Issue 30
April 15, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,
We hope you were lucky enough to hear the Symphonic Band & New Music Ensemble Concert on Friday evening. Not only do we enjoy seeing and hearing the work that our talented students create, but it's absolutely heartwarming to watch how their peers enthusiastically come out to support each other at these events. Bravo to the performers, the crew and their dedicated teachers for a wonderful show.

We have some important reminders for the week:

Parents of freshmen and seniors, please make sure you download, sign and return the permission slips for the field trips on April 24 during PSAT and SAT test day. The school needs these no later than this Tuesday, April 17. Please remember, the permission slip must be for this rescheduled date, as the previous one is void.  The freshmen are visiting the American Museum of Natural History and the seniors will travel to the World Trade Center Observatory. You can download it and read further instructions on pages 12 and 13 of the La! Weekly Bulletin 

And again, we need chaperones for these field trips, so please keep an eye out for our volunteer spot mailers from volunteer coordinator Kat Ramirez and sign up to help if you can -- or click here .

In case you've missed the breaking news this week, Dr. Mars has shared information with us about random unannounced scanning with mobile metal detectors at NYC public schools. We've included her note, as well as links to the DOE regulations, which you'll find by scrolling down. 

The countdown begins for the opening day of our annual Online Auction. We have extended the donations deadline to May 3 -- but that is still just over two weeks away! We're excited by all the great donations that have been coming in, so keep up the good work! Once again, if anyone has access to theater, ballet, concert, opera and sports tickets please email us at If each family could donate at least one item, it would be an amazing support for all studios and academics. Any ideas-spas, restaurants, fitness classes, art supplies, unique experiences, studio tours, music and dance classes... be creative -- anything goes! You can go to our auction web page for a copy of our donation form and a list of ideas for donations. We need your support to make this a successful auction to support our amazing children. Thanks to all for helping and any questions or suggestions please email Heather MacAllister, Auction Committee, at

Not a week can go by without some great show going on at school.
The Music department has been incredibly busy this season preparing for a rapid fire succession of events. The Show Choir Concert is this Tuesday, April 17-and we can guarantee it's going to be fabulous. Tickets are no longer available online but you can purchase them at the box office prior to the performance.

And this Friday, April 20, you can get a double dose of culture-the
Senior Art Show #4: Scrutiny opens with a reception from 4:00-7:00 p.m., followed by the Spring Gospel Concert at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets here. And while you're visiting the ticket site, make sure to book your seats for SDF #2 August: Osage County and Spring Musicale #1.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

Upcoming Events

April 17:  Show Choir Concert , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall

April 18: New Student Orientation (Last names A-K), 5:30 p.m.
April 19: New Student Orientation (Last names L-Z), 5:30 p.m.
April 20:  Senior Art Show #4: Scrutiny Opening . 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
April 20: Spring Gospel Concert , 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
April 23: Spring Musicale #1 , 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

April 24: PSAT and SAT Testing Day; Field Trip Day. Permission slips required for field trips; due April 17. Check the Weekly Bulletin for forms.
April 26-28:  SDF #2, August: Osage County , 7:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Note early curtain time.
April 29: SDF #2 August: Osage County , 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

May 1: National College Decision Day. Make us proud, Seniors, by wearing your new school logos!

May 1: Spring Musicale #2, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

May 2: Spring Musicale #3, 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

May 16: Academic Forum meeting, 6:00 p.m.


For a printable list of upcoming important Parents Association and Academic Forum meetings, click here .
For more information, check the LaGuardia School Calendar, the PA Calendar, and this printable Performance and Exhibition Calendar.

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!

As you may know, all NYCDOE schools are subject to random unannounced scanning procedures.

What is random unannounced scanning?
A school is selected for scanning and scanning equipment is brought to the school for the day. This is a mobile operation conducted by NYPD School Safety Division Support/Special Services personnel and is implemented based on a random selection.  Any school that does not have full time scanning may be subject to unannounced scanning.  NB: We will not be notified if or when random scanning will occur. 


Since the late 1980's, metal detectors have been used in New York City public schools in order to maintain a safe and secure school environment and prevent weapons from being brought into the schools.  When weapons are found, schools must implement appropriate follow up measures to reduce the chance of recurrence.

