OCTOBER 29, 2019
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

It's tonight! We are so excited for our annual presentation to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education. Every year, each school has the opportunity to present one time to the School Board about academics, athletics, activities, and the arts at McAuliffe Middle School.

Our presentation for this year is TONIGHT Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30pm.

This is an exciting night for McAuliffe! We hope you can come out and support our school! The Board Meeting begins at 6:30 and will open with our students performing a patriotic song. The McAuliffe presentation will be a part of other recognitions of teachers and our community. There will be a recess between 7:15 and 7:30 and an opportunity to take pictures at that time.


In this week's issue:
  • Spotlight on Drama's "Tales of Poe"
  • Spotlight on 6th Grade Science
  • Spotlight on Congressional App Challenge
  • McAuliffe Birdwatch Student News! Click here.
  • 8th Grade Class of 2020 shirt orders due November 1st!
  • Join PTA and other opportunities to support our school!
  • 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, OCTOBER 28TH : Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Dance Tickets On Sale During Lunch--$3.00
 
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH : Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10

Board Meeting 6:30PM
 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH : Shortened Day, dismissal at 2:05
7TH AND 8TH GRADE HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY! 2:30-3:30--Photo booth, DJ, Games, Treats!

 
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST : Regular schedule, dismissal at 3:10
Halloween! Costumes okay, follow costume guidelines 
Costume Contest in Amphitheater
 
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST:  
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY--NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS




For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
To volunteer for the dance, click the flyer above!
CONGRESSIONAL APP CHALLENGE
STEM I 6th Grade students are coding their very own apps as part of the Congressional App Challenge through Congressman Alan Lowenthal's. Students were challenged to create an app that solves a real world problem. We are excited for Congressman Lowenthal's visit to check out these apps! More to follow.

To read about the challenge, visit: https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/
VIRTUAL SCIENCE LAB IN 6TH GRADE
This week, 6th graders participated in a virtual lab in their science class! Students conducted an online investigation to determine various types of energy in the atmosphere.
SHUDDERSOME: TALES OF POE--MCAULIFFE DRAMA MAKES US SHUDDER!
This past week at McAuliffe, our Advanced Drama students put on a "chilling" production of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe. After a two-night production, the show wrapped up with performances for every 8th grade English class to coincide with their unit on Edgar Allan Poe.
MCAULIFFE MUSICAL IS FAST APPROACHING!
McAuliffe Middle School VAPA department proudly presents “Once On This Island”. Set in the French Antilles, this show tells the story of an orphaned girl struggling to prove to the gods that Love is stronger than Death. Caribbean music and dance, vibrant costumes, gorgeous art work, and a powerful story all align to make this an event you won’t want to miss. Performances by Jazz Band, Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Featured Dancers, Art, and an ASL interpreter. 


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 .
7th/8th Grade East Coast Trip
We have good news/bad news! Our DC Trip is FULL for the Spring of 2020! We have a waitlist for interested 8th graders, unfortunately, we won't be able to accommodate any 7th graders (stay tuned for next year!)

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Miller vmiller@losal.org
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 .
THE TALK AT MCAULIFFE!

Click the flyer to download and register!
PTA Meetings
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.
Join PTA
MEMBERSHIP: Please join our PTA! Membership dues are only $10 per member and support our PTA programs throughout the year. Any family member can join, so invite your grandparents, aunts and uncles too! CLICK HERE for our membership form. Even if you don’t have time to attend meetings or volunteer, please JOIN today and stay informed of important PTA communications, programs and volunteer opportunities!
DONATION DRIVE : Please help to support McAuliffe by donating as a Silver ($50) or Gold ($100) Donor. Your donations will be used to help fund school innovation grants and a student scholarship fund, along with PTA supported programs throughout the year. Donations may be sent to the school office using the membership form available

Donors will be listed in a special edition of the Eagle Eye.
PTA Membership and Other Giving Opportunities!
This year the McAuliffe PTA has different levels of donations to support our school wide efforts. Please read the flyer for more information, you make make donations to the main office at any time. Please make checks payable to "McAuliffe PTA"--thank you so much for your ongoing support!
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
Book Fair Coming in December!
BOOK FAIR – Save the Dates, Dec. 7-8 th , 2019: Our 3 rd annual McAuliffe Book Fair will be held at Barnes and Noble in Marina Pacifica Mall. Please save these dates and sign up to volunteer, and plan to stop by to stock up on books, gifts and more while supporting our school! Please contact Kelly Das at kekky@yahoo.com if you are interested in assisting with Fair planning.
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
Volunteer Opportunity : McGaugh Carnival: The McGaugh Carnival is coming up Oct 18/19. Here is a break down for days/times of setup and breakdown.
 Any and all help is greatly appreciated on Friday October 18th and Saturday October 19th. All day or multiple shifts are available.
First set up is Friday (Oct 18th) 2:30pm-4:30pm Location: Back of McGaugh by baseball fields.
Day of set up is Saturday (Oct 19th) 8am-10am Location: Back of McGaugh by baseball fields
Carnival opens on Sat (Oct 19th) 10am-4pm Location: Back of McGaugh by baseball fields
Carnival Breakdown and cleanup is Sat (Oct 19th) 4pm-7pm Location: Back of McGaugh by baseball field
We will gladly sign your volunteer forms as well.
When you arrive please ask for Jacqueline Johnson or Toni Goldman
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