Issue 7
October 21, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Happy National Apple Day! We hope you were able to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather while wearing a sweater and sunglasses! And thank you to everyone who turned out for LaGuardia's annual Blood Drive
So exciting that up to 200 acts representing students of all four grades will have auditioned for Rising Stars the all-school student talent show taking place in February. It's an evening to look forward to - and we'll share ticket information closer to the date. Scroll down to learn more about Rising Stars.
Community Building: Our Goal -- Sold Out Concerts Across Studios This Year!

Were you one of the lucky ones in the audience at Friday's Senior Jazz/Symphonic Band Concert? What a gorgeous evening of music created by our students!   Our students played to a SOLD OUT AUDIENCE and all of our kids deserve that.  All our kids work so very hard and one of the best experiences we can give them is the chance to perform to a full house. We were thrilled to see strong school wide support for our first concert! It strengthens our community and brings students, parents, friends and families together.  The talent in all of the studios will inspire you. Please commit to treating yourself to as many performances outside of your studio as possible this year. Support all LaG performances!!"
Scroll down to the Parent Involvement section for this week's opportunities to help raise money for LaGuardia.  Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association.

Increase the impact of your donation. We make it easy for you to get CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS
LaG Fundraising Chops Winners: CONGRATULATIONS to Randi Marshall and Phenisher Harris who were randomly selected from our LaG Fundraising Chops poll! Please contact us at to claim your gifts! Randi won a sturdy, gorgeous LaG umbrella and Phenisher won a sleek, stylish LaG water bottle.
Navigating LaGuardia's Online Resources -- Academic Forum Presentation
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 PM, Room 457
Naviance and PupilPath are important online resources for both students and parents to use. Join us for an interactive meeting where Mr. Moore, Program Chair, will show you how to access and use these important resources as well as the Weekly Bulletin and LaGuardia Calendar. In addition, a parent panel will explain where to access the PA Website, Sunday Night News and Studio News along with other important forms and documents. It's the best way to learn about great opportunities for your student.

*The Academic Forum is a subgroup of the Parents Association focusing on Academic matters at LaGuardia. Meetings are held monthly on a range of topics with guest speakers and parent panels.
There are so many ways to be involved at LaGuardia and help your child's school.... If you're able to help out at even just one event each year, it makes all the difference!
Open House & Auditions
Come and help answer questions and calm nerves of prospective families. We will be selling coffee and snacks to these excited parents while they wait for their children's auditions. It's a great way to meet your fellow LaGuardia parents too.  
  • Saturday, October 27th - Brooklyn Auditions - Signup here
  • Sunday, October 28th - Brooklyn Auditions - Signup here
  • Saturday, November 3rd - Manhattan/Bronx Auditions - Signup here
  • Sunday, November 4th - Manhattan/Bronx Auditions - Signup here
  • Saturday, November 17th - Queens/Staten Island Auditions - Signup here
  • Sunday, November 18th - Queens/Staten Island Auditions - Signup here
Rising Stars This is Me: A Journey --  Final Audition date: Tuesday October 23, 7-9 p.m.  The Parents Association's signature school-wide talent show is off to a great start! Parents Tracy Zwick and Nancy Pearson, our producers of Rising Stars this year spent all day Saturday 10/20 auditioning acts (from 9:00-4:00) and held 2 evenings of auditions earlier in the week. In total around 200 acts will audition!
The students, as always, have shown their hard work, professionalism, creativity and boundless talent throughout the audition process. Stay tuned for a casting announcement. The show is produced by the PA, but in fact is organized and run by an outstanding group of student producers, ranging from freshman to senior, who in consultation with the PA and faculty, make the show the incredible, inspiring work of art it is year in and year out. Click here for more details:
The Sound of Music: All-School Musical: Tickets Going on Sale This Week!!!
Tickets for The Sound of Music will go on sale this week. Please be aware that tickets sell very quickly, especially for Friday and Saturday shows. Please read below for details on how tickets will become available.
First, on Monday night (10/22), a limited number of tickets will be available to any 8th grade families who attend Monday evening's Open House. These students will receive a postcard with a pre-sale code on it. Please know that these sales are limited to the back three rows in the theater, and only for Thursday and Sunday performances. This code will be active for 48 hours.
On Friday (10/26) at 8 PM, tickets will be open to the public. Use this link ( to purchase your tickets. The school store will also have seats available for purchase during school hours. Those tickets will be available at the end of November. More details will be provided in the upcoming weeks.
Please contact Debbie Teitelbaum at with questions.
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Shindy Johnson & Yvette Ortiz
PA Co-Presidents
Upcoming Events

Dates and times may be subject to change. We will update you on the correct dates and times closer to the events.

Through Oct 26: Faculty Art Show Opening Reception. (Show runs through October 26)

Oct 22:  Open House for Prospective Students, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m

Oct 23: Rising Stars Auditions (Make-up), 4:15-7:15 p.m.

Oct 24: Academic Forum, 6:00 p.m. Room 457. (See additional info above)

Oct 26: Tickets for The Sound of Music go on sale at 8:00 p.m.
     Click here to get yours ASAP -- they sell out fast!

Oct 27 & 28:  Auditions for Prospective Students (Brooklyn)

Oct 31: Halloween Parade (after school)

Nov 2: Student Art Show, runs through 11/16

Nov 3 & 4:  Auditions for Prospective Students (Bronx & Manhattan).


Nov 7: General PA Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
        Studio Meetings follow at 7:00 p.m.

