Goodbye to 42nd Street! -- Additional photos at the end of this newsletter.           (Click to enlarge image)
Issue 15
December 17, 2017
 
Dear LaGuardia Families,

It's a wrap! After eight mesmerizing performances that had us all thoroughly spellbound, 42nd Street had its final curtain call Sunday night. We watched these shows filled not only with awe at the artistry and professionalism on display onstage, but pride in the students' and teachers' hard work and dedication that went into producing this amazing production. And to think that many of these teenagers are also juggling calculus, AP lit and applying to colleges! 
 
A standing ovation to the cast, crew and orchestra, as well as the tirelessly devoted faculty and parent volunteers who made these past two weekends so special.
 
As with all LaG shows and events, it's really wonderful to see our school community come together to support the kids. It was grand, grand, GRAND of you to come!
  
The next opportunity for loading up on more cheer and enjoy another beautiful show is Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. for the Gospel Chorus's annual holiday concert Click for tickets .
 
A few quick reminders: Juniors, the college process begins now: the  All About Me survey opens via Naviance on December 19. You can read more about this in the La! Weekly Bulletin on page 17. 

The deadline for art submissions to Rising Stars has been extended to FRIDAY Dec. 22nd. This exhibit will showcase the impressive talents of students whose art spans beyond the stage.  For details go to https://www.lagrs.com . Make sure to take a picture of your art and email it to Jackdermer18@gmail.com (this is very important).   All submissions will be judged by a panel of students, producers, and directors. 
 
Also, another friendly reminder that you can effortlessly support LaGuardia while doing your holiday shopping on Amazon. Just click on our Amazon web link, and you'll be taken to the Amazon home page where you can shop as you normally do. Don't worry about not seeing mention of the LaGuardia PA here---it looks and feels just like the usual Amazon web site (because it is!) but by using our specific link, Amazon will donate an average of 6% or more of your total purchase to our PA! That adds up to lots of money that will help support our school. Happy shopping! Here's the link:  https://www.amazon.com/?&tag=laghspa-20
 
We've got more great news to share with you-including a heart-warming story about two of our junior students, as well as some exciting news about two of our alums, so please read on.
 
Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you,
 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
 
P.S. The Art Studio is planning a reception for the Semi-Annual Art Show, which will be held on Friday January 5, 2018 from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Please reach out to  Tricia Kampton  if you have contacts in the food or restaurant industry who can donate food/beverages, or if you have an idea for procuring a donated item we can raffle.
Upcoming Events

December 19: Gospel Chorus Presents: A Season of Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Click for tickets.
 
December 25-January 1: Winter Break. No School.

January 2: School Resumes.

January 2: General PA meeting, 6:00 p.m. Studio meetings, 7:00 p.m.

January 3: Teen Relationships Workshop for students, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Library.

January 5:  Semi-Annual Art Exhibit opening, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mezzanine and Art Gallery.

January 5 & 6: Semi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

January 8: Winter Musicale #1, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
January 9: Winter Musicale #2, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
January 10: Winter Musicale #3, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

For a printable list of upcoming important Parents Association and Academic Forum meetings, click here .
 
For more information, check the LaGuardia School Calendar, the PA Calendar, and this printable Performance and Exhibition Calendar.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
LAST CHANCE TO APPLY!
Alumni & Friends  Mini-Grants 
for Clubs and Faculty-Led Projects
 
Apply for extracurricular activity
grants of up to $500!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 3pm

Submit Signed Applications to the A&F Office, Room 853


Alumni & Friends (A&F) is pleased to announce the opportunity for LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant. A&F Mini-Grants provide up to $500 for special extracurricular student activities or faculty led extracurricular projects. Funding is limited and decided by the A&F Grants Committee. 

Requests for support must provide detailed information about how the funds will be used AND meet the following criteria:
  • Clubs must have a faculty advisor, and the designated faculty advisor must be present at all club meetings and events
  • Funding is for activities or projects that are not funded by the DOE
  • Mini-Grants do not fund sports teams or food and beverages
  • Benefit eight or more students
For more information and to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant, go to alumniandfriends.org/mini-grants.

DYCD's   Ladders for Leaders  is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
  • Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests
  • Opportunity to join a growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program.
Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question and résumé. Please click here to apply , or call Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 to learn more.
DonorsChoose
 
Three LaGuardia Teachers
Have Special Requests
For AP Psychology, Chem &
Learning Skills Classrooms
 
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of any amount to any of 3 current LaGuardia teachers' requests on DonorsChoose. Thank you!

8 Donors So Far!
SHEEP BRAINS and Super Supplies Needed for AP PSYCH
Mrs. McGoey's students need sheep brains and other supplies to conduct hands-on learning experiences that will prepare them for their  AP Psychology exam in May.
Please donate: http://bit.ly/lagmcgoey2 .

15 Donors So Far!
LAPTOPS for STEM CLASSROOMS!
Mr. Rahman's Chemistry students need laptops and a charging cart.




20 Donors so Far!
LEARNING SKILLS CLASS NEEDS LAPTOPS and CHARGING CART!
Mr. Harkness teaches Learning Skills classes. Help his students stay on track with 12 new HP Chromebooks and a Luxor charging cart.
Click to donate: http://bit.ly/lagharkness1


Thank you for your support!

DonorsChoose  is a nonprofit organization that allows private individuals to donate to public school classroom projects. LaGuardia teachers post many project requests on DonorsChoose throughout the school year for one simple reason: the NYC Department of Education does not provide many of the materials, technology and other essentials that make LaGuardia great.

In the past three years, 100% of our faculty's requests have been funded by parents and other generous supporters.

DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs. bit.ly/dcmatch
APPLY NOW: LEARNING GARDENS HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAM

The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in
five months of garden based learning , exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity . Students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation. 

Learning Gardens
Who: High School Freshman, Sophomores & Juniors

When: February - June 2018
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018


For more information on Learning Gardens High School training program contact mhara@cityparksfoundation.org or call (212)360-2744.

 
Swell Supporters:
The Barenholtz and Itzkowitch Families
The Kahn Family
Natasha Labovitz
Eugene M. Lang Foundation
Isaac Mizrahi
The Zahn/Simons Family
 
Grand Givers:
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Barbieri
The Family of Isabela Ferrer
The Kern Family
The Keingstein Family
Don Roy King
Dr. Gail E. Schupak, DMD Orthodontics
Kathia and Daniel Gamba
The Sperling Family
Kim and Rusty Thrasher
The Zwick-Schachter Family
 
Nifty Notables:
Jonathan and Ellen Coven
Simone Dinnerstein and Jeremy Greensmith
The Eschmann and Stefanick Families
Christine and John Gachot
Irene Glazer
Hanne Larsen
The Muench Family
Katharyn Pinder
The Semmens Family
ATTENTION FEMALE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS!

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is pleased to announce an amazing scholarship opportunity for junior and senior female architecture students!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Applications must be received by February 1st, 2018.

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for  2018 SUMMER STUDY 
for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Are you considering a program next summer to further your talent in your studio?  A&F may be able to help you with a scholarship!
COLLEGE CORNER

All families (freshman through senior) are encouraged to read the  Guidance Winter To-Do List.

Junior and Senior Families: Here's a list of important college planning events from the Guidance Department:
 
December 19 :  JUNIORS: All About Me survey opens via Naviance.
 
March 1: College Planning Night for Juniors III.  6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
 
Week of March 5 : College Kick-Off Week for Juniors! Various locations.
 
March 28: College and Conservatory Fair at LaGuardia. 6:00 p.m.

Seniors: College application deadlines are imminent. Make sure to visit the web sites of each university you're applying to and check for their admissions requirements and advice.

For example, a friend (and LaG parent) recently visited Tulane University, and here's what its admissions office had to share about application materials:
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:   Stop by your guidance counselor's office to get a free FAFSA guide!!  The "How to Guide" helps you navigate the FAFSA application.  It explains how to complete the form, what questions will be asked and why the information asked is necessary.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, DON'T HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR!

Seniors! This is a critical time in your application process and there's lots of information to keep track off. Click to read these important reminders from the Guidance Department

Senior and Junior Parents , to learn more about Naviance and how your child should be utilizing it right now, refer to this issue of the  Weekly Bulletin , on page 13.  If you have not signed up, you will be at a major disadvantage in terms of getting updates, newsletters, recommendations and other help from the guidance department. Naviance is a crucial tool to your child's college application success.

Here are Senior College Newsletters 1-4 and additional communications from the Guidance Office.

See also:


Please contact Allison Price, our Parent Coordinator, for PupilPath and Naviance log-in information. APrice7@schools.nyc.gov
The American Museum of Natural History is offering a series of information sessions and workshops focused on making informed choices about preparing for, applying to and paying for college, and learning to manage your own money in the process. Online pre-registration is requested, and links to register will be available approximately one month before each information session.

The current schedule of information sessions (subject to change) is:


HELP WANTED!

We are looking for volunteers who can work with senior parents to help and take over some of our most important PA projects:

FUNDRAISING: Work with Debbie Teitelbaum and other graduating parents to keep the continuity in our fundraising initiatives, including Charity Buzz and Bidding For Good. Come join the team!

HOSPITALITY: Work with Kat Ramirez this year to learn the ropes for this very important function. Connect with many members of our community as you help make events special and inviting.

Interested or have ideas?

You can also sign up to volunteer here:  http://laguardiahspa.org/volunteer/
Get a Clean Closet and Earn Money for LaGuardia Arts!
 
There's no better time than now to clean out your closets for a good cause!
Sign up for a Schoola bag!
 
By cleaning out your closet and putting a sweater and a coat into one of these pre-paid bags, you're helping to raise money for LaGuardia. You can do this multiple times, so even if you've sent in a bag earlier click the link  and get a new one!
 
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program,  click here



Parents and guardians of NYC public school kids can be eligible for FREE Wi-Fi at home through The New York Public Library's Library
HotSpot program, designed for patrons without home internet.

For more information, click here.
REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINK BELOW WHEN YOU SHOP!
(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)

Don't forget to make your contributions to the
All-School Appeal and to your Studio! 
Every dollar goes to support our students and we need everyone to  pitch in.
Click HERE and do it today!
 

Subscribe to the School Calendar:
 
You can have the school calendar automatically appear on your phone, device or computer calendar.

For instructions, click here.
 

We try to reach as many LaGuardia parents as possible. If you know a parent who is not getting these emails, please have them sign up by going to www.laguardiahspa.org/emailsignup.

Fill out all of the information needed and make sure you click the LaGuardia Families list and your student's studio list. Fill out all of the information requested for LaGuardia Families (put in the studio and graduation year of the student or you will NOT get emails from your studio or for your student's specific year - for example, college news for seniors).
 
Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
PA MEETING DATES

Tuesday, January 2nd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios 

Tuesday, February 6th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General

Tuesday, March 6th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Wednesday, April 10th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General 

Wednesday, May 23rd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Monday, June 4th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General (ELECTIONS)
CURTAIN CALL
A few parting shots of the cast, crew and musicians.  Click on the images to enlarge.
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