Sunday Night News — Issue #35
May 30, 2022
General PA Meeting 5/31
Please join us tonight for our General PA meeting at 6 PM on Zoom. (Please note that the meeting location hadn't been updated in last night's first release of this week's Sunday Night News. We apologize for the confusion.)
We'll be voting on the proposed PA Bylaws (please see the draft updated 5/31/22 here, the proposed organizational chart here, and the summary of changes here) and our budget proposal for the 2022-2023 school year.
We also have a special request to rename the Concert Hall in honor of Gabriel Kosakoff (M&A '44), LaG alum and former chairman of the instrumental music department (read here and here for more information).
Click here for the agenda, here for minutes from the last General PA meeting and here for minutes from the 3/23/22 emergency General PA meeting. The May financial report will be available later.
FINAL WEEK TO BID!
for your item donations and bids!
OUR SPRING AUCTION
COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN ...
THIS YEAR'S GOAL IS
100% participation & $100K raised!!
YOUR PARTICIPATION HELPS
THE PA CONTINUE ITS SUPPORT
such as First Day of School, School Culture Events, Water Coolers, All-School Musical, Senior Prom, Caps & Gowns, Graduation, Academic Grants, General School Grants, Athletic Grants, Student Initiatives, Livestreaming, Sports Uniforms, Fencing Gear, Student Club Trips & Events, Academic & College Workshops, Rising Stars and so much more!
REDUCED MINIMUM BIDS
FOR SELECT ITEMS
1-Week Equestrian House Vacation Rental
ONLY $675 (value $4500)
Event Venue Location up to 200 people
ONLY $750 (Value $5,000)
TAP by Todd Powell Diamond Earrings
ONLY $475 (Value $2450)
Yossi Harare Sapphire & Topaz Necklace
ONLY $475 (Value $2090)
AMAZING RAFFLE ITEMS
2 Orchestra Seats to Plaza Suite
2 Orchestra Seats to
Tony-nominated Paradise Square
2 Tix to Stranger Things: The Experience!
JOIN US AT THE GALA
honoring Don Roy King
King has directed more live network television than anyone in history, including 16 seasons of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him 11 Primetime Emmys and 15 nominations. He has also been nominated for 15 DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. Mr. King has won two other Emmys for his work - one for directing The Mike Douglas Show; and one for heading the design team that revamped the graphic look of CBS News.
The Spring Drama Festival delighted us for weeks, and just concluded with A Midsummer Night's Dream (pictured). Congratulations to the casts and crews of all three productions, including Love/Sick and The Late Wedding!!!
Bites and Lights
A huge Thank You to all of the parents who came out to attend the Queens Parent/Guardian Get-Together on Thursday May 26, at the Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill Restaurant located in Queens. It was a huge success, and we couldn't have done it without you!
All boroughs were welcomed, and many were represented. It was a beautiful evening on the waterfront—with dinner, great conversation, and a fun game of trivia about famous LaGuardia alumni, plus giveaways.
Mission accomplished in bringing parents and guardians together, connecting families, and having fun!
Looking forward to next year!
Erica Reaves and Paula Trotto
Presidential Scholar & Distinguished Teacher!
Congratulations toEason Rytter, who was named a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Congratulations to Drama teacher Mala Tsantilas, who was honored by the U.S. Department of Education and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars with a Distinguished Teacher award. Detailshere.
We â¤ï¸ Teachers & Staff
To help cover the cost of Gala tickets for our teachers and staff, please donate what you can to this special Teacher and Staff Fund. Every contribution helps!
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
PA Executive Board Spring Elections 2022-2023
Want to be part of a vibrant, creative and committed group of LaGuardia parents? Become a leader in our Parents Association Executive Board!
On Tuesday June 14, at 6 PM on Zoom, we will elect members to the PA's Executive Board. We encourage everyone to consider running for a position, so please do by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're kicking off our election season by first announcing the PA's three mandatory positions: Co-Presidents; Treasurer; Recording Secretary.
As we update our PA bylaws, and ratify them at our General PA meeting on Tuesday, May 31, the other PA Executive Board positions will be revealed, so stay tuned!
Please note that our school must have at least one mandatory position filled by June 30, 2022 in order to have a functioning PA for the 2022-2023 academic year.
UPDATED DETAILS WILL FOLLOW
We had a great turnout with parents from all Studios and all grades!
Special thanks to Donna Lennard, owner of il Buco Alimentari & Vineria for her gracious hospitality and generosity! The beautiful rooftop Manhattan Meetup was a wonderful time of community, conversation and delicious food & drink.
