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Issue 33
May 5, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We certainly came back from vacation to a whirlwind of activity - last week we marveled at our seniors in Musicales #2 & #3, goggled at the Gospel Choir and were awed by our New Music Singers/Symphonic Band Concert.  Amazing by any standard and certainly given that you came kept the energy flowing over Spring Break and were able to come back and perform - the mark of true professionals!

So little time....!
We have 1 WEEK to obtain auction items to sell in our annual online auction which will begin on May 13th and run through the 26th.

The  Senior Art Show #5 opened this past Friday and we urge & encourage you to stop by and enjoy what young people can create.

While on the subject of supporting our students - we're pleased to share with you information about an upcoming Youth Mental Health Training Session on May 18th at LaGuardia. As part of the City's ThriveNYC initiative, the NYC Health Department is offering free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to all New Yorkers. This is an eight hour training offered seven days a week in all five boroughs.  Please scroll down for more information and to register.

LaGuardia Grads have been in the news all week!  We love reading about what they're doing and how they got here!  Please scroll to the bottom for a round-up of "Name in Lights!"
And I'm so impressed - donations through just passed the $400,000 mark!!!  Funds raised through go directly to a teacher's project that is intended to support our students.  Thank you to everyone in the LaGuardia community and beyond who have supported a project for our school.  Please scroll down for current projects from our teachers.

The best way to understand LaGuardia and take advantange of all the unique opportunities it offers is to be involved!  We have two more PA Meetings this year - our next one is on Tuesday.  I encourage you to put it on your calendar and attend.  Please attend to learn more about the Executive Board positions that will open up next year.   I promise you will learn about something YOU can do to make LaGuardia a better place for your student! 

Another little thing to be proud of:  One of the performances at Rising Stars 2019 so moved a member of the audience that our students were invited to perform the piece, Huddled Masses at the 10th Anniversary gala for a wonderful organization called  Concerts in Motion.  
Here is a photo from the event at Merkin Concert Hall.  The piece featured a subset of the Rising Stars Choir, soloist and dancers.  The piece was produced by Tali Natter, drama senior. many a tear was shed during this moving performance.  

And finally, my (other) favorite picture of the week: International opera soprano and incomparable mentor to the Gospel Choir: The African Mermaid, Ms. Priscilla Baskerville.  
Thank you, Ms. Baskerville for always creating a show where the students get to take on leadership roles and inspire and bless us with their voices.
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.

We need your help!

Auction, Auction Auction, 1 week to go!   We open next Monday 13th at 8:00am. The auction will be open to preview later this week so stay tuned!!! We are still accepting donations.

So little time....!
We have 1 WEEK to obtain auction items to sell in our annual online auction which will begin on May 13th and run through the 26th.

Please help!  It really is very easy to ask for donations!  Our annual online auction helps provide funds to support ALL of our studios and programs at LaGuardia. 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.  

Camps/ Classes
Unique Experiences
Land Yoga
Camp Settoga
Live with Kelly & Ryan
mangOh Yoga
New York Guitar School
Rachel Ray
Massage Envy
Brooklyn Robot Foundry
Tony Awards

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!
Let's Celebrate with 
ending with "5" - $15, $25, $55, $105, $1,005!

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)

The LaG One Day Campaign is the PA's last campaign to equip 4 classrooms with smart boards at a cost of $24,000.  
Here's a sneak peek into our LaG One Day Campaign

Your gift with donation only to the LaG One Day Campaign. To learn more come to the May 7th PA Meeting or email

Our LaGuardia student, Celia Babini, is now Top 13 in The Voice 

Let's help her get to top 8 by voting Celia Babini Monday night on NBC The Voice.   Voting begins at the top of the show at 8 pm EST and closes 4 AM EST.

Please vote in all three of the following locations!!!


Voice app
Let's get a LaGuardia student to win this show 
Thank you so much !!



What wonderful item were you able to obtain last week for our Spring Auction?  The Auction benefits EVERY STUDIO and each year there are many amazing items on which to bid - which is great - but we need your help in obtaining these items!  If you scrolled too fast, you just jumped past all the valuable information explaining how to "make the ask," what forms to give and what items are popular. Thank you in advance for your time and support in obtaining Auction items.

