Issue 22
February 11, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Before we launch into our usual song of praise about our wonderful students and their accomplishments, we want to make sure you all have gotten tickets to the LaG Annual Benefit "Raise your Voice to Raise some Funds!" on March 5th. If not, please hurry, because the Early Bird Pricing Ends Thursday, February 15th. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. It's going to be a really fun evening and we can't wait to spend it with you! You can read all about it by scrolling down. 

Parents, you may want to encourage your kids to avail themselves of a special opportunity to participate in the Benefit this March. Heidi Latsky, a LaG senior parent, is recreating her internationally renowned art installation ON DISPLAY for LaGuardia students on the evening of the benefit. Her piece is a human sculpture court--a meditative experience designed to challenge both performers and audience. All students are invited to participate and no performance experience is required. If interested, please contact and/or come to room 806 on Monday March 5th at 4:30 to rehearse and then perform immediately from 6:30-7:30 in the lobby.

We're happy to report that some items are coming in for our Spring Online Auction. Keep up the good soliciting! If every family brought in one donation, just imagine how much we'd have to auction. Here are some ideas for donations: gift certificates to restaurants or spas, unique experiences, fitness memberships. And everyone loves tickets to the theater, opera, sporting events and concerts. Please download the form and mail it in. If you'd like to help in any other way, or have suggestions for donations, please contact Heather MacAllister Thanks in advance for all of your help!

Marissa Effman was the lucky winner of two seats to Dear Evan Hansen! Thanks to all who participated in the raffle. We sold all 250 raffle stubs and raised nearly $5,000. 

Now, back to the kids. A huge round of applause to the Black Student Union for their inspiring and uplifting cabaret Revolution: The Power of Us performances this weekend for Black History Month. Congrats to all of the performers, stage crew and to BSU advisor Veronica Martin. Bravo!

We also want to congratulate some visual artists on their very first exhibition as part of Rising Stars last weekend. Approximately 23 student pieces were on display in the lobby, chosen from nearly 70 submissions, and were curated by three junior and three senior students. The submissions were open to students from across all studios. The student curators also designed the displays and hung the selected pieces. You can read the names of all the artists involved by scrolling down. Congrats to all, and to Ms. O'Connell for her support!

Before we sign off, here's another reminder that the La! Portal is open for student course requests and will close on March 6. 
We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. Don't forget to order your DVD of  Rising Stars 2018: Reach at


RAISE YOUR VOICE TO RAISE SOME FUNDS! Our acclaimed Broadway Singalong is BACK on  March 5th, 2018 ! Featuring 
Broadway stars performing alongside LaGuardia students. 

Your show and party ticket includes:
  • An original art show
  • Living sculpture court
  • Jazz band 
  • Taste of New York AFTER PARTY at the NYPL (adults only.) 


Don't forget to also buy RAFFLE TICKETS TO BROADWAY SHOWS WITH BACKSTAGE TOURS! Shows include the much anticipated FROZEN, CAROUSEL and two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters in  HELLO, DOLLY!

Click HERE for raffles. Restricted number of tickets available.


Upcoming Events

Ongoing until February 14: Senior Art Show #1: Blackout
opens. 3:30-7:00 p.m. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.

February 16:  No School. Lunar New Year.
February 19-23:  No School. Mid-Winter Recess.
February 26: School Resumes.

March 1: Planning for College III, for juniors and their families, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

March 2: Senior Art Show #2 opens.

March 5: LaGuardia Arts Annual Benefit: "Broadway Singalong II." Little Flower Theater. Early-Bird Tickets on sale now -- Click Here.

March 6: La! Portal closes -- last day for class selection online.

March 6: PA MEETINGS. Studios 6:00 p.m., General PA 7:00 p.m.

March 8: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

March 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

March 9: Senior Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

March 14: PFLAG Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m. Library.

March 14: Academic Forum: Understanding AP Courses, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

March 16: Senior Art Show #3 Opening.

