Issue 13
December 2, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Yes - it's December! A month with much hurly-burly and hustle & bustle!  Let's begin by wishing a Happy Hannukah and Chag Sameach to those who lit the first candle tonight.


On Tuesday, we encourage you to see the second of the Senior One-Act performances - free and open to the public. Please refer to our upcoming events calendar for the full list of performances.  Tickets for the Winter Gospel Concert on Dec 19th are on sale on the school website now! Lots of music to inspire us for the holiday season.

A heartfelt "thank you" to all the parents who assisted with the Auditions throughout this audition season.  We're looking forward to welcoming an extremely talented freshman class next Fall!
What a beautiful evening of music from LaGuardia's Show Choir performing at Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square in the Time Warner Center last Monday... So many voices making music together!

The Sound of Music
opens this Thursday! Seven of the ten shows are already sold-out with availability remaining for both of the Thursday evening shows and limited seating still available for Friday the 14th. If you haven't already purchased your tickets -- please scroll down for purchase information and ways to make this a smooth outing for you and your guests. 

Arista and Archon City Harvest Food Drive: Many New York City residents (1.2 million) are considered 'food insecure' and are facing hunger this holiday season. LaGuardia Students in the National Honor Societies are coordinating a City Harvest Food Drive at LaGuardia, December 10th thru December 14th.

Parents, please bring food donations to the PA meeting on Tuesday, December 4. If you get your food donations from Fairway on that day and use your Fairway card you will unlock double the Fairway giveback to LaGuardia. Please scroll down for information on acceptable food donations and Fairway Double Day.  

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For #Giving Tuesday, we set out to raise $2,500 from our community with the hopes of securing a dollar-for-dollar matching gift from Facebook taking our total to $5,000. Instead, 78 generous donors -- most donating $100 or less and 2 donating $1,000 or more rocketed us to $9,955  and the gifts keep coming. Every penny of these funds are coming to LaGuardia as we pay no fees.
Our gratitude to this community and all of our supporters cannot be adequately expressed in words. Every gift is deeply meaningful. From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the entire Parents Association, we thank you.
A reminder that at this week's December 4th General Meeting, we will hold a special election for the open position of Assistant Secretary on the Executive Board. Please refer to our By Laws for more information on this important role. If you haven't yet attended a meeting, why not come out and learn more about what's happening at LaGuardia.
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.

Shindy Johnson & Yvette Ortiz
PA Co-Presidents

Studio Holiday Sale: As you start thinking about holiday gifts, we've got lots of great ideas that will also help benefit LaGuardia. Our studios will be selling merchandise in the lobby before our next PA meeting on December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 pm. This will give students a chance to purchase gifts too. Think of all the proud grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who'd love a LaG studio T-shirt or sweatshirt!

We'll also have Fairway cards on-hand if you don't yet have yours!
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.
  • Tickets for The Sound of Music are now on sale: -- get yours ASAP -- seven of the ten performances are already sold out!
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Senior Drama Students One Acts #2, Little Flower Theater, 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday, December 4th: PA General Meeting, 7:00 p.m/ Studio Meetings at 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 6th:The Sound of Music Opening Night, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 7th: The Sound of Music, 7:30
  • Saturday, December 8th: The Sound of Music, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9th: The Sound of Music, 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 10th: PA Lecture Series (PFLAG), 4:30 to 6:00 PM in the Library
  • Tuesday, December 11thSenior Drama Students One Acts #3, Little Flower Theater, 5:30 PM 
  • Thursday, December 13th: The Sound of Music, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 14th : The Sound of Music, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 15th :The Sound of Music, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 16th: The Sound of Music Closing Night! 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday December 18thNew Music Singers Ensemble Performance, 4:00 p.m. in A17
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Gospel Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m., Little Flower Theater
  • Monday, December 24th thru Monday, January 1st: Winter Recess/School Closed (classes resume Tuesday, January 2nd)
  • Tuesday, January 2nd: PA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. / Studio Meetings at 7:00 p.m.
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.

