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Issue 1
September 8, 2019
Dear LaGuardia Families,

How were your student's first two days? For new students, it's a lot to adjust to all at once - a new commute, our eight-story building (9 with the Mezzanine!), class schedules, new friends.  For returning students, so happy to have you back!

We'd like to make sure you're aware of the LaGuardia resources that can help your family's transition to our community.

This coming Thursday and Friday, the LaGuardia faculty and staff are hosting Freshmen Info Nights to orient new parents about how the school works and how the academic year flows. Families with students in Music, Drama & Tech are scheduled for Thursday and students in Art & Dance are on Friday - both evenings are from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the LaG Library. 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. Stay tuned for the date of the first Academic Forum.

In addition to Sunday Night News (SNN), you'll also receive the School Life email from the LaG administration. This is full of links to useful updates about sports, events, guidance and more so definitely keep an eye out for it!
 
For newcomers to LaGuardia - we've all been there and are here to help guide you to find the information you need.  For families with seniors - scroll down to our College 101 section where you'll find  information about college applications, finances and general information on the college application process.  We've added a new General Community Information section with links to general information that we find interesting.  Interested in Extracurricular Activities or upcoming Arts-related Competitions?  We have that too!  Our goal is to make your student's time at LaGuardia as enjoyable and profitable as possible.

Senior Portraits are scheduled for Saturday, September 14th. Please scroll down for more information!
NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US?
If you didn't get a chance to ask your question at Orientation or have new questions, the Parents Association (PA) Representatives and Studio Representatives are always here to help!  Going forward, you can always find this information on the PA Website -   http://laguardiahspa.org

Also, LaGuardia, like any entity, has its own language, full of acronyms and abbreviations - if you'd like to know more - here's a full Glossary !
PA & STUDIO MEETINGS!
While online information is useful - there's nothing like "in-person" to really feel the vibe of our school.

Join us for the first PA meeting of the year!
Tuesday, September 17th

We have something special for our first meeting....  Come a half hour prior to the studio meetings and revel in new sounds of a musical interlude featuring a fresh in-house exciting pianist with LaG ensemble - in the Lobby before the studio meetings!

6:00 pm Studio Meetings - see below for locations
7:00 pm Welcome - Principal Vasconcelos, Interim Acting (IA)
7:40 pm General Meeting & Elections - Little Flower Theater (LFT)

Studio Meeting Locations
ART - 7th Floor Cafeteria
DANCE - Room 857
DRAMA - G25
MUSIC - Vocal and Instrumental - Room 457 
TECHNICAL THEATER - G15

Meetings are open to every parent and guardian of a LaGuardia student. At the first meeting we will hold elections for the two Freshman Rep spots - one on the Executive Board (EB) and the other on the School Leadership Team (SLT).   The Music Studio will hold an election for its one open spot for an  Instrumental Parent Co-Rep.  

Throw your hat in the ring!  It's a great way to get involved!

Studio merchandise will be available for sale at these meetings!


The Art's Studio's bag with the 2019-2020 logo will be available for free to families who contribute  the full amount of $250 to the Art Studio Appeal at the meeting.



The suggested annual donation to the Drama Department is $500, but truly, we appreciate and need support at all levels to support our students and studio. Anyone who donates $25 to the Drama Studio PA Appeal will receive a FREE scrunchy-up tote bag - an awesome black bag with the Fame Logo and the Drama Studio. 
We're looking forward to seeing & meeting you at the PA meeting!

Warm regards - 

Melissa Scott
Co-PA President
Elisabeth Rucell
Co-PA President
STAY CONNECTED:
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.
  • Monday, September 9th: Swim Team tryouts (see below)
  • Thursday, September 12th:  Freshman Info Night - Music & Theater (Drama & Tech) parents & guardians 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Library
  • Friday, September 13th: Freshman Info Night -  Art & Dance parents & guardians. 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Library 
  • Saturday, September 14th:  Senior Portraits at LaGuardia, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  6:00 PM Studio Meetings  | 7:00 PM - Welcome with Principal Vasconcelos  |  7:40 General PA Meeting & Elections
  • Wednesday, September 18thPFLAG, 4:15 - 6:15 PM, Library
  • Thursday, September 19thCollege Info & Financial Aid Night, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, September 24thSchool Leadership Team #1, 4:15 - 6:00 PM 
  • Thursday, September 26thPep Rally & perhaps more, stay tuned! 4:30 - 6:00 PM
  • Monday, September 30th & Tuesday, October 1st:  Rosh Hashanah - School closed
  • Monday, October 7th: Conference Day
  • Wednesday, October 9th: Yom Kippur - School Closed
  • Tuesday, October 15thSLT Meeting, 4:15 to 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15th: PA General Meeting, 6:00 PM | Studio Meetings, 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16th: Sr Class & Studios photo day in Central Park- Volunteer Chaperones will be needed - sign-up coming soon!

