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Issue #24
March 1, 2020
Will we see you at 6pm at the General PA Meeting, Tuesday, March 3rd? 
We have an Action-Packed Agenda! 
1 - We will be v oting on 5 proposals to spend aproximately $120,000 for our students. 
2 - We may be honored by asneak preview, of one of the  3 performances  rehearsing!
3 - Finally, we have  Guest Speaker: Julie Stampler, Harm Reduction Advocate,   returning, She spoke briefly at the January PA Meeting.   Julie Stampler, mom of a LaG graduate.  Her work in the area of Harm Reduction has connected her with former presidents, rock stars, and movie stars, but most importantly it has connected her with people who have been impacted by the opioid crisis and substance use disorder. Julie's older brother died years ago after an overdose. Julie has made it a mission to train people in overdose reversal with the life saving drug Naloxone, that her stepfather coincidentally created in the 60's.  Join Julie at 6:pm sharp at Tuesday's March 3rd PA Meeting  for an overdose prevention training. 
You will learn to identify signs of opioid overdose 

The General PA Meeting will be held at 6:00 PM in the 5th Floor Cafeteria, followed by Studio Meetings at 7:00 PM.   New rooms for Drama and Tech;   G29 & G55 respectively. All the other meetings will be in the usual rooms.  

Well, it was indeed!
This past Friday, i n honor of Black History Month,  The Black Student Union (BSU)  presented  an evening tribute to the legendary stars who performed in Harlem. 

We are delighted to have Principal Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos back in the building! While we know that it must be difficult to leave your lovely boy, your LaGuardia family welcomes you back with open arms! We also want to wish a huge thank you to Mr. Greg Brummell for his leadership during Principal Vasconcelos' absence.

Fairway recently contacted us to advise that due to their Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, they have suspended the Fairway Community Partners Program at all locations, effective immediately. For full copy of their email communication, please scroll down.

SAT/PSAT DAY - Wednesday, March 4th 
9:00 AM arrival!
All  Juniors  (11th grade) 
have been registered for the SAT, and 
all  Sophomores (10th grade) 
have been registered for the PSAT, which will be given at no cost! 
Students should arrive at 9:00 AM. 
Classes are not in session this day, so  
Seniors and Freshmen do not attend school , and students are dismissed for the day once their test is completed. Juniors and Sophomores can find their exam room location by checking their schedule for "All Days" on PupilPath. The PSAT will be listed as a Period 14 class. Students will also receive Room Assignments in their Period 3 Classes on Monday. In addition, a reminder email will be sent on Tuesday through PupilPath. For more information about permitted items during the testing, please see page 3 of the March 2nd issue of Student Life
Spring Drama Festival Sponsorships
Deadline is Friday March 6th!
These shows are our opportunity to show the NYC community the incredible training and performance opportunities that LaGuardia offers. The shows are often attended by industry professionals, including agents, casting directors and theater critics.   Sponsorships start at $25.   The playbill will be seen by approximately 5,000 people, so if you know of a company interested in promoting its business, please spread the word! You could also congratulate a specific cast member, thank our faculty and staff, or bid a fond farewell and good luck to the amazing class of '20.  
Online donation form  - and thank you!

And... yes, 
Auditions for the All-School Musical  will be held in the coming months but the dates have not yet been announced. The dates listed on the school's website are not current - as soon as we have the audition dates, the information will be widely distributed! 
Please put these upcoming events on your calendar so that you can enjoy them in person, rather than simply read about them in SNN!

Friday, March 6th at 7:00 PM
Little Flower Theater
Seating is General Admission
*Tickets will also be sold at the door*

Friday, March 6th, 4:15 - 7:00 PM
2nd Floor Art Gallery, 7th Floor Showcases & the Lobby
Adults $10.00 | Students $5.00
***Stop by on your way to the Senior Jazz Show!***

Deadline for Program Inclusion is THIS Tuesday, March 3rd.  
Cast gifts start as low as $10.  Ads and messages will have  nearly 10,000 eyeballs on them  during the run of the show.