Cong ratulations to Karyn Ruggiero who is off to the  Jingle Ball with her two winning tickets - we wish you a fantastic time at the show!
The Sound of Music
All-School Musical

Please allow for extra time due to holiday traffic and parking. If you are holding a ticket for a guest, please have one person stay in the Front Lobby and the rest of your party take their seats. Will Call/Cancellations is located in the middle of the Front Lobby. Please arrive one hour prior to curtain to pick up tickets.

Also -- we're in need of volunteers to sell concessions and raffle tickets!  Please scroll down to sign-up.

Tickets are selling fast and five of the ten performances are already sold out! to purchase your tickets.

Students can purchase tickets in school during their lunch periods.  Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket price is $30 per ticket,  cash only . See Debbie Teitelbaum in the Guidance Suite, Room F.

Please note that the musical is double-cast -- information about the performance dates for individual cast members is available at

Refunds/Exchanges:  LaGuardia has a no refunds and no exchanges policy on tickets purchased for the musical.

Child Policy:  No children aged 5 or younger will be admitted into the show.
Volunteer at The Sound of Music!
We need help selling concessions for The Sound of Music at performances this weekend, Thursday through Sunday.

Please sign up here


Art Submissions
With help from the Art Department and the Rising Stars Committee, we will be creating an art exhibit to accompany this year's performance. This exhibit is meant to showcase the impressive talents of students whose art spans beyond the stage; all major/studios are welcome! For this exhibit, we need a plethora of submissions- 2 dimensional is preferred but not required. Please keep in mind that art submissions should, in some way, fit this year's theme, This Is Me: A Journey. To submit work, please fill out this form by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7. Thank you for helping to make this show great!

Click here to fill in the submission form or go to more info.

This past Wednesday, Academic Forum was standing room only! Back by popular demand, we were fortunate to have two great speakers discuss some wonderful summer opportunities. A representative from CUNY's College Now program spoke about summer classes and programming offered at Hunter College and other CUNY schools across the five boroughs.
We also had a representative from the highly regarded New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) who enlightened us about this incredible summer programming offered by the state of NY.
Be on the lookout for a dedicated email from Academic Forum this coming week which will include the full Powerpoint presentations and other information from the presenters. 

What you need to know: The most needed items include: canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned proteins (i.e. tuna or beans), peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized), soups and juice packs.
Note: City Harvest cannot accept unlabeled or dented cans, open packaging, products that need to be refrigerated, homemade foods, or expired products.
Give by shopping: Fairway's Double Shopping Day -- Tuesday, December 4 th
With Thanksgiving over, it's time to plan your next holiday menu and to think of donating to food insecure New Yorkers through the LaGuardia City Harvest Food Drive! When you shop at your local Fairway on December 4th, they will double their contribution to LaGuardia -- so instead of the usual 3% of your total, we'll receive 6%. Now that's some nice cha-ching! If you don't yet have your Fairway Market Community Partners card, please request one by emailing us at and then just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.
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Bowling.  Congratulations are in order to Melissa Forte  competed in the individual city championships and bowled a 150 competing against the best bowlers from all five boroughs! 
She was the first LaGuardia Bowler to make it to the individuals in 3 years!
And also to Emily Casey for her nomination for the Wingate Awards for outstanding student athlete for the fall sports season for PSAL

Boys Varsity Basketball. A shout-out to  Justin Cadette who is averaging a double double scoring and rebounding in double digits and also leading the teams in steals, assists, and blocks.

Indoor Track. A busy weekend for both of our boys and girls Indoor Track teams - we know they ran their hearts out!
Gymnastics. Boys and girls teams are both competing this coming Wednesday at away meets

Girls Varsity Basketball. The one home game this week - come and cheer on our team on Thursday in the LaGuardia gym. 

The Winter Sports season runs from November thru March and includes Basketball, Gymnastics and Indoor Track for both Boys and Girls teams.

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

We know how busy life can be -- but if you haven't yet had a chance to pitch in, here are some important ways to participate -- and have some fun meeting other parents and learning about your child's school.

If you would like to be involved but not are sure how to juggle with your busy schedule, please contact the Parent Volunteer Coordinator by emailing We're confident we'll find a way to use your talents!