     
SUBSCRIBE TO THE CALENDAR!

Subscribe to the LaGuardia School Calendar . You can subscribe to the school calendar so that it automatically appears on your phone, device or computer calendar. For instructions, click here .

Click here  to view the DOE 2019-2020 School Calendar.
SENIOR PORTRAITS!

Senior Yearbook Portraits appointments have been set for this Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

If you cannot make your specific appointment time, but can still attend on Sa turday,  September 14, show up and the photographer will see you.  (It is recommended that you come as early as possible.)

If you cannot have your photograph taken on September 14, please email the company and make arrangements to have your photo taken at their studio.

There is a $5 sitting fee payable at the time you sit for the photo.

Seniors - login here to see your scheduled time.
The LAG PA APPEAL
Together, we can make it happen - our school is the sum of its parts - some big, some small, all needed and very much appreciated.



YES, IT IS ABOUT THE MONEY $$$
(and we do a lot of fundraising) but here are three great ways to contribute to LaGuardia without spending more than you already are!  Please share with your entire network of friends and family so that their purchases also support LaGuardia!

1. FAIRWAY

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




Do you shop at Amazon.com?  We certainly do and our Amazon purchases have contributed more to LaGuardia than we'd like to admit!  

AmazonSmile
 is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice.   All you need to do is first select LaGuardia as your designated AmazonSmile charity (here's how to do so) and then start your shopping at  smile.amazon.com . The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose from nearly one million public charitable organizations.  Though 0.5% is not a large donation and it isn't intended to replace your regular charitable activities, AmazonSmile is still a great way to take advantage of a service you're using anyways.

3. SCHOOLA

Get a Clean Closet and Earn Money for LaGuardia Arts!
T here'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!
 
Here's more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Here's a link to our volunteer sign-up page.  We're working on updating it, so please check back if it's not working now.
 

To volunteer for the following positions or if you would like more information about these roles before committing, please email us at presidents@laguardiahspa.org


Great (Urgent) Volunteer Opportunity for Student or Parent!
Rising Stars, the all school talent show, is looking for a student or parent volunteer who can design us a simple but beautiful website.  If you can help us, please email Lauren McGrail at  dramareps@laguardiahspa.com.  We will need the website created ASAP to get important audition information up soon. Be a part of the Rising Stars team - and get involved today!

Auction Committee Volunteers Needed!
Our Spring Auction is one of the school's biggest fund-raisers.  We need volunteers to lead the drive to solicit items/experiences for donations, organize the items for sale and spearhead the publicity.  Previous familiarity with Bidding for Good & Charity Buzz a plus.

Volunteer Coordinators Needed!
The volunteer coordinators post/email the school community about upcoming events where we need volunteers.  You can do this working from home!  

Constant Contact Archivists Needed!
We're an active group and send many emails - help our Constant Contact Guru, Sarah Miller to organize the system and archive past emails.  Also a "work from home at your computer wearing PJs" type of role!  

LaGuardia Historian Needed!
Research and share "Fun Facts" about our school, our alumi and our students. Work from home - ideal for someone who loves the arcane!

Graphic Designers Needed!
Share your graphic design skills with our community - we need help designing logos, banners, invitations and so much more... Work from home with occasional meetings

Hospitality Volunteers Needed!
Join us at school events, setup to sell refreshments - a great way to feel the buzz at the school and meet many like-minded LaG supporters!
 
Gala, Sports & Events Photographers
Our students participate in so many events and deserve the camera trained on them!  Help preserve these moments from behind the camera.

Contact us to find out how you can help. Thank You In Advance!
LAG ALUMNI ARE EVERYWHERE!

We are constantly amazed by what LaG alumni are doing - in so many areas of the arts.  If you scroll down to the end of our weekly email, you'll find our NAMES IN LIGHTS section where we include stories about our grads.

