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Originally delivered on 3/12/2023 8:35 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - March 12, 2023

Issue 28, March 12, 2023
Annual Benefit News and Request for AUCTION items


This year's Annual Benefit will take place on Tuesday, June 6 at Bottino. Details to follow so for now please SAVE THE DATE. 

The theme, WE ARE LAGUARDIA, is designed to inspire our community to renew our commitment to our dual mission school. We will celebrate our smart, talented and incredibly hard working students, teachers and administrators and all the supportive parents/guardians on the sidelines.  

All proceeds support ALL programs and Studios at LaG.  With your generous help, we are hoping to reach our goal of $100,000.


We need your help securing Silent Auction Donations, such as:


Please consider requesting donations from local businesses in any of the five boroughs. In our experience, businesses enjoy supporting educational and artistic efforts and the advertising exposure to the over 2,500 LaGuardia families and thousands of Alumni and Friends. 

HERE is a letter you can use to solicit donations. 

Or if you prefer for a benefit committee member to reach out to a business in your area, please fill out this FORM. 


All Auction items must be submitted no later than: May 19, 2023 

This Week @ LaG

Let's celebrate women's contributions to history, culture, and society! 

Did you know... the first Woman's History Day was celebrated in 1909 in New York City to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the garment workers' strikes when 15,000 women marked through lower Manhattan? From 1909 to 1910, immigrant women who worked in garment factories held a strike to protest their working conditions. Most of them were teen girls who worked 12-hour days. 

In acknowledgement of Women’s History Month, the LaGuardia High School Debate Club and Latinos Unidos Club, are hosting a toiletry drive.  Donated items will be given to the Antonio Olivieri Homeless Drop-in Center and will be distributed to women in need.

The drive will begin on Monday, March 13th and end on Wednesday, March, 28th.

Donation boxes will be in the main lobby. No used or open items please! Some items we would like to collect are:

Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Nail Files, Mouthwash, Soap, Washcloths,, Body Wash, Deodorant, Lotion, Socks, Underwear (various sizes), Sanitary Napkins & Tampons, Combs & Brushes, Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand Sanitizer


College Now Summer Course Information Session

Please join us  along with guest speakers Omyra Gonzalez, Assistant Coordinator of College Now at Hunter College,Ezra Kessler, and Stavros Vordonis, both Student Ambassadors for College Now from LaGuardia HS, for a discussion and Q&A about the College Now Programs at Hunter and City Colleges.  The session will take place on:

Monday, March 13th at 6:30 PM

Hunter's catalog just came out this week and City College's will be out next week. Registration begins immediately and ends May 4th. Course notification will be made by May 19th. In the meantime, take this opportunity to have all your questions about the program addressed by the experts.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 829 4141 9655
Passcode: 204706

School Spirit Shopping Day

Get your school spirit on and wear them proudly!

March Madness! School Spirit Shopping Day will be held in the Main Lobby scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd from 2:30 - 4:30pm!

Thank you for coming out and supporting your LaG HS Parents Association once again.

Sports Report
Track & Field News

The freshmen/sophomore indoor track and field meet happened at The Armory on Sunday March 5th. 

In the boy's freshmen, Ariel Yaron finished 3rd place (4:52.54) in the 1600m and 2nd (10:11.42)in the 3200m. 

In the girl's freshmen, Naomi Douglas finished 1st (11:04.20) in the 3000m and Gwyneth Shupp medaled 5th (3:36.62) in the 1000m.

In the sophomore girls, Anya Eder medal 5th (12:00.65) in the 3000m. 

The freshmen boys and girls finished 12th place in the city's elite event.



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. (Only $137 to go!)

Ms. Riley needs enamel paint and wood panels, which will enable students to 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.

Ms. Johnson needs copies of Clint Smith's poetry collection Counting Descent so students can have their own copy of the text and are able to engage directly with the writing on the page. This will help them to better process and analyze the poems.

Ms. Laricchia needs a new reliable laptop to deliver fun, engaging lessons everyday for students studying world languages. (Be one of the first supporters!)

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
Junior Families / Class of 2024

The Junior Class Community now has a WhatsApp Group!  If you would like to join, please click the link following link:

The Junior Clsss Rep, Erica Reaves can be reached via email 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

Volunteers Needed! We still need to help sell merchandise at our third Senior Art Show on March 17th. Click here to sign up!

Click here to see the FEBRUARY edition of the Art Studio News N Notes!  

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


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


The SDFs open this week with the musical Rent, and the culminating experience of four years of drama training is finally here! Tickets are going fast, but the remaining ones can be purchased through the main LaG website. We really want these shows to be spectacular and raise the bar! To make this possible, we still need your support! SUPPORT THE DRAMA STUDIO BY DONATING HERE

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! 


The second SDF production of You on the Moors Now runs Mar. 28-31. Tickets for this amazing show can be purchased by going HERE.

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


Calling All Volunteers!!

We need your help for merchandise sales for our 4 Merry Widow performances on Thurs. 3/16, Fri. 3/17, and Sat. 3/18. If you can give some of your time that would be greatly appreciated! Merchandise sales truly do help our students in the music studio to be able to participate in these wonderful opportunities. And it's a fun way to be involved in our school community!

Below is a link for you to click and sign up for the show for which you would like to volunteer. And please leave your contact info as you sign up. 

LaGuardia High School Parents Association Inc - The Merry Widow Operetta (

Thank you for your support!

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):

* Calling for volunteers- Here is the sign-up for concessions and merchandise sales for SDFs

* 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

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.

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

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