Issue 16
December 25, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Happy Holidays! We wanted to send you off into the new year with some lovely stories about our LaG students, and a couple of quick reminders.
Alumni & Friends are sponsoring a few summer scholarship programs. The deadlines are approaching, so please scroll down and check these out.  
As the days of 2017 wind down, please consider making your Studio and All-School Appeal donations by December 31.  Remember that all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law -- and also keep in mind that the tax laws have just changed -- it may benefit you to donate now, before the new rules take effect in 2018!

And for you last-minute shoppers: Don't forget about our Amazon shopping link. It's an effortless way to raise money for our school!

We've saved some of the best news for last, so please continue reading. And yes, it's all about the kids!
Thanks for all of your support this year. We look forward to seeing you in 2018! 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
P.S. Our first General PA Meeting of the year will be held on our first day back, on January 2nd at 6:00, followed by the Studio Meetings at 7:00.

Upcoming Events

December 25-January 1: Winter Break. No School.

January 2: School Resumes.

January 2: General PA meeting, 6:00 p.m. Studio meetings, 7:00 p.m.

January 3: Teen Relationships Workshop for students, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Library.

January 5:  Semi-Annual Art Exhibit opening, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mezzanine and Art Gallery.

January 5 & 6: Semi-Annual Chorus & Orchestra Concert, 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

January 8: Winter Musicale #1, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
January 9: Winter Musicale #2, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
January 10: Winter Musicale #3, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

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!
We Never Tire of Boasting About our LaGuardia Kids!

Here are several reasons to give our students and alumni congratulations on jobs well done!

What would you do if you discovered a lot of cash in a box of old clothes?

Shelly Levitte and Jackson Smith  (Click to enlarge)      Photo by J.C. Rice/ NY Post

Drama student Jackson Smith and Tech student Shelly Levitte were digging through a box of old clothes that had been donated to our costume department when they spied a curious envelope peeking out of the pocket of an old coat. It held a wad of bills -- $20s, $50s, $100s -- $620 in all.  The 16-year-old LaG juniors froze.  Find out what happened next in  this article in the NY Post .

More big-hearted gestures from our students as
LaGuardia singers raise funds for charity at Dyker Lights
  CLICK TO ENLARGE                  Photo by Mike Beitchman, Brooklyn Paper

LaGuardia students performed classic Christmas carols at Brooklyn's Dyker Lights display to raise money for Frankie's Mission, an organization that helps families of children with cancer. Bravo!

Damaras Obi
Don't miss the stage adaptation of the acclaimed, multi-award-winning memoir, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, by Lynda Blackmon Lowery.

Developed at LaGuardia High School in 2015, adapted and directed by  Ally Sheedy  and featuring LaGuardia Alumna Damaras Obi, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is set to play at the Sanctuary Theater at the Center at West Park (165 West 86th Street) from January 10-20.

Singers from the Riverside Church Inspirational Choir will open performances on Fridays, Saturdays, and the special Benefit Performance on Monday, January 15th.
Ally Sheedy

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom lets audiences of all ages experience what it took to struggle nonviolently and how it felt to be part of changing American history.

General admission tickets are $25.00, $10.00 for students, and special group rates are also available for school groups for both weekday and weekend shows. 

For more information and tickets, click here.

Finally, one more bit of boasting about LaG in the news:

Not One, but Two LaG Alums Were Nominated for Golden Globe Awards!
Ansel Elgort (LaG 2012):  Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), "Baby Driver."   


Timothée Chalamet (LaG 2013): Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), "Call Me by Your Name."
It seems like only yesterday when they graced our Concert Hall stage!
Click the images above here to view clips of them in action way back when at LaG!

H ere are a couple more articles on Chalamet and Elgort.
Four LaGuardia Teachers
Have Special Requests
For Art, AP Psychology, Chem &
Learning Skills Classrooms
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of any amount to any of 4 current LaGuardia teachers' requests on DonorsChoose. Thank you!

Ms. Park has two new projects for her Art and Design Classes:
4 Donors So Far!
X-Acto knives for Design Class
Ms. Park's design students need X-Acto knives to cut minuscule details into paper for their collage assignments as well as cropping and trimming paper.
Please donate:

2 Donors So far!
Drying Racks for Art Class
Ms. Park's art students need drying racks for their classroom, which services 150 students working on illustration, design, acrylic painting, ink, collage projects and even architecture.
Click to donate:

12 Donors So Far!
SHEEP BRAINS and Super Supplies Needed for AP PSYCH
Mrs. McGoey's students need sheep brains and other supplies to conduct hands-on learning experiences that will prepare them for their  AP Psychology exam in May.
Please donate:

17 Donors So Far!
Mr. Rahman's Chemistry students need laptops and a charging cart.

22 Donors so Far!
Mr. Harkness teaches Learning Skills classes. Help his students stay on track with 12 new HP Chromebooks and a Luxor charging cart.
Click to donate:

Thank you for your support!

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.

The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in
five months of garden based learning , exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity . Students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation. 

Learning Gardens
Who: High School Freshman, Sophomores & Juniors

When: February - June 2018
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

For more information on Learning Gardens High School training program contact or call (212)360-2744.


Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is pleased to announce an amazing scholarship opportunity for junior and senior female architecture students!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Applications must be received by February 1st, 2018.


for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Are you considering a program next summer to further your talent in your studio?  A&F may be able to help you with a scholarship!

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:
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 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:


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.

Interested or have ideas?

You can also sign up to volunteer here:
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!

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

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)