Nov 12: Veterans Day (Observed) -- NO SCHOOL

For a comprehensive list, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar .

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It's honestly not how much you can give, but just that you participate in the All-School & Studio Appeal. Our goal is 100% participation -- and so it is vital that every family contribute something.
The education our children are receiving at LaGuardia is so unusual, and the dual curriculum of academic and arts incurs additional costs. Together we can support our students' training in what they love.
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LaGuardia Auction 2019 Brainstorming Meeting

Please join us for our first auction meeting of the year.

You can help support one of our biggest fundraisers of the year at any time by helping us to solicit donations. This week we are focusing on local restaurants. 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.

We will meet at on the Upper West Side on Wednesday, October 24th at 8:30 am. Please RSVP to Heather MacAllister if you are able to attend and exact address information will be provided.
If you cannot make this meeting but would like to be a part of our auction committee, please let Heather know as well. Our next meeting will be in the evening to accommodate differing schedules.
Parent Involvement is Crucial


Thank you to the parents who have contacted us over the past few weeks to volunteer for key positions on the communications, fundraising, wellness and hospitality committees. We truly appreciate your bravery work and commitment.

We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers!

Short term Volunteer Opportunities:

Raffle It!!
Looking for a volunteer to help us kick off an amazing two months of raffles!
The Musical Sponsorship Committee is looking for a volunteer to help organize and launch a series of raffles (online and at The Sound of Music performances) to raise funds for the All-School Musical. If you are interested in helping to oversee this project, please email ( Note: All items have already been donated -- this volunteer position is to help launch the raffle program, not to solicit donations).  Thank you!

Key Yearlong Volunteer Opportunities

Fundraising Committee: Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association. We need some creative, dogged, persistent volunteers to work on our many fundraising initiatives. To learn more contact Elisabeth Rucell 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 parents who have already contacted us to express an interest in Mental Health and Wellness.

We can always use people who have experience with grant writing.

Interested or have ideas?

You can also sign up to volunteer here.

THANK YOU for fully 
Mr. Harkness' project this week!

From Printmaking in Relief and Intaglio, to iPads, Whiteboards and Coding Guides, these are the tools needed for our children's education.

7 Teachers currently are requesting assistance via Donors Choose: Here is the list of active projects.


4 Donors so far, $1,017 to go!
Collaboration and Presentation Skills are Critical in Science Classrooms.
Launch Mr. Rahman's class into the 21st Century with Whiteboards for student projects.
Mr. Rahman's Chemistry students need whiteboards for group-work activities and study guides to deepen their learning. When students work on questions from the study guide together, using the whiteboards to solve them, they can easily present work to the whole class using wireless pointers and share strategies for real problem solving.
Please donate here:

Click here to help fund 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.

In the past three years, 100% of our faculty's requests have been funded by parents and other generous supporters.

DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs.
Join the conversation about a crucial issue that will shape an important aspect of public education for the foreseeable future. Click Here to learn more.
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.
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 be as early as is November 1. 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.

Princeton University School of Architecture Open House
Students will have the opportunity to tour our building and facilities, sit in on a graduate studio review, meet with faculty, students, and representatives from the University's Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life, and Student Housing, and a end a lecture from Stan Allen (Principal, SAA/Stan Allen Architect; George Du on '27 Professor of Architecture, Princeton University). Students can RSVP here by October 26, 2018.
Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours and gain valuable high school experience.

Yale Splash Program
Yale is offering a one day program run by student volunteers on 10/27/18. The cost is is $20 with lunch and additional $10 for a T-shirt. They have various courses that the students select and the link is live (see below). Overview |  Registration |  Courses  
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
We are now recruiting students in grades 8-11 for the 2019 Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. GAP is a great way for teens to learn about urban agriculture, science, and the environment while working in one of the most exciting public gardens in the world! Apprentices can work their way up the four-tier program, potentially earning a paid position as a Tier 4 Apprentice.
Enjoy this video about GAP

Info session: Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m.   Click here for more information.  
Applications are due November 28, 2018 .
Reserve your spot by emailing , or calling 718-623-7252.

Apply Now for a Paid High School Internship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Registration Deadline: October 26, 2018
Event: January-June 2019
Contact: or 212-650-2330

Interested in learning more about careers in museums? Apply for a spring high school internship to meet experts, find mentors, make friends, gain professional experience, and more. This opportunity is open to students in grades 10 and 11. More information and the application can be found on The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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.
Harness the Power of Your Dreams
Disney Dreamers Academy is a 4-day, power-packed event in which 100 select high school students, ages 13 to 19, living in the US are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream big. Disney Dreamers experience:
  • Inspirational guest speakers with immersive presentations
  • Career activities ranging from animation, journalism and entrepreneurship to culinary arts and zoology
  • Networking and interviewing opportunities
Key Attributes:
  • Intellectual curiosity - creative and quick-witted
  • Compassion - gives to others who need assistance
  • Courage - overcomes obstacles, brave, spirited, survivor
  • Leadership ability - the go-to person who pursues ideas with passion Attitude:
  • Dreams about their future
  • Positive approach to life
  • Grateful and humble
  • Takes advantage of resources
Does this sound like you or someone you know?
For a complete list of rules, click here. Disney Academy will accept applications for the Class of 2019 program beginning June 28 to October 31, 2018.
Disney seeks students with a winning combination of attributes that reflect strong character, positive attitude, and persistence to take advantage of opportunities.

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.  

Wednesday, November 7th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

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

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