Principal's Weekly Message

September 25, 2023

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 also brought START WITH HELLO to our classrooms. We provided them the tools and language to use to help others feel connected. All it takes is to START WITH HELLO. We celebrated Hey Day, No One Plays Alone Day, and Buddy Day.
We were also honored to have Brent Poppen return to McGaugh to share his message of “Everything is POSSIBLE”!  If you are interested in purchasing one of Mr. Poppen's books, please return this FORM to our office by FRIDAY, Sept. 29th. 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 for TK/K/5 and Wednesday, September 27th for 1/2/3/4. We are looking forward to seeing all our Sea Lions dressed their best.

  • 9/26 International Culture Club Meeting 8:00am
  • 9/27 School Site Council Meeting 2:45pm
  • 10/2 Reflections Creative Corner 6-7:30pm (parents must attend)
  • 10/4 PTA Reflections Contest Due Date
  • 10/4 College Day
  • 10/4 Walk/Bike to School
  • 10/6 PTA General Meeting 8:00am
  • 10/16, 10/17, 10/19, 10/20, 10/23 Parent Teacher Conferences (12:30pm dismissal)


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

(562) 799-4560