Reduced Cost Test Prep
The LaGuardia High School Parents Association and its executive board members are not in any way affiliated with Academic Approach, nor are we responsible for the fulfillment of this offer.
For Sophomore and Junior students interested in taking a test prep class for the SAT or ACT this summer, Academic Approach (a nationally recognized test prep company that serves many of the top public and private schools in the country) offers its services to LaGuardia students for 1/3 of the regular cost.
Click here to find out about scheduling and pricing.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Academic Forum at email@example.com.
Seeking PA Volunteers!
We're looking for volunteers to join our Nominating Committee in preparation for the 2022-23 PA (Executive Board) and the 2022-24 SLT (School Leadership Team) elections taking place in June. The only requirements to be part of the committee are: a) you must be a parent or guardian of a student at LaGuardia and b) you must not be a current EB member planning to run for the 2022-23 PA Executive Board (this stipulation does not apply to the 2022-24 SLT elections). Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Communications/Website Committee is seeking additional volunteers with data / document / content / website management skills (spreadsheets, DMS, graphics, CMS, etc). We look forward to hearing from you if you can help with a current project and/or if you'd like to learn how you can help to support the Comms/Web Team next year: email@example.com.
Recent School Notices
See select ongoing school notices under the Useful Info header in the Frequently Asked section below. Check your inbox, the Mail menu option in PupilPath, and the Announcements header on laguardiahs.org for additional school notices.
5/27 PSPGZ Recording - Dance here from Ms. Kleiman
5/26 Chancellor's Message: Safety in Our Schools here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon
5/25 Horrific Events & Changes to Regents here from Ms. Vasconcelos
5/25 LaGuardia: Student Mental Health Advocate (MHI) Applications Now Available - Due June 7 here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon
5/24 LaGuardia: Events Committee Planning Game Night here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon
5/20 PSPGZ - Spotlight: Drama and Tech here from Ms. Kleiman
5/17 LaGuardia: DOE/NYC COVID High Alert Level here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon (on behalf of Commissioner Vasan & Chancellor Banks)
5/17 LaGuardia: Please Take our Equity Survey! here from Dr. Stricklin-Witherspoon (on behalf of Student Equity Leaders)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!
(There are no new projects at this time.)
FINAL GENERAL PA MEETING
*includes vote on changes to PA Bylaws*
Tuesday, 5/31, 6 pm, Zoom
NEXT STUDIO MEETINGS
check Studio Updates below
NEXT SLT MEETING
Thursday, 6/23, 4 pm at school
watch email for Zoom link
PA SPRING ELECTIONS
*Executive Board & SLT*
Tuesday, 6/14/22, 6 pm on Zoom
SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Semi-Annual Art Show
Friday, 6/10, 4:15-7:00 pm
ART YARD Portfolio aims to assist students in portfolio development, hone their ability to take excellent photographs of their art, develop strong interview skills, and provide organizational tools to help with the college application process. This 8-week program will take place 7-9 pm on Wednesdays 9/7-10/26, 7-9 pm. Classes are 2 hours long and will take place on Zoom. All info here.
Student Art Show at J. Mackey Gallery East Hampton THIS Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 11 am-5 pm. All are invited! Opening Reception is 6/4, 6-8 pm. For more info, and to RSVP click here.
Susan Ferugio & Marie Wolpert
PA Art Studio Newsletter
PA Art Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Fine Arts Studio
PA MUSIC STUDIO ELECTIONS
The Music Studio needs YOU! Elections are coming up in just a couple weeks and we have many positions to fill. Help keep the Music Studio great by coming on board. Positions and descriptions available here.
FINAL 2022 PERFORMANCES
The last two Music Studio concerts are coming up on 6/10 and 6/11, and we need volunteers to help sell merchandise. Click here to sign up!
DONOR & VOLUNTEER SHOUT-OUTS
We thank Pat Fiorello (M&A '58) for donating a wonderful saxophone, and Kristen Tyszkowski for picking it up!!
Anne Gregorio & Nan Hawley (Instr)
Michael Capasso & Marcee Smith (Vocal)
PA Music Monday Newsletter
PA Music Studio Merch Store
PA Music Studio Webpage
LaGuardia Arts HS Music Studio
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Who to Contact at School
This link will guide you to the appropriate school employee for specific questions.
DOE supports and resources are here.
Students can connect with the LaG Student Government Organization (SGO) by following @SGOLAG on Instagram.