Here's a special offer from a rather famous Alum that we wanted to share upfront!  Many were snapped up at Orientation - get yours at the first PA Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th!


Studio merchandise will be for sale from 6:00 - 7:00 PM in the individual Studio meetings. Cash and credit cards accepted.
SPORTS

GIRLS VARSITY SWIM TEAM TRYOUT DETAILS
Former team members & new recruits!
Come out and cheer for the team - here's the schedule!

2019-2020 Swim Tryouts - Reminders
All former members must tryout for the team for the upcoming season. We are looking for team members who are strong swimmers and are committed to attending practices and meets!

We have an additional tryout date due to increased interest!
You will need a lock, swim cap, swimsuit, towel, goggles, flip-flops, water bottle & snacks

Dates: Monday, Sept. 9th AND Tuesday, Sept. 10th
Time: Meet at 4:15 p.m. in front of Room 315. Students will travel to Seahorse Fitness together

Location is Seahorse Fitness, 69 Columbia Street @ Rivington Street, NYC

Please bring with your signed PSAL Medical and Parental Consent forms.
No exceptions can be made!  Forms are available here for download


INTERESTED IN A BOYS SWIM TEAM ????
A number of parents have expressed interest in starting a LaGuardia Boys Swim Team.  If your son would be interested, please 
email Pam Kirkbride, PA Sports Coordinator.
 

SOCCER SEASON STARTS OFF STRONG!

LaGuardia Girls Varsity soccer shut out Lab Museum at Riverside Park 8-0!   Two goals each by Alex von Schmelingand and Audrey Kotkin were complemented by two assists by Tali Berk, who also scored a goal. Emma Froelich, Francesca Rutherford and Nina Howland added goals as well and keeper Mikela King-Cesare preserved the shutout with six saves. Well done!  Support our team at an upcoming game  - here's the schedule!

Photos courtesy of Gary Cohen, team parent


Meanwhile out on Randall's Island, Boys Varsity Soccer  beat Murry Bergtraum 7-1, led by Jordan Nass-deMause's hat trick. Theodore Bushara contributed two goals and Graham Ferguson and Jared Dougall chipped in a goal apiece and Roan Cassidy impressed with three assists. Go team!


Check out the videos of these goooooaaaaaaals!

Teddy Bushara's second goal!

Jordan Nass-deMause's third goal!
And here's the schedule of when you can catch one of the Boys Varsity games!



GIRLS BOWLING
For information on the team, please contact Coach Jesse Lardner, jlardner@schools.nyc.gov or stop by at a competition and watch the balls fly!


GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
For information on the team, please contact Coach  Arthur Sterenbuch,  ASteren@schools.nycgov
Here's the calendar of upcoming games
NETWORKING | MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES!

We are building a list of alumni who are interested in providing informal guidance or mentoring to current LaGuardia students. 
This is a great opportunity to connect with people who are in your area of interest or talent.   Many thanks to alumna Tali Natter ('19) for initiating this amazing resource!
 
Students or Alumni parents who are interested in making connections, please email  lagmentors@gmail.com  with your:
* Major (or Area of  Expertise)
* Graduation year
* Best contact information to reach you
 
We will be using the list to help make the introductions, starting this academic year.

INTERNSHIPS | JOBS | INTERESTING OPPORTUNITIES!
Every week during the school year we add to our list of amazing opportunities  for your students - arts courses, STEM, portfolio building, community service opportunities - summer, year-round - there's truly something for everyone!  We'll highlight the new ones here and then migrate them to the full list on our website.


The All City SLAM team is an out-of-school performing arts project. High school students from all over New York City meet to practice and perform Moth stories every Saturday for 8 weeks. The program ends with a performance for friends, family and fans.

For eligibility & information on how to apply, please visit The Moth website





YoungArts' signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15-18 or in grades 10-12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation's leading cultural institutions.

Application Deadline: October 11, 2019

 
WHY APPLY
  • 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, 2019, are eligible. 

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.
UNUSUAL OPPORTUNITIES!
 
Torus
Use Torus to find the perfect program for your student. Explore your interests, build your community outside of school and get ahead with after school and summer programs in your area.  https://torusteens.com

Joan Mitchell Foundation: NYC Youth Art Program Directory
Browse this comprehensive directory for a wide-variety of programs in the arts - if it's in one of the five boroughs, most likely you'll find it here!


