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Originally delivered on 1/2/2022 8:23 pm

SUBJECT: LaG HS PA Sunday Night News 1/2/22

Sunday Night News  —  Issue #16
January 2, 2022


Please join us!

General PA Meeting
Tuesday, January 4th @ 6 pm via Zoom

Principal Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos will present an overview of the spring semester and address school updates. The meeting will be held as a webinar during her presentation; microphones and chat functions will not be available.

In order to maximize Ms. Vasconcelos' limited time with us, please email questions in advance of the meeting to by Sunday, January 2nd (TONIGHT).

Click here for the agenda.

Click here for the minutes of the December General PA meeting.

A recording will be made available to those who aren't able to attend.

Wow, Art Students!

Photo courtesy of Camilla Calamandrei.

Congrats, YoungArts Picks!

We're celebrating the many LaGuardia students who have earned YoungArts 2022 recognition, and extend best wishes to all attending National YoungArts Week from January 9th to 15th!

Evan Ozer, theater
Eason Rytter, theater
Anais Reno, voice (jazz)

Aaron Miguel Syi, theater
Lionna Romans, voice (popular (pop))

Lia Chen, classical music (violin)
Eliana Balzano, dance (choreography)
Jhailyn Farcon, dance (hip hop)
Wyatt Pepper, jazz (composition)
Piper Miller, voice (singer-songwriter)
Ruby Griffin, writing (play or script)

*Please let us know if we've unintentionally missed any LaG students!

Mark your calendars for January 29th through February 4th, when National YoungArts Week+ will share some YoungArts 2022 work at 8 pm every night on

We're Looking for YOU!

If you can help organize a parent get-together in Brooklyn, or if you can help with maintenance of our PA website, please let us know by emailing We look forward to working with you!

Mindfulness & Healthy Talking Points

Our mental health experts, and fellow LaG parents, Jennifer Abcug (LCSW) and Sherry Stuart (LCSW), have shared some additional resources for support and guidance.

Try this meditation how-to from The New York Times, and be sure to check our website's Mental Health Resources page for recently added articles from Child Mind Institute addressing anxiety about both the pandemic and school safety.

As we toggle back and forth between trying to remain vigilant yet measured in how we live with our current reality, we hope these timely practical tools are helpful.


Boston University Tanglewood Institute
fee required; scholarships available
application due 1/21/22

2022 Summer Arts Institute
FREE programs
Concert Band, Dance, Film, Orchestral Strings, Theater, Visual Arts and Vocal Music
application due 2/6/22

NEXT General PA Meeting
TUESDAY, 1/4/22 @ 6 pm

NEXT Studio Meetings
Watch the Studio updates below for upcoming dates and times.

NEXT SLT Meeting
Tuesday, 1/18/22 @ 4:15 pm
in-person @ LaGuardia HS


Thank you for fully funding Mrs. McGoey's recent project!

We're celebrating the successful funding of 24 projects so far this school year! Let’s keep the momentum going by helping to get these projects funded in 2022!!

Ms. Sefaj would like an iPad and a MacBook Pro to help her students better understand 2nd level Calculus

Ms. Bechard would like Chromebooks as backup technology to support students in Bioethics

Ms. Johnson would like physical copies of Counting Descent so her students can annotate and make it their own

Ms. Barile would like an iPad tablet and accessories for interactive lessons and enhanced student engagement in her Biology and Advanced Environmental Science classes


Please share our Donors Choose page.


Our fourth meeting will be held this Tuesday, 1/4/22, starting at 7:15 pm. Zoom link.

Should you have questions or comments, please email

HAPPY 2022!

LaG HS PA Tech Studio Webpage


We were so delighted that our sophomore class was able to perform their Sophomore Scenes in person on December 22nd! Way to go, sophomores, and huge thanks to Mr. Lobenhofer and Erin Broughan for shepherding our students along!

JUNIOR SCENES: Black Box Theater
Friday, January 7th (Ms. Buffamanti)
Friday, January 14th (Mr. Davidson)
Friday, January 21st (Mr. Davidson)

Our next Parents of Drama Students (PODS) meeting is Tuesday, January 11th at 7 pm via Zoom. Please register by clicking here! Join us for a great discussion led by alumni from the Class of '21, as they talk about their first year of college after LaGuardia, representing: Juilliard Drama, DePaul University, Boston University, UNC School of the Arts, and Northwestern University.

More info TBA. Stay tuned!

