Issue 23
February 17, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We hope you're enjoying the Midwinter break - just a few reminders and updates...

Were you able to attend the Black Student Union's "Legacy" Cabaret? This student-produced production with all the music, singing & dancing was absolutely fantastic and so wonderful to see  students from all grades and all studios performing together.

LAST CHANCE: A reminder that Rising Star DVDs and digital files are on-sale.  What a wonderful memory of a great show.

During the break is a great time for your student to login to the Portal and choose next year's classes and visit the PA Website to find the perfect summer job or internship!  Scroll down for additional information.

And we would love for your student to be involved with the Annual Benefit's Living Sculpture Court - please scroll down for more information.

We invite you to SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of SNN for some great photos about a very famous LaGuardia alum!

ALL SCHOOL APPEAL
February is Black History Month and the month of love.
LET'S SHOW OUR LOVE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR EDUCATION



Unleash our collective power with a  donation to the All-School Appeal Today.  All donors through February 28, 2019 will be entered to win some LaG Swag in March.









"Education is the most powerful weapon 
which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela


Wishing you a good rest of the break and hope to see you at an upcoming event!


Shindy Johnson
PA President
MORE TO CELEBRATE & ANTICIPATE IN THE ARTS 
FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH

SENIOR JAZZ BAND
Friday, March 1st at 7:30 PM
Little Flower Theater
Seating is General Admission
 
LAGUARDIA ANNUAL BENEFIT 




RAISE YOUR VOICE TO RAISE SOME FUNDS! 
Our acclaimed Broadway Singalong is BACK on Monday, March 4th, 2019! Featuring Broadway performers onstage alongside LaGuardia students. 

EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Only thru February 19th!
$165 for show & party ticket (regularly $180) and $89 for show only (regularly $99).  Student tickets are $30

COCKTAIL PARTY
After the show join us for the  Taste of NY Cocktail Party at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts   (just across the street from LaGuardia).  

RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE!
You know you want to win!  
Enter for a chance to win tickets  to...
Kiss Me, Kate, T ootsie,  Dear Evan Hansen and T he Cher Show
Also, a mentoring session with Broadway's David Chase.

We already have these distinguished performers signed on to the show this year:
 
Come and see one of our own -
Micaela Diamond , a 2017 graduate of LaGuardia who is making her Broadway debut as Cher. Diamond will be joined by Jarrod Spector who plays the role of Sonny Bono! You can catch her a second time by buying a raffle ticket and winning tickets to The Cher Show with a backstage tour!
 
Paula Leggett Chase: has appeared in  over ten Broadway productions  and will be appearing in  Tootsie  this spring! - LaG parent
Santino Fontana: (starring in TOOTSIE opening this Spring, Tony nomination for the Prince in CINDERELLA; voice of evil prince in the movie FROZEN and Greg in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Adam Grupper:  MY FAIR LADY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, WICKED, THE ADAMS FAMILY-LaG music parent
Sydney James Harcourt(Girl From The North Country; org. cast of HAMILTON) 
Leah Hocking: THE LAST SHIP, ALL SHOOK UP, HAIRSPRAY, BILLY ELLIOT, MAMMA MIA- LaG drama parent
Lauren Kinhan : New York Voices,contemporary singer/songwriter & jazz vocalist-LaG music parent 
Robin Lyon-GardinerThe Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT w/ Donny Osmond; A CHORUS LINE, CHESS

ANNUAL BENEFIT LIVING SCULPTURE COURT!

Looking for Students....

Parents -    please encourage your kids to avail themselves of a special opportunity to participate in the LaGuardia HS Annual Benefit this March 4th, 2019

We will be recreating Heidi Latsky's internationally renowned art installation ON DISPLAY with LaGuardia students during the pre-show in the lobby! ON DISPLAY is a human sculpture court - a meditative experience designed to challenge both the performers and the audience.

All students are invited to participate (including all grades and studios). No performance experience is required!

Attend at least one training/workshop after-school:                 
February 27, 28, or March 1 @ 4:30-5:30, Room 806
Performance:  March 4th 4:30-7:30

For additional information, contact Sarah McKoy, ondisplayqueens@outlook.com





Come and see the 2013 Tony multi-award winning musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, presented by Opera Workshop
Friday, March 8th at 7:30 PM | Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 9th at 7:30 PM | Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 PM

Here's a VIDEO CLIP! to convince you to come!

Support the Music Studio  and our talented, dedicated kids by purchasing an ad or line of text in the Playbill.  
We would love (& need) your Sponsorship!
Shillings, pounds, dollars, all welcome!

Top-tier sponsorships include both ads & tickets!!!
We'll even design the ad for you, if you like! 

Deadline for all submissions: Friday, February 20, 2019

 
THE LAGUARDIA SPRING CHORAL CONCERT
Tuesday, March 19th at 7:30 PM
Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr @ 121st Street
Tickets will be sold at the venue on the night of the performance - cash and credit card accepted.   


LAGUARDIA'S ONLINE AUCTION 2019


The countdown is on.  We have a few months left to bring in donations for our Annual Online Auction in May.  We still need many more items like restaurants, Broadway shows, sporting events, spa packages...anything goes.  While you are on break, it's a fantastic opportunity to ask places where you go to visit/vacation.  Please reach out to your local businesses.  Most are always ready to give and support our school.  You can even email them and attach the donation form

Any questions or suggestions, please email Heather at heatmac@aol.com .

Thank you for your continued support.  
The money raised goes a to support all of our studios!


A FEW REMINDERS...

Academic Course Planning
Parents please note that the La! Portal is now open for  student course requests and closes on Tuesday, March 12th.. Midwinter Break is an excellent time for your student to login and plan next year's course load!

