Issue 14
December 9, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

If you are still humming Edelweiss, or are unable to get the words "Raindrops on Roses" out of your head, then we're guessing you were one of the over 5,000 people who attended a production of The Sound of Music this weekend!  Completely wonderful and uplifting - both the moral of the story and the beauty created by our young actors, musicians and technicians, not to mention the amazing logistical coordination of the stage crew.  If you have no idea what we're talking about - there are still five shows remaining - we highly recommend you attend!  If a show is appearing as sold out online, some cancellation seats may be available for purchase at the door on the evening of the performances.


On Tuesday, we encourage you to see the third and last 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.

And on the visual side of things... LaGuardia's Semi-Annual Art Show opens on Friday, January 4th at 4:00 PM in the LaGuardia Lobby, Mezzanine and 2nd floor.   Let's join together as a community as LaGuardia bursts at the seams with beautiful artwork selected by our teachers to represent every class offered in the Studio and students from all grades. There is no better showcase for the talent and creativity of our wonderful students!

Congratulations to our talented and hard-working artists who participated in the YoungArts competition. LaGuardia boasts 8 finalists, 4 receiving honorable mention and 4 receiving merit awards. Our students excelled in disciplines ranging from writing and dance to drama, piano and voice. You can read more about this tremendous accomplishment in the La! Weekly Bulletin or by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

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.  
Please scroll down for more information on what to donate.

Thank you to everyone who shopped at Fairway's Double Shopping Day last Tuesday.  Fairway generously donated to LaGuardia 6% (instead of the usual 3%) of all purchases made by LaGuardia shoppers!

A great turnout at both the Studio Meetings and General Meeting last Tuesday.  Lisa Dabney was elected as Assistant Secretary on the Executive Board. We hope to see you at our next General Meeting and Studio Meetings on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  How about making a New Year's resolution to attend your first meeting if you haven't yet been able to join us!
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.

Shindy Johnson & Yvette Ortiz
PA Co-Presidents

And please, while you're in the  gift-giving mood, how about adding the amazing LaGuardia students to your holiday shopping list - you don't even need to worry about wrapping - just clicking!

It's a Raffle! And what AMAZING PRIZES we have! A gift for everyone on your list! 

We are selling
raffle tickets in the lobby at each performance of
The Sound of Music -- or you can purchase them online HERE.
Here is a complete list of all the prizes we're offering
that includes -- Show tickets, backstage tours, meetings with casting directors, agents and managers and Metropolitan Opera tickets
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.
  • 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 PM 
  • Friday, December 14th : The Sound of Music, 7:30 PM 
  • Saturday, December 15th: The Sound of Music, 2:00 and 7:30 PM 
  • Sunday, December 16th: The Sound of Music Closing Night! 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday December 18thNew Music Singers Ensemble Performance, 4:00 PM in A17
  • Wednesday, December 19th: Gospel Winter Concert, 7:30 PM, 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 PM / Studio Meetings at 7:00 PM 
  • Friday, January 4th: Semi Annual Art Show Opening, 4:00 to 7:00 PM 
  • Friday, January 4th & Saturday, January 5th: Semi Annual Chorus & Orchestra, 7:30 PM , Concert Hall
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.
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.

A few seats are still available for Thursday, December 13th. Although tickets for other shows are sold-out online, there may be availability at the door. to purchase your tickets.

LaGuardia has a no refunds and no exchanges policy on tickets purchased for the musical.

Child Policy
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted.

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
We have a winner!  Thank you and Congratulations to  Melissa J. Nirenberg who purchased tickets for the All-School Appeal Raffle and is the winner of two tickets to see The Sound of Music.  We're so appreciative of the many families and friends who support the school and our students.
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.
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!)
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: Finding the Art within Mathematics -  NEW:  Be the first to donate!

Help Ms. Sefaj's Calculus AB students obtain a Macbook Air so they can visualize mathematical information!
Ms. Sefaj wants to optimize her students' mathematics performance by connecting the areas of the brain that work with symbolic information, like numbers or functions, with those that process visual information, like graphs or diagrams. As the mathematical subject matter grows more advanced and abstract, this communication is absolutely vital. 

Maryam Mirzakhani, arguably the most important mathematician of our time, works almost entirely visually -- sketching ideas on large pieces of paper on her kitchen table. Ms. Mirzakhani even jokes that her 3-year-old daughter probably thinks she is an artist!

Mathematics is a subject that requires precise thinking, but when this is combined with creativity, openness, visualization, and flexibility, the art within the mathematics comes alive.

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 of LaGuardia (A&F) is pleased to accept applications for the 2019 Summer Scholarship Program. This is a program for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who may be considering a program for summer 2019 to further their talent in their studio, but who may not have the financial means.

Student Eligibility:
  • Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
  • Students with Financial Need
More information and an application form, are available online
Submit signed applications to the A&F Office, Room 853

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 

Information about summer classes and programming offered at Hunter College and other CUNY Schools across the five boroughs.

Information about their amazing summer programs that include Ballet,Choral, Dance, Media Arts, Orchestra, Theatre and Visual Arts. (Applications are now being accepted!)

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  THREE  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 .

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.
(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)
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.  

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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