Issue 4
October 1, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families:
 
We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that it's cooled off after that brutal snap of sweltering weather earlier this week.  So just maybe we can finally pack away the summer clothes and break out those new back-to-school outfits.  
 
Our school calendar is rapidly filling with lots of events, so make sure to keep checking.  Parents of juniors, the college process starts for you, too, this week with the "Planning for College Meeting, Part I" on October 4. Junior families should also check the "College Corner" section below for new information.
 
It's also time for all of you to urge your children to literally get their acts together, because auditions for Rising Stars, the student talent show, are just around the corner (though the dates had been in flux, they're now officially set for October, 21, 22 & 23). Tune up the instruments and vocals chords, break out the dance shoes and think outside of the box. The theme for this year's show is "Reach." You can find out more details about the audition process and how to sign up for a slot here: www.lagrs.com.
 
Thanks to all of you who have contributed to our All School Appeal. Our goal is for 100% participation from our community, and we're making steady progress so far! Your support helps pay for an array of important services that benefit all of our students---like science lab supplies, supplementary textbooks and professional development---just to name a few. You can make your donation here. Read on to see how far our donation thermometer has risen!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Linda Hahn & Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. Don't forget---we've got a great opportunity to attend the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony by bidding on our mini-Charity Buzz Auction. But hurry! This auction closes on October 10.  Please read on!
Upcoming Events

October 2-4:  SGO (Student Government Organization) Drive for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief.  The following items can be dropped off at designated tables in the lobby: diapers, baby food, batteries, first-aid supplies and feminine hygiene products.  More details are listed in the Weekly Bulletin

October 4: Planning for College. Part I: Juniors and their families. 6:00 pm, Concert Hall.

October 5: Freshman Forum for parents, student last names I-P. Details below.

October 9: No School. Columbus Day.

October 11: PSAT Day (grades 9-11). Senior Picture Day at 1 pm. Central  Park. Seniors be sure to submit your permission slip, found on page 13 of the Weekly Bulletin.

October 12: Freshman Forum for parents, student last names 
Q-Z. Details below.

October 13-27: Faculty Art Show . Art Gallery.

October 17: Studio Meetings, 6:00 pm. General PA Meeting, 7:00 pm. (Note the new times.)

October 19: College Night for Juniors, Part II. 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall. 

October 21, 22 & 23: Rising Stars Auditions.

October 25: Academic Forum: Parent/Student Guide to LaG Resources . 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Room 457.

October 27: Senior Jazz/Symphonic Band Concert. 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

October 28 & 29: Auditions for prospective students (Brooklyn).

For a printable list of upcoming important Parents Association and Academic Forum meetings,  click here .
 
For more information, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar  and the PA Calendar .

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
Freshmen Forum:
A Town Hall Meeting for Parents

All parents/guardians of freshmen are cordially invited to attend. This is an orientation for parents and guardians, providing an opportunity to have questions answered, meet key staff members, and get to know other freshmen parents. The forum will be held on three evenings, according to family names.

Parents please come on the assigned evenings according to your student's last name, beginning with letters:
  • A - H: Wednesday, September 27
  • I - P: Thursday, October 5
  • Q - Z: Thursday, October 12
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Library, 6th floor (Room 608)
SPECIAL CHARITY BUZZ AUCTION

Start the holidays off right! You and 3 guests will receive tickets in the VIP area to the 2017 Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony in New York City!
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29th with live performances from 7-9 pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch it live across the globe.
These Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting tickets are priceless and cannot be purchased elsewhere.
BIDDING ENDS ON Tuesday, Oct 10th at 4:00 PM!




Be part of the magic! Become a sponsor of the all-school student musical,
42nd Street!

Rehearsals for  42nd Street  are in full swing and we can't wait for you to come and meet those dancing feet!  But productions this dazzling depend on the support of our community. As in past years, the PA will be soliciting sponsors to provide the kids with all they need to make this show a success, including materials for sets and costumes, top notch instruction by professionals, and great lighting and sound.
 
Watch for our coming sponsorship materials to see all the exciting ways you will be able to be part of this spectacular event! If you would like advance information on VIP ticket opportunities, please email LaGuardia parent Lauren McGrail at

DonorsChoose
Hurray! We fully funded math teacher Ms. Calderon's  first-ever DonorsChoose project in just a couple of days, bringing our total raised so far this school year to over $10,000! "Thank you so much for all of your support!" wrote Ms. Calderon. "With your help, my students will now have many additional resources available to them and we will be able to do so much more on a collaborative level."
 
Let's keep up the great work! No one sees how much or little you give - any amount helps! A 'share' helps too! You can support teachers by sharing project links with friends & family, by emailing or posting them on Facebook and other social media. 
 
Once projects are funded, equipment and supplies are immediately sent directly to the teacher at school.


Three Projects!
One Matching 'LIFTOFF' Grant!

LIFTOFF! Matching Grant for 6 Days ONLY!
Ms. Sheikh's Physics Classes 
Need A MacBook Air for Experiments

Ms. Sheikh , a Physics teacher brand new to LaGuardia and never before funded on DonorsChoose, has requested a MacBook Air laptop so students can conduct in-class velocity experiments, among other uses. For 6 days only, donations up to $50 per donor will be matched when you type LIFTOFF in the box marked promo code. To read more about her project for 165 students and to donate (Don't forget the LIFTOFF promo code!), click: http://bit.ly/lagsheikh

*LIFTOFF is a one-time-only grant for teachers who have never before been funded on DonorsChoose, so let's maximize this opportunity!


