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Issue 21
February 4, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Weren't the Rising Stars: Reach  performances amazing? The kids dug in deep--there was so much joy, expression, spirit and artistry on display. We had to get out the tissues to wipe away our tears!  All of their hard work over the past few months of rehearsals truly shone through. A big round of applause for the performers, the visual artists, the fantastic tech crew, the talented and tireless faculty and the dedicated parent producers! Well done!

Are you ready for another great weekend with some music? Because the Black History Month Cabaret Revolution: The Power of Us will be onstage Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Get tickets here.


We hope you all will join us at the PA meeting this Tuesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m., after the 6:00 p.m. studio meetings. We're very pleased to have a special guest, Jim Posner, speak about mindfulness and its power to reduce stress and boost productivity. He'll also lead us in a meditation workshop. His presentation is part of a larger initiative the SLT Wellness Subcommittee has been working on with the administration and the PA to support the emotional and mental health of our hardworking students.  As many parents know, the rigor of academics, auditions, rehearsals, college applications and general teenage stuff can take its toll, and we're hoping these wellness programs will help us all navigate through those moments of stress and anxiety.

We'll close the PA meeting by pulling the winning raffle stub for the Dear Evan Hansen tickets! Hope you'll be the lucky winner!

Tickets to the  2018 ANNUAL BENEFIT: RAISE YOUR VOICE TO RAISE SOME FUNDS go on sale Tuesday and we've got a really fun evening in store for you all. What might that be, you wonder? Let us count the ways: See LaGuardia students sing and dance with Broadway Stars!  Enjoy an Art Show and a Live Sculpture Garden, featuring the talents of our amazing students.  Eat and drink after the performance at the Taste of NY Adults-Only Cocktail Party which will be across the street at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts. The Monday, March 5th  event will be a true celebration of everything LaGuardia and all funds raised will support our wonderful school. To get the best rate on tickets, buy them right away during our special flash sale! Stay tuned for our mailer on Monday.

We're also busy collecting donations right now for the upcoming Spring Online Auction. If you have contacts for theater tickets, sporting events, concerts, restaurants, etc. 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 at heatmac@aol.com . Thanks in advance for all of your help. We're looking forward to making this a successful 2018 auction!

Last, but not least, parents please note that the La! Portal opens on February 5th for student course requests and will close on March 6. You can learn more about how this and Naviance work on pages 10 and 11 of the La! Weekly Bulletin.

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: Reach show at www.laguardiahspa.org/DVD.
Upcoming Events

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

February 5: La! Portal opens for student course requests. See the Weekly Bulletin for details. Portal closes on March 6th.

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

February 7: Academic Forum meeting, Programming and the La! Portal, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details below.
 
February 9: Black History Month Cabaret -- REVOLUTION: The Power of US! 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Tickets are no longer available online; remaining seats may be purchased at the door.
February 10: Black History Month Cabaret. 3:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Limited tickets available online.
 
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. Tickets will go on sale online on Tuesday.

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 & 17: Annual Opera, Titanic: The Musical , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 18: Annual Opera, Titanic: The Musical, 5:00 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!
PTA General Meeting
Tuesday, February 6th at 7 p.m.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6th, when Jim Posner, Founder of The Mindful Advantage, will speak about what mindfulness is, how mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help lower stress, increases focus and productivity, and he will give parents some simple mindfulness tools we all can use.

Mr. Posner has worked with individuals, schools, and he has given corporate mindful workshops and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies. He has also given a guided mediation session on Capitol Hill as a guest of a congressman.  Most recently, he lead a four-week workshop training the faculty and staff at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

This session will be informative, and parents will receive valuable information which will benefit all of us.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this meeting!
Black History Month Cabaret
Tickets may also be available at the door.
SAVE THE DATE: LAGUARDIA ANNUAL BENEFIT MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2018  
Questions? Email us at:    LaGRisingStars18@gmail.com
PA RAFFLE

All our raffle tickets sold out!

We will pull the winning ticket at the General PA meeting on Tuesday, February 6th.

Thanks to everyone for your support!
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 .
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:
 
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.
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:

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

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)
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