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Originally delivered on 10/9/2023 8:04 pm

SUBJECT: SNN 10/8 Donate Now, Rising Stars, and more!

Issue 7, October 8, 2023

We suggest donating $500 to the General PA and $250 to your student's studio.If you can afford more, please donate more.  For credit card donations, please use links below. If you are donating to both the General PA and a studio, you will need to make two separate transactions. 

General PA
Art Studio
Dance Studio
Drama Studio
Music Studio
Tech Studio Please write your name and student's name in the note section. 

Check: Payable to LaGuardia HS PA; mail to LaGuardia HS PA, 100 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10023


We are aiming for 100% participation from LaGuardia families.

We welcome donations of ANY size!

Genera PA Meeting

Virtual meeting

Wednesday, October 18th @ 6:30 PM

The agenda and Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. 


Please email Erica Blum at  for more information about about college rep visits. Students can join Ms. Blum's Google Classroom using the links HERE

Upcoming College Fairs
Academic Forum Officers

Jane Berk
Jeanette Cochrane
Tai Hernandez McShane
Limor Nesher


The PSAT will be given on October 14th.  In addition to providing practice for SATs, students with qualifying scores may be eligible for National Merit Scholarships. The test will be digital, and as such, AA is offering a comprehensive training session called "PSAT: from Paper to Pixel". The program provides 3 hours of one-on-one  tutoring to introduce students to the new digital PSAT. To sign up, visit HERE

Academic Approach offers complimentary practice tests for both SAT and ACT tests and will assess your students strengths and weaknesses. 

Private one-on-one tutoring services are available for both SAT and ACT at discounted rates for LaGuardia students. 

Classroom college test prep courses are offered again in early 2024 (current session sign-up is now closed) and will include 24 hours of class time as well as 3 practice tests. To learn more, please visit HERE.  Please contact the Academic Forum for financial support if necessary (available one time only to Juniors and Seniors). 

*see disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter


Thank you for fully funding Ms. Stein's most recent project request for physical copies of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein,  and Ms. Bechard's most recent project request for basic art supplies to help students make science come alive!

Unfortunately, due to budget cuts and lower enrollment numbers, many teachers are lacking the funds needed to fully support their classrooms and the students as they would like. DonorsChoose is a great way to help teachers fund their classroom needs! 

All donations to Mr. Abikzer's current project are now being matched thanks to General Motors, while funds last. That means your donations go a little bit further!

Only $253 is needed to complete this project request.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page to view all 13 project requests, 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 of 2024

Senior Class Representative, Jamie McShane, 

Chaperones are needed to escort senior students to the group class photo shoot at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and then walk back to school. How often do you get to enjoy a relaxing autumn stroll with your kid and their friends? Pretty soon they'll be off to college and you'll wish you had signed up for this. Join us!

October 30, 2023

7:45am until 12noon; meet up at LaGuardia HS

Interested? Contact:

Class of 2025

Junior Class Representative, Victoria Rodriguez 

If you are a parent/guardian of a 2025 student at LaGuardia, please join our Parent/Guardian Whatsapp chat group. All Studios. The intent is to share useful info and support each other.

Class of 2026

Sophomore Class Representative, Lindsay Manley 

If you are a parent/guardian of a 2026 student at LaGuardia, please join our class WhatsApp chat.

Class of 2027

Freshman Class Representative, Shira Eisenberg 


Kristin Leigh & Caroline Andoscia
Art Studio Co-Representatives
Art Department Webpage
PA Art Studio Newsletter
PA Art Studio Webpage

Thank you to all who were able to attend the first Art Studio PA Meeting. We also want to thank our guests, Principal Marwah and Art Studio A.P. Heather O’Connell. It was great having both at the meeting. For those who were not able to attend the meeting we are working on putting the meeting on the Art PA website and will let you know when it is available. 

Also please join the Art Studio PA What’s App Group to stay on top of all the Art Studio info.

Faculty & Staff Art Show Friday, 10/13 1:45 to 7:00
Please sign up here to help us sell Art Studio merch at the show from 1:30 to 6:00. 

Student Curated Art Show Friday, 11/10
Submission are open! The Art Department is thrilled to announce the theme of the 2023 STUDENT CURATED ART SHOW: COLOR EXPERIMENT! Please review the submission information and apply. This show is open to all Fine Art Majors! 

Erica Schohn & Joslin Paradise
Dance Studio Co-Representatives
LaGuardia HS Dance Studio Webpage

Thank you to everyone who joined our "Meet the Teachers" meeting last week, in person and virtually.  Thanks to the generosity of our parents so far this year, we are pleased to announce the Dance PA will be funding a new physical therapy collaboration.  More details will be provided by the Dance Department.

The Dance Department has put together the “Dance Happenings” calendar, which will outline all important dates, upcoming events and links to new initiatives specific to the dance department.  For the Dance Happenings Calendar:Click Here

We have created a What’s App group for dance parents of all grade levels. To join: Click Here.

