DECEMBER 17, 2019
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
We are excited to launch the 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival! Click the Save the Date for full guidelines. See below for more information.
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

This week as we approach the holidays and the end of the 2nd semester I want to wish everyone a restful holiday break! Please read below about our 2nd Annual Film Festival at McAuliffe, "Never Be Afraid to Dream"--we are excited to offer this opportunity for our students to express their artistic ability!

In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on 6th grade science
  • Film Festival is coming!
  • Visit from Congressman Rouda!
  • Register for the Spring Semester of Speech and Debate!
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • Birthday on the Marquee with Make a Wish!
  • BYOD Information
  • Follow us on Instagram!
  • Order a Yearbook today! Available online only!



Keep dreaming big, Eagles!

Dr. Ryan Weiss-Wright
Highlights

Homework Club meets after school for 45 minutes Monday through Thursday in the Media Center starting August 19th, we also now have Homework Club before school in Room 24.

 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH: 
 
9:00 District Advisory Committee
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH: 
 
PTA Meeting and Coffee with the Principal, 8:50am
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH: 
 
See’s Candy Distribution!
 
Shortened Day, dismissal at 2:05
 
Instrumental Music Winter Concert, 6:00PM LAHS PAC
 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH: 
 
Last Day to claim Lost and Found items before donation!
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
Make a Wish Movie Matinee: Elf, 3:30-5:30. Come watch Elf and get in the holiday spirit!
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH: 
ASB Candy Cane ring toss and holiday hat spirit day!
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
3rd Quarter Ends
 
**Please note that we will be on Winter Break beginning Monday, December 23rd and students will return to school on Tuesday, January 7th. I hope you enjoy the holidays with your family**





For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
Congressman's Office Visits
We had an exciting visitor this week at McAuliffe! Students in our STEM I class were visited by a representative from District 48's Harley Rouda to congratulate them on their exemplary work with the Congressional App Challenge!

Students received special recognition from the Congressman's office for the Apps they imagined, designed, and coded to accomplish real world problems.

For more updates on our STEM program, please follow @mcauliffe_science_stem for important updates!
Los Al Thespian Festival
Advanced Drama rocked the Jr. Thespian Festival this past Saturday at Los Alamitos High School. Over 200 middle school students attended from 11 schools from all over California. Students participated in workshops, watched performances, and competed in individual events. All McAuliffe students received top scores, with Emily Fitzgerald, Olivia Graser, Tanner Linn, and Jonathan Reyes being chosen as "Best of Fest" for monologues and scenes.  
Into Thin Air!
To help students understand the relationship between thermal energy and the rate of evaporation, these 6th grade students recorded rates of evaporation in the shade versus the sun.
Film Festival coming in February!
We invite all students to participate in the 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival. This year's theme is " Never Be Afraid to Dream " and the possibilities are endless for student work! If you would like to participate please click on the details below.

Any questions? contact rweisswright@losal.org.

Need equipment for filming? We have that available for checkout as well. We can't wait to see what our students come up with!
Amazon Smile!
On your first visit to AmazonSmile  smile.amazon.com , you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Choose McAuliffe Middle School PTA ! Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at  smile.amazon.com  will result in a donation. AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Read the full letter here.
Donation Opportunity!
Every year we collect gift cards to donate to needy families in the McAuliffe community. If you are able to donate a gift card to anywhere, in any amount, please bring to our office by Wednesday, December 18th.
Girl Scout Project!
Do you ever wonder what to do with the books you have laying around? Hello, my name is Alina Goddard and I am a student here at McAuliffe working on my Silver Award project for Girl Scouts. There is a book drive collecting used and unused books of all reading levels for the Rossmoor library that will occur until Dec. 20. Please help me exceed my goal of 300 books. The box to deposit your books is located in the main office.

Thank you!
Community Service at McAuliffe!
VOLUNTEER HOURS?
If you know of any non-profit organizations offering volunteer opportunities for middle school students, please submit the name of the organization and their contact info (phone or email) and we will add them to our list! Send to mcauliffemiddlepta@gmail.com. All 8th grade students earning 100 or more volunteer hours during the school year will be recognized at 8th grade promotion. Beginning this year, 6th and 7th grade students may start accumulating volunteer hours and will be recognized for each year they achieve the 100 hour goal. To track your hours, use the "Community Service Log", available in the main office and online:  

Download Log here .

If you know of any volunteer opportunities, please email rweisswright@losal.org to promote!
Birthday Wishes!
Two easy steps:   Click this link  and hit “birthday wishes.” Complete the information and then hit “donation” at the bottom. That takes you straight to the Make a Wish Foundation and you can make your contribution directly to the Foundation. Minimum donation: $20.00. 
 
McAuliffe has granted 4 wishes and we will be celebrating Wish #5 this school year, with your help!
 
Please email  vmiller@losal.org  if you have any questions. Thank you and welcome back to school!
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Order your yearbook early! They are available for purchase online only using this link .
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
We need volunteers to help supervise students during our Instrumental Music students during their Winter Performance.

If you are available on Wednesday, December 18th from 5:30-8:30. Please consider volunteering by signing up here . Or email cvienna@losal.org
CLICK THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORDER FORM!
SEE'S CANDY FUNDRAISER!
Dear Members and Friends:

We are excited to begin our See’s Candies fundraiser! We are raising funds for
Since all of us will benefit from this fundraiser, we greatly appreciate everyone’s participation. You can help us reach our goal by taking orders from friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Famous for American-made deliciousness with no added preservatives, See’s is easy to sell because people love the candy.

Important dates:


Fri. 12/13   Fundraiser ends (all orders and money must be turned in).
Wed. 12/18 Candy will be available for delivery to your supporters.
Helpful Hints: • Fill in the pre-sell form completely. • Collect money from your supporters when they order. Ask them to make their checks payable to "McAuliffe PTA" • Verify order quantities and money collected. • Put money in the collection envelope. • Be sure to thank your supporters.
Sweet!
Box Tops for Education!

Now there are two ways to earn money for McAuliffe. You can download the Box Tops app and scan your receipt for eligible products. Traditional box tops clips are also still available on some products. Be sure to clip these and return to the office. Please check out the flyer for more details. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Billings at  jvrb006@gmail.com .
This section is for all important reminders from the District and McAuliffe Middle School
ORDER SPIRIT WEAR NOW!
TO ORDER:
 
A private Team Store has been set up specifically customized with your apparel and discounted pricing. McAuliffe Middle School families will now need a code , assigned here in this email, to enter your Team Store. This privacy code allows CAS to offer your team custom items along with discounted accessory items normally only offered when purchased in one of our retail stores.

The domain name will remain unchanged.     
  1. casswimshop.com
  2. Enter the : TEAM STORE
  3. McAuliffe Middle School team code is : MAC  (case sensitive-all caps)

Call 714.898.2655, in case you have any difficulty
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