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Issue 31
April 14, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

There are so many wonderful happenings over the course of the past week! We are truly not sure what to focus on first!  To play it safe, let's go in alphabetical order!

Wouldn't you like to be an AP Environmental Science Student  hiking in the mud, snow & ice, getting wet & dirty, having fun outside and doing water quality testing, water percolation studies of several different soil types, checking out stream flows and making water filters? These students clearly did!

The show continues... won't you come and view these beautiful creations?  


SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL #2 - Pride & Prejudice!

Both casts interpretation of Pride & Prejudice were spot on!  Isn't it amazing how a story written in the early 19th century has so much relevance to life today?  Bravo to our Seniors for making the bridge between past and present - both your acting and academic education are on full view!  Congratulations to your teachers, stage crew and everyone else who makes the performance come alive!

Have you made your donation? Thanks to your generosity
we are doing great but we are not there yet.  We would like to provide more support to our students and teachers but we need you to meet and exceed our ASA Goal.   WE CAN DO IT!
ASA Goal: $140,000
Current Progress: $128,000
Distance to goal: ($12,000)
The PA would like to equip 4 classrooms with smart boards at a cost of $24,000.  Look out for our LaG One Day Campaign for how to get involved!

If you are a graphic designer and can help with our ASA logo, please email me at 



So you know the Academic Forum PA co-chairs for the vital educational workshops they host for our parent community on topics ranging from selecting AP classes to funding your college education.  Now the AF is directly impacting your children's classroom experience.  The AF co-chairs created a FIRST EVER Request for Proposal (RFP) process for academic teachers to compete for mini grants to enrich their classroom offerings.  At the end of the process, the Parents Association awarded nine academic mini grants, totaling almost $5,000. Teachers were encouraged to submit proposals (maximum of $500). The grants could be used to fund any activity, program, or resource that would enrich an academic class.  
The PA hopes to continue this and offer even more next year if funding allows. Because of your continued generosity we are able to make projects such as these happen! Please see below for recipients and their projects.
Ms. Healy (12th grade AP Literature and Composition): fund printing of the culminating student publication that AP class creates.
Ms. Nawrocki-Washburn (12th grade AP Literature and Composition): fund printing of the culminating student publication that AP class creates.
Ms. Mehter (English 10 Honors): replenish 20 copies of the novel White Teeth for her classroom.  
Mr. BarLev (12th grade English Film as Literature): purchase tripods for existing video cameras that are used for film projects in class. 
Ms. Rochkind (Japanese): assist with Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS) chapter dues, student fees, cords for graduation gowns.
Ms. Kingham (AP World History): purchase study materials and incentive goody bags for AP exam (168 students). 
Ms. Pflaum (AP Statistics): purchase a chrome book laptop to add to partial class set.
Ms. Aurelia (Calderon) (Geometry and Algebra): purchase regents review books for 5 class sections (170 students). 
Mr. Hold (AP Psychology): partial funding for a project to purchase textbooks, study guides, online access, and tools for AP Psych classes. 


Senior Art Show #4 is now open...
Come by and see the works of our very talented seniors. Scroll down for details.

What wonderful item were you able to obtain last week for our Spring Auction?  The Auction benefits EVERY STUDIO and each year there are many amazing items on which to bid - which is great - but we need your help in obtaining these items!  Please scroll down for more information on what we need and how to "make the ask."  Thanks!

Gospel Choir May 1st
Come and be transported on wings of spirituality - please scroll down for more information and how to purchase tickets.

Spring Musicales #1, #2 & #3... May 15th, 29th & 30th
Featuring different ensembles every evening - please scroll down for more information and how to purchase tickets.

Auditions for Cinderella's Pit Orchestra 
Sign up to audition for the Musical Pit Orchestra outside Room A41. Auditions held Wednesday, April 17 and again on Thursday, May 2.

Please sign up to help with our many Spring events.

Musicale #1, April 15th
New Student Orientation, April 16th & 17th
Musicale #2, April 29th
Musicale #3, April 30th
Gospel Choir Concert, May 1st
Alice Tully Hall Trip, May 2nd
Symphonic Band & New Music Concert, May 3rd


THE LAGUARDIA ARTS SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY  needs two parent volunteers to assist with planning and managing the award ceremony on May 1st.  Please email  if you would like to help with this fun and important project.          

