Issue 23
February 20, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We hope everyone has enjoyed time off this weekend, and we're sure your kids are happy to get some extra hours of sleep this week. We won't keep you long from their Midwinter Recess, but we do have several important reminders of some wonderful events that are coming up quickly.

The LaG Annual Benefit "Raise your Voice to Raise some Funds!" on March 5th will be here before you know it! We've got a great evening in store for you that night: our students singing along with Broadway stars and accompanied by a swinging jazz band, an exhibition of art and a human sculpture garden will be on view in the lobby along with a chance to buy raffles tickets to Broadway shows. And last but certainly not least, we'll have delicious cocktails and food at the adults-only after party across the street at the NYPL for the Performing Arts. We're out of breath just listing some of the highlights, so please scroll down for more details and the full lineup!

All of the studios have some big shows in the not too distant future, and they've been working very hard to get ready for them. The Senior Art Show #2 opens March 2nd. The Senior Jazz Concert is March 9th, and the Opera Workshop's annual production this year is the Tony Award winning Titanic:The Musical, which we can't wait to experience on March 16-18. The cast and crew have been working around the clock on set designs, costumes, rehearsing and fine-tuning elements of the show. It's going to be epic!
It goes without saying that a production of such large proportions requires significant funding. Please support the Opera Workshop with a donation to Titanic by Wednesday, February 21st and you'll receive a personal placement in the Titanic Playbill. You'll find more information about how to be part of this maiden voyage by scrolling down.

The senior drama students and tech studio are also deeply involved in preparations for their upcoming Spring Drama Festival (known as the SDFs in LaG lingo). These performances are an incredible testament to the studio's four years of training. Please consider becoming an SDF sponsor and be listed in the Playbill! You'll find more information about this by scrolling down.

Some other quick news: We'll have Michael Terry (a former LaG parent) speak about financial planning for college at the March 6th general PA meeting at 6:00 p.m. You can read more about his work here. And the Academic Forum will discuss the ACT vs. SAT with Kristina Semos from Ivy Lounge Test Prep on March 7 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Keep those awesome auction donations coming in! If every family brings in one donation, just imagine the bounty of wonderful items we'd have for bidding! Here are some ideas: gift certificates to restaurants or spas, unique experiences and 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!

Some other quick reminders: the LaG portal for student course requests closes on March 6. And the deadline for applying to the NYSSSA program is rapidly approaching. For more information visit:

Enjoy the rest of the week! 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

Join us for the LaGuardia Annual Benefit on Monday, March 5th - Broadway Stars and Grammy-nominated artists from HAMILTON, MY FAIR LADY and MAMMA MIA raise the roof with talented LaG students -- all backed by a kickin' 12-piece band featuring Broadway's world-class pit players with our own LaG student musicians. Not to be missed!

And here's the best part: YOU are invited sing along with these fantastic performers on select Broadway favorites (Lyrics provided!) Just try to keep from singing along... we dare you!

Added bonus - there will be special video "sneak peeks" from backstage on Broadway, with special messages for the LaGuardia family!

***NEW: Sponsor the Benefit and get 5 free raffle tickets worth $50! Sponsorship tickets start at $250 and include premium seats
for the Broadway Singalong, the after party at the NYPL, and recognition in the Program.

So get ready to have a fantastic time - and come raise your voice and raise some funds!

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

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:  Opera Workshop Presents  Titanic: The Musical , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 17: Opera Workshop Presents Titanic: The Musical, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 18: Opera Workshop Presents  Titanic: The Musical, 2 :00 p.m. Concert Hall.

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

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

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

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

April 8: School resumes

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!



Help fund our three amazing spring productions:


CLICK HERE for details
Questions? Email us at:

***LIFTOFF matching grant only through Wed., Feb 21st.***
Ms. Curiale's Fashion Illustration Classes
Ms. Curiale - never before been funded on DonorsChoose -- has a new Fashion Illustration project. Her students need supplies, including fabric, thread, and embroidery materials, to help them build fashion pieces based on their original illustrations. 
Now through this Wednesday, Feb. 21st, donations up to $50 will be matched when you use promo code LIFTOFF on the payment page.  To donate:


*LIFTOFF is available   only  for teachers posting a DonorsChoose project for the very first time - and only during the first week a project is posted - so let's take full advantage of this one-time-only, time-limited opportunity now through February 21st only to apply LIFTOFF to MS. CURIALE'S Project!

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.
    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:
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

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)