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

Issue #29
April 5, 2020
HELLO TO OUR LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY!

Wonderful news to lead off with - congratulations to 
Heather O'Connell, Art Studio AP, on the birth of her healthy and ADORABLE baby girl! Noelle safely arrived in this crazy world on Thursday, April 2nd! We couldn't be happier for Heather and her family, and we wish them the very best during this special time!

A heads-up that we will be hosting our  Virtual PA Meeting on Tuesday, April 14thplease keep an eye out for information on how to join us . Individual Studio Meetings are also tentatively scheduling meetings for that date, and we'll of course keep you posted! Please note that the  Drama Studio's Meeting , originally scheduled for this Tuesday, April 7th, will instead meet on April 14th.

Please visit LaGuardia PA's new Facebook page to share your thoughts, ideas, questions and suggestions - please join us

Please watch this important, short informational video hosted by LaG students Gabby and Arden reading the Morning Announcements about a new DOE check-in policy.

Now listen to Coronavirus, The Song, by The Brothers Be Yellin' and be-bop your way through the rest of our newsletter!

The LaGuardia Student Government has also setup an Instagram Account to keep everyone connected -  @SGOLAG

Scroll down to the College 101 Section for information on a SAT test prep offer with LaG PA partner: Academic Approach!!!

Share with your Teens (especially if they live in Brooklyn) this Zoom event on Monday, April 6th at 5:00 PM QuaranTeens on Zooman open forum for Brooklyn youth to check-in, vent, and share COVID-19 reflections. Organizers hope to incorporate civic engagement opportunities and creative activities down the road. Hosted by PB Youth Committee Leaders

Learn about the science of COVID-19
- Yale Neuroscience Ph.D student Clara Liao, created a compelling explanation of the science behind the disease. Be a science nerd for a few minutes and watch it! Covid-19: An Illustrated Scientific Summary 
- From South Korea, leading COVID-19 Expert,  Professor Kim Woo-joo from Korea University Guro Hospital, discusses the situation in South Korea and what we can learn.

Please note - any "snail mail" communications with the PA should now be sent to the PA Treasurer - Irene Glazer, 77 Fulton St, Apt # 22K,  NY, NY 10038.  Thank you!

And finally, our section of "Interesting Things To Do" continues to grow as we learn of many offerings from well-established arts organizations - we've moved this section to the end of our newsletter, but it's worth the scroll!  See also the LaG PA website for more previously posted information.
PRINCIPAL VASCONCELOS LETTER RE SPRING BREAK

April 4, 2020
 
Dear LaGuardia Arts Community,
 
Thank you for your outpour of encouragement and understanding.
 
This morning, Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced that in response to our current public health crisis, remote instruction will continue during weekdays originally scheduled for Spring Break (April 9 - April 17). We know this announcement will be met with mixed emotions. We recognize that managing the remote learning workload has been an enormous challenge for all of our families. Many of us were looking forward to a break.  As we have done throughout this difficult time, LaGuardia Arts will abide by the Chancellor's guidance in a way that is thoughtful for our own community. 
 
At LaGuardia Arts, our 3,000 student families and 200 faculty/staff families, all have different home situations. While the DOE is not officially observing the upcoming religious holidays, we will be respectful to families' schedules of religious observances. From April 9 - April 17: 
  • We will all use this time to take a deep breath. 
  • Students will not be assigned new work. 
  • Teachers will continue to set up optional Office Hours for support and enrichment for students to access.
  • Students may also continue to access Office Hours by appointment.
  • Teachers will continue to be flexible with deadline accommodations for previously assigned work.  
To track our interactions with students, we will be taking note of who connects to Google Classroom each day. We understand that some students will not be able to connect everyday due to home circumstances, and that is OK. We also understand that hundreds of families in our own community are still waiting to receive access to technology.

 
Best wishes to you and your loved ones.
 
Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos
Principal
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL WITH PRINCIPAL VASCONCELOS & MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION

This past Thursday, April 2nd, the LaGuardia Administration held its second virtual Town Hall meeting which started off with Emiliya Mulerman, 
Junior Instrumentalist student, playing Beethoven's Sonata No. 11 Opus 22 via Zoom. This second Town Hall gives an up-to-date overview of how each studio is managing during this time with reports from each studio with seven studio teachers.  Our new AP Ms. Shoshanna Seid for Testing, Special Ed and programming, shares information on 'Executive Functioning' that is - planning, setting goals, prioritizing, paying attention, organizing, problem-solving and more.  We will present her slide show on this at a later time.  If that's not enough reason to watch, there's also a few cameos by our newest 4 month old!  You can listen to the second Town Hall meeting  or read  our summary notes 

We'll let you know if there will be a Town Hall meeting, on Thursday, April 9th. Whether there is or not, Happy Pesach (Passover) and Happy Easter with all your virtual communities!
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
LAGUARDIA'S VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE & Q&A SESSIONS
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, April 6-8th

Remember when your student
was admitted to LaGuardia?

What questions did you both have???
Let's welcome the  Class of 2024
and answer their questions
(online of course!!!)

Please Sign-up for one or more spots!
Speakers of Spanish, Mandarin, Russian
and other languages are definitely needed!
Please indicate other languages on your sign up

Virtual Open House for Accepted Students
Monday, April 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Virtual Open House Q&A Session #1
Tuesday, April 7th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Open House Q&A Session #2
Wednesday, April 8th from 8:30 - 10:30 AM

Thank you for representing our school
and strengthening the LaGuardia community!
LAGUARDIA GUIDANCE COUNSELORS ARE HERE FOR YOU!
At LaGuardia, students are assigned to organizational period's (OP's) and guidance counselors based on their grade and studio. We do this so families can receive support that is specific to their needs, with OP's and guidance counselors trained to serve the needs of the grades and studios they support.  Counselors can also assist with finding obtaining a device for remote learning.  A list of Guidance Counselors and OP groups broken down by grade and studio is available here on the LaGuardia website.
LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF DURING COVID-19
 

New Mask Guidance

With new studies that show pre-symptomatic people may be infectious, the City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is now advising New Yorkers to wear face coverings when outside and near people to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others. To help conserve PPE for healthcare workers, people are encouraged to use a scarf or bandana, or to make their own -- and of course to continue to maintain a social distance of 6 feet from other people.


Become a Hand-Washing Pro!  
Washing your hands is the #1 Rule for avoiding COVID-19. Many of us don't yet know how to wash our hands correctly. This short video will show you how!
TESTING FOR COVID-19 - Center for Disease Controls
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop  symptoms of COVID-19 , call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home . For more information

Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Misinformation
This video was created by The Poynter Institute's MediaWise project which is a non-profit, nonpartisan media literacy program supported by Google.org and Facebook. Watch it now! And once you're done watching, check-out what you've heard on this site - https://factcheckingday.com/

GRAB & GO MEALS

Grab and Go Meals Expanding for All New Yorkers: In this time of historic high unemployment, more New Yorkers are experiencing food insecurity for the first time. So the City will be expanding "grab and go" meals for all New Yorkers. No one will be turned away. Anyone who shows up will be able pick up three meals. The hours are 7:30 - 11:30 am for families and children, 11:30 - 1:30 for adults. Find locations here, or text "NYCFOOD" or "COMIDA" to 877-877. LaGuardia Arts is not a meal distribution site.  Please share with anyone in need. 


LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Street Smarts NYC  - Manhattan 
Hunger Free NYC  - All 5 Boroughs
Feeding America  - All 5 Boroughs
Feeding Our Neighbors  - Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island
World Central Kitchen - Bronx, Queens, Harlem

REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

PUPILPATH
LaGuardia will continue to communication with families via PupilPath and it will remain LaGuardia's primary point of contact for students. 

REMOTE LEARNING - SUGGESTED SCHEDULE FOR TEENS
Kahn Academy has created a schedule for your teen (and younger child) that they might actually want to follow - see what it looks like!
NY PUBLIC LIBRARY ONLINE RESOURCES
The NYPL is an amazing resource of information for our students (and us!). You can create a NYPL digital card  to access free  online materials  with SimplyE or reactivate existing library accounts. 
NYPL FREE TUTORING
The library has also just started offering access to Brainfuse , an online tutorial program in which students can get virtual help in math, science, reading/writing assignments, social studies, Spanish, Mandarin and English as a second language. 

