JANUARY 7, 2020
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
We are kicking off 2020 with the 21 Day Challenge for ALL students, staff, and parents. More info below!
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

Happy New Year!

We are excited to announce the launch of our 2020 21 Day #mcauliffefullycharged Challenge! For 21 days, McAuliffe students, staff, and parents will share in daily challenges aimed at triggering a positive chemical reaction in the brain. This initiative is designed to bring the community together through a focus on mental wellness and social/emotional learning. We see this as an opportunity to educate and support each other’s mental and physical health while increasing positive relationships. We hope you join us in the daily challenges and opportunities for personal growth. We will send updates via email and will be posted daily on Instagram @mcauliffemiddleschool, follow us!

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!
  • Family Life--health education preview meetings
  • "The Talk" sponsored by PTA
  • 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, JANUARY 6TH: 
 
6-12 LAUSD Staff Development Day. No school for 6th-12th grade students.
 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7TH: 
 
School resumes!
Dismissal at 3:10
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8TH: 
 
College Day--wear college gear!
Shortened Day, dismissal at 2:05
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH: 

Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10

MONDAY, JANUARY 13TH:

21 DAY CHALLENGE KICKOFF! Send 4 positive messages to people in your life that you're grateful for

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14TH:

21 DAY CHALLENGE DAY 2: Start every day by making your bed! Watch here .


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.
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 .
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 


"The Talk" featured below is a PTA sponsored extracurricular event and is not done in place of the Family Life instruction, but rather is a complement to the instruction students receive.

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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