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While NYers are being asked to distance themselves socially, 
it is essential that we come together emotionally.

Issue #26
March 15, 2020
Principal Vasconcelos' March 15, 2020 
 Letter to the LaGuardia Community
 
Dear LaGuardia Arts Community,
 
Last week, as I visited students, collaborated with faculty and staff, and connected with families, I was struck by the strength of our community to persevere and care for one another. Whatever emotions you are feeling, which may be surprising, overwhelming, or conflicting, are real and valid. Let's all continue to reach out,  check in with each other, and send words of positivity and encouragement. 

Please click here  to continue reading about -
  • School Closing Information
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Meals - Breakfast & Lunch
  • Remote Learning Platforms
  • Access to Building
  • Programming for 2020-2021
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

We will be sending another newsletter later this week with more 
important information about remote learning, activities for your teens and interesting 
articles that we come across.  Please email us if you have any suggestions!
NYC DOE ANNOUNCEMENT RE SCHOOL CLOSING


By order of Mayor de Blasio, NYC Public School classes are suspended this week beginning Monday, March 16, to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Students will begin remote digital learning on Monday, March 23 (LaGuardia will share more information about this later in the week). 
Grab and go meals will be provided to all students for pick-up this week. Beginning March 23, the City will provide supervision to children of health care workers, first responders and transit workers.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the DOE's website

Please visit this link for the day-by-day schedule leading up to remote learning implementation on Monday, March 23rd.

And we want to say THANKS to the dozens of parents who wrote to us in support of the UFT letter that we shared earlier today.

INFORMATIONAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

NYC NOTIFICATIONS
Sign-up for  Notify NYC, the City of New York City's official source for information about emergency events and important City services.

NYC DOE CORONA VIRUS UPDATES

NYC DOE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
SOCIAL DISTANCING
One of the best things about LaGuardia is the friendships our students create among themselves. Despite what we think about teens spending all their time on social media platforms, they also hang out a lot together. In an effort to reduce the spread of the disease, this needs to STOP ! (At least for the near future) We know this sounds harsh, but if students get together, it should be just one or two friends, ideally in an outdoor space - think walking in parks (not crowded on sidewalks), going hiking and explore your local parks, bicycle to an area that you have not visited for a while!

Please read these articles - 

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, is the executive director of  Ariadne Labs  in Boston, MAMarch 14, 2020

- and share with your students. 
It's critical that they understand that although they may not get sick, or not very sick, they can spread the disease to others in our community whose health is compromised and will be extremely negatively impacted if they were to contract the virus.  THANK YOU!



INTERESTING COVID-19 ARTICLES
Coronavirus: Ten reasons why you ought not to panic, The Conversation, March 6, 2020

PROTECT YOURSELF!  STOP THE SPREAD!

Wash your hands for 20 seconds when you enter your home, before you eat, after touching commonly-used surfaces such as elevator buttons, door handles, subway cards it really is THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to stay healthy. 

The light-colored areas shown under a black-light are dirty!!!


Here's some sunshine from Laura Benanti! 

Dark times for all. Trying to find some bright spots. If you were meant to perform in your High School musical and it was cancelled please post yourself singing and tag me. I want to be your audience!! Sending all my love and black market toilet paper.
Yellow heart
https://twitter.com/LauraBenanti                               Instagram: @laurabenanti 

Use the tag #SunshineSongs so whoever wants to can be your audience!

Read about how this started!

Kismet would have opened this past Friday - and we're beyond sad that it didn't. We know the performers and crew have been working so hard - take a look & listen to this for a sense of what Kismet is all about!

This past Wednesday, The Academic Forum  (AF) held a session on  "Planning for the 2020-2021 Academic Year."  Assistant Principals Collins  (Math & Science),  Mannino  (Social Studies & LOTE) and Williams (Guidance) discussed the registration process, timeline, and resources available to students as they think and plan for their schedule next year.   Academic Forum will send a follow up email containing the presentation slide deck and a summary of the Q&A session.


CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EVENTS ARE BEING POSTPONED.
We will continue to update you as we find options to reschedule important events and productions. We know that our students have worked incredibly hard to prepare for these events and we're waiting to see what our options will be and how we can proceed.

WE WILL UPDATE YOU...
Auditions for the All-School Musical  will be held tentatively in early April after several workshops about "Auditioning for the Musical".


