Winter Dance Showcase (Click image to view more photos)    Scott Allen Photography
Issue 19
January 21, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

If some of us harbored any short-lived New Year's resolutions to get in better shape this year, these were resurrected after watching our incredibly talented dancers this weekend performing at the Senior Dance Showcase. We were able to witness what four years of life is like in the dance studio: the various disciplines of dance genres and technique, ensemble work and some of their own their own choreography--all of which involve incredible strength, fluidity and artistry. Congrats to the students and faculty! Click here to view more rehearsal and performance photos.

Now that the first semester of school is over, we're heading into what we call the High Season of performances--senior art shows, countless music performances including  the Black Student Union Cabaret Revolution: The Power of Us and the opera Titanic: the Musical, plus the senior drama students' Spring Drama Festival, just to name a few. Why go anywhere else to see a show when there are so many to choose from here?

Which brings us to the school-wide talent show, Rising Stars: REACH! It bears repeating: all of our shows are amazing, but this is a particularly special event because the kids from all studios bring forth their own ideas and material, and we're always in absolute awe. Make sure you get your tickets now, before it's too late! And please scroll down to learn how you can help support this event by becoming a sponsor.

Note: The "Purchase Tickets" button on the school website is currently malfunctioning.  Please go to for Rising Stars tickets, and for all other performance tickets.

Our PA raffle tickets are going fast, so don't miss your last chance to bid on two seats to Dear Evan Hansen . Click here to purchase raffle tickets.  For more details, please scroll down.

Our Online Auction is preparing to launch soon, but we need volunteers! We're looking for people to help with solicitations, so if you have contacts for theatre tickets, sporting events, concerts, restaurants, etc. please download the form  and mail in. Also, if you'd like to help in any other way, or have suggestions for donations, please contact
Heather MacAllister at . Thanks in advance, for all of your help. We're looking forward to making this a successful 2018 auction.

As part of a school-wide wellness initiative, the PA in collaboration with the Wellness Sub Committee of the School Leadership Team, is pleased to announce that we'll have a special guest, Jim Posner, at our February 6th PA meeting at 7: 00 p.m., to speak about mindfulness and its power to reduce stress and boost productivity. Please read on for more details.

Make sure to note on your calendars that the LaGuardia Annual Benefit is March 5th. Stay tuned for more details!

Finally, a few quick reminders. Senior dues must be paid by February 2. These cover the graduation costs like caps and gowns, and the yearbook. More details can be found in the La! Weekly Bulletin on page 19.

Also, parents note that the La! Portal opens on February 5th for student course requests. And last but not least, don't forget to scroll down and check out the summer scholarships and enrichment programs---the deadlines are rapidly approaching! Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia are offering some wonderful scholarships to students to enrich skills in their talents, plus residencies for female students in architecture and studio art. The Academic Forum has also shared with us an incredible summer STEM program at NYU. You'll find information on how to apply to these, as well some other programs, so please read on.
Finally, a reminder that Regents Week starts tomorrow and runs through Monday, January 29th, including the Chancellor's Conference Day. The 
only students who attend during Regents Week are there to take a Regents exam, a jury exam or are called for rehearsal. For all other students,  this is a week off from school.  You can read more about this in the La! Weekly Bulletin on page 10.

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

P.S. Read all the way to the end for bonus content!
Upcoming Events

January 22-25: Regents Exams Week. No school, except for students taking an exam, have a jury or who are called for rehearsal. Click here for more information (See page 9).

January 26: No School. Scoring Day.
January 29: No School. Chancellor's Conference Day.
February 1: Rising Stars 2018: Reach opens. 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall. Tickets on sale now -- details below.

February 2: Senior dues payment deadline. Click here for more information (Page 19).
February 2: Senior Art Show #1: Blackout opens. 3:30-7:00 p.m. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.
February 2 & 3: Rising Stars 2018: Reach. 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.  Tickets on sale now  -- details below.
February 4: Rising Stars 2018: Reach . 2:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

February 5: La! Portal opens for student course requests. See the Weekly Bulletin for details.

February 6: PA MEETINGS.  Studios 6:00 p.m., General PA 7:00 p.m.

