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While NYers are being asked to distance themselves socially,
it is essential that we come together emotionally.
HELLO TO OUR LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY!
We've now experienced 7 days of a different way of life. "Social distancing", "6-feet apart" and "20-seconds of hand-washing" have become the new norm. One day we'll read about this virus in our history books, but for now it's all too real, but knowing that we're all in it together offers some support. We're sharing this graphic because, for now, staying physically separated is the most effective way of staunching the spread of this disease and keeping us all safe! A March 15th article quotes
Dr. Anthony Fauci,
the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as saying, "
Younger people ... are not immune or safe from getting seriously ill,"
Fauci said on CNN's
State of the Union.
Read the full article
SO... YOU'RE OUT WITH A FRIEND AND YOU DON'T HAVE A RULER TO MEASURE 6' APART...
Our arm span is approximately our height! So, if you're 5'7, you can estimate that your arm is perhaps 2 1/4 feet long - as long as you and your friend are at least each one arm length away from each other, plus another foot for good measure, you've hit the 6' mark!
Social distancing - it's the best form of prevention...
We've setup a new
to share our thoughts, ideas, questions and suggestions
- please join us!
Also, please scroll down past all the COVID-19 information for some more "regular news" from our Art and Music Studios!
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL VASCONCELOS
Kicking-Off Remote Learning, Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear LaGuardia Arts Community -
It is with great optimism that I write this morning before our remote learning kick-off on Monday, March 23. Over the course of a few days, our dedicated faculty and staff have embraced the challenge of remote learning. We have created brand new lessons so that instruction is now self-paced and accessible by students at their own selected time; we have considered the challenges to internet access that many of our families face and the need to check in with each other social-emotionally; we have embraced this opportunity to be creative and engaging; and we have, most importantly, recognized the importance of continuing meaningful instruction and to provide stability and normalcy to the young people in our community.
Please keep an open-mind and open-heart this coming week. We understand that there will be glitches and unforeseen circumstances in this new chapter. Assume positive intentions. We will make adjustments throughout the week and revisit structures to ensure that they are supportive of our community.
- Updates and Supporting Our City
Supporting Our Families In Need
Accessing Student/Family Accounts
Remote Learning Begins Monday, March 23
Staying Current with LaGuardia Arts
Updates on Private Testing Companies Rescheduling / Reformatting Exams
LAGUARDIA VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
Virtual Town Hall with the administration will take place on Thursdays at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Information on how to join this Virtual Town Hall will be shared mid-week.
LAGUARDIA GUIDANCE COUNSELORS ARE HERE FOR YOU!
At LaGuardia, students are assigned to organizational period's (OP's) and guidance counselors based on their grade and studio. We do this so families can receive support that is specific to their needs, with OP's and guidance counselors trained to serve the needs of the grades and studios they support.
Counselors can also assist with finding obtaining a device for remote learning.
A list of Guidance Counselors and OP groups broken down by grade and studio is
on the LaGuardia website.
GRAB & GO MEALS
Beginning March 23, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, not at every school building. For locations, visit
, call 311, or call 877-877-FOOD. No registration, ID, or documentation are required.
LaGuardia Arts is not a meal distribution site
. Please share with anyone in need.
REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES
LaGuardia will continue to communication with families via PupilPath and it will remain LaGuardia's primary point of contact for students.
DOE NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNT
For general DOE information, your student will need
an activated NYC Schools account, so it is important for you to set it up for your child ASAP. You can sign up for an account
by entering a few basic details. This will allow you to begin receiving notifications from the DOE. It only takes five minutes, and it is the first step in getting a full account.
Please do this today if you don't already have an account!
The DOE will continue to use this platform to keep families informed of their child's academic progress. Parents/Guardians can track their child's education on any computer, phone or tablet.
If you're having difficulty signing up for a DOE NYC Schools Account, contact,
. If you need further assistance please feel free to reach out to your district's Family Support
or Family Leadership Coordinator,
ONLINE ACCESS -
SPECTRUM INTERNET FREE FOR 60 DAYS FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
For families of school students and college students living at home, who are not a current subscriber of Spectrum they are offering 60 days free with free installation. This is called the Student Remote Educational Offer. Get more information by calling 1-844-488-8395.
