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Originally delivered on 2/5/2023 8:26 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - February 5, 2023

Issue 23, February 5, 2023

February is Black History Month. Let us celebrate the immeasurable contributions and achievements of Black Americans and honor their profound moral courage in the face of  injustice. Let us continue to fight for the equity, opportunity, and dignity of Black Americans.

Student Wellness Recording

Mental Health and Drug Use: A Resource for Parents 

Thank you to everyone who attended our talk by Dr. Diana Martinez, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies addiction.  We hope you came away with a better understanding about how to have a frank, open conversation about drug use. 

Technical issues have delayed us from providing the recording of the meeting. We hope to have it out to you this week.  We apologize for this. 

General PA Meeting

Please join us for the next General PA Meeting on 

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Click HERE for the Agenda 

Click HERE for the Zoom link

Thank you to those who participated in last months General PA meeting on 1/18/23. Please click HERE to review the minutes.

Rising Stars Update


We are in the process of confirming performance dates for Rising Stars. Thank you for your patience.

Students: You will need to submit a recording of your act for the audition. If you would like the PA to help arrange rehearsal and/or recording space for your Rising Stars act during Midwinter Recess, please fill out this form by Sunday, 2/12. A parent/guardian email address is required, and a parent/guardian of one student from each act will be required to be present at the rehearsal studio during your rehearsal.

For questions, please contact

Senior Snack Sale
NYC Education Council Election

2023 is a NYC Education Council Election year. The 32 Community Education Councils and 4 Citywide Education Councils make critical decisions regarding your child’s education. Learn about the councils, the election and how to run for a seat by attending a virtual (Zoom) Information Session. Click below for details:

Application period closes at 11:59 pm on February 13, 2023.

Sports Report
Girls Basketball

The Girls Basketball team played 2 thrillers this week beating East Harlem Pride in an away game 43-41, then losing a heartbreaker to West 50th Street Campus in the last minute 39-37. Lindsay Dominguez accounted for over half of LaG's points in the final game, scoring 19. Neveah Hall and Skyla Shih had 8 points each. Neveah led the team with 8 rebounds and Malia Reyes contributed 4 assists. The team played tough defense, improved throughout the season, and showed a lot of heart. Congratulations to the Girls Basketball Team on a wonderful season.


Coach Steffa will be holding another interest meeting this Monday, February 6 after 10th period for any girl interested in trying out for the softball team. The meeting will take place at 4:15 in Room 343.

PSAL All-Access Sports Program

LaGuardia has been selected to participate in the PSAL All-Access Sports Program.  Learn more about it here:

Our All-Access sports offering in the Spring will be: Fencing Girls, Baseball, Outdoor Track Boys, Outdoor Track Girls, Softball Girls, Volleyball Boys

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 sports, 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

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. 

There are several LaGuardia projects on DonorsChoose that need help with funding. Many of the special supplies and materials teachers need to carry out their planned curriculum cannot be purchased through the DOE system and are cost prohibitive to both students and teachers. Together, we can help fund these projects!

Let's help Mrs. McGoey give her students an immersive antiracism experience, incorporating both social science and the arts, with an award-winning antiracism scholar! (Time Sensitive)

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.

Let's help Ms. Curiale fund her project request for specialized art supplies students need to take their paintings to the next level. (Be the first to donate!)

Let's help Ms. Klein get banker boxes to move old files to a new place, so the file cabinets can be removed to make more space for the students and give them a safe, comfortable learning environment.

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

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!


Every year, the Senior Class walks to Bethesda Fountain for their traditional class photo for the yearbook. This year the field trip is scheduled for February 16, 2023, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  The 850 students in the Class of 2023 requires 35 parent/guardian chaperones!  During the trip a large group class photo will be taken and then photos of each studio will follow.  

Volunteer Opportunity: Every LaGuardia parent is welcome to volunteer. There is usually a sizable group of non-Senior parents who are free and willing to help out.  

There is a lot of walking to and from Central Park, Bethesda Fountain and LaGuardia. Each parent is typically matched with a staff member.  All chaperones make sure that Seniors are aware of their surroundings, follow all traffic safety rules, cross at lights, don't stand in the street, etc.  

For students who know in advance they are unable to attend this date, the school will gather their names and work to have them featured in other sections of the yearbook.

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


A very generous art studio parent has agreed to match all donations to the Art Studio PA made in the month of February (up to a maximum of $5,000). Help us double our money! Donate what you can by using the QR Code (please make sure your donation goes to the art studio PA).  Any amount is appreciated. 


We need help selling merchandise on the follow dates:

  • February 10th
  • February 16th
  • March 3rd
  • March 17th

Please click here to sign up for dates and times.


Our first senior art show kicks off Friday, February 10th from 1pm-7pm. Come check out the amazing talent in our senior class. 

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



Congrats to our amazing seniors for their Senior One Act performances this past week! You make the LaG Drama Studio proud!


Our next PODS meeting will be this Wednesday, Feb 8, via Zoom @ 6:00pm. Please note that we have had to change to an online meeting…. Nevertheless, we are excited to be featuring a speaker from Artsbridge Summer ProgramApplications for this amazing opportunity are due Feb. 15, so don't miss this meeting! Register for this meeting here

We are getting ready for another exciting season of SDFs, the culminating experience of four years of drama training. We really want these shows to be spectacular and raise the bar!  To make this possible, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!.....Visit our drama-wide SDF Sponsorship Campaign and show some love for our Seniors! CAMPAIGN ENDS March 5th. This year 5 amazing productions will be featured:

- March 14-17
You on the Moors Now - March 28-31
Our Town - May 2-5
The Laramie Project - May 23, 25
The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later - May 24, 26

We depend on the support and generosity of our Drama families and friends to continue to produce such high-quality productions - this year, the Drama PA will spend an estimated $60,000 supporting these productions.  Support at every level is needed and greatly appreciated! The drama studio will be sending out an email for different sponsorship opportunities. Sponsor SDFs HERE


We need VOLUNTEERS!  Come help feed our hard working Seniors and sell concessions at the shows!  SDF food and concession signup.

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


Join Us!

What: Music Studio General Meeting

When: Monday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Zoom Link"

Save The Dates!

March 16, 17, 18 - Operetta: The Merry Widow

April 3 - Riverside Choral Concert at Riverside Church. Details to follow

Contact Music PA

Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative

Tech Studio Meeting

Eli Schreiner has officially been named the AP of Career and Technical Education. It's the first time the Tech Studio has it's own AP. We congratulate Eli! 

The next POTS meeting will be March 22nd.

Thank you, 

Annie, Carmen, Layla, Louisa & Rina 

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

Parent Coordinator News

Donuts & Coffee Outreach

The first Friday of every month, parents/guardians are invited to come to my office, Room 211, for Donuts & Coffee Outreach. 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.

Alumni & Friends

Contact A&F

Zoe Schneider, LaG '89, Director

LaG Arts HS Alumni & Friends Website

Outside Opportunities
Auditions, Opportunities and Free Arts events in and around NYC.

February Writing Contests Open Submissions

Brooklyn Museum Teen Programs

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.

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