AUCTION ALERT!
WE NEED YOU TO HELP SUPPORT
OUR AMAZING SCHOOL!
 

Our annual online auction helps raise funds to support ALL of our studios and programs at LaGuardia Arts High School. The auction is an incredible group effort, and we already have a team of parents hard at work to ensure this is a successful fundraising campaign. But we need your help in obtaining items for the online auction. 

Every donation, no matter the size, 
is deeply appreciated.
 
You can visit or email some of your favorite establishments, tutoring/college prep people, vacation homes, opera, ballet, etc.
You get the picture. Anything goes. Just think of things you would want to bid on, or items or services you could directly provide.  
  • Do you have access to sports or theater tickets, behind the scene tours, television tapings, or other unique experiences?
  • Check your local neighborhoods for places you and the kids frequent. Which restaurants and neighborhood merchants do you frequent?
(dry cleaners, gourmet markets, salons, automotive needs, etc.)  
  • Is your employer willing to donate goods or merchandise? Consider Friends & Family Sponsorship or Corporate Sponsorship.
  • Can you donate food, wine/alcohol or gift cards?
 TWO EASY WAYS TO DONATE!
Deadline is April 24th!
Click here for the donation form 
 
Through LaGuardia Arts BiddingforGood at http://www.biddingforgood.com/laguardiaartsonlineauction/2020

Feel free to contact us at lagdonate@gmail.com if you have questions about the auction or would like to join the auction committee.


GALA ALERT! Monday, June 15th!
We hope by now you've put LaGuardia Arts' biggest Party on your calendars combining the talents of both LaGuardia HS and Alumni & Friends.  We are looking for help in attracting Corperate Sponsors and  Gala After-Party Volunteer
KISMET - AN OPERA WORKSHOP 
& PIT ORCHESTRA 2020 PRODUCTION

POSTPONED - WE WILL ADVISE AS TO RESCHEDULING
RIVERSIDE CONCERT
POSTPONED - WE WILL ADVISE AS TO RESCHEDULING
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr @ 121st St
Tickets will be sold on the night of the performance
SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL #1
"LET THE RIGHT ONE IN"
POSTPONED - WE WILL ADVISE AS TO RESCHEDULING
Thursday, March 26th - Sunday, March 29th

Please Support the LaGuardia Appeal!

We'd love to feel your support!

 
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 -  week of March 23rd
 
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 - laguardiahspa@gmail.com

With Gratitude - 
Elisabeth Rucell
Co-Presidents
& Melissa Scott

STAY CONNECTED:


Upcoming Events -- Calendar Info
Dates and times may be subject to change.



  • POSTPONED: Friday, March 13th : Kismet, a Music Studio Production, 7:00 PM, CH
  • POSTPONED: Saturday, March 14th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 & 7:00 PM, CH
  • POSTPONED: Sunday, March 15th : Kismet - a Music Studio Production, 2:00 PM, CH
  • Tuesday, March 17th : SLT Meeting, 4:15 PM, CR
  • VIRTUAL CONFERENCES - DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL! Thursday, March 19th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30 PM
  • VIRTUAL CONFERENCES - DO NOT COME TO THE SCHOOL! Friday, March 20th : Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00 PM
  • POSTPONED: Tuesday, March 24th : Riverside Concert, 7:00 - 9:00 PM,  The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr
  • POSTPONED: Wednesday, March 25th College & Conservatory Fair, 6:30 - 9:00 PM, 1st floor Lobby's & Mezzanine
  • POSTPONED: Thursday, March 26th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In
  • POSTPONED: Friday, March 27th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In
  • POSTPONED: Friday, March 27th : Senior Art Show #4,  4:15 - 7:00 PM, Art Gallery
  • POSTPONED: Saturday, March 28th : SDF #1, Let The Right One In
  • POSTPONED: Sunday, March 29th:  SDF #1, Let the Right One In
  • POSTPONED: Monday, April 6th: Open House for Admitted Students, 5pm
  • POSTPONED: Wednesday, 8th: International Food Fair, Back Lobby, periods 4-8
  • 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  wendyreimer3@gmail.com


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!   Fifth Meeting -  TBA - Week of March 23rd.



EVERYTHING COLLEGE





Especially for Juniors
ALL ABOUT ME
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.

NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE FAIR
Sunday, April 26th,  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Representatives from more than 350 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the New York National College Fair.  The College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), is a timesaving opportunity for students and parents to gather a lot of information in one day. College admissions representatives will be on hand to answer key questions ranging from acceptance policies to student-faculty ratio.
 