Friday, March 13th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 & 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 PM
Concert Hall
Adults $30.00 | Students $20.00

Tuesday, March 24th 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr @ 121st St
Tickets will be sold on the night of the performance
Thursday, March 26th - Sunday, March 29th
For times, please see the Calendar below
Online ticket sales start Tuesday!
Let's take a moment to  highlight some truly amazing donations,
and Thank the People who made it happen.
Stomping Ground Photo , a company owned by Drama parents  Dennis and Kelsey Kleiman , recently brought their team to LaGuardia and took headshots of every senior drama major!  For the first time, every LaGuardia drama senior was guaranteed a professional headshot for their Spring Drama Festival. Stomping Ground closed down their studio for the day, brought their whole staff over to help organize the photo shoot, gave every student the chance to shoot in two "looks" (theatrical and commercial), set up private online viewing galleries, had the photos professionally retouched, and are printing and delivering to school one headshot of every senior.  And students will receive three different free digital files - a legit shot, a commercial shot, and a "final headshot" version with name and border.

Dennis Kleiman of Stomping Ground

This was an unbelievable donation and we can't thank Kelsey and Dennis and the team at Stomping Ground enough!  But that wasn't all our Drama Seniors received:

Additionally, on the day of the shoot, all students were given the opportunity to have their makeup professionally applied by students and instructors from the  Aveda Institute

PLUS LaGuardia Tech & Art parent  Wendy Smith,  owner of  Salon Bohemia   provided hair styling for every senior who requested it!  It was a non-stop day!
These donated services gave our seniors a professional experience for what was for many of them the first headshots they had ever taken.

Our LaGuardia Parents and Friends are So Generous. 
 Thank You All!

So many LaG students from all years participated in Rising Stars - it was an
amazing production! If you're not quite ready to let go of those many moments full of excitement and joy, please enjoy some  fantastic photos from Rising Stars  - courtesy of LaGuardia Friend -   Mark Stephen Kornbluth taken Friday, January 31st. 

Thank you to Mark for generously making these photos available- you're welcome to use them, but please attribute as follows -   Photo credit: Mark Stephen Kornbluth 
website: and  Instagram: @markskornbluthnyc

Please Support the LaGuardia Appeal!

We'd love to feel your support!

Students - Need Funding For Your Club?

Do you need funding for a project, trip, dues?  The PA is here to help! 
Request funding from the LaGuardia Parents Association to support your school-based club!  Clubs from any category (such as academic, artistic, athletic, community service, etc.) are eligible to apply.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from now until May 1, 2020
Clubs requesting funding for the next academic year (2020 - 2021) must submit applications by the May 1st deadline and receive a funding decision by June 1, 2020.  Submit your funding request here.  Optimal with a gmail address.  
Send your questions to .  
An Invitation to Engage from the LaGuardia PA Co-Presidents

Please check out our 
- Help Wanted Section -
       We really need your participation in the Auction & Gala
Next Auction Committee Meeting Monday, March 2nd
We look forward to continuing our warm relationship with the school administration 
and want to ensure we reflect what's on your mind. 
Please send us your ideas and comments -

With Gratitude - 
Elisabeth Rucell
& Melissa Scott


Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.
  • Monday, March 2nd: Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)
  • Tuesday, March 3rd: 6:00 PM General PA Meeting | 7:00 PM Studio Meeting
  • Wednesday, March 4th SAT Given to All Juniors; PSAT 10 to All Sophomores ( other grades do not attend school )
  • Friday, March 6th : Senior Art Show #3,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Friday, March 6th : Senior Jazz, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, LFT
  • Tuesday, March 10th: PFLAG Meeting, 5:00 PM, Library
  • Friday, March 13th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 7:00 PM, CH
  • Saturday, March 14th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 & 7:00 PM, CH
  • Sunday, March 15th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 PM, CH
  • Monday, March 16th Conference Day, 8:00 AM - 2:48 PM (early dismissal for students)  
  • Tuesday, March 17th : SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  • Thursday, March 19th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30 PM
  • Friday, March 20th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 24th : Riverside Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 PM,  The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr
  • Wednesday, March 25th College & Conservatory Fair, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, 1st floor Lobby's & Mezzanine
  • Thursday, March 26th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In, 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, March 27th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In , 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Friday, March 27th : Senior Art Show #4,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Saturday, March 28th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In, 7:00 PM, LFT
  • Sunday, March 29th:  SDF #1, Let the Right One In,  3:00 PM, LFT
  • Wednesday, April 8th:  International Food Fair, Back Lobby, periods 4-8
  • Wednesday & Thursday April 1 & 2:  New Student Orientation 5pm, CH
  • Friday, April 24th : Senior Art Show #5,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • Friday May 1st: LaG Auction goes Live On Line!!
  • Monday, June 15th, 2020 Save the Date - LaG PA Gala!!! 
LaGuardia Location Guide
* CH = Concert Hall
* LFT = Little Flower Theater
* CO = Room 235 - College Office
* CR = Room 205 - Conference Room
* Art Gallery = Room 253

