CORRECTION: We made an error in the "College Corner" section -- the College Financial Aid meeting is TONIGHT at 6pm. The Junior class Planning for College Evening is October 4th, not October 5th as shown in the Weekly Bulletin. Thanks.
Issue 3
September 24, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families:
 
Ah, autumn in New York! Okay, so the hot weather doesn't really feel like it's the advent of fall. Yet this first long weekend of the school year does mark the start of a seasonal ritual for high school juniors and seniors: visiting colleges.  

The reality of graduation and life beyond creeps up quickly. So parents of seniors, please sign up for Naviance if you haven't done so already. Naviance is a critical tool for organizing your child's college application paperwork and it's a valuable resource for connecting students to schools that match their interests and strengths.  In addition, Naviance is how Christine Scott, LaGuardia's college specialist, communicates important information with you. We've included her recent newsletters, along with some other upcoming college-related events in our new section, College Corner. You'll find this below. 

We're also approaching our favorite time of the year---show season! One of the greatest perks of being a parent at LaGuardia is having a steady diet of incredible art shows and performances nearly every weekend. Once these start up, we'll need lots of help in various ways. Please make sure to sign up to volunteer by filling our very brief survey. It's a rewarding way to be part of our children's education and the school community. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Linda Hahn & Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S.  We've got a great opportunity to attend the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony by bidding on our mini-Charity Buzz Auction. Please read on!
Upcoming Events

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

September 27: Freshman Forum for parents , student last names A-H. Details below.

September 27: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser for LaGuardia. Details below.

October 4: Planning for College: 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.

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

October 17: Studio Meetings, 6:00 pm. General PA Meeting, 7:00 pm. (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!
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 STARTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th at 10:00 AM.


Special Announcement for this Wednesday Night!

 
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 a LaG freshman, is having a Barnes & Noble Book Fair in conjunction with her book signing at the E. 86 th St. Barnes & Noble, this Wednesday evening, 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!
One Matching Grant!

Great news!! So far this academic year (and it's still September!),
we've raised $9,720 for LaGuardia on DonorsChoose! We've funded everything from books and classroom supplies to yoga mats, an LCD projector, and even a bass flute. Our teachers know best what they need to help our students thrive in their classrooms and studios, so THANK YOU so much for your continued tax-deductible support!

LIFTOFF* Code Matches 1st Week Donations!  Ms. Calderon's Math Students 
Need Classroom Supplies

THIS WEEK ONLY, donations to Ms. Calderon's request for supplies for her Math classroom will be DOUBLED when donors type LIFTOFF in the box marked promo code on the payment page (and click 'apply'). Click to support her 170 students and remember to use the code LIFTOFF: http://bit.ly/lagcalderon

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


Mr. Hold's AP Environmental Science and Living Environment Students Need Supplies
Mr. Hold's AP Environmental Science and Living Environment classroom supplies request! We can fund this $851 project when we raise just $426.
To donate, click:  http://bit.ly/laghold



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

Please join 10 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
COLLEGE CORNER

Class of 2018 Parents, to learn more about Naviance and how your child should be utilizing it right now, refer to last week's 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)

Come to the College Financial Aid Night TONIGHT, September 25th at 6 pm, LaGuardia Concert Hall.

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




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.





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 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.

Watch the video
Watch the video

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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