Issue 10
November 12, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families

Yesterday and today marked the observance of the one hundred-year anniversary of Veterans Day, (originally named Armistice Day), established on November 11, 1918, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, officially ending the "Great War" -- the war to end all wars. If you haven't yet thanked a veteran for serving, it is never too late.

Students in the LaGuardia community are also engaged in civic service. Over 130 students were honored at the ARISTA / ARCHON Induction Ceremony and Reception held on November 8th. ARISTA requires a student maintain a minimum average of 90% and a minimum of 50 community service hours per year while ARCHON requires a minimum average of 85% and a minimum of 80 community service hours. We are impressed and offer our congratulations!

A portion of your 2018-2019 donations was used to support a sweet (cake) and moving induction ceremony for ARISTA/ARCHON scholars. Let's continue to show our kids how much we appreciate their good hearts and hard work.


No donation is too small!! We are aiming for 100% participation. The 10th donor who clicks our ASA ad each week after the Sunday Night News is published will be entered in a drawing to take home some LaG Swag.

Donate before December 1st and be entered in a raffle to win two of the best seats in the house to The Sound of Music. Don't miss this exciting opportunity! One entry per family.

Let's get there together:
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And here's an easy one -- as you start your online holiday shopping, please bookmark this Amazon link -- there's no cost to you and our school receives a percentage of qualifying purchases. In this school year alone, to date we have already raised $2,075.56 from our LaGuardia community of supporters!

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Being part of the LaGuardia community gives us a lot to be grateful for on a weekly basis. Here are a few highlights:

We enjoyed seeing many familiar and NEW parents at our PA and Studio meetings last Wednesday. Next month we will be holding a special election for the now vacant position of Assistant Secretary on the Executive Board. We will also have a special vote on the All-School Musical Fund. If you'd like another try at the Assistant Secretary position or are freshly motivated, please come out next month. If you haven't yet attended a meeting, why not come out and learn more about what's happening at LaGuardia at our next meetings on December 4th.

We can't wait to hear the beautiful uplifting music of the LaG Choral Concert, this Tuesday, November 13th, 7:30 PM, at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive at 121st Street. The concert features the Senior Chorus, Women's Chorus, Mixed Chorus and Girl's Chorus. Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for students and are only available at the door.  Thank you to the 55 parents who have already signed up to escort our vocalists to the church for rehearsals!!! LaG parents rock!!!

The Student Art Show runs through this Friday November 16, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM in the second floor Art Gallery. Click here to view a slide show of some of the works or better yet, see it in person. 
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon.

Shindy Johnson & Yvette Ortiz
PA Co-Presidents
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.
  • Tickets for The Sound of Music are now on sale: -- get yours ASAP -- they sell out fast!
  • Ongoing through November 16th: Student Art Show, Art Gallery
  • Tuesday, November 13thLaG Choral Concert at Riverside Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15th: PFLAG Lecture Series (6th floor library)
  • Thursday, November 22nd & Friday, November 23rd: THANKSGIVING BREAK -- NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, November 28th: 2nd Marking Period ends
  • Wednesday, November 28th: Academic Forum, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29th: Parent Teacher Conferences -- Evening
  • Friday, November 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences -- Afternoon
  • Thursday, December 6th: The Sound of Music Opening Night, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 7th: The Sound of Music, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 8th: The Sound of Music, 2:00 PM & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9th: The Sound of Music, 5:00 p.m.
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.

We -- and apparently YOU are loving our new Social Media accounts!  Please continue to share and follow us.Winners of last week's contest will be announced on social media, so stay tuned.



Junior Curator Position 
The Art Dept. is looking for 2 Art Studio juniors to be a part of the curation team for the Rising Stars Art Show! If selected, you will work with the senior curators to review submissions, create a display, and hang work for what's sure to be an amazing show! If you are interested in applying for this position, please  fill out this form by WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21. Interviews will be held the following Monday (the 26th) in the 7th floor art office. Good Luck!

Art Submissions
With help from the Art Department and the Rising Stars Committee, we will be creating an art exhibit to accompany this year's performance. This exhibit is meant to showcase the impressive talents of students whose art spans beyond the stage; all major/studios are welcome! For this exhibit, we need a plethora of submissions- 2 dimensional is preferred but not required. Please keep in mind that art submissions should, in some way, fit this year's theme, This Is Me: A Journey. To submit work, please fill out this form by FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7. Thank you for helping to make this show great!

Go to more info.
The Sound of Music
All-School Musical
Tickets Now On Sale!!!

Tickets for The Sound of Music are on sale and in high demand!

Our all-school musical sells out every year, so buy your tickets ASAP, especially for Friday and Saturday shows.

Students can purchase tickets in school during their lunch periods beginning Wednesday, November 14. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket price is $30 per ticket,  cash only. See Debbie Teitelbaum in the Guidance Suite, Room F.