In accordance with established procedures and protocols, including Chancellor's Regulation A-432 on Search and Seizure, all students and visitors entering a school facility where scanning takes place are subject to scanning. NYPD personnel who conduct the scanning are trained to respect students' rights and to ensure that scanning occurs in the least intrusive and most respectful manner possible.

Since we are not a scanned school, please be aware that LaGuardia is subject to random unannounced scanning.
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts' no-holds-barred play won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

(NOTE: This play is not suitable for young children due to strong language and mature subject matter.)

46 Projects Funded So
Far This School Year
2 This Past Week!
In just the past week, 2 LaGuardia DonorsChoose projects were funded! Ms. O'Keefe got a new touchscreen HP Probook for her Living Environment/Bio classroom and Ms. Contreras got Yoga exercise straps for her classes.

Our teachers greatly appreciate parents' support for their classrooms. Two teachers have posted brand-new projects, and two projects are close to complete. THANK YOU!

3 Science Projects
1 Italian/Spanish project to Go
2 Matching Grants!

Help Mr. Lonegan's Students See the Light!
Mr. Lonegan's Chemistry and AP Chemistry students need spectrophotometers to perform new lab activities including Concentration Determination through Beer's Law as well as Rate Law Determination of the Crystal Violet Reaction. The project is in pre-funding and we expect it to receive the Verizon 50%-off match when it is officially live. This is Mr. Longegan's 1st DonorsChoose project.
Donate now to jumpstart this project:

A new MacBook Pro for Ms. Laricchia's Classroom
Each year, Ms. Laricchia's students engage in a culminating project creating their own videos of how to make tiramisu or insalata Caprese in Italian class and guacamole in Spanish class. A new Macbook Pro will allow students to bring their creativity to the Italian/Spanish classroom: they will be able to edit video projects, write and recite poetry on Google Voice, and listen to and sing songs.
Please donate here:
Mr. Hold's Bio Project Is 72% Funded by 12 Donors!
Mr. Hold's Living Environment/Bio students need a Gel Electrophoresis lab to help them understand biodiversity and how scientists measure it.  Only 28% to go!
Please donate :

Only 30% to go!
A Document Camera for Ms. Barile's Classroom
Donations are being doubled by Verizon to Ms. Barile's request for a document camera for her Living Environment/Bio classroom.  Only $337 needed!
To donate:


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.
College Corner


When: Sunday, 22 April 2018, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Manhattan

Representatives from more than 350 two-year and four-year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the New York National College Fair which will be held on Sunday, April 22 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Officers and enlisted personnel from the various branches of the military services will also be on hand to discuss the military's enlistment and education programs such as R.O.T.C., the military academies and the GI Bill.
The College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), is a timesaving opportunity for students and parents to gather a lot of information in one day. College admissions representatives will be on hand to answer key questions ranging from acceptance policies to student-faculty ratio.
In addition to asking questions, students and parents will be able to set up college interviews, pick up literature and learn about the various financial aid programs available.
The American Museum of Natural History is offering a series of information sessions and workshops focused on making informed choices about preparing for, applying to and paying for college, and learning to manage your own money in the process. Online pre-registration is requested, and links to register will be available approximately one month before each information session.

We're entering the home stretch for AP students, and as exam dates are approaching, we know that many students are clamoring for additional review resources to help support their studies.
Kaplan can help with a suite of all new study books, designed to help students study efficiently and effectively. Their study books were designed with the feedback of AP teachers across the country and the great news is that they have Kindle editions for AP World History, US History, Calculus AB, and Biology available for free on Amazon from now until the test dates!  

Students can download the free books at the following links:
Students can also enter to win a print copy of any of these books through Kaplan's Free Book Friday sweepstakes.
Students can enter the contest at Winners are selected on Friday, March 23rd, and Friday March 30th!

To see a full list of Kaplan's AP review resources, please visit

Questions: Contact
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 in a bag earlier click the link  and get a new one!
For more information about the  LaGuardia PA Schoola program,  click here

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.
(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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Wednesday, May 23rd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Monday, June 4th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General (ELECTIONS)