Sarah Ireland & Sara Brunetti
Drama Studio Co-Representatives
Laguardia HS Drama Studio Webpage

NEXT PODS MEETING - IN PERSON! Come and meet your fellow Parents of Drama IRL!
When: October 26th, 2023, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm  
Where: Room G17 at LaGuardia
What: Learn what's up next in Drama and connect with other Drama families and parents. Drama merch will be available for purchase!

SENIOR HEADSHOTS SIGN-UP Drama Seniors will receive FREE headshots courtesy of the Drama Studio PA and Stomping Ground Photo! The shoot date is 10/21. (Limited times available on 11/07 - please only choose this date if necessary.) 

Go to Stomping Ground Photo to sign up ASAP!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES We're seeking volunteers to assist at the Senior Headshot photoshoot in Brooklyn on 10/21 and 11/07. Click HERE to sign up!

GET CONNECTED We'd love to have you involved. Please create an account HERE to receive communication from the Drama Studio, and you'll automatically receive emails based on your student's grade and studio. 

MERCH! Our ONLINE STORE is up and running. Show your school spirit with great new styles plus "drama blacks" sweats and tees! 

Marcee Smith & Diane Vasquez
Music Studio Vocal Co-Representatives

Rebecca Sherman
Music Instrumental  Representative
LaGuardia HS Music Studio Webpage

Music Studio in-person meeting this Thursday!
When: Thursday, October 12th, 2023 at 7pm; doors open at 6:45pm
Where: 6th floor library (located on the north side of the building)

To receive communication from the Music Studio, create an account HERE. You will automatically be subscribed to emails and newsletters based on your student's grade and studio. 

Rina Cohen Schwarz & Cynthia Solis Yi
Tech Studio Co-Representatives
LaGuardia HS Tech Studio Webpage
Tech Studio Merchandise

Hello POTS (Parents of Tech-theater Students)!

Join our Tech Studio WhatsApp chat:

You can find great info (and probably answers to many of your Tech Studio questions) on the Tech page: click here. 

We are emptying our costume storage unit.  We need volunteers to drive on 10/13 from 4-7pm and sort on 10/21 from 10am-3pm.

If you would like to help, please sign up for shifts using these links below:

Yes, I can drive on 10/13 between the hours of 4pm and 7pm!

Yes, I can sort on 10/21 between the hours of 10am and 3pm!

-Carmen, Cynthia, Rina, Rosalie & Annie


If you are a Parent/Guardian of a student with an IEP or 504 at LaGuardia, please join our Whatsapp chat group. The purpose is support each other with questions/concerns related to our student’s IEP or 504 at LaGuardia.

If you have any general IEP or 504 related questions or concerns that you would like to bring to the LaGuardia Parent Association VP of Special Education, please email

If you have any specific questions related to your student’s teachers or scheduling or programs, please contact the appropriate staff, faculty, or administrator at LaGuardia. 

Casting Call

Kyrah Holley, first year student in the NYU graduate film program is casting for her film titled "Strange Fruit." She is looking for a male that looks of Black/African descent and looks between the ages of 9 and 12; and she is looking for a female that looks of Black/African descent and looks early 20s. Rehearsals begin week of 10/18. Shooting 10/28 and 10/29 in NYC. Non-union, No pay. Meals, snacks and transportation provided. Please contact for more information. 

Casting Call

Eric Zhang, NYU MFA Film student, writer and director is looking to cast two teenagers in his upcoming short film "Polaroid." Synopsis: an isolated teenage boy, Henry, who writes judgmental comments on the polaroid pictures he takes of strangers, develops an unexpected connection with a free-spirited girl. Rehearsals in November and December. Shoot dates are currently 1/13/24 - 1/17/24. This project is part of the SAG Micro-budget Agreement. Payment is deferred. Contact Eric at or 412-480-6182. 


NBC STAR CHOIR The Holiday Singing Competition Enter for a chance to perform during the Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special on NBC. Apply by 10/12/23.

YoungArts and The National Endowment for the Advancement of Artists identify the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. Artists ages 15–18, or grades 10–12, in the U.S. are encouraged to apply in the discipline of their choice. Apply by 10/13/23.

Free Concert: The Giulio Gari Foundation is hosting its annual International Vocal Competition Winner's Concert on Sunday 10/15, 2:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, 152 W71st, NY, NY 10023. 

NYU Tisch Spring Future Artists Program A pre-college program that is FREE of charge, open to all eligible students, and centered on educational opportunities in studying in the arts with the same rigor and training offered in the undergraduate departments. It is designed for students who may not have access to other programs in their schools and/or communities and who would qualify for financial aid at NYU. Apply by 10/20/23. 

Teens Open Studio at The Whitney A free art-making program on select Fridays. 10/13, 11/3, 11/10, 12/1, 12/8. Work with contemporary artists to create and learn new techniques with art projects inspired by the Whitney’s exhibitions and collection.

Teen Halloween Night at The Whitney Teens are invited to Halloween Teen Night at the Whitney, organized by our Youth Insights Leaders. Come in costumes and enjoy live music, dancing, artist-led workshops, a spooky photo booth, snacks, and more! 10/27/23 @ 4-7 pm 

For more outside student opportunities, click HERE.


Jerrianna Phenix

Parent Coordinator

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