SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
"BE YOURSELF. TRY YOUR BEST. NEVER BE AFRAID TO DREAM."
-SHARON CHRISTA MCAULIFFE
6th Grade STEM Class builds flood-proof houses! Full story below
Dear McAuliffe Parents and Families,

We are so grateful for another week of teaching and learning at McAuliffe. Every week we try to highlight a small portion of what is going on every week on campus--for the most up to date information, please consider following our school and our teachers on Instagram--gives you something fun to talk to your kids about when they get home!

In this week's issue:
  • The Talk, sponsored by PTA
  • Student activities and classroom learning!
  • Volunteer for our Day of Awesomeness!
  • Reflections Packet for download
  • Los Alamitos Hero
  • Speech and Debate Program! Middle School Debate Team
  • Parent Ed Night Resource Packet
  • Join PTA and other opportunities to support our school!
  • Volunteer for Career Cafe!
  • Breakfast at McAuliffe
  • Birthday on the Marquee with Make a Wish!
  • East Coast Trip!
  • 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, SEPTEMBER 23RD : Regular schedule
 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH : ASB: Fall Colors Day, 6th grade wears yellow, 7th grade wears orange, 8th grade wears red
 
8:50 PTA Board Meeting, 12:00 Nutrition Services Taste Testing in MPR
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH : 2:05 Dismissal
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH : Regular schedule
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH : Plunger Relay at Lunch





For complete 19/20 School Year Calendar, click here .
SPEECH AND DEBATE CLUB HAS BEGUN!
For the first time, McAuliffe and Oak are teaming up for ONE Los Alamitos Unified Middle School Debate Team that will compete in the Orange County Debate League. It is not too late to sign up, click the flyer to go to the link!
MATH AND SCIENCE: DIFFUSION CONFUSION!
Mrs. Martin's 6th grade students are building capacity as mathematicians and scientists through their hands-on diffusion activity!

For more updates on math follow: @more.than.a.number.mca

For more updates on science follow: @mcauliffe_science_stem
6th GRADE WHEEL ROCKS OUT!
Our 6th Grade Exploratory Wheel exposes students to music, drama, art, and STEM. In Music, these 6th graders are learning instrumental and vocal music skills in preparation for their final rock concert!

For more updates on choir follow us @mca.soundcheck or @mcauliffechoir
6TH GRADE STEM STUDENTS CREATE FLOOD-PROOF HOMES
In this STEM Unit, 6th grade students explore what it takes to create flood proof homes. After studying the islands of Bangladesh and the flood dangers, these students used raw materials to construct models of homes that might be able to withstand a flood. Most of them worked!

For more updates follow @mcauliffe_science_stem on Instagram!
COMING SOON : The brand new McAuliffe Student News Website: The Birdwatch, launching October 4th
Thanks, LAEF!
This week, we received a $10,000 donation from LAEF (Los Alamitos Education Foundation) to support STEAM at McAuliffe! These funds will be used to (support the Media Center/STEAM teacher’s salary, purchase curriculum and supplies, etc.). STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.
 
In addition to donating $10,000 to each of our nine district schools, LAEF donated $25,000 to support the salaries of our district Mental Health Counselors. $115,000 in total donations was presented at the State of the District breakfast – see the photo below.
 
Since 2013, LAEF has given over $1 million to Los Al schools! We are so thankful to LAEF for all their efforts to support Los Al kids – through both fundraising and enrichment programs. 
Los Al Honors McAuliffe Hero!
This year, the City of Los Alamitos Chamber of Commerce recognized heroes in uniform for their bravery and courage and their service to their country and community.

At McAuliffe we are proud of members of our own community for their recognition and thank them for their service!

Sergeant Ashley Q. Solis
JFTB 40th Infantry Division Honoree
HEARING AND VISION SCREENING AT MCAULIFFE
All students in the 8 th  grade will have their Hearing and Vision Screening on 10/10/2019 . Please be sure that your child is present and brings their Glasses (if worn) with them to the screening. 
If you don’t want your student screened send a note that day with your student.

Thank You, The Health Service Team, McAuliffe
Career Cafe at McAuliffe: Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers Needed!

Career and college readiness is part of our vision in Los Al. It is our goal to prepare students for their future employment by providing awareness and skills training.  At McAuliffe we offer Career Cafe monthly as a way for students to learn about the careers performed by individuals within our community .  Speakers will share their career journey with a group of 25-35 students at both lunches. Speakers will share:  
  • Their interest in their current field
  • Their education and training needed for their job
  • What a typical day is like for someone in this field
  • Advice to students looking to pursue a career in this field  
Speakers will speak to students for about 20 minutes each session including time for questions and answers.   If you are interested in sharing your career, or know of anyone within the community that would be willing to share, please complete the google form  here .
BREAKFAST IS HERE!
The McAuliffe Breakfast Program is here! Breakfast at school is affordable! If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. If you must pay, breakfast costs $2.25. Nowhere else will you find a balanced breakfast at such a low cost.

So take advantage of this opportunity to start the day on the right foot. Your child will find breakfast at school provides not only a nutritious meal but also a relaxed atmosphere for socializing with friends and siblings.
Birthday Wishes!
Parents, one last “Back to School” item to check off your list. The Make a Wish Club at McAuliffe sponsors the “Birthday Wishes” on the school marquee. For only $20 you can celebrate your kid’s birthday AND support the Make a Wish Foundation. All of the money is sent directly to the Make a Wish Foundation. 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
THE TALK AT MCAULIFFE!

Click the flyer to download and register!
GET INVOLVED: STEP IT UP DAY OF AWESOMENESS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!
If you would like to get involved in the Step it Up Day of Awesomeness, please sign up using this link:


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.
Reflections Contest!
Click on the flyer to download

PTA Reflections Program is excited to announce this year’s theme of “Look Within.” Our McAuliffe pride is full of creative students and this is an opportunity for them to share their own unique interpretation of the theme to our community and beyond. The Reflections program is a National Art recognition and achievement program for K-12 students. The categories include Dance Choreography, Literature, Film Production, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. There will be an art showcase in the Spring displaying all of the art pieces for the Los Alamitos School District.
 
Pick up your submission guidelines and entry form today in the Main Office. All entry forms and student’s projects must be turned in by October 18, 2019 in the Main Office. If you have any questions please contact the Reflections Chairperson, Brandi Fullen at  bfullentsfl@gmail.com .
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
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