If you are an established customer, Spectrum has initiated a "Keep America Connected" pledge to not disconnect subscribers for non payment of fees and will waive late fees and penalties for the next 60 days.
NEED A DEVICE FOR REMOTE LEARNING?
To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form below. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student. If you need help with this, please contact your Guidance Counselor
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT IEP & DISABILITY SUPPORT
NYC DOE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
NYPL FREE TUTORING
Get live, on-demand homework help from one-on-one tutors, online daily from 2 PM to 11 PM. Available in English and Spanish, for early elementary through high school students, in core subject areas. Information available here.
FREE TUTORING WITH COLLEGE STUDENTS!
NYC K-12 students, sign up to get tutored by a current college student volunteer! Please note that we will endeavor to match all students with a tutor. However, students who qualify for free and reduced meals will be prioritized. Note: Information regarding whether students qualify for such meals will not be shared with anyone, including their tutor.
!!! ZOOM UPDATE !!!
Use of Zoom for education and social purposes is growing exponentialy - what a great resource!
Here's important information
for Zoom users on changing your settings to keep your meetings safe and private - avoid people "crashing" your Zoom meetings!
COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL SITES
Notify NYC, the City of New York City's official source for information about emergency events and important City services.
NY Foundling - this issue of their newsletter includes not only resources for mental health, but also for diapers, food, loans and health insurance. Please download the newsletter!
This situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes - it's stressful, anxiety-provoking and incredibly confusing. We know we're supposed to look after ourselves physically, but mental wellness is equally as important.
Emergency Crisis Services
Wellness / Non-Emergency Support
THRIVE NYC 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Text "WELL" to 65173
Mental Health Supports
- Practice healthy habits and the kinds of self-care that most benefit you. Establish a new daily routine. Prioritize getting a healthy amount of sleep and sunlight, eating well, showering and handwashing, and moving or exercising regularly.
- Avoid crowds - but stay connected. School closures can mean you might find yourself distanced from the people you would normally see at school. If so, make the effort to stay connected through social media, email, texting, and video calls. Take advantage as well of new opportunities to see friends and loved ones close-by.
- Seek news only from reliable sources, and only in short stints. As with all things, we can find ourselves over-consuming news and updates. Try not to become absorbed in the coverage for long periods of time, and find opportunities to appropriately disconnect.
- Take breaks to ease your mind and distract yourself when you start to worry. Play a game. Watch a movie. Take a yoga class. Try a meditation app. For more coping skills to consider, head to activemindsorg/selfcare.
Rarely can 5 minutes have such a powerful impact on our lives!
Request an Absentee Ballot (safer...) here are the deadlines -
ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINES FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION
April 21st: Last day to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot.
April 27th: Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
April 27th: Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than May 5th.
April 28th: Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).
A bit of extra time on your hands? Complete the 2020 Census.
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.
Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses.subways, and other public transit systems.
Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults. Complete the census here!
FOR OUR STUDENTS - UPDATES ABOUT TESTING, COLLEGES & MORE
We know this is incredibly difficult. We all need to look after each other and be kind to each other.
We want to support you in every way possible, s
o if you need something, tell us -
and we'll try and find out the information you need.
Best, Melissa & Elisabeth, PA Co-Presidents
Please understand that much of this information is preliminary and subject to change based on how quickly the virus passes. We are happy to share the information we find, but do not have additional sources at this time.
SUMMER PROGRAMS & COLLEGE
None of us know for sure, but we're optimistic that COVID-19 will pass by Summer. Make your plans - scroll down for ideas about programs and internships. Search online for other opportunities! Juniors - work on your Naviance "
All About Me."
SENIORS - - COLLEGE DECISION DAY!!!
College Decision Day is now June 1, not May 1.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION COUNSELLING (NACAC)
NACAC is providing this online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. - visit the website.
