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Originally delivered on 2/19/2023 8:34 pm

SUBJECT: Sunday Night News - February 19, 2023

Issue 25, February 19, 2023

Dear LaGuardia Community:

By now we've all heard that Principal Vasconcelos announced she will depart LaGuardia High School for a new opportunity effective March 3rd. We thank her for her service and wish her well in her future endeavors. Superintendent Gary Beidleman joined our PA meeting on Wednesday and discussed immediate next steps. An Interim Acting Principal will be appointed to serve out the rest of the school year. The selection process for a new principal is now underway; a survey is being prepared to seek input from parents to inform the selection process. Mr. Beidleman said he hopes to have a new principal in place by the end of June/early July. 

I want to assure all students, parents and staff that the Parents Association is looking forward to working with the Interim Acting Principal during this period of transition. 

I hope everyone enjoys a peaceful winter break.


Jamie McShane

President, LaGuardia HS Parents Association 

Spring Drama Festival

We are getting ready for another exciting season of SDFs, the culminating experience of four years of drama training. We really want these shows to be spectacular and raise the bar! To make this possible, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!.....Visit our drama-wide SDF Sponsorship Campaign and show some love for our Seniors! CAMPAIGN ENDS March 5th. 

This year 5 amazing productions will be featured: 

Rent - March 14-17

You on the Moors Now - March 28-31

Our Town - May 2-5

The Laramie Project - May 23, 25

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later - May 24, 26

We depend on the support and generosity of our Drama families and friends to continue to produce such high-quality productions—this year, the Drama PA will spend an estimated $70,000 supporting these productions. Support at every level is needed and greatly appreciated!

Marquee, Spotlight, and Encore-level sponsorships give you the opportunity to include an ad or booster in the Playbill—you can congratulate your Drama student, thank a special teacher, advertise a business, or anything else you'd like! Remember, there is one Playbill for all five SDF shows so your booster/ad will be seen by over 5,000 people!

If your sponsorship level includes a booster/ad, we would be happy to design it for you. The firm deadline for sponsorships is March 5, so please don't delay—purchase your sponsorship today! 

Sponsorship Levels
  • Contributor | $25: Name is acknowledged in the playbill
  • Patron | $50: Name is acknowledged in the playbill
  • Bravo Sponsor | $100: Name is acknowledged in the playbill
  • Standing Ovation Sponsor | $250: 1/8 page booster ad in the playbill
  • Encore Sponsor | $500: 1/4 page booster ad in the playbill
  • Spotlight Sponsor | $1,000: 1/2 page booster ad in the playbill
  • Marquee Sponsor | $2,500+: Full page booster ad in the playbill
How to Donate
Choose a donation level and enter the amount at the below link

Once again, the playbill will be seen by approximately 5,000 people, so if you know of a company interested in promoting its business, please spread the word! You could also congratulate a specific cast member, thank our faculty, and staff, or bid a fond farewell and good luck to the Class of '23.

Here are some examples from previous years for inspiration!

Sports Report
Track & Field

The PSAL Indoor Track & Field City Championships took place Saturday February 18th at the New Balance Armory. 

Ariel Baron ran in the 3200m and placed 9th (10:15.15) and 15th in the 1500m (4:54.46). 

Marcela Carver placed 11th in the triple jump (30-00.00). 

Naomi Douglas finished 6th in the 3000m (10:54.58) and 7th in the 1500m (5:06.09). 

The girls 4x800m (Lucia Tsurumaki, Gwyneth Shupp, Tessa Seltz, Naomi Douglas) finished 13th (11:07.37). The girls team placed 27th in the City's top elite event. 

The Manhattan Indoor track & field championships took place Sunday February 12th  at The Armory. 

The girls finished 4th place as a team.The girls 4 x 200m finished 3rd place with a time of 1:56.88 (Marcela Carver, Rhyanne Noble,Isabella Dou, Brihanna McFarlane).

The girls also medal 4th place in the 4 x 800m (Anya Eder,Lucia Tsurumaki, Naomi Douglas, Gwyneth Shupp).

Naomi Douglas medalled 5th in the 1500m (5:11.65) and 6th in the 3000m(11:00.42).

Marcela medal 5th in the long jump (12-08.25) and 1st in a  new school record in the triple jump (32-06.00).

Zora Charles also set a new school record in the weight throw medaling 3rd  (23-10.25( and medal 5th in the shot put (16-05.00).

Rhyanne Noble finished 1st  in the 55m (7.83).

The boys team finished 8th place as a team and Ariel Yaron medal 3rd in the 1600m (4:57.06) and 5th in the 3200m(10:17.96).

Congratulations to LaGuardia student athletes!

Varsity Boys Volleyball Spring Season

Varsity boys volleyball spring season tryouts are being held in the LaGuardia gymnasium from February 28th - March 4th. Tryouts will run from 4:10-6:00 pm those days and players need shorts, athletic sneakers, and a water bottle. 

The Volleyball season runs from February 28th to May 8th. We practice or have games almost all school days from 4:10-6:00 after school in the LaGuardia gym.

Please email any questions to coach Jesse Lardner 

Also, prospective players can stop by room 647 and ask for Mr. Lardner.

If you are interested in participating in a spring sport, please sign up by March 7, 2023, and return the necessary PSAL forms to the coach of your interest. 

LaGuardia PSAL Sports Home Page

PSAL Medical form - Copies available in room 229 (Dean's Suite)

PSAL Parental Consent form

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Joan at or the coach of the sport.

We look forward to another successful season!


All teams in season can purchase merchandise HERE

How to Support Our Community

Donate your time - Whether you’re available once a week, once a month, or once a year, please fill out our volunteer questionnaire so that we can reach out to you when an activity suits you. This will allow you to meet and team up with other LaG families who share your interests in our school. Go to our Volunteer Interests, Skills and Resources form here.