March 16: Annual Opera, Titanic: The Musical , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 17: Annual Opera,Titanic: The Musical, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 18: Annual Opera, Titanic: The Musical, 5:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
Click Here to Sponsor the Opera.

March 20: LaGuardia Choral Concert at Riverside Church, 7:30 p.m.

March 22, 23 & 24:  SDF #1 You Can't Take it With You, 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

March 25: SDF #1 You Can't Take it With You, 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

March 30-April 6: Spring Break. No School.

The La! Portal is open for student course requests. See the Weekly Bulletin for details. Portal closes on March 6th.

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!


Questions? Email us at:
The Mindfulness Project at LaG

Ms. Contreras' Yoga students need a mindfulness tool to help them reduce their anxiety and depression. Mindfulness, the simple and powerful practice of training your attention, has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation. Ms. Contreras has requested 250 copies of The Mindfulness Project's I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal.

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.
Are you interested in seeing one of the Senior Art Shows? Please make an appointment with our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Price, or your child's Art Teacher.

Congratulations to the students who participated in the wonderful art exhibit that took place as part of Rising Stars and the work that went in to it prior to the show. Approximately 23 student pieces were exhibited and 3 juniors and 3 seniors were chosen for the job of curator out of a pool of applicants. They chose the works of art to be displayed out of almost 70 submitted pieces, designed displays, hung and curated the work. Thanks also goes out to Ms. O'Connell for her support of the Art Studio.

Painting by Nicolas Potoskie '18

Arctic Photographs by Stina Trollbäck '18 
Aidan Rogers
Lillian Benkoil
Talia Mamane
Isabelle Kwong
Ronan Antoin Madden
Kara McCarthy
Jolene Fernandez
Zoe Vassiliou
Hyo Jung (Jenny) An
Eleanor Gresham
Kayla Gonzalez
Nicolas Potoskie
Clementine Williams
Charlotte Jones
Scyler Byrne
Alice Rojas
Faye Arranz
Chloe Berry
Westine Leung
Stina Trollbäck
Olivia Nesbitt
Naima Mamataz
Lenore Hernandez
Senior Curators:

Ilan Belokon
Kelly Chen
Luna Doherty-Ryoke
Junior Curators:
Henry Allan
Allie Godwin
Olivia Ramo
    If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14-24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job. 

Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) Summer Program for High School Women

Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) is a FREE, three-week, full-day summer program providing an introduction for high school women on the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. No background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply, only your interest and enthusiasm. The program is led by members of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory. We are excited to announce that this year's CS4CS program will be supported by  The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). 
We are looking for young women who are rising 9th through 12th grade students (entering these grades in September 2018) who live within daily commuting distance to NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn NY, 11201. The program meets Monday-Friday for three weeks starting July 9th, 2018.
Application Due: April 6 th, 2018. Click here for more information.
Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering
The Academic Forum has shared with us this great summer learning opportunity:

The  Center for K12 STEM Education at  NYU Tandon School of Engineering  is accepting applications for our sixth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in  Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering ( ARISE ), a free summer research program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Selected students will conduct authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in one of more than 24 active labs on NYU's campus, investigating a range of scientific, interdisciplinary questions in engineering, computer/data science and life sciences. In addition, ARISE students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous 175 ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work. All have gained critical new academic and professional skills.
To learn more about ARISE and apply for summer 2018, visit the program's website The application deadline is March 1st, 2018 at 5 p.m.
We are looking for:
  • New York City residents who are completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2018.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering or math.
  • Students that will attend the program, full time, from July 2, 2018 to August 17, 2018.
  • Students that can make and fulfill commitments, and show timeliness and persistence.

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.
  • The deadline to apply to Ladders for Leaders is March 17th, 2018 
Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question and résumé. For more information,  click here , or call Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 .

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:
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.

Juniors: All About Me survey is now open on Naviance.

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.

Here's some helpful information from Tulane's admissions office on the subject of 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.

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.
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:

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.
(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:
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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

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!

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

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

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

Monday, June 4th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General (ELECTIONS)