... to find these and many more, you can visit  their new home on the PA website!  
 
GENERAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION
In this section we provide links to information that may be of interest to parents and guardians of teens and high school students.





Climate Strike September 20th
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future.  Additional information is available here.

New Weekly Radio Show - Talk Out of School!
Tune in to a new weekly radio show on WBAI, called Talk out of School, with Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, co-hosted by Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters. The first show will be aired on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 10 AM to 11 AM, with guests to be announced soon. Every show will explore the most pressing issues that face our public schools whether at the city, state or national levels. Listeners are invited to call in with their questions or concerns. Please join us this Wednesday at 99.5 FM or online at wbai.org. Call in number: (212) 209-2877. 


FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS & COLLEGE FAIRS



Colleges Visiting LaGuardia - Week of September 9th
Seniors - get ready - it's starting to get real!  14 colleges will be visiting LaGuardia this coming week!  Look out for an email or ask your guidance counselor for more information!

How to Predict the Bottom-Line Cost of College and Make a Plan to Pay - sponsored by Park Slope Parents
This is a deep dive into financial aid and paying for college with Bill Smith, a user-friendly expert who knows the territory inside and out.  
  Understanding financial aid early will help you and your child make informed decisions and good choices for adding colleges to the list.
 
In this talk, you'll learn the following:
  • How to identify your child's need and merit profile and match that with college awarding policies so you can identify affordable colleges.
  • How much will you pay for a college degree: estimating the 4-year bottom line.
  • How can you estimate how much college debt you'll need?
  • How can you decide if college debt is reasonable and affordable?
  • What information will the financial aid forms ask for?
  • Take the mystery out of predicting college costs, especially if you are in the middle-class squeeze.
When:   Tuesday, September 24th
Time:     7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where:  826/Superhero Supply Company, 472 5th Avenue between 5th & 6th Streets
Cost:     $20.00 for members/ $25.00 for non-members - Sorry, there are no refunds
RSVP:    bit.ly/PSPPayForCollege_Sept24

NYC STEM College and Career Fair - FREE
Giving College-Bound Students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics the opportunity to interact with Admission Representatives from a wide-range of Postsecondary Institutions to explore the college admissions process; and connect with Industry Partners to learn about STEM Careers and internships. Plan to Attend one of these FREE Fairs Today!
 
 
FREE ACT/SAT TESTS WITH PRAXIS TUTORS
Praxis Tutors is offering FREE ACT/SAT diagnostic tests at LIU in Brooklyn.  Email us at  info@praxistutors.com with questions or click here to register.

COMMON APP COLLEGE
For families with current juniors, click here to view the Common Application 2019-2020 Essay Prompts.

COLLEGE ESSAYS
Sign-up for Story2 to receive free help on your shaping your college essay into stories that convey character and purpose.

DonorsChoose

$412,488 has benefitted LaGuardia students so far! 

While the LaGuardia Community has made most of these contributions, many have been made by corporate donors, foundations (via matching grants) and unaffiliated individuals inspired by our teachers. When a project is close to being fully funded you will notice individuals from across the country pitching in to finish the project


Help give Mrs. Lytle's students simulated blood typing materials that will allow them to complete a hands-on laboratory experiment about human blood typing.
 
Help give Mrs. Lytle's students the chance to mix, blend and watch chemicals bubble with properties of matter chemistry kits!
 
Help give Ms. Harisiadis' students books for their short story book group unit.

Help give Mr. Rahman's students classroom supplies such as napkins and disinfecting wipes to protect them from various diseases. They need pens, pencils, label makers, and magnets along with other classroom supplies. The magnets will be used to represent protons, electrons, and neutrons.

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.
DonorsChoose donations are eligible for most employers' matching gift programs. bit.ly/dcmatch

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.
PA MEETING DATES

Additional Meeting dates for the 2019-2020 School Year will be announced once our schedule is finalized.
  • Tuesday, September 17th:  6PM Studio Meetings | 7PM  Meet & Greet Principal Vasconcelos  7:40 PA General Meeting & Elections
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  4:15 SLT Meeting 
  • Tuesday, October 15th:  6PM General Meeting  | 7PM Studio Meetings  
 

Read about what our LaGuardia graduates are doing...
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