JANUARY 28, 2020
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
YOU'RE INVITED!
The 2020 McAuliffe Film Festival is coming up on Wednesday, February 26th. We hope you can join us for this exciting event showcasing students' original films!
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

I would like to thank everyone for following along with the 21 Day Challenge, it's been a great couple of weeks at McAuliffe as we TRAIN our brains to think positively as we build community with students, staff, and parents. For the complete list of challenges, click here .


Our Film Festival is one other way we celebrate success at McAuliffe. Featuring films created by McAuliffe students, the 2020 Film Festival is a night of celebrating student art and student voice. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, February 26th for this special event.



In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on 21 Day Challenge and student response
  • Film Festival is coming! Next mentor session is Wednesday, January 29th.
  • Family Life--health education preview meetings
  • 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. We also now have Homework Club before school in Room 24.

 
MONDAY, JANUARY 27TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH: 
 
PTA Board Meeting, 8:50
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
District Advisory Committee, 5:00 at District Office
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH: 
 
Dismissal at 2:05pm
2:30 Film Festival Workshop in Room 85
2:30 GATE Testing in Room 80 and 89
6:00 Parent Ed Night: Vaping, Alcohol and Other Drugs: Helping Your Kids Make Better Choices
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Parent Ed Night--Transition to Middle School (for 5th grade families), 6:00pm LAHS PAC
The Talk for 7th and 8th Grade Students, 6:30pm
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10



For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
SAVE THE DATE
Parent Ed Night on Vaping and Middle School life is NEXT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH at 6:00pm in the McAuliffe MPR. We hope to see you there!
21 Day Challenge: Celebrating Student Success!
We are so proud of our students for sharing their 21 Day #mcauliffefullycharged journey with our community. We are proud to celebrate our prize winners each week for posting and shouting out greatness in each other!
McAuliffe Middle School Students are AMAZING!
One of the 21 Challenges asks students to shout out greatness and things they see in each other! We are grateful to come together around a common goal of mental wellness and mindfulness.

For more updates on the 21 Day Challenge, please follow us on Instagram @mcauliffe_middle_school

Or follow our hashtag: #mcauliffefullycharged
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!
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 .
Middle School Family Life for 7th and 8th Grade Students
7th and 8th grade students will participate in a Family Life unit during May 2020. Under the California Healthy Youth Act, Education Code (EC) sections 51930-51939, school districts must integrate the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education into the classroom once in middle school and once in high-school. Parents have the right to opt out of the instructional unit by stating their desire to have their child not participate in writing to their school principal. 

There are two parent meetings to discuss this curriculum with our Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Ondrea Reed.

Middle School Instructional Materials Preview Presentations:
(Same presentation offered on multiple dates) 

February 3, 2020 at 6:00pm in the District Office Training Room 

February 4, 2020 at 9:30am in the District Office Training Room 


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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