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Originally delivered on 6/4/2023 8:33 pm

SUBJECT: SNN - 6/4/2023: AUCTION is LIVE! Bid now!

Issue 38, June 4, 2023
Town Hall and General PA Meeting UPDATE

The Parents Association town hall meeting with Acting Interim Principal Mathesius planned for May 30th has been rescheduled.

It is now set for June 14th from 5:30pm-6:30pm.  

The next General PA meeting will be on Wednesday, 6/14 at 6:30pm immediately following a town hall meeting with Acting Interim Principal Mathesius at 5:30pm. 

Both meetings will be held in person at LaGuardia High School with no zoom option. 

Mandarin, Russian and Spanish interpreters will be available.

We'll meet the newly elected PA Executive Board Members and we will be voting on the updated PA Bylaws and our proposed budget for the 2023-2024 school year.

Our current bylaws can be read HERE (a revised draft and our proposed budget will be sent out prior to the meeting) if approved at our General PA Meeting, the new bylaws will:

1. create a new position on the PA Executive Board. The Vice President, Special Education will be the parent or guardian of a student with a disability (IEP or 504) and be responsible for helping the LaGuardia community to better understand the special education services entitled to students and help to advocate for them.

2. allow us the option to elect Class Representatives in the spring. The current bylaws require the Class Representatives to be elected in the fall. The Freshman Class Representative will continue to be elected at the first PA meeting in the fall.

Please mark your calendars and join us in person on June 14th.

We look forward to seeing you!

ALL SCHOOL - Annual Benefit & Auction, 6/6/23

Online Auction is LIVE! 




Please contact the committee with any questions:

MUSIC STUDIO - Spring Semi-Annual, June 9 & 10
Academic Forum

College Process Best Practices Q&A

When: Monday, June 12, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join Class of 2023 parents and guardians as they answer questions about the college application experience from their personal perspectives. 

Where: Zoom

On June 12th at 5:30 pm we will be holding a Zoom discussion with parents/guardians of current seniors sharing their advice with younger families. You can submit a question here. You can volunteer to be a panelist if you are a senior parent here.

If you are a Class of 2023 parent/guardian and would like to volunteer to potentially participate as a speaker, please complete this google form. Note, please be sure to check with your student ahead of time to be certain they feel comfortable with you speaking candidly about their college process. We always put student respect and privacy first, so we do not want any participant to volunteer without the consent of their student.

If you are a 9th, 10th, or 11th grade family please save the date on your calendar. If you have a question for the panelists regarding advice for the college application process, please submit your question here. 

See you June 12th!


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. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THS OFFER BEFORE IT CLOSES! 

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

Girls Varsity Soccer Tryouts

The Girls Varsity Soccer team will be holding No Cut tryouts on Tuesday, June 6th , Thursday June 8th and Friday June 9th at Riverside Park 103/104 after school . The No Cut Tryout process is an opportunity for girls to come measure their skills against players who are attempting to return to the team and Alumni who have played for the team before. These tryouts/workouts are not mandatory, so if a student can't make it, it will not have an impact on their official tryouts in August. Students must have a completed parental consent form and a completed PSAL Physical form, signed by their doctor to tryout/workout. Please contact Mr. Steffa if you have any questions.

Lady Lions JV Soccer

The Lady Lions JV girl's soccer team advanced to the semifinals by defeating NewDorp high school from Staten Island by a margin of 5-1. Rosie Chin  scored 4 goals and Hazel Kamisky scored the other girls. All the goals were assisted by our feisty captain Elsie Hennegan and the super cool Josie Buyer. Next game is on Wednesday at the Brooklyn Tech field at 5:30 pm. Come support the girls. 

Track & Field

In Track and field news. Naomi Douglas and captain Marcela Carver performed well at the City Championships for track and field on Sunday May 28th. Marcela medal 6th in the triple jump 30-03.5 ft. Naomi Douglas medal 6th in the 1500m (5:07.83) and came 1st in grand style in the 2k steeplechase (7:31.97) which granted her a ticket to the NY States High School track and field Championships at Middletown high school June 9-10th. We wish her well.



All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Donors Choose

Thank you for fully funding Mr. L's most recent project for U.S. History books and basic supplies. Let's help get these projects funded before the end of the school year!

Mx. Shea still needs our help to get woodworking tools to help advanced scenic carpentry students with lathe projects.

Mr. Steffa is requesting sports and exercise equipment for the girl's Varsity Soccer team. (Be the first to donate!)

