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Principal's Message

Good Morning McGaugh Families, 

Thank you for joining us last Tuesday night for a parent education event titled, THE WIRED CHILD. The number of families that joined the conversation signaled our community's need to participate in this discussion, and Dr. Weichman did not disappoint. Dr. Weichman discussed many of the concerns we, as parents, share.  He outlined practical approaches to address issues that best support our children's mental health and wellness. On May 4, 2021, we will hold the second of this two-part series. Dr. Weichman will share more tools and advice for parents raising resilient children in a pandemic and a post-pandemic era. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, @ 7:00 PM, is not an evening you want to miss. 
Additionally, you do not want to miss Tuesday Night's School Board Meeting. I have the honor of presenting McGaugh Elementary's School Board report, a presentation that highlights McGaugh's successful school year in snapshots. I'll also present Mrs. Farnaz Pardasani as McGuagh's Hero of the Heart. As you know, Farnaz has an unyielding commitment to excellence.  She has gone above and beyond to support our school community during what many will recall as, the most challenging school year ever. Farnaz, being named McGaugh's Hero of the Heart, is a very well-deserved honor. Again, this is not an evening that you want to miss.  
Here are a few things to keep in mind this week: 
On the Horizon 

  • Tuesday, 5/4: Parent Education Night - Part 2
  • Monday - Friday, 5/17 - 5/21: OSS Alternative Activities 

That's all for now. 
Dr. Issaic Gates
J.H. McGaugh Elementary School
Rah, McGaugh!

Buy locally, Support Reading, and Give Back to McGaugh PTA

This year, due to the pandemic, McGaugh PTA is not able to put on our usual extraordinary Book Fair in partnership with Scholastic.  However, we CAN still encourage our children to read while supporting a local business. In that spirit, we have partnered with Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Marina Pacifica Long Beach who has generously pledged to give back a portion of the sales to McGaugh PTA. 
So be sure to come out to Barnes & Noble Marina Pacifica on May 1st & May 2nd and pick out a book for you, your child, or anyone in your family.  Books truly make the best gifts! A flyer with more details will go home this week.  Reach out to Jessica Kouzoukas at with any questions.  Happy shopping and Happy Reading!

On-Campus McGaugh Spirit Wear-this TUESDAY!
Are you ready for Spirit Day Fridays?  McGaugh 2020-2021 t-shirts and hoodies are available so your entire family can show their school spirit. 

On Tuesday, April 27, the PTA will be selling spirit wear in the tennis court parking lot at Cohort A and B  Drop Off & Pick Up.  Come visit us and stock up on your spirit wear.   Cash or checks would be greatly appreciated!

If you can't make our on-campus sale, you can also order by visiting the McGaugh Spirit Shop to place your order.

If you have any questions regarding McGaugh spirit wear contact Emmie Heidner at

Rah 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

Looking for Volunteers to Join the PTA Exec Board!  

The McGaugh PTA plays a vital volunteer role in the support of students and teachers by providing a wide-range of functions, fun, enrichment and representation for our school community.

We welcome you to join our PTA Executive Board!  The following positions are OPEN for the 2021-22 school year:

  • President - Leads the McGaugh PTA
For questions or more information, please contact our PTA Parliamentarian, Joy Wadleigh ( 

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 President's 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


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.

Join the LAEF STEAM Contest! 

Visit for all the details.

  • STEAM gift certificate prizes for TK-2 and Grades 3-5:
    • 1st place = $300, 2nd place = $150, 3rd place = $75
  • Projects are due by May 10, 2021
    • Students can enter individually or in groups, but the prize will not be duplicated
    • Check out video lessons on (1) how to develop your project idea; (2) how to do research, collect data and draw conclusions; (3) presenting your project/how to submit
    • Science Experiments or Engineering Design projects will be accepted.
  • Grade level groupings for judging/prizes: TK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • The top 5 projects per group will present to a judges panel on the evening of Monday, May 24.
  • Winners will be announced on May 28.
In This Issue   
Principal's Message
Barnes and Noble
Spirit Wear
School Supplies
PTA Volunteers
Connect Coordinator
PTA Website
Simmzy's for Project SEEK

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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