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Issue 30
April 7, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

April showers bring May flowers... it's starting to feel a lot like Spring!

This past Thursday, LaGuardia held an  Open House for admitted students and their parents.  So much great energy and excitement seen and heard!  Thank you to the many current LaGuardia  students who were LA! Ambassadors and to the many parents from all Studios who were on hand to answer questions and share why LaGuardia is such a great match for their child.




CELEBRATING KINDNESS AND COMMUNITY                                  We wish to thank freshman parent, Eileen Melniker, Project Prom, Allison Price and Temple Emanu-El for making prom dreams come true for 20 LaGuardia senior girls.  

We received these words from one student " I just got home and told my mother the good news about Senior Project Prom. She's very impressed with how beautiful the dresses, shoes, and accessories were all for free. She wanted me to tell how grateful she is ...and wants to say thank you so much for doing this for me. ...it was such a wonderful experience to do the senior prom project today. All the women there were really kind and very sweet and they really took care of us, building our confidence and self-esteem.

What will be your random act of kindness today?  


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 
ANNUAL BENEFIT TICKET & PRIZE WINNERS!
Kiss Me, Kate, Elizabeth Schwartzburt
Tootsie, Itai Yanai
Dear Evan Hansen, Kate Bushmann
Cher, Kim Felsenthal
Frozen, Hannah Strater
David Chase Vocal Coaching, Elizabeth Berman

ALL SCHOOL APPEAL! (ASA)
HINT: Donating to the ASA counts as a random act of kindness!
ASA Goal: $140,000
Current Progress: $128,000
Distance to goal: ($12,000)



Thank you to all parents who have donated to the All School Appeal.  Your generosity benefits ALL kids and helps us to provide an enriched experience to our students. We are doing great but need YOU to make it to the finish line.  Stay tuned for our Spring ASA campaign and encourage your friends who have not yet donated to do so.
EVERY DONATION COUNTS! PARTICIPATION IS KEY

UPCOMING EVENT SNAPSHOT!

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

Tuesday, April 9th our Show Choir will perform at 7:30 PM in the Concert Hall.  Ticket information is below.

The SDF season continues in April with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.   Performances begin on Thursday, April 11th and run thru Sunday, April 14th.  Ticket information is below.

Another week closer to our Spring Auction which kicks off on May 13th!  Every 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!

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 know I'm going to see you at the school in the month of April - not just to support our students but because the myriad of opportunities to enjoy the arts are ours and to not take pleasure in them would be scandalous!
    
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!
  • Tuesday, April 9thShow Choir, 7:30 PM, LAG Concert Hall (tickets on-sale)
  • Thursday, April 11th thru Sunday, April 14th: Spring Drama Festival #2 - Pride & Prejudice
  • Friday, April 19th thru Friday, April 26th : School Closed for Spring Break (reopens Monday, April 29th)
  • Monday, April 15th: Spring Musicale #1
  • Monday, April 29th: Spring Musicale #2
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Spring Musicale #3
  • Wednesday, May 1st :  May 1: National College Decision Day
  • Friday, May 3rd: Senior Art Show #5
  • 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.
VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP ( PLEASE!)

Please join us stuffing envelopes and folders for the incoming class of 2019-2020

Tuesday, April 9th & Wednesday, April 10th
12:00 to 4:00 PM
Room 235

Sign-up here!

SENIOR ART SHOW #4


SHOW CHOIR!
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM

Please click here for online ticket sales
$20.00 adults | $15.00 students
General Admission

SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL

Pride & Prejudice
Thursday, April 11th thru Sunday, April 14th

Come and enjoy Jane Austen's comedy about the Bennet family!  Plan a night out - invite some friends and go to dinner before the show.  

If you're not familiar with The Spring Drama Festival, it's essentially the final project for Senior Drama students - the culmination of their four years of study at LaGuardia.  There are three productions - traditionally a musical, a comedy and a drama.  We assure you that the quality of these productions rivals that of any local theater group - and some may even say they're as good as Broadway! Just do it - we encourage you to attend at least one performance of the show of your choice. 
 
Mark Your Calendars!
Pride & Prejudice - April 11-14
Two Gentlemen of Verona - May 30-June 2


LAGUARDIA'S ONLINE AUCTION 2019
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

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:  lagdonate@gmail.com    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!

 
WELLNESS AT LAGUARDIA 
WELLNESS IS NOW ON THE PA WEBSITE
laguardiahspa.org/wellness

For information about joining our Mental Health and Wellness Committee please e mail  presidents@laguardiahspa.org .



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
EXTRACURRICULARS,
SCHOLARSHIPS & INTERNSHIPS

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....

SUMMER PROGRAMS GALORE!!!




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 


 
ACLU's Advocacy Institute programs for High School Students
A weeklong intensive training and networking program for emerging leaders in high school (ages 15-18). 

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  volunteering@goprojectnyc.org 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.

NY2X
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!  
 
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS & COLLEGE FAIRS



NATIONAL COLLEGE DECISION DAY - MAY 1ST
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.


COLLEGE FAIR AT THE INTREPID MUSEUM!
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

COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES COLLEGE FAIR

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.


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

FREE SAT TEST
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.
SPORTS

SPRING SPORTS CALENDAR

HANDBALL GIRLS VARSITY
Congrats for a 3-2 win over HS Health Profession/HS
 
VOLLEYBALL BOYS VARSITY
Kudos to Evan M. and Thatcher P. for 15 digs respectively and Jacob C. for 10 assists in a narrow loss against Stuy. Kudos to Justin Y. and Thatcher P. for 9 digs respectively and Jacob C. for 14 assists in win against Louis Brandeis.
 
HANDBALL GIRLS VARSITY
Congrats to the team for a convincing win against HS environmental studies.  Shoutout to Tracy S. for 7 aces in Singles Match 1
 
FENCING GIRLS VARSITY
Congrats for a crushing win in Foil over Beacon HS., 45-26
 
SOFTBALL GIRLS VARSITY
Congrats to the team for a 23-1 over George Washington, superb pitching by Amanda H.

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

Over $399,063 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

THIS WEEK'S PROJECT is for Ms. McGoey's AP Psychology Students! 

Help supply Ms. McGoey's students with the basics so they can organize and enhance their study skills.

  While technology in schools has become increasingly used and useful, there is still a need for old-fashioned, yet highly effective, hand-writing of class notes and hand-drawing of diagrams. These hands-on, organizational skills, modeled in a classroom setting, are especially useful for students heading off to college.
 
We need dry erase materials for hand-writing class notes, drawing important diagrams and charts, summarizing student ideas, posting announcements, highlighting questions and comments, and facilitating student presentations.
 
The binder rings are for organizing the Barrons' vocabulary flash cards into the 16 College Board AP Psychology units for in-class review activities, as well as individual or group studying.
 
Please donate here: http://bit.ly/LagMcgoey4


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. bit.ly/dcmatch
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  presidents@laguardiahspa.org

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 presidents@laguardiahspa.org.

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: laguardiahspa@gmail.com. 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.

PA MEETING DATES

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

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