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT's top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
The May SAT administration has been cancelled. The next SAT administration is currently scheduled for June 6.
The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We'll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020, SAT administration and will continue to assess its status with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority the College Board is working with local partners, and we'll soon share information about weekday school-based administrations this spring of the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9.
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat.
In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. Visit this site for regularly posted information about the impact of the virus on the SAT
The exam will be accessible by any streaming device: computer, smartphone or tablet. Students will even be allowed to submit a picture of handwritten work.
The exam will be 45 minutes long.
There will be two test dates: one early date for students who want to take the exam while the material is fresh and one later test date for students who want to prepare.
Test dates will be announced April 3rd.
Here is more information about what the test will cover and online AP studying resources.
NY STATE REGENTS EXAMS
NY State Regent Exams have not yet been cancelled. Stay tuned...
FREE TEST PREP & WEBINARS
2020 ALL-SCHOOL MUSICAL
Without knowing when we'll return to school, we can't provide an update on Auditions for the All-School Musical. What we can say, however, is that there will be a Musical in the 2020-2021 Academic Year! Did you know, that in 2013, Mr. Lobenhofer held auditions for
in September for that December 2013's performances?! Stay positive - and stay tuned!
To learn more about Grease in 2013, join our new fb group! ***
ARTICLES SUPPORTING STUDENTS
MENTAL HEALTH/WELLNESS RESOURCES
NYC Health provides a
list of resources
for Teens who need someone to talk to and help with a variety of issues.
Students - you're critical in the effort to stop the
spread of COVID-19! You
may not get sick, or not very sick, but you can
spread the disease
to others in our community whose health is compromised - seniors, people with weak immune systems - they will be extremely negatively impacted if they were to contract the virus.
We know this sounds harsh, but if you get together with friends, plan on being outside - go to the park to walk, hike, bicycle to an area that you have not visited for a while - just keep a distance between you and stay away from crowded areas.
SUGGESTIONS OF INTERESTING THINGS TO DO REMOTELY...
Intrepid Museum's first Virtual Learning Program
Monday, March 23 at 11:00 AM EST!
What makes an aircraft fly? Discover how four forces act on an object in flight. Engage with a Museum educator and design your own simple machine. For kids of all ages!
Follow along materials and visual instructions will be emailed in advance. Feel free to share this information with other families who might also be interested! We hope to see you online!
A compilation of Broadway shows and performances for your online viewing pleasure - daily suggestions along with a list of always-on shows!
Visit their website
Yale University's "The Science of Well-Being"
In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
Enroll for free
Take a Break - Listen to Music!
Travel (Virtually) to 12 Museums From Around the World!
See a Broadway Show! (On your device)
PHYSICAL HEALTH - PROTECT YOURSELF! STOP THE SPREAD!
Wash your hands for 20 seconds when you enter your home, before you eat, after touching commonly-used surfaces such as elevator buttons, door handles, subway cards - it really is THE MOST EFFECTIVE way to stay healthy.
TESTING FOR COVID-19 - Center for Disease Controls
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop
symptoms of COVID-19
, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home
. For more information
ONLINE AUCTION ALERT!
PLEASE HELP TO SUPPORT
OUR AMAZING SCHOOL!
Our annual online auction helps raise funds to support ALL of our studios and programs at LaGuardia. The auction is an incredible group effort, and we already have a team of parents hard at work to ensure this is a successful fundraising campaign. But we need your help in obtaining items for the online auction.
With many businesses closed or people working from home, you can email some of your favorite establishments, tutoring/college prep people, vacation homes, opera, ballet, etc.
You get the picture. Anything goes.
Just think of things you would want to bid on,
or items or services you could directly provide.
Do you have access to sports or theater tickets, behind the scene tours, television tapings, or other unique experiences?
Check your local neighborhoods for places you and the kids frequent. Which restaurants and neighborhood merchants do you frequent? (dry cleaners, gourmet markets, salons, automotive needs, etc.)
Is your employer willing to donate goods or merchandise? Consider Friends & Family Sponsorship or Corporate Sponsorship.