So many amazing SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES  - please scroll down for some new options and of course checkout the PA Website for a full listing.  The SYEP lottery is now open - paid jobs for your students during the summer!

I'm wishing you a wonderful Spring Break - to relax, to celebrate (if you have a holiday!) and to enjoy mindful time with family and friends.
Please scroll down to read the latest Mindful Newsletter from NY Foundling and m ake sure you and the people in your life  are taking care of yourselves.

Shindy Johnson
PA President

PS: We are developing a vibrant social media presence.  Don't miss out on photos and videos that don't make it into this newsletter.

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.
  • Ongoing :  Senior Art Show #4 now Open!
  • Monday, April 15th : Spring Musicale #1
  • Tuesday, April 16th: Incoming Student Orientation (volunteers needed)
  • Wednesday, April 17thIncoming Student Orientation (volunteers needed)
  •   Friday, April 19th thru Friday, April 26th : School Closed for Spring Break (reopens Monday, April 29th)
  • Monday, April 29th: Spring Musicale #2
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Spring Musicale #3
  • Wednesday, May 1st:  Spring Gospel Concert
  • Wednesday, May 1st : National College Decision Day
  • Friday, May 3rd: Senior Art Show #5
  • Tuesday, May 7th: General PA & Studio Meetings
  • Wednesday, May 15th: Academic Forum: ACT vs. SAT
  • Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day - No School
Click here to view the DOE 2018-2019 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.

Do you watch The Voice?  Then you've seen LaG's own Celia Babini! Celia will be in a battle to be decided by the National Audience, so watch her performance on either the 15th or the 22nd. Let's pull together as the LaGuardia community and vote for Celia!

From Monday, April 15, 2019, vote via The Voice Official App, available on the App Store or Google Play. For more information, check out Limit ten (10) votes per artist per email address, regardless of sign in method used, during applicable voting windows. Online From Monday, April 15, 2019, vote online at Limit ten (10) votes per artist per email address, regardless of sign in method used, during applicable voting windows

Another LaGuardia student, Anais Reno will be appearing in Tomatoes Got Talent this Monday!  Read more here...

Looking for LaGuardia musical or vocal talent!
And here's a good cause and also community service hours for your student!  LaGuardia sophomore, Avery Bloomberg, of AJJAMS is organizing a talent show on June 8th @ 3pm at The Triad Theater (72nd Street between Bdwy and Columbus) to raise money for Opportunity Music Project , a not-for-profit organization that provides music lessons to those who can't afford them.
Please contact if you are interested or sign-up here.



If it's too difficult to choose just one show, 
why not join us for two or three!?

Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM

It's SAT vs ACT...
Join us as Kristina Semos from Ivy Lounge Test Prep explains the difference between the two tests and how to help your student figure out the best option.

We need your help!

1 month to go!!!
We have 1 month to obtain auction items to sell in our annual online auction which will begin on May 13th and run through the 26th.

Our annual online auction helps provide funds to support ALL of our studios and programs at LaGuardia. We need many more items to make it a success.   It is very easy to ask for donations.  You can go in person or email some of your favorite establishments, restaurants, retail stores, tutoring/college prep, vacation homes, theater tickets, sporting events, opera, ballet, etc.  You get the picture.  Anything goes.   Just think of things you would want to bid on.  Check in your local neighborhoods for places you and the kids frequent.  Every little bit helps. Remember, people will always bid on things they would normally spend money on anyway.  

We appreciate all of your support for LaGuardia. Please see attached list of current donors.  It is not complete as things are coming in daily, but it will give you an idea.

Donating is easy! Simply download complete the Donor Form , then save the form and return it as an attachment to your e-mail. All e-mails should be sent to:    Or, download the    Donor Form  and mail it, with applicable certificates, tickets or vouchers, to:  LaGuardia Arts Auction, c/o Heather MacAllister, 400 West 63rd Street, Apt 2404, New York, NY 10069 Please include all contact information, as well as any details specific to the donation. 

Thanks so much, your Auction Team!


For information about joining our Mental Health and Wellness Committee please e mail .

A new report by the Child Mind Institute,  Talking to Teens About Anxiety is  available here .

Do you have questions?  About everything and anything?!  This list, Parents of NY Teens & Young Adults is a great resource for finding answers - whether about high school, college, tutors, therapists, tattoo parlors (seriously!).  Join in discussions with parents from all around the city to share your knowledge and compare notes!  See if this is a match for you!

