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Originally delivered on 12/3/2023 8:05 pm

SUBJECT: SNN 12/3 Just 4 more days until The Addams Family opens!

Issue 15, December 3, 2023
Become a Playbill Sponsor

When You're An Addams $5,000+ Full-Page Ad
Just Around The Corner $3,000+1/2 Page Ad
What If  $1,500+ 1/3 Page Ad
One Normal Night $1,000+ 1/4 Page Ad
Pulled $500+ Business-Card Size Ad

All sponsors will be included in the donor list. This is a great way to advertise your business or congratulate your performer! 

Jingle Bell Raffle Ends Tomorrow!

Jingle Ball @ Madison Square Garden is sold out but we have 2 tickets for the lucky winner of our raffle! All proceeds support The Addams Family all school musical. 

Click HERE to buy 1 raffle ticket for $20
Click HERE to buy 6 raffle tickets for $100

Deadline to purchase raffle tickets: 12/4 by noon.

Buy tickets, volunteer, donate!

Buy your tickets HERE

Donate HERE.

Volunteer HERE.

RAFFLE: Andrea Bocelli Concert Tickets

Wednesday, December 13th, 8:00 p.m., Madison Square Garden

Deadline to purchase raffle tickets is Friday, December 8th at 5 p.m.

Click HERE for a chance to win. $10/one ticket and 5 tickets/$25.


From 12/6 through 12/10 this five day extravaganza will give you an opportunity to buy various flavors of popcorn for yourself and others. Please share this link with family, friends, and coworkers to increase our sales. Who can resist flavors like Easy Peasy Caramel Cheesy and Paint It Milk Chocolate? The link, event code and directions on how to order will be emailed out on Wednesday 12/6 morning. The PA will receive 50% of the gross profits, which will be distributed to our studios. 

Holiday School Spirit Shopping Day!

December 13, 2023 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Lobby

Get your LaG swag and share in the holiday school spirit! All proceeds support the PA and studio enrichment programs for our wonderful students and educators. Purchase some new merch just in time for the holidays for all members of your family. Check out studio specific items including beanies, lounge pants, hoodies and more.


Many have asked what the protocol is if your student needs to leave school early. Please read the procedure below. It is important to note that if you want to give permission for your student to leave on their own, you must email the day the student is leaving early - you can't email in advance. 


Upon entry, the parent/guardian will present their photo identification to the safety agents on duty. You will then be directed to complete the (parent/guardian) QR code in the lobby reception area. In the meantime, the student will report to room 201 to complete the early dismissal process before leaving the building. Once we have verified that the person is indeed listed among the student's authorized contacts, we release the student.  

Alternatively, if you wish to authorize your child to leave the premises on their own, you will need to email the attendance office, on the day of, including your photo identification. Our email addresses are: and You must also direct your child to report to room 201 to complete the early dismissal process before leaving the building.  

Thereafter, the parent/guardian must email the teachers of the classes that the student missed. All emails should detail the student's name, OSIS number and date(s) of absence. Please be sure to "cc" the attendance office. 

Thank you, The Attendance Office


Thank you for fully funding three teacher projects this past week:

  • Ms. Ross will now receive wireless microscopes, giving students the ability to work on small scale drawings and etchings in great detail. 
  • Mr. Harkness will now receive engaging texts to help students further develop their reading skills.
  • Ms. Fischer will now receive printer copy paper for math and health classes

There are currently 11 teachers' projects on our DonorsChoose page. With even more budget cuts on the horizon, it is more important than ever that we support our teachers and students by helping to fund these projects. 

Please review all of the projects on our DonorsChoose page and share the links with your networks, family and friends. Anyone can donate, and all donations are tax deductible. Your generosity and support is greatly appreciated.


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 the 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


Please email Erica Blum at for more information about college rep visits. Students RSVP in MaiaLearning. Parents of senior students can view the visit schedule in MaiaLearning if they go under the student view and then to the left menu and click on "events" and then "university visits."

Financial Aid Workshops

No sign up needed. Just click the link on the day and time before the event begins or during the event. If you do not see the correct date, just click on the same day of the week and it will let you in. If you attend a live event, you can ask questions and they will answer. If you are unable to attend live, please see the video library link below.

HESC On-Demand Video Library:

UASPIRE: uAspire hosts free virtual events to walk students and families through the financial aid process and applications, provide resources and guidance, and answer questions. Sign up today! Each session is one hour. Even if you cannot attend live, they will send you information, so please sign up. See more events and sign up:

Upcoming financial aid workshop through Riverside Library:

Understanding FAFSA Applications and Updates
Wednesday,  December 13, 5-6 p.m.
This program is online only. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is undergoing some changes this fall. This virtual info talk will help students and their families understand the new developments in applying for this free government financial aid for college/university, the benefits of doing so, and additional resources to help fill out this application.


Academic Forum Officers

Jane Berk
Jeanette Cochrane
Tai Hernandez McShane
Limor Nesher


Academic Approach* is offering a virtual ACT or SAT prep course to LaGuardia students in preparation for 2024 tests. The course is aimed at helping students improve their score growth potential by reviewing key skill sets in reading, writing, math and science, and the application of these skills on college entrance exams. This course, which starts in January, includes 24 hours of instruction, 2 full-length practice tests, and additional study materials. The cost of the course is greatly reduced for LaG students at $400. The deadline to sign up is December 10, 2023. A minimum of 18 students must sign up for the course in order to secure the discount. For more information, including schedule and registration details, visit HERE

Please contact the Academic Forum for financial support if necessary. Available one time only to juniors and seniors. 

