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Summer Issue 2
August 25, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Welcome to the almost first official Sunday Night News (SNN) of the 2019-2020 School Year!  We are so excited to begin the new school year and want everyone to have the information they need to be prepared for all that awaits!  In every issue we include information about upcoming events, unusual opportunities and deadlines, how to purchase tickets for events, volunteer opportunities, fund-raising needs and much, much more!  Read on.....!

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our new incoming Freshman and Sophomore families.

LaG orientation is now by studio to facilitate students meeting others in the same discipline and for  studio-specific activities, such as touring spaces and Q & A.  
  • Art & Dance - Wednesday, August 28th - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Music, Drama & Tech - Thurs, August 29th - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Parents are welcome to come and meet other parents with students in the same studio, but you are not required to attend.  If your child is not able to attend on the day of your studio's orientation, you are welcome to attend on the other day.  
Representatives from LaGuardia's Parents Association and parent Studio Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and help you purchase studio merchandise for your student.  Teachers, staff and students will also be in attendance during orientation.


9:30 AM
Doors Open.
9:30 to 10:00 AM  Student / Family registration in the Front Lobby.

9:30 to 10:30 AM - After Registration - Parents/Guardians
We invite you to head to the  Back Lobby to speak to  LaGuardia HS Parents Association members, including the Studio Reps and other LaG stakeholder s.  There will be LaGuardia HS & Studio merchandise on sale.  The LaG PA accepts cash, check & credit cards.
Students  should go to their assigned rooms after they check in.   The rooms may be hard to find (7th and 8th floors or in the basement).

10:00 AM - Students
Please report to the room listed on the Orientation materials.  In most cases, this will be their Official Period (OP) classrooms [Home rooms] where students report to on the first day of school.

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM - Students
Tour the school on their way to complete 5 different activities, including  visiting the guidance counselor's offices, the gym, cafeteria and studio areas.

There will be a small snack in the cafeteria,  students should bring their own water bottles.  Though t here are, of course, drinking fountains & bottle filling stations in the school.

Students are required to Purchase both Combination Locks & Physical Ed (PE) Clothes
Students need to purchase hallway combination locks and Physical Ed (PE) clothes.  LaGuardia HS accepts cash or money order only, and exact change is preferred.  For each item, cash or money order should be put into two separate envelopes.  PLEASE LABEL each envelope with the student's name.

Envelope One:  LaGuardia HS Masterlock Lock - $5.00
This will be used on hallway lockers and will be needed as of the first day of school!

Envelope Two:  Purchase of Physical Ed (PE) clothes.   
( Dance students do not need to purchase PE uniforms)
$25 - sweatshirt,  $15 - sweatpants,  $10 - shorts,  $10 - shirt

We recommend that s tudents purchase their PE clothes at Orientation when the lines are shorter, rather than once school has already begun.  PE clothes are not worn for approximately the first week, there will be other opportunities to purchase these.  

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Parents
Please meet in the Little Flower Theater (LFT) for presentations from the Administration, Parents Association and other LaGuardia stakeholders.

1:00 PM - Orientation ends
LaGuardia PA & Studio reps will be available for your questions and merchandise sales until 1:00 PM.  The school building will close at 3:00 PM.

Students - may either meet their parents in the Front Lobby or leave (if arranged with parent).   Families and Students -  may also purchase LaG and Studio merchandise.   Families - can also walk through the building, and some students take the opportunity to place their lock on their lockers.   
We need you already!  Come and be a part of this year's Orientation.  

We need Adult Volunteers to help from 9:30 AM to 1:15 PM with guiding parents into the Little Flower Theater and also selling PE merchandise in the gym.  

Bonus - It's a great way to meet other parents!    Please sign-up!

LaGuardia Students Are Needed to Work Orientation
LaG Students who are able to work either Wednesday and/or Thursday from 9:15 AM to 1:15 PM, should sign up on x2VOL.  

The important need is for LaGuardia students to work with small groups (organized by OP) to tour the building, ensure that the incoming students complete a series of activities such as ID pictures, a computer survey and purchase PE clothes.  LaG student volunteers need to be friendly, outgoing, willing to answer questions and to provide helpful information to the incoming students at LaGuardia HS.


