Issue 2
September 17, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families:
 
It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first PA and studio meetings Tuesday night-a great way to kick off the school year! 

Congrats to Pamela French, our newly elected Freshman PA Representative, and to Leslie Brown, our SLT Freshman Representative. Thanks to all of you who ran for these positions. We appreciate everyone's enthusiasm, and luckily we have so many opportunities to volunteer and ways to participate! To learn about how to get involved, please read on in the "Help Wanted" section below -- you have scroll way down past a lot of other important information. 

Now that our children have had a full week of classes under their belts, and our new students are adjusting to their commutes and learning their way around the building, we want to introduce you (and remind you upperclassmen parents) to a few helpful resources. On the school website, LaGuardiaHS.org, you can find a calendar of important events, links to purchase tickets to school performances, a faculty directory and some general announcements. Please note: Please do not use the "Donate" button on the school website if you intend to donate to the Parents Association! Donations made using this button go directly to the school, via a DOE partner website, and will not be tax deductible or eligible for matching funds. Please use the links on the PA website, 
LaGuardiaHSPA.org/donate, to make your donations

Our PA web site, LaGuardiaHSPA.org, also has lots of useful information---like a glossary of school terms. Conference Day, PupilPath, Student Absence Forms---you can learn all about them and how they work; the glossary is found at the top of the homepage. Our site also keeps an up-to-date calendar of performances and PA-related meetings.  And with the unpredictability of the subways these days, we even have an MTA schedule app, so you can plan your commute accordingly! Just scroll the bottom of the homepage and you'll see it.

At the end of every week, you'll receive a Weekly Bulletin from Dr. Mars and the administration, usually by Friday evening. This is full of useful information, so please make sure to read it---as is our Sunday Night News, where we strive to keep you up to speed on what's to come in the week ahead. We also frequently send emails to update you about upcoming events and alert you to any scheduling changes---in a dual-mission school with 6 studios, this happens! On top of that, we hold lots of meetings to impart information and answer your questions. (You can also reply to any Sunday Night News email with general questions and we will do our best to respond quickly.)

Rest assured, you'll never go long without hearing from us!  Whether you're a newcomer to LaGuardia and bewildered by where to find things (there are lots of meetings planned just for you, so read on!) or you have a senior in the throes of the college application process (we've got some financial aid news for you guys further down!), you're never alone on this high school journey at LaGuardia. We've got you covered every step of these four years.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Linda Hahn & Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
Upcoming Events

September 19: Academic Forum Meeting: Navigating LaGuardia High School: A Guide to New-to-the-School Parents. 6:00 pm, Little Flower Theater. Details below.

September 19:  Fairway Double Day Fundraiser : Details below. 

September 21 & 22:  No School. (Rosh Hashanah)

September 25: College Financial Aid Night (for Seniors and their families). 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

September 27: Freshman Forum for A-H. Details below.

September 27: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser.  Details below.

October 5: Freshman Forum I-P. Details below.

October 9: No School. Columbus Day.

October 11: PSAT Day (grades 9-11). Senior Picture Day at 1 p.m. Central  Park.

October 12: Freshman Forum Q-Z. Details below.

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

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!

Announcing the First Academic Forum Meeting of 2017/2018

Navigating LaGuardia High School
A Guide for New-to-the-School Parents 
 
6:00pm -  Tuesday, September 19 in The Little Flower Theater
 
Join us for an informational panel where we will answer as many questions as possible, such as:
  • What is a Conference Day, an OP, a 'black out?"
  • How does my child join a sports team and after-school clubs?
  • What is the secret to successful parent/teacher conferences at LaG?
  • Why is my Freshman son in algebra while his friend is in geometry?
We will address these and other topics specific to incoming freshman and new students.
 
Do you plan to attend? Click here.  Please contact us if you have a specific question or concerns you would like addressed at the meeting:  LaGuardiaAF@gmail.com

The Academic Forum is a subgroup of the Parents Association focusing on Academic matters at LaGuardia. Meetings are held monthly on a range of topics with guest speakers and parent panels.
Freshmen Forum:
A Town Hall Meeting for Parents

All parents/guardians of freshmen are cordially invited to attend. This is "orientation for parents," 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)
Attention Parents of Seniors:
 
The  days are closing in on October 1st, when the FAFSA form will open. 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 webinars are Sunday 9/17 and Sunday 10/8 at 8:30 pm. The price of this webinar series (including both dates) is very reasonable at $9.99 - the same cost of a sandwich and a drink!   REGISTER NOW!

Note that if you miss the first webinar (which is tonight, Sunday 9/17), a copy of the recording will be sent to anyone who  registers . In addition, they can still submit questions, 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. 
Special Announcement!

 
A new historical fiction book just released that has been dedicated to LaG! The historical mystery,  The Silver Gun , features Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and takes place in NYC 1936, the year he establishes our school. Author, L.A. Chandlar, parent of an incoming LaG freshman, is having a Barnes & Noble Book Fair in conjunction with her book signing at the E. 86 th St. Barnes & Noble, Sept. 27 th, at 7 pm.
 
In store, September 27th, and online September 27 - October 1 - Barnes & Noble will be donating 10-20% OF ALL PURCHASES back to LaG with the VOUCHER CODE 12211637
 
Come support LaG while buying books at the signing! There will be prizes, some LaG jazz tunes, and an afterparty.
 
Check it out at this Barnes & Noble LINK!

DonorsChoose

Three Projects!
Three Opportunities
to Make a Difference!


Mr. Cervellino's Drama Classes Need NEW Yoga Mats and Blocks

78% Funded! Let's finish this! Only $299 out of $1,351 to go! Ms. Cervellino has posted a DonorsChoose request for yoga mats and blocks to use in every Drama class that involves breath and body work, including Freshman Voice and Speech, Sophomore Theater Skills, and Junior classes. This project will impact 400 LaGuardia students. To support it, please click here: http://bit.ly/dramayoga


Mr. Blancq's Music Students Need a New iMac for Original Arrangements and Additional Parts

Mr. Blancq needs a new iMac in order to create original arrangements with additional parts for various size ensembles and instrumentation! His old computer is dying, so please help him help 167 instrumentalists! Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/mrblanc


Mrs. McGoey's AP Psych Classes
Need Books & Classroom Supplies

Only $125 of $314 to go! Mrs. McGoey's 170 AP Psychology students need modern books on psychology, dry-erase white boards, and other classroom supplies. To donate: http://bit.ly/lagappsych1








How Does LaGuardia's New Garden Grow?
In June, Mr. Paguay posted a DonorsChoose project to help students beautify LaGuardia's exterior. In just two days, more than 60 donors came together to fund the school's new front garden!  Click here to see more pictures and thanks to everyone who contributed!





New to DonorsChoose? Here's how it works:
DonorsChoose makes it easy for anyone to help a LaGuardia Arts classroom in need. Our teachers create classroom project requests throughout the year, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. Your donations are tax deductible and eligible and most employee matching gift programs.

If you choose to donate and your employer has a corporate matching gift program, please don't forget to submit for the match! Click here for info: bit.ly/dcmatch. You'll get a gift card/promo code to turn around and reinvest in more of our teachers' projects.


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.

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.


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 are off to a good start with many contributing, and we look forward to getting to 100% parent participation!
  • 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!

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? Paul Garrity, our amazing webmaster, is in his last year at LaGuardia and we need someone 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.

Watch the video
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For more information:  www.youngarts.org/apply
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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