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Volunteers Needed!

The LaGuardia Parents Association is only as good as the people who are involved.
Please join us - we'd love to have you aboard and if you're not sure how to help, please complete the volunteer form and we'll find a role that matches your skills and availability.  

Annual Gala Volunteers Needed! 
We need people with experience in  MARKETING,  SPONSORSHIPS
 and also  CORPORATE GIVING  to help with the Gala. 
Please contact Wendy Reimer at

Auction Committee Volunteers Needed!
Our  Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers. 
We need volunteers to lead the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity and outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations such as restaurants, Broadway shows, local retail, vacations homes/trips, spas, signed memorabilia, tutoring services and your other creative ideas!!! Please email us!  Third Meeting -  Monday, March 2nd.


Especially for Juniors and Sophomores
On March 4th the SAT will be given to all Juniors and the PSAT 10 to all Sophomores. The NYCDOE pays for the test and the school will automatically register the students; the test is administered during the school day at LaGuardia. Please note that students will only be attending school if they are taking either the PSAT 10 or the SAT. 
There will be no classes on this day.

Especially for Juniors
Guidance is working with Juniors to begin the college application process. An important element is the "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. If your student has not yet completed the "All About Me" section, please encourage them to log in to Naviance and answer the questions.

Follow-up from LaG Junior College Night  - February 6th
As promised, here's the link to the Powerpoint Document used in the presentation on February 6th. Click here.

from a current LaG Parent!

The SNN Editor's Inbox received an amazing email earlier today from a current LaG Parent Neeta Vallab.  She generously offered to share the information and resources she had compiled over the course of the past year as her daughter (Visual Art 2019) was applying to college.  Here's her email...

Last year, my daughter graduated from the visual Art studio and as we went through the college admissions process. Going through this for the first time, we were frustrated by the lack of data--particularly around financial aid and lack of good integrated tools. So I built them for my family--shared them with other Lag parents and others in NYC and realized there was a lot of interest amongst families. I have continued to work on them to incorporate feedback from parents and wanted to share with the Lag community this year  I am using them now for my son who is in Theater Tech. They are both free to use--no strings attached. 
I hope other families in our community can use these as well. Let me know if you have any questions!

Neeta Vallab, LaG Parent - Visual Art (2019) | Theater Tech (2021)
Neeta is happy to answer questions - you may reach her by email.
Compare College Offers
This tool lets you anonymously compare financial aid packages in a simple side by side format, see offers that other similar candidates received from the same colleges, and help to identify if and where you should be appealing for additional aid.
The first is Compare College Offers--which is a crowdsourcing tool that lets families anonymously enter their offer data and see data from similar applicants for those colleges. We actually used this to help us figure out which college we should appeal to for more aid. As offers are coming in for Regular Decision candidates now, this is a great tool for parents of seniors.
This tool lets you search for and compare merit aid at different colleges, compare colleges on your initial lists, and manage all application tasks. It also offers some key data like "self-reporting of scores" to save money, or comprehensive "early decision and action stats" to let you know statistically where that becomes a tipping point. 
Another amazing element is the "Task Tracker" to monitor the process of all aspects of your applications!  If you register at and  add some schools to the "I'm applying" list, you will see that each school has a list of tasks that can be modified based on what you need to track! Pure genius!

