Issue 17
January 7, 2018
 
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Baby, it's cold outside! But we all somehow managed to get through this frigid and frosty week back at school -- except for that snow day! In fact, we did better than that. The Art Studio had a truly lovely opening for the Semi-Annual Art Exhibit on Friday evening, followed by the Music Studio's tremendous Semi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, which again performed on Saturday night. We felt lucky to be able to experience so much great art in one weekend, and it warmed our spirits. Congrats to all!
 
You'll have lots of opportunities to hear more music this week at the Winter Musicales. These showcase the various music ensembles, and they're always a pleasure. The full schedule of performances can be found in the flyer, so please scroll down.
 
Although it's hard to fathom, when the temperature outside is hovering just above the single digits -- but it's time for your kids to make summer plans!  There are tons of great educational and arts enrichment programs out there, but these all have deadlines that are rapidly approaching. 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. And the Academic Forum has 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, by scrolling down.
 
In other news, Regents Week is coming up. For those of you new to public high school, the only students who attend on Regents Week are those who are there to take a Regents exam, a jury exam or are called for rehearsals.  For all others, this week in January is basically another holiday week for your kids. You can read more about this in the La! Weekly Bulletin on page 9.

Finally, we wanted to share some news about our physical education teacher, Asimoula Makresia. Her infant son became seriously ill and was hospitalized over the holidays. Please consider offering her your support as she navigates this difficult time. For more information, please click here.

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

Ongoing through January 20: Semi-Annual Art Exhibit. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.

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

January 9: PFLAG Gender Inclusivity subcommittee meeting,  3:30 pm.
Please join us if you want to get involved in working towards a more inclusive and supportive environment at LaGuardia for LGBTQ students. For more information, click here.

January 10: Winter Musicale #3, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall. Details below.

January 15:  No School. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

January 17: PFLAG Meeting. 6:00-7:30 p.m.
 
January 19: Senior Dance Showcase. Performances at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.  
January 20: Senior Dance Showcase. Performances at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
 
January 22-25: Regents Exams Week. No school, except for students taking an exam, have a jury or who are called for rehearsal. Click here for more information (See page 9).

January 26: No School. Scoring Day.
 
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 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 9: Black History Month Cabaret. 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Tickets on sale now -- Click here.
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.

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!
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!

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SUMMER RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY
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: alumniandfriends.org/Vermont
 
The deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
DonorsChoose
 
Four LaGuardia Teacher requests:
Art Studio, AP Psychology, Chemistry & Learning Skills Classrooms

Thanks to your remarkable generosity, we've funded 28 projects for LaGuardia classrooms and studios so far this academic year -- including hundreds of books, new classroom technology, yoga mats, musical instruments and lots of art supplies!

Over the break, Ms. Park's two Art Studio projects, for drying racks and X-Acto knives, were completed. 

We've got four current projects -- a brand-new one for the Art Studio and three that have attracted many donors but need more support. 

Thank you for maintaining our momentum!

NEW PROJECT!
Storage Cases for Digital Media
Ms. Wittels has posted a new request for a classroom set of 34 storage cases to protect the Wacom digital drawing tablets recently purchased by the PA for the Art Studio's Digital Media courses. Please help ensure long use of this new equipment: 

44% Funded! 13 Donors So Far!
SHEEP BRAINS 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

65% and 20 Donors So Far!
LAPTOPS for Science & Math CLASSROOMS!


Mr. Rahman is working on funding laptops and a charging cart not just for his Chemistry classroom but to be shared by the Science and Math departments





2/3 Funded and 23 Donors so Far!
LAPTOPS and CHARGING CART for Mr. Harkness' Students


Mr. Harkness's project for 12 new HP Chromebooks and a Luxor charging cart for his Learning Skills classes is 2/3 funded! Please help us fund the remaining 33%!
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
USE PRE-SALE CODE ReachOut18


  
It's time for
RISING STARS 2018
the annual LaGuardia all-school talent show!

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

If you've been to Rising Stars before, we know you're already clicking on the GET TICKETS link and the pre-sale code: ReachOut18 -- and you're quickly trying to figure out which of your favorite friends or family you'll invite -- because you know they'll love it!

If you've never been to Rising Stars, don't hesitate -- tickets go fast and this is your chance to get the best seats! You'll get bonus points from your loved ones if you surprise them with seats!


Just click on the Get Tickets button above, enter the Pre-Sale Code: ReachOut18, select your seats and we'll see you there!
Questions? Email us at:    LaGRisingStars18@gmail.com

Just click on the
"Get Ticketsbutton   
above, enter the
pre-sale code: ReachOut18 and
get your pick of the best seats
before the general public!
 
All Tickets: $25. Reserved seating.
 
'Rising Stars' is a fundraiser for the PA, so there are no reduced price seats.

A very limited number of tickets will be held for sale at school in the main lobby starting a week or so before the show. Cash, credit and debit cards, and checks (from LaGuardia families) will be accepted. However, the best seats are available online NOW!

Proceeds benefit the Parents Association
NYC 2018 Summer Arts Institute 
 
Summer Arts Institute is a FREE, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2018.

The application period is 12/6/2017 - 1/19/2018  
 
For more information, and to apply for the Summer Arts Institute,  click here .
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.
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.

 
Damaras Obi
Don't miss the stage adaptation of the acclaimed, multi-award-winning memoir, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, by Lynda Blackmon Lowery.

Developed at LaGuardia High School in 2015, adapted and directed by  Ally Sheedy  and featuring LaGuardia Alumna Damaras Obi, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is set to play at the Sanctuary Theater at the Center at West Park (165 West 86th Street) from January 10-20.

Singers from the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir will open performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and the special Benefit Performance on Monday, January 15th.
Ally Sheedy

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom lets audiences of all ages experience what it took to struggle nonviolently and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

General admission tickets are $25, $10 for students, and special group rates are also available for school groups for both weekday and weekend shows. 

For more information and tickets, click here.

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:


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, 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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