Issue 33
May 6, 2018
Dear LaGuardia Families,

Ahhh, spring finally made its arrival in New York City. After a quick walk in Central Park, we're willing to stop grumbling about how long it took to say goodbye to winter. Now that we're in the proper seasonal frame of mind (we'll ignore allergies) let's look forward to spring's rites of passage--our spring online auction, which goes live on Monday--as well as AP exams, Prom, June Regents and counting down the school days left until summer vacation!

So, yes, AP exams begin this week. You can find schedules for the exam dates and tutoring sessions in this week's La! Weekly Bulletin.

'Tis the season for Promposals! Parents of seniors: please note that the deadline for turning in the Senior Prom contract and the $225 fee is this Tuesday, May 8. Only cash, cashier's check or money order will be accepted. Prices go up to $235 after May 8, while tickets last. You can find more details about this and download the contract on page 23 of this week's   La! Weekly Bulletin.

There's a flury of events and activities for seniors during these last two months of school, so please make sure to regularly check the school website and read all the way through the La! Weekly Bulletin--lots of information will be forthcoming and you'll want to be on top of it. We'll also make sure to remind you of all important news!

Get ready for some great deals to do cool things around the city! Our annual online auction opens MONDAY, May 7th at 8:00 a.m.! It's very exciting. We have something for everyone, so please check it out and help support our amazing students and teachers. Click here to check out the site and place bids.

We will be adding more items during the week so CHECK BACK OFTEN. It will run until Sunday May 20th at 10:00 pm. We are still accepting last minute donations, so if you have anything, please email Heather MacAllister at Thanks to everyone for their support!

There are tons of great shows coming up in the next few weeks, including the opening of Senior Art Show #5: Encore this Friday, May 11 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Make sure to check out our calendar of Upcoming Events, and secure your tickets to SDF #3:  A Little Night Music.

Last, but not least, the SLT Wellness Subcommittee is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop for LaGuardia parents with ThriveNYC on youth mental health first aid training, which will be held at school on May 19th.  Please read on for more details.

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

P.S. Please keep reading-we have some bonus goodies at the end!
Seniors who are attending the prom, please print out and submit this Prom Contract by May 8th to avoid late fees.
Upcoming Events

May 8: Senior Prom Contract and fee due.  Click here for details .

May 11: Senior Art Show #5: Encore,  Opening, 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Gallery and Showcases.

May 16: Academic Forum meeting, 6:00 p.m.

May 19: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at LaGuardia. Space is limited to 30. Online Registration is mandatory. Scroll down for more information. 

May 23: (Wednesday)  PA General Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 
Studio Meetings, 7:00 p.m. Note that this is later in the month than is typical.

May 28: Memorial Day. No School.

May 31, June 1 & 2: SDF #3: A Little Night Music, 7:30 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

June 1 & 2:   Graduation Dance Concert , 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.

June 2: Graduation Dance Concert, 2:00 p.m. Concert Hall.

June 3: SDF #3: A Little Night Music, 5:00 p.m. Little Flower Theater.

June 4: Studio and PA elections and final PA meeting of the academic year.

June 7: Chancellor's Day. No School.

June 8: Semi-Annual Art Exhibition Opening, 4:30 p.m -7:30 p.m. All art classes & all grades represented. Work selected by the art teachers. This special event only happens twice a year, so please come out and celebrate our creative kids!

June 8 & 9: Semi-Annual LaGuardia Symphony & Chorus Concert, 7:30 p.m. Concert Hall.


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.

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

Be sure to read the La! Weekly Bulletin every week!
Click here for more information on the Youth Mental Health First Aid USA program.

Help pay it forward! One day our kids will be LaG Alumni and we hope they will keep in touch and give back with their time and talents. Alumni & Friends need volunteers for this year's LaGuardia alumni reunion on June 9th.

Please sign up here, and see the reunion details here:
PA Academic Forum Masthead


The Academic Forum is looking for enthusiastic and interested LAG parents/guardians to join our team next year. If you are interested in working with the LaGuardia administration and the Parents Association to present programs to inform and assist LaGuardia parents and students with academic topics or would like additional information, please email AF at

The Academic Forum is a subgroup of the Parents Association focusing on Academic matters at LaGuardia. Meetings are held monthly on a range of topics with guest speakers and parent panels.

Mr. Fransowie's 
Earth Science
HURRAY! Another DonorsChoose project was funded last week! Ms. Laricchia's $1,600 project for a MacBook Pro for her Italian/Spanish classroom was completed! "WOW!!! I am so, so, so thankful that my project was funded," Ms. Laricchia wrote. "It was perfect timing as the computer I am using right now no longer charges. I am so proud to be a part of the LaGuardia family. It could not have been done without those who shared my project and to all those generous enough to donate. I am so grateful for all of you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"

In 2017-2018, we've funded more DonorsChoose projects than ever before!

51 projects Funded
This Year!

NEW Project to Benefit Earth Science Classes
iPads for Mr. Fransowie's Classroom
Mr. Fransowie says, "With iPads I will be able to provide opportunities, multiple entry points and activities that can be completed by Earth Science students of all different skill levels and learning styles."
Please donate so Mr. Fransowie's students can use iPads this year and in upcoming semesters:


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.

Attention aspiring architects , check out this scholarship opportunity --  Application  Deadline is May 15.

Calling All Illustrators: An Opportunity to See Your Work in Print in The New York Times:
The New York Times is sponsoring a contest for Illustrators. Read about it here. Submission deadline: May 16.

Thanks to your generous donations to the PA's All-School Appeal, we are able to support this trip to Frost Valley---by subsidizing cost for students where payment would be tough or impossible, and buying drinks and snacks for this long day. As you can see from these happy faces, it was great!

Photos: Tracy Zwick
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!

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

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