42nd Street
This curtain will rise on Thursday night!
Issue 13
December 3, 2017
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Are you ready? We've got lots of news to share tonight. So get a cup of tea or coffee and settle in. To reward you for your efforts, we're including some special bonuses, so read all the way through!
First off, the Academic Forum would like to extend a hearty thank you to Dr. Mars, other members of the administration, and especially to Mr. Mannino, AP LOTE, Ms. Fleischer, AP Music, Ms. Faison, AP Drama and Technical Theater, and Ms. Mathesius, AP Dance, for participating in a well received and informative Academic Forum event last Wednesday evening.  Special thanks also to all of the parents who attended and contributed to the success of this event with their insightful questions.  Look out for a follow-up email on this presentation, Arts Endorsement on the Advanced Regents Diploma, in the next few weeks.
Please join us this Tuesday, December 5th for our General PA meeting at 6:00 p.m. followed by the studio meetings at 7:00 p.m.  We've got lots of important and exciting information to share.
And don't forget to arrive extra early for some holiday shopping!  The studios will be selling merchandise in the lobby from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., prior to the PA meetings.  This will give students a chance to purchase gifts, too. Think of all the proud grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who'd love a LaG studio T-shirt or sweatshirt!

The count down clock is ticking for your chance to buy two tickets to the sold-out Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 8! Our Bidding for Good auction closes this Tuesday, December 5. The tickets are in section 104, Row 11. Click here to bid

To get another dose of holiday cheer, or just to enjoy a really good show, get your tickets to the Gospel Chorus's annual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.  Get tickets here.

The Art Department has lots of great news to share this week. Rising Stars is including a visual art component this year.  The deadline for art submissions is December 15th; please note that submissions from all departments will be accepted. Go to 
www.LagRS.com  for details.
In other Art news, Heather O'Connell, Art Studio AP, has put together an impressive team of students to serve as art interns. They're assisting with a variety of programs, including LaG's first ever student curated art show, which was huge success (you can see for yourself by scrolling down). They're also publishing a new monthly newsletter called News 'N' Notes. Click here for a preview that ran in the recent La! Weekly Bulletin
Upcoming programs will include a lecture series and fundraiser. Kudos to the Ms. O'Connell for spearheading this and to congrats to the interns! 
We also want to congratulate our 24 students who won 25 (count 'em!) YoungArts Awards!  You can read more about this tremendous accomplishment in the La! Weekly Bulletin, or scroll down.
Congrats to the senior drama students on their One Act performances, which concluded Friday night. We're looking forward to seeing more of your work on stage this spring in the SDFs!
Finally! The moment we've been waiting for! 42nd Street opens Thursday night! Please don't miss seeing this show, because you'll be very sad indeed. A few tickets are still available: Get tickets here.

Don't forget to keep reading, because we still have great news to share!
We look forward to seeing you,
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents
P.S. The Art Studio needs parent volunteers to assist with the Semi-Annual Art Show,which will be held on Friday January 5, 2018 from 3:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. If interested, please contact artstudio@laguardiahspa.org.
Tees, Sweats and More!
School lobby, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Upcoming Events

December 5: HOLIDAY SALE of LaGuardia Merchandise -- School lobby, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

December 5:  General PA Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Studio Meetings,
7:00 p.m.
December 7: Annual All-School Musical 42nd Street opens.
7:30 p.m. Concert Hall. Click for tickets.
Performances: Thurs-Sat, Dec. 7-9 at 7:30, Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5:00,
Thurs-Sat, Dec. 14-16 at 7:30, Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:00.

December 11: PFLAG meeting, 4:30 p.m. Library (6 th floor). Natasha Jones, Director of Youth Leadership and Engagement at The Center (The LGBT Community Center) will be speaking

December 19: Gospel Chorus Presents: A Season of Celebration. 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
December 25-January 1: Winter Break. No School.

January 2: School Resumes.

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!
Here's your chance to win 2 tickets to the sold-out Jingle Ball!

