Annual Benefit_ Broadway Singalong II
Annual Benefit: Broadway Singalong II  
Issue 26
March 11, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

It seems somewhat unfair that after an incredibly busy week here, we lost an hour of sleep on Sunday morning! But on the bright side, Daylight Saving Time means that spring is almost here. And springtime at LaGuardia (to poorly paraphrase Rodgers & Hammerstein) busts out all over! Just look at the calendar-there's at least one performance and art exhibit a week over the next few months. You can plan ahead and buy tickets now at laguardiahs.tix.com.

Having said that, we have tons of information to share again this week. But first and foremost, let's give a loud round of applause for our fabulous LaG Benefit team who put together a wonderful evening of events in the lobby, an amazing show and a great after-party!  Bravo!  Thanks to all who contributed in making it such a special and successful night--the sponsors, volunteers and to all who came out to support the school. We've got some great photos of the show and art from the live sketches, so please scroll down to view them.  We're still selling tickets to our six amazing raffles, so it's not too late to get in on these amazing events! BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS HERE -- last chance to purchase is Monday March 12 at midnight!

Lots going on this Wednesday, March 14. It's National School Walkout Day, which begins  at 10 a.m. and will last 17 minutes to commemorate the 17 students and staff members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. If your child plans to participate, please refer to the information below, taken from this week's La! Weekly Bulletin, pages 5-6.

The Academic Forum is meeting at 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 14. They'll be discussing the ACTs vs. SATs  with guest speaker Kristina Semos from Ivy Lounge Test Prep. You can read about her company here: www.ivyloungetestprep.com.

PFLAG is also meeting this Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. (note the new time). Members of the NYPD LGBT Outreach Unit will be presenting a special workshop for parents about safety, bias incidents, stops, policing and LGBTQ kids. They will also be speaking with students in the Queer Straight Alliance at their weekly club meeting.

We have a few big events coming up next week and really need help from parents to chaperone these.  The Choral Concert at Riverside Church, an absolutely beautiful event, is Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. But in order for this to take place, the student performers need parents to escort them between the school and the church for their rehearsals on Monday, March 19 so please sign up for as many shifts as you can. We also need some help that evening of the performance; you can find those shifts on the same link.

Sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT and SAT tests respectively on March 21. We desperately need chaperones to take the freshmen and seniors on field trips that day, so please keep an eye out for our signup mailers from volunteer coordinator Kat Ramirez and sign up to help if you can -- or click here. For freshman and seniors, parental permission slips are required for students to participate in the field trips. These may be found in the Weekly Bulletin, pages 15 and 16. Permission slips must be submitted to the school office by MARCH 14th or students will not be permitted on the field trips.

Don't forget to book your tickets to the Opera Workshop's production of the Tony Award-winning Titanic: The Musical, which opens this week on March 16 and runs through March 18. We've been hearing lots of buzz about this--the cast and crew have been working enthusiastically and diligently on this 
sumptuous show-and we can't wait to experience it! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Tickets are also on sale for SDF #1 You Can't Take it With You, which will be onstage in the Little Flower Theater March 22-25.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

Other news: our Annual Online Auction opens April 23rd and we still need donations. Please check out this link to our auction web page  for a copy of our donation form and a list of ideas for donations.  We are looking for 100% participation from every family. Just 1 donation per family would make so much difference and help provide the funding we need for our academics and art studios. Please contact Heather MacAllister at lagdonate@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.

And don't forget that the  Senior Art Show #2: Corridors  is on display in the Art Gallery through Wednesday.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon.
 
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. The Black Student Union is organizing a clothing drive. Please read on for more details. And we've got some bonus goodies for reading all the way to the bottom, so please keep on scrolling!
NATIONAL STUDENT WALKOUT DAY
Wednesday, March 14th

If your child is planning on participating in the Wednesday, March 14th Student Walkout, you must submit a Parental Consent Form  that is due TODAY, Monday March 12. Click here to access the form and for more information.  If your student has already left for school, please call the school office at 212-496-0700 to confirm if it can be sent by fax (212-724-5748) or email.

If your child is planning to participate, you must also notify the school by following our school's regular attendance protocol,  which includes providing a Student Absence Form and an accompanying  Parent Absence Note.

The Student Absence Form and Parent Note are due upon returning to school on March 15. (This is in addition to the March 14 Walkout Parent Consent Form that is due on March 12.) 

CLICK HERE to access the Attendance Forms on the school's website. The link to the Student Absence Form is located at the  bottom of the page.

Consequences: There will be a notation in their student attendance record as a result of this action. Truant students will also participate in a conversation with an administrator. Please be aware that students are expected to follow their program and that we will be on a Special OP Schedule (after 5th Period) on March 14 to take attendance.

With parent or guardian permission, this will be an excused absence. Without parent or guardian permission, this will be an unexcused absence.

Click here for more information, which is also available in this week's Weekly Bulletin, pages 5-6.
LAST DAY TO BUY RAFFLES!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Annual Benefit on Monday! It was an incredible evening for guests and performers alike. 

If you couldn't be there, don't worry, you still have a chance to support our amazing school. Our raffle tickets are on sale until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Monday, March 12).

