Issue 24
February 24, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Midwinter break is OVER! We now have a calendar clear from vacations until Spring Break in April - which is great news because that calendar is very, very busy!

Here's a quick run-down of our MARCH MADNESS!!! Here's what we have in-store for you and your student in the coming weeks - please scroll down for detailed information!
  • Senior Jazz Band -  March 1st
  • Senior Art Show #2 - March 1st
  • Broadway Sing-Along - Monday, March 4th
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood - March 8th thru 10th
  • LaGuardia Spring Choral Concert - March 19th
  • Spring Drama Festivals - beginning March 21st
And we would love for you to come celebrate a great year so far with us at the Annual Benefit and for your student to be involved with the Annual Benefit's Living Sculpture Court on March 4th - please scroll down for more information.                                                                              
Professional Quality Recordings of RISING STARS and BSU BLACK HISTORY CABARET are available in DVD and digital download formats for a limited time only.  Click the above links to purchase your copy now before the prices go up. You can purchase individual acts or the entire show!  Preserve your memories of two wonderful shows. 

PA GENERAL MEETING MARCH 5TH @ 6:00 PM 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  

We Will Have Two Guest Presentations!    

The LaGuardia Wellness Center  run by New York Foundling will make a guest presentation.  Come learn about the resources at LaGuardia to support the mental health and wellness of our students and learn how we as parents can help our students to cope with the most common mental health issues affecting our teens.
                                              
                           
Lincoln Center Education
presents the
2019 College & Career Fair !  If your student is  interested in a career in the arts, this fair helps to connect high school students to colleges, conservatories, and resources to help them explore the many opportunities available in creative industries.   Learn more & register here - and plan to come to our March 5th PA Meeting where we will have a guest speaker from LCE!

Please remember  Parent-Teacher Conferences next week on Thursday & Friday, March 7th & 8th.
And just because... 
A photo of the solo vocalists and a bit of the Senior Orchestra and Senior Chorus from the Winter Semi-Annual Concert.

I look forward to seeing you at the  March PA Meeting!               

Shindy Johnson
PA President

ALL SCHOOL APPEAL

Unleash our collective power with a donation to 
the All-School Appeal Today.
 


 and be entered to win some LaG Swag in March.
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 




COME SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL AT 
THE ANNUAL LAGUARDIA BENEFIT! 
 
RAISE YOUR VOICE TO RAISE SOME FUNDS! 
Our acclaimed Broadway Singalong is BACK on 
March 4th, 2019! 
Doors open at 6:30 PM | Performance at 7:30 PM

Featuring  Broadway stars performing alongside LaGuardia students. 
 
Your show+party ticket includes: Art show. Living sculpture court. Jazz band. Taste of New York AFTER PARTY at the NYPL (adults only.) 
 
 
Also on sale 
RAFFLE TICKETS TO BROADWAY SHOWS 
WITH BACKSTAGE TOURS! 

Shows include
FROZENTOOTSIE, KISS ME, KATE
DEAR EVAN HANSEN & THE CHER SHOW  
Restricted number of tickets available.
 
ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY - LIMITED SEATS REMAINING - DON'T MISS THIS UNIQUE EXPERIENCE.
 
 
ALSO, IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SPONSOR THE SHOW AND HAVE AN AD IN THE PROGRAM, PRICES STARTING AT $500. 
LIVING SCULPTURE COURT!

Immediate Opportunity

Looking for Students for 
The Annual Benefit's Living Sculpture Court!

If you attend a training/workshop, you will be cast!


Parents, please encourage your kids to take advantage of this special resume-building opportunity and participate in the
LaGuardia HS Annual Benefit this March 4th, 2019. We will be recreating Heidi Latsky's internationally renowned art installation
ON DISPLAY, a human sculpture court, with LaGuardia students during the pre-show in the lobby!

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

Attend one training/workshop after-school
F ebruary 27, 28, or March 1 @ 4:30-5:30, Room 806. 
 
Performance with rehearsal
March 4th 4:30-7:30.

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



Presented by Opera Workshop & Pit Orchestra
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

This Tony Award Winning Murder Mystery Musical
is the not to be missed event of LaG's spring season! Audience members will be cajoled and coerced from the cast to super sleuth who they believe murdered Drood!
 
There's love, intrigue, and shenanigans!
Oh, and a lot of singing!

HELP US SOLVE THE MYSTERY!
Adults - $30.00 | Students - $20.00

Tickets on sale in the school store starting Tuesday!
 (Avoid the processing fee!)
Discount student pricing: $20.00
Available during 10th period & after school
 
Or, visit the Music Studio table in the lobby beginning Wednesday this week through next week and receive a special treat for any student who purchases a ticket!

Here's a VIDEO CLIP! to convince you to come!
 
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
We need your help!

The online auction is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for ALL of the studios . This week we are focusing on theater tickets, sports tickets, ballet, symphony, opera, concerts...all/any kind of entertainment event. 

These items sell VERY well and are always what people will spend the most money on.  So, if you have access to any of these, please email Heather at lagdonate@gmail.com.  Of course, please reach out to all local vendors because we need more items to make this a successful auction for the school.  You can even email them and attach the  donation form

Thanks so much, your Auction Team!


SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL
SPONSORSHIPS!

We are delighted to offer LaGuardia families and friends an opportunity to support the Spring Drama Festival!   

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - March 21-24
Pride & Prejudice - April 11-14
Two Gentlemen of Verona - May 30-June 2

Marquee, Spotlight and Encore-level sponsorships give you the opportunity to congratulate your Drama or Technical Theater student, thank a special teacher, advertise a business, or anything else you'd like!

If your sponsorship level includes a booster/ad, we would be happy to design it for you. The firm deadline for sponsorships is March 5, so please don't delay - purchase your sponsorship today!

SPONSOR THE  SDFs

Every dollar you give goes to the school and helps support our students from all over the city. So THANKS!


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!

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.
  • 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! 
* 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.

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.

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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