You Can't Take It with You Cast, Crew and Director ("Mr. K")
Issue 28
March 25, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,
 
We're still swooning from that transportive experience of hearing the Choral ensemble's performance at Riverside Church last week. Congrats to the singers and their talented teachers, and many thanks to all the volunteers who helped the students get to and from their rehearsals.  We're also feeling giddy from the madcap and truly charming run of  SDF #1:You Can't Take It with You over the weekend. The breadth and depth of talent at this school never ceases to amaze us. The set and costumes were stunning---and fireworks!?!  A hearty round of applause for the performers, tech crew and dedicated faculty, plus a huge thanks to all who volunteered. Well done!
 
If you haven't already completed your NYC School Survey, it's not too late! The survey deadline has been extended to March 29. This annual and confidential survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community have to say about the learning environment at each school. Your feedback helps both LaGuardia and the Department of Education understand what you think our school does well and how you think it can improve---so your participation is extremely important!  And be sure to have your children take the school survey. After all, this is where they spend five days a week! Don't miss this opportunity to tell them what you think! You can respond to the survery at nycschoolsurvey.org. Use the code lookup tool on the survey login screen or call the survey hotline at 1-877-819-2363.  You can also find instructions on how to fill out the survey, and more information about where the feedback goes here (Just ignore the deadline date.)
 
Thanks to what we hope was the last blast of winter last week, the PSAT and SAT test day has been rescheduled for April 24. The freshmen field trip to the American Museum of Natural History and the senior trip to the World Trade Center Observatory are also rescheduled for that day. The kids will need to submit a new permission form for this new date, as the previous form is now void. You can download it here (pages 11-13). 
Once again, we're going to need chaperones for these field trips, so please keep an eye out for our volunteer spot mailers  from volunteer coordinator Kat Ramirez and sign up to help if you can .

We also suggest you check out the AP exam schedule, which is posted on page 14 of the Weekly Bulletin. Kaplan Test Prep is offering some free AP test preparation links, which you can find by scrolling down.

One month to go!  Our annual online auction opens on April 23rd and we still need more items. If anyone has access to theater, ballet, concert, opera and sports tickets please email us at lagdonate@gmail.com. If each family could donate at least 1 item, it would be an amazing support for all studios and academics. Any ideas---spas, restaurants, fitness classes, art supplies, unique experiences, studio tours, music and dance classes...be creative...anything goes!  We need your support to make this a successful auction to support ALL of our children. Thanks to all for helping and any questions or suggestions please email Heather MacAllister, Auction Committee, at lagdonate@gmail.com Please check out this link to our auction web page   for a copy of our donation form and a list of ideas for donations.

We look forward to seeing you soon -- and enjoy spring recess!
 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. The Black Student Union clothing drive continues through the end of the month. Please read on for more details. And we've got some bonus goodies for reading all the way to the bottom again, so please stay with us!

Choral Concert at Riverside Church.   Photo: Diana Ventura

Upcoming Events

March 28: La! Annual College & Conservatory Fair. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

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

April 8: School resumes

April 10: Studio meetings, 6:00 p.m. General PA meeting, 7:00 p.m.
 
April 13:    New Musical Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert , 7:30 p.m Concert Hall.
 
April 17:    Show Choir Concert , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall .
 
April 20:  Senior Art Show #4 Opening . 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
 
April 20:  Gospel Concert , 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
 
April 23:  Spring Musicale #1 , 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

April 24: PSAT and SAT Testing Day; Field Trip Day.
 
April 26-28:  SDF #2, August: Osage County , 7:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Note early curtain time.
 
April 29: SDF #2 August: Osage County , 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

CLICK HERE FOR PERFORMANCE TICKETS

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!
Dates: Mar 5-29
Reception: Mar 29, 5- 7pm

An exploration of mixed media works by teen artists from
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (Ingrid Butterer, Art Teacher) and High School for Environmental Studies (Ikuko Wakiya, Art Teacher).

Teachers College, Columbia University | Program in Art and Art Education
Ma Hafeli, Director | Jaclyn Griner, Macy Art Gallery Coordinator

We're entering the home stretch for AP students, and as exam dates are approaching, we know that many students are clamoring for additional review resources to help support their studies.
 
Kaplan can help with a suite of all new study books, designed to help students study efficiently and effectively. Their study books were designed with the feedback of AP teachers across the country and the great news is that they have Kindle editions for AP World History, US History, Calculus AB, and Biology available for free on Amazon from now until the test dates!  

Students can download the free books at the following links:
 
 
Students can also enter to win a print copy of any of these books through Kaplan's Free Book Friday sweepstakes.
 
Students can enter the contest at http://kaplanquizzes.com/ap-exam/free-book-friday/. Winners are selected on Friday, March 23rd, and Friday March 30th!

To see a full list of Kaplan's AP review resources, please visit www.kaptest.com/ap


Questions: Contact robin.kaufman@kaplan.com
DonorsChoose

2 NEW PROJECTS!
One Matching Grant from Verizon!
 
Mr. Rahman
has posted a technology request for his Chemistry classroom. A Verizon matching grant will automatically double all donations: Only $883 is needed to fund $1,766 worth of Lenovo computers, plus an
iPad (and protective case). The new technology will supplement laptops acquired via a recent DonorsChoose project, and will expand students' access to electronic assignments as well as their ability to analyze data from science labs.
To donate: bit.ly/lagrahman2
 
Ms. Contreras' Yoga students need The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens." Your support has fueled my enthusiasm to pursue additional projects that address the well-being of my students, Ms Contreras wrote to donors after her recent project was funded. "Having the tools they need to assist them as they navigate the stress life presents will help prepare them for future challenges." To donate: bit.ly/lagcontreras2

At LaGuardia, we've funded 40 classroom and studio projects this academic year with remarkable support from our own community and beyond.
THANK YOU!


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
BSU Presents: Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Date: Ongoing through March 30, 2018

Drop-off Location: Front Lobby near the statues

What is the drive about:
What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of women's clothing we are looking for to distribute to our clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life. Additionally, many of our clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered, and suitable for wearing to job interviews.

The New York locations are in need of women's plus-size business attire from sizes 16-24.

CLOTHING ACCEPTED:
  • Coordinated, contemporary, interview-appropriate skirt and pant suits
  • Blouses appropriate for interviews and a work environment
  • Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry and scarves
  • Practical and professional handbags and briefcases
  • Season-appropriate coats
CLOTHING NOT ACCEPTED:
  • Non-professional clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Used undergarments
  • Used pantyhose
  • Evening wear
  • Jeans and other casual clothes
  • Used cosmetics
    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. The deadline to submit applications is 3/30/2018.

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.
COLLEGE CORNER

All families (freshman through senior) are encouraged to read the  Guidance To-Do List.

Junior and Senior Families: Here's a list of important college planning events from the Guidance Department:
 
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, 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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