Issue 8
October 28, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Happy National Chocolate Day! Good preparation for Halloween-we're looking forward to seeing our students' amazing costume creations throughout the hallways and in the Halloween Parade and hope to have some pictures for you in next week's Issue. Remember this is "Spirit Week" check the Weekly Bulletin for more details to remind your teens!



The entire LaGuardia Arts Community is invited to participate in the Spanish Department's Annual Day of the Dead Community Ofrenda in the Front Lobby from October 30th to November 2nd. This traditional commemorative space is similar to the way many Mexican and Mexican American communities celebrate their ancestors' lives.

Why not begin your weekend by attending the first student art show of the year which is opening this Friday evening? November 2nd, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the second floor Art Gallery.

Congratulations to the Girls' Swim Team at B Division Championships on Sunday! The 200 Medley Relay, comprised of Luna Miccoli, Janna Hussein, Regina Yu and Olivia Kirkbride, qualified for A Championships. Regina Yu and Luna Miccoli both swam a personal record for the season and qualified for A Champs in their individual events, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, respectively. Shout out to Olivia Campmany for finishing 2nd in the 500 Free and Penelope Keane for finishing 6th in the 200 Free!


It takes an army of parent volunteers to help make LaGuardia the truly special place that it is. Many of our volunteers work tirelessly outside of the spotlight and it would be impossible to name them all. This week we want to take the opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who showed up to welcome families at our Open House on Monday October 22. We'd like to also give a special shout out to the teams of parent volunteers who showed up from 6:30 in the morning on Saturday and Sunday to welcome auditioning families, to warm them up with fresh hot coffee and to calm their frayed nerves. Special thanks also to the awesome new team that brings Sunday Night News alive and to the tireless perfectionists who produce our All School Musical. Thanks to the parent who stepped up to volunteer to manage our raffle for the All-School Musical.

Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association. Can you imagine what the school would be like without the involvement of the PA? We don't want to either -- so please, join us!

Be on the lookout for the launch of our All-School Appeal!

We're so grateful to all of the families that have contributed to the All-School & Studio Appeal. It's honestly not how much you can give, but simply that you've taken the time and made the decision to support our school. Our goal is 100% participation -- let's get there together.

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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!

If you haven't had a chance to pitch in, here are some important ways to participate! And if you would like to be involved but not 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 Brainstorming Meeting

We held our first auction meeting of the year last week. Great energy as people shared ideas of how we can make it the best one yet. This is shaping up to be a great team. 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

If you weren't able to make last week's meeting but would like to be a part of our auction committee, please let Heather know at Our next meeting will be in the evening to accommodate differing schedules.

Open House & Auditions
Do you remember when your student was auditioning for LaGuardia? It's that time again! This past weekend, prospective students from Brooklyn put their best foot forward and students from other boroughs will be auditioning in the coming weeks. 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 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

Short-term 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 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.

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.

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. 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.
Here's an anecdote from one of our parents who attended her first LaGuardia musical last year:

My child was a freshman in the school, and I was excited to see what "The Musical" was all about. I happened to be sitting next to an older couple, and presuming they were grandparents of a cast member, asked them whom they had come out to support. They smiled at me and responded that they don't know anyone at LaGuardia, but that the quality of LaGuardia productions is so high, that they never miss a show -- "just as good as Broadway," they responded! 


ELEVATORS: Initial assessment revealed that two parts burned out. They were ordered. The passenger elevator will return to active service once the new parts have been installed. Students with medical conditions can ride the elevator with a pass. Student using crutches or other assisted mobility devices are allowed to use the elevator without first getting a pass.
ESCALATORS: The escalators are still being inspected and in certain cases steps have to be replaced then inspected again. More information on the time frame for completion of the work is being sought.
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.
  • The Sound of Music tickets are now on sale: -- get yours ASAP -- they sell out fast!
  • Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween Parade (after school)
  • Friday, November 2nd: Student Art Show, runs through 11/16
  • Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th:  Auditions for Prospective Students (Bronx & Manhattan).
  • Tuesday, November 6th: ELECTION DAY -- NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, November 7th: General PA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Studio Meetings follow at 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12th: Veterans Day (Observed) -- NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 13th: LaG Choral Concert at Riverside Church, 7:30 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.

THANK YOU for fully   funding 
Mr. Pagan's project this week!

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


4 Donors so far, only $243 to go!
Art + History + Study Guides = APPRECIATION.
Can you imagine being required to learn about 250 artworks for an AP Exam?
Ms. Schwarz's AP Art History students need a classroom printer so they can print out and take home beautiful, full-color graphic organizers they've created to help them gain in-depth, comprehensive knowledge and understanding, not just about important cultural movements and 
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.

The Fall Sports teams are wrapping up their season. Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Volleyball, Girls Varsity Handball, Boys Fencing and Boys Varsity Soccer teams on their strong, dominating winning seasons.

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.
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.

Read on for opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours and gain valuable high school experience.

Disney Dreamer Academy -- Deadline is Wednesday, October 31st!

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
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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Info session: Saturday, November 3, at 2 p.m. Click here for more information. Applications are due November 28, 2018. 

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

Reserve your spot by emailing , or calling 718-623-7252. 

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.  

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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