Issue 3
September 23, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

When it's chilly enough to wear a sweater, it's time to finally accept that summer is really over. So it's only fitting that our first PA and studio meetings of the school year happen to fall on the first full week of autumn.
Please join us this Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. for our General PA Meeting, where we'll kick off the year with lots of exciting news about upcoming events, programs and volunteer opportunities. We'll also hear from Dr. Mars and will elect some new members to our Executive Board. We have two open seats--PA Secretary and PA Assistant Secretary (read further down for more details about these positions). We'll also elect a Freshman Parent Representative to the PA Executive Board, and a Freshman Parent Representative to the School Leadership Team.
The studios will meet separately, immediately following the general meeting.
Though we love to see you all on Tuesday evening, we understand how work and other obligations can get in the way. If you are not at the PA Meeting on Tuesday night, the only other place you should be is at Fairway Market making money for LaGuardia J . For all LaG families (and your friends and family members) with the LaGuardia Fairway Community Partners card, Tuesday September 25, is DOUBLE DAY for DOUBLE THE DONATION, where your grocery dollars go twice as far for LaGuardia. More information below.

As always, if you're interested in getting involved please email us, or sign up here .
In other news, here are some upcoming events to put on your radar: The Young Arts Competition deadline is October 12. Parents, especially those with seniors, encourage your kids to take advantage of this opportunity. Students need to prepare audition materials to apply, and these can be later used as supplements for college applications. Please scroll down for more information.
Auditions for Rising Stars, the all-school student talent show, are coming up in a few weeks (the dates are still being confirmed). 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 and stay tuned for the audition dates!
Please stay with us a little longer by scrolling down to read lots of more useful information--including news about a book fair dedicated to LaGuardia High School!
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 25:  PA Meetings: General 6:00 pm, Studios 7:00 pm.
Elections will be held for Freshman PA and SLT reps, PA Secretary and Assistant Secretary.

Sep 25: Double Day for Double the Donation for all families with the LaGuardia Fairway Community Partners card. Details below.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

For a comprehensive list, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar .

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Every Parents Association Executive Board position is a one-year term only---which means every position is open every year. Elections are held in June, however the PA has two open seats on the Executive Board: PA Secretary and Assistant Secretary, open to all current parents.

In addition, every year at our first PA meeting, we elect a Freshman PA Representative and a Freshman SLT Representative, open to freshman parents only.

Click here for complete details on the election, information on the available positions and nomination forms -- and please consider running for a position!
Have a film camera collecting dust in your closet? The Art Studio needs it!

URGENT REQUEST FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY DEPT: donations of used 35mm SLR film cameras.  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.  (Ok if battery needs to be replaced.)

Contact Andrea Allan at or 917.885.2907 with questions or to arrange for pick up.
THIS WEEK -- 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!

Parents, encourage your kids to apply NOW until 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.

Each category has its own set of entry requirements and you will want to plan ahead in order to have your work or performance ready in time.  Application fee: $35

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For more information:

THANK YOU for fully 
Ms. Harisiadis' and Mr. Pagan's projects!

Let's help all LaGuardia teachers outfit their classrooms with both necessities for the digital age and old-school hands-on supplies.

1 NEW Art Project,
3 NEW Science Projects,
1 NEW Theater Project,
1 NEW English Project
1 Spanish Project
1 AP World History Project

$2,020 needed!
Ms. Moffett-Warden needs an iPad for Artists
Help 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:

1 Donor so far, $1,152 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:

Be the FIRST to donate! $3,801 needed!
Ms. Curiale Needs Oil Painting Supplies 
Help Ms. Curiale's Advanced Painting students make masterpieces. Students in this class work as true artists do, in a studio setting that prepares them for college and conservatory painting classes. It is a materials-heavy class, where students will paint approximately 9 artworks over the semester, and they need studio quality materials to work successfully. Please donate here:

Be the FIRST to DONATE! $927 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:

Be the FIRST to DONATE! $2,178 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:

11 Donors So far, $1,985 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:

30 Donors So far, only $161 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.
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:
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 three easy ways for you and your entire network of friends and family to support our school without spending any extra money:

Do you know that last year our Fairway Market purchases earned LaG over $7,000?

Let's double that this year! Cater with Fairway; 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.  

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.
(Hint: Bookmark the link & benefit our school at no cost to you!)
The more you shop, the more you earn for our school!
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
Parents of Seniors and Juniors, this section is packed with information to help you and your child navigate the college appplication process.

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
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:
Saturday Academy helps students in grades 8-12 prepare for the SAT and further their American history studies. This fall's sessions will meet on Saturdays on October 27, November 3, 10, and 17, and December 1 and 8.

Course offerings include:
  • Bell Curves SAT Skills
  • Fighting for Health: Disease in American History
  • Peril and Power: Asian-American Immigrant History
  • Writing New York: The City's Place in American Literature
  • Identity in Early America
The times of each class are listed on the application.
Enrollment is first come, first served. All applications must be received online by Monday, October 8.

Priority seating in all classes will be given to students who live and/or attend schools in East and Central Harlem (zip codes: 10026, 10027, 10029, 10030, 10035, 10037, and 10039). Should you experience any trouble applying online, email or call 917.492.3387. Please apply early. Space is limited.
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.
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 Gómez.
You can find information about the event at .
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.

Do you want a valuable experience on your resume & college application?
VISIONS'  Intergenerational Program recruits and trains students, 14 years of age and over, to assist seniors who are visually impaired or blind. Working in pairs, the youth travel to the homes of seniors to visit, read, shop, run errands and/or escort them within the neighborhood. These friendly visits help to decrease the loneliness and isolation often experienced by homebound elders. Students may also be asked to assist with meal service where they escort, socialize and serve meals to the seniors at our community center, VISIONS' at Selis Manor, located at 135 W. 23rd Street in Manhattan. Students will also be participating in a variety of intergenerational activities, classes and training seminars.
Volunteer Title:  VISIONS' Volunteer Service Assistant (V.S.A.)
Days and Hours:  SCHOOL YEAR: Services are provided depending on the students' schedules
Applicants must be able to attend orientation/training.
Specific Duties:  Shop for or with clients, escort, reading, assist with computers, and "friendly visits." Plus, provide assistance with intergenerational programs, classes, meal service, and participate in trainings at our community center, VISIONS' at Selis Manor on West 23rd Street in NYC.
Program Incentives:  Students receive a letter of recommendation, community service hours, a certificate upon completion of program, end of semester party and giveaways. 
Requirements/Process:  Must be 14 and over. Must be punctual, reliable, mature, and have good reading and verbal communication skills. Must be able and willing to travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Must submit via fax or email (.doc format) a completed application for consideration.
For further information and/or an application contact:
Jose Gil, Senior Center Program Associate
VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 
135 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
(646) 486-4444 Ext.233
This program is made possible by NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)
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 
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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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