In addition to asking questions, students and parents will be able to set up college interviews, pick up literature and learn about the various financial aid programs available.
POSTPONED
A TIMELINE FOR THE ROAD TO COLLEGE
Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
826 Superhero Supply Company, 372 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

A Timeline for the Road to College: From Ninth Grade to Senior Year
This workshop will provide an overview of high school as preparation for applying to college. You will come away with a plan for the many moving parts that make up a successful college process, including a framework, a timeline handout, and a renewed sense of control. Most importantly, you will get a strong understanding of what really matters on the road to college...and what is just noise! The information presented will be most useful to parents of children in 8th - 11th grades, but all parents are welcome.
If you have questions about this or any PSP event, please send email
COLLEGE TIPS & INSIGHTS
Library is temporarily closed - please check with the library for updates

FREE SAT PRACTICE TEST
Event Date: Saturday, April 4th, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location:  Riverside Library, 127 Amsterdam Avenue @ 65th St.
Question: Contact Adriana Ortiz, resumeworkshops@dany.nyc.gov

This event is free, but registration is required. Please contact the New York Public Library to register!  Riverside Library - (212) 870-1633
FREE ACT/SAT HYBRID EXAM
Event Date: Saturday, May 16th, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Beacon School (522 W44th - 10/11 Ave)

Students will take and score a sample ACT & SAT exam, and see which exam they score better on as well as which format they prefer. This will help them as they plan out their junior year test prep and admission exam planning.  Students will need to bring a laptop or tablet that they will download the Hybrid exam.  Seats are limited - enroll here .
PRE-COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS
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!
FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!
FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
These are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.  Go to: fafsa.ed.gov and cssprofile.collegeboard.org
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!
 
SPORTS!

COVID-19 UPDATES
Many games are being postponed. 


SUMMER PROGRAMS | INTERNSHIPS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES! 
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!  

COVID-19 has impacted many organizations' Spring programming. 
Please contact these organizations directly for the most recent updates.

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!  https://insideschools.org/resources/free-programs

2020 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT (SYEP)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

The  2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) applications are available NOW! SYEP provides New York City youth with paid summer experiences for up to six weeks in July and August. This year we've made some changes to the program: teens 14 - 15 take part in project-based activities that help them explore different careers while young adults aged 16 - 24 can work in a variety of industries throughout the City. For more information and to apply, please visit the website.
BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC 
TEEN JAZZ CAMP
Dates: July 6-10 & 13-17, 2020
58 Seventh Ave.  (at Lincoln Place)

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is thrilled to offer our 4th annual season of Amy Winehouse Teen Jazz Camp! Open to students 12-18 of all levels, this weeklong camp features a top-notch faculty who are active in the creative jazz community, and a small student-to-teacher ratio. Students work in small ensembles to develop technique and improvisation skills while boosting their confidence in a fun, non-competitive environment. 
 
Registration is open now!   Ages 12-18 (or age 11 if entering 7th grade), with one school year of instrumental experience.  Thanks to the generosity of our supporter, the  Amy Winehouse Foundation , need-based scholarships are available. For more information, contact Brian Drye, Director of BKCM's Community Music School, at  brian.drye@bkcm.org
RIVERSIDE LIBRARY - TEEN JOB HUNT TALK
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

THE COOPER UNION SUMMER ART INTENSIVE
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: summerartintensive@cooper.edu Online application  

THE MET HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
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. 

AAA's 2020 HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO PSA CONTEST
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.

2020 DOE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS 

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!

NY MATH CIRCLE HS SUMMER PROGRAM
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 - www.nymathcircle.org/summer

BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S ACADEMY OF MEDIA PRODUCTION
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.

DonorsChoose

$440,266 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!


Technology in the Spanish Classroom!
$1,107 to go! Join the 7 donors who have already contributed!
Help  SeƱora Rosenstein give her students a laptop and adaptor for use in the classroom.  Donate now !

Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$319 to go!!! Join the 9 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! 
$980 to go!!!  Join the 5 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.
Start your shopping from this link (https://www.amazon.com/?&tag=laghspa-20) 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 .
PA GENERAL & STUDIO MEETINGS 2019-2020
 
Tuesday, April 7th - POSTPONED
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 https://alumniandfriends.org/news/



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