Can you donate food, wine/alcohol or gift cards?
TWO EASY WAYS TO DONATE!
Our deadline is April 24th!
Every donation, no matter the size,
is deeply appreciated.
Feel free to contact us at
if you have questions about the auction or would like to join the auction committee.
ANNUAL LAGUARDIA GALA BENEFIT
Monday, June 15th!
We hope by now you've put LaGuardia Arts' biggest Party on your calendars combining the talents of both LaGuardia HS and Alumni & Friends. We are looking for help in attracting Corporate Sponsors and
Gala After-Party Volunteer
LET'S THINK OPTIMISTICALLY AND SAVE THE DATE!
Art Studio is calling on all artists to submit their "at home" masterpieces to our Art Studio Student Rep Lillian Lee to post on Instagram. Teachers have been invited to submit artwork as well. Please either upload your art to your own Instagram account and tag
@lillian.art.rep OR message it to Lillian
OR do either of the above
AND use the hashtag:
Lillian posted a beautiful three-minute video on Wednesday night featuring students from all grades holding up their favorite pieces of art. It is heartwarming and truly captures the LaGuardia spirit. Be sure to follow
Instagram. It will boost your spirits!
students prepared a Musical Feast!
For now... in this time of "Take Out-Only", we bring you
A Kismet Tasting Menu -
Pair with beverage of choice, whether in stemware, thermos or sippy-cup!
CURRENTLY SCHEDULED EVENTS ARE BEING POSTPONED.
We will continue to update you as we find options to reschedule important events and productions. We'll bring back our PA School Calendar once we have updates.
An Invitation to Engage from the LaGuardia PA Co-Presidents
Now that we're home and perhaps not as busy a before, please consider VOLUNTEERING with our Online Auction and June Gala
The auction will go on!
Online Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers!
Please become involved with the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity and outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations.
Please email us
Next online meeting - Week of March 23rd!
We need people with experience in
CORPORATE GIVING to help with the
ALL ABOUT ME
Please... take your extra time and go ahead and complete the "All About Me" section on Naviance, which Guidance uses to become more familiar with each student. Log into Naviance and answer the questions!!!
VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS!
With campus tours and visits postponed indefinitely it is important that students are offered the opportunity to "visit" colleges in some capacity. Below are three free websites that offer different virtual experiences. Please be aware that some of these may not work on an iPad since the browser may be incompatible or may block popups. Using a PC or laptop offers the best experience if possible.
- YouVisit is a great web site for interactive virtual tours. Simple to create an account and completely free. Simply search for college and click "Virtual Reality" or "360 Degree". Has a relatively large database of schools. The tours include guided audio as well.
- eCampusTours is not as comprehensive as YouVisit but has a large database of colleges. More simple in design, but includes other data about the colleges such as admissions and financial aid information.
- Unlike "YouVisit" and "eCampusTours", "Campustours" links you to interactive experiences, but does not host them For instance, clicking on a college may bring you to the section of the colleges website that has virtual tours. Very good starting point.
VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS!
College Fairs Online hosts virtual college fairs in every region of the USA twice a year, dates for the Northeast Region are May 18-23, 2020.
FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE!
FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications
If you haven't completed it yet - get started - money goes to the early birds!
SUMMER PROGRAMS | INTERNSHIPS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES!
Every week during the school year 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!
COVID-19 has impacted many organizations' Spring programming.
Please contact these organizations directly for the most recent updates.
2020 SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT (SYEP)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020
2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
applications are available NOW! SYEP provides New York City youth with paid summer experiences for up to six weeks in July and August. This year we've made some changes to the program: teens 14 - 15 take part in project-based activities that help them explore different careers while young adults aged 16 - 24 can work in a variety of industries throughout the City. For more information and to apply,
please visit the website
BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
TEEN JAZZ CAMP
Dates: July 6-10 & 13-17, 2020
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is thrilled to offer our 4th annual season of Amy Winehouse Teen Jazz Camp! Open to students 12-18 of all levels, this weeklong camp features a top-notch faculty who are active in the creative jazz community, and a small student-to-teacher ratio. Students work in small ensembles to develop technique and improvisation skills while boosting their confidence in a fun, non-competitive environment.
