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Originally delivered on 3/27/2023 8:36 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - Riverside Spring Choral Concert it Back!

Issue 29, March 26, 2023 (released on March 27)
General PA Meeting Minutes

Thanks to everyone who joined last week's General PA meeting.  

Please click HERE to access the meeting minutes.

The Riverside Spring Choral Concert is Back!

A long-standing LaGuardia tradition, sponsored by the Music Studio PA, is back after a 3 year hiatus! 

Remember the night!

T-shirts with all choir student names $20.00.

Click HERE to purchase a T-shirt.

Volunteers still needed! 

CLICK HERE to Volunteer.



Here are some ideas for donations. BUT don't be limited by the list . 


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 

Rising Stars
COMING SOON!! Audition Details on Rising Stars.

Due to time constraints, all audition submissions will be requested to be submitted in their final form. The deadline will be announced soon, but please start preparing as all auditions will be via video submissions only!


Remember to save the dates: Show dates will be June 16, June 18, June 20!!

Vote for LaGuardia
VOTE for New Lighting System for Little Flower

Every participating City Council Member is allowed $1 million in discretionary funds to distribute among community-suggested and selected infrastructure projects within their districts. Council Member Gail Brewer represents District 6 where LaGuardia is located. A new lighting system for Little Flower Theatre is a finalist for funding! 

If you live in District 6, you can vote from March 25th through April 3rd. Click here for more information on voting.

If you know someone who lives in District 6 forward the link and ask them to vote!  

Little Flower Theatre in LaGuardia serves 2,500 students daily, plus local community members.

The current lighting system is failing and needs to be replaced at a cost of $250,000. 

Last Chance to Support Antonio Oliveri Homeless Center
March 13th - 28th

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

LaG Students Rock!
They perform ......

Two weeks ago, a few lucky LaGuardia parents had the great privilege of seeing LaGuardia student Faith Cochrane in the lead role of Doris in Mama I Want to Sing. 

This was the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the original off-broadway production which played for eight years and then toured nationally and internationally for two years. 

Co-written, directed and produced by Vy Higgensen, this current version featured Vy and was directed by her daughter, Amaya Knoll. Amaya came to LaGuardia to audition students for the role of Doris, and selected Faith along with Elise Silva and Asa Sulton for a role that required a five-octave range! 

LaGuardia choir director and voice teacher, Darryl Jordan, also made a cameo appearance. It was a thrill to see LaGuardia's talent shine in such a stellar professional capacity!

Congratulations to them and to Faith's own mama, Jeanette Cochrane, LaGuardia's wonderful PA Recording Secretary! 

left: Amaya Knoelle, Faith Cochrane, and Darryl Jordan at the end of the show

right: Faith Cochrane, Jeanette Cochrane

They win awards.......

It's no surprise that LaG students performed exceptionally well in the NYC Region of the Scholastic Art Awards–the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. 

In total, LaG students received 273 Scholastic Art Awards across every category.

CLICK HERE to view full list. 

Congratulations to ALL! 


We are thrilled that FIVE LaG Students were named NATIONAL MEDALISTS! 

Congratulations to GOLD medalists, Luna Baker-Stohlmann, Simone Vysnovsky, Darcie Wu and SLIVER medalists Haryn Kim and Cayla Kushner. 

art work right: Party Animals, Marcella Cod, Gold Key Winner, Class of 2023

Academic Forum
Contact Academic Forum

Jane Berk, Joslin Paradise, AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello, Joy Bassini
Academic Forum Officers

Sports Report


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!

Let's keep the momentum going by helping to fund the following teacher's projects:

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. Laricchia needs a new reliable laptop to deliver fun, engaging lessons everyday for students studying world languages.

Mx. Shea needs woodworking tools and supplies to give her students the opportunity to learn and develop woodworking skills with a focus on lathe projects. (Be an early supporter!)

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

Congratulations to Senior T-Shirt/Hoodie Design contest winner, SeniorArt Student, Nicole Bunyatov! 

Check out the online store to purchase t-shirts and hoodies! 

Click HERE to purchase tees and hoodies in red, black and white! 

Junior Families / Class of 2024

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

The Junior Class 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.

Studio Updates

NEED VOLUNTEERS: Prospective Student Open House

Tuesday, March 28th

Click HERE to sign up to volunteer.

Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives


Hello Dance Parents and Guardians!  

We had a terrific outing to Juilliard on Friday. Our dancers were a fantastic audience and got major shout-outs from the LAG alums now attending Juilliard.  It was an inspiring morning with LaGuardia Dance in the house and onstage!

This week our juniors in the Laguardia Dance Ensemble (LDE) will be performing at the Accepted Students Open House this Tuesday afternoon/evening.  

If you missed parent-teacher conferences last Thursday/Friday and would like to connect with a Dance faculty member, please reach out to them directly - they are happy to get on the phone at any point.  

**Please note there was a TYPO in our last email regarding the Senior Concert sponsorships - the Dance email was incorrect.  If you tried to email and didn’t get a response please reach out again by clicking here.  To read the full letter from Mr. Sinacori, please click here!

And always use the helpful links below if you have questions. 


Courtney and Heide

Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives




The SDFs continue this week with You on the Moors Now, 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 are looking forward to the opening of You on the Moors Now this week. Parents, we still need you to step up and take on some crucial volunteer roles, especially parents of Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students! There are still three more productions this spring, and 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; 3) Deliver snacks to the actors on rehearsal “blackout” days... PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO SIGN UP TO HELP

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


WE NEED YOU! LaGuardia Families please come join us or participate in the Riverside Church Spring Choral Concert!

Monday, April 3rd at 7p.m.

Riverside Church in Harlem, located at 490 Riverside Drive. 

The Riverside Choral Concert features our 10th, 11th and 12th grade curricular ensemble: Senior Chorus, Mixed Chorus, Cantare, and Treble Chorus. Ensembles will perform a program of varied choral literature featuring folk songs, contemporary pieces, spirituals, and other choral works.

Purchase Tickets

Click HERE to  purchase tickets 

Or, scan the QR code to the right.

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:

  • Thank you for attending the March 22nd POTS meeting! You can find the minutes here

  • The next POTS meeting will be on April 19 at 6:30pm on zoom. Please check the Tech Studio website for updates. 

  • Volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming SDF, You on the Moors Now which runs from Tues. March 28th - Friday, March 31st.
    • For merchandise help, please click here to sign-up.
    • For SDF concessions, we need help in picking up donuts for the 4 SDF days. Please email if you’re able to help. Time commitment: pick up at the Krispy Kreme at 96th & Broadway around 4:15pm to bring to the school by 5pm.

If you’re unable to donate your time, please consider contributing to the Tech Studio fund. No amount is too large or too small. Please click here to learn more.

Please stop by the Tech and Drama tables this week to pick up some Tech Merch (bandanas, long-sleeved tees, hoodies, lounge pants, and more!) and buy snacks & donuts and meet fellow parents & caregivers. 

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.

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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