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Issue 1
August 1, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Goodbye July and a big hello to August!  There are 31 glorious days of August to enjoy wherever you may be.  We hope that summer is treating you well and looking forward to being together again when school resumes in September.

In the spirit of good communication, we bring to your a special issue of our regular school year's weekly Sunday Night News reincarnated as  Midsummer Night's NEWS!

Feel some LaGuardia pride over the summer at 
Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Friday, August 2nd, 7:00 PM!

Sing, Sing, Sing , from the Graduation Dance Concert, will be performed by our just-graduated senior dancers and the senior jazz band at Lincoln Center Out of Doors in Damrosch Park.  The performance is free.   More information is   available here!   You won't want to miss it!

Today's NY Times article One Night. One Chance. One Liza (With a 'Z') provides additional information about the evening and mentions LaGuardia's performers!

Congratulations on your student joining the LaGuardia Community - we're looking forward to meeting you and them!  

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 to 1:00 PM
  • Music, Drama & Tech - Thursday, August 29th - 10:00 AM to 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.  Teachers, staff and students will also be in attendance to talk to and tour you around the building.

Former team members & new recruits!

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

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

Swim Tryouts
All student interested in trying out for the 2019 - 2020 LaGuardia 
Varsity Girls Swim Team, please attend the following tryout dates - 
Thursday, Sept. 5th, Friday, September 6th, and Monday, September 9th,  after school, at Seahorse Fitness, 69 Columbia Street @ Rivington Street, NYC
You will need a lock, swim cap & swimsuit

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


Soccer Tryouts
First tryout will be on Tuesday, August 20th at 2:00 PM on Randall's Island field 81. (see map)

Second tryout will be on Thursday, August 22nd at 10:00 AM in Detective Keith L. Williams Park (Liberty Avenue & 173rd ST, Jamaica, NY, 11433)

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

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

A new school year - a new opportunity to become more involved and volunteer! Not only do you have the satisfaction of being involved with the shows and performances, but it's a great way to meet other parents!
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!

We look forward to meeting you at the first Parents Association meeting on the new academic year on Tuesday, September 17th!  Keep tuned for more information as we near the date.

Until soon.
Elisabeth Rucell
Co-PA President

Melissa Scott
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.
  • Friday, August 2nd :  Lincoln Center Out of Doors -- LaG dancers & Senior Jazz Band perform!
  • Friday, August 9th:  Summer School ends
  • Wednesday, August 28th: Art & Dance Orientation, 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, August 29th:   Music, Drama & Tech Orientation, 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, September 5th:  School begins 
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  PA General Meeting | Studio Meetings
Click here to view the DOE 2019-2020 School Calendar.

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

For a comprehensive list, check the LaGuardia School Calendar. You can have the school calendar automatically appear on your phone, device or computer calendar. For instructions, click here.

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.

The 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest
June 14-Aug. 23, 2019

The Summer Reading Contest is now in its seventh week. You can post your comment for Week 7 here  until Aug. 2 at 9 a.m.

Every year since 2010 teenagers around the world have been invited to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists and, so far, nearly 50,000 have.

At a time when teachers are looking for ways to offer students more "voice and choice," we hope our open-ended contest can help: Every week, we ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell us why. At the end of the week, judges from the Times newsroom pick favorite responses, and we publish them here. It's as simple as that.

Interested? All the details you need summarized in this handy PDF or you can click here for complete details.
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

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.


$403,036 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

All donations to this Project are currently doubled through the generous support 
of the Yellow Chair Foundation!
(Your $20 becomes $40!  Your $50 becomes $100!)

Ms. Healy is requesting for help to give her students  Empowering Poems to Read and Inspire  including a wide and diverse list of races and backgrounds emphasizing currently writing poets: Marilyn Chin, Tracy K. Smith, Richard Blanco, Martin Espada, Ocean Vuong and new Poet Laureate Joy Harjo!
Offering an array of voices (African-American, Asian-American, Latino, LGBT) ensures my students feel seen and connect with the universal themes in poetry.
I've selected a variety of poetry books that will get them reading and help them find their own interests and styles. In class, they will have time to peruse the library, find poems they love, copy them in their notebook, and emulate them. They will also pick one poet and do a deep dive into this poet's work to produce an anthology, presentation or display for their peers.

All donations to this Project are currently  doubledthrough the generous support 
of the Yellow Chair Foundation!
(Your $20 becomes $40!  Your $50 becomes $100!)

Ms. Fischer was able to purchase a Phaser 3320 printer due to the generous support of contributors!  Now she needs to purchase a Toner Cartridge for the printer.  

High school Common Core curriculum for Algebra Two and for our Calculus course requires my students to work with and interpret information and data in new ways including tables, diagrams, graphs, and stories. Therefore, daily handouts have now become a necessity.

Common Core units of study require worksheets for lessons, activities, homework, review, and assessments. This means my students receive handouts on a daily basis. Students also ask me to write, print and mail letters of recommendation for college applications and scholarships.

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.
Donate Via Amazon

Please bookmark this Amazon link -- there's no cost to you and our school receives a percentage of qualifying purchases. Please share the link widely with friends and family:

(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)
Volunteer Opportunities
Fundraising Committee
We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers. Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association. We need some creative, dogged, persistent volunteers to work on our many fundraising initiatives particularly our All School Appeal (ASA). Thanks to the parents who are involved in launching our All-School Appeal. To learn more, contact

We can always use people who have experience with G rant Writing . Thank you to our parents how have already started to work on a grant to benefit LaGuardia Students. Stay tuned!

Email us at: You can also sign up to volunteer here.
Give Community Partners cards to your friends and family members! Shop. Eat. Donate.


Additional Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  PA General Meeting | Studio Meetings
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