Issue 28
March 24, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,


What did you think of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot?  Did our seniors make you think about forgiveness, about faith? Did they make you laugh?  And our hats off to all the Tech students!  Look at this amazing set!

Perhaps it was your first time inside Riverside Church... or perhaps your first time attending the Spring Choral Concert ?  Either way, it's an amazing combination of setting and sound that created a magical experience.  To the singers, bravo!  To their teachers - we are very impressed!  And to all the volunteers and behind-the-scenes staff who make this concert possible, a fervent thank you!

Cantare Voices with Ms. Jana Ballard

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) 
Heartfelt "Thank You" to all of the parents who came out to the YMHFA training on Saturday.  It was informative and interactive and we appreciate the sincerity of all participants and the expertise of our presenter. Thanks too to Dr. Stricklin who gave up his Saturday to make sure that this training could happen. We will hold another training on May 19.  I look forward to seeing you in May.  

Parent Participants at YMHFA

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind you all that we now have a new section on "Wellness" on our evolving website.  Visit this section for information on webinars for parents of teens, how to access social-emotional support for your child at LaGuardia and much more.

College 101!
For you and your student - a variety of resources to learn about college opportunities and test prep.  Please scroll down.  Many of them are completely free!

We encourage you to attend this Wednesday's Academic Forum: Tech Addiction & Academic Health. Please scroll down for information on our excellent speaker!

Senior Art Show #3 Officially Open!
Come by and see the works of our very talented seniors. Scroll down for details.

The SDF season continues in April with Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice.   Performances begin on Thursday, April 11th and run thru Sunday, April 14th.  Ticket information is below.

Parent Volunteers are needed for the Senior Trip on Wednesday, March 27th to escort our students from school to the World Trade Center.  Please scroll down to sign-up

Thursday, April 4th is our Open House for Prospective Parents - and we need YOU to volunteer to meet parents and share with them your impressions of our school and your student's experience. Be on the lookout for more information and a sign up email!

It really is starting to feel like Spring is near and with that in mind..

And because it's always fun to see what LAG Grads are up to, scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to see what three current & former LAG students are 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.

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.
  • Senior Art Show #3 - ongoing 
  • Wednesday, March 27th : Academic Forum: Tech Addiction & Academic Health, 6:00 pm, Room 457
  • Wednesday, March 27thNYC DOE SAT School Day - administered in school
  • Tuesday, April 2nd: 6:00 PM Studio Meetings and 7:00 PM General PA Mtg
  • Thursday, April 4th:  Prospective Parent Open House 
  • Friday, April 5thConcerto Concert, 7:30 PM, LAG Concert Hall (tickets on-sale)
  • Friday, April 5th:  Senior Art Show #4 Opens!
  • Tuesday, April 9thShow Choir, 7:30 PM, LAG Concert Hall (tickets on-sale)
  • Thursday, April 11th thru Sunday, April 14th: Spring Drama Festival #2 - Pride & Prejudice
  • Friday, April 19th thru Friday, April 26th: School Closed for Spring Break (reopens Monday, April 29th)
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.
Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00 in Room 457

Healthy Tech Habits for High School and Beyond 
with Dr. Mike Fraser
Come learn about balancing technology with academics, family, social and extracurricular activities to promote healthy digital habits as students prepare to be successful in high school, college and beyond.
Dr. Mike Fraser is a New York State-Licensed Clinical Psychologist (and LaGuardia parent!) who specializes in working with students around compulsive (and addictive) technology use. He has been a featured speaker on the topic of Compulsive Internet and Video Game Use at the New York State Psychological Association's Annual Convention in New York City. Twice he has been the recipient of the Weill Cornell Medical College Department of Psychiatry's Outstanding Teacher Award, and is the current Chair of the Psychology Directors of New York State (PSYDNYS). He has spoken about the impact of technology on young people on NBC News, CBS News, and ABC's Good Morning America.
Here are some links to his website for more information. 

On Wednesday, March 27th, the SAT exam will be administered to students during the school day. There is no cost and LaGuardia registers students. Additional information can be found online at College Board.
We need parent volunteers to escort our Seniors to One World Center Observatory Please sign up here to volunteer as a chaperone for the senior class trip 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

Pride & Prejudice
Thursday, April 11th thru Sunday, April 14th
(well, as of tomorrow, Monday the 25th!)

