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Originally delivered on 4/2/2023 8:34 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - TOMORROW - Riverside Concert AND Vote for LaGuardia

Issue 30, April 2, 2023
General PA Meetings

We are in the final stretch of the 2022/23 school year!  Please note our next General PA Meeting is April 26 (in-person/Little Flower Theater).

In order to ensure a smooth Executive Board transition, we will hold our PASpring Elections on May 17, 2023 (virtual/zoom). Details will be sent our shortly, for now, please hold the date. 

Open House Success

The 2023 LaGuardia High School Open House for the accepted students was a great success! 

It went off without a hitch and couldn't have without your generous helping hands. Thank you to all of our dedicated parent volunteers that helped feed our 250 student volunteers.

Thanks to our students for leading the accepted students and their families on  the campus tour. Thanks to Mr. Sinacori and our educators for creating campus various immersive experiences for the accepted students to give them a meaningful insight into the talents and academic riches which made LaGuardia a standout and an incredibly exciting high school to be a part of.

VOTE for New Lighting System for Little Flower Theater

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 Gayle Brewer represents District 6 where LaGuardia is located. A new lighting system for Little Flower Theater 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. 

The Riverside Spring Choral Concert - TOMORROW, Monday, April 3
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.

Annual Benefit 6-6-23



Here's a sample of just a few of the auction items that will be available for bidding from May 23, to June 23, 2023.

* Hotel Stays- Bangkok, the Berkshires, Hamptons

* Memberships-Museum of Natural History, Whitney, BAM

* Art work; signed original works, photography and more

* Fitness -Yoga, SoulCycle, Rumble and other classes

* Restaurants - gift certificates

* Experiences-Sessions with artists, vocal coaches, and more

Ticket sales to begin this week. Check your inbox for special early bird sale. 


Students Making It Happen!
Climate Week

Thank you to Senior, Lake Wiesmayr and the Climate Action Club for creating and hosting a series of events acknowledging CLIMATE WEEK at LaG. The effort included coordination of many initiatives and over 17 volunteers. 

Events included classroom activities and fundraising activities that included a bake sale; clothing swap and drive; sign up station for clubs and volunteering; a suggestion box for how Laguardia can become more sustainable; advertising for the open discussion about climate change and mental health next Monday; and an informational table about single-use plastics 

In total, they raised $432.97 - $303 donated to the senior fund and $130 to the Sierra Club Foundation.

Scholastic Awards

273 Winners Across Every Category! 

Established in 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards bring the work of young people to regional and national audiences. Former recipients include artists Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, and John Baldessari and writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates. It's no surprise that LaG student artists and writers 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 of award winning LaG artists and writers! 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently exhibiting over 500 works of art and writing from this year's New York City Gold Key Award winners. 

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!!

Academic Forum

The Academic Forum would like to remind everyone of the various programs offered this summer for students to receive college credit.  Programs will be available at City College, Hunter College, and through Modern States.  Additionally, Academic Approach will also be offering another college prep course at a discounted rate.  Details for Academic Approach will be provided after spring break. As a reminder, there will be no office hours for the next two weeks.  Office hours will resume on Friday, April 21st from 10:30-11:30 am.

Contact Academic Forum

Jane Berk, Joslin Paradise, AnneMarie Tamis-Nasello, Joy Bassini

Office Hours will Resume:

Friday, April 21, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

LINK to office hours

Sports Report
Girls Softball

Girls Softball kicked off their season with a loss to a tough Louis Brandeis squad, 23-6. Aubrey Abramson & Talia Schuldenrein led their hitters with multiple hits, runs & RBI. The Lions hope to get their record to .500 when they play HSMSE at Jacob Schiff Park next Tuesday.


All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Donors Choose

Thank you for fully funding Ms. Laricchia's most recent project for a new laptop! Let's keep the momentum going by helping to fund the following teachers' 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.

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!)

Ms. De la Cruz needs a new computer to be able to teach and prepare lessons for students. (Never before funded; 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

Attention Junior Class Community:

There will be two brief Zoom meetings for all Junior Class Parents that would like to volunteer for the upcoming events.  It is not necessary to attend both, as it was only for convenience. 

The first meeting will be on Monday April 3rd at 7pm; and second meeting on Wednesday April 5th at 7pm.  Both meetings will present  opportunities on ways you can serve.  Please RSVP to Junior Class Rep., Erica Reaves at

To join our WhatsApp group, please click here

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. 

Click here 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

April Art Studio PA Meeting

Save the date for our next meeting on Monday, April 24th at 7pm


Final Senior Art Show Four

Opening Friday, April 28th 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Come out and support our seniors. 

Art Studio merchandise will be sold at the event.

Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives





Congratulations to our first raffle winners, Susan May (two tickets to Saturday Night Live) and Claudia Cantarella (four V.I.P. seats to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)! Folks, the chances of winning these raffles are ridiculously high! And it’s a great way to support the Spring Drama Festival. Our next drawing will be for tickets to the MTV Video Music Awards, and The Daily Show. Visit our studio page for more information and enter today!


Thank you so much to the amazing Drama parents who stepped up and helped out with selling concessions and merchandise at performances, as well as bringing snacks and meals to our students during "blackout day" rehearsals. As we look forward to the next phase of SDFs in May we still need you to volunteer to take on some cubical 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


Our next Parents of Drama Students Meeting will be on April 19th. Time and location TBD, but please mark your calendars. A lot has been going on in the Drama Studio, and we need you all to be as informed and involved as possible. Stay tuned!

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:

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

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.

Thank you,

Annie, Carmen, Layla, Louisa & Rina

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

College Resources

Annual College Admission Panel

This annual event is a College Admission Panel moderated by Ms. Kleiman to help prepare 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students for the college admissions process. The colleges represented are intentionally diverse and do not repeat from year to year. All families are encouraged to watch together to learn more about the wide range of post-secondary options available to them.

When: Monday, April 17th, 7:00-8:30 PM EST

Where: Zoom Webinar Link

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.


Meredith Tucker ("The White Lotus", "Eighth Grade") and Betsy Fippinger ("Are You There God? It's Me Margaret") are casting a film entitled GRIFFIN IN SUMMER and are searching for the lead role of GRIFFIN. They are looking for a 13-15 year old boy (to play 13/14 year old) who is confident and loves theater to play GRIFFIN, a gay playwright experiencing his first unrequited love. Applicants must be 5'6" and under. If you are interested in auditioning, please send a headshot and resume to

Betsy Fippinger, CSA

The Met Exhibits NYC Scholastic Gold Key Award Winners in Art and Writing 

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

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