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Issue 32
April 28, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Amazing how Spring Break which had initially stretched out in front of us with its many days is now winding up its final hours!  We hope your time was well-spent and enjoyed! 

Let's take a quick look back at the week leading up to Spring Break...

Next year you'll be able to see the faces of these soon-to-be  new LaGuardia students who attended Orientation Sessions at the school the week before Break!  Thank you to the many parents and students who took time both days to welcome students and their families and answer their questions and make them feel welcome!

We need your help!

So little time....!
We have 2 WEEKS 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.  


Camps/ Classes
Unique Experiences
Land Yoga
Camp Settoga
Live with Kelly & Ryan
mangOh Yoga
New York Guitar School
Rachel Ray
Massage Envy
Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Tony Awards

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!

Lynn Nottage  was just named by Time magazine as one of the most 
100 Most Influential People of 2019 . Nottage is an American playwright who was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended
LaGuardia High School , where she wrote her first full-length play.  

(Also scroll to the bottom of this email for a clip of 2017 LaG graduate Micaela Diamond being interviewed on the Tonight Show along with the "real" Cher!)
LaGuardia has some amazingly talented alumni.
They experienced the same juggle of academic and arts classes as your student is now receiving.   Nottage and her classmates benefited from the support of parents and the LaG community.  
Let's do our part for our future "Influential People."

We would like to provide more support to our students and teachers but we need you to meet and exceed our ASA Goal.  

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 

Two ensembles from Mr. Meyer's Chamber Music Class at LaGuardia were chosen to perform on May 2nd at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 36th Annual Young Musicians Regional. The groups received coaching from a violinist, Daniel Phillips of the Chamber Music Society.  The groups include:
Franz Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden" Allegro
Maya Sheehy, Clara Lee, Violins; Benkei Golden, viola; Giorgio Poma, cello
Gabriel Faure Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15 Allegro molto
Ayane Nakajima, piano; Nine Uesato, violin; Myah Segura, viola; Aiden McGorry, cello.
For free tickets, please call the Chamber Music Society directly at 212-875-5788


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!  If you scrolled too fast, you just jumped past all the valuable information explaining how to "make the ask," what forms to give and what items are popular. Thank you in advance for your time and support in obtaining Auction items.

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

Gospel Choir May 1st
Come and be transported on wings of spirituality - 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. A second opportunity to audition will be held on Thursday, May 2.

Senior Art Show #5!
Set to open on Friday, May 3rd!  Begin the weekend with a stroll around the displays of work from our talented Seniors!

New Music Singers/Symphonic Band Concert
One performance only!  Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 PM!

Please sign up to help with our many Spring events.

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
So many amazing SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES  - please scroll down for some new options and of course checkout the PA Website for a full listing.  

We're now in the final stretch of the school year - let's make each day count and be a meaningful step along your student's path at LaGuardia. There is so much to learn, experience and contribute.
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.
  • 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
  • Friday, May 3rd:  New Music Singers/Symphonic Band Concert
  • Tuesday, May 7th: General PA & Studio Meetings
  • Thursday, May 9th: LaG Parents & Friends Party sponsored by PODs and POTs
  • 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.
Monday, April 29th at 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM

If you loved the first one - then why not come to another!
If you haven't yet been, then please come to #2 or #3! 

Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 PM

Listen to the voices and feel the tension seep out of you.
You will be calmed and uplifted.

Friday, May 3, 2019
7:30 PM
LaGuardia Concert Hall

Invite You to an Informal Theatre Studio Party
Grab a Drink & Dance!
(Adults only!)

Thursday, May 9th
7:30 to 10:30 PM
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Buy Tickets Here:
(PASSWORD: LaGuardia)

$20 online; $30 at the door

Parents & friends from all studios are welcome to attend!

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.


Dave Kim the Potter came to visit the Ceramics classes in the Art Studio as part of our visiting artists series. 


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 .

