Issue 11
November 18, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! May you find time over the coming days to reflect on all the people in your life for whom to be thankful. In the Parents Association, we are thankful to be part of such a vibrant, wonderful community of outstanding citizens, artists and scholars. We want to especially recognize Dr. Mars and her administrative team for being a willing partner with the PA in striving to make LaG better and better for the entire community. We also want to thank all of our numerous volunteers, our Executive Board, our generous donors, our teachers, guidance counselors and all of the staff at LaG.

Our Senior Drama students will be onstage in the Little Flower Theater on Tuesday, November 20th at 5:30 p.m.for the first in a series of three One-Act performances. Please refer to our upcoming events calendar for the full list of performances. These are free and open to the public, and it is wonderful to see the maturity of our Drama Students skill and talent after four years in our school.
This past Tuesday's LaG Choral Concert at Riverside Church was so inspirational and truly created a warm and wonderful feeling of bonhomie and pleasure at seeing how much beauty our students can create. We couldn't have done it without the more than 60 parents who escorted our vocalists to the church for rehearsals -- you are wonderful -- thank you!
When you're involved with the Parents Association, you can experience LaGuardia from the inside out and see how much goes into creating your child's education. It's sort of a "behind the scenes" or "backstage" look at how the school works. And you get to have a voice and a role in being "the change you want to see in the world."
At our December 4th General Meeting we will be holding a special election for the now vacant position of Assistant Secretary on the Executive Board. Please refer to our By Laws for more information on this important role. If you haven't yet attended a meeting, why not come out and learn more about what's happening at LaGuardia.
And a final, but oh so sincere thank you, to the many parents who assisted with the Auditions over the past several weekends. You have helped to ensure that LaGuardia has the opportunity to meet and select the most talented students for next year's incoming class.  
And here's some tried and true information for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on the Thursday and Friday after the Thanksgiving Break...  We encourage you to attend the conferences -- it is an important way to connect with your child's teachers. We have a large school -- eight floors, counting the basement, and nearly 3,000 students -- it can get hectic during conference days. Wear comfortable shoes and get ready for speed-walking! Wear layers: it can get very hot. No appointments in advance. At each teacher's classroom, a student volunteer will sign you up. Some people swear by starting on the lower floors and working their way to the top; others prefer the opposite approach. Conferences are only 3 minutes long -- if you need more time, consider emailing the teacher and setting up a separate time to meet. Remember that student volunteers are managing their teachers' conference schedule as they have been instructed. Be gracious and kind to our children.
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 -- the closing show has only 3 tickets left!
  • Tuesday, November 20th: Senior Drama Students One Acts, Little Flower Theater, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 22nd & Friday, November 23rd: THANKSGIVING BREAK -- NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 27thSenior Drama Students One Acts, Little Flower Theater, 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 28th: 2nd Marking Period ends
  • Wednesday, November 28th: Academic Forum, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences -- 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences -- 1:00 p.m.
  • 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 ARE SO APPRECIATIVE OF THE 20 DONORS THIS PAST WEEK! 15 new donors and 5 recurring donors.  We are so grateful!
No donation is too small!! The 10th donor who clicks our ASA ad each week after Sunday Night News is published will be entered in a drawing to take home some LaG Swag.
As we sit down to table with our loved ones this Thanksgiving, let us not forget our fellow citizens who may need our love and generosity at this time. If you have the means, please consider making an extra donation to the All-School Appeal on behalf of a LaGuardia family who may not be able to give this year.
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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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.

It's not the Powerball® or the Mega Millions , but almost as good! On Wednesday, November 28th we will announce the winner of two tickets to Z100's Jingle Ball!


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!

Click here to fill in the submission form or go to more info.
The Sound of Music
All-School Musical
Tickets Selling Super-Fast!!!

Even if your child is not performing in The Sound of Music, we encourage to come and see what the LaGuardia musical looks like.
The casts have been rehearsing since the first day of school -- originally until 6:30 PM, then 8:00 PM and in these final weeks before the show -- until 9:00 PM every night - and all weekend from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. It's crazy -- crazy good that is!

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.

Please note that the musical is double-cast -- information about the performance dates for individual cast members is available at

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

Studio Holiday Sale: As you start thinking about holiday gifts, we've got lots of great ideas that will also help benefit LaGuardia. Our studios will be selling merchandise in the lobby before our next PA meeting on December 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 pm. This will give students a chance to purchase gifts too. Think of all the proud grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who'd love a LaG studio T-shirt or sweatshirt!
Give by shopping: Fairway's Double Shopping Day -- Tuesday, December 4 th
When Thanksgiving is over, it'll be time to plan your next holiday menu! When you shop at your local Fairway on December 4th, they will double their contribution to LaGuardia -- so instead of the usual 3% of your total, we'll receive 6%. Now that's some nice cha-ching! If you don't yet have your Fairway Market Community Partners card, please request one by emailing us at and then just ask the cashier to scan your Fairway Market Community Partners card before you pay your bill.
Giving Tuesday November 27 --  Please make a gift to the LaGuardia Parents Association All-School Appeal
Donate Via Amazon: Make those Black Friday Deals Work for LaG
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. Please share the link widely with friends and family!

(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)
Varsity Girls Bowling. 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.

The Winter Sports season runs from November thru March and includes Basketball, Gymnastics and Indoor Track for both Boys and Girls teams.

Both the Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams have upcoming games in the next two weeks!

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.
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
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 
Ms. Falkove's and Mr. Della Penna's projects!

$2,763 -- that's the amount that the LaGuardia community has donated and unlocked in matching donations in just the last week to support our teachers -- Wow! A total of $371,866 so far!

