FEBRUARY 11, 2020
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
Please join us for our 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival
Films are due Wednesday, February 12th by midnight
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

We are excited to conclude our 21 Day Challenge today and send students off to our Presidents' Week on a good note!

Please note that our 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival is Wednesday, February 26th when we return.

In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on 21 Day Challenge and student response
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony for 7th Grade
  • McAuliffe Choir updates
  • 8th Grade Panoramic Order Form
  • 8th Grade Parent Ed Meetings
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • 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. We also now have Homework Club before school in Room 24.

 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Film Festival Workshop, 3:15-3:55 in Room 85
 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH: 
 
8:50 PTA Meeting and Coffee Connection with the Principal
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH: 
 
Dismissal at 2:05pm
Choir Concert, 6:00pm
FILM FESTIVAL FILMS DUE BY MIDNIGHT!
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Choir Concert, 6:00pm
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH: 
 
Race the teachers! 3:15 McAuliffe Track
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10


Please note we are on break next week February 17th-21st.


For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
21 Day Challenge Wraps Up!
Today is the final day of our 21 Day, #McAuliffeFullyCharged challenge! We are very excited to have shared this journey with our school community. Day 21 was "Your Dash" and a chance for students to share their big takeaways from the 21 Day Challenge!
21 Day Challenge Update: Let it Go!
On Day 19, students wrote letters of apology and forgiveness. Students wrote messages of forgiveness to their friends and family, even to some teachers! Letting it go has a positive impact on everyone.
McAuliffe Choir Stands Out!
So proud of our singers this week! We had three of our students represent as the only middle schoolers at the Close Harmony Festival this weekend.

Also, we were excited to have the McAuliffe choir perform at the annual LAEF Gala this past weekend with a special tribute to former Superintendent, Dr. Sherry Kropp.

For more updates on the McAuliffe Choir, please follow us on Instagram @mcauliffechoir
Japanese Tea Ceremony in World History
Our 7th grade History students participated in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony this week as part of their Culture Day at the end of their Japan unit. Students also created their own Bushido Code!

For more updates on our History department, follow us on Instagram @mcauliffehistory
Film Festival coming February 26th!
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!
8th Grade Pano Order Form
RUN SEAL BEACH!
Hey Eagles!!!
It is time for you, your family, and your friends to sign up for the annual Seal Beach 5k/10k!!! Join the McAuliffe Eagles team and be part of this awesome event!! Click on the link below and follow the simple steps or email Mr. Grillo for more information!! Race day is Saturday March 28th!!! Sign up now and start training!! 



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.
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 .

  1. Seal Beach Leo Club is always looking for new recruits!

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 .
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
8th Grade Parent Nights
Please mark your calendars and  SAVE THE DATE  for two upcoming presentations targeted at providing information on your student’s transition to Los Alamitos High School (LAHS).
 
Transitioning to High School & Beyond
Monday, February 24 th  at 6:30PM
Oak Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
Join Assistant Superintendent Ondrea Reed and LAHS Assistant Principal Jason Farvour for a presentation focused on the Honors and Advanced Placement Courses at LAHS. This presentation is for families interested in learning about the courses and prerequisites needed for a student to meet current college entry requirements.  
 
 
8 th  Grade Parent Night
Tuesday, March 3 rd  at 7:00pm
Los Alamitos High School Performing Arts Center
Join LAHS Principal Chris Vlasic and the high school staff as they welcome all incoming freshman families and share information about life as a Griffin, the high school registration process, and how to get your student involved in the 4 A’s: Academics, Athletics, Activities and the Arts. Parents will have an opportunity to hear directly from their student’s high school guidance counselor as well.
 
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