Issue 33
May 7, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Though we spend a lot of time updating our calendar, we're still in disbelief that we're already into the month of May and that AP tests are underway.  How did that happen?
 
Before the month completely runs away from us, we've got a lot happening here and we hope you can join us for it all.  This Friday, May 12, please join the Art Department for a reception and the opening of Senior Art Show #5: Fruition. Details below.
 
The Music Department's Musicales begin next week, with the final performance on June 5. Each Musicale showcases a variety of ensembles and instrumental workshops---and all are impressive.  See the upcoming events calendar below for the lineup.  You can purchase tickets here.
 
Tickets are also on sale for the Drama Department's SDF #3: Peter and the Starcatcher, which runs from May 18-21.  It's going to be yet another fantastic show and we can't wait to see it! Purchase tickets here.
 
We also want to make sure that you put the Graduation Dance Concert on your radar. It runs June 2-4 and will feature works by cutting edge choreographers as well as excerpts inspired by iconic modern dance classics.  You can get your tickets today here
 
And finally! The LaGuardia Arts Benefit is coming up soon on May 22! It's going to be a fun-filled evening! Events begin at 6:30 pm, with students participating in a Living Sculpture Garden in the lobby, along with refreshments and raffle tickets for great items---a Broadway Sing-Along in the Little Flower Theater along with professional Broadway performers, followed by a "Taste of New York" cocktail party at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Theater. Tickets for both the Sing-along and the after party are on sale now! Plus we've got more details about all of the events and raffles, so please keep reading!
 
ELECTIONS: It's also time to start planning for next year, and part of that planning includes electing members to the PA, SLT, Academic Forum panel and representatives for all studios. We encourage and welcome you all to consider running for a position! It's a wonderful way to be part of the LaGuardia community. Please read on for more information. The elections will be held on our last PA meeting of the year, Thursday, June 1, at 7 pm, following the studio meetings at 6 pm.
 
We've got more great information, including more details about the Benefit and some great items to bid on this week on our Bidding for Good Auction, so please read on!
 
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Linda Hahn & Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
Upcoming Events

May 12: Senior Art Show #5: Fruition. Opening reception 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  Art Gallery, Room 253.

May 15:  Spring Musicale #1, 6:00 pm. Concert Hall. Featuring: Intermediate Orchestra, Elementary Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Women's Chorus.

May 16: Spring Musicale #2, 6:00 pm. Concert Hall. Featuring: Brass Ensemble, Junior Band, Junior Jazz Band and Mixed Chorus.

May 17: Academic Forum: "Crafting Your College List."  6:00 pm, Room 457. Details below. 

May 18: SDF #3: Peter and the Starcatcher, 7:30 pm. Little Flower Theater. Runs through May 20.

May 19: Senior Band and New Music Singers concerts, 7:30 pm. Concert Hall. 

May 22: LaGuardia Annual Benefit: Raise Your Voice to Raise Some Funds, 7:30 pm. Little Flower Theater. Tickets and info here.

May 29: Memorial Day. No school.

June 2: Graduation Dance Concert, 7:30 pm. Concert Hall.
June 3:  Graduation Dance Concert, 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm.  Concert Hall
June 4:  Graduation Dance Concert, 1:00 pm. Concert Hall

June 5: Spring Musicale #3 - 6:00 pm.  Featuring: Intermediate Band, Junior Orchestra, Elementary Chorus, Girls Chorus, Opera Workshop and Opera Pit Orchestra.

June 6: Show Choir - 7:30pm

June 9-10: Chorus and Orchestra Concert - 7:30pm

For more information, check the  LaGuardia School Calendar.

The 2017-2018 DOE SCHOOL CALENDAR has been published. Click here  to view.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!

Raise Your Voice to Raise Some funds!

The online ticket office is OPEN for tickets and raffles for our Annual Benefit on Monday, May 22nd in the Little Flower Theater.

This is a one-night-only event with limited availability!
Buy your tickets before they sell out!
 