FOR BROADWAY SHOWS & BACKSTAGE TOURS


Buy tickets for our 6 amazing raffles!
Pass on the link below to friends and family
  1. Hello Dolly with Bernadette Peters -- two tickets AND a backstage tour
  2. Frozen - two tickets (all attempts will be made to schedule a backstage tour but it is not guaranteed)
  3. Vocal Mentoring Session with David Chase (Broadway Music Director/Arranger of over 30 Broadway shows.)
  4. Kelly and Ryan - two tickets to a live taping
  5. Carousel - two tickets (all attempts will be made to schedule a backstage tour but it is not guaranteed)
  6. Anastasia - two tickets AND a backstage tour

Click  HERE to buy raffle tickets.
Upcoming Events

Ongoing until March 14: Senior Art Show #2: Corridors. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.

March 12: Open House for Prospective Students, 5:00 p.m (for last names A-K) and 6:30 p.m. (for last names L-Z). Volunteers needed, see Co-Presidents' letter above for details.

March 14: PFLAG Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m. Library.

March 14: Academic Forum: Guest speaker, Kristina Semos, will give a presentation on ACT vs. SAT--which test is right for your child? 6:00-8:00 p.m.

March 16: Senior Art Show #3 Opening.

March 16:  Opera Workshop Presents  Titanic: The Musical , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 17: Opera Workshop Presents Titanic: The Musical, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.
March 18: Opera Workshop Presents  Titanic: The Musical, 2 :00 p.m. Concert Hall.

March 20: LaGuardia Choral Concert at Riverside Church, 7:30 p.m.

March 21: SAT testing (Juniors) and PSAT testing (Sophomores). Freshmen and Seniors will go on field trips and WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to chaperone.  See Co-Presidents' letter above.

March 22, 23 & 24:  SDF #1You Can't Take it With You, 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

March 25: SDF #1You Can't Take it With You, 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

March 30-April 6: Spring Break. No School.

April 8: School resumes

The La! Portal is open for student course requests. See the Weekly Bulletin for details. Portal closes on March 6th.

CLICK HERE FOR PERFORMANCE TICKETS

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!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
 FOR THE OPERA WORKSHOP'S PRODUCTION OF BROADWAY'S TONY-AWARD WINNING BEST MUSICAL!

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PRESENTATION TONIGHT

TONIGHT, Monday, March 12th, Community Board 8 is offering a Presentation by ThriveNYC on Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:30PM
Ramaz School
125 East 85th Street (Lex-Park)
on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

(The ThriveNYC presentation will follow an Arts Connect presentation.)

FOR 
SPRING DRAMA FESTIVAL #1
 
BSU Presents: Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Date: March 12th - March 30, 2018

Drop-off Location: Front Lobby near the statues

What is the drive about:
What would you wear to a job interview? That is exactly the type of women's clothing we are looking for to distribute to our clients. Your fabulous suits and other professional apparel could furnish another woman with the confidence to enter or return to the workplace, make a great first impression and land a job that could change her life. Additionally, many of our clients go directly to an interview, so please ensure that all items donated are freshly dry-cleaned / laundered, and suitable for wearing to job interviews.

The New York locations are in need of women's plus-size business attire from sizes 16-24.

CLOTHING ACCEPTED:
  • Coordinated, contemporary, interview-appropriate skirt and pant suits
  • Blouses appropriate for interviews and a work environment
  • Professional separates including blouses, slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets
  • Work-appropriate shoes
  • Jewelry and scarves
  • Practical and professional handbags and briefcases
  • Season-appropriate coats
CLOTHING NOT ACCEPTED:
  • Non-professional clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Used undergarments
  • Used pantyhose
  • Evening wear
  • Jeans and other casual clothes
  • Used cosmetics
DonorsChoose

NEW ART STUDIO Project!
Ms. Felber's Photography Students Need New iMacs

Ms. Felber's Photography students need 3 Apple iMacs for Digital Photography and Photo Book Publishing projects, to replace 10-year-old, severely outdated computers. Her classes are excited to transition from darkroom photography into digital, Photoshop manipulation and professional printing. 


64% Funded!
A Mindfulness Project from Ms. Contreras

28 donors so far! Ms. Contreras ' Yoga students need 250 copies of the Mindfulness Project's I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide and Journal , a tool to help reduce anxiety, depression and suicide ideation.  To donate: http://bit.ly/lagmindfulness .



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
    If you are a NYC youth between the ages of 14-24 who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, please complete the SYEP application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job. 

Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) Summer Program for High School Women

Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) is a FREE, three-week, full-day summer program providing an introduction for high school women on the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. No background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply, only your interest and enthusiasm. The program is led by members of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Offensive Security, Incident Response and Internet Security (OSIRIS) Laboratory. We are excited to announce that this year's CS4CS program will be supported by  The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). 
We are looking for young women who are rising 9th through 12th grade students (entering these grades in September 2018) who live within daily commuting distance to NYU Tandon School of Engineering, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn NY, 11201. The program meets Monday-Friday for three weeks starting July 9th, 2018.
Application Due: April 6 th, 2018. Click here for more information.

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 .
COLLEGE CORNER

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 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.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, DON'T HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR!

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:

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.
REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE AMAZON LINK BELOW WHEN YOU SHOP!
(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 www.laguardiahspa.org/emailsignup.

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!
BONUS TRACKS

LaGuardia Students set to participate in the  Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival
LaGuardia students, as part of a group of 150 students city wide, will make their Broadway debut March 19th at the Shubert Theatre, performing selections from the all-school musical, 42nd Street!


Janet Lee
Here are some highlights from last Monday's Annual Benefit, Broadway Singalong II , including images from the student sketch artists and a few images from the performances.


Thanks to all who came to support this important LaGuardia Fundraiser, and many thanks to all our sponsors!
PA MEETING DATES

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)
STAY CONNECTED: