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Originally delivered on 6/12/2023 10:22 am

SUBJECT: SNN - MONDAY MORNING EDITION: Town Hall, Rising Stars AND Annual Benefit + Auction

Issue 39, June 12, 2023 - MONDAY MORNING EDITION
ALL SCHOOL: Town Hall and General PA Meeting

Principal Town Hall 

Wednesday, June 14, 5:30pm, Little Flower Theater

General PA Meeting

Wednesday, June 14, 6:30pm, Little Flower Theater

  • Bylaw revisions will be formally presented to the community.
  • We will vote on 2023-2024 PA Budget

General PA Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 6:00pm via ZOOM

  • ONE agenda item - vote to approve bylaw revisions.  
Proposed Bylaw Updates

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.

UPDATED Bylaws can be found HERE.

Proposed 2023-2024 PA Budget

Please review the 2023-2024 Proposed Budget - LaGuardia High School Parents Association before the June 14th meeting. 


ALL SCHOOL:  Rising Stars is BACK and better than ever. 

June 15 & June 16

Tickets have a timed entry. You can purchase tickets to enter the school building every 15 minutes,  You will have the option to purchase tickets for Thursday or Friday at 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm and 7pm. When you purchase your tickets, please choose carefully as there are no refunds or exchanges.  

Beginning at 6pm, there will be an immersive experience consisting of performances and exhibits taking place in both lobbies and the mezzanine. The concert portion of the show will take place in the Concert Hall following the immersive experience.


Support this Laguardia tradition showcasing ALL the talents of our amazing artist scholars!  





PATRON - any amount helps!


Email to volunteer for:

Audience Control
Guide audience to Concert Hall
5PM either/both June 15 & 16

Concession/Merchandise Sales
Set up and sell concessions
5:30 pm either/both June 15 & 16



ALL SCHOOL:  Bidding closes MONDAY, June 12 @ 12:00pm

Thank you to everyone who turned out on Tuesday for the Annual Benefit and Auction!  

This is a REMINDER that the Auction Fire Sale closes TOMORROW at 12pm.  

CLICK HERE to browse items.

AND the MADONNA raffle closes TOMORROW at 12pm. 

CLICK HERE to enter raffle.

Once fire sale closes the committee will be in touch with all winners to schedule item pickup/delivery.

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


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

FINAL Office Hours ! 

Every Friday -  10:30 - 11:30 AM

LINK to office hours

Track & Field

The girls did well in the Frosh/Sophomore Outdoor Championships at St John's University Sunday June 4th. Naomi Douglas took gold in both the freshman 2000m steeplechase and 1500m in which she did a season's best time of 5:03.15. Naomi will be going to compete in NY State track & Field outdoor championships this Thursday June 8th to Saturday June 10th at Middletown HS.

In the boys Ariel Yaron took silver in the freshman 3200m.


All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

Donors Choose

Thank you for supporting our teachers and students this year by helping to fund classroom projects! We still need your help!
Mx. Shea still needs our help to get woodworking tools to help advanced scenic carpentry students with lathe projects. Only $338 to go!

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

The Parents Association is not involved in the planning of Prom or Graduation. 

What is shared here is purely for informational purposes.

  • Seniors should continue sending in Senior Dues and Prom Payments to room 317 during their lunch period. 
  • There is no dress code for Prom or Graduation (other than cap and gown). 
  • The school will be sending out updates regarding the dates for picking up yearbooks, cap, gown, stoles and graduation tickets. 
  • Graduation gear and tickets are customarily distributed during or at the end of Regents week once your child has been verified that they are eligible to graduate. If your child updated their Maia account they will automatically be entered into a lottery to win one extra ticket. NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUIRED
  • Parents/Guardians are guaranteed two tickets. The PA has nothing to do with graduation ticketing.
  • If you have accessibility issues please email
  • Prom is being held on June 17th, 7-11pm at the NY Marriott Marquis.
  • Graduation is being held on June 26th at 2pm at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights.

If you are a Senior parent/guardian please email to request to join the LaGuardia Class of 2023 Facebook parent group.

Junior Families / Class of 2024

Junior Class of 2024 Students, Parents & Special Invitation To Senior Parents Class of 2023:

Please join us for an end of the year gathering!  This event will be held on Friday June 23, 2023, at 6:30pm, at the Anable Sailing Bar & Grill Restaurant, located at 440 44th Dr., Queens, NY, 11101, on the beautiful waterfront, only a quick ferry trip across from Manhattan.  

As we rise with our kids into their senior year, let's meet up and connect in person over a delicious meal.  Whether a hot dog, burger or steak, there's something for everyone!  Please note that this is a CASH ONLY restaurant.

We would also like to extend a warm invitation to the parents of the Senior Class of 2023.  This would be a wonderful opportunity mingle with them and receive any tidbits of wisdom to help us navigate the senior year.  So, come on out, have fun, and make new friends.

Your hosts will be Erica Reaves and Paula Trotto. 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

JUNIOR PROJECTS are re-scheduled for Monday, June 12 as follows:

  • 2pm in studio for faculty
  • 4:30pm Public Performance in the Little Flower Theater (no tickets required)
  • 7:00pm Public Performance in the Little Flower Theater (no tickets required)

SENIOR AWARDS are Tuesday 12:15-1:30 followed by a lunch celebration.  


Senior parent, Jessica Prior, has done a series of paintings from the 2023 Graduation Dance Concert. You can view and order them here for an awesome memento of your Dancer’s performance:

5x7 prints are available at $35 each.
100% of the proceeds after costs will go directly to the LaGuardia Dance Department!


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

Come and cast your vote on Monday, June 12th at 7pm via Zoom at our Music Studio Election Meeting! Virtual doors open at 6:45pm. 

We'll be electing 2 Vocal Reps and 2 Instrumental Reps. All other positions are volunteer based, but commitment is imperative.


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 next (and last) Tech Studio meeting of 2023 will be on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30pm on ZoomWe will be hearing from Tech seniors and grads and anyone interested in sharing their experiences may send an email to  

Thank you! Annie, Carmen, 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

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

Seniors must be sure all of their college application decisions are listed in Maia Learning, taking care to indicate the one place they plan to enroll if they are going to college in the Fall. Without this designation, the final transcript cannot be sent after graduation.

A recording of the UAspire Financial Aid workshop from last week can be found here.

Juniors have just concluded our 5 part College Essay Guy Workshops. 

Essay Writing Part 1

Essay Writing Part 2

Essay Writing Part 3

Common App Activity List

Common App Supplemental Essays

On June 12 at 5:30 pm the PA and Guidance Department will be hold 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

Outside Opportunities

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

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