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Issue 37
June 2, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Annual Online Auction - We're down to the final hoursThe auction closes tonight at 10:00 PM! 

Please support the auction - 
All proceeds go directly to programs and materials for our students, including: grants for our academic departments and artistic studios, after-school enrichment, tutoring, technology, sports equipment, the Wellness Center, and much more. 

It's time to find something you want in the auction - or to re-bid on an item you love and were just out-bid on!   More items have been added in just the last couple of days!  We strongly encourage you to LOG BACK IN!

Many of you are aware of the student actions last week protesting cuts in the arts programs at LaGuardia (including cuts to rehearsal and tech time that our department experienced throughout this year) and changes to the admissions process. The student protesters, who numbered in the hundreds but stayed respectfully quiet, were well-organized, eloquent, and passionate about their commitment to LaGuardia, and the protest has been covered widely in New York, national and international media.
Studio APs met with leaders of the movement and the SGO for over four hours during the day, engaged in a conversation about the students' concerns and how to address them. 
As Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon noted in Friday's weekly bulletin:
The Principal and Administrative Team is working with the Superintendent's Team and the Executive Superintendent to address concerns that students have raised. Student Government representatives from each studio will be meeting on Monday with our leadership team and DOE leadership.
Monday, June 3 at 3pm
1-2 students from each studio and Student Government will be meeting with the LaGuardia Administration, Superintendent Vivian Orlen and Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales.
Monday, June 3 at 2pm
An hour before the meeting, parents are planning to be standing out in front of the school to support their / our students in a quiet and non-confrontational manner.


The student government and other student representatives will be meeting with the superintendent's team and the executive superintendent to address concerns that students have raised on Monday. We have seen the results of the no-confidence vote on Friday, and we want to hear the parents' concerns as well. We hope that the administration can improve the communication between students, staff, parents and the administration so that there is a productive space for everyone to thrive in.  We welcome your comments here.


The shows opened (they closed) and wow, were they amazing!
Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Musical), the third show in the Spring Drama Festival (SDF), ran for a total of four performances with two casts.  Congratulations to you all - the performers, tech crew, musicians, choreographers and wonderful teachers who are so integral to the success of these shows.

So, about the  Graduation Dance Concert , we will say only that it was beautiful, stunning and glorious!  Our seniors performed a number of pieces including  Hearing Voices, Mapping, InChallah, Holberg Suite (Excerpts), The Giveaway , and  Sing, Sing, Sing  with the  Senior Jazz Band !  What a show - and to each and every performer in every craft - bravo!  To all the people involved in every aspect of these show... your work is appreciated and valued!  Thank you for all the time you contribute to creating these amazing stagings.

And since the above pictures are worth a thousand words, here are several thousand more...

You can find more photos posted  here!

We also want to give a shout-out to all the Juniors who performed in Spring Sing!  What a rousing & enthusiastic performance!  Here they are getting ready!
Saturday's performance by the LaGuardia High School Senior Chorus in Brooklyn Bridge Park, was "spine-tingling!" The chorus accompanied the screening of the short film experience "Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe," by composer Eric Whitacre . The movie reveals the galaxy from the point of view of the Hubble Telescope.  Here's more information about the film.

Looking ahead...the Semi-Annual Art Show opens on Friday, June 7th as does the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Concert with a second performance on Saturday the 8th.   Our students are making it very easy for you to enjoy a night (or afternoon) of LaGuardia entertainment -  won't you buy a ticket and attend an event?!

LaGuardia Grads continue to be active and make the news!  Please scroll to the bottom for a round-up of "Name in Lights!" and to see what they're doing.
Shindy Johnson
PA President

PS: We are developing a vibrant social media presence.  Don't miss out on photos and videos that don't make it into this newsletter.


As always, the key is for us all to participate, 
regardless of the amount.  

The Spring election for PA officers and the election for the School Leadership Team (SLT) members will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 7:00 PM at the PA General Meeting . The June elections are for the majority of positions. Elections will be held again in October 2019 for any open positions and those available to incoming parents.
(Elections for Studio Reps will take place at studio meetings on June 11, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Studios will be sharing information about those positions and the election.)
If you are interested in serving as a parent leader at LaGuardia during the 2019-2020 school year, please complete the Nomination form below and email it to: by June 3, 2019. Please contact Pam Godwin, Nominations Committee chairperson, at with any questions.
Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the June 11 General PA Meeting.
Parents and guardians of current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to run for office. (Parents who are DOE employees are not permitted to run for positions on the PA Executive Board but may run for SLT, as per Chancellors Regulations A-660.)
All positions are for a one-year term only.
Available Positions : (for descriptions of the various PA and SLT positions, please see PA By-Laws found on the Lag PA website)
Two Co-Presidents
Two Co-Vice Presidents
Recording Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Two Community involvement Co-Chairs
Four Academic Forum Co-Chairs
4 SLT Members
Please click here for a NOMINATION FORM:


The Senior Prom is also approaching - Saturday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis.  

