Issue 5
October 8, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We hope you and your children are taking this chance to exhale and enjoy the reluctant change of season. This month we invite you to help us to intensify our fundraising efforts and to focus on community building both within and outside of LaGuardia.

Community Building
LaGuardia Seniors Need Your Help! Volunteering for LaGuardia events is a perfect way for you to help keep our community vibrant. All Parents are invited to sign up for a fun day with our seniors for Senior Picture Day in Central Park. We need your help. Without parent chaperones we cannot keep up this tradition. Please sign up to volunteer this Wednesday, October 10, 2018, by clicking here.

In the spirit of community building, Mr. Ronald Paguay (Environmental Science) and his students celebrated the Fall by planting 100 daffodil bulbs in front of LaGuardia. The bulbs were donated by New Yorkers for Parks and secured by one of our PA members. Scroll down for more photos. More information about this program and more pictures are in the Weekly Bulletin.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our Parent Coordinator, Allison Price is looking for parent volunteers to help organize a group of LaGuardia parents and students to participate in the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk in Central Park this Sunday October 14.  Please contact Parent Coordinator Allison Price at for more information.

We are still recruiting for the fundraising committee -- if you can help, please contact Elizabeth Rucell.  Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association.  Scroll down to see more ways that your donations are put to work everyday.

Please sponsor The Sound of Music, LaGuardia's All-School Musical!  The deadline for sponsorships is Friday, October 19th, so please make your contribution today!  For more information about sponsorship perks (VIP tickets! Playbill ads and boosters!) And to donate, please click here.

Special Presentation at the October 16, PA Meeting: De-Stressing the College Application Process

Writing Coach Liz Gessner of Write Right Now, Inc ( will discuss the College Application process. In a brief talk followed by a Q&A, she will address the Common Application and Personal Essay, the best way to tackle the individual college supplements, and the pros and cons of Early Action and Early versus Regular Decision. She will advise on to how to maximize potential and minimize stress, and how to submit a top-notch application while preserving family harmony!  Senior parents, click here to submit your questions for Liz before the October PA meeting.  Your questions will help Liz to make a targeted presentation followed by Q&A. No financial aid questions, please!

Senior Portraits:
This is a note intending to clarify some confusion regarding senior portraits for the yearbook. Ms. Marrero (AP English) is the contact for questions concerning the senior yearbook photos. 
  • The portrait studio made an error by enabling students to register for photos during the school day.  
  • The portrait studio will be asked to contact all students who made the daytime appointments and arrange rescheduling.
  • The portrait studio has been asked to open afterschool and weekend hours only to LaGuardia students -- no daytime hours during school days.
  • The mechanism by which the portrait studio will create in-house (at LaG) appointments for Oct 29, 30 and Nov 2,3 is being worked out. 
  • Dr. Mars is working on a solution for skincare/makeup for the seniors who are having their photos done in-house.

Check the Weekly Bulletin for:  
  • Paying for AP Exams (Page 11).  Be sure to fill out the lunch form which you can find online at  You could be eligible for free or reduced AP Exam fees.
  • Your child on PSAT Day October 10 (Pages 4-8).
  • Manhattan Parents Conference (Page 12)
The Young Arts Competition deadline is October 12.

Auditions for Rising Stars, the all-school student talent show, will be held on October 18, 19, 20 and 23. Gently nudge your teens to, ahem, get their acts together! This year's theme is "This is Me: A Journey." Click here for more details:
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.

Oct 8: No School. Columbus Day.

Oct 10: PSAT Day (grades 9-11). Senior Picture Day at Central Park. 

Oct 12: Faculty Art Show Opening Reception. (Show runs through October 26)

Oct 16: Studio Meetings, 6:00 p.m. General PA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. Special Presentation at the General PA meeting: De-stressing the College Application Process

Oct 18: College Info Night (for parents of juniors), 6:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

Oct 18-19: Rising Stars Auditions, 4:15-7:15 p.m.

Oct 19: Symphonic Band and Senior Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

Oct 20: Rising Stars Auditions, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

Oct 23: Rising Stars Auditions, 4:15-7:15 p.m.

Oct 24: Academic Forum, 6:00 p.m. Room 457.

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

For a comprehensive list, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar .

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Parents, encourage your kids to apply NOW until THIS FRIDAY, October 12, 2018 at

  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with accomplished artists and professionals
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition
  • All students ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 as of December 1, 2018, are eligible -- and we have had many LaGuardia student winners in recent years!
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application), and
  • Have not already been named a YoungArts Finalist and previously attended YoungArts Week.
There are 10 disciplines to enter under, that offer opportunities to students in ALL LaGuardia studios:
  1. Cinematic Arts
  2. Classical Music
  3. Dance
  4. Design Arts*
  5. Jazz
  6. Photography
  7. Theater (Acting)
  8. Visual Arts
  9. Voice
  10. Writing
* Design arts includes architecture, interior, product, graphic, stage set design and fashion design.