Have you visited the PA Website yet - the new home of all

Come visit the 
PA Website!  
Don't miss out on all the amazing opportunities for your students - arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities - summer, year-round - there's truly something for everyone!  Take a look at some of these Summer Programs....


NYPL Riverside teen job hunt talk, NYPL Grow Up flyer and teen budgeting event
The Riverside Library will hold a teen job hunt talk on Wednesday, April 17, 3:30 - 5 p.m. Learn how to look for summer jobs, prepare a resume and use library cards to borrow handbags, briefcases or ties from the NYPL Grow Up work fashion accessories library for job interviews, performances or prom. 
Additional information available here 

Go Project Summer Internship
The GO Project summer internship is an opportunity for high school students to learn and develop leadership skills while working with GO Project students in academic and/or enrichment classes. During the 5-week GO Summer program, interns will be working as teaching assistants in a K-5 classroom under the guidance of a Head Teacher or Enrichment Teacher. Interns will work in small groups or one-to-one within the classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and build confidence as learners.  Learn more and apply, and reach out to with any questions. 
Application Deadline April 29, 2019

Apollo Theater Academy Summer Internship 
The Apollo Theater Academy Summer Internship Program provides 11th grade high school students with opportunities for professional and personal development as they explore managerial and production careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.
Application Deadline:  April 19th

Public Process, SculptureCenter
A three week summer program for high school students that explores public art, city planning and urban space. The program is free to all accepted students and school credit/community service hours are available to qualified participants.  Apply Here.
Application Deadline: April 21st

NBC News Young Leaders in Journalism exposes New York City public high school students interested in news to the inner workings of the profession and to distinguished journalists. A class of ten selected high school students from New York City will meet daily at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan from July 22, 2019 to August 2, 2019.
The program will focus on six principal areas: (i) experiencing day-to-day life within a cross-platform news organization through job shadowing and exposure to NBC News journalists; (ii) required writing assignments that will be reviewed and critiqued by a journalism instructor to help develop students' writing and reporting style; (iii) a speaker series and field trips involving respected journalists and executives who will discuss their career paths and address relevant daily themes; (iv) a final project involving the filming, reporting and editing of a news segment; (v) professional and academic mentoring; and (vi) required reading assignments of various daily and weekly news publications to which students will receive free subscriptions. In order to impact students with under-resourced financial backgrounds who can benefit most from the program, only individuals with total household incomes under $60,000 will be considered, except for circumstances in which students can explain why they qualify as "financially under-resourced."
The program is open to rising juniors and seniors, is free to accepted students, and covers all transportation and food expenses. Applications are due Thursday, April 18, 2019.

A youth-led,  consensus-based organization  mobilizing students from New York City to urban farms across the country.  Please click here for more information on their summer programs.

RAS Pioneer Teens  July 8-19, 2019 Contact: Kako Ueda/212-697-3480 The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) Pioneer Teens program is a free two-week summer program where students will discover the world through images. ARAS is a unique archive of mythological and symbolic images in art worldwide and human history. Students will learn how to conduct research and create their own artwork inspired by images from the Archive. Students will also explore museums and galleries and meet with working artists to further inspire and deepen their understanding of art and symbols. The program will end with an exhibition of student work. The program takes place Monday-Friday 10am-4pm at ARAS, located at 28 East 39 Street, Manhattan. Visit the ARAS Tumblr, learn more about ARAS and apply.   Application Deadline: May 1, 2019 

Bronx Loaf is a fully funded, week-long creative writing program for New York City teens.  Experience the opportunity to work closely with professional authors, publish in our anthology,  Breaking Bread,  and collaborate with fellow teen writers from New York City. Learn more and apply by May 5th

The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is an annual six (6) week summer program that runs  Monday - Friday and is offered to city resident youth ages 10-15. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.  More information is available here.

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

Are you familiar with this term?  If not, and you're the parent of a student who will be heading to college in the coming years, we strongly recommend that you research the information from our April General PA guest speaker's presentation...!  It may save you more than just a few dollars!   The April PA General Meeting's Guest Speaker, Allan Katz, spoke about Financial Aid Awareness Planning.  The key is to PLAN, PLAN,PLAN!  Mr. Katz covered topics such as the "two-year look-back", EFC contribution, negotiating with colleges and choosing your college wisely.  Please consult Mr. Allan Katz's site ( and his handout distributed at the Meeting for more information.  Mr. Katz offers a free consultation.