Our students are busy preparing for upcoming events including the Spring Drama Festival #3 - Two Gentlemen of Verona and Graduation Dance Concert.  Please scroll down for more information and ticket sales.

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 offers some alternatives throughout the boros -

Tuesday, May 14th, is our next Fairway Double Day. This is the day our purchases count twice towards Fairway's donation.  Please plan to shop on that day - scroll to the end of this newsletter for additional information - and thank you!

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.
  • Tuesday, May 7th : General PA at 6:00 PM & Studio Meetings at 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 9th: LaG Parents & Friends Party sponsored by PODs and POTs
  • Wednesday, May 15th: Academic Forum: ACT vs. SAT
  • 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
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.

Invite You to an Informal Theatre Studio Party
Grab a Drink & Dance!
(Adults only!)

Thursday, May 9th
7:30 to 10:30 PM
Camp Friendship
339 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Buy Tickets Here:
(PASSWORD: LaGuardia)

$20 online; $30 at the door

Parents & friends from all studios are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM

It's SAT vs ACT...
Join us as Kristina Semos from Ivy Lounge Test Prep explains the difference between the two tests and how to help your student figure out the best option.


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

The Dance Concert is special treat every year, but even more this year since the Senior Jazz Band will be providing live music for one of the dance pieces!   Get your tickets now!


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 .

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


Seeking teens and young adults with a strong sense of their passion and an ability to write about it. They will soon be launching "How I Found My Passion," a new series of guest blog posts featuring teens and young adults sharing their experiences with finding a subject or field or job that excites them and gives them a sense of meaning and joy.
They're looking for stories that have an "arc," or a beginning, middle and end.  Posts should be about 500-700 words and would pay $50 upon publication.  Submission Form

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Program sponsored by JP Morgan Chase
Every year 10 full tuition scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors within New York City who are enrolled, or preparing to enroll, in a participating college or university within the five boroughs of the city. Eligibility is determined by academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and financial need. The award includes full tuition, a stipend for textbooks and materials, and a paid internship with JP Morgan Chase. Information available here

Speak Up, Sing Out 
A songwriting contest created by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers. Students create new songs to raise awareness about important human rights issues and inspire action to solve these problems. Students can submit music of any genre and entries will be judged by artists such as Beyonc e , Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson. Click here for more information.
Application Deadline: May 12th

Walter A. Hunt, Jr. Scholarship 

This scholarship promotes and encourages the study of architecture by New York City public high school students through a two-year scholarship to supplement tuition and related costs during their freshman and sophomore years at architecture school. Click here for more information and submission requirements  

Application Deadline:  May 15th at 5:00 PM


Discovery Guide positions at the Bronx Zoo are open to youth aged 14 to 24. As a Bronx Zoo Discovery Guide, you will join the Education Department in its mission to inspire a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates. You may do this by engaging zoo visitors in fun, educational activities throughout the park; by assisting Conservation Educators in programs like summer camp; or by advocating for wildlife and the environment through a WCS campaign. There are many exciting opportunities for you to take advantage of, and opportunities to grow within the program throughout the seasons. To apply for or learn more about the Discovery Guide Program,  click here. For additional questions or assistance, email

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!  

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.


Sunday, May 19, 2019
1:00 PM
The New York Hilton Midtown
Sutton Complex
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

The program begins promptly at 1:00 PM with a 30-minute information session. A college fair follows immediately afterwards, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. This program is open to the public and free of charge.   Register online.  See the entire list of sessions here.

Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.
Our teams are playing so many schools across the city - often coming up triumphant, sometimes losing but always doing their best.  Come & root for our students and our teams!

Over $400,164 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

for Ms. Wittel's Class

Help me give my students a fashion studio with professional equipment like a sewing machine and a serger and organizational containers for our fabric supplies.
This sewing machine and serger, as well as the organizational materials will allow students to practice using the technology standard in the fashion industry to create fashion objects, and alter and repair clothing. Gaining a basic understanding of how to safely use a sewing machine and serger will help students be able to create their fashion design ideas, understand how the clothing they wear is produced, and prepare any students interested in pursuing careers in fashion be prepared for their college fashion courses.
Students show a high interest in learning how to create fashion objects, but we have do not have enough machines to support the entire class. The more machines we can acquire, the more we can build machine sewing permanently into the Fashion curriculum!

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.


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

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