FREE TUTORING WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS!
NYC K-12 students, sign up to get tutored by a current college student volunteer! Please note that we will endeavor to match all students with a tutor. However, students who qualify for free and reduced meals will be prioritized. Note: Information regarding whether students qualify for such meals will not be shared with anyone, including their tutor.
COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL SITES

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.

ORGANIZATION SITES
MENTAL WELLNESS
This situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes - it's stressful, anxiety-provoking and incredibly confusing. We know we're supposed to look after ourselves physically, but mental wellness is equally as important.

INTERESTING ARTICLES
That Discomfort You're Feeling Is Grief , by Scott Berinato, March 23, 2020

EMERGENCY CRISIS SERVICES
PARENTING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Weill Cornell Medicine Webinar Series: Parenting Strategies for Challenging Times

Many of us are experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially parents as they spend consecutive days inside trying to balance it all - work demands, child care, homeschooling - all while keeping their own and their child's worries under control. With access to so much parenting advice and resources, it's hard to put advice into practice.
Weill Cornell Medicine's Child Psychology Team will lead consecutive evening webinars including a Q&A to discuss practical skills aimed to support parents and help children thrive during this challenging time. 
These webinars are open to any parent looking to learn more about how to manage and cope with these stressful times.
All webinars are held from 8:00 - 8:45 PM. 
OUR LAGUARDIA FAMILY IN THE NEWS...
 
LaG Parent David Grier, Junior Instrumental dad & NYU Physics Professor was just awarded $200,000 from NSF Rapid Fund to continue his work on diagnosing viral infections such as COVID-19. Read more here - and thank you & congratulations to David!

Congratulations to current LaG drama student Nicole Elizabeth Berger (LaG '22) and Tichina Arnold (M&A/LaG '87) for their new movie "Clover," which was released April 3 on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube Movies, Cable and Satellite On-Demand. The film also stars Chazz Palminteri, Ron Perlman, Jon Abrahams, Mark Webber, Jake Weber. 

"Clover is what you get if 1970s Martin Scorsese was transported through time to today and given a broad sense of humor. The final result is a funny, character-driven, ensemble piece with passionate performances and unexpected plot twists." Read more!

Senior Art Show #4 on Instagram starting April 3rd
 
Check out Instagram @lillian.art.rep and @lagartdepartment starting April 3rd.
 
The Art Studio is proud to share a sampling of works from  Senior Art Show #4. We are heartbroken that many seniors will not get to showcase their art in the school, but we appreciate the many students who have taken the time to share their art with us. We are so proud of all the hard work they've put in during their years at LaG, and we are thankful to have something beautiful to look at in these crazy times.  
 
Thank you to our terrific Art Studio Student Rep Lillian Lee for making these shows become a "virtual" reality.     


Art Studio PA 
 
The Art Studio PA invites you to  mark your calendars for our May virtual meeting - Tuesday,  May 26, 6:00 PM with special guest speaker,  Jonathan Nutting, Associate Director of Admissions, School of Visual Arts (SVA)  (Virtual meeting info to come in)

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

NYC Coalition for Education Justice COVID-19 Parent Survey
Encuesta sobre COVID-19 a Madres y Padres de la Coalición para la Justicia Educativa de NYC
Coalition for Educational Justice is doing a survey to assess how parents/guardians are coping with school closure and NYS on Pause.   The results will be summarized and used to urge the DOE and the City Hall to adjust course to better meet the needs of our most vulnerable families.   Take the survey! (Available in both English & Spanish)

Are you registered to vote? It takes only five minutes! NY State Voter Registration
Rarely can 5 minutes have such a powerful impact on our lives! 
The deadline to register to vote before the Presidential Primary is April 3rd. NY State has just announced that it will move its primary from April 28th to June 23rd