February 7: Academic Forum meeting, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Details below.
February 9: Black History Month Cabaret -- REVOLUTION: The Power of US!!! 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Tickets on sale now.
February 10: Black History Month Cabaret. 3:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
February 16:  No School. Lunar New Year.
February 19-23:  No School. Mid-Winter Recess.
February 26: School Resumes.

March 3: Senior Art Show #2 opens.

March 3: Senior Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m.  Little Flower Theater.

March 8: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

March 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 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!
PTA General Meeting
Tuesday, February 6th at 7 p.m.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 6th, when Jim Posner, Founder of The Mindful Advantage, will speak about what mindfulness is, how mindfulness has been scientifically proven to help lower stress, increases focus and productivity, and he will give parents some simple mindfulness tools we all can use.

Mr. Posner has worked with individuals, schools, and he has given corporate mindful workshops and training sessions to Fortune 500 companies. He has also given a guided mediation session on Capitol Hill as a guest of a congressman.  Most recently, he lead a four-week workshop training the faculty and staff at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

This session will be informative, and parents will receive valuable information which will benefit all of us.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this meeting!

It's time for
the annual LaGuardia all-school talent show!

You will not want to miss this wonderful show! It's truly a joyous occasion; we guarantee you will be star-struck by our multi-talented teens -- from all studios!

If you've been to Rising Stars before, we know you're already clicking on the GET TICKETS link and you're quickly trying to figure out which of your favorite friends or family you'll invite -- because you know they'll love it!

If you've never been to Rising Stars, don't hesitate -- tickets are going fast and this is your chance to get the best seats! Some performances are already close to selling out!

All Tickets: $25. Reserved seating.
'Rising Stars' is a fundraiser for the PA,
so there are no reduced price seats.

Just click on the Get Tickets button above, select your seats and we'll see you there!

SUPER STARS: $500 and up
ALL-STARS: $250 - $499
SHOOTING STARS: $100 - $249
RISING STARS: $50 - $99

Enter your sponsorship amount right after you purchase tickets , or you can become a sponsor without a ticket purchase by  clicking here

Questions? Email us at:

A very limited number of tickets will be held for sale at school in the main lobby starting a week or so before the show. Cash, credit and debit cards, and checks (from LaGuardia families) will be accepted. However, the best seats are available online NOW!
Black History Month Cabaret

YOU WILL BE FOUND... a pair of great seats to

Don't Miss Your Chance to WIN!
Buy your raffle tickets NOW!

Each $20 raffle ticket includes a chance to win two  Dear Evan Hansen  house seats!

Online raffle ticket sales end when we have sold 250 tickets --

Important Ticket Information: 

Tickets Valid:
 March - August 2018 (Blackout dates apply)

Winner will have opportunity to request specific dates, but due to the high demand in tickets, winner will not receive confirmation until 3 days before the show. Winner must be flexible with dates and understand that a specific date may not be available.

We'll pull the winning ticket after the Rising Stars finale on Sunday, February 4th. The winner will be contacted and will be announced in the Sunday Night News.
5 Projects - 2 Expiring Soon!
Let's start our students off on the
right foot for Spring Semester

NEW Art Studio Project! 4 Donors, Only $217 to Go!

Ms. Park, who teaches 9th grade Studio Foundation, 10th grade Introduction to Design, and 11th & 12th grade Anatomy, needs large (12"x 48") mirrors for her students to create full-body self portraits.
For more info and to donate:

NEW PROJECT! 16 Donors, 1/3 Funded! 
Drama Studio: Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training
Ms. Cervellino  has posted a DonorsChoose project for summer training at Breathe for Change, a 16-day / 200-hr. Yoga Alliance Certification and intensive classes in how to teach Breath work, Meditation, Mindfulness, Anatomy.  At the end of the training, Ms. Cervellino will be a certified yoga instructor, armed with courses in Asana, Anatomy, Breath work and mindfulness techniques that she will be able to share with her students and our school community.
For more information and to donate:

48% Funded! 16 Donors So Far!

Mrs. McGoey's students need sheep brains and other supplies to conduct hands-on learning experiences that will prepare them for their AP Psychology exam in May.
Please donate:

*EXPIRES on Feb. 22nd!* 
65% and 20 Donors So Far!
LAPTOPS for Science & Math CLASSROOMS!

