Principal's Weekly Message


June 3, 2024

Principal's Message

 

Dear Sea Lion Families,
 
As we embark on our summer adventures, I am filled with gratitude for the incredible community of students, parents, and staff that I have the privilege to lead. This past year has been nothing short of amazing! I am immensely proud of the achievements and milestones reached by our Sea Lions, and none of this would have been possible without your unwavering support and dedication.
 
Reflecting on the past school year, we have had so many great memories and exciting events to look back on. We continued many successful traditions such as our PTA family night, book fair, Jog-a-Thon, Week of the Military Child, Peace Week, International Day, ice cream social, carnival, and many more heart felt memories. A heartfelt thank you to our incredible PTA for being the driving force behind many of these cherished opportunities.

Through the volunteer efforts of Project SEEK, and our generous parent community, we've continued to provide enriching experiences for our Sea Lions. From weekly art instruction to hands-on STEM sessions and bi-weekly book checkouts in our Media Center, we've strived to offer diverse learning opportunities tailored to our students' needs. Our 41st Annual Pageant of the Arts once again showcased the incredible artistic talents of our students, thanks to the dedication of Project SEEK and our passionate teachers.

We continued our school wide instructional focus of small group instruction through a peer coaching model. We developed a new instructional focus of Social Emotional Learning through Morning Meetings. These professional development opportunities were funded through a Costen grant.
 
Our year ended with celebrating student achievement and outstanding citizenship at our regularly scheduled Sea Lion Awards assembly where grade levels came together and cheered each other on! We are very proud of all of our Sea Lions and their successes.
 
Looking ahead, we remain steadfast in our pursuit of excellence. In the upcoming year, we will continue to prioritize Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) through the implementation of RULER, a research-based program from Yale University. We firmly believe that nurturing the social and emotional well-being of our students is integral to their academic success.
 
We will also continue our goal in the area of attendance, for school improvement. It has been proven that students who arrive to school on time and are present everyday perform at a higher level. We started to see a slight increase since January, but we are striving to make a significant improvement going forward. We are looking to you as parents and partners in your child’s education to help us in this endeavor.

A special thanks to you, the parents who have contributed in ways small, large, and unimaginable! Thank you for the partnership between home and school. We appreciate all that you do each and every day for our school and our children!
 
As we bid farewell to another remarkable school year, lets cherish the memories we’ve created together. We’ve learned much and shared experiences that will remain in our hearts for years to come. The passion and strength within our community makes our school truly a special place for our children. Thank you, wonderful parents, for a beautiful school year. I could not be prouder than to be part of such an outstanding school community. Have a safe and fun filled summer! We will see you back on August 14th.
 
SUMMER AT MCGAUGH
McGaugh is hosting Camp Galileo from June 13th – July 18th. The entire campus and fields will be closed, during this time, Monday through Friday from 7:00-5:30pm. Gate 12 will open at 5:30pm. Starting on July 18th at 5:30pm, the fields will be open daily all day. Entrance will be gate 12 ONLY on the field. Thank you for your understanding.

INTERNATIONAL CULTURE CLUB DAY
On Wednesday and Friday, the Sea Lions grabbed their passports, took flight, and celebrated our eagerly awaited annual International Day! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Elisa Fraytett and Aysia Villalobos for their dedicated leadership in guiding each country team. From exploring the vibrant culture of Spain to delving into the ancient wonders of Egypt, experiencing the unique charm of Australia, immersing in the rich history and vibrant music of Puerto Rico, enjoying Nigeria's unique music and dance, and witnessing Japan's samurai culture, our students embarked on a global journey without leaving the school grounds.

A massive thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring these countries to life, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. At McGaugh, we take pride in being a beacon of inclusion, fostering a welcoming environment that celebrates diversity and promotes cultural harmony.
                   

UPCOMING REMINDERS AND EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

  • 6/4 Last Day of school – minimum day with a 12:30 dismissal
  • 6/13-7/18 Summer Camp at McGaugh (closed campus from 7:00-5:30 M-F)
  • 8/13 Popsicle Posting - time TBD
  • 8/14 First day of school - gates open at 7:40am

 SUMMER INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

  • McGaugh is hosting Camp Galileo from June 13th – July 18th. The entire campus and fields will be closed, during this time, Monday through Friday from 7:00-5:30pm. Starting on July 18th at 5:30pm, the fields will be open daily all day. Entrance will be gate 12 ONLY on the field.
  • CHECK OUR WEBSITE FREQUENTLY FOR UPDATES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER!!!
  • ORDER YOUR SUPPLIES NOW!! The deadline to order supplies is July 1st!! The link and information is on our website.
  • THE GATE BY THE SWIMMING POOL WILL NOT BE OPEN AT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL NEXT YEAR. PLEASE USE THE DOUBLE FENCE NEAR THE TRASH CANS, BEHIND KIDS KORNER AS YOUR ENTRY AND EXIT GATE – PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF THIS CHANGE FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

 

Ms. Wendy Wood, M.Ed. ​
McGaugh Elementary School Principal
wwood@losal.org
(562) 799-4560