Issue 20
January 28, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Can you believe that we're about halfway through the school year? Finals--check. January Regents--check. First semester--check.

But we still have lots more to accomplish, experience and enjoy  this second semester. The senior art show series begins this weekend, and there are some great upcoming music performances like the Black History Month Cabaret,  Revolution: The Power of Us  (Click for tickets) next weekend and the Senior Jazz Concert -- which has been rescheduled to  March 9 . And that's not even the half of it!

Our immediate attention right now is focused on Rising Stars 2018: Reach  which opens on Thursday night. We can't wait to see what the kids have in store for us! Although the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out, some seats are still available for the Thursday and Sunday performances. You can buy them here Tickets will also be sold in the lobby on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m And please scroll down to learn how you can help support this event by becoming a sponsor.

As many of you parents know, juggling academics, auditions, rehearsals and applying to colleges can take a toll on our kids. The administration has been working with the PA and the School Leadership Team's Wellness Sub-Committee to come up with ways to support our community as part of a school-wide wellness initiative. As part of this program, we're p leased to announce that we'll have a special guest, Jim Posner, at our February 6th PA meeting at 7:00 p.m., who will speak about mindfulness and its power to reduce stress and boost productivity. He'll also lead us in a meditation workshop. We look forward to seeing you all at this special meeting. Please read on for more details and keep an eye out for the Wellness Committee's mailers.

Going, going, gone! Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets for Dear Evan Hansen -- they are now sold out! We'll pull the winning ticket at the February 6th General PA Meeting and will alert the winner that night.

Please get out your calendars and jot down these dates: the LaGuardia Annual Benefit is on March 5th, and we're planning for this to be a very fun evening. Stay tuned for more details! But in the meantime, you'll be able to purchase tickets to the Benefit in the lobby at the Rising Stars will-call table this weekend.  Also, make note that the annual opera production of  Titanic: The Musical is March 16-18.

Our Spring Online Auction is preparing to launch soon and we're looking for volunteers! We need people to help with solicitations -- so if you have contacts for theatre 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 . Thanks in advance for all of your help. We're looking forward to making this a successful 2018 auction!

A few quick reminders. The deadline for turning in Senior dues without a penalty is this coming Friday, February 2. These cover the graduation costs like caps and gowns, and the yearbook. More details can be found in this issue of the  La! Weekly Bulletin,  page 19.

Also, parents please note that the La! Portal opens on February 5th for student course requests. And last but not least, don't forget to scroll down and check out the summer scholarships and enrichment programs---the deadlines are this week! Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia are offering some wonderful scholarships to students to enrich skills in their talents, plus residencies for female students in architecture and studio art. The Academic Forum has also shared with us an incredible summer STEM program at NYU. You'll find information on how to apply to these, as well some other programs, so please read on.
On a final note, we want to acknowledge all the behind-the-scenes work on the many issues that Dr. Mars has been tirelessly resolving with countless phone calls---like scheduling repairs to the school elevators, replacing water-damaged shop equipment in the tech department (not to mention getting all the leaks fixed) and replacing the electrical and gas equipment in the science labs. This list is much longer than we can include here. Thanks for all you do for our kids, Dr. Mars!

We look forward to seeing you. 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. Read all the way to the end for bonus content!
Upcoming Events

January 29: No School. Chancellor's Conference Day.
February 1: Rising Stars 2018: Reach opens. 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall. Tickets on sale now -- details below.

February 2: Senior dues payment deadline. Click here for more information (Page 19).
February 2: Senior Art Show #1: Blackout opens. 3:30-7:00 p.m. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.
February 2 & 3: Rising Stars 2018: Reach. 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.  Tickets on sale now  -- details below.
February 4: Rising Stars 2018: Reach . 2:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

February 5: La! Portal opens for student course requests. See the Weekly Bulletin for details.

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 on sale now.
February 10: Black History Month Cabaret. 3:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
February 16:  No School. Lunar New Year.
February 19-23:  No School. Mid-Winter Recess.
February 26: School Resumes.

March 3: Senior Art Show #2 opens.

March 5: LaGuardia Arts Annual Benefit: "Broadway Singalong II." Little Flower Theater. Tickets will go on sale online soon, and will be available at this weekend's Rising Stars performances.

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!
You will not want to miss this wonderful student talent show! It's truly a joyous occasion; we guarantee you will be star-struck by our multi-talented teens -- from all studios!

Friday and Saturday performances are already sold out!
Hurry to get tickets for Thursday and Sunday!

All Tickets: $25. Reserved seating.
'Rising Stars' is a fundraiser for the PA,
so there are no reduced price seats.

Just click on the Get Tickets button above, select your seats and we'll see you there!

SUPER STARS: $500 and up
ALL-STARS: $250 - $499
SHOOTING STARS: $100 - $249
RISING STARS: $50 - $99
Enter your sponsorship amount right after you purchase tickets , or you can become a sponsor without a ticket purchase by  clicking here

Questions? Email us at:
Black History Month Cabaret

Come see amazing student performances as well as a host of Broadway stars!
Tickets on sale next week at Rising Stars' will-call.
2 NEW Projects for Spring Semester:
Social Studies and English
1 LIFTOFF Match Offer!

6 Projects were Funded Last Week

HURRAY! Thanks to your phenomenal response to The First Million Fund's double day last week, we funded 6 DonorsChoose projects, totaling over $14,000 in direct support for LaGuardia classrooms and studios -- just in time for Spring Semester! This academic year, we've so far completed 35 DonorsChoose projects. 
Please keep up the momentum by supporting 2 newly posted requests!

NEW PROJECT! iPad Mini for Ms. Steffen's English Classes

English teacher Ms. Steffen , who has never before been funded on DonorsChoose, has a posted a new request for an iPad mini for students to pass around and share during research projects. This week only, type LIFTOFF (and be sure to click 'apply') on the donation page to match up to $50 per individual donor.


*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!

NEW PROJECT! Interactive Prep Platform for Ms. Kingham Cronin's AP World History Classes
Ms. Kingham Cronin is asking for a class site license for's online interactive prep platform to help students prepare for the AP World History exam in May.  Please donate:

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.


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


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!


for Female Junior Art Students
Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 4:00 p.m. 

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is excited to announce our scholarships for summer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, July 8-August 3, 2018. 

If you would like to create art this summer in a residency program in picturesque Johnson, Vermont, we have two scholarships available for junior art majors who identify as female. The fellowship includes:
  • 24-hour access to private studio space 
  • Housing in a private dorm room
  • 3 meals per day (plus snacks)
For a scholarship application visit:
The deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

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 .

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, 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)

Click image to view announcement video

Timothée Chalamet is the youngest best actor nominee in more than 75 years for his lead role in Call Me By Your Name. The 22-year-old LaGuardia High School grad carves out his noteworthy nomination in the category following Jackie Cooper, who was nine when was up for best actor for "Skippy" in 1931, and Mickey Rooney, who was 19 when he earned a nod for "Babes in Arms" in 1939.  NY Daily News

LaGuardia High School's Musical Cast on the Cover of Show Business Magazine for Third Year in a Row!

Kate Louissaint being lifted by Tim Bosco (left) and Matt Ululati. In the background are Atticus Dobbie (behind Kate) and Thomas Locke (on the right). 
Photo: Matt Weber