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Issue 35
May 19, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We're so excited to announce that our Annual Online Auction is launching tomorrow -  Monday, May 20th at 8:00 AM and will run until Sunday, June 2nd at 10:00 PM.  This will be a fabulous fundraiser for LaG! 
 Here's the link - but remember, it won't be active until tomorrow, Monday at 8:00 PM!

We're now in the academic window between AP Exams and Regents when studios are preparing their final performances of the year.  The third show in the Spring Drama Festival (SDF) is Two Gentlemen of Verona, running from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd.  Our senior dance students are in the final stretch of preparing for the Graduation Dance Concert, with three performances from Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd.  This year the show is featuring Bob Fosse's Sing, Sing, Sing with live music by the Senior Jazz Band!

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.
Have you had a chance yet to review the descriptions of all open positions on the PA Executive Board?  Just click on the Bylaws below in order to learn more about the responsibilities of each role.  Please do consider running for a position. We'll be voting for Executive Board positions at the last meeting of the year on June 11th.  It's a wonderful way to be part of the LaGuardia community.  

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.  

ASA Goal: $140,000
Current Progress: $131,470
Distance to goal: ($8,530)

As we mentioned above, SDF#3, Two Gentlemen of Verona is opening on Thursday, May 30th and continues through to Sunday, June 2nd.  The Graduation Dance Concert opens on Friday, May 31st with additional performances on Saturday and Sunday.  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.  We suggest you buy your tickets forall of these performances NOW to ensure the best seats!!

The Senior Prom is also approaching - Saturday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis.  We'll be including more information about ticket sales in the coming weeks.  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

We continue to add  SUMMER & "UNUSUAL" OPPORTUNITIES  - please scroll down for some new options and of course checkout the PA Website for a full listing.  
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, May 27th : Memorial Day - No School
  • Thursday, May 30th: SDF #3
  • Friday, May 31st: Graduation Dance Concert
  • Friday, May 31st: SDF #3
  • Saturday, June 1st: Graduation Dance Concert
  • Saturday, June 1st: SDF #3
  • Sunday, June 2nd: Graduation Dance Concert
  • Sunday, June 2nd: SDF #3
  • Tuesday, June 4th: Eid Al-Fitr (School closed)
  • Thursday, June 6th: Chancellors PD Day (School closed)
  • Friday, June 7th: Semi-Annual Art Show
  • 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.


A Musical
Thursday, May 30th at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 PM



Friday, May 31 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 2 at 5:00 PM

Featuring Bob Fosse's Sing, Sing, Sing with live music by the SENIOR JAZZ BAND! And works by Arthur Mitchell, Darshan Bhuller, Blakeley White-McGuire, Chanel DaSilva and Joey Smith. 

Enjoy this short preview of Ms. McGuire's new work, The Giveway.



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


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

Are you  interested in figuring out how to make impact on issues you care about, in and beyond your school and community? Do you want to gain new skills, meet new people, analyze connections between issues, and create campaigns to help peers be more informed and engaged in key issues of our times like gender justice, immigration, school equity/segregation, violence and community transformation, and political polarization?   YVote ( )is looking for budding activists and leaders to continue to build a cross-partisan youth voting and civic engagement movement, focused on making a positive difference in communities, at and beyond the ballot box.

Youth Leadership Council
Join to make a difference in your community! NYC Youth Leadership Councils are the place to make a change in your neighborhood, school, or borough. Currently enrolled NYC high school students between the ages of 14-21 are eligible. Apply at

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 

Little Essentials (LE) improves the health, safety and well-being of children living in poverty by providing urgently needed resources and parenting education to families in crisis.  High School Students: Summer Program LE offers High School students the opportunity to work in an exciting non-profit environment, during their summer break. Students are required to make a regular commitment to an agreed-upon work schedule, but total number of hours can be flexible. Ideal candidates will be available to work 10 - 20 hours per week, for a minimum of eight weeks. Start and end dates to be determined (and can vary by student).  Application due May 24th

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

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

Guy Hauptman with VideoTutor is offering free Study Guides and videos on how to pass the following exams: Algebra 1, Living EnvironmentGeometryChemistryAlgebra 2  and Physics.  
The videos and study guides cover some of the easiest and most commonly asked concepts on these exams, including how to successfully answer multiple choice and short answer questions.
While there is also an option to purchase complete online courses for a nominal one-time fee, each one of my online video series comes with a 100% money back guarantee in the event that a student fails an exam after watching the entire video series prior to the exam. 
The Spring sports season is drawing to a close!  If you haven't yet come out to cheer for our teams, there are a few games left for Outdoor Boys and Girls Track and Softball Girls Varsity.  We hope to HEAR you there!

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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