Jennings & Allen on Main Street is donating 10% of sales to Project SEEK for the month of June! Please visit this special artisan shop full of beautiful and amazing pieces from around the globe. Get inspired and discover the unique items owners Colvin and Steven have personally selected during their own travels. Support local business while you support Project SEEK! Mention Project SEEK when you shop or download the flyer here.

International Culture Club (ICC): Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month & Summer Book Club! 🌼📚

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! In celebration of the far-reaching history & impact of the AAPI community, the McGaugh ICC will highlight an influential Asian American or Pacific Islander in America each week. This week we are highlighting chef, restaurateur and author Joyce Chen!  Before there was Food Network, Joyce Chen was credited with popularizing authentic, northern-style Chinese cuisine in the U.S. Born in Beijing, China, in 1917, Joyce Chen  was the youngest of nine children of a high-ranking Qing Dynasty official. Chen and husband Thomas with their children Henry and Helen left Shanghai (and China for the last time) on April 6, 1949 as the Communists were taking over the country. The family was on the second-to-last boat to leave Shanghai before the port closed. On April 21, Chen and her family settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She then opened the first Joyce Chen Restaurant in 1958, pioneering the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet concept.  Joyce Chen is credited with popularizing northern-style Chinese cuisine in the United States, coining the name "Peking Raviolis" for potstickers, inventing and holding a design patent for a flat bottom wok with handle (also known as a stir fry pan), and developing the first line of bottled Chinese stir fry sauces for the US market,. Sadly, she died on August 23, 1994 at the age of 76. Posthumously in 2014, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp with Chen’s image in honor of her accomplishments and lasting influence on American cuisine. According to the Postal Service, "Joyce Chen is one of America's most well-known promoters of Chinese food. From her landmark restaurant in the Boston area to her cookbooks and trailblazing PBS television show, Chen invited newcomers to sample unfamiliar dishes in ways that firmly established Chinese cuisine in the United States." So the next time you enjoy peking duck or potstickers, you can thank the beloved Joyce Chen! Continue learning more about the amazing chef & author Joyce Chen HERE. 🍽

To learn more about AAPI Heritage Month click HERE. For a wonderful & comprehensive list of children's books celebrating AAPI communities from the NYPL click HERE. 

And lastly, thank you to everyone who joined for our last ICC book of the year last week! Because reading and connecting is fun year-round, we are continuing with a Summer ICC Book Club!🏖📚Please email: for more information! 😄


Don't forget to visit the McGaugh PTA website regularly for the latest information on all things McGaugh! The home page is updated frequently with details on up-and-coming events. McGaugh PTA is working hard to give you all the information you need in one place. That includes details about PTA programs, a calendar, links to McGaugh Connect and more. And don't forget to sign up to become a member of PTA while you're there. If you want to see something on the PTA website, email

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Simmzy’s while supporting Project SEEK!

Simmzy’s has generously partnered with Project SEEK to support the Art Lab, Innovation Lab, and Media Center Sea Lion Lab at McGaugh! Place your order online, anytime using the code JHM15 and 15% will go to Project SEEK.

LAEF Summer Enrichment! 

LAEF is offering fantastic enrichment opportunities for Los Al Kids this summer!  The 12th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) will take place over two sessions – June 28 to July 9 (no class on July 5) and from July 12-23 – with classes available between 8am and 4:40pm.  Kids entering grades TK-5 will be on campus at Rossmoor Elementary.
Register now at! Early bird pricing is available through June 9, but classes fill up quickly. 
Jumpstart classes will be available to sharpen skills in math and language arts, plus there are classes in STEM, the arts, world language, athletics and much more!  Class size is 7-15 kids and will be taught by credentialed teachers and highly-qualified instructors.  Find class descriptions, teacher bios and policies/procedures at
Multi-class SEI discounts apply to families and individual students across both sessions – the second class is 25% off, and 50% off any class thereafter!  Scholarships are available to families with financial needs.
Middle school and high school classes are also available.  Summer Camps with LAHS Coaches and Directors are also in the works, with information posted to once they become available.

In This Issue   
Principal's Message
PTA Gives Back
Connect Coordinator
Pavilions Partnership
School Supplies
Shop Jennings & Allen
SEEK Video Tape Fundaraiser
ICC Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
PTA Website
Simmzy's for Project SEEK
LAEF Summer Enrichment

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)
Farnaz Pardasani
PTA President

Julie McMahon
Project SEEK President


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