Thank you again to Neeta for devising and sharing!
Event Date: Saturday, April 4th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location:  Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue @ 65th St.
Question: Contact Adriana Ortiz,

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Our exams feature:
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This event is free, but registration is required. Please contact the New York Public Library to register!  Riverside Library - (212) 870-1633

2020 NYWEA Scholarship Applications
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020
Opportunities are available for high school students (Environmental Career Scholarship, Nicholas J. Bartilucci Environmental Scholarship, Child of Member Scholarships, and General High School Scholarships); college students who are members of a Student Chapter of NYWEA (Student Chapter Scholarship); engineering students in NYC Metro area (Jim Anderson Memorial Scholarship); and graduate students interested in public service in the environmental field (NG Kaul Memorial Scholarship). Visit the links below for details and applications:
Many schools offering pre-college programs have reached out to LaGuardia and a full list is available on the LaGuardia PA website.  To ensure you're considered for summer programs apply by the deadline and inform your recommender(s) that you will need a recommendation!
Application Deadline: March 9, 2020 
Program Dates:July 6-August 2, 2020

Babson provides rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore ways to positively impact the world using an entrepreneurial mindset. Surrounded by other aspiring entrepreneurial leaders from around the world, Summer Study students spend their mornings in the Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Experience course, learning Babson's renowned entrepreneurial methodology from our faculty. In the afternoons and evenings, learning extends beyond the classroom as students participate in workshops, engage with innovative leaders, and visit a wide range of entrepreneurial organizations. Students apply their learning and find inspiration in real-world examples of how great problem-solvers turn ideas into profitable ventures. For more information and to apply
FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.  Go to: and
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!

City Championships Track News
Congratulations to Daria Niebrzydowski (sophomore) who received a 6th place medal on Saturday, 22nd of February in the high jump (4-8) at the 2019-2020 PSAL Indoor Track and Field City Championships.  Job well done, Daria!

Girls and Boys Outdoor Track Interest Meeting!
Any students interested in joining the track team, please see below details:
Wednesday, March 11th, 4:15 PM, Weight Room

Check out the 
full sports calendar  to root on our players!
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!  

Many great programs still have openings -  VISIT THE PA WEBSITE to browse the full list!

Inside Schools
is a great site if you're not quite sure what you're looking for and want to see what's out there!

Wednesday, March 4 & April 1, 3:30-5 p.m

High school students, need help looking for work? This presentation will cover everything you need to know to start that job hunt. Teens can learn how to prepare a resume, find job listings and apply for jobs online, in person, and more.   Teens, Ages 14+. No cost to attend!

Riverside Library,  127 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023,  222-870-1633

Application Dates: Opens February 24th - closes March 31st

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive helps high school students prepare a portfolio for college applications, worthy of top undergraduate programs. Participants have the choice of 1 out of 4 concentrations, Animation, Digital Photography, Drawing or Graphic Design. All instructors are working professional artists and are active in the contemporary art world. A mix of local and out-of-town students will engage with the vast cultural resources of New York City through visits to major museums and gallery districts as well as guest artist talks.  During classes, students will see first hand works of historic, modern and contemporary artwork. Students have visited such institutions such as, The Metropolitan Museum, MoMA, Noguchi Museum, The Met Breuer, The New Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pace Paper and Jungle Press.  The Summer Art Intensive will end with a celebratory reception showcasing student works in drawing, graphic design, and digital photography on three floors in the historic Foundation Building. For more information: Online application  

Application Deadline: Friday, March 13th

Encourage girls you know to get their start in tech by applying to the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program! The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls (rising juniors and seniors) to learn the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Classrooms are hosted at influential tech companies and corporate offices, where girls will be exposed to mentors and role models. Stipends of up to $1200 to cover transportation and living costs are available to those who qualify. 
Application Deadline: Monday, March 23rd

The Met High School Internship Program offers paid opportunities for students who will be rising juniors or rising seniors during the summer of the internship and who either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut. The program allows students to connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills, network, and gain work experience.  Upon completion of the program, high school interns are paid a stipend that is commensurate with New York State minimum wage law. 