Academic Approach* is also offering:
-Complimentary practice tests for both the SAT and ACT to assess your student's abilities.
-Private one-on-one tutoring services for both SAT and ACT at a 10% discounted rate.                                           

FOR SOPHOMORES WHO WANTED TO TAKE THE RECENT PSAT TEST:  The Academic Forum will be setting up a trial test in the spring through Compass Education.*

*see disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter

Class of 2024

Senior Class Representative, Jamie McShane, 

Class of 2025

Junior Class Representative, Victoria Rodriguez, 

Class of 2026

Sophomore Class Representative, Lindsay Manley, 

Class of 2027

Freshman Class Representative, Shira Eisenberg, 

 Click HERE to access the Q&A spreadsheet.


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

Showcasing student work in all grades and classes. Please come celebrate our students and artists and buy some art studio merchandise. See below to volunteer to sell merch at the show!

SELL ART STUDIO MERCH 12/8 and 12/13
Volunteer to sell art studio merchandise on 12/8 at the Semi-Annual Art Show and/or on 12/13 at the School Spirit Day sale. We have a lot of new items that will make great holiday gifts! Sign up HERE to secure your volunteer slot! 

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

Check out the latest Dance Happenings calendar, which outlines all important dates, upcoming events and links: to new initiatives specific to the dance department, the schedule for Parent Observation Week beginning TOMORROW December 4th, and the 10th grade field trip to see How to Dance in Ohio on December 8th.  

All new dance merchandise will be available for purchase during Parent Observation Week on the 8th floor next to the dance office at the conclusion of the morning and afternoon demonstrations.

Volunteers needed!  Please sign up here to volunteer to chaperone for the 10th grade field trip and sign up here to volunteer to sell merchandise during Parent Observation Week.

Please join us on December 12th at 7:00 p.m. on zoom to hear Laguardia's visiting physical therapist, Emily Sandow, speak about her work with our students. She will also be sharing ways that we can support the physical health and all around wellness of our dancers.

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

WOW, did our seniors shine in the One Acts on Friday night! 

Thanks to all our amazing faculty and staff and congrats to our talented seniors. You’re an inspiration! 

Parent Meet-up
When: Tuesday 12/12 @ 6-8 p.m. (stop in anytime)
Where: West Bank Cafe (at the bar), 470 W. 42nd St.
Why: Gather and connect with fellow Drama Studio parents!
Food and beverages are available for purchase.
This meet-up isn't a fundraiser, it's just for fun!

When: Wednesday 12/20 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Join Zoom MeetingHERE.
Why: Details on how to crowdfund for our beloved Drama Studio! Plus, info on summer programs.

If you're not receiving emails from the Drama Studio reps, please create an account HERE.

Marcee Smith & Diane Vasquez
Music Studio Vocal Co-Representatives

Rebecca Sherman
Music Instrumental  Representative
LaGuardia HS Music Studio Webpage

The Music Studio congratulates David Blumenthal and Kimberly Roof, conductors, and the  LaGuardia HS Wind Symphony, who made history at the 87th annual NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, NY as the first NYC school to ever be invited to perform at the main event. The Wind Symphony's performance received a well deserved standing ovation.

Don't miss these free public student performances:

  • December 3rd, 4 p.m. - Show Choir will perform as part of the NYC Holiday Open Streets event at the stage located on 5th Avenue between 55th and 56th street.

  • December 10th, 3:30 .m. - Jazz Orchestra will perform as part of the NYC Holiday Open Streets event at the stage located on 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th street.

  • December 12th, 6 p.m. - Show Choir will perform with the New York City Opera at the main stage at Bryant Park.

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

We’re looking for families who live on the UWS or would be willing to travel 30 blocks north of school, who can help pick up 10 dozen donuts at Krispy Kreme on Broadway at 96th street to sell at concessions before each show this week 12/7-12/10 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and next week - same days: 12/14-12/17.

Click HERE for The Addams Family volunteer sign up sheet. 

Click HERE for the All School Musical production caldendar.

Tech families - our kids are all involved in some way in the show, please support their efforts by donating, signing up to volunteer and buying your tickets to see the show (bring friends & families). Post this link to buy tickets: your social media so your extended circles can support and come see our talented kids’ work!

Holiday School Spirit Sale. We need volunteers for this one day sale on December 13th. Please click HERE.

Special Bonfire Sale happening now! Order your tech merch through Dec. 15th and use promo code DEC23 to receive 5% off purchases. Items will be delivered straight to your door. Click HERE.

Reminder that on the Tech Studio  webpage, you'll find SO MUCH useful information - go check it out!


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 to support each other regarding questions/concerns related to our student’s IEP or 504 at LaGuardia.**

It is recommended to take the time to regularly review and bookmark the LaGuardia Special Education section of the website HERE. There is updated and pertinent information there from the Special Education Department. 

For general Special Education questions, please carefully review the NYC DOE regulations for Special Education services for 504s and IEPs:


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

For more outside student opportunities, click HERE.


Jerrianna Phenix

Family Engagement Manager

From the desk of Jerrianna...

Be sure to check out Jerrianna's latest dispatch in this week's Yellow Sheet where she updates us on recent accomplishments such as the math & ELA tutoring programs and switchboard operator/school aid Rosalba, as well as works-in-progress such as student bathrooms and guidance department communications.

Coffee & Donuts

Jerrianna hosts a coffee and donuts get-together the first Friday of the month. You can stop by anytime between 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Please email her ahead of time if you plan to come. 

If you can't make the in-person coffee and donuts meeting, then join Jerrianna's virtual office hours between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., also on the first Friday of the month. Join HERE. Meeting ID: 846 4741 2483. Passcode: 911498

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