LaGuardia Auction 2019
We still need more volunteers to do solicitations. We will definitely hold our spring auction but if we have a lot of early donations, may run a holiday auction so  DON'T DELAY, GET YOUR DONATIONS IN TODAY!!! 

Wherever you live or places you frequent, just ask them if they would please donate to LaGuardia Arts HS. Most people are very generous and have a hard time saying no to our amazing public school. Here is a printable  auction donation form

To be a part of our auction committee, please contact Heather Our next meeting will be in the evening to accommodate differing schedules.
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 Yvette Ortiz at

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

Mental Health and Wellness Committee: Learn about mental health initiatives supported by the PA. Help to develop robust mental health programs in the school. Help to educate families about the services and programs developed by the Wellness Sub Committee of the School Leadership Team. Email
Thank you to the parents who have already contacted us expressing an interest in Mental Health and Wellness.

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.

The LaGuardia community has donated
over  $372,205 so far!

8 Teachers are requesting supplies via DonorsChoose:

THIS WEEK'S featured Project: Technology for Earth & Environmental Science
8 Donors so far, only $1,768 to go!
Help Mr. Fransowie's students take a deeper dive into Earth and Environmental Science!
Mr. Fransowie wants to use iPads in his classes so that his students can research contemporary topics and engage more deeply with interactive lessons via the SmartBoard. Our science textbooks are grossly outdated and dry. iPads will help students not only master the required curriculum, but also make real-world connections and examine their findings with real-time data. Multimedia lessons for the social media generation make Environmental and Earth Science alive and dynamic. 
Please donate here:

Click here to help fund a project for another LaGuardia teacher!


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.
Parents of Seniors and Juniors, this section is packed with information to help you and your child navigate the college application and financial aid process.
Attention Parents of Seniors:

FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications are Online. T hese are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.

All families with seniors attending college in the fall of 2019 and applying for need based aid and/or loans from the federal government, need to submit the FAFSA.   NOTE: the Deadline for submitting FAFSA for Early-Decision or Early-Action applications may also be early. Check the websites of the schools your student is applying to.  Be sure to go directly to the government website to fill in your FAFSA application -- any website that asks for fees to fill in your application is not a trustworthy site.

Go to to fill in your form. Click here for helpful information on filling out the form.

CSS Profile: Remember that if your student is applying for financial aid you must fill out the CSS Profile for every private school on your student's list. You can find the CSS Profile on College Board website Over 400 private colleges require completion of the  CSS application  from the College Board. The CSS requires a lot of detail and takes time complete.  Many colleges require a complete CSS profile with your college application. (Note that if you took the ACT and not the SAT, you will need to make a College Board account online in order to fill out the CSS Profile)
Senior Parents, be sure your student is using Naviance. If they have not signed up, they will be at a major disadvantage in terms of getting updates, newsletters, recommendations and other help from the guidance department. Naviance is a crucial tool to your child's college application success. Be sure you have set up a parent login as well.

Junior families should also be signing up for Naviance now to get notices from the guidance department.

Please contact Allison Price, our Parent Coordinator, for PupilPath and Naviance log-in information.


The NYC DOE publishes School Wellness Weekly , a bi-weekly newsletter produced by the Office of School Wellness Programs. With over 13,000 subscribers, the newsletter gives readers information they need to help school communities create and promote healthy, active learning environments for all New York City public school students.

School Wellness Weekly announces free workshops and professional development opportunities, free and low-cost resources, grant opportunities, and the latest news about student and youth health topics. More information and subscription sign-up is available here.
Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours and gain valuable high school experience.

Alumni & Friends Mini Grants for Clubs & Faculty-Led Projects
Apply for extracurricular activity grants of up to $500!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 3 p.m.

Submit Signed Applications to the A&F Office, Room 853

Alumni & Friends (A&F) is pleased to announce the opportunity for LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant. A&F Mini-Grants provide up to $500 for clubs or faculty led extracurricular projects. Funding is limited and decided by the A&F Grants Committee.


