The Cast and Crew of August: Osage County  
Issue 32
April 29, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Excuse us for a second while we pick up our jaws from off the floor, which had dropped in amazement Thursday evening and stayed that way all weekend. 

It all started at the opening performance of the SDF #2: August: Osage County. As soon as we settled in our seats, we were awed by the stunning stage design---a three-story metal-framed building, complete with sets of stairs, incredibly detailed and furnished rooms and windows that were back-lit with outdoor scenery. And when the actors took to the stage, they completely captivated us with their portrayal of a deeply complicated family. During every second of this four-performance run, which concluded on Sunday evening, we marveled at how these were teenagers performing so convincingly as middle-aged adults. A standing ovation for the tech crew, the actors, and their very dedicated and talented teachers! We have included some photos below.

Since our mouths were already agape, they fell even further Friday evening as we sat in the Concert Hall and listened to the magnificent musicians performing in the Concerto Concert. The featured soloists, Andrew Chen, piano; Brian Isaacs, viola; Maggie Ma, piano; and Giorgio Poma, cello; were the winners of the Concerto Competition and played alongside the fabulous LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra. Again, we had to pinch ourselves. These were teenagers beautifully performing pieces by Bernstein and Tchaikovsky, not the Boston Pops! Let's give another standing ovation for the musicians and their talented conductor! 

We also want to congratulate the sophomores and juniors who were inducted into the National Honors Society last week. These students maintained a 95 average in their science classes in addition to having a 90 cumulative average. They deserve a round of applause! Please scroll down for a few photos.

Parents of Seniors: Please note that the deadline for turning in the Senior Prom contract and the $225 fee is May 8. The prices go up to $235 after May 8, while tickets last. You can download the prom contract here or refer to page 28 of this week's La! Weekly Bulletin. Payments must be by cash, money order or cashier's check. Personal checks will not be accepted.

Since we're heading into the final push of school events, make sure to regularly check the school web site and read the La! Weekly Bulletin--lots of information will be forthcoming about senior activities and graduation, and you'll want to be on top of it. We'll make sure to remind you of these, too!

Our annual online auction opens next Wednesday, May 7th. Check out this link to preview some of the many items that will be offered. We'll add new items each day, so check back often!

We're also still accepting auction item donations, so please keep them coming in. Click here for the donation formThe last day to submit donations is May 3. Please contact Heather MacAllister for any suggestions or donations at You can go to our auction web page for more information .

Also, thanks to all who helped fund our recent DonorsChoose projects! We still have some more great ones that need supporting. Please make sure to scroll down to check them out and consider making a donation.

And don't forget, we still have more great, great shows coming up! The Music Department's Spring Musicales #2 and #3 are this Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets will be sold in the lobby before the performances. Tickets will soon be available for SDF #3: A Little Night Music. Stay tuned!

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

P.S.  Read to the end!
The LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra
Upcoming Events

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

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 8: Senior Prom Contract and fee due.  Click here for details.

May 11: Senior Art Show #5 .

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

May 23: (Wednesday)  PA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 
Studio Meetings, 7:00 p.m. Note that this is later in the month than is typical.

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!

42% to Go!
Italian/Spanish Project
for Ms. Laricchia's Classes
HURRAY! Two more DonorsChoose projects were funded last week! Mr. Hold's $1,708 project for a Gel Electrophoresis lab was completed and a single donor generously funded Ms. Contreras' request for Yoga blocks.

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

In 2017-2018, we've funded more DonorsChoose projects than ever before! 

50 projects Funded
This Year!

Project to Benefit Italian and Spanish Classes
A MacBook Pro for Ms. Laricchia's Classroom
Ms. Laricchia's students engage in a final project, creating their own instructional videos on how to make tiramisu or insalata Caprese (Italian class) and guacamole (Spanish class). 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! This project is 58% funded by 7 donors so far.
Please donate so this year's students can produce their final projects:


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.
Congrats to the 2018 LaGuardia Arts
Science Honors Society Inductees!
College Corner

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

Seniors who are attending the prom, please print out and submit this Prom Contract by May 8th to avoid late fees.
THIS IS A NEW FORM that was just issued this week, and it stipulates requirements for payment procedures (No personal checks!).
Bonus Tracks

Members of the LaGuardia Lions Baseball team head uptown to take on the Graphics Campus varsity team.

We were so awestruck by the amazing performances and set for
August: Osage County (SDF #2) that we are ending with a series of production shots. Tracy Letts' Pulitzer prize-winning play is challenging material -- and the Drama senior actors -- both casts -- pulled it off with flying colors. The three-story set was constructed largely of welded steel, a masterpiece of construction by our Technical Theatre Studio students as well as Drama Studio volunteers. This production was a wonderful collaboration between students of both studios.

Congratulations to all involved and many thanks to our professional designers and LaGuardia Drama and Tech faculty.

Compare the scenic designer's original set model... the set that our students built:
Now add lighting, costumes and our amazing LaGuardia Senior Actors!  Audiences were spellbound.
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)