Haji Uesato
Issue 38
June 10, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

It was a bittersweet weekend at LaGuardia---the Semi-Annual Art Show's opening reception and the Semi-Annual Symphony Orchestra & Senior Chorus performances concluded the show season for the school year. Both events were magnificent and displayed so much talent, creativity, discipline and hard work that even though we're sad to see the season end, we're proud of all of these students and their accomplishments. Congrats to the artists, the instrumentalists, singers, the sound and lighting tech crew and to the hard-working and talented faculty on these wonderful shows. We're already looking forward to what they'll create next year!

The countdown clock to June 26 is rapidly gaining speed! Before the kids head into the Regents exams and the break in regular school days, there are some end-of-year tasks your kids need to take care of this week. Students need to clear out their lockers and remove personal locks now---by June 11. Anything left in them after the Regents exams break will be thrown out and personal locks left on lockers will be clipped. Again, everything should be removed from lockers by this Monday! The kids can still store items in them during exams, but they must be sure to retrieve them afterwards. And please remind your kids to turn in their textbooks.

Here are a few guidelines about Regents week: Students taking a morning regents exam, please note that the doors to the school will open at 7:30 a.m. They will be allowed to go to their lockers and to the cafeteria where breakfast will be served. Students taking afternoon Regents exams should arrive at school between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. When students finish their exam, they will be directed to leave the building via the closest stairwell, quietly. If a student is meeting friends after a Regents exam, they should make plans and choose a meeting place OUTSIDE of the school building.

Please refer to the school web site and La! Weekly Bulletin for exam schedules, but also remind your child to double check the dates and times with their teachers. Please note that there was a typo in the bulletin for the LOTE exam. It's on Monday, June 18.

It was great to see you at our last PA and studio meetings. We appreciate that you all joined us to vote for our new representatives. Thanks to all who ran for positions on the Parents Association Executive Board, the School Leadership Team, the Academic Forum Co-Chairs and for studio positions. And a huge round of applause for our graduating board members and other representatives for all of your time and hard work this year. Please welcome our new members for the 2018-2019 year. The complete list is provided below.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. Congrats to the junior dance students on their recent Junior Dance Projects performances. You can see some lovely photos from these shows by scrolling down.  We also have concert and art photos, as well as a fun video to share, so read all the way down!

Do n't forget to read the La! Weekly Bulletin for the Regents exam schedule plus important news for senior parents.


Parents Association Executive Board 2018-19

Co-Presidents: Shindy Johnson & Yvette Ortiz
Co-Vice Presidents: Linda Hahn & Elisabeth Rucell
Treasurer: Jodi Green 
Assistant Treasurer: Irene Glazer
Community Involvement Co-Chairs: Sara Dillon & Pamela French

Freshman Rep to the Executive Board will be elected in September.

Academic Forum Co-Chairs
Pam Godwin
Justine Keil
Kristen Metzger
Lynda Pierini

Studio Representatives to the Executive Board:

Art Studio: Jodi Isman & Tricia Kampton 
Dance Studio:  Pat Schlegel & Marya Baker
Music Studio - Instrumental: Kal Dolgin & Rose Markisello
Music Studio - Vocal:  Karen Oberlin Hadju & Heather MacAllister
Drama Studio: Tracy Zwick  & Lauren McGrail
Technical Theater Studio: Jill Bernstein & Meg Kearns Stanley

School Leadership Team 2018-19 
Lori Diamond
Karen Garfin
Ro Johnson
Meredith Simpson

A Freshman Rep to the SLT will be elected in September.

Upcoming Events

June 12-14: Regents Exam Week . No school for students not taking exams or called for rehearsals. 

June 15: Eid al-Fitr. No School.

June 18-21: Regents Exam Week. No school for students not taking exams or called for rehearsals.

June 22: Graduation, 1:00 p.m. David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Seniors: Only two tickets will be distributed to each family. A lottery will be held for third tickets close to graduation day. La! Siblings may have an opportunity to volunteer at graduation (no ticket required for volunteers).

June 22:  Regents Rating Day. No School.

June 25: Senior Academic Awards, 1:00 p.m.

June 26: Last Day of School, 2:50 p.m. dismissal.

