Issue 21
February 3, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

What a great experience - to experience the Arctic without needing to travel anywhere! We hope everyone stayed safe and warm and are more comfortable as the mercury climbs back to more regular winter temperatures if a certain groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil knows what he's talking about...

Today we want to highlight Rising Stars and give you a peek into what makes the magic that you will see later this week!  We also want to remind you and your students about the special workshops focused on student wellness and healthy relationships being offered this week for parents and students.  Please note that we are no longer carrying all details about outside opportunities for our students in the SNN Newsletter.  These have a new home on the LaGuardia PA website.  Scroll down for more information



COMMUNITY BUILDING
CELEBRATING OUR DIVERSITY AND OUR ART

RISING STARS 2019:  THIS IS ME - A JOURNEY
Opening this Thursday!
If you haven't yet purchased your tickets, may we suggest that you do right now? Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon shows are almost sold out , and the Thursday & Friday shows are well over 80% capacity.   Tickets are on-sale here .

Avoid the online fee by having your student purchase tickets at school. Tickets will also be on sale in the lobby during Monday and Wednesday lunch periods and after school.

Rising Stars one of only two all school productions where students from all studios come together to showcase their talent.   Rising Stars is the PA's largest fundraising event of the year and we count on you to make it a success. We are so very proud and truly floored by the talent, hard work and commitment of our students particularly the student production team.  What goes on behind the scenes is incredibly inspiring.  Apart from the acts, our outstanding student production team works numerous night and weekend hours with unwavering dedication to excellence. It's LaGuardia kids like these with so much heart that inspire me everyday.

For the second year in a row, we invite you to enjoy a beautiful display of student art in keeping with the Rising Stars theme at every show. Our student art curators will have the display ready for your viewing pleasure in the back lobby. Here is a teaser from the Rising Stars art show.









Check out some clips from Rising Stars 2018 on our  Facebook page (like and share) or on YouTube (like and share) to get a hint of the kind of treat you are in for. 

Studios will be selling merchandise during Rising Stars and it's a great time for everyone to stock up on LaGuardia swag!

Thank you to the many parents  who have already registered to volunteer for the Rising Stars rehearsals and performances. We still need to fill a few more roles -  please sign-up here !

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Healthy Relationship Workshops for Students & Parents!
With continued attention to the well-being of the whole child, LaGuardia is extending its workshops on healthy relationships by partnering with the  NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy  to present workshops for students and parents on Healthy Relationships and Consent.  Please scroll down for details in the " Our Source for Health and Wellness " section below.

  • Workshop on Navigating Consent and Healthy Relationships for Students
Monday, February 4th from 10:15 to 11:15 AM at LaGuardia
 
  • Workshop on Techno Love for Parents
Thursday February 7 from 5:00 - 6:00



I'd love to see you at our next PA Meeting on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00 PM.  
We have a real treat  in store for you!  You won't want to miss it. 


Shindy Johnson
PA President

MORE TO CELEBRATE & ANTICIPATE IN THE ARTS 
FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH

2019 SENIOR ART SHOW OPENING

Did you attend the opening of the 1st Senior Art Show: REMINISCENCE  on Friday?  What a display of talent, imagination and beauty from our seniors.  We strongly encourage you to visit and marvel at how much these students have learned in four years!


 
BLACK STUDENTS UNION BSU

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CABARET
We've got the perfect Valentines Day celebration for you - something different, a little bit romantic and definitely "f eel-good!"

This Cabaret is student-produced, written, performed with some support from wonderful fans like - you! Students from all grades and all studios perform in the BSU Cabaret.
You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 14th at 6:00 PM
Buy your tickets NOW!
 


THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
an opera production, presented by the Music Studio
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 5:00 PM

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


LAGUARDIA ANNUAL BENEFIT 




RAISE YOUR VOICE TO RAISE SOME FUNDS! 
Our acclaimed Broadway Singalong is BACK on Monday, March 4th, 2019! Featuring Broadway stars performing alongside LaGuardia students. Performer and ticket information coming soon.

We already have these distinguished pros signed on to the show this year:
 
Santino Fontana: (lead in TOOTSIE opening this spring, Tony nom. for the Prince in CINDERELLA; voice of evil prince in the movie FROZEN)
Leah Hocking: THE LAST SHIP, ALL SHOOK UP, HAIRSPRAY, BILLY ELLIOT, MAMMA MIA- LaG drama parent
Sydney James Harcourt: (Girl From The North Country; org. cast of HAMILTON) 
Robin Lyon-Gardiner: The Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT w/ Donny Osmond; A CHORUS LINE, CHESS
Adam Grupper: MY FAIR LADY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, WICKED, THE ADAMS FAMILY-LaG music parent
Lauren Kinhan: New York Voices,contemporary singer/songwriter & jazz vocalist-LaG music parent 
 
More to come!
SAVE THE DATE!!!


A FEW REMINDERS...

School is closed  on Tuesday, February 5th for Lunar New Year

Academic Course Planning
Parents please note that the La! Portal opens on February 12th  for student course requests. Detailed information is on page 31 of this week's  Weekly Bulletin

LaGuardia Online Auction 2019
Our Online Auction is quickly approaching! This is one of our biggest school-wide fundraisers of the year.  The money raised goes to help support all studios, teachers & students.  We are in need of MORE donations to help make this a success.  This week we are focusing on restaurants and retail establishments.  Please ask the places that you frequent if they would support our school .  Most people say yes! You can even email them and attach the donation form.  So just ask your local businesses.  Every little bit helps.  Thanks for your continued support!"

The All School Appeal Continues...
We are excited about upcoming campaigns and believe that with increased participation we can actually exceed our goal all for the benefit of our students.  If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so. There's no minimum - whatever is the right amount for your family to contribute, will be appreciated and put to good use. 

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.
  • Tuesday, February 5th:  Lunar New Year - No School
  • Wednesday, February 6th: Academic Forum Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 6th: PFLAG Meeting
  • Thursday, February 7th:  Rising Stars, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, February 8thRising Stars, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 9th : Rising Stars, 7:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 10th: Rising Stars, 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 12th: PA General Meeting, 7:00 PM & Studios 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 13th: Black Student Union Cabaret, 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, February 14th: Black Student Union Cabaret, 7:30 PM
  • Monday, February 18th thru Friday, February 22nd: Mid-Winter Recess - No School
  • Friday, March 1st: Senior Art Show #2: 4:15 PM
  • Friday, March 1st: Senior Jazz Concert
  • Monday, March 4th: LaGuardia Annual Benefit, 7:30 PM Little Flower Theater
  • 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 - 5:00 PM
     
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.

OUR SOURCE FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS


The NYC Healthy Relationship Training Academy
 was established in 2005 to provide educational and skills-building training for adolescents, parents and organizations that provide services to young people.
 
The Academy provides interactive workshops on dating violence and healthy relationships that provide young people and parents with a meaningful opportunity to learn through trained Peer Educators.  

As part of LaGuardia's Wellness Initiative, the school will be hosting a 
guided Workshop for students on Monday, February 4 on Consent and Healthy Relationships.   If your student is interested in attending they should contact Ms. Evelyn Carela at  ecarela2@schools.nyc.gov  or visit her in  Rm G47 .

LaGuardia will also be hosting a  Workshop on Thursday, February 7th, 5:00 - 6:00 PM for Parents  about dating and love in the digital era.  
Click here to register for the workshop .   Maximum 30 participants


 

 
ARE YOU THE PARENT OF AN ART MAJOR?
YOUR CHILD CAN WORK AT LAG WELLNESS CENTER
FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE


ACADEMIC FORUM UPDATE
"How to Pay for College:  Negotiating your Financial Package"
Academic Forum's upcoming meeting will be on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in Room 457.

Please join us at a forum with Michael Terry, financial planner and former LaGuardia parent, as he offers advice on how to afford college and maximize financial aid.   Michael will discuss FAFSA, the CSS Profile, and offer insight into how the financial aid system works. Learn about choosing the right colleges that are most likely to offer real aid to your student.
 
Parents of freshman, sophomores, and juniors do not want to miss this.  For parents of seniors, Michael will also discuss the appeal process for families who are receiving financial aid packages this spring that have not met their need.

Please contact us if you have a specific question or concern you would like addressed at the meeting please contact us LaGuardiaAF@gmail.com

Coming soon... a dedicated email blast will be sent out mid-week as a follow up to our last Academic Forum ( To AP or Not to AP) so be on the lookout! We will be providing transcript of the evening's Q & A and all the additional questions many parents submitted plus some additional pertinent links. Thanks for your patience! 


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! 
* Princeton University Summer Journalism Program Application - Deadline:  February 15th (all-expenses paid program)
* City Limits' Paid Internship for NYC High School Students, Deadline:  February 18th
* Dorot's Summer Teen Internship Program, rolling admissions - 90+ community service hours!!!


Some great non-summer programs - deadlines also days away...
* Urban Art Jamm 2019: Calling Teen Visual & Performing Artists,  Deadline:  February 10th

... 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.

BOYS VARSITY GYMNASTICS
Congrats to the Boys Varsity Team for placing 1st in the Team all around at the LIC Open: Zhi CHEN, Derek KYIN, John LOBELLO, Leonardo MALDONADO, Alvaro MERHIGE, Liam PADDEN, Henry QIU, and Andrew SO.  And a loud Shout-Out to Henry QIU for placing 1st in the individual all-around!
 
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
A Special Mention for Kayla PARKER for her 1.53.46 sec finish in the 600 Meter Run.

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  $391,996 so far!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

Unbelievable....
both Mrs. McGoey's and Mr. Rahman's projects from last week were fully-funded.  Thank you so much!

We again have TWO LIVE projects!
Give to one, give to both!
You can read about Ms. Kingham's below and click here for more about Mr. Costa's 
new Tecnologia Italian-Style project

Ms. Kingham needs an
AP World History Online Prep Course

My students need the ability to prepare for their AP exam in May in a systematic way. The online and digital platform will allow the students to pace themselves, track their problems, and troubleshoot important issues.

The students will have access to AP materials through an online digital company that will work much like Kaplan or Princeton Review does for college students.  By having the ability to go online, study, get questions answered and having feedback, the student can ask more pointed and directed questions in the classroom, and more reflective questions overall about course content.


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, February 12th - 7:00 PM General, 6:00 PM Studios

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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