Issue 2
September 16, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

As our new students are adjusting to their commutes, class schedules and finding their way through the eight-story building,  we'd like to introduce you to some LaGuardia resources that can help their (and your) transition to the community.

Last week we mentioned the Academic Forum and you may have noticed the Freshmen Forums for new parents on our calendar of upcoming events. Here's a brief explanation of what these entail:


The LaGuardia faculty and staff host the Freshmen Forums, which are like Town Hall meetings, to orient new parents to how the school works and how the academic year flows. This is a great chance to meet other new parents and ask the staff questions, so bring your list of them!

The Academic Forum is run by a team of four elected co-chairs who hold monthly meetings on a variety of academic topics--from easing into freshmen year and navigating school resources, to everything else in between that and college applications. The first Academic Forum meeting will be held on October 24. Stay tuned for more information.

Our PA website,, also has lots of LaGuardia-specific information at your fingertips. Wondering what  Conference Days mean, or how to fill out student absence forms? You can learn all about this by checking out our handy dandy glossary of school terms, which can be found on at the top of our homepage. We also keep an up-to-date calendar of performances and PA-related meetings.  Bear in mind that dates of events can and do change in a dual-mission school with six studios, but we'll be sure to keep you updated. Note that we are still in the final stages of updating the calendar information.

You'll also receive a  Weekly Bulletin from Dr. Mars and the administration, which is usually delivered via email by Friday evening. This is full of useful updates (like "people to contact when I have a question"), so please be sure to read it.  And then there's us, with our Sunday Night News and other frequent mailers, where we strive to you up to speed on what's to come in the week ahead. (You can read back issues of the SNN on our website's home page, at the bottom.) Look out for our summer mailer in your physical mailboxes and respond to our appeal for donations and volunteers.

So, rest assured. You'll never go very long without hearing from us. Whether you're a newcomer to LaGuardia and overwhelmed by how the school works, or you have a senior in the throes of the college application process, you're never alone on this high school journey through LaGuardia. We've got you covered every step of the way.

Don't forget, there are lots of ways to get involved with the Parents Association.  You'll learn all about our many volunteer opportunities at our first PA meeting on September 25 at 6:00 p.m., with the Studio meetings following at 7:00 p.m. Don't want to wait until then? Email us if you're interested in the job opportunities described in our "Help Wanted" section below, or sign up at 


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.

Sep 19: No School (Yom Kippur)

Sep 20: Freshman Forum (Last Names A-K), 6:00 p.m., 6th Floor Library.

Sep 25:  PA Meetings: General 6:00 pm, Studios 7:00 pm.
Elections will be held for Freshman PA and SLT reps.

Sep 25-30: PA Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble, details below.

Sep 26:  Freshman Forum (Last Names L-Z), 6:00 pm

Sep 26: PFLAG Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m., 6th Floor Library.

Sep 27: Pep Rally & Athletic Open House / Sports Fair, 4:30 p.m., Gym.

Sep 27: College Financial Aid Night, 6:30 p.m., Concert Hall

Oct 3: College Planning for College, Part I (Juniors and parents), 6:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

Oct 8: No School. Columbus Day.

For a comprehensive list, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar .

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You can have the school calendar automatically appear on your phone, device or computer calendar. For instructions,  click here.

Click here  to view the DOE 2018-2019 School Calendar.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
Parent Involvement is Crucial


We are looking for volunteers!

The  Volunteer Coordinator and  Hospitality Gurus are essential to the success of the countless events and shows that LaGuardia annually produces.

The Communications Committee needs a web guru to manage and update our PA website (Wordpress) and with email communications just like this one (Constant Contact), including the Sunday Night News. We're also looking for a social media expert to enliven our social media presence. Please send us an email if you would like to learn more about these positions.

Fundraising is the lifeblood of the Parents Association. We need some creative, dogged, persistent volunteers to head up these vital initiatives :

Charity Buzz: Learn the ropes for this very important fund raiser with the eye of taking over this year.

Bidding For Good: Come join the Solicitation Team to get the items necessary to make this fundraiser a success!

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

Interested or have ideas?

You can also sign up to volunteer here.

We're sure you won't be surprised to learn that what it costs to maintain excellence at LaGuardia far outpaces the yearly budget allocation from the NYS DOE. Here are some ways you can help:
A Limited Time Opportunity -- September 25th-30th:

LaGuardia parent and author L.A. Chandler will be hosting a book fair at Barnes and Noble's East 86th Street location to celebrate The Gold Pawn, the second installment of her bestselling Art Deco Mystery Series, that involves our school's namesake, Fiorello H. LaGuardia.

Use this voucher code ID: 12433116 to buy ANY BOOKS online September 25th-30th and Barnes and Noble will donate 10-20% of all purchases to La! Copy and paste to social media and make it easy for your vast network for family and friends to raise money for our school!

For more information about this event, go to Barnes and Noble.

When making online purchases, on the PAYMENT PAGE - USE VOUCHER/BookFair ID: 12433116.

To learn about author and fellow LaGuardia parent L.A. Chandlar, click here:

Last year, the proceeds from this book fair helped us to fund the LaG librarian's entire wishlist!
Here are three easy ways for you and your entire network of friends and family to support our school without spending any extra money:
(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)

The more you shop, the more you earn for our school!

