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Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Sea Lions,
On Thursday, February 16th, the McGaugh community gathered together to remember Mrs. McQuiston and the light she brought into our lives. Like me, I know you all will continue keeping her in your heart today and always.”  A.A. Milne wrote, ‘If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.’ 
We dedicated a beautiful yellow “Cari-ng” bench to our sweet, amazing, beautiful, McGaugh teacher Mrs. McQuiston which symbolizes all the love and care she had for her students, her colleagues, her friends, and her family.
The placement of the bench, at the Sea Lion Park playground, has significant meaning and purpose. The McGaugh teachers wanted to find a way to honor her dedication and commitment to those she cared for and served so generously. We loved the idea of the bench being near her last 2 classrooms, looking onto the playground, the McGaugh flag deck, and the McGaugh seal. A place where sea lions past present and future can sit and feel the love and care she had for everyone in her life.
If you see someone sitting on this bench and they could use a friend, be that friend, the same way Mrs. McQuiston made everyone, she met, feel cared for. If you see someone sitting on this bench, think of ways you can be kind, care for them, and be a friend.
Sea Lions now and forever will remember the beautiful Mrs. Quiston, while sitting on the Cari-ng bench, next to the Sea Lion Park playground, with the sea breeze on their face, looking out onto the McGaugh campus, and their hearts will smile.

  • 2/28-3/3 5th Grade Outdoor Science School
  • 3/6 No School – Teacher Professional Development Day
  • 3/20 – 3/27 Parent Conferences (minimum day schedule)
  • 3/24 Project SEEK “Gala”
  • 3/27 Project SEEK Skate night.
  • 3/29 School Site Council Meeting

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

(562) 799-4560 
Dining for McGaugh Tuesday, 2/28

Anything to get out of cooking one less dinner during a busy week, right? Dominos has you covered! From 10am-12am on Tuesday, 10/18, the Seal Beach location will return 25% of all sales to Project Seek to support art and technology programs at McGaugh. Make sure to mention Project Seek when ordering and fill out your child’s name and classroom to be entered into a drawing for free pizza! Help us kick off our first Dominos night of 2023 by supporting both a local business and our school! Print your flier here or look for a copy coming home in your child’s

Jog A Thon Updates

Our Preliminary numbers are out and we raised over $63,000 for our McGaugh Community! We are blown away by these numbers and excited to see how these funds will support our school and the needs of our students.  

A few updates

If you had someone who pledged a donation as a check and has not sent it in, please reach out to see if it is still coming. We want to make sure every student gets the proper credit as prizes are being finalized. Dates are being confirmed for the prize levels earned, BMX Show and Admin Ice Cream Sundae extravaganza so more details to come. You will be receiving an email with the prizes your child earned, as well as the date for any event. An email will also be coming for your child to select the raffle boxes they would like their earned raffle tickets to go into.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a successful event! We appreciate all then volunteers who helped make the Jog A Thon day so fun for all the kids and staff! 

With gratitude, the Jog A Thon Committee

PTA Meeting - Thursday 3/2  


Please join us for our next PTA Meeting this Thursday, March 2nd at 8:00 AM in the McGaugh Auditorium. Join us as we wrap up January and February and discuss what is ahead. We will give an update as to how our Jog A Thon, book fair went, and family fun night went, and vote in next year's PTA Board. 

PTA meetings are also your chance to ask questions, voice concerns and be a part of the conversation.  


We can't wait to see you there! 

Project SEEK - Auction Items 

Do you have season tickets to a sporting event or performance hall?  Or do you own a business that wants to support local organizations?  

As we at Project SEEK are gearing up for our largest fundraiser of the year, The Event 2023, we are looking to our community for support.  This year, The Event will be a Met Gala Enchanted Garden themed gala with tapas dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions.  All proceeds are used to fund the teachers' salaries and supplies for our art, STEM and media classes at McGaugh.  

We need items for our silent and live auctions.  We would love to auction off a sports experience package, or a night out with a show, or any other large item sponsored by a business. We’d also love smaller items, to include in our silent auction or add to a package for auction.  If you, or your business, or a friend’s business would like to support The Event this year, please contact our donations team at or complete a donations form to submit with your donation.  We need all donations submitted by March 1, 2023.   

If your children are like mine, the art, innovation (STEM), and media lab classes are ranked at the top of their school day. And it’s no surprise…studies show that art, science, math, and technology classes help to foster a growth mindset, problem solving, and self-esteem in students.  Educators, and our own Project SEEK, believe these classes are vital in the education of all students. 

Thank you for your continued support of Project SEEK and your child’s education!!!

Claudia Vecchio Wille 
Project SEEK President 

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

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

Mom's Night Out March 9th


Mark your calendars now…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


Project SEEK's Gala Event   

Mark your calendars for Project SEEK’s annual gala, The Event-Friday, March 24th, 2023. 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 


Band & Orchestra Festival 


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
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