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Issue 1
September 9, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Welcome back everyone! And a very warm welcome to all new families--it was a pleasure to meet some of you during orientation. Even though it's hard to believe those long, carefree days of summer have come and gone, we're very excited to have you all join us for a great academic year.

For the uninitiated, you'll soon get used to hearing from us regularly--through our weekly Sunday Night News and other mailers during the week. We'll introduce you to ways to navigate the LaGuardia resources such as Naviance (more on this later), remind you of important deadlines and when and where to buy tickets to the many fabulous performances and art show openings. We also host monthly PA and Studio meetings and an Academic Forum to share even more news you can use. If you know of any newcomers who may not have signed up to join our mailing list, please encourage them to do so by clicking here. We don't want any one to miss out!

We're an enthusiastic and dedicated community that's commited to making sure LaGuardia remains an incredible and unique haven for our artists and scholars. And guess what? We need you to help! There are lots of ways to get involved with the Parents Association. We'll be sharing these volunteer opportunities with you at our first meeting on September 25 at 6:00 p.m., with the Studio meetings following at 7:00 p.m. To get a jump start, you can email us if you're interested in the job opportunities described in our "Help Wanted" section below, or sign up here: www.laguardiahspa.org/volunteer. We'd like to give a special shout out to freshman parents who heeded our summertime call for volunteers. Please keep up the enthusiasm and bring along a few friends.

Here are some things to look for in our Sunday Night News in the following weeks:
  • Fundraising: How to help us raise money 24 hours a day 7 days a week (we're not shy about raising $$ and you shouldn't be either!)
  • A "College Corner" for seniors and juniors.
  • A "Wellness Corner" for ways our teens can keep mind and body healthy
  • Extracurricular Opportunities for our teens and much more. You'll also find some more useful information, plus news about one of our alums by scrolling down.
We're open to parent ideas for continuing to make LaGuardia the best, most inclusive, most supportive school community in NYC. Please always feel free to contact us if you have any ideas to share to advance this goal. 
Here's to another wonderful school year! 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 10 & 11: No School  (Rosh H ashanah)

Sep 14: College Info Night for Seniors, 6:30 p.m. 

Sep 19: No School (Yom Kippur)

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

Sep 24: Academic Forum, 6:00 pm

Sep 25:  PA Meetings: General 6:00 pm, Studios 7:00 pm

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) (Gym)  4:30 pm

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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Click here  to view the DOE 2018-2019 School Calendar.
Parent Involvement is Crucial

HELP WANTED!

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.
FUNDRAISING

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:
CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINK BELOW WHEN YOU DO YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING!
(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 laghspa@gmail.com

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
DONATE TO TEACHER PROJECTS
DonorsChoose

Let's Help LaGuardia teachers
Start the Year Right!

1 Science Project -- 3 DAYS LEFT! 
1 NEW Visual Arts Project,
1 NEW Psychology Project
1 NEW Spanish Project
1 NEW Chemistry Project
1 AP World Project
Act NOW!
   

3 Donors So far! 
$1,149 needed, 
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!
Mr. Hold's students need help with writing
Living Environment teacher Mr. Hold  has an excellent opportunity for professional development to make a writing-first science classro
om! This project is a three-day professional development designed to immediately incorporate rigorous writing in the Living Environment classroom. Mr. Hold will also share what he learns across the science department. The Hochman method is revolutionizing how teachers structure writing teaching to improve students' writing and reading skills. Information on the Hochman method can be found here Please donate here by 9/12:  bit.ly/lagmrhold5


NEW PROJECTS!

1 Donor So far! $357 needed!
Ms. Wittels Needs Sewing Machines for Visual Arts / Fashion Students
Visual Arts Teacher Ms. Wittels needs 2 sewing machines so her students can create fashion objects, and alter and repair clothing. Help students learning how to design artwork for the human body make their ideas come to life!
Please donate here:  bit.ly/lagwittels


12 Donors So far! $694 still needed!
Ms. McGoey Needs Hands-on materials for AP Psychology
Help AP Psychology teacher Ms. McGoey's Students Get Psyched! Many take AP Psychology in order to better understand themselves and others around them. The materials requested will give them specially designed hands-on activities that will make the psychological theories come to life and create memorable experiences that will be easy to recall when they take their College Boards.
Please donate here: bit.ly/lagmcgoey3


2 Donors So far, $2,289 still needed!
Ms. Shern's Spanish Classes need a MacBook Pro 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: bit.ly/lagshern


Be the first  to donate! $1,146 needed!
Mr. Rahman Needs Supplies for Chemistry
Mr. Rahman's Chemistry lab needs a printer, easel pads, dry erase markers, and lab bench cleaning supplies so his students can print out their projects, present their class assignments as a group, and keep their work stations professional and sanitized all year long. These basic supplies to help create an engaging classroom environment.
Please donate any amount:   bit.ly/lagrahman3

19 Donors So far, $1,297 still needed!
Mr. Kingham's class needs a MacBook Pro 
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:  bit.ly/lagkingham2

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!


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. bit.ly/dcmatch
COLLEGE CORNER
COMMON APP COLLEGE ESSAYS

Parents of Seniors: As your children are filling out their college apps, have them read this article in the The New York Times: A strong essay might mean the difference between getting accepted -- or rejected -- by the school of your choice.  Read More.

The 2018-2019 Essay Prompts are available  here.



CALCULATING COLLEGE EXPENSES

As your child embarks on the  college application (and hopefully soon, acceptance) process, you can start planning your financial options and expense by using this college loan calculator. Click here.
EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
The American Museum of Natural History Has Some Unique Opportunities for Teens
 
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 11

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

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 
BONUS TRACK




LaGuardia Dance alumna Genessy Castillo (2016), is one of four dancers in the finals of 

Let's help her win the title!

Tune in tonight (Monday) at  8:00 p.m. on Fox 5 and see the season finale.   Read more
REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINK BELOW WHEN YOU SHOP!
(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.
Click HERE and do it today!
 

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Fill out all of the information needed and make sure you click the LaGuardia Families list and your student's studio list. Fill out all of the information requested for LaGuardia Families (put in the studio and graduation year of the student or you will NOT get emails from your studio or for your student's specific year - for example, college news for seniors).
 
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