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Originally delivered on 4/30/2023 8:35 pm

SUBJECT: SNN - 4/30/23 - Senior Raffle; Auction AMAZON Wish List; Rising Stars

Issue 33, April 30, 2023
Parent Association Spring Elections 5/17

Mark your calendars for the next General PA meeting on May 17th when we will hold our PASpring Elections 2023 to elect parent association officers for the next school year. This is a virtual/zoom meeting. Details will be sent our shortly, for now, please hold the date. 

Check out the April General PA Meeting Minutes 4.26.2023 to learn all about school safety protocols, grading platform news, city council funding that impacts LaG, teacher appreciation week, and more! 


Baruch College, Cornell, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin, RISD, Syracuse, USC, University of Pennsylvania....

What do these schools have in common?  

They are among the many lucky colleges where LaG Seniors will land in September. Visit the SGO Instagram page for more information (and extreme cuteness)

SENIOR PARENTS - Please encourage your student to update MAIA with their college outcomes. This is the ONLY way LaG keeps track of college outcomes and is incredibly helpful for LaG families applying to college next year and beyond.


SENIORS who update MAIA by MAY 10 will be entered into a drawing for FREE senior dues. That's right! The PA will pay for the winner's senior dues. 

MUSIC STUDIO - Spring Musicale #2, Tues. 5/2, 6-9pm
DOE: Vote by May 9th!

NYC's Community and Citywide Education Councils are charged with promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on education politics, and providing input to the chancellor on the Panel for Educational Policy. Voting in these elections gives you an opportunity to have a direct impact in your school community and on your child's education. Review the Candidate Profiles and vote by May 9th! 

SCHOOL EVENT: #ForMe Digital Wellness Workshop - 5/17 @ 4:30
ALL SCHOOL - Annual Benefit & Auction, 6/6/23

Please support the Annual Benefit and Auction by purchasing an item from our Amazon wishlist. All items purchased from this list will be delivered to LaGuardia directly and auctioned at the Annual Benefit and Auction on June 6th!


The pandemic is the gift that keeps on giving and our PA budget reflects it.  

We are on track to end our fiscal year with a deficit somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 - 6 figures.

This means that next year there will be cutbacks on many PA initiatives such as:  

  • Online Grade Book 
  • All School Musical and Rising Stars
  • Consultants for Auditions/CallBack
  • Teacher Professional Development
  • Performance Space Maintenance
  • Financial Aid for Graduation Expenses
  • Financial Aid for AP exams and pSAT and SAT prep
  • Spirit of LaG Awards
  • Student Clubs
  • Athletics

…and more.

NOTE Correct shipping address:  Select address for Diane Vasquez from drop down menu (we are not allowed to ship items to LaGuardia - Diane is a music studio parent who volunteered to accept delivery. THANK YOU DIANE!) 

ALL SCHOOL - Rising Stars, June 15, June 16

Please join us for a ZOOM Q+A with the Director of Rising Stars... Tadej Brdnik.

 He will be available to answer questions about Rising Stars and what the vision of the show/production is this year!

LaGuardia HS PA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Rising Stars Q+A

Time: May 1, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 5480 6857

Passcode: 470265

Rising Stars: Reprise auditions are coming!

Are you the next big star?  Show us!  We are looking for acts for Rising Stars which will perform on the Concert Hall Stage June 15th and 16th  Acts are restricted to 10 minutes.  All submissions will be virtual, an email for submission collection will go out shortly.

Due to the extremely tight tech time for the show – acts will only be considered if they are completely formed and Please note there is no in school rehearsal time. 

All submissions will be due MAY 15, 2023 – no exceptions.

- Eli Schreiner

 AP of Theatre & CTE

Academic Forum


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) PRESENTATION

Monday, May 1st @ 6:30pm


The Academic Forum is pleased to welcome NAMI NYC to present their "Ending the Silence" (ETS) mental health program to the LaGuardia High School parents/guardians. Please attend the presentation and ask questions or make comments when you have them. This open discussion regarding the mental health of your children will be very beneficial towards getting them the help they may need. Check out the NAMI-NYC site to find mental health support for individuals and families. 

Academic Approach SAT summer tutoring offer

We are very happy to announce that ACADEMIC APPROACH will be offering another SAT test prep series this summer at the special rate of $400 for LaG students! The late afternoon/summer hours being offered have been specially timed by Academic Approach  to accommodate students who might have summer jobs  or internships. Twenty-four hours of instruction over the course of six weeks  are customized to target skills and strategies most necessary for their success. Lessons include reading annotation, math problem-solving, grammar and rhetorical skills with a rigorous emphasis on their application on the standardized tests. Two practice tests are also included. Find more about the LaG discount and schedules here.

Contact Academic Forum

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

Office Hours 

Every Friday -  10:30 - 11:30 AM

LINK to office hours


All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Donors Choose

Thank you for the funding of 41 projects so far this school year!

Your help is still needed:

Mr. Abikzer still needs cameras so the students can successfully complete the yearbook and continue covering events as they occur at school. ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT!

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!

Senior Families / Class of 2023

Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia is a 501c3 organization that maintains a database of alumni. They organize class reunions, hold social events, and raise funds for scholarships and awards, as well as funding for each studio department. They love highlighting what alumni have been doing and send out newsletters to keep you informed. Seniors are not automatically added at graduation! Sign up HERE!

Friday, May 5th is LaGuardia's Senior College Commitment Day Celebration! Students are encouraged to wear their college shirt/hoodie and come to the back lobby during lunch periods 4-7. Photo booth fun will be happening! 

May 9th is the last day to order Senior Swag! There will be no extensions! Please support this senior class fundraiser and order a senior shirt/hoodie or tote bag for your senior to wear proudly for years to come! HERE is the link to the first logo designed by Art Senior, Adriana Gonzalez and HERE is the link to the second logo designed by Art Senior, Chiara Giardina. 

Junior Families / Class of 2024

To join our WhatsApp group, please click here

Thank You! Erica Reaves

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this WhatsApp 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 these forums 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 these forums are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.


Click on the SECTION LINKS for details about the latest and greatest happenings in each studio. 


Deadline to enter is May 4th.

Complete this google form to enter.

All art studio students are eligible to enter.


Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

PA Art Studio Newsletter
PA Art Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio

Hello Dance Families - Spring is busy for our dancers so please keep checking the DANCE HAPPENINGS page to stay informed about upcoming events (like the VOGUE MASTER CLASS this week or the upcoming PSAT/SAT schedule for Tuesday).  


Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives

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


Our next Parents of Drama Students Meeting will be Tuesday, May 9th at 6 p.m. We hope to be in person at school, and will update the details as to location as soon as we have approval. We’ll be joined by some of our college-bound seniors who will discuss the application/audition process. This is an invaluable session for 9th-, 10th-, and 11th-grade families. Can’t wait to see you there!


Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives

PA Drama Studio Merch Store
PA Drama Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Drama Studio

Percussion and New Music Ensemble Showcase

Friday, May 5th at 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

LaGuardia Concert Hall

Buy Tickets


Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative

PA Music Monday Newsletter
PA Music Studio Merch Store
PA Music Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio

Text LAGMUSIC to 44321 to donate today! 

Please consider joining theTech board for next year. All positions are open as we do have current members stepping down. Elections will be in May to give anyone interested a chance to shadow before the end of the year. 

Please click here to see the details.

We will elect members at the next meeting. 


Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

PA Tech Studio Minutes
PA Tech Studio Merch Store
PA Tech Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Technical Theater Studio

Post-Secondary Specialist

Allison Kleiman

Post-Secondary Specialist

Room 233

(212) 496-0700 x 2233

Weekly Zoom meetings at 9 am and 12:30 pm

Weekly Zoom Archives

Maia Learning for 11th  and 12th grade students and families

Compass Prep Testing Guide

11th and 12th Grade Google Classroom Codes: 

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.

Check you inbox for an email from Jerrianna containing ZOOM links.

Jerrianna Phenix

Parent Coordinator

(212) 496-0700 x7209

Outside Opportunities

PRATT Institute Summer Scholars Program in Architecture, Drawing the Figure, Drawing the Object, and Painting. Registration opened on 4/14 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Email: or call 718-636-3654.

PRATT Need-Based Programs

Pratt Young Scholars is a scholarship program teaching art and design with college preparation to motivated high school students. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements. 

Design Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE) is a scholarship program that introduces students to the challenges of creative thinking and problem-solving through studio classes in design. Students investigate their communities through various programs such as Graphic Design, Architecture, Design Entrepreneurship, and more. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements.

Whitney Youth Insights Introductions is a free summer program for high school students who are English Language Learners to explore, discover and discuss American art, and create original works of art and writing. Apply by May 5th. 

Whitney YI Arts Careers is a free summer program that offers teens the opportunity to explore arts careers and arts institutions throughout New York City. Teens meet with Whitney Museum staff, arts professionals and other teens. Apply by May 5th. 

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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