Repertoire has been announced:

Love/Sick by John Cariani, directed by L. Lobenhofer

The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen, directed by J. Stafford

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by M. Tsantilas

Looking for summer programs for your acting/musical theater student? ArtsBridge has put together this list of their picks for 2022. It includes useful info about each program. Deadlines to apply are fast approaching!

LaG HS PA Drama Studio Webpage


We were thrilled and proud to enjoy the opening night of the Winter Semi-Annual Art Show on Friday, 12/17/21. The teachers and student curators compiled an amazing array of exceptional student art, beautifully lit in the lobby and mezzanine by NEW track lighting, funded by the Art Studio PAThe 2nd Floor gallery included even more outstanding student art, and we appreciated all the hard work of the art studio faculty and student volunteers.

POSTPONED: PA Art Studio Meeting
We have postponed the PA Art Studio meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 1/4/22. We'll be back in touch with a new date.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are unable to sell merchandise in person and have moved to online sales only. There are two ways to purchase Art Studio gear:

Shop In-Stock Merch
Orders are placed online and delivered to your child's double period art class.

Shop Custom Merch
Order online and items will be shipped to your home.

December edition

Contact 2021/22 PA Art Studio Co-Reps:
Susan Ferugio + Marie Wolpert

Art Studio Merchandise Store

Art Department Webpage

LaG HS PA Art Studio Webpage


Scholarships for Summer Arts Programs

Each year, Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia distributes over $50,000 in scholarships to Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen with financial need who wish to pursue arts programs and private lessons during the summer. All details are here.

Application Deadline: February 11, 2022

(Please note that Seniors do not qualify, as they will have already graduated by summer 2022.)


The LaGuardia High School PA and its Executive Board members are not affiliated with, nor in any way endorse, any service listed below.

Mental Health Links
Information shared throughout the year by LaG parents and mental health experts, Jennifer Abcug (LCSW) and Sherry Stuart (LCSW) is available on our website. Click here, or select Parent & Student Resources, then Mental Health Support.

The JED Foundation: Let's Talk NYC
Let’s Talk NYC aims to increase communication around mental health in our city’s schools by encouraging students to reach out to school staff and providing staff with training to help them support students.

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit

Mayor's Office of Community Mental Health Parent Workshops

NYC DOE Parent University Course Catalogue

NYC DOE Mindfulness for Parents Courses

Tuesday, January 4
6:00p General PA Meeting
7:00p Studio Meeting
7:00p Tech General Meeting
Wednesday, January 5
12:08p Senior Showcase
Friday, January 7
Blackout: Junior Scenes (Buffamanti)
A&F: Young Alum Reunion (Front Lobby, LFT)
Junior Scenes (Buffamanti)
7:45a Fiorello Friday
9:00a Post-Secondary Parent/Guardian Weekly Zoom Meeting
12:30p Post-Secondary Parent/Guardian Weekly Zoom Meeting
Monday, January 10
Professional Development Bell Schedule
Join our Team!

To help with any of these initiatives, please email:

All-School Musical
Volunteer Shifts Coordinator

Gala/Auction Committee

Movie Night Committee

Parents Night Out Committee

Sunday Night News (training available)

Website & IT (training available)

THANK YOU to all who have opted to offer Your Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources. This has helped us to identify volunteers for Orientation, First Day of School, Elections, Pickup/Drop-off of purchased and donated items, Photography, Music Stand Assembly, Program Design, Gala/Auction, Chaperoning, and more!

THANK YOU to all who have opted to share your Professional Industry while filling out Your Contact Information. This has helped us to identify volunteers for mental health Q&As, legal questions, tech questions, in-kind donations, and more!

LaG Virtual Study Pods

LaGuardia’s National Honor Society is running free, virtual peer study pods, with flexible scheduling outside of school hours. All are welcome to join!

Contact with questions, or sign up here.

Khan Academy

This nonprofit strives to offer "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere."

Help Center:


NYPL Brainfuse HelpNow

This is a free eLearning service for all provided by the New York Public Library. Live tutors are available online every day between 2 pm and 11 pm EST for these subjects: math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Additional offerings include a 24-hour Writing Lab and Foreign Language Lab / Spanish-Speaking Support.

You must have a library card to begin. Find a library near you.

Click here for more info.


This is a free service provided by the United Federation of Teachers. Licensed educators advise Grades K-12 students and/or their parents in all subjects, Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm (when school is in session). Assistance is available in these languages: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

Call 212-777-3380

Student Government

If your student isn't already following the Student Government Organization (SGO), point them toward @SGOLAG (on Instagram) for all things LaG!

Who to Contact at School

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Who to Contact

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