Application Deadline: Monday, April 13th

AAA is looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.
The contest is a great way for students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages. The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast's social channels and website starting in May. M ore than $11,000 in prize money The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.* For more information and to submit your entry.


Provided by the NYC DOE College & Career Planning Team, an incredibly comprehensive list of summer programs, many of which are free. Here's the full list - a very valuable resource!

Program Dates: July 20 to August 6, 2020
Test Dates: March 7 & 8, 2020 and April 4 & 5, 2020 (Required!)

The Math Circle is an academically intensive weekday program for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall that runs for three weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch, and a problem-solving session in the afternoon. Instructors and teaching assistants are very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative.  Students are expected to work hard in the program, but also to have fun. Fridays are set aside for unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more.  REGISTRATION FEE : $775 -  Space is limited.
For more information and to register -

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Program Dates: July 6 - 31, 2020

Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at  Boston University's Academy of Media Production . Learn more and apply online.


$438,136 has benefited 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 almost fully-funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project!

Learn About Conductivity of Solutions Through Demonstrations!
$655 to go! Be the first to donate to this project!
Help Mr. Rahman  give his students conductivity testers, light bulbs, wooden cubes, and other classroom supplies for their learning activities.  Donate now!

Britain to Broadway- An Artists Discussion on Women's Equity
$276 to go! Join the 15 donors who have already contributed!
Help Ms. Moffett-Warden give her students an opportunity to meet the playwright of "Emilia" and an expert dramaturge of this play. This would lead to a discussion on Arts' Equity. Donate now!

Technology in the Spanish Classroom!
$1,312 to go! Join the 5 donors who have already contributed!
Help  SeƱora Rosenstein give her students a laptop and adaptor for use in the classroom.  Donate now !

Exploring Identity in
White Teeth!
$813 to go! Join the 11 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Ms. Mehter give her students the contemporary British novel, White Teeth by Zadie Smith! Donate now!

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$549 to go!!! Join the 6 donors who have already contributed!
Help Mrs. McGoey give her students swim caps in order to draw diagrams of the brain and then wear to teach and inspire! Donate now!

Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$1,312 to go!!! Join the 16 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Mr. Fransowie  give his students  a multipurpose laptop that can be utilized in a group setting by students of all different skill levels and learning styles. Donate now!

Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology! 
$6,098 to go!!!  Join the 11 donors who have already contributed!
Help  Ms. Sheikh give her students iPads to access electronic assignments, analyze data from science labs, and stay organized to become successful in their challenging academic classes.  Donate now !

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.
Fairway Market contacted LaGuardia to advise us of the status of their Community Partners Program. Here is their email.

Fairway Market entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings on January 23, 2020, as detailed at Fairway Market Press Release, and these proceedings are expected to last for the next three to five months. As a result, we have, regretfully, suspended the Fairway Community Partners program at all locations effective immediately.
We at Fairway truly appreciate your community's support and are proud of our partnership with your school. Although we cannot guarantee that the Community Partners program will be reinstated by Fairway's future buyer, we will discuss with them the vital role Community Partners has played in helping local schools raise funds to support their important educational initiatives.
We will keep you posted on any news or developments about the program as they become available.
All my best,
Nancy Gallin
Community Marketing Director

Start your shopping from this link ( and LaGuardia will receive anywhere from 3 to 10% of qualifying purchases... 

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 .
Tuesday, March 3rd
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, April 7th
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
May - TBD
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, June 16th: Elections
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
And of course, for regular updates about our Alumni, visit Alumni & Friends at

Jacqueline Sideman Guttman

Ella Marcus
Ella, 2019 LaGuardia Vocal Studio Alum and currently a first year BFA Musical Theater Major at Boston Conservatory, had the pleasure and honor this past Summer of recording demos for the part of Ariel for Disney's 30th Anniversary of Little Mermaid Live; the program that aired on ABC last November.  Here's a link to the video of Ella's recording of PART OF YOUR WORLD.

Selenis Leyva

Julia Gargano

Chanel  DaSilva
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