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Originally delivered on 3/5/2023 8:36 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - March 5, 2023

Issue 27, March 5, 2023


We need your help securing Silent Auction DONATIONS.


  • Gift certificates to restaurants, museums, sporting events etc.
  • Unique experiences like backstage tours, observing professionals at work, etc. 
  • Gift certificates that offer your expertise; maybe you are a writer, an actor, a musician, a lawyer, an artist, a coach, a designer – our diverse community is always seeking expertise. You can edit someone’s college essay, offer music or vocal lessons, give someone a critique on their designs or portfolio, teach someone how to cook. We know our community is talented. 

Please contact: to submit your donations.

We look forward to collaborating with you and making this the best benefit ever.

Caroline Andoscia

LAGHSPA, Vice President, Fundraising 

Academic Forum

LaGuardia High School is partnered with College Now programs at Hunter College and City College. 

Course catalogs will be available on these college websites mid-March: 

Hunter College

City College

Please note: 

  • Registration will end on May 4th.  
  • Students are chosen for classes by lottery and will be notified about course acceptance by May 19th.
  • They may also take a course at a non-partner high school. However, it needs to be a course that takes place on the college campus.  
  • Students from the campus partner school will have priority registration over non-partner school students. 
  • CUNY will also post the summer courses for for other campuses on their website sometime in March. Click HERE for more information. 
  • There are several items that need to be submitted by a student who is applying to for its College Now program including a Parental Consent.
  • Other forms, documentation, requirements, etc. may not be standardized, so we suggest reaching out to the individual campuses directly for this information.  

The Academic Forum is planning a live session with representatives from Hunter and CUNY College Now programs.  Be on the lookout for an announcement soon!

Support a Senior

Please consider supporting a Senior.  In order to ensure that every student can participate in Senior Activities, we are asking families to consider donating to the Senior Fund. 

Costs per senior include: 

Senior Dues (caps, gown, graduation venue, etc.) $200.00
Prom Ticket$250.00
Prom (attire, transportation, etc.) $500.00 +

Donations from all classes are appreciated and encouraged.  No donation is too big or too small.  Thank you! 

CLICK HERE to donate to the senior fund.

Spring Drama Festival

See Drama Section for details.

Sports Report
Softball Tryouts

Tryouts for the softball team will be held on:
March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th. Students must have their PSAL Medical Form signed by their physician and their signed Parent Consent Form. Students should come prepared for both an indoor and outdoor practice as the weather will determine our practice space. 

Contact Mark Steffa for more information:, 212-496-0700 x5229

Varsity Boys Volleyball Spring Season

Varsity boys volleyball spring season tryouts are being held in the LaGuardia gymnasium from February 28th - March 4th. Tryouts will run from 4:10-6:00 pm those days and players need shorts, athletic sneakers, and a water bottle. 

The Volleyball season runs from February 28th to May 8th. We practice or have games almost all school days from 4:10-6:00 after school in the LaGuardia gym.

Please email any questions to coach Jesse Lardner 

Also, prospective players can stop by room 647 and ask for Mr. Lardner.

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

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. 

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. Our support is crucial to help fund these projects!

Ms. Fischer desperately needs to replace a dying laptop in order to correspond with parents, students and staff, check homework, take attendance, input grades and other school related tasks.

Ms. Riley needs enamel paint and wood panels so students can create paintings in a new style.

Mr. Abikzer needs cameras so the students can successfully complete the yearbook and continue covering events as they occur at school.

Ms. Klein needs 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 to view all active projects, 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
Junior Families / Class of 2024


The Junior Class Community now has a WhatsApp Group!  If you would like to be added to the group please click on the link below with your first and last name.  To email the Junior Class Rep please send your information to Erica Reaves at:"

Thank you!

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.

Sophomore Families / Class of 2025

A WhatsApp group chat has been organized for class of 2025 parents/guardians. Please share your name and your student’s studio when you join. 

Open this link to join 2025 LaG Families WhatsApp Group:

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.

Interlochen Parents Connect

A What's App group has been set up for LaGuardia Parents who are sending their kids to Interlochen this summer for camp:

We'll discuss anything related in this group, but we've already started talking about carpooling, uniform purchases, etc. 

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

THANK YOU to our parent volunteers who helped sell merchandise at our 2nd Senior Art Show on March 3rd.

- Giselle DeCamps-Guthrie

- Kristin Leigh

We still need help at Senior Art Show #3 on March 17th. Click HERE to sign up!

Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives


Welcome back Dance families - hope your dancer was able to refuel over mid-winter break because Spring will definitely be busy with more master classes and performances.  Senior choreography groups will be announced this week and rehearsals will begin.
Don’t forget to put the Senior Dance Concert in your calendar - June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  You won’t want to miss it!
And, as always, stay updated with the Dance Department by checking the links below!
best, Heide and Courtney

Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives

Instagram: @dance_lag
PA Dance Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Dance Studio



The SDFs open Mar. 14th, and the culminating experience of four years of drama training is finally here. 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!  The deadline to purchase a shoutout or booster/ad in the Playbill is tonight, March 5th!  You can purchase these to support your student or promote your business.  Sponsorship levels begin at as little as $25. Visit the Drama Studio Page for a breakdown of all sponsorship levels. And...SUPPORT THE DRAMA STUDIO BY DONATING HERE


Another way to support the Spring Drama Festival is to enter our raffle for a chance to win tickets to Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the MTV Video Music Awards, and The Daily Show. Visit our studio page for more information.