Mr. Rahman seeks funding for laptops and a chargin cart for his Chemistry classroom and other Science and Math classrooms. *EXPIRES in 4 weeks! 

* EXPIRES on February 11th!*
76% Funded and 27 Donors so Far!
LAPTOPS and CHARGING CART for Mr. Harkness' Students

Mr. Harkness's project for 12 new HP Chromebooks and a Luxor charging cart for his Learning Skills classes is more than 3/4 funded! Please help us fund the remaining 24%!
Only 3 weeks until expiration!
Click 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.

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!


for Female Junior Art Students
Deadline: Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 4:00 p.m. 

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is excited to announce our scholarships for summer residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, July 8-August 3, 2018. 

If you would like to create art this summer in a residency program in picturesque Johnson, Vermont, we have two scholarships available for junior art majors who identify as female. The fellowship includes:
  • 24-hour access to private studio space 
  • Housing in a private dorm room
  • 3 meals per day (plus snacks)
For a scholarship application visit:
The deadline is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.
NYC 2018 Summer Arts Institute 
Summer Arts Institute is a FREE, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2018.

The application period is 12/6/2017 - 1/19/2018  
For more information, and to apply for the Summer Arts Institute,  click here .
Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering
The Academic Forum has shared with us this great summer learning opportunity:

The  Center for K12 STEM Education at  NYU Tandon School of Engineering  is accepting applications for our sixth cohort of NYC high school students to participate in  Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering ( ARISE ), a free summer research program in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Selected students will conduct authentic research while being mentored by a graduate student and/or faculty member in one of more than 24 active labs on NYU's campus, investigating a range of scientific, interdisciplinary questions in engineering, computer/data science and life sciences. In addition, ARISE students are taught public speaking skills, complete a presentation on their work, and learn about the history and ethics of science and research. Some of the previous 175 ARISE participants have continued their research into the school year, co-authored scientific papers, attended professional conferences, or entered science competitions based on their work. All have gained critical new academic and professional skills.
To learn more about ARISE and apply for summer 2018, visit the program's website The application deadline is March 1st, 2018 at 5 p.m.
We are looking for:
  • New York City residents who are completing 10th or 11th grade in June 2018.
  • Academically prepared, highly motivated students.
  • Applicants with a passion for science, technology, engineering or math.
  • Students that will attend the program, full time, from July 2, 2018 to August 17, 2018.
  • Students that can make and fulfill commitments, and show timeliness and persistence.

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 or call (212)360-2744.

DYCD's   Ladders for Leaders  is a nationally recognized program that offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in paid professional summer internships with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. Ladders for Leaders gives students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and discover new ones through:
  • Pre-employment Training: Receive help with résumé and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills. Learn essential workplace readiness skills and business etiquette
  • Paid Summer Internships: Paid internship opportunities available in a variety of industries to accommodate student interests
  • Opportunity to join a growing Alumni Network: Broad network of alumni, post-internship opportunities and networking events open only to past participants of the program.
  • The deadline to apply to Ladders for Leaders is March 17th, 2018 
Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, response to an essay question and résumé. For more information,  click here , or call Youth Connect at 1-800-246-4646 .

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:
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.

Juniors: All About Me survey is now open on Naviance.

Seniors: College application deadlines are imminent. Make sure to visit the web sites of each university you're applying to and check for their admissions requirements and advice.

Here's some helpful information from Tulane's admissions office on the subject of application materials:
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION:   Stop by your guidance counselor's office to get a free FAFSA guide!  The "How to Guide" helps you navigate the FAFSA application.  It explains how to complete the form, what questions will be asked and why the information asked is necessary.

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.
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:
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!

Subscribe to the School Calendar:
You can have the school calendar automatically appear on your phone, device or computer calendar.

For instructions, click here.

We try to reach as many LaGuardia parents as possible. If you know a parent who is not getting these emails, please have them sign up by going to

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 4th - 6:00pm Studios, 7pm General (ELECTIONS)
Ladies and gentlemen, our very own Harry Schifman, drama teacher and director of LaGuardia musicals, featured in Vanity Fair!

And by way of remembering just how long Mr. Schifman has been making an impact on our school and its students, here's a NY Times article from 1998 on how the LaGuardia all-school musical began!