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
Junior Families / Class of 2024


To ALL Junior Students and Parents- (Class of 2024/Rising Seniors)-  And a Special Invitation to Current 2023 Senior Parents: 

Mark your calendar!  There will be a year-end gathering at the Anable Basin Sailing Restaurant located on the beautiful waterfront at: 440 44th Dr.  Queens, NY 11101, (a short ferry trip across the water from Manhattan).

As we rise into our senior year, let's gather and get to know each other in person over a delicious bite or drink.  Whether hot dog, burger or steak they have it all!   Please note that it is a CASH ONLY restaurant.

Please RSVP to the Junior Class Rep., Erica Reaves at: Hope to see you there!

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.

All IEP/504 Families

A WhatsApp group chat has been organized by and for parents/guardians of students with IEPs or 504s. Please join our private, supportive group. Please share your name and your student’s studio when you join. 

Click here to join IEP/504 LaG Families WhatsApp 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.

2023-2024 Art Studio PA Co-Reps
Congratulations to our new art studio co-reps 

Caroline Andoscia and Kristin Leigh. 

Need Volunteers
We have two big events in June and need volunteers. 

Click the link to sign up. 

Fine Arts Studio Senior Lunch
Senior families - please complete the google form to let us know if you will be attending the Art Studio Senior Lunch on Thursday, June 22nd 12:30pm-2:30pm.


Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives

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

The Senior Dance Concert was a HUGE success!  Thanks to everyone who came to support our Seniors and their gorgeous performances!  Such a treat!
Upcoming events:

DANCE ELECTIONS - Monday, June 5th at 6pm!  We will send a ZOOM link tomorrow prior to the meeting.

JUNIOR PROJECTS - Wednesday, June 7th at 4:30 and 7pm in Little Flower Theatre.  Junior parents come see what your dancer has been working on in choreography class.


Courtney Potts & Heide Valero
Dance Studio Co-Representatives

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


The Senior Drama Awards will be held on Tuesday, June 13th, at 1:45 p.m. in the Little Flower Theater, followed immediately by a luncheon served in G25 and G17. We are very much looking forward to this special day! If you would like to pitch in and help, especially on the day of, please contact your Co-Reps:


Please mark your calendars! The next PODS meeting will be on Wednesday, June 21st, at 6:30 p.m. Awaiting confirmation on location but this will be the final PODS meeting of the year and the time when we will elect next year’s Drama Reps! Emily Yoshikawa is a current senior parent, and Dan Ott will be stepping down as Drama Rep. Please consider running either singly or as a slate of two!


Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives

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

June 7th - Senior Dessert Committee Meeting, 8 p.m. via Zoom. 

June 9th - Krispy Kreme Doughnut Sale 7:30 a.m.

June 9 &10 - Spring Semi-Annual Concert. Purchase tickets here.

June 12th - Music Studio Board Election Meeting, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom


Marcee Smith & Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman & 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! 

The Tech studio is actively seeking a financial manager for 2023-24. You need to be good with an excel spreadsheet, but no other math skills/prior financial management skills are required! It is a great role to learn how the Tech studio operates, so please consider volunteering. Watch out for the announcement of the June POTS meeting (the last in this school year & on zoom).

Thanks! Annie, Carmen, Layla, Louisa & Rina 


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

College Essay Guy workshops for the 11th grade continue in June. All workshops are run via Zoom, click here for the link.

See below for the dates and times of the upcoming workshops:

  • June 5 - Activity List, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • June 8 - Supplemental Essays, 1:00-2:30 PM (Note, this is a non-instructional day for students)

Juniors are also in the midst of requesting their letters of recommendation. Once confirmed, students must complete this Google Form by no later than June 18th. 

POSSE Scholarship Interest Form is live and Juniors can fill it out here. It closes June 6th.

Grades 9-11 are invited to attend a Financial Aid Workshop from UAspire on Tuesday, June 6th at 7 pm. Register here. A recording of this event will be available for those who cannot attend the live event.  NOTE: This is the same night as the PA Benefit.  Ms. Kleiman has indicated that STUDENTS should attend the ZOOM while PARENTS attend the Benefit.   

On June 12th at 5:30 pm we will be holding a Zoom discussion with parents/guardians of current seniors sharing their advice with younger families. You can submit a question here. You can volunteer to be a panelist if you are a senior parent here.

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

LinkedIn Hosts 54 LaG Computer Science Students

Ms. Du's Computer Science class spent the day at LinkedIn last Monday. The students enjoyed a tour of the NYC headquarters at the Empire State building, a delicious luncheon at the Five Points dining hall and enriching panels about Sales & Marketing and Data Science & Engineering. 

Outside Opportunities

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