College Night, May 2 at 8PM (Online and Free)
Please Register Here .  I f you can't attend, sign up and the recording will be emailed to you afterward

Get the inside scoop on admissions testing, college essays, financing college, and the admissions process from an expert in each field. Our founder Dr. Jed Applerouth, college essay expert Ethan Sawyer, Financial Planning Specialist Stuart Canzeri, and former Duke Senior Admissions Office Ginger Fay will share advice and answer your application-related questions!

Applerouth will also be hosting free practice tests SAT/ACT on April 27 + 28.  
To sign up for a practice test, please visit
Students will also receive access to an exclusive online Strategy Session led by a top tutor.

This is a moment to rejoice. Your child was accepted to college and all of your effort and his have resulted in this success. There may be some small disappointments, there may euphoria and there may be some big decisions ahead, but this is one of life's big moments and it should be noted and celebrated.  Let your nearly grown child know just how proud you are and acknowledge how much of his effort it took to get to this moment.

April 20, 2019
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2019 
Join us for a free college fair at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! Upper middle and high school students are invited to learn about the college application process in an intimate and unique setting, speak with college and university representatives, and participate in workshop sessions. The event will be held at the Intrepid Museum in the Education Center at Pier 86, West 46 Street and Twelfth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Register and learn more


Sunday, May 19, 2019
1:00 PM
The New York Hilton Midtown
Sutton Complex
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

The program begins promptly at 1:00 PM with a 30-minute information session. A college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This program is open to the public and free of charge.   Register online.  See the entire list of sessions here.

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

Find out how you will score with a free practice test from The Princeton Review!   Riverside Library in conjunction with The Princeton Review will hold a free practice SAT exam on Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the library for teens. Seats are limited and students/parents should call 212-870-1633 to reserve a spot.


Congrats for a 69-64 win over Frederick Douglas Academy.  Kudos to Anastasia J. for 10 touches, Amanda L. and Margaret W. for 15 touches each in Foil and to Isabel O. for 10 touches in Epee.
For a 2-1 win over HS Environmental Studies.  Kudos to Evan M. for 23 digs n 11 kills, Jacob C. for 25 assists and 10 digs, Justin Y. for 13 digs, Takaaki H. for 20 digs, and Thatcher P. for 33 digs.  *
Special Mention for Thatcher P. in his selection by the USA Volleyball High  Performance Y3 team for the 2nd year in a row.
Congrats on a 27-8 win over East Harlem Pride.
Check out the calendar and come and root for our teams.

Over $399,461 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

Thank you so much - Ms. McGoey's project for her AP Psychology Students has been fully funded!

THIS WEEK'S PROJECT is for Ms. Wittels Fashion Class!

Fashion Class Upgrades!
Help me give my students a fashion studio with professional equipment like a sewing machine and a serger and organizational containers for our fabric supplies.

Students learn how to design artwork using the human body as their form. They learn about the fashion industry, traditional design standards, as well as how to be inclusive to multiple body types, gender identifications, ages, and aesthetic preferences with their clothing design and wearable objects. We also learn how building basic patterns requires design for a function and construct fashion objects with hand and machine stitching!

This sewing machine and serger, as well as the organizational materials will allow students to practice using the technology standard in the fashion industry to create fashion objects, and alter and repair clothing. Gaining a basic understanding of how to safely use a sewing machine and serger will help students be able to create their fashion design ideas, understand how the clothing they wear is produced, and prepare any students interested in pursuing careers in fashion be prepared for their college fashion courses. Students show a high interest in learning how to create fashion objects, but we have do not have enough machines to support the entire class. The more machines we can acquire, the more we can build machine sewing permanently into the Fashion curriculum!

Please donate here:

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.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Fundraising Committee
We are still 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

The Hospitality and Volunteer Coordination Committee is essential to the success of the countless events and shows that LaGuardia annually produces. Contact us to find out how you can help. Email

We can always use people who have experience with grant 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.

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!)
Give Community Partners cards to your friends and family members. Shop. Eat. Donate.


Tuesday, May 7th - 6:00 PM General & 7:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, June 11th - General & Studios

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