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Issue 25
March 4, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Although LaGuardia alum Timothée Chalamet (Drama '13) did not take home the Oscar for best actor, we want to congratulate him for the nomination and give him BIG thank you for the HUGE shout out he gave to LaGuardia on the Oscars red carpet! Click here to see the interview, which includes a video featuring LaGuardia's Harry Shifman and our Drama students!  Congrats also go to Chalamet for winning the IFC Spirit Award for Best Male Lead.  Click here to see his acceptance speech. And we'll also give kudos to alum and Oscar presenter Ansel Elgort! But now, we'll take a quick break from the Hollywood pageantry and fill you in on our busy week ahead!

Maybe it's been your secret lifelong dream to sing on Broadway. Well, you can come close to realizing that fantasy on Monday evening, when a full roster of Broadway stars will be onstage at the Little Flower Theater to lead us along in some great tunes! There are a few tickets left to our Annual Benefit, Raise Your Voice to Raise Some Funds, the Broadway Singalong II -- so come on and join us! You'll have a great time and you're supporting programs for our kids! Hurry and buy now because they'll go offline Monday at 2:00 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! We'll also sell a limited number of seats just before the show at 6:00 p.m. at the will-call table.

After all of that fun, come back and see us at the General PA meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m.  We're having a special guest speaker, Michael Terry (a former LaG parent) fill us in on financial planning for college. You can read more about his work here. The studio meetings will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m.

Next, find your most comfortable shoes, print out the room numbers of your kids' teachers and get ready to take on this eight-story building during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and Friday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m-3:00 p.m. A friendly reminder: while we're all scrambling around to make our appointments, please remember to treat the student volunteers with kindness and patience. It's not easy to keep schedules moving on time, but they are doing their best. Thanks!

To cap off this busy week, don't stray too far away from campus, because the Senior Jazz Band is performing on Friday, March 9th---and they're fantastic! The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Flower Theater. You can buy tickets here.

Have you booked passage to set sail with the Opera Workshop's production of Broadway's Tony Award winning Titanic: The Musical on March 16-18? We've been hearing lots of buzz about this---the cast and crew have been working enthusiastically and diligently on this sumptuous show- and we can't wait to experience it! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

While you're on the school tickets website, make sure to get some seats to the first of our three Spring Drama Festival plays. These productions showcase the four years of the senior Drama students training, and they also feature the design and stagecraft of the Technical Theater students -- and they're always impressive. SDF #1 is the hilarious comedy, You Can't Take it With You, which will be onstage in the Little Flower Theater from March 22-25. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.  

And don't forget that the  Senior Art Show #2: Corridors  is on display in the Art Gallery.

Finally, don't forget the the La! Portal for fall class registration closes this Tuesday night, March 6th. Scroll down for details.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. We've got some bonus goodies for reading all the way to the bottom, so please keep on scrolling! And it's your last chance to order your DVD of Rising Stars 2018: Reach --  click here to order.


Last-minute $20 student tickets available @ will-call from 6 p.m.


Show +party tickets still available as well as party only tickets.


Shows include the much anticipated  FROZEN  and  CAROUSEL
two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters in  HELLO, DOLLY! ANASTASIA KELLY AND RYAN  and a vocal coaching session with  David Chase ( Broadway Music Director/Arranger of over 30 Broadway shows.)

Click HERE for raffles
(Raffle tickets can be bought without show tickets) 

Upcoming Events

Ongoing until March 14: Senior Art Show #2: Corridors. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.

March 5: LaGuardia Arts Annual Benefit: "Broadway Singalong II." Little Flower Theater. Tickets on sale online until 2pm Monday -- Click Here.

March 6: La! Portal closes -- last day for class selection online.

March 6: General PA Meeting at 7:00 p.m., with Guest Speaker
Michael Terry (a former LaG parent) who will discuss financial planning for college. Studio Meetings at 6:00 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 12: Open House for Prospective Students, 5:00 p.m (for last names A-K) and 6:30 p.m. (for last names L-Z).

March 14: PFLAG Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m. Library.

March 14: Academic Forum: Guest speaker, Kristina Semos, will give a presentation on ACT vs. SAT--which test is right for your child? 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!

It is time to request courses through the La! Portal for the 2018-19 school year. 

Student preferences will only be considered if registration is completed by Tuesday, March 6, at 11:59 PM. (You are not fully registered until you see the green check mark. If one request was rejected, you would see a red stop sign with an explanation and recommendation. You must then update your requests.) 

Students are encouraged to speak with their Guidance Counselor if they need any assistance. 

Taking a student-centered approach to this programing process is the best approach to help meet the educational goals of LaGuardia students. Each course request will be honored unless one of the following is true: the class is oversubscribed; the class is eliminated due to budgetary restraints, space restraints or low registration; or course selections conflict. 

While the Guidance Department would like to offer every student their ideal schedule, they are limited by factors such as budget, staffing, having to ensure students meet graduation requirements, studio requirements, etc.

Questions? Email us at:
For more information and class/teacher list, go to page 4 of the Weekly Bulletin.

Fully funded! Mr. Hold's $1,043 project for his AP Environmental Science and Living Environment classes was completed in less than a week -- and the supplies have already been shipped to the school. Thank you so much for your quick and generous response!

Over $2,000 Raised So far!
A Mindfulness Project from Ms. Contreras

Only 37% to go!  Ms. Contreras ' Yoga students need 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.

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:
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!

We had some LaGuardia representation in London last week!

LaGuardia's own Miles Keingstein and Marvin Carter are also members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra and Big Youth Band, a group of 22 of the most musically talented teens from the tri-state area who have been chosen to learn from and play alongside some of the best names in music. They recently took a trip to London to perform  along with two other renowned groups of young musicians, the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, at the famed Milton Court Concert Hall at the Barbican Center in London at a concert on for March 1.  Read more.

And forgive us for some more crowing about Timothée Chalamet! (yeah, we're just a wee bit proud of him):

Here he is, winning the IFC Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead .  Listen to the funny way he opened his acceptance speech.

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)