TITANIC: The Musical  
Issue 27
March 18, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,
"How did they build the Titanic?" From our seats in the Concert Hall, the answer was obvious: through months of hard work and rehearsals! Bravo to the cast, crew, the pit orchestra musicians and their faculty for taking us on a captivating cruise aboard the ship of dreams this weekend. And many thanks to the sponsors and volunteers who helped this production set sail.
We have so much to share this week, but before we do, please make sure to fill out the NYC School Survey before the deadline on Friday, March 23 . This annual survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community have to say about the learning environment at each school. Your feedback helps both LaGuardia and the Department of Education understand what you think our school does well and how you think it can improve--so your participation is extremely important! And be sure to have your children take the school survey. After all, this is where they spend five days a week! The survey is confidential--no one at the school sees individual responses. You can find instructions on how to fill out the survey, and more information about where the feedback goes here.
Did you fill it out? Good. Now, let's get back to the rest of our news. Between Titanic: the Musical and an opening reception for the Senior Art Show #3: People Places and Somethings, we had a healthy dose of culture at LaGuardia this weekend. If you weren't able to come out for the opening, make sure to stop by the Art Gallery on the second floor to see it! Congrats to the artists and the art studio on a lovely show.
This came on the heels of yet another busy week at school. One of the highlights was observing how many of our students chose to participate peacefully and with great dignity in the National Student Walkout. According to The New York Times live coverage, they were one of the largest groups in the city! The students walked from LaGuardia and gathered on West 62nd Street, which was blocked off between Amsterdam and Broadway, in view of the Damrosch Park Bandshell in Lincoln Center. The sit-in / lie-in was in part to commemorate the 17 students and staff killed at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on 2/14, but also to protest gun violence and advocate for gun control measures. In case you missed our last mailer, we're proudly sharing again how they made local and national news. Scroll down to the end for photos and press links, including a few new entries.
We have another action-packed week ahead of us. Please join us for the Choral Concert at Riverside Church, an absolutely beautiful venue for gorgeous music, on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale for cash or credit card at the door, prior to the performance. Thanks to all who've volunteered to help escort the student performers between the school and the church for their rehearsals on Monday, March 19th. We still have a few slots open, so please sign up if you're able to help, click here.
Sophomores and juniors are taking the PSAT and SAT tests respectively on March 21. We still need more chaperones to take the freshmen to the American Museum of Natural History and others to take seniors to the World Trade Center Observatory that day, so please keep an eye out for our "signup" mailings  from volunteer coordinator Kat Ramirez and sign up to help if you can -- or  click here .

The senior drama and theater tech students are about to dazzle us with the skills they've acquired over their past four years of training. The Spring Drama Festival (known as "SDFs" in LaG lingo) opens Thursday evening! Click here to get tickets to SDF #1: You Can't Take It with You, onstage March 22-25 in the Little Flower Theater.

Don't forget: 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.

Finally, we're still waiting to hear the announcement for next fall's musical. Auditions will be scheduled later this spring---not this week, as it's noted on the school calendar---once the musical has been chosen. Stay tuned!
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Linda Hahn and Kat Ramirez
PA Co-Presidents

P.S. The Black Student Union clothing drive continues through the end of the month. Please read on for more details. And we've got some bonus goodies for reading all the way to the bottom again, so please stay with us!
Upcoming Events

Ongoing until March 25: Senior Art Show #3: People, Places and Somethings. Art Gallery and Mezzanine.

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

April 10: Studio meetings, 6:00 p.m. General PA meeting, 7:00 p.m.
April 13:    New Musical Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert , 7:30 p.m Concert Hall.
April 17:    Show Choir Concert , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall .
April 20:  Senior Art Show #4 Opening . 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
April 20:  Gospel Concert , 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.
April 23:  Spring Musicale #1 , 6:00 p.m. Concert Hall.
April 26-28:  SDF #2, August: Osage County , 7:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater. Note early curtain time.
April 29: SDF #2 August: Osage County , 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.


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!

We reported last week that our students will be performing excerpts from our all-school musical, 42nd Street at the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival.

Our students will be part of a group of 150 students city wide who will make their Broadway debut this Monday, March 19th, at the Shubert Theatre.

Since we are sending our cast in costume, we will need some help getting the costumes back to the TDF collection in Astoria, Queens, on Wednesday or Thursday. It is one heavy bag -- it was brought to the school by subway, but it would probably be more convenient to take it by car.

Can you help?  Please contact the Tech Theater Co-Reps at: techreps@laguardiahspa.org.

Dates: Mar 5-29
Reception: Mar 29, 5- 7pm

An exploration of mixed media works by teen artists from
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (Ingrid Butterer, Art Teacher) and High School for Environmental Studies (Ikuko Wakiya, Art Teacher).

Teachers College, Columbia University | Program in Art and Art Education
Ma Hafeli, Director | Jaclyn Griner, Macy Art Gallery Coordinator

BSU Presents: Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Date: Ongoing through 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.

  • 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
  • Non-professional clothing
  • Men's clothing
  • Used undergarments
  • Used pantyhose
  • Evening wear
  • Jeans and other casual clothes
  • Used cosmetics

40 DonorsChoose Projects Funded!
Hurray! Thanks so much for banding together to complete the funding this past week for two DonorsChoose projects totaling $8K! The projects have been brought to life thanks to over 60 donors and a generous "SPRING" match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Felber, whose $4.5K project for new iMacs for her Photography classes was funded in just a couple of days, wrote, "I am moved to tears!" 
At LaGuardia, we've funded 40 classroom and studio projects this academic year with remarkable support from our own community and beyond.

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. The deadline to submit applications is 3/30/2018.

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.

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.

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.
(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:
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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!


In case you missed our email on Thursday morning, here's a compilation of some of the local and national media coverage of the LaGuardia students on National School Walkout Day. We couldn't be more proud of our amazing students.

Press links follow the images.

All links include images or videos of LaGuardia's protest.
New York Times  (Facebook link) Video of nearly the whole event)

The Atlantic  (Source of the six Reuters images above)
Fox  (Facebook link) Video, 7m. Just don't look at the nasty comments!
CBS  Video: DeMarco Morgan interviews student organizer Cate Whitman
CBS-NY  Video with commentary

The LaGuardia cast of
Titanic: The Musical was visited by actor Brian D'Arcy James,
one of the principal roles in the original Broadway production, at a rehearsal this past week! The cast performed the opening number for Brian, he then led a Q&A and they ended with him directly working with the students who were playing the role of Barrett (the same role that Brian played).

The kids were thrilled and inspired to have him there (many of them probably know him from either playing King George III in Hamilton, the headlining lead Nick Bottom in Something Rotten or from the hit Netflix teen targeted series 13 Reasons Why).

The cast of Titanic: The Musical make ready to set sail.

The Opera Workshop was also fortunate to meet with THIRTEEN's Senior Director, All Arts, Joe Harrell, who Joe Harrell will come back for a more in-depth conversation with Ms. Fleischer about the wonderful music education program at LaGuardia.
L-R: AP Music Bernice Fleischer; TITANIC Director Mary Ann Swerdfeger; Associate Director Mary Brienza; Joe Harrell, Senior Director, All Arts, THIRTEEN; Brian Dorsey, a guest.

Catch LaG Alum Micaela Diamond in NBC Live Production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Micaela Diamond (Center)
Look for Micaela in the ensemble cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, to be broadcast live on Easter Sunday.

Click the image for a sneak peak and more information.

Diamond is slated to play Cher in the upcoming bio-musical,
The Cher Show, coming in November after a pre-Broadway run in Chicago.


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)