Issue 20  
January 27, 2019  

Dear LaGuardia Families - 

We hope that Regents Week was both productive and relaxing for your student (and you!). We're not quite back to a 5-day school week, but 4-days is certainly headed in the right direction...  And what a direction it is - we urge you to read through this issue of SNN to make sure you've got a sense of all the activities happening at LaGuardia for our students (and for us!) 

This issue exemplifies what means the most to us in the Parents Association: Supporting our students in their craft in as many ways as we can: by raising money, volunteering at and attending student productions and art shows, financially supporting student initiatives and supporting health and wellness initiatives at LaGuardia.   Please join us.  Scroll down for opportunities.


COMMUNITY BUILDING
CELEBRATING OUR DIVERSITY AND OUR ART

RISING STARS 2019:  THIS IS ME - A JOURNEY
There are only four performances of Rising Stars (February 7 - 10). Are you one of the many people who has already bought tickets?  Excellent! If you haven't yet, may we suggest that you do right now?  Saturday evening is almost already sold out, Sunday afternoon isn't far behind and both Thursday and Friday shows are already well over 70% capacity.  Tickets are on-sale here


The Rising Starts Art Curators are busy at work reviewing submissions. Artists whose pieces have been selected for the show will be contacted very soon with instructions as to how to submit their work for display.
Thank you to all the artists who submitted pieces!"

Please scroll down for information on how to become a Rising Stars Sponsor....!  Questions? Email us at: LaGRisingStars19@gmail.com

And please - we are in need of volunteers for Rising Stars - a myriad of roles.  Please sign-up here!


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 "feel-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! 

"BSU LaGuardia Family and Friends" Pre-Sale 
begins now and ENDS February 1st at 8:00pm!
The ticket link will be shared with the full public at that time, 
so buy your tickets NOW!
Use code LEGACY2019

Show Dates: Thursday February 13th at 7:30 PM and Friday February 14th at 6:00 PM   Click to get the best seats!
 


BSU started from a humble beginning as a club performing in the cafeteria and now stages a tailored variety show production with school wide goals and tons of love to show all students. Now that BSU has grown into a full cabaret, we need your support to make it a success! Support our incredibly talented students as they push the boundaries of creativity, community and self-expression.  BSU is launching a sponsorship program for the Cabaret - details for participation coming soon!


STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Healthy Relationships Workshops for Students & Parents coming soon in February
 
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.

STUDENT LITERARY MAGAZINE GOES TO PRINT WITH YOUR GENEROSITY
A note from the Editor in Chief, Lola Simon: "Lag Mag is a student-run literary arts magazine. We were founded in 2010 and have been actively publishing magazines ever since as a way for students to express themselves outside of a classroom setting and showcase their diverse talents. In 2012, we created an online version of our magazine which made it more accessible to a wider audience. This has also allowed more people to submit their work. Our magazine includes a variety of the best submitted work including art, photography, poetry, and other forms of writing. Our magazine is open for submission to all LaGuardia students regardless of their major. This is what makes Lag Mag a unique and important aspect of our community.
 
The LaG Mag team is so grateful for the PA's generous support in helping us print our first issue of the 2018/19 school year. The issue's theme, 'Primary', will be reflected in everything from poems to short stories and artwork."
 
Scroll to the end of the newsletter for a video of a student reviewing
Primary  hot off the presses!!!
 



ACADEMIC FORUM UPDATE
Academic Forum's recent meeting was about AP classes and course selection/programming. All of this very valuable information will soon be posted on-line and please keep an eye out for an email update. 




Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.

Shindy Johnson
PA President

A FEW REMINDERS...

Regents Week  is OVER, but please don't forget that tomorrow, January 28th, there's still no school because of Chancellor's Day.

Senior dues must be paid by February 1st
These cover the graduation costs like caps and gowns, and the yearbook. More details can be found in the  La! Weekly Bulletin
 on page 36 of this week's issue. 
 
Academic Course Planning
Also, parents note that the  Naviance Planner closes on February 1st and the La! Portal opens on February 12th  for student course requests. Detailed information is on page 20 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.
  • Monday, January 28th:  Chancellor's Conference Day - No School
  • Wednesday, January 30th: LaGuardia Annual Benefit auditions
  • Thursday, January 31st: LaGuardia Annual Benefit auditions
  • Friday, February 1st: Senior Dues Payment Deadline (see below)
  • Friday, February 1st: Senior Art Show #1, 4:15 PM
  • 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
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.

LAGUARDIA ANNUAL BENEFIT 
( Broadway Sing-Along
Auditions, Auditions, 
Auditions!  Tell Your Students!
We are seeking talented singers, actors and dancers to perform with current Broadway pros in LaGuardia's Annual Benefit.  

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in Room 808. Sign-up for an audition spot by emailing lagsing2019@gmail.comYou will need to prepare sixteen bars of whatever song you think shows you off best. This can be a musical theatre song, but does not have to be. Please bring the piano sheet music for this song to your audition.  Information on audition materials and sign-ups are posted in the basement, outside room G45.   See the full flyer here

The performance will be held on Monday, March 4th, 7:30 PM in the Little Flower Theater.  

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!!!