Child Policy: No children aged 5 or younger will be admitted into the show.

Please note that the musical is double-cast -- information about the performance dates for individual cast members is available at
Go to to purchase your tickets.

NO REFUNDS NO EXCHANGES: LaGuardia has a no refunds and no exchanges policy on tickets purchased for the musical.

The PA is exploring ways that we can possibly use our newly re-launched social media platforms to give families an opportunity to exchange tickets within the community.  Stay tuned!


Emily Casey finished in the top ten in Pins, high score, and average. Melissa Forte finished 6th at the Manhattan Borough Invitational and qualified for the citywide championship. Congrats!
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Cross Country Team and Coach Nadel on a wonderful 2nd PLACE finish at the Manhattan Borough Championship last week.
The team was led by Senior Captain, Carol Nieves, Superstar Freshman-Willa Donovan, Arden Brown, Maddie McNeill, Fiona Logan-Sankey, Kayla Parker and Nicole Landeta. Kudos also to Team Manager, A√≠ra Manampam for masterful logistics management!
What an amazing 1st PLACE finish by the Girls Junior Varsity Cross Country Team!! They were led by Seniors- Megan Simon, Grace Lin and Emily Low, along with Sara Dasilva, Nya Angel, Jennifer Woo, Stella Breen and Ella Sherman.

1st year student, Willa Donovan, won the Manhattan Freshmen Borough Championship and is now ranked as the #1 Freshman runner in Manhattan and 6th overall Freshman in the entire City of New York.!!!
And finally, as if that wasn't impressive enough, our Sophomore Girls Team won 3rd place at the Manhattan Sophomore Borough Championship led by Maddie McNeill, Ella Sherman, Jennifer Woo, Stella Breen, and Geraldine Rojas. They will be competing for the city championship tomorrow at Van Cortlandt Park. 
And a shout-out to the PSAL Varsity Boys Fencing who are currently second in the standings with a 7-2 record.

The Winter Sports season runs from November thru March and includes Basketball, Gymnastics and Indoor Track for both Boys and Girls teams. Check out the calendar and come and root for our teams.

We know how busy life can be -- but if you haven't yet had a chance to pitch in, here are some important ways to participate -- and have some fun meeting other parents and learning about your child's school.

If you would like to be involved but not are sure how to juggle with your busy schedule, please contact the Parent Volunteer Coordinator by emailing We're confident we'll find a way to use your talents!

LaGuardia Auction 2019
We still need more volunteers to do solicitations. We will definitely hold our spring auction but if we have a lot of early donations, may run a holiday auction so  DON'T DELAY, GET YOUR DONATIONS IN TODAY!!! 

Wherever you live or places you frequent, just ask them if they would please donate to LaGuardia Arts HS. Most people are very generous and have a hard time saying no to our amazing public school. Here is a printable  auction donation form

To be a part of our auction committee, please contact Heather Our next meeting will be in the evening to accommodate differing schedules.

Open House & Auditions
We have seen so many talented students from Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx over the past two weekends and the most talented will be selected for admission to LaGuardia as freshmen next year!

Please help us to introduce the LaGuardia community to parents while they wait for their children's auditions. It's also a great way to meet your fellow LaGuardia parents.
  • Saturday, November 17th - Queens/Staten Island Auditions - Signup here
  • Sunday, November 18th - Queens/Staten Island Auditions - Signup here
Volunteer Opportunities:
The Sound of Music Raffle Program
We have received an amazing number of great donations and now need help to make the flyers, the boxes, create our lobby signage and coordinate raffle sales before each performance . The three volunteers currently working on these projects would greatly appreciate your assistance! Please contact

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 Yvette Ortiz at

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
Thank you to the freshman and senior parents who have volunteered so far to help us with the hospitality needs for the upcoming auditions. This is a heavy lift and we are so grateful. Please join them.

Mental Health and Wellness Committee: Learn about mental health initiatives supported by the PA. Help to develop robust mental health programs in the school. Help to educate families about the services and programs developed by the Wellness Sub Committee of the School Leadership Team. Email
Thank you to the parents who have already contacted us expressing an interest in Mental Health and Wellness.

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.

THANK YOU for fully   funding 
Mrs. McGoey's project this week!

$369,123 -- that's the amount that the LaGuardia community has donated to support our teachers -- Wow!

10 Teachers are requesting assistance via DonorsChoose:

Be one of the first to Donate!