The Parents Association is providing additional monies for families who need assistance with the cost of this year's Prom. This money is intended to make the difference between a LaGuardia Senior going and not going to prom.  It is not intended to make the cost of prom less expensive for people who are going to prom.  To apply, a parent must submit a written request for assistance by May 31, 2019, and return it to the School Store

And, if your student isn't a "prom type" kid, the NYPL is offers one last
alternate Prom celebration on Friday, June 7th at its main branch on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

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, June 3rd: Classes not in session (students attend only for scheduled events - i.e. tests/rehearsals)
  • Tuesday, June 4th: Eid Al-Fitr (School closed)
  • Thursday, June 6th: Chancellors PD Day (School closed)
  • Friday, June 7th: Semi-Annual Art Show Opens
  • Tuesday, June 11th: General PA Meeting - 7:00 PM | Studio Meeting 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 18th thru Tuesday, June 25th: Regents Week (no school for students not taking exams or called for rehearsals)
  • Wednesday, June 26th: Last day of school
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.

Opening Friday, June 7th 

Please join us for the opening night of the  Semi-Annual Art Show on Friday, June 7 from 4:15 to 7:00 PM. ( The show is open to the public only on June 7th)
Suggested donation at the door: $15 adults/$5 students. Invite family and friends to mix and mingle at one of this year's biggest celebrations of our talented art students.  

Refreshments will be complimentary and provided by the Art Studio PA.  However, we encourage you to bring some cash for Raffles, student-designed Jewelry and Pins and a "Sample Sale" of current and "vintage" studio merchandise. Jewelry Club is selling original jewelry pieces from beaded necklaces to wired earrings. Proceeds will be going to the Art Studio, so drop by to buy a gem or two to support our artists!

Raffle prizes include a gift certificate for an elegant dining experience in Lincoln Center, plus an original piece of artwork from one of visiting artists, Dave Kim the Potter.
We look forward to celebrating a successful year of stunning artwork with you!


For information about joining our Mental Health and Wellness Committee please e mail .

A new report by the Child Mind Institute,  Talking to Teens About Anxiety is  available here .

Click here to read the most recent issue of The NY Foundling Wellness Newsletter, "5 Ways to Calm a Stressed or Anxious Mind."
Every week we add to our list of amazing opportunities for your students - arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities - summer, year-round - there's truly something for everyone!  We'll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website


Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.

The All-City High School Music Program 
The Program brings together top-tier New York City public school student-musicians from across all five boroughs to create high-quality music ensembles. These ensembles are collaborative and diverse, supporting students in achieving their highest potential in the study and performance of music. Made up of six ensembles ranging from Jazz Ensemble to Orchestra, the All-City High School Music Program provides a variety of options for students to express themselves under the direction of some of New York City's most talented instructor-musicians and through deep partnerships with arts organizations.
Audition information - dates June 1st, June 2nd and June 8th

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts - if it's in one of the five boroughs, most likely you'll find it here!

2019- Breakthrough Junior Challenge - Win $250,000!
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual competition for students, ages 13-18, to share their passion for math and science with the world! Each student submits a video that explains a challenging and important concept or theory in mathematics, life sciences, or physics. The winner receives a $250,000 college scholarship. The winning student's teacher and school also benefit: $50,000 for the teacher and a state-of-the-art $100,000 science lab for the school. Click here for a video on how to submit!
Application Deadline is June 15, 2019

Goddard Riverside Community Center Seeks Tutors
Star Learning Center, a program of Goddard Riverside Community Center, is seeking volunteer tutors for our 2019 summer session. The program runs from July 1st through August 16th . Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Star provides one-to-one tutoring to underserved youth from across the city. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working with students from 2nd to 12th grade. Each tutor must be able to commit a two-hour block of time, once a week for all seven weeks of the program to be matched with a child. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday (Fridays until 12:30 pm only). We have evening hours until 7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. The full schedule appears on the application. Interested individuals should visit our web page at:
and click on the link for the Tutoring Application: Summer


Summer Tech Scholars II Program at the New York Historical Society

During this week-long intensive program, high school girls will expand their CSS and web design skills as they curate and build an online collection. Throughout the program, scholars will gain behind-the-scenes insight by meeting with New-York Historical Society staff and influential women in technology fields while researching and writing about an artifact of their interest from the Museum's collections. Scholars will leave the program with a collaboratively developed website and a deeper understanding of CSS and HTML design principles. Scholars entering the program should have foundational HTML and CSS skills. Participation is $350 per student and scholarships are available for applicants who have qualified for free- or reduced-price lunch in the past. Learn more and apply .  
Application Deadline: Ongoing Event: August 19-23, 2019 

... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  

LaGuardia students will be participating in the panel!
Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

New Settlement's College Access Center  is offering a free summer program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are interested in visiting colleges and preparing for the admissions and financial aid process.  View the flyer  to learn more.
Thank you to all the LaGuardia students who played on teams in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL).  You represent us in the sports community and we appreciate you!

The Coaches thank the athletes and the parents who have stayed strong and continued to help keep our teams together and focused.

Over $400,521 has benefitted LaGuardia students so far! 
While the LaGuardia Community has made most of these contributions, many have been made by corporate donors, foundations (via matching grants) and unaffiliated individuals inspired by our teachers. When a project is close to being fully funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project

Our teachers are busy sharing their new supplies with our students and thinking of new ways to enhance their teaching!

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.
Volunteer Opportunities:
Fundraising Committee
We are ALWAYS 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

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

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.

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.


Tuesday, June 11th - General at 7:00 PM & Studios at 6:00 PM

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