Z100's Jingle Ball comes to Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2017! The star-studded lineup for the station's annual holiday concert includes:

Here's your chance to get two great seats!
BIDDING ENDS Dec 5 at 10:00 PM EST
Two tickets, Section 104, Row 11

YoungArts recognized 757 of the nation's most promising  young artists in the visual, literary, design and p erforming arts. The 2018 winners represent the top 10 percent of applications. LaGuardia students have excelled as Finalists, the organization's highest honor, Honorable Mention and Merit winners. This year's Finalists have the opportunity to participate in the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami January 7-14, 2018. For more information about the Young Arts program, click here.

We're pleased to be part of the  Fairway Community Partners program!

In addition to using your Fairway Community Partners Card when you check out at the store, you can now order the best of  Fairway online at shop.fairwaymarket.com and enter our  Promo Code:   LAGUA  during checkout.

3% or more of your online purchases will come back to support the school! Delivery of online orders is currently available in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but Fairway is working to extend this service to all their locations.

Just use your Community Partners card every time you shop at any Fairway Market and 3% of your total purchase will be donated to our school! It is that easy!

Community Partners cards will be available for distribution at each PA meeting. Make sure you get one! We can also send you a card via regular mail---just send your address to Jodi Green at  laghspa@gmail.com

For more information on the Fairway Community Partners program, click here.
Special Requests
For Science, Math & Learning
Skills Classrooms
Please consider a tax-deductible donation of any amount to any of 4 current LaGuardia teachers' requests on DonorsChoose. Thank you!

Mr. Mesiouris' Chemistry Classroom Needs a Tech Upgrade!
Chemistry teacher Mr. Mesiouris needs a new Dell  laptop to modernize instruction. 
Halfway Funded!!
Ms. Fischer's printer is  needed by both students and Math teachers. New toner cartridges are needed to keep the printer available for use.)
To donate, please click:  http://bit.ly/lagfischer1
15 Donors So Far!
Mr. Rahman's Chemistry students 
need laptops and a charging cart. 

17 Donors so Far!
Mr. Harkness teaches Learning Skills classes. Help his students stay on track with 12 new HP Chromebooks and a Luxor charging cart.
Click to donate: http://bit.ly/lagharkness1

Thank you for your support!

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
LaG Vocalists sing-along with Hamilton Cast Members at Cipriani's Gala

Last Tuesday, 30 Senior Vocalists performed with Sydney James Harcourt and Carleigh Bettiol (original cast members of  Hamilton ) at Cipriani's during a fundraising gala for American Friends of Rabin Medical Center. Led by Jana Ballard, the students prepared for weeks, arriving at school 40 minutes early to rehearse. They performed four numbers:  Satisfied Dear Theodosia ,
It's Quiet Uptown, and  The Room Where It Happens--- which brought down the house and garnered a standing ovation!

Check out this video of
Room Where it Happens
Meanwhile, in other parts of Gotham City, the LaGuardia Show Choir performed at Lincoln Center...
The LaGuardia Show Choir performed at the 18th Annual Winter's Eve at the Time Warner Center. Conducted by Carl Johnson and accompanied by Robert Rogers, the choir sang Christmas carols and other holiday songs for a joyful audience of all ages.  Check out this video of Need a Little Christmas!
If you missed the recent Student-Curated Art Show, you're in luck!

Here's a sample of what was on display this fall:

To view additional art show images, click here.

The Learning Gardens Training Program engages high school students in
five months of garden based learning , exploring topics including urban gardening, growing food and biodiversity . Students develop leadership skills, learn how to instruct younger students, and earn high school credit after completing 60 hours of instruction. Students who successfully complete the Training Program will have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship with City Parks Foundation. 

Learning Gardens
Who: High School Freshman, Sophomores & Juniors

When: February - June 2018
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

For more information on Learning Gardens High School training program contact mhara@cityparksfoundation.org or call (212)360-2744.

MoMA's Open Art Space: A Free Drop-In Program for LGBTQ Teens and their Allies
Open Art Space is a relaxed weekly drop-in program for LGBTQ high school students who are interested in thinking about, and making, art in a creative and welcoming environment. Open Art Space is facilitated by two artists but is shaped largely by your interests.
Free food, drinks, and MetroCards are provided each week. No previous art-making experience is necessary. All high school-age participants may attend.
Location: The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, 4 West 54 Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), Manhattan.

