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Principal's Message

Hello McGaugh Families,

Our Sea Lions engaged in an amazing week of making connections. PEACE Week was filled with activities to promote compassion and acceptance of everyone. We were so honored to have Brent Poppen visit our school and our classrooms to share his message of COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE, and LOVE.  If you are interested in purchasing one of Mr. Poppen's books, please return this FORM to our office by WEDNESDAY. He will sign every book and personally deliver the books to the classrooms. Thank you, parents, for your participation with our PTA.  Your donations and participation in our fundraising events allowed us to fund such an important experience for our students!
 Another highlight of Peace Week was empathy day, which featured McGaugh’s annual “Come Walk in my Shoes”. This event, first started in 1997 and since then has been replicated in other schools across the nation. It is a special hands-on program that involves all students and teachers and provides an avenue for them to explore the world of individuals who in their day-to-day lives also live with physical and or developmental challenges. “Come Walk in my Shoes” is about tolerance, comfort zones, and inclusion. It is truly a day for students to learn empathy, compassion, and awareness.

Picture day is this Tuesday, September 27th. We are looking forward to seeing all our Sea Lions dressed their best.
McGaugh Idol is HERE!!!! Permission slips go home tomorrow. Please see the schedule below.

Dates   Times   Grades    Event
Wednesday, October 12   1:20 PM - 3:30 PM   Grades 1, 2 & 5   Auditions
Thursday, October 13   1:20 PM - 2:15 PM   TK/Kindergarten   Auditions
Thursday, October 13   2:20 PM - 3:30 PM   Grades 3 & 4   Auditions
Wednesday, October 26   1:20 PM - 3:30 PM   All Performers   Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday, November 2   4:00 PM - 6:00 PM   All Performers   Showtime!
  • 9/27 Picture Day
  • 9/30 PTA Reflections Contest Due Date
  • 10/4 McGaugh Idol permission slips due
  • 10/5 College Day
  • 10/6 PTA General Meeting
  • 10/7 PTA McGaugh family movie night
  • 10/12 Walk/Bike to School (rescheduled from 10/5)
  • 10/17, 10/18, 10/20, 10/21, 10/24 Parent Teacher Conferences

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

(562) 799-4560 


Sea Lion Splash! 

In this week’s episode of Sea Lion Splash, we recap Peace Week and our annual Come Walk in My Shoes event. We also make a special announcement about McGaugh Idol! Check it out! 

The PTA Reflections Art Contest Is Happening Now! 

Your creativity can earn you prizes, recognition and even scholarships!
The PTA Reflections annual art contest is happening now. This year's theme is "Show Your Voice!" McGaugh Sea Lions of all grade levels can choose to express themselves in six different categories including: Literature, Visual Arts, Film Production, Dance Choreography, Music Composition and Photography. There's also a Special Artist's Division for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this video!

Fill out the form  and turn it in with your artwork by this Friday, September 30! You can find more information, including guidelines for all submissions in all categories, here. Also, please DO NOT include your artist's name on the actual piece of art! Questions? email

Movie Night On October 7th 

The McGaugh PTA invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at our First Annual Movie Night. We will be viewing our fifth graders move pick, The Bad Guys, beginning around 7:00 PM. Come as early as 6:00 and let the kids enjoy the bounce house! Both are free as a thank you for being a part of the McGaugh Community!
Large pizzas are available for pre-order ORDER PIZZA HERE 
Snacks, Drinks, and GLOW items will be available for purchase at the event, with proceeds going to support future fifth grade activities.

Only A Few Spots Left!

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

Our Favorite Event of The Year Is Back! 

Save the Date- Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM

We cannot wait for our favorite event of the year! This year we will have a lot of our favorite carnival games and inflatables, along with some awesome new activities you will surely love! It is sure to be the BEST CARNIVAL YET! More details on tickets and wristband sale soon!

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

Welcome To Our Newest PTA Board Members!  

Thank you for your commitment and support of our students, community and school.

  • Angie Hanseth- Financial Secretary
  • Evelyn Garcia- Special Education Chair 

Bike Walk to School  

Coffee Chat with Grace Delk, Director of Special Education

Project SEEK Presents: Where Does the Money Go?-A quick look at Project SEEK Funded Teachers and Programs

Please take a minute to “meet” the amazing Project SEEK funded teachers who make it all possible and learn more about our Art and Technology programs at McGaugh!

Those smiling faces need your help!  Project SEEK is McGaugh's non-profit organization that raises money to fund our art lab, innovation/STEM lab and media center.  We fund three teachers' salaries and all the supplies for these labs to enrich the education of every McGaugh student. Research shows that art, innovation and media education encourage problem solving, creativity, and a growth mindset in all subject areas.

Continue reading to learn more about our current fundraisers or find us on social media.

Instagram: Projectseek_mcgaugh,

Please like our Facebook page: McGaugh Project SEEK

Dining for McGaugh All Week Long! 

Project SEEK Fall Donation Drive! 

Please consider becoming a Sea Lion sponsor today! Simply click not his link and click the donate now button.

Every penny donated to Project SEEK funds the Innovation/STEM lab and Art lab at McGaugh. It pays the salary for two teachers and one aide, all the technology in the computer lab, chrome books, ozobots, coding tools, a multitude of art supplies and anything else the Art and Technology programs need.


Our Goal this year is $75-$100 per family

(We are tremendously appreciative of any amount of donation…nothing is too small.)


If we raise $10,000 by Monday, 10/31, Mrs. Wood will take 10 pies to the face!

Every child who’s family donates will be entered into a raffle to be one of 10 children who get  to throw a pie in Mrs. Wood’s face!


Project SEEK - Roll With Us! 

Project SEEK - AmazonSmile 

One of the easiest ways to support Project SEEK and the Technology and Art Programs at McGaugh, is though AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile allows you to select a charity and a portion of your purchases will be donated to that charity. Please consider turning on AmazonSmile with your Amazon account and selecting Project SEEK as your charity. Here’s how~

For your mobile phone:

•        Open your Amazon app

•        At the bottom, find the 3 lines and click on that

•        Scroll down until you see “Settings” and select the down arrow next to “Settings”

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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