Requests for support must provide detailed information about how the funds will be used AND meet the following criteria:

  • Clubs must have a faculty advisor, and the designated faculty advisor must be present at all club meetings and events
  • Funding is for activities or projects that are not funded by the DOE
  • Mini-Grants do not fund sports teams or food and beverages
  • Benefit eight or more students
Friday, December 7th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm 
New York City teens are invited to a portraiture workshop at the Whitney in conjunction with the expansive new exhibition Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again. Andy Warhol created hundreds of portraits throughout his life of celebrities, political figures, people he knew personally, strangers, and himself. Inspired by Warhol's work, explore a wide variety of mediums, including printmaking, collage, drawing, and photography to depict real models-our very own Youth Insights teens-from life. This event is free for teens. Refreshments and art materials provided. No RSVP required! Bring a friend! Tickets will be handed out by an Education staff member in the Museum Lobby on the day of the event. 
LEARN MORE STAY IN TOUCH Questions? Contact Youth Programs at

An opportunity for sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) to earn six college credits and train with our full-time faculty. Students live in Greenwich Village for four weeks as they develop their interests and talents in the arts. 

Tisch Summer 2019 High School Program Application Deadline: January 9, 2019 Scholarship Application Deadline: January 23, 2019 
Program Dates: Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, August 3, 2019 

Students apply for one of the following tracks: * DANCE * DRAMA * DRAMA: PRODUCTION AND DESIGN * DRAMATIC WRITING * FILMMAKING - Only open to high school juniors (rising seniors). * GAME DESIGN * PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGING * RECORDED MUSIC This enriching, college experience provides students with opportunities to create individual work, collaborate with other high school students from around the world, and participate in field trips which may include Broadway and off-Broadway shows, museums, galleries, film screenings, or concerts.

ADMISSIONS Students must be current high school juniors or sophomores (rising seniors or juniors) to apply. The filmmaking track is only open to juniors. All applicants must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 unweighted scale and be in good academic standing. Students must submit the online program application and additional admissions materials. Admitted students must live in NYU assigned housing and are not be permitted to commute / live with family or friends on or off-campus during the program. Please visit our website for full Tisch Summer High School Application Requirements. 

SCHOLARSHIPS A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need. The scholarships cover tuition and fees, housing, and some meals. The scholarship application deadline is January 23, 2019. 

Learn more about tuition and scholarships. Please call 212-998-1500 or email with any questions. Office of Special Programs Tisch School of the Arts New York University 212-998-1500 

Teens in Politics Logo
Helping Tomorrow's Leaders Follow their Political Passions
A new organization founded in the spring of 2018 by James Kuntz, a 10th grade student at The Dalton School. The organization's founding mission is to make political internship and volunteer opportunities more readily available for high school students. 

High School students interested in a political internship can contact the organization or view the website.

A Unique  Public Service Project for College Now Students
Sponsored by City University of New York and City Council leaders, the Model NYC Council Project as a way to expose high school students to the intricacies of legislative democracy and the realities associated with policy-making and representation in a diverse urban setting at the local level.
In this project, College Now students learn through a hands-on approach how political and policy processes affect them and their communities while developing leadership, research, and public-speaking skills. They work closely with faculty on a piece of legislative agenda. Guided by the faculty, participating students play a central role in learning what is involved in policymaking, political representation and how to support their community.  At the conclusion of the training sessions, College Now students come together in the City Council Chamber at City Hall to debate and vote on the legislative agenda they have been working on.
Eligibility: In order to participate in this project you must:
  • Be a NYC DOE high school junior or senior,
  • Be enrolled in or have completed at least one College Now course or activity,
  • Be able to attend all the training sessions and the final event:
    • Saturday training dates - March 23, 30, and April 6 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
    • Final event in the Council Chambers, City Hall - Friday, April 12th from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
The  deadline for applications is  February 15, 2019.  Submit your application to the College Now program you are currently enrolled in or have participated in.

Do you create work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed? Judges for the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards 2019 are looking for work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative. For more information and to submit your application, please visit

Deadlines for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards fall between December 1, 2018-January 12, 2019. Depending on whether you are submitting art, writing, and/or Future New works, you could have up to 
 different deadlines. The best way to find your deadlines is to log into your Scholastic Awards account and check out the dates listed at the top of the right sidebar.