It's getting closer - and we couldn't be more excited - can't wait for the building to be full again!  Thursday, September 5th . The first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.  

1st period starts at 8:00 AM!

Join us for the first PA meeting of the year!
Tuesday, September 17th

6:00 pm Studio Meetings - see below for locations
7:00 pm Welcome Party - Principal Vasconcelos, Interim Acting (IA)
7:40 pm General Meeting & Elections - Little Flower Theater (LFT)

Studio Meeting Locations
ART - 7th Floor Cafeteria
DANCE - Room 857
MUSIC - Vocal and Instrumental - Room 457 

Monthly PA meetings take place on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm. The General PA meeting is an hour long and will either follow or precede the Studio PA meetings, which are also an hour long.  

Meetings are open to every parent and guardian of a LaGuardia student. At the first meeting we will hold elections for the two Freshman Rep spots - one on the Executive Board (EB) and the other on the School Leadership Team (SLT).   The Music Studio will hold an election for its one open spot for an  Instrumental Parent Co-Rep.

Throw your hat in the ring!  It's a great way to get involved!
We're looking forward to seeing & meeting you at the PA meeting!

Until soon.

Melissa Scott
Co-PA President
Elisabeth Rucell
Co-PA President
Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info

Dates and times may be subject to change. We will update you on the correct dates and times closer to the events.
  • Monday, August 26th: Boys Varsity Soccer tryouts  (see below)
  • Wed, August 28th:  Art & Dance Orientation, 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 29th:  Music, Drama & Tech Orientation, 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 5th:  School begins
  • Friday & Monday, September 6th & 9th: Swim Team tryouts (see below)
  • Wednesday, September 11th12th Grade College Night, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 12th:  Freshman Family Night, Last names A-K, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Library
  • Friday, September 13thFreshman Family Night, Last names L-Z, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Library
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  6:00 PM Studio Meetings  | 7:00 PM - Welcome with Party Principal Vasconcelos  |  7:40 General PA Meeting & Elections
  • Wednesday, September 18thPFLAG, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, Library
  • Thursday, September 19thCollege Financial Aid Night, Concert Hall
  • Thursday, September 26thPep Rally 4:30 - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st:  Rosh Hashanah - School closed
  • Thursday, October 10th: Academic Forum, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room 457
  • Tuesday, October 15thSLT Meeting, 4:15 to 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15th: PA General Meeting, 6:00 PM | Studio Meetings, 7:00 PM

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We are constantly amazed by what LaG alumni are doing - in so many areas of the arts.  If you scroll down to the end of our weekly email, you'll find our NAMES IN LIGHTS section where we include stories about our grads.

Here's a special offer from a rather famous Alum that we wanted to share upfront!  Yet another reason to attend Orientation or the first PA Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th!

The Hospitality Committee needs people with cars, to purchase items for approximately 10-12 events during the year & people at school to meet them to help unload, and bring the purchases up to the PA closet. Hospitality also needs people to handle & arrange setups at the events.
Volunteer Coordinators manage and post the online sign-ups for volunteers to handle concessions and sell merchandise at events throughout the year.
The Gala, Sports, Fundraising and the Auction Committees are also looking for 3-5 people for each committee for a variety of tasks from photography to organizing, and especially important, writers, graphic designers and generally enthusiastic people are needed!
Contact us to find out how you can help. Thank You In Advance!

Former team members & new recruits!

Summer Swim Practices
We are counting on the former members to be at the summer practices! 

Swim Practice 
Monday, August 19th to Friday, August 30th (Monday thru Friday)
11:00 AM at  JOHN JAY PARK, E. 77th Street and York Ave
(not to be confused with John Jay College)
You will need a lock, swim cap & swimsuit, goggles, water bottle & snacks!