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. 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!
Sign up for a Schoola bag!
By cleaning out your closet and putting a sweater and a coat into one of these pre-paid bags, you're helping to raise money for LaGuardia. You can do this multiple times, so even if you've sent it a bag earlier click the link  and get a new one!
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program,  click here


Projects for Projects for Mr. Hold, Ms. Wittels, Mr. Rahman, and Ms. McGoey were fully funded!

Let's Help MORE LaGuardia teachers!

1 NEW Math Project,
1 NEW English Project
1 Spanish Project
1 AP World History Project

$751 needed!
Mr. Pagan needs Math Class Supplies
Mr. Pagan's Math students  need whiteboards & markers, calculators and compasses in order to be help students stay organized, prepare for tests, and complete challenging classwork. With the tools donated to this project, students will also learn how to better work with others to achieve personal and common goals.   Please donate here:

2 Donors So far! $415 left!
Ms. Harisiadis needs a Laptop for All Learners
Help Ms. Harisiadis's English Class research authors or issues related to their reading, share resources using Google docs, and be more creative by having reliable and vast information at their fingertips right in the classroom.
Please donate here:

8 Donors So far, $2,105 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:

28 Donors So far, $1356 to go!
Mr. Kingham's class needs a Laptop Computer
Mr. Kingham's AP World History students need a MacBook Pro in order to have access to various academic materials for class including presentations, texts, images and other sources of information. Students will gain access to PowerPoint presentations with visuals, videos.
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.

ELECTIONS FOR THE FRESHMAN CLASS PA REP and FRESHMAN CLASS SLT REP will be held at the first PA General Meeting, to be held on September 25th at 6:00 pm. Nominations will be taken on the floor for this election.

The PA Executive Board includes the Co-Presidents and Co-Vice Presidents of the Parent Association (PA), freshman representative and studio representatives. The EB and SLT meet with the principal once a month to discuss parent and school needs and budget needs. For a list of all the members, click here and scroll down.
Parents of Seniors, have you logged on to Naviance?

Naviance is a separate website used for managing college application paperwork. Naviance also includes x2VOL, a secure and accurate system that tracks and documents community service learning hours. 

Login credentials for new accounts have the format below:
User: [first name][last initial][last 4 digits of OSIS]
PW: [9-digit OSIS]

Go to and click on the login icon that looks like the one above. For more information about Naviance, contact Parent Coordinator Allison Price at ext. 2235, or Ms. Kas Wilson at 212.496.0700 x3261 (administration office.)

College Admissions Representatives Come to LaGuardia
LaGuardia Juniors and Seniors can take advantage of in-house college visits which have already started.  Admissions representatives from colleges across the country come to recruit our bright, talented students.  These in-house college visits give your child a chance to learn about and get a feel for the colleges they are considering.   Parents can see the college visit schedule by logging on to Naviance . Talk with your child about the kinds of questions they might want to ask the college admissions representative.

Demonstrated Interest
A study by the National Association For College Admission Counseling found that " 16.9 percent of four-year colleges say they view demonstrated interest as having 'considerable importance' in admissions decisions, and another 33.3 percent see it as having 'moderate importance.' That is far below the emphasis placed on grades, but well above such factors as an interview or work experience ."  In-house college visits--while they can't replace the information students can gain from campus visits--give students a chance to show some level of demonstrated interest particularly if travel is a hardship.

Art College Night at the Whitney  
The Whitney Museum will be hosting their first Art College Night on Friday, October 5 (4 - 6pm). Teens are invited to meet representatives from colleges in the New York area with Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education programs. We will also be offering a few optional workshops:
  • Portfolio Development with The Dedalus Foundation
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship Access for Undocumented Youth and DACA recipients with Tania Mattos of UnLocal, Inc.
  • College Essay Writing with an alum from our Youth Insights program, Herminia GoĢmez.
You can find information about the event at .
CUNY Foster Care Initiative!
Launched in 2016, with generous funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative (FCI) builds on the success of CUNY Start and ASAP to support the success of young people at CUNY. FCI connects youth between the ages of 17-25 who are currently or were formerly part of the New York City foster care system to CUNY Start and/or ASAP. With the goal of improving persistence and increasing the likelihood of timely associate degree completion, FCI provides a defined pathway from CUNY Start into ASAP for students with significant remedial needs. Students with few or no remedial needs may enter ASAP directly. FCI staff have established strategic partnerships with 19 foster care agencies and intermediaries across the New York City to create a streamlined referral process and provide an additional layer of college advisement and financial support, including paid internships and social engagement activities.
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.
The American Museum of Natural History Has Some Unique Opportunities for Teens
Afterschool and Summer Programs:
Want to learn about opportunities for High School Students at AMNH? Please join us for information session about museum Teen Programs to learn about internships, mentoring, after school classes, and fun events just for teens at the museum. Students and parents are welcome!
Time: 5-6pm
Dates: September 28

Location specifics will be sent out the Friday before each event. Read more about AMNH teen programs here.

First Margaret Mead Film Festival just for TEENS (ages 13-20) at AMNH!
Please join AMNH for the screening of the documentary
Personal Statement .
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:

Tuesday, September 25th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios (Freshman PA and SLT Rep Election)

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 
Daphne Rubin-Vega honors LaGuardia in her #NYin25:

Click the image below to play the video!

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

Don't forget to make your contributions to the
All-School Appeal and to your Studio! 
Every dollar goes to support our students and we need everyone to  pitch in.
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