Issue 31
April 22, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

We love starting off our weekend by seeing great shows, like we did on Friday night at the opening reception for the Senior Art Show #4:
Scrutiny and then getting to hear the powerful perfomances at the Spring Gospel Concert. Congrats to all, and also to the musicians and crew from the Show Choir Concert last Tuesday (which was so fun!).

Didn't get to catch those shows?  Don't fret, you have plenty of opportunities to see some others.  The Spring Musicale #1 is onstage in the Concert Hall this Monday night (4/23) at 6:00 p.m. The first of three in a series, the Musicales showcase the ensemble work of various classes. Tickets will be available for purchase in the lobby.  And don't miss the Concerto Concert this Friday, 4/27at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Get tickets here.

We're also really excited for the opening of the Spring Drama Festival SDF #2, August: Osage County this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the show begins at 7:00, not 7:30 as was listed in the La! Weekly Bulletin). This Pulitzer Prize-winning play brings us into the three-story home of the dysfunctional Weston family---where we'll be transfixed by their dark, deep and funny secrets. Buy tickets here.  (NOTE: Tickets for some performances have already been taken offline. There are still great seats available, so if you can't purchase tickets online, please come to the show and purchase tickets at the box office prior to the 7:00 pm curtain time.)

A final reminder that the PSAT and SAT test day for sophmores and juniors respectively is this Tuesday, April 24. The freshman and seniors leave campus for their field trips.  You can find details about this day on page 32 of this week's La! Weekly Bulletin

The countdown clock is ticking louder as the opening day of our annual online auction gets closer.  The last day to submit donations is
May 3.  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 ALL of our children. Thanks to all for helping and any questions or suggestions please email Heather MacAllister, Auction Committee, at .

Also, we have some great DonorsChoose projects that need funding. Please make sure to scroll down to check them out and consider making a donation.

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

P.S. LaGuardia is hosting a free Zumba class for parents on April 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Contact Parent Coordinator Allison Price for more information .  Also, we've got loads of fun reading material about our wonderful students and alums, which shall be your reward for reading all the way to the bottom of this edition, so please keep scrolling down!
Upcoming Events

Ongoing: Senior Art Show #4: Scrutiny. Gallery and 2nd Floor Showcases.

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 27: Concerto Concert, 7:30 p.m., Concert Hall.
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.

May 23: PA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Studio Meetings, 7:00 p.m.

May 28: Memorial Day. No School.


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.

Click here to view the new NYC DOE 2018-2019 School Calendar.

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

Tickets may no longer be available online for some performances, however you may purchase great seats at the box office before each show!

ALSO NOTE THAT THE WEEKLY BULLETIN (4/20) has listed the performance times incorrectly.

The correct times are:
  • Thursday 4/26 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday 4/27 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 4/28 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 4/29 at 5:00 p.m.

3 Current Projects:
1 Science,
1 Italian/Spanish,
1 PE/Yoga
HURRAY!  Two DonorsChoose projects were funded in the last 4 days! Mr. Lonegan's $1,254 project - spectrophotometers for Chemistry - was funded within days last week, with help from a grant from Ripple, a virtual currency company. Ms. Barile's $1,093 request for a new document camera for Living Environment/Bio got completed this weekend!

Our teachers greatly appreciate parents' support for their classrooms---your help is truly phenomenal!  THANK YOU!

48 projects Funded 
So Far
This School Year

Only 16% ($275) to Go for Mr. Hold's Bio Lab Project! 13 Donors So Far! Let's make it possible for students to conduct this lab this semester.
Mr. Hold's Living Environment/Bio students need a Gel Electrophoresis lab to help them understand biodiversity and how scientists measure it. In order for students to conduct this lab this semester, this project needs to be completed ASAP.  Only 16% to go!
Please donate :

A MacBook Pro for Ms. Laricchia's Classroom
Ms. Laricchia's students engage in a final project, creating their own videos of how to make tiramisu or insalata Caprese (Italian) and guacamole (Spanish). A new Macbook Pro will allow students to edit their video projects, write and recite poetry on Google Voice, and more. The classroom computer will be essential for semesters to come!
Please donate here:

Ms. Contreras has posted a new small request (only $334) for 25 Reehut Yoga blocks.
Please 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

Parents may benefit from reading this recent opinion piece in The New York Times about the college admissions process
Bonus Tracks

LaGuardia Students were featured in news coverage of the National School Walkout Commemorating the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting.

The Independent (UK) quoted LaG student  Jonathan Green who "boomed one of the central messages -- and threats -- of the demonstrators to the politicians in Washington and statehouses around the country where gun control legislation remains little more than an intangible concept.  "We're here to say: Now is the time," he said. "Your thoughts are not working and your inaction will not be tolerated anymore."

"Some of us will be able to vote in 2018," he said, to thunderous applause. "Most of us will be able to vote in 2020," he continued. "We will not forget."

Huffington Post images:

Students from Fiorello H. Laguardia High School walk out of their school.
Mike Segar / Reuters          

Mike Segar / Reuters  

Mike Segar / Reuters  

And in the NY Times:
LaGuardia High School students Nadia Tomasini, 17, left, and Neve Oren, 17, attended the rally, despite the education department's warning that students could face punishment. Credit Holly Pickett for The New York Times
19 Years After Columbine, Students Again Say 'Enough' on Gun Violence
La! Drama Students and Alums on Broadway

Check out this great article and amazing video all about our Drama students who performed on Broadway in the recent
Shubert Foundation High School Theater Festival!

And we were tickled beyond belief to see Michaela Diamond (Drama '15) featured in PLAYBILL for her upcoming Broadway role as Cher.

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)