Fairway Cards!
If you have a Fairway Card (or shop there and need to get one), this is important! Prior to September, 2017,  Community Partners cards were printed with different numbers. Since then, they have been produced using one number, 46000017333.  If your card has a different number, please get a new card to ensure that Fairway gives LaGuardia our donation from your purchase.

LaGuardia's Wellness Center & More
Please scroll down for information about a new Wellness Group forming and LaGuardia Wellness Center's first newsletter!

Spring Sports Deadlines 
Mandatory team meetings for the Spring season for all interested players are coming up soon - please scroll down for more information.


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, February 18th thru Friday, February 22nd: Mid-Winter Recess - No School
  • Friday, March 1st: Senior Art Show #2 Opens: 4:15 PM
  • Friday, March 1st: Senior Jazz Concert, 7:30 PM, Little Flower Theater
  • Monday, March 4th: LaGuardia Annual Benefit, 6:30 PM, Little Flower Theater
  • Tuesday, March 5thPA General Meeting, 6:00 PM & Studios, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 7th: Parent-Teacher Conferences - 5:30 PM
  • Friday, March 8th: Parent-Teacher Conferences - 1:00 PM
  • Friday, March 8th:  Mystery of Edwin Drood - 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 9th:  Mystery of Edwin Drood - 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, March 10th:  Mystery of Edwin Drood - 2:00 PM
  • Friday, March 15th: Senior Art Show #3 Opens, 4:15 PM
  • Tuesday, March 19th: LaGuardia Spring Choral Concert at Riverside Church, 7:30 PM (tickets on-sale at the venue, evening of the performance - cash/cc accepted.
  •  Thursday, March 21st thru Sunday, March 24th: Spring Drama Festival #1 (more info to follow)
  • Wednesday, March 27th, Academic Forum: Tech Addiction & Academic Health
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.

 
NEWS FROM THE LAG WELLNESS CENTER 

Please read about Mindful Parenting in NY Foundling's first contribution to LaGuardia's weekly newletter!  We hope you find it useful and welcome your requests for other topics of interest.



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!!!

Deadlines for many summer programs are fast approaching (and a number have already passed) - we encourage you and your student to review our compilation of amazing opportunities - many of which are tuition-free or offer generous scholarships.  Nothing worse than a missed deadline!

Here are some tried & true summer programs with looming deadlines! 
* City Limits' Paid Internship for NYC High School Students , Deadline:  February 18th
* Dorot's Summer Teen Internship Program, rolling admissions - 90+ community service hours!!!
* Dunning Fellows and Scholars Competition Full Scholarships Available for Automotive Design Summer Camp - Deadline:  March 1st
Brooklyn District Attorney's Office Accepting HS Summer Interns - Deadline, March 25th (must live or go to school in Brooklyn)


Some great non-summer programs - deadlines also days away...


... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  
 
SPORTS
WINTER SPORTS CALENDAR
The Winter Sports season runs from November thru March and includes Basketball, Gymnastics and Indoor Track for both Boys and Girls teams.

Gymnastics Boys' Varsity:   Shout out to LAG team for a convincing win against Tottenville HS.  Special mention for J. Lobello in Pommel Horse/ Floor Exercise, H. Qiu in High Rings/ All around, D. Kyin in Parallel Bars, and L. Maldonado in Vaulting.


SPRING SPORTS
Official tryouts for both boys and girls Outdoor track teams  will be held on February 25th   Please reach out to Coach Hackett for the girls and Coach Ocampo for the boys or even our captains Carol Nieves and Noah Timmer. Even if you get through to one of us about either boys or girls, that is prefect as we work cohesively to make our program stronger. 

ANY STUDENT TRYING OUT MUST HAVE A COMPLETED PSAL MEDICAL FORM AND A COMPLETED PSAL PARENT CONSENT FORM.  No student is allowed to tryout without these two forms, NO EXCEPTIONS.

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

The LaGuardia Community has donated
over  $393,792 so far!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

2 Donors Choose Projects are available!
Can you help these teachers fulfill their ideas?
 
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED PROJECT is for 
Mrs. McGoey's Studying Personality in AP Psychology

My students need additional copies of the DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders so that they can work with all class copies, received from DonorsChoose.org, in small groups. They will be given real case studies of individuals with mental disorders and will use the books to identify the symptoms of the disorder the case study has.

  • The printer ink is necessary for printing up the case studies and arranging them into stations.
  • The watercolor paper will be used by the students in creating their own Rorschach-style ink blots with watercolor paint. 
  • They also need a diagnostic book of Hermann Rorshach's inkblots to use when taking personality inventories of the original Rorschach inkblot plates as well as the ones they created in class.
 
Please donate here


PROJECT #2
Ms. Kingham's AP World History Online Prep Course 

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
VOLUNTEERING -- HELP WANTED!

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to become more involved with LaGuardia?  Great - we're looking forward to having you join us!  If you can't attend the meetings, not a problem - we're confident we'll find a way to use your talents! 
Please email -
  lagvolunteer@gmail.com
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.

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 presidents@laguardiahspa.org.
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: 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.

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.  
PA MEETING DATES

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

Tuesday, April 2nd - 7:00 PM General, 6:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, May 7th - 6:00 PM General, 7:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, June 11th - 7:00 PM General, 6:00 PM Studios

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You made it!  Thanks for scrolling...
 
We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do!  
LaG alumna Jennifer Anniston ('87) then and now.
Doesn't she look great all through the years?

Apparently Jennifer was at LaGuardia at an interesting time - the building opened when she was a freshman or sophomore, but our two theaters weren't yet built!  They still had no theatres at LaG until the year after she headed to Hollywood...

Enough talk -   click here .
 

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