ANSWER THE 2020 CENSUS - YOUR CHILDREN ARE COUNTING ON YOU!
Did you know that the Census sets funding levels for schools, special education, health insurance, lunch programs, and so much more? If we are under-counted we will LOSE FUNDING!
  • Completing the Census is the single most important thing you can do to secure your child's future.
  • If you miss the opportunity to count your child in the 2020 Census, our schools stand to be underfunded for the next 10 YEARS! Don't forget to take the Census!
  • Every child in NYC deserves an opportunity to succeed. Make sure they're counted in the 2020 Census!
  • Your child is counting on YOU to make sure they're counted in 2020.
  • Make sure NYC classrooms have the funding they deserve. Complete the 2020 Census!
  • The deadline to complete the online census has been extended to August 14!  
  • Complete the census here!
VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY

Non-Health Care Volunteers
The City of New York's  Volunteer Coordination Task Force is leading a safe volunteer response to address the needs of those most affected by COVID-19. To learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up to support COVID-19 Relief Efforts with  New York Cares.

Help Families in Need
A group of public school parent leaders from Community Education Councils (CEC's) around the city are launching a volunteer networking project by   recruiting parents/guardians who are interested in volunteering to help families in need.  In particular we are looking for parents/guardians who are  multi-lingual and can translate or interpret and/or have technology skills (connecting to internet, online learning platform how-to's, etc.). 
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out  this form .   Volunteers will be matched to families requesting assistance based on the skills.  How and when the volunteers connect with families requesting help will be decided between the volunteers and the families.  Please send questions to  hello@parentvolunteers.nyc
 
CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EVENTS ARE BEING POSTPONED.
We will continue to update you as we find options to reschedule important events and productions. We'll bring back our PA School Calendar once we have updates.
Please send us your ideas and comments -  laguardiahspa@gmail.com
With Gratitude

Elisabeth Rucell
Co-President


Melissa Scott
Co-President

STAY CONNECTED:
CONTRIBUTE TO THE YEARBOOK!
Best quarantine selfie, video call screenshots needed!



EVERYTHING COLLEGE

JUNIOR STUDENTS!!!
Please... take your extra time and go ahead and complete the  "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. Log into Naviance and answer the questions!!!

JUNIOR FAMILIES!!!
Now is a great time to get started on Parent Raves! For those of you who missed this info at College Night, parents are encouraged to fill out Parent Raves. This is your chance to share with your child's guidance counselor what you think makes your child special. This is not a time to be humble - brag away! To find the Parent Rave form :
  1. Sign-In to Naviance Account (the Parent Account, not the child account. If you don't have a Naviance parent account, please email your guidance counselor)
  2. Click on the "About Me" Tab located at the top right of home page
  3. Scroll down and select "My Surveys"
  4. Then select "Surveys Not Started" ***

Remember to save every twenty minutes or so to assure that you don't lose the material".


LIVE, ONLINE GROUP SAT PREPARATION COURSE
IDEAL FOR JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES!
Academic Approach Test Prep , a test preparation company, is offering a live, online, interactive, group SAT Preparation course discounted for LaGuardia High School students.
 
The course includes:
  • 24-hours of live online class instruction, (1.5 hours twice a week for eight weeks)
  • SAT prep books
  • Diagnostic evaluations
Academic Approach Test Prep is offering this package for only $325 per student, approximately an 80% discount off the regular price. Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to apply for financial support from the LaGuardia Parents Association.
 
If you are interested in this course, please complete this form .
This form is a non-binding expression of interest for scheduling purposes. A registration will follow.
 
All responses will be treated confidentially.
Please respond by Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.
 
Sincerely,
Academic Approach NYC
WEBINAR: THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON COLLEGE ADMISSION & TESTING hosted by Applerouth Tutoring Services
Tuesday, April 21st, 8:00 PM (duration 1 hour)

Topics include:
- As standardized test dates are postponed, will institutions place greater weight on grade point average (GPA) and strength of schedule? What other factors may have increased weight?
- As high schools remain closed and learning moves online, how will students' grades from this year be perceived?
- With campus closures limiting students' ability to visit colleges and participate in events, how can students demonstrate interest and learn which school is best for them?

