Issue 4
September 30, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We're beyond thrilled that so many of you could join us at the PA meeting last week.  It was wonderful to meet new and familiar faces, hear your questions, and feel the positive energy and excitement about the open Executive Board and the School Leadership Team (SLT) positions. 

Congratulations and WELCOME to the new members of the PA Executive Board Leslie Easton (Freshman Rep for the Executive Board); David Ross (Secretary); Andrea Frechtman (Assistant Secretary); and to the new member of the School Leadership Team, Claudia Wernick (Freshman Rep for SLT).
A special thanks to all of the candidates . Your enthusiasm and energy are infectious and there are many ways to put it to good use - and that goes for all of you, too, readers! There is no shortage of ways to help our school community apart from the elected positions. We are building committees for hospitality, fundraising, communications, mental health and wellness to name a few. Please think of where YOU can pitch in and read on for details. LaGuardia also has a plethora of performances and events, all of which need plenty of volunteers. We have fundraising opportunities and other creative ways to contribute to the community. To get involved please email us, or sign up at We have some specific and immediate positions that need to be filled. P lease scroll down for more information.
We are launching our All School Appeal and are looking for parents to join the fundraising committee.  Funding from the LaGuardia PA helps to minimize the impact on our children's education.  Please donate to the All School Appeal and to your Studio to help bridge the budgetary gaps. 
One more important announcement from our recent meeting: a retainer was found Tuesday evening in the 5th floor cafeteria. It's now in the Lost and Found (Room 229).
Senior Parents: It's time to schedule your child's graduation portrait for the yearbook. Details on how to do so can be found in the latest Weekly Bulletin on page 14. Also, the senior class photo in front of Central Park's Bethesda Fountain, a time-honored LaGuardia tradition, will be taken on October 10 . All seniors will need to turn in the signed permission slipby TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2nd at noon, in order to attend.

While the seniors are away for a few hours that day, underclassmen will be taking the PSAT at school. Details and instructions for the October 10 test will be forthcoming so stay tuned and make sure to read the Weekly Bulletin.


AP Exam Fees are dueSee the Weekly Bulletin, page 12.

The Young Arts Competition deadline is October 12.
Auditions for Rising Stars, the all school student talent show, and the Black Students Cabaret are 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:
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 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.

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

For a comprehensive list, check the   LaGuardia School Calendar .

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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.

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.

  • 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:
Make a contribution to our LaGuardia PA All-School Appeal and make an individual Studio Donation. Donating to both the All-School Appeal and your Studio is crucially important! We know that not every family can make the $500 per student suggested All-School Appeal contribution, but it is vital that every family contribute something. Our goal is 100% participation and whatever you give will be deeply appreciated.
Go to:

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:
  • 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:
Parent Involvement is Crucial


We are ALWAYS looking for volunteers!

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

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

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 Kingham's Project!

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

Be the FIRST to DONATE! 
$522 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:

Be the FIRST to DONATE! 
$851 needed
Mr. Felber needs Photography supplies
Help Mr. Felber's Photography Student s  learn the art of black & white 35mm darkroom development. Darkroom paper and 35mm film are necessary for learning the skills of analog photography, first developed in the 19th century. Help them keep this art alive!  
Please donate here:

Be the FIRST to support this project! $851 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:

Be the FIRST to DONATE!  $579 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:

1 Donor so far, 
$1,977 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:

2 Donors so far, $1,127 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:

1 Donor so far, $3,776 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:

2 Donor So Far! $917 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:

2 Donors So Far! $1,933 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.

Manhattan parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists are invited to our annual UFT Manhattan parent conference, October 27th from 8 am - 4 pm. Registration for the UFT Manhattan Parent Conference is open, and this year's conference features an extra emphasis on diversity and inclusion, with workshops formed and offered with those two very important themes in mind. We want to insure that the parents of Manhattan HS's have the opportunity to register for and be well represented at this year's conference! It is a continued focus of the UFT and this team to increase the participation in these conference's and training workshops! The MPC is a great place to get a wealth of excellent information that helps build capacity.

This year's conference features 15 workshops being offered in 2 sessions, morning and afternoon, on everything from Special Education 101: Understanding The IEP, to Grant Writing, to Financing College and more. Also featured is CPR training, an Immigration Advocacy event, and a Child Support Clinic. Continental breakfast and hot lunch will be served, plus raffles and giveaways, entertainment and more.

Click here for printable flyer.
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.

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:
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. Read more...
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.
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.
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers, along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.  For more information on the awards program, click here.

Do you love playing video games? Have you ever thought about creating one of your own? Now you can! Come learn how to design a video game and meet other teen video game enthusiasts in the NYC area. Then, show off your game to friends and family Sunday evening, 4-5 pm.

Workshop participants will also learn how they can submit original work to the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.
Register HERESpace is limited. For more information, please contact the NYC Scholastic Awards.
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.  

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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