8 Teachers are requesting supplies via DonorsChoose:

THIS WEEK'S featured Project: Sewing Machines for the Art of Fashion!
2 Donors so far, only $309 to go!
Let's close out this project this week!
Thank you for your generosity.
Help Ms. Wittels give her students Brother sewing machines so that her students can make fashion art every day!
Ms. Wittels' students learn how to illustrate and sew fashion designs using the human body as their form. They learn about the fashion industry, traditional design standards, as well as how to be inclusive to multiple body types, gender identifications, ages, and aesthetic preferences with their clothing design and wearable objects. They also build basic patterns and then construct their fashion objects with hand and machine stitching! These skills prepare students for a profession and for life. Students show a high interest in learning how to use sewing machines, but there are very few in the classroom. The more machines we can acquire, the more we can build machine sewing permanently into the Fashion curriculum!
Please donate here:

Click here to help fund a project for another LaGuardia teacher!


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.
College Representatives Visit the LaG Art Department!
College Counselors will be present in Open Studio classes to share important information about the college/university that they represent and select representatives will also conduct portfolio reviews for students. Please visit the 7th floor Art Department Bulletin Board to sign up for a portfolio review and see the most up-to-date schedule of visitors! This is open to students in all grades -- it is never too early to begin the college planning process.

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.

CSS Profile: Remember that if your student is applying for financial aid you must fill out the CSS Profile for every private school on your student's list. You can find the CSS Profile on College Board website Over 400 private colleges require completion of the  CSS application  from the College Board. The CSS requires a lot of detail and takes time complete.  Many colleges require a complete CSS profile with your college application. (Note that if you took the ACT and not the SAT, you will need to make a College Board account online in order to fill out the CSS Profile)
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.

Senior Music Students -- Arts Endorsed Diploma
To earn an Arts Endorsed Diploma, a student must earn 10 credits in a single art form dance, theater, music, or visual arts, which may include those required to meet the 44 credits for graduation Pass the NYCDOE assessment in that art form/discipline. Students may also take three years of the LOTE and sit for the exam.
The Exit Exam in Music has four parts. This examination is given by the DOE. Seniors must take all four parts in order to get the advanced regents with Arts endorsement.
The music comprehensive exam is called, "The Music Commencement Examination." The written part will be given Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, from 1:15-4:15pm. The deadline for returning forms is Monday, December 3. They can be returned to room 401, where there is a box labeled "Commencement Exam Forms," or can be given to the students' music history teacher.
The Music Department is providing preparation sessions to assist students. These dates are: Tutoring for exit exam Written Component Preparation Dates December 4, 6, 10, 12 Time: 4:20 to 6:20 Room: 461 Instructor: Mr. Hamilton

Words of encouragement from one kid to another found in the LaGuardia Wellness Center:

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.
Get Nominated for the Student Voice Committee
NYC DOE Office of School Wellness Application Deadline: November 30, 2018 Event: Ongoing Contact: Emmanuella Murat

Are you a high school student interested in health and wellness? The Office of School Wellness Programs is accepting nominations for the 2018-19 Student Voice Committee (SVC). The SVC is an arm of the DOE District Wellness Advisory Council and is comprised of DOE high school students who work collaboratively on health promotion campaigns and share their perspectives on what health, physical education, and other wellness initiatives should look like in NYC public schools. If you are interested in participating, share this nomination form with your teacher, guidance counselor, extracurricular activity staff member, or other school staff member to fill out and submit for consideration.



Alumni & Friends Mini Grants for Clubs & Faculty-Led Projects
Apply for extracurricular activity grants of up to $500!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 3 p.m.

Submit Signed Applications to the A&F Office, Room 853

Alumni & Friends (A&F) is pleased to announce the opportunity for LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant. A&F Mini-Grants provide up to $500 for clubs or faculty led extracurricular projects. Funding is limited and decided by the A&F Grants Committee.


Requests for support must provide detailed information about how the funds will be used AND meet the following criteria:

  • Clubs must have a faculty advisor, and the designated faculty advisor must be present at all club meetings and events
  • Funding is for activities or projects that are not funded by the DOE
  • Mini-Grants do not fund sports teams or food and beverages
  • Benefit eight or more students
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 .

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.


An amazing opportunity for students who are passionate about filmmaking! Read on...
Ryan Levine (now a freshman at Hawken School in Cleveland) created the Kids Film It Festival to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation as a way to combine his and other kids' passion for movie making with a tremendous philanthropic cause. In two years, they have raised over $100,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Last year, there were over 100 submissions from around the country within three age categories (8-11, 12-14, and 15-18) and three genres-film, animation, and music. This year' 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.  Get all the details here .
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:

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 Union Outreach Pre-College Winter 2019 - Portfolio Review Application Ends on December 9, 2018
The Cooper Union Art Pre-College Outreach Winter Program provides free art classes for students interested in expanding their interest in art through the Mixed Media/Web Design Project & Guest Artist Series.

This program explores the process of collaboration between students and the crossing exchange of media and encourages a multidisciplinary approach to making artwork particularly to be experienced on line. For five Saturdays each student is encouraged to contribute the best of their abilities and to learn from their group members, utilizing the Cooper Union Computer lab and fine art studios.
All applicants must attend the portfolio review, with artwork ready for viewing. The portfolio review for the Winter 2018 Program will take place on Saturday December 9th from 10am to 2pm at 41 Cooper Sq. Bring 10 to 20 pieces that you feel best represent your abilities and make sure to complete the application before the review. 
High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors are eligible for the Winter 2018 Program. Courses are held Saturdays 9am - 5pm, Jan.6 - Feb. 3, 2018.
All materials are provided free of cost.
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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