Reel Works Productions is a youth-run production company specializing in high quality, low-cost media for real clients -- while training tomorrow's storytellers.  Led by award-winning young filmmakers under the guidance of professional filmmaker-mentors, Reel Works Productions has created original documentaries, educational shorts, corporate media and fundraising videos. Recent clients include American Express, Microsoft, WNET Thirteen, Time Warner, Hasbro and many NYC nonprofits.

To become a youth producer, you must be a graduate of The Lab or comparable filmmaking program and be fluent in Premier Pro and video production. Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work and references. Youth Producers are selected for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.

Contact Reel Works Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Stephanie Williams at or call (718) 768-9000, to find out about when and how to apply to become a Reel Works Youth Producer.
Click here for more information.

An amazing opportunity for students who are passionate about filmmaking! Read on...
Ryan Levine (now a freshman at Hawken School in Cleveland) created the Kids Film It Festival to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation as a way to combine his and other kids' passion for movie making with a tremendous philanthropic cause. In two years, they have raised over $100,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Last year, there were over 100 submissions from around the country within three age categories (8-11, 12-14, and 15-18) and three genres-film, animation, and music. This year' submission deadline is December 31, 2018. 

The Festival itself will once be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, the weekend of the Oscars, Friday February 22, 2019.  Get all the details here.
BkM Teens take over the Museum and plan, promote, and host a variety of 
free events for teens throughout the year! At Teen Nights you can see and make art, hear music, dance, win raffles, and meet new people. Connect online to learn more!

The New York Public Library offers an amazing variety of classes, meet-ups and programs for teens in branches all around NYC.  To find out what's going on in your area, visit the NYPL website .
Cooper Union Outreach Pre-College Winter 2019 - Portfolio Review Application Ends on December 9, 2018
The Cooper Union Art Pre-College Outreach Winter Program provides free art classes for students interested in expanding their interest in art through the Mixed Media/Web Design Project & Guest Artist Series.

This program explores the process of collaboration between students and the crossing exchange of media and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to making artwork particularly to be experienced on line. For five Saturdays each student is encouraged to contribute the best of their abilities and to learn from their group members, utilizing the Cooper Union Computer lab and fine art studios.
All applicants must attend the portfolio review, with artwork ready for viewing. The portfolio review for the Winter 2018 Program will take place on Saturday December 9th from 10am to 2pm at 41 Cooper Sq. Bring 10 to 20 pieces that you feel best represent your abilities and make sure to complete the application before the review. 
High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors are eligible for the Winter 2018 Program. Courses are held Saturdays 9am - 5pm, Jan.6 - Feb. 3, 2018.
All materials are provided free of cost.

PRO-TV Professional Youth Media Training
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Are you or a student you know interested in exploring the power of visual storytelling? Designed for beginner to advanced filmmakers, DCTV's PRO-TV programs asks students to pitch ideas, rotate production roles, interact with local community members, and discuss issues of representation in the media. Students will foster skills in team building, leadership, and public speaking while creating films that impact their communities. Visit the DCTV website for more information and  to apply click 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.
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The more you shop, the more you earn for our school!
Give Community Partners cards to your friends and family members. Shop. Eat. Donate.

Ask for our Fairway Market Community Partners card. With every dollar you and your family members spend, Fairway Market will donate 3% or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA. Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.

Ask for your card today or at the next PA meeting. Email us at

For more information on the Fairway Community Partners program, click here.
Get a Clean Closet and Earn Money for LaGuardia Arts!
There's no better time than now to clean out your closets for a good cause!
By cleaning out your closet and putting a sweater and a coat into a box with a Schoola pre-paid mailing label, you're helping to raise money for LaGuardia. You can do this multiple times, so even if you've sent in a box earlier click the link  and get a new one!
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program click here.  

Tuesday, December 4th - 6:00 pm Studios, 7:00 pm General

Wednesday, January 2nd - 6:00 pm General, 7:00 pm Studios

Tuesday , February 5th - 6:00 pm Studios, 7:00 pm General

Tuesday, March 5th - 6:00 pm General, 7:00 pm Studios
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