Annual Appeal - Your generosity helps LAGHSPA minimize the impact of long-standing NYC DOE budget gaps in our children’s education. LaG teachers and administrators work diligently to make the most of their budget, and the LaG PA provides necessary additional resources. To give online today click here.

Donor's Choose - Fund classroom projects and needs as requested by our teachers.  View our teacher's projects here

Specific Initiatives -  Funding for one-time initiatives or grade specific requests such as Graduation. 

There are currently seven LaGuardia projects on DonorsChoose that need help with funding.

Many of the special supplies and materials teachers need to carry out their planned curriculum cannot be purchased through the DOE system and are cost prohibitive to both students and teachers. Together, we can help fund these projects!

Let's help Mrs. McGoey give her students an immersive antiracism experience, incorporating both social science and the arts, with an award-winning antiracism scholar! (Expires March 3rd)

Let's help Ms. Riley fund her project request for enamel paint and wood panels so students can create paintings in a new style.

Let's help Mr. Abikzer fund his project request for cameras so the students can successfully complete the yearbook and continue covering events as they occur at school.

Let's help Ms. Klein get banker boxes to move old files to a new place, so the file cabinets can be removed to make more space for the students and give them a safe, comfortable learning environment.

Please visit our DonorsChoose page to view all active projects, 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 News
Senior Families / Class of 2023


Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen, especially our parent volunteers. We couldn't have done it without you. 

Junior Families / Class of 2024

Hello Junior Class Parents!

On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, there will be a Junior Class Family Zoom Fellowship Gathering at 7pm.  Reserve your spot by emailing Junior Class Representative, Erica Reaves at:">  

Hope to see you there!

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. 

Open this link 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 this Google discussion forum 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 this Google discussion forum are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Parents Association or School Administration.

Studio Updates
Art Studio PA Meeting

Please join us for our February Art Studio PA Meeting

Monday, February 27th, 7:00pm

Zoom Meeting LINK

Volunteers Needed
We need parent volunteers to help sell merchandise at our March Senior Art Shows. Please click here to sign up.
Contact Art PA

Tracy Ballas & Marie Wolpert
Art Studio Co-Representatives



We are getting ready for another exciting season of SDFs, the culminating experience of four years of drama training. We really want these shows to be spectacular and raise the bar! To make this possible, we need your support! Visit our drama-wide SDF Sponsorship Campaign and show some love for our Seniors! CAMPAIGN ENDS March 5th. This year 5 amazing productions will be featured: Rent (March 14-17), You on the Moors Now (March 28-31), Our Town (May 2-5), The Laramie Project (May 23, 25), The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later (May 24, 26). You can purchase a booster or ad in this year’s Playbill to support your student or promote your business. Sponsorship levels begin at as little as $25. Visit the Drama Studio Page for a breakdown of all sponsorship levels. And...SUPPORT THE DRAMA STUDIO BY DONATING HERE

We need parents to step up and take on some crucial volunteer roles, especially parents of Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students! If you are looking for a fun way to get involved and meet other LaG Drama parents, please consider taking on one of the following tasks: 1) Concessions “Captain” for SDFs: We need one parent/guardian (or team) to be in charge of organizing the concessions for each production; 2) Concessions Sales: sell snacks before SDF performances and during intermission—easy and fun! PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO SIGN UP TO HELP

A great way to contribute to the Drama Studio is to run your own fundraising campaign? Want to know more? Please take this 10-second survey to let us know!  

Thanks to all the parents who attended our last PODS meeting on Feb 8. We were so lucky to be joined by our guests, Halley Shefler and Ariel Strasser, from the ArtsBridge summer program! Applications for the ArtSong, Dramatic Acting, and Musical Theater 2 programs have been extended to Mar. 15. For those who missed our meeting, please watch the recording here. Passcode: N*CWMR9#

Please reach out to us! We can use all the help we can get: 

Contact Drama PA

Daniel Ott & Emily Yoshikawa
Drama Studio Co-Representatives


ArtsBridge Summer 2023

Application *Deadline* EXTENDED to March 15th!

For ArtSong, Dramatic Acting, and Musical Theater 2

Apply Here

Contact Artsbridge Here

Save The Dates!

March 16, 17, 18 - Operetta: The Merry Widow

April 3 - Riverside Choral Concert at Riverside Church. Details to follow

Contact Music PA

Marcee Smith and Christian O'Connor
Vocal Co-Representative

Rebecca Sherman and Monique Johnson
Instrumental Co-Representative


Parents of Technical Theatre Students (POTS), please consider supporting students with a gift to Tech Studio. Click HERE to donate. Be sure to use the pull down menu and select Tech. 

The next POTS meeting will be March 22nd.

Thank you, Annie, Carmen, Layla, Louisa & Rina

Contact Tech PA

Louisa Chafee & Rina Cohen Schwartz
Tech Studio Co-Representatives

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.

Alumni & Friends

Contact A&F

Zoe Schneider, LaG '89, Director

LaG Arts HS Alumni & Friends Website

Outside Opportunities
Auditions, Opportunities and Free Arts events in and around NYC.

February Writing Contests Open Submissions

Brooklyn Museum Teen Programs

Neighborhood Playhouse Teen Conservatory
Accepting applications for 4 week summer program. Application fee waived for LaGuardia students. 

Dance Italia+Open Arts Young Artists Summer Program
All LaGuardia dancers will receive a 200 Euro discount by stating they attend LaGuardia in their response to this application section "Please tell us about your dance experience, including how long, where and with whom you have studied." Apply by 3/31/23.

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

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