Support a Teacher Brand New to LaGuardia!
Mr. Hold's AP Environmental Science and Living Environment Students Need Basic Classroom Supplies
23% Funded so far!
Vince Hold, a teacher new to LaGuardia, needs our help setting up his Living Evironment (Biology) and  AP Environmental Science  classroom for his 160 students! To donate to this request for classroom basics, please click: http://bit.ly/laghold

Only 18% to go to complete this project!
Mr. Blancq's Music Students Need a New Computer for LaGuardia's Instrumentalists

Only 18% to go ($444 of $2,424)!  Please join
25 donors so far in support of 
Mr. Blancq's Music classes, which need a 
new iMac. Help Mr. Blancq create original arrangements and new parts for ensembles. There's always that student who doesn't have a part or has a part that needs to be fattened up, and Mr. Blancq's answer is alway to create one or beef one up. This project helps 167 instrumentalists and replaces a defunct computer Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/mrblancq  


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


NOW is a Great Time to Give!

Thank you to everyone who has given generously to their Studio and to the All-School Appeal . We're at a 46% increase in donations from where we were last year. Great work so far! Let's keep up the momentum and reach our goal of $180,000 with 100% participation from our school's families!  
  • The LaG HS Parents Association is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations are tax deductible.
     
  • Can't afford the suggested amounts? Pay in monthly installments! Or give as much as you're comfortable giving!
Give to the All School Appeal and Give to your Student's Studio.

Hand in hand - Reaching Greater Heights!
COLLEGE CORNER

Junior and Senior Families: Here's a list of important college planning events from Christine Scott, LaGuardia's College Mentor/ Specialist:
 
October 2:  Early Application requests due on Naviance.
 
October 4 :  College Planning for Juniors I.  6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
 
October 19: College Night for Junior II. 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
 
December 19 :  JUNIORS: All About Me survey opens via Naviance.
 
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 LaGua rdia. 6:00 p.m.

Class of 2018 Parents, to learn more about Naviance and how your child should be utilizing it right now, refer an earlier 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 the latest communications from Ms. Christine Scott, LaGuardia College Specialist, including links to College Newsletters 1-4. (PDF)

Here is the latest JUNIOR newsletter.

Planning for College: Juniors and their families will be held on October 4th at 6 pm.

Please contact Allison Price, our Parent Coordinator, for PupilPath and Naviance log-in information.  APrice7@schools.nyc.gov
Attention Parents of Seniors:
 
T he FAFSA form for 2018-2019 is now available! All families with seniors attending college in the fall of 2018 and applying for need based aid and/or loans from the federal government, need to submit the FAFSA.

College Money Search  is offering a two-part FAFSA webinar with a college funding professional, to review everything you need to know to fill out the FAFSA, as well as understanding how the expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated---and they'll answer personal questions too!
 
The dates of the next webinar is Sunday 10/8 at 8:30 pm. The price of this webinar series (including this and ability to view the previous webinar held on 9/17) is very reasonable at $9.99---the same cost of a sandwich and a drink! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

Note that registrants will also be given access to a copy of the recording of the previous seminar held on 9/17.  In addition, they can still submit questions for either seminar, which will be answered in the subsequent webinar on Oct. 8th.

Webinar host Debbie Schwartz is the founder of Road2College and College Money Search. She is a former financial services marketing executive with over ten years educating consumers on financial products and services for all stages of their financial life. Her mission, and that of her companies, is to improve the transparency of the college funding process with better access to data, services, and education to help families find affordable options for sending students to college. 
MONDAY NIGHT!




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 in Manhattan and Brooklyn, 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 Jodi Green at  laghspa@gmail.com

For more information on the Fairway Community Partners program, click here.

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.

WEBMASTER: Are you a computer person? A blogger familiar with WordPress or Constant Contact? We need someone to take over the PA website, to help keep our information accurate and relevant.

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 it a bag earlier click the link  and get a new one!
 
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program,  click here
 COMPETITION

Enter NOW until October 13, 2017 at
WHY APPLY
  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with accomplished artists and professionals
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition
All students ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 as of December 1, 2017, are eligible. 

There are 10 disciplines to enter under, that offer opportunities to students in ALL LaGuardia studios:
  1. Cinematic Arts
  2. Classical Music
  3. Dance
  4. Design Arts*
  5. Jazz
  6. Photography
  7. Theater (Acting)
  8. Visual Arts
  9. Voice
  10. Writing
* Design arts includes architecture, interior, product, graphic, stage set design and fashion design.

Each category has its own set of entry requirements and you will want to plan ahead in order to have your work or performance ready in time.

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For more information:  www.youngarts.org/apply

Your LaGuardia student can download a FREE copy of the latest Microsoft Office software!  Click here for details.




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, October 17th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General (NOTE NEW TIMES)

Wednesday, November 8th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General 

Tuesday, December 5th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios 

Tuesday, January 2nd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios 

Tuesday, February 6th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General

Tuesday, March 6th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Wednesday, 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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