Tickets to the first to Spring Drama Festival productions are going fast! Purchase your tickets to Rent (Mar. 14-17) and You on the Moors Now (Mar. 28-31) by going HERE now!

We need parents to step up and take on some crucial volunteer roles, especially parents of Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students! If you are looking for a fun way to get involved and meet other LaG Drama parents, please consider taking on one of the following tasks: 1) Concessions “Captain” for SDFs: We need one parent/guardian (or team) to be in charge of organizing the concessions for each production; 2) Concessions Sales: sell snacks before SDF performances and during intermission—easy and fun! PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO SIGN UP TO HELP

A great way to contribute to the Drama Studio is to run your own fundraising campaign? Want to know more? Please take this 10-second survey to let us know! 

Thanks to all the parents who attended our last PODS meeting on Feb 8. We were so lucky to be joined by our guests, Halley Shefler and Ariel Strasser, from the ArtsBridge summer program! Applications for the ArtSong, Dramatic Acting, and Musical Theater 2 programs have been extended to Mar. 15. For those who missed our meeting, please watch the recording here. Passcode: N*CWMR9#


Students from the Open Mic Club will be performing again at The Bitter End on Sunday, Mar. 19th from 4-6 p.m. Come support these talented students, and the Drama Studio at the same time! Proceeds will help support the Spring Drama Festival. Don’t miss it! 

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: Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Topic: College Bound; Life After LaG

Click to join: Zoom link


with Double Good Gourmet Popcorn - raise lots of money for The Music Studio and enjoy a delicious treat!

4 days only! Sale runs March 8-12 so get those orders in!

Join in the delicious fun of selling delectable gourmet popcorn with minimal work and all the benefits. Set up your virtual pop-up shop in a snap and share with your friends and family far and wide. Each time someone buys a bag of popcorn from you, 50% of the profit comes back to the Music Studio. You don't have to lift a finger - well, maybe if you want to check your sales. 100% virtual, no handling of money or product. The popcorn is packaged and shipped directly to the buyer. So make sure to get in on the challenge for some extra fun, and support your Music Studio all at the same time! 

Set up your shop now so when the event launches on March 8th you are ready to go.  

Step 1: download the Double Good app on iPhone or Android

Step 2:  enter our event code UQR TPM in the app.  

Step 3: create your personalized pop-up store. You can upload a 20 second video or put a photo of you singing or playing your instrument - show off and get lots of sales! 

Step 4: All stores will go live at 7 p.m. on March 8th and run until March 12th at 7 p.m.  

You can share your link in several ways - social media, text or email. Sell, Sell, Sell and support the Music Studio!

Artsbridge Summer 2023

Artsbridge *deadline* extended to 3/15!

Apply Now

Contact Artsbridge Here

Contact Music PA

Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative


Parents of Technical Theatre Students (POTS):

* Be on the lookout for sign-up for concessions and merchandise sales for upcoming productions.  

* Consider supporting your technical theater students with a gift to the Tech Studio. Click HERE to donate. Use the pull down menu and select Tech.

* Join the next POTS meeting on March 22nd at 6PM. Join Zoom Meeting here, Meeting ID: 507 786 8251

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

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

College Resources
Secondary Specialist Support

Class of 2023: trpcmui 

Class of 2024: j2kozj2

College Essay Event for Juniors

Current juniors are invited to attend a Zoom College Essay Writing Kickstart Workshop on Monday, March 6, 7PM.

Zoom Link:

The session will be recorded for any student with a conflict. The workshop is intended to help 11th grade students begin to think about how to put their best foot forward with their college personal statement.

Advanced Placement 101 Info Talk with The Princeton Review

Tuesday, March 7, 5-6 p.m. 

This event is online only. Over 1 million students take AP exams each year. This virtual info session with The Princeton Review for both students and parents covers why the AP program works the way it does, how tests are made and strategies to get a great score. Click HERE to RSVP. 

College Acceptance Letters & Paying for College

Wednesday, March 8, 5-6 p.m.

This event is online only. Spring is when college acceptance letters roll in. In this virtual talk, staff from The New School’s will show teens and their families tools they can use to evaluate school financial aid packages. We will also discuss scholarships, loans, work study programs and tips on how to appeal for more financial assistance. Click HERE to RSVP. 

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.

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

Harvard University Virtual World Pre-Health Conference, April 1-2. Register HERE. Deadline to register 3/15/23. 

NYU Grad Film Directors Seeking Teen Talent

Projects are beginning to cast now, and shoots will take place mid-March through mid-April. See casting breakdown for more information. All correspondence and negotiations will take place between the student director and the teen/guardian. Contact emails are in the breakdown. All actors require valid work permits (info on NY State work permits here and NJ work permit info here) and must meet NYU's vaccination policy which requires full vaccination for all cast and crew - including a booster when eligible - unless there is a qualifying medical or religious exemption. 

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.

Click for more

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

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