**New recruits:  Must be able to tread water for min. 5 minutes. Only the fastest and most committed will be accepted!

2019-2020 Swim Tryouts - Reminders
All former members must tryout for the team for the upcoming season. We are looking for team members who are strong swimmers and are committed to attending practices and meets!
Dates have been updated as follows!  Sept. 6th and 9th (Friday and Monday only; Thursday tryouts have been cancelled due to a mandatory Coach's meeting) 
Time: After school: The team usually meets in the lobby of LaG and travels downtown together
Location is Seahorse Fitness, 69 Columbia Street @ Rivington Street, NYC
You will need a lock, swim cap & swimsuit, goggles, water bottle & snacks

Please bring with your signed PSAL Medical and Parental Consent forms.
No exceptions can be made!  Forms are available here for download


Soccer Tryouts
We will use our school's gym for the first tryouts session at 12 pm on August 26th (Monday). 
Students should bring their own equipment including training gear, soccer ball and water! 

New students can join only one tryout session since we have limited space and time before our first PSAL game. The Coach may decide to ask some students to join the second tryout session. 

Please bring with your  signed  PSAL Medical and Parental Consent forms.
No exceptions can be made!  Forms are available here for download

Questions - please contact  Soccer Coach Rahman

Last Year's LaG Boys' Soccer

There will be an interest meeting for the Girls Junior Varsity Soccer team the first week of February in Room 313

Questions - please contact  Girls JV Soccer Coach Gibson

Boys Gymnastics will hold an interest meeting the first week of October in Room 313 - additional information to be provided as we near the date!

Questions - please contact Boys Gymnastics Coach Gibson

We are building a list of alumni who are interested in providing informal guidance or mentoring to current LaGuardia students. 
This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are in your area of interest or talent.   Many thanks to alumna Tali Natter ('19) for initiating this amazing resource!
Students or Alumni parents who are interested in making connections, please email  with your:
* Major (or Area of  Expertise)
* Graduation year
* Best contact information to reach you
We will be using the list to help make the introductions, starting this academic year.

Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities  for your students - arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities - summer, year-round - there's truly something for everyone!  We'll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website

The All City SLAM team is an out-of-school performing arts project. High school students from all over New York City meet to practice and perform Moth stories every Saturday for 8 weeks. The program ends with a performance for friends, family and fans.

For eligibility & information on how to apply, please visit The Moth website

YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.

Application Deadline: October 11, 2019

  • 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, 2019, 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.
Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts - if it's in one of the five boroughs, most likely you'll find it here!

... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  

For families with current juniors, click here to view the Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts.

Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.


$409,826 has benefitted LaGuardia students so far! 
While the LaGuardia Community has made most of these contributions, many have been made by corporate donors, foundations (via matching grants) and unaffiliated individuals inspired by our teachers. When a project is close to being fully funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project

I Want to Type Your Blood!

Help Ms.Lytle give her students simulated blood typing materials that will allow them to complete a hands-on laboratory experiment about human blood typing.
Understanding the science of climate change, disease, and human health will empower her students to positively shape the world around them. Science, technology, and policy shape the future. Gaining scientific knowledge will give power to students' voices as they make choices that will impact our futures.
These blood typing materials will allow students to see firsthand science of genetics and the immune system in action. Making science accessible and tangible will help students understand the importance of knowing blood type in saving life.
Understanding how blood is typed, how blood type is passed through genes and how the immune system response influences the type of blood that can be safely transfused are all important concepts students will master after this activity.
Blood saves lives but only if used correctly. As the world has recently faced challenging events, humans have stepped in to help by donating blood. Understanding how this blood can save lives can empower these students to make change in the world.

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.
DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.
The parent of an incoming freshman student has organized a new Van service through Rocblvd from Staten Island and Brooklyn to LaGuardia.   The vans are all insured and licensed with seatbelts and are air conditioned. You can also track your student's location in the van service via apps so that you know when the driver arrives at the destination. The van service comes highly recommended from other parents.

Round trip daily service is $19.00 including gas, tolls and tunnels. Children's traveling time will be cut in almost half.
To learn more about the service, please email Ann Lopa at
The PA Executive Board is not affiliated with, nor in any way endorses the service.

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.
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Additional Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  6PM Studio Meetings | 7PM  Meet & Greet Principal Vasconcelos  7:40 PA General Meeting & Elections
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  4:15 SLT Meeting 
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  6PM General Meeting  | 7PM Studio Meetings  

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
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