Manhattan High Schools Superintendent Vivian Orlen and the Family Engagement Team are excited to invite you and your community members to their 4th Annual Community Resource Fair. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from city agencies and local nonprofits that support youth development and leadership opportunities, college and career access programs, family legal and advocacy, and scholarship and internships opportunities.
Every week 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


Urban Word NYC
First Draft (#UWFirstDraft) is a free, non-censored, open mic series. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, urban word alumni and mentors. They seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Discovery Guide positions at the Bronx Zoo are open to youth aged 14 to 24. As a Bronx Zoo Discovery Guide, you will join the Education Department in its mission to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates. You may do this by engaging zoo visitors in fun, educational activities throughout the park; by assisting Conservation Educators in programs like summer camp; or by advocating for wildlife and the environment through a WCS campaign. There are many exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of, and opportunities to grow within the program throughout the seasons. To apply for or learn more about the Discovery Guide Program,  click here. For additional questions or assistance, email

92Y Poetry Center's Young Writers Workshop offers a summer workshop for driven, intellectually curious young people who want to explore their writing in a supportive, focused environment.  
YWW Ages 15-18 runs July 8-25 and focuses on a different literature genre each week: they study poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction in morning seminars and challenge themselves through creating new work in afternoon workshops. They also meet with award-winning authors and take part of exclusive events in NYC's thriving literary community.  Learn more at , or if you have questions, please call us at 212.415.5760 or email .   Application Deadline:  May 3, 2019
Little Essentials (LE) improves the health, safety and well-being of children living in poverty by providing urgently needed resources and parenting education to families in crisis.  High School Students: Summer Program LE offers High School students the opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit environment, during their summer break. Students are required to make a regular commitment to an agreed-upon work schedule, but total number of hours can be flexible. Ideal candidates will be available to work 10 - 20 hours per week, for a minimum of eight weeks. Start and end dates to be determined (and can vary by student).  Application due May 24th

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

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!

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.


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.
Last weekend (Saturday) we had the Mayor's Cup Track & Field event which our Laguardia girls did well in at the Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island. Our Sophomore girls  4 by 400m relay team stepped up to the challenge and ran a 5:39. That team comprise of Jennifer Woo, Stella Breen, Grace Gutierrez and Lillian Tyroler. The varsity 4 by 800m girls relay did not disappoint us, they ran an impressive personal best 11:03 beating they pass personal best of 11:30 which they ran at the Manhattan Indoor PSAL Championships. That team is comprised of Kayla Parker, Willa Donovan, Fiona Logan and Arden Brown. This was a qualifying event and therefore our boys team did not qualify.
Saturday April 6 we had the PSAL Season Opener and our teams did well. In the boys we had Jake Appelbaum running a 32:31 in the 200 m. Tyler Kipnis ran 1:03.81 in the 400m and Tyson Keller ran 5:51.93 in his 1600m race.  The girls Amanda Crewey ran a personal best 29:44 in the 200m and Grace Gutierrez ran her first ever 200m in 38:71. Lillian Tyroler ran her 400m in 1:27.31 and Arden Brown ran her 1500m in 5:41, Carol Nieves (5:53), Stella Breen (6:36), Jennifer Woo (6:47), Sara Dasilva (7:03). Willa Donovan did not disappoint and medaled 5th in the freshman 1500m with a time of 5:53.

Varsity girls 4 by 800m from the Mayor's Cup

Thanks again to all the parents who come out to support and thanks to our athletes who came out to support even though they weren't running an event.
Thanks from Coach Hackett and Coach Ocampo

Check out the calendar and come and root for our teams.

Over $399,755 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

Mr. Rahman needs a Projector & Screen 
for his Physical Setting/Chemistry Classes

My students need a projector so that we can utilize our classroom resources. PowerPoint slides or SMARTboard slides can help visual learners to understand the topics. We can use your donation to buy a portable screen and convert our regular classroom to a multifunctional resource room. Students with vision problems need your support to take advantage of learning science through visuals. We also need a projector adjustable cart so that we can move around the screens for all students during presentations. Students can utilize these materials to take class notes. Your donation will help not only 170 students of mine but many more in the future.

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.

A recent episode of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon was dedicated to Cher the person and the Cher Show on Broadway  The Cher Show performers were featured alongside Cher herself, including 2017 LaG graduate Micaela Diamond.
A clip of the interview portion:

Also,  a clip of Micaela and Jarrod Spector ("Sonny") singing "I've got you, babe": (about halfway through, Cher steps in and takes over for Micaela to finish the song)

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

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