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Originally delivered on 1/22/2023 8:35 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - January 22, 2023

Issue 21, January 22, 2023

2023 The Year of the Water Rabbit brings together families and communities around ancient customs, rituals and celebrations during the first 15 days; from the new moon to the full moon. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Asian culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.

General PA Meeting

Please click HERE for January 18 Meeting Minutes.

Save the Date
Donuts & Coffee Outreach with Parent Coordinator Jerrianna Phenix

The first Friday of every month, parents/guardians are invited to come to my office, Room 211, for Donuts & Coffee Outreach. The monthly event kicks off on Friday, February 3rd. Parents can stop by anytime between 7:45AM and 10:45 AM. 

For parents/guardians who can't visit in-person, I will have Zoom office hours between 1:00PM and 4:00PM on the same days.

School Spirit Shopping Day

Thank you for your continuing support of our monthly engagement initiative School Spirit Shopping Day! The funds raised from the event directly impact many incredible enrichment programs for our students and educators throughout the school year. Your enthusiastic in-person engagement at the event boosts our togetherness and school pride. 

We look forward to sharing the next set of new items designed for the LaGuardia High School collection at the February 2023 event on Thursday, February 16th from 2:30-4:30pm in the main lobby. 

PA Annual Gala

LaG Parents Association Annual Gala 

Planning Committee - Call for Volunteers

Please consider joining fellow parents to plan an event to raise funds that help minimize the impact of long-standing NYC DOE budget gaps in our children's education.  

The event will take place in early June.

  • No special skills necessary. Just bring your love for our students and a willingness to pitch in. 
  • Tasks include event planning, donation procurement and everything in between.
  • Time commitment is as much or as little as you can spare.

Please provide contact information HERE and the Committee Chair will be in touch with more detail. 

Sports Report

The team took part in the Martin Luther King PSAL meet at the Armory on Monday 1/16/23

The girls came out strong with Naomi Douglas winning the 3000m and coming 5th in the 1500m. Anya Eder came 4th in the 3000m. The girls team finished 11th place in the PSAL City wide meet.

In the boys Ariel Yaron finished 3rd place in the 3200m with the boys' team placing 24th in the PSAL city-wide meet.


The Girls Basketball Team's winning streak ended on Friday with a tough 34-28 loss to HS for Health Professionals & Human Services.

The team played outstanding defense and cut the margin to 1 with 2 minutes to go until the Lady Flyers pulled away at the end.

Skyla Shih led the team with 7 points & 4 rebounds. Angelica Maldonado chipped in with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Jayla Ortiz and Neveah Hall were the assist leaders with 2 each. Lindsay Dominguez & Malia Reyes proved to be scrappy defenders with numerous steals.

A 3 game winning streak can put LaGuardia in the PSAL Playoffs. The team could use your support at the next home game in our gym vs. West 50th Street Campus on Friday, February 3 at 5 pm.


There will be a Varsity Softball Meeting on Monday, January 23rd at 4:15 pm in Room 343 with Coach Steffa.

Spring Sports News from Mr. Brummell

We are excited to announce that spring sports will begin on March 1st for all interested athletes. We will be offering the following sports: 

  • Outdoor Track - Boys & Girls
  • Baseball- Boys
  • Softball- Girls
  • Handball- Girls
  • JV Girls Soccer
  • Fencing- Girls
  • Volleyball- Boys

Practice schedule and game schedule will be communicated by the coach after the final roster is confirmed.

We strongly encourage all students to participate in these sports, as they not only provide physical activity but also help build teamwork and leadership skills.

If you are interested in participating in a spring sport, please sign up by March 7, 2023,  and return the necessary PSAL forms to the coach of your interest. 

LaGuardia PSAL Sports Home Page

PSAL Medical form - Copies available in room 229 (Dean's Suite)

PSAL Parental Consent form

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Joan at or the coach of the sport.

We look forward to another successful season!


All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Academic Forum


Please join the Academic Forum Members for a Special Event Hosted by Compass Education:  

Navigating College Admission Tests

Thursday, February 2, 6:30 - 8:20 pm

LaGuardia HS, Little Flower Theater

Click HERE for event details and to register for the event.

To accommodate families that are unable to attend in person, the presentation will be recorded and shared upon request.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Please email the forum with questions in advance at:

Student Wellness
Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30pm

Join a webinar for LaGuardia High School parents led by Dr. Diana Martinez, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies addiction. 

The goal of this seminar is to provide parents with the information they need to have a frank, open conversation about drug use. This will include strategies for improving safety and information on the interaction between psychiatric disorders, like depression, anxiety, and ADHD, and drug use. 


Meeting ID: 816 0613 0127
Passcode: 194160

Parent Coordinator News

We hope everyone attended the General PA meeting and met our new Parent Coordinator, Jerrianna Phenix. 

Jerrianna can be found in office 211 and her job duties include the following:

  • Attend all PA Meetings and PA Leadership Meetings, to ensure that the voice of our parents is heard and concerns are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Streamline clear communication across all departments within the administration.
  • On a monthly basis, organize in person events to create a welcoming atmosphere, where parents can voice concerns or questions within a warmly structured environment.
  • Weekly communication with the Parents Association to send out Sunday Night News and Studio Communications to all families. This practice is intended to increase the number of families that receive PA information.
How to Support Our Community

Donate your time - Whether you’re available once a week, once a month, or once a year, please fill out our volunteer questionnaire so that we can reach out to you when an activity suits you. This will allow you to meet and team up with other LaG families who share your interests in our school. Go to our Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources form here.