Featured Project:
Fame! Let Sound Be Your Guide!
Help Ms. Falkove inspire her social studies students with news clips, presidential press conferences and speeches, documentaries, music and other videos related to historical topics.
Ms. Falkove's students use technology in creative ways to make social studies come alive.  They design presentations, complete research projects, create reenactments of historical events, create political advertisements, record routines reflecting trends in dance, write and perform music and design architectural drawings for monuments. Professional quality speakers will project music and audio files so they can be heard clearly from all locations in the classroom. Help us project our sound so all can hear!
Please donate here:

Check out our two other new projects:

Click here to help fund these projects or to donate to a project for one of these other LaGuardia teachers:


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.
Parents of Seniors and Juniors, this section is packed with information to help you and your child navigate the college appplication and financial aid process.
For Juniors:  
Wednesday, November 14 th at LaGuardia: 11th Grade College Lunch Session (CH Back Lobby)

Attention Parents of Seniors:

FAFSA and CSS Profile Applications are Online. T hese are the two primary financial aid application sites used by colleges and universities.

All families with seniors attending college in the fall of 2019 and applying for need based aid and/or loans from the federal government, need to submit the FAFSA.   NOTE: the Deadline for submitting FAFSA for Early-Decision or Early-Action applications may also be early. Check the websites of the schools your student is applying to.
Be sure to go directly to the government website to fill in your FAFSA application -- any website that asks for fees to fill in your application is not a trustworthy site.

Go to to fill in your form. Click here for helpful information on filling out the form.

See also the  CSS application  from the College Board.
Senior Parents, be sure your student is using Naviance. If they have not signed up, they will be at a major disadvantage in terms of getting updates, newsletters, recommendations and other help from the guidance department. Naviance is a crucial tool to your child's college application success. Be sure you have set up a parent login as well.

Junior families should also be signing up for Naviance now to get notices from the guidance department.

Please contact Allison Price, our Parent Coordinator, for PupilPath and Naviance log-in information.

The American Museum of Natural History is sponsoring a free Paying for College Information Session - November 17th from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This information session will provide a comprehensive overview of what you need to do to be considered for financial aid, the types of programs available, and how families can tackle paying for college, including:
  • When and how to apply for loans, scholarships, and work study
  • How to determine which options best suit their needs
  • How eligibility is determined and understanding the fine print
This information session is open to both students and their families. Pre-registration is strongly suggested (though not required).

Click here for for more information and to pre-register.

LIVESTRONG at school lesson plans

Did you know that 1 in 4 cancer survivors has a school-aged child at home? Cancer is a hard thing for anyone to understand and can be especially difficult to explain to children.
LIVESTRONG has partnered with Scholastic to develop a curriculum for grades K-12 to learn about cancer. We hope that when children are given accurate and age-appropriate instruction on cancer, it will:
  • Enable better conversations at home about family members that may be affected by cancer
  • Make children more empathetic and more comfortable talking about cancer
  • Help kids know they are not alone
The LIVESTRONG at School  lesson plans are free to download, they are broken out by grade level, and are available in English and Spanish.

Click here for more information  about additional cancer support services for Adolescents & Young Adults and their families

My Brother's Keeper

In the 2016-2017 New York State Budget, New York became the first state to invest in supporting the My Brother's Keeper initiative to improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.

The Office of Manhattan Borough President is partnering with the New York City Department of Education to spread awareness of this initiative. All Manhattan parents and students are invited to participate in the 2nd MBK Forum. See flyer below for details and make sure to RSVP here.

Big Apple Awards
It's a great way to show your appreciation for a dedicated teacher! The Big Apple Awards program, now in its seventh year, is a citywide recognition program that celebrates the educators of New York City who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. By honoring the success of these teachers, the NYC Department of Education recognizes the countless teachers who go above and beyond to serve our students and families. Nominate a teacher for the 2019 Big Apple Awards by Monday, November 26.

CLICK HERE to nominate a teacher or learn more about the awards program.
Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours and gain valuable high school experience.

Do you create work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed?  Judges for the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards 2019 are looking for work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative. For more information and to submit your application, please visit .

Calling all youth film-makers! Submit your movies to a terrific event: Kids Film It Festival! Fantastic prizes, celebrity judges, no submission fee. Ages 8-18, different categories and genres: film, music, animation, 5-minute maximum shorts. Submission deadline is December 31, 2018.

The Festival itself will once be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio the weekend of the Oscars, Friday February 22, 2019, and benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson's Research. Click here for details.

Reel Works Productions is a youth-run production company specializing in high quality, low-cost media for real clients -- while training tomorrow's storytellers.
Lead by award-winning young filmmakers under the guidance of professional filmmaker-mentors, Reel Works Productions has created original documentaries, educational shorts, corporate media and fundraising videos. Recent clients include American Express, Microsoft, WNET Thirteen, Time Warner, Hasbro and many NYC nonprofits.
To become a youth producer, you must be a graduate of The Lab or comparable filmmaking program and be fluent in Premier Pro and video production. Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work and references. Youth Producers are selected for Fall, Spring and Summer sessions.
Contact Reel Works Co-Founder & Artistic Director, Stephanie Williams at  or call (718) 768-9000, to find out about when and how to apply to become a Reel Works Youth Producer.
Click here for more information.
Brooklyn Museum Events for Teens
BkM Teens take over the Museum and plan, promote, and host a variety of free events for teens throughout the year! At Teen Nights you can see and make art, hear music, dance, win raffles, and meet new people. Connect online to learn more!  