SENIOR ART SHOWS!
What a wonderful tradition - over the course of the next four months, our Seniors will be displaying their works throughout the school... The Senior Art Shows are curated by Seniors and feature artwork by Seniors--come celebrate our talented Art Studio Class of 2019!





OUR SOURCE FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
 
  • FOR STUDENTS: Workshop on Navigating Consent & Healthy Relationships
    Monday, February 4th,10:15 to 11:15 AM at LaGuardia
  •  

  • FOR PARENTS: Workshop on Techno Love

    Thursday, February 7th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM

 

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 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



EXTRA, 
EXTRA EXTRACURRICULARS 
(that is), 
along with  SCHOLARSHIPS
& INTERNSHIPS -  all have a NEW HOME!

Come visit the 
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 programs with looming deadlines! 
* Bank of America Student Leaders, February 1st ( paid internship )
* Summer Arts Institute - February 1st (free program)
* Wildlife Conservation Society Expo (for summer jobs & internships) - February 2nd
* Princeton University Summer Journalism Program Application - February 15th (all-expenses paid program)



... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  
 
BECOME A RISING STARS SPONSOR! 
 
Rising Stars is the biggest fundraising event of the year, and we need your support to make it a success!   Support our incredibly talented students as they push the boundaries of creativity. Become a sponsor of Rising Stars 2019 with your donation!  
 
The January 23rd deadline for listing in the playbill program has passed, but your sponsorship will still support our students!

Marquee Sponsor - $2,500
Also receive 1/2 page B&W playbill ad + 4 VIP tickets

Spotlight Sponsor  - $1,000

Also receive 1/4 page B&W playbill ad + 2 VIP tickets

Encore Sponsor - $500

Also receive 1/8 page playbill text-only ad

Standing Ovation Sponsor - $250

Bravo Sponsor - $100

Patron Sponsor - $50

Contributor Sponsor - $25

Friend - $10

 
Become a sponsor today by clicking here.

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.

Congratulations to our LaGuardia Girls and Boys teams for taking part in the Martin Luther King Games at the Fort Washington Armory on 1/21/19. Both teams did their best, as we had Kyla Parker, Geraldine Rojas and Stella Breen running in the 600m and Arden Brown and Nicole Landeta doing an outstanding job in the 1500m.  The boys had one Freshman 4 by 200m relay team which comprised of Tyler Klenis, Aiden Islam, Mathew Urraca and Jake Appelbaum and they finished 6th place in 1:57:00. The boys also had Wyatt Moe doing the 55m and Noah Trimmer, Nolan Schaefer and Tyson Keller doing the 1600m

Both the girls and the boys have the same schedule left for the season.  We have the PSAL Manhattan Borough championships at the Armory track on Sunday, February 3rd, with the boys start at 9:00 AM and the girls at 12:30 PM.  We also have the PSAL Invitational at Ocean Breeze Track and Field complex on Tuesday February 5th which is Chinese New Year and holiday, with the boys starting at 9:00 AM and the girls at 1:00 PM.  If the teams do well within the next 2 meets then we might qualify for the City Championships on 2/16/19.  Our last Indoor track meet of the season will be the PSAL Freshman Sophomore City Championships at the armory on Sunday, March 3rd. The girls and boys start times are the same which is 8:30 AM

SPRING SPORTS
Mandatory baseball meeting on February 1st for all interested players.  Tryout dates will be announced at this meeting.  The official starting date for the season is March 1st. At tryouts, students will have an opportunity to swing in the batting cage and throw off of our mound. Depending on the weather, we will have at least one tryout outside, possibly two. 

Please note that we will be conducting official tryouts for both boys and girls Outdoor track teams 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  $386,663 so far!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

We have TWO LIVE projects!
Give to one, give to both!
You can read about Mrs. McGoey's below and click here for more about Mr. Rahman's new project

Mrs. McGoey needs
Supplies for AP Psychology and Student Wellness!
A healthy child, who is also mindful of their health, is a child who is able to learn and be engaged in the learning process without the stress and worry of having to meet their basic survival needs.
 
Resources my students and I need are:
  • A nose model to learn about the sense of olfaction in our sensation and perception unit;
  • An iPad with a protective case for taking accurate online attendance, for utilization of an online gradebook through IO Classroom, and for utilization of an online course webpage through Google Classroom for classroom assignments and important announcements;
  • Psychology books such as Even The Rat Was White, Breathing Race Into The Machine, and Mothers of the Military will be used to teach equity and incorporate representation of all cultures into the psychology curriculum;
  • Stickers for positive reinforcement on highly effective assignments, swim caps for drawing and label parts of the brain for the Biological Bases of Behavior unit,
  • Balloons for creating stress balls during the Stress & Health unit,
  • Perception eyeglasses for visual illusions during the Sensation & Perception unit

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.  
BRAVO - YOU SCROLLED TO THE END OF THE NEWSLETTER!

Here's the video of of a student reviewing Primary hot off the presses.


PA MEETING DATES

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

Tuesday, March 5th - 6:00 PM General, 7:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, April 2nd - 6:00 PM General, 7:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, May 7th - 6:00 PM General, 7:00 PM Studios
Tuesday, June 11th - 6:00 PM General, 7:00 PM Studios
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