For details go to MoMA.org or contact teenprograms@moma.org or call (212) 333-1252 .
Swell Supporters:
The Barenholtz and Itzkowitch Families
The Kahn Family
Natasha Labovitz
Eugene M. Lang Foundation
Isaac Mizrahi
The Zahn/Simons Family
Grand Givers:
Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia High School
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Barbieri
The Family of Isabela Ferrer
The Kern Family
The Keingstein Family
Don Roy King
Dr. Gail E. Schupak, DMD Orthodontics
Kathia and Daniel Gamba
The Sperling Family
Kim and Rusty Thrasher
The Zwick-Schachter Family
Nifty Notables:
Jonathan and Ellen Coven
Simone Dinnerstein and Jeremy Greensmith
The Eschmann and Stefanick Families
Christine and John Gachot
Irene Glazer
Hanne Larsen
The Muench Family
Katharyn Pinder
The Semmens Family
Alumni & Friends  Mini-Grants 
for Clubs and Faculty-Led Projects
Apply for extracurricular activity
grants of up to $500!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 3pm

Submit Signed Applications to the A&F Office, Room 853

Alumni & Friends (A&F) is pleased to announce the opportunity for LaGuardia students, faculty, and staff to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant. A&F Mini-Grants provide up to $500 for special extracurricular student activities or faculty led extracurricular projects. Funding is limited and decided by the A&F Grants Committee. 

Requests for support must provide detailed information about how the funds will be used AND meet the following criteria:
  • Clubs must have a faculty advisor, and the designated faculty advisor must be present at all club meetings and events
  • Funding is for activities or projects that are not funded by the DOE
  • Mini-Grants do not fund sports teams or food and beverages
  • Benefit eight or more students
For more information and to apply for an A&F Mini-Grant, go to alumniandfriends.org/mini-grants.
Also from Alumni & Friends:


Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is pleased to announce an amazing scholarship opportunity for junior and senior female architecture students!  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
Applications must be received by February 1st, 2018.


for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Are you considering a program next summer to further your talent in your studio?  A&F may be able to help you with a scholarship!

All families (freshman through senior) are encouraged to read the  Guidance Winter To-Do List.

Junior and Senior Families: Here's a list of important college planning events from the Guidance Department:
December 19 :  JUNIORS: All About Me survey opens via Naviance.
March 1: College Planning Night for Juniors III.  6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
Week of March 5 : College Kick-Off Week for Juniors! Various locations.
March 28: College and Conservatory Fair at LaGuardia. 6:00 p.m.

Seniors! This is a critical time in your application process and there's lots of information to keep track off.  Click to read these important reminders from the Guidance Department

Senior and Junior Parents , to learn more about Naviance and how your child should be utilizing it right now, refer to this issue of the  Weekly Bulletin , on page 13.  If you have not signed up, you will be at a major disadvantage in terms of getting updates, newsletters, recommendations and other help from the guidance department. Naviance is a crucial tool to your child's college application success.

Here are Senior College Newsletters 1-4 and additional communications from the Guidance Office.

See also:

Please contact Allison Price, our Parent Coordinator, for PupilPath and Naviance log-in information.  APrice7@schools.nyc.gov

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.

The current schedule of information sessions (subject to change) is:


We are looking for volunteers who can work with senior parents to help and take over some of our most important PA projects:

FUNDRAISING: Work with Debbie Teitelbaum and other graduating parents to keep the continuity in our fundraising initiatives, including Charity Buzz and Bidding For Good. Come join the team!

HOSPITALITY: Work with Kat Ramirez this year to learn the ropes for this very important function. Connect with many members of our community as you help make events special and inviting.

Interested or have ideas?

You can also sign up to volunteer here:  http://laguardiahspa.org/volunteer/
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.
Are you ready to find out what's behind that curtain?
Come and meet those dancing feet!
(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).
Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!

Tuesday, December 5th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios 

Tuesday, January 2nd - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios 

Tuesday, February 6th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General

Tuesday, March 6th - 6:00pm General, 7pm Studios

Wednesday, April 10th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General 

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

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