DECEMBER 3, 2019
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
BOOK FAIR THIS WEEKEND! Click the flyer to volunteer (students and parents!)
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

The McAuliffe PTA invites you to attend our Book Fair this weekend,  Friday through Sunday, December 6-8 . There are many fun family events planned throughout the weekend, to be held at the Barnes and Noble in Marina Pacifica Mall, 6326 E. PCH, Long Beach. A schedule of events includes:
Friday is Polar Express Night - 
  • 5pm author Karen Lucas (Santa's book signing; 
  • 6pm Polar Express storytime; and 
  • 7pm Polar Express Craft
Saturday events include - 
  • 11:30am-2pm Marina Pacifica Mall Holiday Stroll; Marina Pacifica hosts a holiday event for all – Santa will arrive by Long Beach Fire Department boat at noon sharp. Then enjoy snacks from shopping center restaurants, photos with Santa, a scavenger hunt with lots of prizes, face painting, free Duffy Boat rides and more. Located in the courtyard next to Bikram Hot Yoga Long Beach.
  • 1pm Storytime with McAuliffe Principal, Dr. Weiss-Wright as he reads his kids' favorite stories; 
  • 3-7pm "Gold Carpet" photo opportunity sponsored by author David Andrews; 
  • 4:30pm Author David Andrews booktalk and signing of his book, "The English Slave";
  • 5:15pm Author Clayton Cranford booktalk and signing of his book, "Parenting in a Digital World";
  • 6pm Author Chris Miko booktalk and signing of his book, "The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters"
Saturday and Sunday  - come to see performances by McAuliffe choir, drama and band students throughout the day!
Throughout the Book Fair weekend , McAuliffe's Make-A-Wish Club will be providing gift wrapping, and student volunteers will be reading stories to your little ones in the Children's Story Stage so that you can get some holiday shopping done! 
And the best part is that Barnes and Noble will be giving a percentage of all sales from the weekend to McAuliffe. So please, tell your family and friends, and come out to support our school! Store hours are Fri/Sat. 10AM-10PM and Sun. 10AM-8PM. For more information on authors, check out the store calendar at  https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2651?view=calendar

In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on Science Instrumental Music Wheel Class
  • Spotlight on 8th Grade History
  • Canned Food Drive Update
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • Book Fair this weekend December 6th through 8th!
  • 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 2ND : Career Cafe with an OC Judge--both lunches!
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD : Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH : College day! Wear college gear!
 
Shortened Day, dismissal at 2:05
 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5TH: 
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH : BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK FAIR KICKS OFF AT MARINA PACIFICA
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH AND 8TH : BOOK FAIR CONTINUES!

For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
Book Fair is coming! Click the image to download the flyer!
McAuliffe Singer/Songwriters
These students have been learning the ukulele and writing their own songs during their Wheel Music class. Amazing to see students write their own music AND lyrics!
CONSTITUTION CATEGORIZATION!
These 8th grade students tackled a project on sorting 30 different rights, parameters, and responsibilities of the three branches and had to decide with their team if the responsibilities fit under House or Senate!

To keep up with our history department follow us on Instagram

@mcauliffehistory
@mrthomsonmcauliffe
@mshistoryteacher
CANNED FOOD DRIVE SUCCESS!
USC vs UCLA canned food drive was a huge success! Our students donated over 1400 cans of food for We Care, a Los Alamitos non-profit helping local families in need! UCLA was our big winner in the food drive :)
BOOK FAIR IS COMING!
BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS AND PERFORMERS NEEDED!
Parents and students wanted! Show your school spirit and earn volunteer hours at  McAuliffe's book fair, held Dec. 6 through 8th at Barnes & Noble, Marina Pacifica, Long Beach . Are you an entertainer at heart? Students are invited to sign up for performance times throughout the weekend. Please sign up at the link below:

signup.com


Plan on supporting the BOOK FAIR and attend some amazing events, including:
Fri. Dec. 6  - Polar Express Night, 6-8pm, storytimes and crafts!
Sat. Dec. 7  - Marina Pacifica Mall Holiday Fair 11-2, Mcauliffe performers throughout the day, a special storytime with Dr. Weiss-Wright, a "Gold Carpet" event and author book talks/signings* beginning at 3pm!
Sun. Dec. 8  - Mcaulifee performers throughout the day, plus student storytimes

*Local Authors  who will be speaking on Saturday include: David Andrews, author of "The English Slave"; Clayton Cranford, author of "Parenting in the Digital World: A Step-by-Step Guide to Internet Safety"; and Chris Miko, author of "The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters"

TEACHER WISH LISTS  will be available to purchase books for teacher classrooms and for recommended reading for your student!

And remember, all purchases made during the fair will support McAuliffe's PTA and raise money for our school!!

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!
NEW Visitor Management System to Help Ensure Student Safety!
Los Alamitos Unified School District is pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in all of our schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

For the full letter click here .
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 .
Volunteers Needed!
We have many open positions and can use your help! Please contact Scott Fayette at scfayette@aol.com if you are interested in any of the following:
·        Parent Education : Plan informational nights for parents on topics and issues important to middle school parents
·        Box Tops 4 Education coordinator: Promote, collect, and turn in box tops as a fundraiser
·        Family “Funraiser” Nights coordinator : Set up and promote family fundraiser nights at local restaurants
·        See’s Candy Fundraiser : Promote, collect orders, and fulfill orders for See’s candy (Typically in November and March/April)
·        7 th Grade Social Coordinator : Assist in planning the 7/8 th grade socials/dances
·         Volunteer Coordinator : Set up volunteer signups as needed for various school events
·        Staff Holiday Luncheon – Plan lunch for staff/teachers
This section is for all important reminders from the District and McAuliffe Middle School
We have Club spirit shirts for McAuliffe!
I am excited to announce the new Competitive Aquatic Supply website will be launching  Monday November 26  th .   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
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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