Riverside Library Teen Programs:

Magical Mandalas presented by Community Word Project
Wednesday, November 14, 3:30 PM, 127 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 
Participants will visualize their worlds through contemporary arts practices while exploring surrealism and expressionism mirroring the artist's own studio practice. Students will use collage to create mandalas as well as mixed media/colored pencil, marker and watercolor to create contour drawings for portraiture, self-portraiture and landscapes.
Teen Graphic Novel Club
Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 - 5 p.m. 127 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 
Join us for a discussion of Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud. Teens who are interested in joining can pick up a copy of the book from the second-floor information desk and read it before the meeting. Light snacks will be provided.

Information about these and many more programs for teens at libraries around the city can be found at
Cooper Union Programs
Saturday Program. It's Free.
A few openings still are available for students who are interested in Sound composition. In this class, students will learn how to collect sound and create compositions in Final Cut Pro. If you have a budding sound engineer or a kid who like to make music send them our way. Here is the link to the application.
Cooper Hewitt's Free DesignPrep Workshop: Fashion Accessory Design
Registration Deadline: November 14, 2018 at 3:30pm
Event: November 14, 2018
Maggie Lisman /212-849-8353
In this free hands-on workshop, high school and college level students will explore jewelry design with Oklahoma-based metalsmith, Charleen Weidell. This workshop is part of NYC Jewelry Week. Charleen's work in metal has been exhibited and collected on the international and national levels. The event will be held from 4:30-6:30pm at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located at
2 East 91 Street, Manhattan between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Registration is first come, first served. Interested students should register to attend the event.
Cooper Hewitt's Free DesignPrep Workshop: Explore Ink Techniques to Design a Wallpaper
Registration Deadline: November 28, 2018
Event: November 28, 2018
Maggie Lisman /212-849-8353
In this workshop, high school and college-level students will explore new techniques using ink on water to design a collaborative wallpaper pattern with Calico Wallpaper. The workshop will be held from 4:30-6:30pm at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum located at
2 East 91 Street, Manhattan between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and the event is free. For more information and to register, visit Cooper Hewitt's registration website.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office Internships
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office offers high school internships throughout the year. These highly competitive internships offer students a unique opportunity to be part of a district attorney's office. Currently accepting applications for t he Mid-winter and Spring Break Internship Program. The internship is open to students who live and/or attend high school in Brooklyn and are interested in learning about the different careers and responsibilities within the criminal justice system. The Mid-winter internship cycle runs from Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Friday, February 22, 2019. The spring internship cycle runs from Monday, April 22, 2019 to Friday, April 26, 2019.
More information and application information is available here.
BAM Brooklyn Interns for Arts & Culture
January 11 to June 3, 2019
Application Deadline, November 30th -- for 11th graders
The BAM Brooklyn Interns for Arts & Culture is an exclusive 1.5 year after-school program. Students gain insight into the diversity of arts-management careers available in the field through valuable work experience with a professional team. Components of this paid internship include but are not limited to:
  • Work and college readiness workshops
  • One-on-one mentorship
  • Department placement (during senior year)
  • Lunch & Learns with BAM executive staff
CLICK HERE to apply online.
PRO-TV Professional Youth Media Training
Application Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Are you or a student you know interested in exploring the power of visual storytelling? Designed for beginner to advanced filmmakers, DCTV's PRO-TV programs asks students to pitch ideas, rotate production roles, interact with local community members, and discuss issues of representation in the media. Students will foster skills in team building, leadership, and public speaking while creating films that impact their communities. Visit the DCTV website for more information and  to apply click 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.
(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)
The more you shop, the more you earn for our school!
Give Community Partners cards to your friends and family members. Shop. Eat. Donate.

Ask for our Fairway Market Community Partners card. With every dollar you and your family members spend, Fairway Market will donate 3% or more of your total cash purchases to the LaGuardia PA. Just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.

Ask for your card today or at the next PA meeting. Email us at

For more information on the Fairway Community Partners program, click here.
Get a Clean Closet and Earn Money for LaGuardia Arts!
There's no better time than now to clean out your closets for a good cause!
By cleaning out your closet and putting a sweater and a coat into a box with a Schoola pre-paid mailing label, you're helping to raise money for LaGuardia. You can do this multiple times, so even if you've sent in a box earlier click the link  and get a new one!
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program click here.  

Tuesday, December 4th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General

Wednesday, January 2nd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Tuesday , February 5th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General
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