Annual Appeal - Your generosity helps LAGHSPA minimize the impact of long-standing NYC DOE budget gaps in our children’s education. LaG teachers and administrators work diligently to make the most of their budget, and the LaG PA provides necessary additional resources. To give online today click here.

Donor's Choose - Fund classroom projects and needs as requested by our teachers.  View our teacher's projects here

Specific Initiatives -  Funding for one-time initiatives or grade specific requests such as Graduation. 

Thank you for fully funding Ms. Riley and Ms. Harisiadis' most recent projects for large stretcher bars to create large paintings, and copies of Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.

There's still a couple more projects that need our help:

Let's help Ms. Riley fund her project request for enamel paint and wood panels so students can create paintings in a new style.

Let's help Mr. Abikzer fund his project request for cameras so the students can successfully complete the yearbook and continue covering events as they occur at school.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page and share with your family and friends.  Anyone can contribute and all donations are tax deductible.

Your contributions and/or sharing of these links is greatly appreciated!

Class News
Senior Families / Class of 2023

Thank you to all who volunteered and donated to make our first All School Dance a huge success! Great times were had by all!

FEBRUARY 6TH is the DEADLINE to enter the  LaGuardia PA Sponsored Senior Class of 2023 T-Shirt Design Contest! Please follow this LINK to submit your design!

Junior Families / Class of 2024
Sophomore Families / Class of 2025

Click here to join the Sophomore families Google group. Please state your name, your child’s name and studio in the "reason for joining" box when asking to join the group.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this Google discussion forum are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.

Freshman Families / Class of 2026

Join the 2026 Families WhatsApp Chat

Join the 2026 Families Facebook Group

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this Google discussion forum are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.

Studio Updates

Art Studio PA Meeting

Wednesday, January 25th, 7:00pm via Zoom 


Special Guest: Assistant Principal, Heather O'Connell 

She will give an update on the art studio and answer parent questions.


Spring Semester Art Studio PA Meeting Schedule

February 27
April 24
June 12
March 27
May 22

All meetings will take place at 7:00pm on Zoom. 

Links will be posted closer to meeting dates.

As always, donations to the art studio are greatly appreciated. We have only reached 30% of our fundraising goal. All donations directly help our art students. Please give what you can.

Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

On Monday, January 23rd we will be hosting the Senior Dance Luncheon to celebrate the seniors and their performance.  

And don’t forget to check the REGENTS WEEK DANCE SCHEDULE to see when your Dancer is required to be at school the week of Tuesday, January 24th through Friday January 27th. 

Best, Heide and Courtney
Contact Dance PA

Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives



Donate anytime by going HERE. Remember to select “Drama Studio” from the drop-down menu, and thank you!


Please stay tuned for an email announcement about our next PODS meeting, which will be virtual.


Want to get involved in the Drama Studio? Please reach out to us! We can use all the help we can get:

Contact Drama PA

Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives


It's Regents week, but our Winter Concert series continues as follows:

January 25 - *New Music Showcase, 6:30 p.m.

January 26 - **Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., Concert Hall

January 26 - Senior Chorus performing at We Are Here: Songs from the Holocaust to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Carnegie Hall: Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Click HERE for more info and tickets

*New Music Showcase is for parents of performing students. Tickets are not on sale and there is limited availability due to the size of the performance space.*

**Tickets for all on-site LaGuardia concerts can be purchased HERE until 10 a.m. the day before the concert. They can also be purchased in person beginning one hour before the concert.**

Contact Music PA

Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative

Tech Studio Meeting

The minutes from the Tech meeting from last Wednesday are ready for viewing: January Meeting Minutes

Please check out the Tech Studio page for lots of good information including the work-call calendar, and ways to donate/give, and all past meeting minutes.

Thank you, Annie, Carmen, Layla, Louisa & Rina 

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

Alumni & Friends
Summer Study Arts Scholarships

We are excited to announce that in addition to LaGuardia's amazing free Summer Arts program, LaGuardia Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen may apply for the Alumni & Friends Summer Study Arts Scholarships. These scholarships are for students with financial need who wish to pursue the arts over the summer. Last year more than 80 scholarships were given out to students in all studios.
The deadline to apply is January 25, 2023.

Click HERE to apply.

Contact A&F
Outside Opportunities
Auditions, Opportunities and Free Arts events in and around NYC.

KeenTeens Festival of New Work!
Auditions 1/24, 1/26, 1/27 from 4:30-7:30PM at Theater Row Rehearsal Studios

Alumni & Friends Summer Study 
Apply by 1/25/2023

February Writing Contests Open Submissions

Neighborhood Playhouse Teen Conservatory
Accepting applications for 4 week summer program. Application fee waived for LaGuardia students. 

Dance Italia+Open Arts Young Artists Summer Program
All LaGuardia dancers will receive a 200 Euro discount by stating they attend LaGuardia in their response to this application section "Please tell us about your dance experience, including how long, where and with whom you have studied." Apply by 3/31/23.

Click for more

To submit opportunities or help compile this list weekly, please email us at

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