Featuring a  Sing-along with Broadway Pros and our talented
LaGuardia students in performance. The event includes:

6:30:  Art Exhibit and Living Sculpture Garden by LaGuardia Students
7:30: Sing Along with Broadway Professionals
9:00: Taste of NY Cocktail Party at the NYPL for the Performing Arts

Raffles include tickets to  Hello, Dolly Anastasia Charlie & The Chocolate Factory , and A Bronx Tale  --- including backstage tours, and a unique opportunity for a lucky LaG student to sit in the orchestra pit during a performance of  Anastasia.  We also have tickets to  Kelly Live , tickets to the
Metropolitan Opera and two  sessions with Broadway Music Director and Arranger, David Chase !

Top 3 Reasons to Come to the  Adults-Only After Party at the NYPL:
  1. Gather the parents of your kids' friends and compare notes....
     
  2. Celebrate with a TASTE OF NEW YORK with AG Kitchen, Jimmy's No. 43, Grandaisy, Fresh Direct/Food Kick, and Rosewater
     
  3. Support Your School while tasting Broadway Brews "Rise Up Rye" Ale, designed by the cast of Hamilton! Signature cocktails, wine, and ciders will also be served, all accompanied by piano and bass.
Click here for more information, tickets, raffles and the opportunity to become one of our sponsors

For information, questions or to volunteer: 
AnnualBenefit@LaGuardiaHSPA.org
Check out our wonderful performing arts camp auction!
  
French Woods, NY Vocal Jazz Camp, Buck's Rock, Broadway Triple Threat, Broadway Workshop and Camp Cody have generously donated to our school!  Check out these wonderful summer opportunities!!  Bidding closes Wednesday May 10 at 10pm.
  1. Broadway Workshop: for campers age 8-14, value $825
  2. Camp Cody: for camper age 7-15 value $1600
  3. Broadway Triple Threat: male winner, age 15 and up; value $1295 (separate May auction will include female winner)
  4. Columbus Avenue BID: two tickets to New Taste of Upper West Side, value $185
  5. Israel Vacation Homes: one-week apartment in Israel, value $1,000
  6. Buck's Rock: estimated value, $3995, 3-week camp July 23-August 19, campers age 11-16 
  7. French Woods: 3 weeks for new camper, estimated value $3,000
  8. New York Voices Vocal Jazz Camp (at Ithaca College): for LaGuardia student - value $725
Any questions? Contact lagdonate@gmail.com. 
ACADEMIC FORUM: Crafting Your College List

Focus College Advisory will present principles to remember, words to know, and how to stay organized during your college research. This is a lively meeting jam-packed with information, including early decision vs. early action, SAT vs. ACT, need-blind vs. need-aware, financial and merit aid, maximizing campus visits, and qualities to consider when creating a final list of reaches, targets, and safeties.

Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 pm. Room 457.
DonorsChoose

NEW PROJECT!
  
Ms. Santiago's students need a Bass flute! 
How can our students play incredible music if they don't have actual instruments?
Including the Bass Flute in our instrument inventory will add an integral component to over 10 LaGuardia performance bands, orchestras and smaller ensembles and impact not only all 600+ students in our Music Studio but countless others who require a musical component to their performances or installations. It also will be a great addition for students who write original compositions. With your support, our students can make a positive difference in their own lives and the world.
Please consider a donation: http://bit.ly/lagbassflute

Hurray! 
Thank you so much to all who helped fund a classroom set of scientific calculators this past week for Ms. McGoey's Chemistry classes!

Thank you for donating!
Applying to College: Learn the ins and outs of managing the college application process

Attention parents of juniors (and sophomores). All are invited to the next Youth and Education Community Board Meeting for Manhattan's Community Board 8 on Monday, May 8 at 6:30 pm.  Topic is: Applying to College: Learn the ins and outs of managing the college application process from those who know best, a panel of college-bound 12th graders.  You do not need to be a member of Community Board 8 to attend. Click here for more information .


