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Issue 29
March 31, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

No Art Show openings, no Open Houses for Prospective Students, not even a guest speaker at the General PA or a Studio Meeting to liven things up...

Wait a minute - did someone say 

Let's get back on track!  
We do indeed have the Senior Art Show #4 Opening on Friday!  Join us in the Lobby and Mezzanine to see our Seniors' inspired creations!

No Foolin' - these people really are the lucky winners of the Drood Raffle!  Congratulations and thank you for your support!
  • Bliss Spa - Pam Goodwin
  • Phantom of the Opera - Rose Markisello
  • The Ferryman - Amy Berm
  • Dave Malloy Composing Session - Astrid Cook
  • Dear Evan Hansen prop cast- Spolan
  • Hamilton - Sophia Forker
On Thursday, we are hosting an Open House where our halls will be filled with prospective students and their parents coming to see if LaGuardia is a match for them.  Many of our students will be acting as LA! Ambassadors, getting ready to share what they love so much about being at our school!   We also need YOU to volunteer to meet parents and share with them your impressions of our school and your student's experience.  An email will be going out in the next couple of days asking you to sign-up.

And we would like to give a shout-out to the over 400 students who auditioned for next year's All-School Musical, Cinderella!  The first round of callbacks was announced last Monday, with second round callback announcements posted this past Wednesday and Friday.  We know that all participants are giving it their all and the quality of performance in dance, singing and drama has been outstanding.  Whether or not you got a callback or your dream role, your enthusiasm and dedication is what makes the All-School Musical such a key element of the LaGuardia experience.  Thank you for being part of it!


Senior Art Show #4 Opens this Friday!
Come by and see the works of our very talented seniors. Scroll down for details.

Also this Friday, the Concerto Concert will be held in the Concert Hall at 7:30 PM.  Please scroll down for ticket information.

Next Tuesday, April 9th our Show Choir will perform at 7:30 PM in the Concert Hall.  Ticket information is below.

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.

Our Spring Auction kicks off on May 13th!  Every year there are many amazing items on which to bid - which is great - but we need your help in obtaining these items!  Please scroll down for more information on what we need and how to "make the ask."  Thanks!

LAG Grads are an active bunch!  More news this week from former LAG students - please scroll to the bottom of this newsletter!
And of course, we have our General PA and Studio Meetings this Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:00 PM and 6:00 PM respectively.  Guest speaker Allan Katz will speak about college funding and how senior families can evaluate different financial aid packages and negotiate financial aid with colleges and how to plan ahead for sophomores and juniors.  Bring your questions for the Q&A!

On top of the World (Trade Center Observatory) with Ms. Chris Gonzales of the LaG Guidance Team.  Chaperoning seniors on the SAT day trip was such fun!

Hope to see you soon at the volunteer tables and at our art and music shows this week.

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.
  • Tuesday, April 2nd : 7:00 PM General PA Mtg. and 6:00 PM Studio Mtgs
  • 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 12th: Senior Art Show #5 Opens!
  • Friday, April 19th thru Friday, April 26th: School Closed for Spring Break (reopens Monday, April 29th)
  • Monday, April 29th: Spring Musicale #1
  • Tuesday, April 30th: Spring Musicale #2
  • Wednesday, May 1st: Spring Musicale #3
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.

Concerto Concert 
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 PM
Please click here for online ticket sales
$20.00 adults | $15.00 students
General Admission

Show Choir  
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
Please click here for online ticket sales
$20.00 adults | $15.00 students
General Admission


Pride & Prejudice
Thursday, April 11th thru Sunday, April 14th

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

We need your help!

1 month to go!!!
We have 1 month to obtain auction items to sell in our annual online auction which will begin on May 13th

Our annual online auction helps provide funds to support ALL of our studios and programs at LaGuardia. We need many more items to make it a success.   It is very easy to ask for donations.  You can go in person or email some of your favorite establishments, restaurants, retail stores, tutoring/college prep, vacation homes, theater tickets, sporting events, opera, ballet, etc.  You get the picture.  Anything goes.   Just think of things you would want to bid on.  Check in your local neighborhoods for places you and the kids frequent.  Every little bit helps. Remember, people will always bid on things they would normally spend money on anyway.  

We appreciate all of your support for LaGuardia. Please see attached list of current donors.  It is not complete as things are coming in daily, but it will give you an idea.

Donating is easy! Simply download complete the Donor Form , then save the form and return it as an attachment to your e-mail. All e-mails should be sent to:    Or, download the    Donor Form  and mail it, with applicable certificates, tickets or vouchers, to:  LaGuardia Arts Auction, c/o Heather MacAllister, 400 West 63rd Street, Apt 2404, New York, NY 10069 Please include all contact information, as well as any details specific to the donation. 

Thanks so much, your Auction Team!


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 .

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 1:00 - 1:30 pm ET -  Online

Children who experience communication difficulties in social situations, such as those with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, or other challenges, can benefit from some coaching to improve their social skills. Dr. Lauren J. Donnelly and social worker Sarah Kern review strategies to help children learn how to choose appropriate friends, initiate conversations, and exhibit good sportsmanship and other relationship-building skills.

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!

Summer Programs! A selection - and deadlines are approaching!
Go Project Summer Internship
The GO Project summer internship is an opportunity for high school students to learn and develop leadership skills while working with GO Project students in academic and/or enrichment classes. During the 5-week GO Summer program, interns will be working as teaching assistants in a K-5 classroom under the guidance of a Head Teacher or Enrichment Teacher. Interns will work in small groups or one-to-one within the classroom to help students complete projects, remain focused, and build confidence as learners.  Learn more and apply, and reach out to with any questions. 
Application Deadline April 29, 2019

Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive
July 1 - July 31st
Application Deadline:  April 15th

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

The Youth Police Academy (YPA) is an annual six (6) week summer program that runs  Monday - Friday and is offered to city resident youth ages 10-15. Breakfast and lunch are provided daily.  More information is available here.

... 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.


Kudos to  Handball Girls' Varsity win against MLK.  Shout-out to Tracy S. Jessica C. Alicia L. Hannah S. Alexa C. Hailey C. in their respective wins.
Congrats to  Baseball Boys' Varsity win against East Harlem Pride
Congrats to Outdoor Track Girls:  1500 M. run:   shout-out to Carol N. 4th, Fiona L.S. 5th, Nicole L. 9th, Megan S. 10th, Jennifer W. 15th place respectively.  400 M. dash: shoutout to Amanda C. with a 9th place at 1.12.40 finish
Congrats to Volleyball Boys Varsity win against HS for Environmental Studies, shout-out to Thatcher P. with 9 kills, Evan M. 4 kills, Jordan Y. and Justin Y. with 3 kills each.

Kudos to Margaret W. on Girls Varsity Fencing for 11 touches in foil against Hunter.

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

Over $399,063 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

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!  Please donate here!

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.


Read about Indie singer, Behti's new album

Athena Capo-Battaglia's story from her time in NYC to Cambridge where she's currently enrolled at Harvard.

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 - General & Studios

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