Come and enjoy Jane Austen's comedy about the Bennet family!  Plan a night out - invite some friends and go to dinner before the show.  

If you're not familiar with The Spring Drama Festival, it's essentially the final project for Senior Drama students - the culmination of their four years of study at LaGuardia.  There are three productions - traditionally a musical, a comedy and a drama.  We assure you that the quality of these productions rivals that of any local theater group - and some may even say they're as good as Broadway! Just do it - we encourage you to attend at least one performance of the show of your choice. 
Mark Your Calendars!
Pride & Prejudice - April 11-14
Two Gentlemen of Verona - May 30-June 2

The Music Department is excited to present two spring performances! 
Concerto Concert on Friday, April 5 
Show Choir on Tuesday, April 9.
Please click here for online ticket sales

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.  
Seating is general admission in the Concert Hall.

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  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!


For information about joining our Mental Health and Wellness Committee please e mail .
Please read the second edition of  NY Foundling's newsletter
 - the weather's getting nice - we encourage you to spend time outside and do something positive for yourself!

Have you visited the PA Website yet - the new home of all

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....


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!

Spring Break Internship!

Apply to AMNH's Spring Break week-long course Visualizing Science: Ocean Exploration!  A trip to the NYC aquarium is part of this awesome class, learn how scientists study the ocean depths! 
Applications are due by March 31st.  Learn more & register here!

Summer Programs! A selection - and deadlines are approaching!
Bronx Loaf is a fully funded, week-long creative writing program for New York City teens.  Experience the opportunity to work closely with professional authors, publish in our anthology,  Breaking Bread,  and collaborate with fellow teen writers from New York City. Learn more and apply by May 5th
NYU Aspire Program
Deadline: March 30, 2019
The High School Academy Aspire program is a college prep immersion that is unique in its ability to identify and build upon students' stengths, while providing them with the guidance they need to ready themselves for the next step in their education. The goal of the program is to help close the college readiness gap for students in underserved communities who often do not have the means or the support to: develop the academic skills for higher education, identify possible career paths, explore college options, and navigate the complexities of financing their education.

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

April 2nd - Register to learn how to manage your finances with SUNY Smart Track. This resource helps families establish healthy financial habits by learning how to manage money and better understand debt. Information available through LAG's guidance department.

April 10th - Juniors register via NYCDOE Student Opportunities to learn more about SUNY's two and four year visual and performing arts programs. The session will also cover the difference between the BA, BS, BFA, MusB/BM, AAS and AS degrees, as well as audition and portfolio guidelines. Information available through LAG's guidance department.

April 20, 2019
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2019 
Join us for a free college fair at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum! Upper middle and high school students are invited to learn about the college application process in an intimate and unique setting, speak with college and university representatives, and participate in workshop sessions. The event will be held at the Intrepid Museum in the Education Center at Pier 86, West 46 Street and Twelfth Avenue, New York, NY 10036. Register and learn more

Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

Find out how you will score with a free practice test from The Princeton Review!   Riverside Library in conjunction with The Princeton Review will hold a free practice SAT exam on Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the library for teens. Seats are limited and students/parents should call 212-870-1633 to reserve a spot.

It's time for the Spring Season!
Most teams held initial tryouts last week with some teams continuing to hold tryouts the week of March 11th. If you have not yet tried out but are interested in doing so, c
ontact information for coaches for each team is available here !

Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Handball team for their 4-0 win over Stuyvesant on Friday and the Boys Varsity Volleyball for their 2-0 win over HS Environmental Studies

Check out the calendar and come and root for our teams.

Over $398,427 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

Mr. Hold's Project that we shared with you 
last week  is now fully-funded!

Acrylic Painting with Confidence!
Ms. Park is requesting  Acrylic Painting Supplies so students can learn to MOVE paint around a CANVAS with confidence. This boosts readiness for Advanced Painting classes as well as give more college and Contemporary Arts ready paintings!

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 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

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.


Celia Babini (actually she still IS a LAG Student!)
LAG Senior gets a 4-chair turn on The Voice and has earned a spot on "Team Adam".  Congratulations!  Read more....

Fashion Designer Isaac Mizrahi Talks Seattle, Wardrobe Essentials and His New Memoir.  Read the article


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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