Panel:
Rick Clark-Director of Undergrad Admission at Georgia Institute of Technology 
Carol Lee Conchar-Regional Director of Admissions at George Washington University
Ginger Fay-former Senior Admissions Officer at Duke University 
 
JOIN US. Even if you can't attend, register, and we will send you the recording.
THE COLLEGE SEARCH UPENDED!
Each day of the COVID-19 crisis brings new challenges for students and colleges. The first days and weeks of the pandemic we were focused on the pivot to remote learning.  Continue reading .
 
Also,  here's a link to the Webinar about "College Admissions and the Coronavirus" that was held on March 31st. Speakers included
  • Moderator: Jeff Selingo, author of Who Gets In & Why: A Year Inside College Admissions
  • Panelist: Chris Gruber, dean of admission and financial aid, Davidson College
  • Panelist: Janet Goodwin, chief operating officer, ACT
  • Panelist: Gary Clark, director of undergraduate admission, UCLA
VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS!
With campus tours and visits postponed indefinitely it is important that students are offered the opportunity to "visit" colleges in some capacity. Below are three free websites that offer different virtual experiences. Please be aware that some of these may not work on an iPad since the browser may be incompatible or may block popups. Using a PC or laptop offers the best experience if possible. 

https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch - YouVisit is a great web site for interactive virtual tours. Simple to create an account and completely free. Simply search for college and click "Virtual Reality" or "360 Degree". Has a relatively large database of schools. The tours include guided audio as well.
http://www.ecampustours.com - eCampusTours is not as comprehensive as YouVisit but has a large database of colleges. More simple in design, but includes other data about the colleges such as admissions and financial aid information.
https://www.campustours.com - Unlike "YouVisit" and "eCampusTours", "Campustours" links you to interactive experiences, but does not host them For instance, clicking on a college may bring you to the section of the colleges website that has virtual tours. Very good starting point.  
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS!
College Fairs Online hosts virtual college fairs in every region of the USA twice a year, dates for the Northeast Region are May 18-23, 2020.  Register online!
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!
 
FOR OUR STUDENTS - UPDATES ABOUT TESTING, COLLEGES & MORE
We know this is incredibly difficult.  We all need to look after each other and be kind to each other.  We want to support you in every way possible, s o if you need something, tell us - email us and we'll try and find out the information you need.   
Stay Healthy, Stay Sane & Well, 
Melissa & Elisabeth, PA Co-Presidents

Please understand that much of this information is preliminary and subject to change based on how quickly the virus passes. We are happy to share the information we find, but do not have additional sources at this time.

START PREPARING FOR YOUNGARTS!
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. Joining a 20,000-strong alumni community, they receive creative and professional development opportunities and connect with an extraordinarily rich network of peers. Applications for the 2021 competition will be accepted beginning June 1 through October 16, 2020. Learn more!

SUMMER PROGRAMS & COLLEGE
None of us know for sure, but we're optimistic that COVID-19 will pass by Summer. Make your plans - scroll down for ideas about programs and internships. Search online for other opportunities! Juniors - work on your Naviance " All About Me." 

SENIORS - - COLLEGE DECISION DAY!!!
College Decision Day is now June 1, not May 1.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELLING (NACAC).  NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events,  deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  - visit the website .

ACT EXAMS
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT's top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.  Learn more.

SAT EXAMS
The May SAT administration has been cancelled. The next SAT administration is currently scheduled for June 6.

The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We'll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority the College Board is working with local partners, and we'll soon share information about weekday school-based administrations this spring of the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9.

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. Visit this site for regularly posted information about the impact of the virus on the SAT 

AP EXAMS
The exam will be accessible by any streaming device: computer, smartphone or tablet. Students will even be allowed to submit a picture of handwritten work.  The exam will be 45 minutes long.  There will be two test dates: one early date for students who want to take the exam while the material is fresh and one later test date for students who want to prepare. 
Test dates will be announced April 3rd. Here is more information about what the test will cover and online AP studying resources.

NY STATE REGENTS EXAMS
NY State Regent Exams have not yet been cancelled, the requirement to have completed 30 Science labs  (1,200 minutes of lab time) has been waived.  
Stay tuned for more...