Student Working Papers
Once both the Application for Employment and Health Examination Form have been completed, please log in to your LaGuardia Gmail account (only students can access the documents), and fill out the Google Form, where you will be asked to upload these documents along with your birth certificate and student ID card/passport.
Application for Employment
Health Examination Form
Working Papers Google Form
Notes: Your doctor must use the health form above, and it must be filled out in its entirety in order to be considered valid. You must be logged in to your LaGuardia Gmail account in order to access the Google Form.
Community Service Hours
If your student would like to receive a Seal of Recognition for Service on their diploma, 100 hours of community service is required.
1) Students must use their LaGuardia Gmail account to sign up for x2VOL.
2) Students may volunteer with any nonprofit or not-for-profit organization.
3) Students must record a detailed description of their service, including the name and contact info of an adult who supervised their activities.
For more info, please see the x2VOL Help Center and/or email Ms. Hobot.
Ongoing School Notices
Click here to see announcements that have been posted on the schoolwebsite.
5/20/22 Regents Information here from Ms. Collins
5/16/22 How to Renew Your 504 Plan for Next Yearhere and Updated 504 Forms here from Owen Harkness
5/12/22 2022-2023 Planning Information herefrom Ms. Vasconcelos
5/6/22 PSPGZ - Academic Planning and Course Preferences Slides and Recording from Ms. Kleiman here
4/11/22 LaGuardia: Release of 2022 - 2023 Course Catalog here
3/28/22 PSPGZ - Paying for College here from Allison Kleiman
3/11/22 Dialogue with College Board herefrom Principal Vasconcelos
3/4/22 PSPGZ - College Application Timeline here from Allison Kleiman
2/8/22 Absence Form (no subject) Only students can access this here.
MTK is an all-in-one software solution for the PA's many initiatives, including our custom website, communications, donations, family directory, volunteer signups, online sales & fundraising, private bulletin boards and more.
To receive PA & Studio communications, and to gain access to restricted content on our website, please follow these steps:
1) Create a login.
2) Complete family info required fields.
3) Select your consent preferences.
Note: If you don't see two green circles with check marks on this page, be sure you've completed all steps above.
TIPS: You must click "NEXT STEP" (bottom right corner of the "Your Contact Information" page), and then you must click "SAVE" (bottom right corner of the "Student Information" page).
For assistance, please reach out to
LaG Virtual Study Groups
LaGuardia’s National Honor Society runs LagPods, which offers free, virtual, collaborative peer study groups for all grades/levels in math, science, social studies, English, world languages, academic Studio classes, and SAT & ACT test prep. All are welcome to join!
Each LagPod decides as a group when to meet (outside of school hours). Leadership opportunities are available.
Sign up here for academic subjects.
Sign up here for SAT and/or ACT prep.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
This is a free service provided by the United Federation of Teachers. Licensed educators advise Grades K-12 students and/or their parents in all subjects, Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm (when school is in session). Assistance is available in these languages: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.
This nonprofit strives to offer "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere."
NYPL Brainfuse HelpNow
This is a free eLearning service for all provided by the New York Public Library. Live tutors are available online every day between 2 pm and 11 pm EST for these subjects: math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. Additional offerings include a 24-hour Writing Lab and Foreign Language Lab / Spanish-Speaking Support.
You must have a library card to begin.
Click here for more info.
Join our Team!
To help with any of these initiatives, please
Communications / Website Committee
Movie Night Committee
Parents Night Out Committee
THANK YOU to all who have opted to offer Your Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources. This has helped us to identify volunteers for Orientation, First Day of School, Elections, Pickup/Drop-off of purchased and donated items, Photography, Music Stand Assembly, Program Design, Gala/Auction, Chaperoning, and more!
THANK YOU to all who have opted to share your Professional Industry while filling out Your Contact Information. This has helped us to identify volunteers for mental health Q&As, legal questions, tech questions, in-kind donations, event planning and more!
Sign Up and Choose
LaGuardia High School
Parents Association Inc.
For questions about, and/or to submit content for consideration in SNN, please email: email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: Photo submissions must include the full names of identifiable students, and parental consent must be provided for use in our PA communications.
To check your media consent preferences on our website, click My Account, then My Forms/Paperwork, then Directory & Publish Preferences. Or, log in to MTK, then click here.
The LaGuardia High School PA and its Executive Board members are not affiliated with, nor in any way endorse, non-LaGuardia HS entities / offers / programs / services / events featured in our communications.