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

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

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
Click here to download a higher-resolution PDF of the above images.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for your graduate?
Honor your child while supporting current LaGuardia students by sponsoring a seat in LaGuardia's Concert Hall! Add a personalized message and the student's name to a plaque that will be permanently affixed to the back of a seat. This unique gift makes an everlasting statement. You may also add a plaque with your own name, to cherish the memory of a loved one, or to recognize classmates or faculty from the LaGuardia family! Seat prices are $250-$550.
For more details go to:  alumniandfriends.org/give/take-a-seat

5 Projects for
English, Math &
Science Classrooms
We've had a great year on DonorsChoose, with 54 projects completed, including many that received matching funds.

Now teachers are looking for ways to get ready for next year---especially for classroom technology and professional development, as there is no funding in these areas in the school budget.


Ms. Calderon Needs a New Classroom Computer
Ms. Calderon's Math classroom needs a new Apple Macbook to replace a barely functioning computer. 
Please donate: bit.ly/lagmscalderon

5 Donors So far!
Mr. H.'s English Classes Need an iPad Pro
AP English teacher Mr. Hawlrylzak, never been funded before on DonorsChoose, needs an Apple iPad Pro for his students to properly edit their cinematic masterpieces.
Please donate here: bit.ly/lagmrh1

Mr. Hold has a NEW PD Project
Mr. Hold, an AP Environmental Science and Living Environment teacher, plans to attend a professional development course this summer, called Advanced Thinking through Writing (the Hochman Method). The Hochman Method is an evidence-based set of specific writing strategies that teachers use in all subjects, including ELA, social studies, science, foreign languages and math, that help students meet ever-higher, more rigorous standards.
Please donate here: http://bit.ly/lagmrhold4

Ms. Mehter's 11th Grade English Classroom Needs a Computer
10 Donors So far!
Sharing the Wealth of Knowledge 
English teacher Ms. Mehter's students need daily access to presentations, images and documents that can only be projected through a classroom computer. Ms. Mehter has never been funded before on DonorsChoose.
Please donate here: bit.ly/lagmehter

An Earth Science Project!
15 Donors So Far!
iPads for Mr. Fransowie's Classroom
Mr. Fransowie has requested new iPads to provide opportunities, multiple entry points and activities that can be completed by Earth Science students of all different skill levels and learning styles. The iPads will be used for the remainder of this academic year and in upcoming semesters.
THIS PROJECT EXPIRES JULY 28th -- Please help fund it!
Please donate any amount:   bit.ly/lagfransowie2


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
Junior Dance Projects

Click here to download a higher-resolution PDF of the above images.

The New York Times Summer Reading Contest runs from June 15 to Aug. 24.

Every Friday beginning June 15, the Times will publish a post asking the same two questions: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why? You can always find that link in an update at the top of this page. It will also appear in this column.

Anyone 13 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can post an answer any week until Friday, Aug. 24, and contestants can choose from any Times article, essay, video, interactive, podcast or photograph published in 2018, on any topic they like.

Every Tuesday starting July 3 we will announce winners from a previous week and publish their writing.

For complete details, click here.

College Now Fall 2018 Schedule
The priority deadline for applications and supporting documents is June 26th, 2018. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about our Fall program.

Erlyn Mendez
Coordinator of College Now


The Guidance Department would like to share this opportunity for students and famililes who may be interested. Please view below: 
This summer, Binghamton University will hold two Binghamton Summer College sessions for academically talented students who have completed their sophomore or junior year:
The experience will offer students a preview into what college life at a premier public university is all about.
There are many reasons your students should apply. Opportunities include:
  • taking courses such as "Intro to Engineering," "Business Foundations and Leadership Academy," "Speech and Debate," "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" and "U Code,Girl!" taught by distinguished Binghamton faculty.
  • living in Binghamton's modern residential halls.
  • meeting other talented high-school students.
  • exploring the local community.
  • learning about the college admission process.
Although the deadline to submit an application was May 1, we were notified that applications are still open. We hope you'll encourage your child to spend some of their summer learning with this opportunity.

Two pix and a video to send you off.

Semi-Annual LaGuardia Symphony & Chorus Concert

You will be found.

LaGuardia students are interspersed throughout this lovely promotional video for the Dear Evan Hansen  national tour. Click the image to view.
(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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