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Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Families,
This weekend was a weekend like no other at McGaugh. This weekend we celebrated the 40th annual Pageant of the Arts. The production was absolutely magical. This year featured artist Wassily Kandinsky, where students in grades TK-5 played a part in the painting of the backdrop during the 2019-2020 school year. We were not able to showcase the painting that year due to the shut-down, but we were excited to showcase it for the 40th annual Pageant of the Arts. Original founders of the Pageant of the Arts, the mayor of Seal beach, board members, previous McGaugh principals, community members, and families were all in attendance. Mrs. Obert, Pageant director since 2014, and many other current and retired McGaugh teachers put in countless hours of volunteer time for the production. A huge thank you to Project SEEK and the families that donate and volunteer their time to fund the art program at McGaugh, which allows us to offer this amazing opportunity to ONLY our Sea Lions.

For the month of February, the Wellness Initiative is focused on Kindness. Expressed both towards others and to ourselves, kindness is an important aspect of wellness and has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy, compassion, and improve mood.  People who spread kindness and give of themselves in a balanced way also tend to be healthier and live longer, feel more connected to others, and experience enhanced relationships in general.   
The Elementary Wellness Counselors will be going into classrooms providing lessons specific to Kindness and sharing videos and sing-alongs with the classes about how kindness makes the world a better place. Compliment cards will be handed out in our Well Spaces which encourage students to share kindness with their peers, all month.  The book that we will be highlighted with teachers and shared with families is, A Little Spot of Kindness, by Diane Alber, with a read aloud version found here:
Please be sure to mark your calendar for our third, Elementary Parent Education night on February 13, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Rossmoor Media Center.   Elementary parents and guardians are invited to join Wellness Counselor, Tina Heeren, to learn more about, Fostering Positive Communication and Connections with Children.

February 6, 2023 through February 10, 2023

We are delighted to enroll your child for school and begin the exciting journey of academics and personal growth together.
The following items are required for enrollment:
A)  Age Verification (i.e., Birth Certificate, Birth Record, Baptism Certificate, Passport or Parent/Guardian Affidavit)
B)  Up-to-Date Immunizations (or copy of most recent immunizations at time of enrollment)
C)  Two forms of Verification of Proof of Residency or an approved interdistrict transfer
D)  Verification of Meeting all Health Requirements

In addition to completing the online enrollment processplease also download, print and complete the following forms as they apply:
a) LAUSD Student Health History (All grades) – LAUSD Student Health History
b) Oral Health Assessment Form (UTK, K and 1st grade) – Oral Health
c) Physical Health Assessment (UTK, K and 1st grade) – Physical Health Assessment
d) Universal TK/Kindergarten Information Sheet (Both UTK and Kindergarten) – Universal TK/Kindergarten Information Sheet

(Students with special diets requiring accommodations in the cafeteria due to a disability or medical condition are required to submit a Medical Statement. Please click here to download the Special Meal Request Form. For additional information, please call (562) 799-4592 x81118.) 

If you wish to enroll your child in a school other than your child’s assigned school of attendance, please complete the 2023-24 Elementary Intradistrict Transfer Request Form .

If you live outside of the Los Alamitos Unified School District Boundaries and are applying for an Interdistrict Transfer, please visit the Interdistrict Transfers page.

Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELO-P)
Students designated as Socially and Economically Disadvantaged, Foster Youth, or English Language Learners will have access to a 9-hour school day at no cost. After July 1, 2023, the Free and Reduced Meal Application will be posted to determine if your child is eligible for the no-cost 9-hour school day, which includes free afterschool care until 5PM for the 2023-2024 school year.

What is Universal Transitional Kindergarten?

Los Alamitos Unified School District wants every child to be prepared for success in school. To ensure that kindergarten children are fully able to achieve success in the increasingly rigorous, State-standards-based curriculum, the District also offers Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK).
  • 2/9 2nd Grade Musical
  • 2/13 SEL Parent Education Night
  • 2/13-2/17 Book Fair
  • 2/16 Family Fun Night
  • 2/18-2/26 Presidents Week holiday vacation  
  • 2/28-3/3 5th Grade Outdoor Science School
  • 3/6 No School – Teacher Professional Development Day

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

(562) 799-4560 
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 positions we are currently looking to fill for the 2023-24 school year:

  • Treasurer
  • Auditor

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 (

Family Fun Night February 16!

Mark your calendars now. On Thursday, Feb. 16, McGaugh PTA is hosting Family Fun night for all school families to enjoy! Come down to campus for a fun-filled evening from 5-7pm.

  • PLAY Mathnasium games in the Media Center and Art Room!
  • SEE Animals from the Mobile Zoo of Southern California!
  • 🍔 EAT FREE In-N-Out burgers!
  • 📚 SHOP the Book Fair in Room 26 and Spirit Wear on the blacktop! 
  • VISIT the WellSpace!
  • Earn a McGaugh Prize by visiting different spaces
  • And more...

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Sign up for a 30 minute shift to help make the night a success AND still have time to have fun with your family. 
Check out the time slots here.

Book Fair is Next Week!

Planning for our annual book fair (presented by Scholastic Books) is in the works and the PTA is very excited to bring back this week-long event February 13th – 17th, 2022.  We also need several volunteers to work fair shifts, plan/setup and other tasks. This is an easy and flexible way to get involved with the PTA and McGaugh! Sign Up coming soon. If you have any questions about volunteering reach out to Vannessa Swinford 714-616-2626, Jennifer Reese 925-408-8598. or email

Help on your students wish list and skip the last minute dash for cash and create an E wallet instead! All you need to do is scan the QR code or visit


Project SEEK Needs Your Help! 

Project SEEK Needs You…Pretty Please consider helping Project SEEK! 

In order to fund our Art and STEM classes at McGaugh, we need to raise over $150,000 each year. The Event is our largest fundraiser to help us meet that goal. And we need your help obtaining donated services and goods for our silent and live auctions. If you own a business or know someone that does, or you have connections to tickets, rental properties or special events, please consider asking your friends with businesses or connections to become a sponsor or donate, or donate yourself.

Please contact Robin Dyer, with questions or ideas. You can also click here to get a copy of our donations and sponsorship forms.

2022-2023 McGaugh PTA Honorary Service Award Nominations

The McGaugh PTA is seeking nominations for our upcoming Honorary Service Awards (HSA). This is an opportunity to recognize a special individual or business that has gone above and beyond the ordinary in service of our PTA, children, and school. Let's show our thanks and recognize the many deserving people who have made a difference! 

Please complete the form on our website or grab a form in the office and return it via email to Jenny Bagwell: by February 17th, 2023.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize those who give so much to our school!

Form to complete 

Honorary Service Award Website

Project SEEK Meeting Tuesday 2/14  

Please join us for Project SEEK’s next meeting, Tuesday, 2/14/23 at 8:00 am in the Kids Korner room.
We’ll be talking about ways to support Project SEEK fund our Art and STEM classes this year and our largest fundraiser of the year, The Event, March 24th, 2023

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday, 2/14/23 at 8:00 am.

Project SEEK Gala  

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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