NOVEMBER 19, 2019
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
6th Grade students testing their very own hydroflasksksksks in Science! More info below
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

As we approach Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Break I want to remind all of you how thankful we are to have you as part of the McAuliffe Community!


In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on Science and STEM at McAuliffe
  • What's happening this week in the Birdwatch! Click here.
  • Book Fair coming 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, NOVEMBER 18TH : SEE’S CANDY Fundraiser kicks off!
 
CJSF Food Drive Fundraiser kicks off!
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH : Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH : 50’s Day! Dress like the 50’s!
 
Shortened Day, dismissal at 2:05
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST: CAREER CAFE AT BOTH LUNCHES
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND : “JOLLY-HOLIDAY PICNIC LUNCH” hosted by ASB in the ODAT
 
Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
 
THANKSGIVING BREAK: MONDAY, 11/25-11/29, SCHOOL RESUMES MONDAY, 12/2






For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
Book Fair is coming! Click the image to download the flyer!
HYDROFLASKSKSKS
This past week our 6th Grade Science students constructed their very own hydroflasks (vacuum flasks). After learning about thermal conductors, insulators, and thermal energy transfer, students engineered their own device to keep water the coldest!

For more updates on Science at McAuliffe, follow us on Instagram @mcauliffe_science_stem
ROBOTIC RACERS!
This week, STEM III students built robotic racers and tested prototypes for speed and navigation. Students worked together to revise their design to make improvements.

For more updates on Science at McAuliffe, follow us on Instagram @mcauliffe_science_stem
SPOTLIGHT ON BIRDWATCH
If you're not already following Birdwatch: McAuliffe Student News, please do! Read the latest from our student voices on current events happening at school, in our community, and around the world!

Three ways to stay connected:
2. Download our app
3. Follow us on Instagram @mcauliffebirdwatch


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!
Annual Canned Food Drive to benefit We Care Los Al!
With the USC/UCLA rival game on November 23rd and in an effort to promote college, we’ve decided to make the food drive a competition between USC vs. UCLA! An announcement will be made on Friday, 11/22, with the team winner of our friendly competition. In addition, all students and staff will be encouraged to wear UCLA/USC gear on Friday, 11/22. Our goal is for EACH student to bring in ONE item. The CORE class with the most items donated will win a party! 

For complete guidelines .

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 .
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:

Mon. 11/18 Fundraiser starts.
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 .
Our next PTA Meeting is Tuesday, October 8th and will feature an update and "Coffee with the Principal". The meeting will be at 8:50 in the MPR.
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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