“For it is in giving that we receive.” St. Francis of Assisi
Happy 2020! As we enter this new year, we are reminded that one of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the gift of one’s heart and soul. I am proud to say that there are many examples of this right here at McGaugh. The week prior to our Winter Break, we acknowledged the following individuals for the kindness, generosity, and “heart and soul” they bring or have brought to McGaugh:
Carrie Weil, Instructional Assistant: Carrie was recently awarded the Los Al Classified Employee of the Year in the category of Para Educator/Instructional Aide by our Los Al Board of Trustees President, Meg Cutuli and Superintendent, Dr. Andrew Pulver. We surprised her at our holiday assembly on Friday, December 20. Her entire family was there to celebrate her, including daughter Ms. Tayler Martin, a Special Education teacher here at McGaugh. Teachers who have had the privilege to have Carrie Weil in their classrooms repeatedly state how committed she is; how responsible she feels about making students feel safe and valued; how positively she manages the most challenging situations; and how important these children are in her life. We are proud to have this special woman and Los Al Classified Employee of the Year at McGaugh!
Spirit of Giving: Fourth grade students Sohl Vadecha, Joanne Marki, Emma Livingston, Megan Farmer, Sienna Frank, and third grader Elena Marki demonstrated true holiday spirit when they established a toy drive for boys and girls in the hospital during the holidays. Their efforts included establishing a goal to bring joy to those less fortunate; creating a harmonious and beautifully articulated series of morning announcements; decorating boxes to collect toys and books; and, finally, delivering 15 boxes of great gifts donated by our wonderful school community to children at Miller’s Children’s Hospital. I could not be prouder of these outstanding young ladies who were recognized with the McGaugh Spirit of Giving Award on Friday, December 20. See photos. (Unfortunately, the wonderful Sohl Vadecha and Sienna Frank were not present for the assembly.)
Mrs. Tina Fenner, Office and Attendance Clerk: In addition to Carrie Weil being recognized, Mrs. Tina Fenner, who worked at McGaugh for many years, the last two as an outstanding attendance and office clerk, was also recognized as a Los Al Classified Employee of the Year in the category of Office/Technical. If you know Tina Fenner, you are not surprised and I know you are as proud as we are at McGaugh. She is now at Los Al High School doing great things in the Registrar’s office.
These outstanding individuals, both big and small, are examples of heart and soul and how we can learn from them in how to treat one another in the coming year. Role models come in all shapes, sizes, and positions.
I invite you all to attend our first PTA meeting of 2020 on Thursday morning at 8:10 in the McGaugh Auditorium. Assistant Superintendent of Education Services, Ondrea Reed, will speak to us about the importance of building Self-Efficacy in our children. And speaking of great role models, a big thank you to PTA President Farnaz Pardasani for her desire and efforts to create a PTA culture of awareness, opportunity, and inclusivity. We both hope to see you on Thursday morning!
Roni Ellis, Principal