Seniors: Not happy with your college acceptance options?

When colleges fall short of start looking their enrollment targets, they will take students off the wait list. But some may accept new applications from students if their wait list is thin.
 
Here's where to see which colleges still have space and are accepting applications.
Help Us Launch our Spring Fundraising Auctions!

Our online auctions need your help!  The Bidding for Good and Charity Buzz auctions will launch in May and June and we need everyone's participation in procuring donations. That restaurant you love?  Ask them for a gift certificate. How about the tutor your child has worked with? Ask for a donation. Sports tickets, show tickets, unique experiences...you get the idea.

People are always happy to support LaG.  We just have to ask them!

This donor form can be saved to your desktop for easy access.  Email it out and receive back online, or print a few and ask for donations in your neighborhood.

All questions and donations should go to lagdonate@gmail.com.
 
Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
  • Restaurants
  • Broadway shows
  • Sporting events
  • Spas
  • Gyms/fitness classes
  • Hotel stays
  • TV show tapings
  • Tickets to anything!!!!
  • Gift certificates to anything!!!
  • Massage
  • Manicure/Pedicure 
And you can click here for even more inventive ideas!
Senior Prom Night is Right Around the Corner: Help to Make this a Special Night to Remember

The school is asking for donations of prom dresses, shoes, accessories, suits, ties, etc. for students who may need some assistance with getting that perfect look for this special occasion.

They are accepting new and lightly used items, which can be dropped off in Room 235 or at the School Store between the hours of 8:00 am- 4:00 pm.

Please contact Parent Coordinator Alison Price if you have any questions or concerns at APrice7@schools.nyc.gov
COMMON APP COLLEGE ESSAYS

For families with current juniors, the Common Application 2017-2018 Essay Prompts for next year have been announced.

They are more varied even than last year and have gone back to including the "topic of your own choice" that was dropped a couple of years ago. All good news!

Click here for more information.



CALCULATING COLLEGE EXPENSES

As your child embarks on the  college application (and hopefully soon, acceptance) process, you can start planning your financial options and expense by using this college loan calculator. Click here 


New York Adopts Free Tuition

For students contemplating their financial aid options, there's news about SUNY and CUNY tuition here.


HELP WANTED!

We are looking for volunteers who can work with senior parents to help and take over two of our very important fundraising initiatives:

Charity Buzz: Learn the ropes for this very important fund raiser with the eye of taking over next year.

Bidding For Good: Come join the Solicitation Team to get the items necessary to make this fundraiser a success! 

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!
 
Spring is around the corner, so no better time than now to clean out your closets.  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 it a bag earlier click the link  and get a new one!
 
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program,  click here

We're pleased to be part of the  Fairway Community Partners program!

In addition to using your Fairway Community Partners Card when you check out at the store, you can now order the best of Fairway online at shop.fairwaymarket.com and enter our Promo Code:   LAGUA  during checkout. 3% or more of your online purchases will come back to support the school! Delivery of online orders is currently available only in Manhattan, but Fairway is working to extend this service to all their locations.

Just use your Community Partners card every time you shop at any Fairway Market and 3% of your total purchase will be donated to our school! It is that easy!

Community Partners cards will be available for distribution at each PA meeting. Make sure you get one! We can also send you a card via regular mail-just send your address to Katie Sperling at  laghspa@gmail.com

For more information on the Fairway Community Partners program, 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:
 
Make sure to Update Your iCal Feature at LaGuardiaHS.org

Since the school has launched their new website, subscribers to the LaGuardia iCal calendar feed will need to update their iCal feature as your computer/cell phone is probably still displaying the old calendar. It is important to update your iCal so that any changes made between now and the rest of the year will automatically load onto your devices. 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!
LAST PA MEETING OF THE YEAR:
 
NEW DATE: Thursday, June 1st - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General -- PA and SLT ELECTIONS

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