  • Complete the YoungArts application on Acceptd, including required documentation and audition or portfolio materials, by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, October 12, 2018. Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver. Learn more about fee waivers in our FAQ.
For more information:
  • Put together a team for solicitations
  • A core team for data entry in Greater Giving and Bidding for Good
  • Outreach to all families for contacts they may have for donations.

Annual Online Auction
  • Restaurants
  • Broadway Shows
  • Local Retail
  • Vacation Homes / Trips
  • Spas
  • Signed Memorabilia
  • Tutoring Services
  • Be Creative!!!

We will have a first brainstorming meeting in October.  Check in the Sunday Night News  for time and location.

Please contact Heather MacAllister:
Have a film camera collecting dust in your closet? The Art Studio needs it!

We have received 4 cameras and some other great equipment so far. Thank you to the parents who have donated!  WE STILL NEED MORE THAN 86 CAMERAS FOR OUR STUDENTS: Over 90 LaG students are taking photography this year. Every student needs a film (not digital) camera. Many students do not have access to one and cannot afford to buy one. Do you have a film camera that you would be willing to donate to the photography classroom to be loaned to a student? (Check your closets. Ask grandparents!) 

Specs: 35mm SLR with manual features and working light meter.  (It's OK if the battery needs to be replaced.)

Contact Andrea Allan at or 917.885.2907 with questions or to arrange for pick up.
Parent Involvement is Crucial


We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers!

Senior Picture Day: A reminder to sign up here to chaperone our students on Senior Picture Day in Central Park -- Wednesday October 10, 2018. 60 parent volunteers needed!

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 
Ms. Curiale's and Mr. Felber's Projects!

Let's help even more LaGuardia teachers
with projects for Computer Science,
, Science, Spanish and Theater!

4 Donors So Far -- $443 Still Needed!
Ms. Johnson needs The Catcher in the Rye
Help Ms. Johnson's English Students study and annotate J.D. Salinger's classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. When students own their own books they are able to annotate more effectively, a skill that is essential to the English curriculum.  
Please donate here:

2 Donor So Far -- $1,867  needed
Ms. Wood (Wong) needs a Laptop for Science
Help Ms. Wood's Living Environment Students make connections through video, documentaries, and other engaging tools available through access to the Internet right in their classroom. A laptop will help Ms. Wood develop better lesson plans that connect the science curriculum to real life.
Please donate here:

1 Donor so far, $ 569 needed
Mr Pagan needs Computer Science Supplies
Mr. Pagan's Computer Science students need programming manuals and coding quick reference books to foster an environment of independent exploration and discovery in a hands-on collaborative programming environment.   Please donate here:

4 Donors so far! 
$1,638 still needed
Ms. Moffett-Warden needs an iPad for Artists
Ms. Moffett-Warden's Drama Students 
access dramatic arts through technology. iPads in the theater classroom give more students an opportunity to see examples of theater performances, and will ultimately change the face of how students use scripts, learn vocabulary, work with imagery, and use current events to create dynamic theater pieces.  
Please donate here:

3 Donors so far, $1,117 to go!
Mr. Rahman needs Whiteboards
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:

3 Donors So Far! $857 needed!
Mr. Hold needs Supplies for Science  
Help  Mr. Hold's science student s  do fantastic group work! Organizational basics like big Post-Its, markers, posters, tape, and lamination tools will help students keep their labs organized, be active and inspired, and collaborate better in groups.
Please donate here:

4 Donors So Far! $1,893 needed!
Mr. Fransowie needs iPads  
Mr. Fransowie's Earth and Environmental Science students  need multipurpose iPad tablets to facilitate differentiated instruction for all skill levels and learning styles, The iPads will also help students access current real-world data that will help them make connections and develop into knowledgeable citizens ready to make an impact on the world. 
Please donate here:

12 Donors So far, $1,935 still needed!
Ms. Shern's Spanish Classes need a Laptop Computer and a printer 
Ms. Shern's Spanish students need a MacBook Pro so they can create artistic videos, view Spanish language interviews and news, use Lingt language to practice speaking Spanish and make recordings, and to create and share other digital projects. 
Please donate here:


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.
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.
Fall SUNY College Fairs

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Javits Center,  655 West 34th Street New York, NY
Wednesday, October 10, 2018,  4:00 pm
The Javits Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY

Tentative Program Schedule:
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Registration / Check-In
4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - SUNY College Fair (Exhibition Hall 1C)
4:30 p.m. - Presentations Session I  Which SUNY Are You? (Exhibition Hall 1C04)
Educational Opportunity Program (Exhibition Hall 1C03)
5:30 p.m. - Presentations Session II
Navigating the Financial Aid Process (Exhibition Hall 1C04)
Educational Opportunity Program (Exhibition Hall 1C03)
6:30 p.m. - Presentations Session III
Which SUNY Are You? (Exhibition Hall 1C03)
Navigating the Financial Aid Process (Exhibition Hall 1C04)
7:30 p.m. - Program Concludes

Participating campuses:
SUNY Adirondack CC, University at Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton University, Brockport, SUNY Broome CC, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canton, Cayuga CC, Clinton CC, Cobleskill, Corning CC, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate Medical, Dutchess CC, Empire State, Environmental Science & Forestry, Farmingdale, Fashion Institute of Technology, Finger Lakes, Fredonia, Fulton-Montgomery CC, Genesee CC, Geneseo, Herkimer County CC, Jamestown CC, Jefferson CC, Maritime, Mohawk Valley CC, Monroe CC, Morrisville, Nassau CC, New Paltz, Niagara County CC, North Country CC, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga CC, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Purchase, Rockland CC, Stony Brook University, Sullivan County CC, SUNY Poly, Tompkins Cortland CC, Westchester CC

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

SUNY Financial Aid Information Day

When:  Saturday, 13 October 2018
10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Where:  SUNY Welcome Center 33 West 42nd Street, 18th Floor New York, NY

Description: SUNY's Financial Aid Days are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

Programs are available at more than 30 SUNY campuses. Many locations provide computer access to complete your financial aid application on-site.
This session begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:00 p.m. in the SUNY Welcome Center, 18th Floor.
Students need to bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. On-site assistance will be provided to complete the FAFSA on the web. There will also be an Admissions Information Session or Q & A.
For more information and to register click here:
Parents of Seniors: As your children are filling out their college apps, have them read this:
A strong essay might mean the difference between getting accepted - or rejected - by the school of your choice. Read more...
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 tons of opportunities for your child to rack up those volunteer hours and gain valuable high school experience.
Join DOROT's Intergenerational Chess program!
Mondays, October 15
th through December 17
th from 4:00-5:30.

The program takes place at DOROT, 171 W. 85th St.  and is open to students in 6th - 12th grade. 

Join us for chess with older adults to share your love of the game and build connections across the chess board. Participants must have prior chess experience. This program is free of charge to all participants. To apply, please visit Intergenerational Chess at DOROT or contact Quinn Lockwood,, 917-441-3714.
Nominate a teen for Bklyn Library Youth Council & Urban Art Jamm!

Motivated, collaborative, creative teens ages 14-19 with an interest in libraries, event planning, and the creative arts are invited to apply for the Brooklyn Library Youth Council.  This group researches, plans, implements, and evaluates BPL's largest teen event of the year, Urban Art Jamm. Participants meet once a month, plus a midwinter break intensive, earn volunteer hours and a stipend, and connect with other great folks from across Brooklyn and beyond. Applications due October 15, 2018.

The Parsons Scholars Program is pleased to invite 10th graders who are interested in art & design to apply for an extraordinary pre-college scholarship opportunity at Parsons School of Design.

The Parsons Scholars Program provides youth from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to explore art & design in a college environment. Accepted students receive college credit while preparing for the college admissions process at no cost to them.  Read more...
The American Museum of Natural History
Has Some Unique Opportunities for Teens

First Margaret Mead Film Festival just for TEENS (ages 13-20) at AMNH!
Please join AMNH for the screening of the feature-length documentary,
The film follows three seniors at Brooklyn high schools are determined to get their entire classes to college, even though they aren't even sure they are going to make it there themselves. They are working as college counselors in their three schools because many of their friends have nowhere else to turn for support.

The evening will include a post-discussion with the filmmaker and protagonists of the film, light refreshments and hands-on art and science activities throughout the Museum.
Date : Wednesday, October 17th
Time : 5:30-9pm - Doors open at 5pm
Location : American Museum of Natural History
Entry : TBD - Will be included in your reminder email prior to the event  
*Free admission & refreshments*
RSVP Soon to ensure a spot:
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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.  

A few more photos from Mr. Paguay's daffodil bulb planting:
Do "Something Good" to help us
"Climb Ev'ry Mountain" 
and Bring Our Halls Alive with
Do you know that The Sound of Music Playbill® will be seen by over 10,000 people?

If you have a business interested in sponsoring our all-school musical by advertising in our program, please reach out to
Jessica Genick, Co-Chair of the Musical Sponsorship Program, at

For more information, click here:

Tuesday, October 16th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General

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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