Registration is open now!
Ages 12-18 (or age 11 if entering 7th grade), with one school year of instrumental experience.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporter, the
Amy Winehouse Foundation
, need-based scholarships are available. For more information, contact Brian Drye, Director of BKCM's Community Music School, at
THE COOPER UNION SUMMER ART INTENSIVE
Application Dates: Opens February 24th - closes March 31st
The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive helps high school students prepare a portfolio for college applications, worthy of top undergraduate programs. Participants have the choice of 1 out of 4 concentrations, Animation, Digital Photography, Drawing or Graphic Design. All instructors are working professional artists and are active in the contemporary art world. A mix of local and out-of-town students will engage with the vast cultural resources of New York City through visits to major museums and gallery districts as well as guest artist talks.
During classes, students will see first hand works of historic, modern and contemporary artwork. Students have visited such institutions such as, The Metropolitan Museum, MoMA, Noguchi Museum, The Met Breuer, The New Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pace Paper and Jungle Press.
The Summer Art Intensive will end with a celebratory reception showcasing student works in drawing, graphic design, and digital photography on three floors in the historic Foundation Building. For more information:
AAA's 2020 HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO PSA CONTEST
Application Deadline: Monday, April 13th
AAA is looking for original videos addressing the risks of marijuana-impaired driving.
The contest is a great way for students to showcase their talents and help communicate a powerful message to drivers of all ages. The winning videos will be shared on AAA Northeast's social channels and website starting in May. M
ore than $11,000 in prize money
The contest is open to students in grades 9- 12 from cities and towns in the AAA Northeast territory.* For more information and to submit your entry.
2020 DOE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS
Provided by the NYC DOE College & Career Planning Team, an incredibly comprehensive list of summer programs, many of which are free. Here's the full list - a very valuable resource!
NY MATH CIRCLE HS SUMMER PROGRAM
Program Dates: July 20 to August 6, 2020
Test Dates: March 7 & 8, 2020 and April 4 & 5, 2020 (Required!)
The Math Circle is an academically intensive weekday program for students entering grades 9-12 in the fall that runs for three weeks, five hours a day. A typical day consists of a class in the morning, followed by lunch, and a problem-solving session in the afternoon. Instructors and teaching assistants are very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is open and collaborative.
Students are expected to work hard in the program, but also to have fun. Fridays are set aside for unusual activities, mathematical games, team-building, and more.
: $775 -
Space is limited.
BOSTON UNIVERSITY'S ACADEMY OF MEDIA PRODUCTION
Application Deadline: March 31, 2020
Program Dates: July 6 - 31, 2020
Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at
Boston University's Academy of Media Production
. Learn more and apply online.
$440,266 has benefited 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 almost fully-funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project!
Technology in the Spanish Classroom!
$1,107 to go! Join the 7 donors who have already contributed!
Señora Rosenstein give her students a laptop and adaptor for use in the classroom.
Swim Cap Brains for AP Psychology!
$319 to go!!! Join the 9 donors who have already contributed!
Help Mrs. McGoey give her students swim caps in order to draw diagrams of the brain and then wear to teach and inspire! Donate now!
Think Pad Would Be an Amazing Resource to Us!
$907 to go!!! Join the 19 donors who have already contributed!
give his students
a multipurpose laptop that can be utilized in a group setting by students of all different skill levels and learning styles. Donate now!
Help Our Science Students to Learn Through Technology!
$980 to go!!! Join the 5 donors who have already contributed!
give her students iPads to access electronic assignments, analyze data from science labs, and stay organized to become successful in their challenging academic classes.
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.
PA GENERAL & STUDIO MEETINGS 2019-2020
Tuesday, April 7th - POSTPONED
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
May - TBD
6:00 PM: General Meeting| 7:00 PM Studio Meetings
Tuesday, June 16th: Elections
6:00 PM: Studio Meetings| 7:00 PM General Meeting
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