Principal's Weekly Message

January 23, 2023

Principal's Message

Dear McGaugh Families,
Please join me in a HUGE thank you to McGaugh parent and author Kara Kotecki. Ms. Kotecki held an author’s visit for our UTK-2nd grade Sea Lions on her new book, Mae and Namaste. Mae and Namaste is about a child who experiences BIG feelings that she struggles to wrangle. She learns to tame those feelings by practicing Yoga. Yoga encourages us to bend, stretch, and breathe to find your Namaste. Mrs. Kotecki shared the background of her inspiration on writing the book, she did a read aloud, and held a question-and-answer session. Afterward, she held a short yoga flow activity similar to the ones in the book. Finally, students were provided with two activity sheets on Mae’s yoga moves.  Student and teachers alike felt the impact of having a strong feeling and learning a new strategy to tame those BIG emotions. Thank you, thank you, Mrs. Kotecki for sharing your amazing book and journey with our McGaugh Sea Lions.
Please see the Sea Lion Splash below with a video of her visit.
We invite all incoming sixth-grade parents and guardians to our annual presentation on transitioning to middle school on Thursday, January 26, at 6:00 PM in the Los Alamitos High School (LAHS) Performing Arts Center.

Prior to the general presentation, there will be two additional information sessions.  The first will be focused on special education services and resources for currently enrolled students.  The second meeting is for students who are NOT currently enrolled in the Los Al Unified School District but are interested in applying for an Inter district Permit.

Thursday, January 26, 2023
LAHS Performing Arts Center at 6:00 PM
Special Education Services and Resources
LAHS Media Center at 5:00 PM
Interdistrict Permit Process*
LAHS College & Career Center at 5:00 PM

*This presentation will be repeated on February 9 at 6:00 PM via zoom, using the zoom link below, and is for students NOT currently enrolled in the Los Al Unified but interested in applying for an Interdistrict permit for the 2023-24 school year.)
Click Here to Register and Receive the Zoom Link
Attention 5th grade families, as you prepare for your transition to move on to middle school, both Oak and McAuliffe are seeking parents interested in serving on either site's PTA Board. If you want to be involved on your child's middle school PTA, please reach out ASAP!
For McAuliffe Middle School, please contact Olaina Anderson,
For Oak Middle School, please contact Karen Ben-Shmuel,
Thank you!

  • 1/27 100th Day of School
  • 1/27 Jog-A-Thon
  • 1/30 After school LAEF classes begin
  • 2/1 College Day
  • 2/2 PTA Meeting
  • 2/3 LAEF Gala
  • 2/3 Pageant of the Arts 40th Anniversary performance
  • 2/4 Pageant of the Arts 40th Anniversary performance

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

(562) 799-4560