FREE TEST PREP & WEBINARS

2020 ALL-SCHOOL MUSICAL
Without knowing when we'll return to school, we can't provide an update on Auditions for the All-School Musical. What we can say, however, is that there will be a Musical in the 2020-2021 Academic Year! Did you know, that in 2013, Mr. Lobenhofer held auditions for Grease  in September for that December 2013's performances?!  Stay positive - and stay tuned!  
***  To learn more about Grease in 2013, join our new fb group! ***

MENTAL HEALTH/WELLNESS RESOURCES
NYC Health provides a list of resources for Teens who need someone to talk to and help with a variety of issues. 
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

ALUMNI & FRIENDS UPDATE!

Alumni & Friends Summer Study Scholarships
If you received a 2020 Alumni & Friends Summer Study Scholarship please know that we are working closely with families and the summer programs to process all scholarships. It is important that students communicate with us if there have been any changes to the programs. All Summer Study Scholarship inquiries can be sent to leigh@alumniandfriends.org
 
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
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!

SUGGESTIONS OF INTERESTING THINGS TO DO ...

Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition - free download!
Here is a new fill-in-the-blank comedy game that's just like Cards Against Humanity, but it's written for kids and adults to play together.  We've been working on it for over a year in consultation with child development experts and psychologists. Our plan was to surprise everyone with this in the fall, but we know a lot of families need something to do right now, s o we're posting a public beta of  Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition  for free, so you can print it at home and play it right now with your bored family. We'll figure out how to make money on it later.  Download here :  Cards Against Humanity Family Edition
 
Wizarding World!
Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you'll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We're casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! Come visit!

Globe to Globe
The Globe to Globe festival is a carnival of stories. In 2012 we brought together artists from all over the globe, to enjoy speaking these plays in their own language, in our Globe, within the architecture Shakespeare wrote for. Watch here!

Take a Look at the results of the Getty Museum Challenge!
Even though most of us are stuck at home , that doesn't mean that life has to be boring or uncultured.  The Getty Museum  in Los Angeles challenged art fans to post photos of themselves recreating their favorite works of art from the safety of their homes. People responded with a lot of enthusiasm and flooded social media with their unique artistic interpretations. Here are some of the best examples!

The Public - Like It, Love It!
A curated list of content that we're most excited to check out. 
Compiled by the staff at The Public, each week we'll send along a few items we've found on our own channels, as well as the channels of other cultural institutions we admire from across NYC, the U.S., and the globe - see what's new!
Google Arts & Culture
This website is an amazing treasure trove of art images, info and virtual tours:
https://artsandculture.google.com/

Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley Offer Daily Live Stream Concert Series!  Stars in the House
 
"Perform or Exhibit" on the LaGuardia Alumni Facebook Page!
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is putting out a call to alumni and students to share videos/links to their performances, solo pieces, monologues, artwork, etc. that we can post on our alumni website and Facebook page to share the beauty and resilience of our students. Please use this form to submit your work!   https://forms.gle/qKKLq78NugX1TYzw5
quaranTEEN voices
 
Being bored is the best time to be creative! Take out your pencils and paper, and let's create new worlds through our stories. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
 
Writing Prompt: Quarantine Silver Linings
 
We might feel tired of being stuck at home, but that doesn't mean we can't make the best of things! For our first writing prompts, let's think about the silver linings of these strange times. Choose one of the prompts below to jumpstart your imagination and see where it takes you. 
 
Prompt 1
Years from now, people will read about this specific time as an important part of the world's history. That means students will study this in school! Write a history book entry about this period in history. How does it end? Write your ideal ending! What changes in society were a result of this stretch of time? How does it usher in the next period of history?
 
Prompt 2
A great way to get an idea for a story is from the world around you. Look outside your window. Who do you see? What are they doing? What mood do you think they're in? Imagine where they're coming from and where they're going next. Write a short scene of this moment in the character's life. You can write in their voice and imagine that they're telling you about their life, or you can have them interact with someone else. Remember, you're the writer: you can make up whatever you want about this person!
 
On Wednesday we'll send out a few ideas to help you revise your pieces. Sign up to share your writing and listen to other teens at the Open Mic!

Please note: the open mic is for teens only - 


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  Señora 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!

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.
PA GENERAL & STUDIO MEETINGS 2019-2020
 
Tuesday, April 7th Re-Scheduled to Tuesday, April 14th
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
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