Sunday Night News

PA Masthead MEDIUM
October 5, 2014
Dear LaGuardia Community,
We’ve made quite a splash this week – both literally (keep reading for news about our girls’ swim team) and figuratively (with Donors Choose and other wonderful acts of generosity.) We’ll get to all that, but first some reminders. Our General PA meeting will take place this Tuesday, October 7th at 6:00 PM. Studio meetings will follow at 7:00 PM. The meeting agenda is attached here. The latest financial statement from August can be downloadedhere.
– Junior parents: The school’s Guidance Department begins its series of Planning For College meetings with the first one on Wednesday, October 8th – “Planning for College: Beginning the Junior Year.” This presentation will take place from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the Concert Hall.
– Freshman parents of students with last names beginning with letters R – Z are invited to a Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday, October 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in thelibrary on the 6th floor.
 
– The next Academic Forum will take place Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 PM (venue to be confirmed.) Guest speakers will review academic resources for students and parents and take your questions.
If you missed the last AF meeting, “College Boot Camp for Procrastinators,” you can download the Power Point presentation here

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need parent volunteers to chaperone the senior picture at Columbus Circle on Wednesday, October 15th at 9:00 AM. While the rest of the school is taking the PSAT, seniors will walk over to the Circle and take a picture for the yearbook. This opportunity is for all parents, not just senior parents and it’s fun! Please click here to sign up.

GET READY RISING STARS! Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 25th andSunday, October 26th. For those with religious conflicts, there will also be auditions onMonday, October 27th. Please keep in mind this year’s theme: “The Pursuit of Happiness.” We’re looking forward to seeing all of our incredible students showing off their amazing talents!
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WE’RE GRATEFUL!
We are in awe of those LaGuardia parents and students who we believe (we’ll have to check with the authorities at Guinness World Records just to be sure) set some sort of speed record for responding to Donors Choose project requests. We were overwhelmed by the support – not only from you (you know who you are) but also from former parents and students who were giving back to the teachers who gave so much to them. And what about the anonymous donors and the strangers who gave to a worthy cause…it’s difficult for us to be cynical New Yorkers in the face of so much goodness!
Which is a long way (our apologies, but we got swept up in the moment) of saying that Ms. Falkove’s project is fully funded! We only have one more project, with $454 to go, and then we’ll have done it! To contribute to Ms. Fischer’s project, please click here.
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Speaking of good things, take a moment and read Mr. Singh’s letter to the Parents Association (it was prompted by a parent donation, from Yani and David Beach, of an Apple computer.)
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the P.A. for your generosity and support. Over the years my students have benefitted greatly from you kindness. This year, as Coordinator of Student Affairs (COSA), I am working closely with the Student Government and many other student run organizations to bring a true sense of community to LaGuardia involving students, parents, staff, and our local community. This computer will help us complete projects in a timely manner and benefit my office tremendously. I look forward to working with you as parent partners in assuring that our children have the best experience at this phenomenal school.
Thank You!Mr. Neal L. Singh,
Coordinator of Student Affairs
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We’d also like to give a shout-out to Beacon Paint at 371 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024. It’s a family-owned neighborhood store; sadly, these are becoming increasingly rare. Flying under the radar, and without asking for anything in return, they have never turned us down when we’ve sought their help to make our show budgets stretch a little bit (okay, a lot) further.
The next time you need something from a hardware/paint store, keep them in mind – because that’s what neighbors do.
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GO SWIM TEAM!
 On Friday, October 3, 2014, the LaGuardia HS girls’ swim team opened their 2014 season against Bronx Science. The team put up a good showing against a consistently strong opponent; especially since the LaG team includes 17 freshmen. Senior Kristie-Anna Covaci took first in the 50 freestyle, Junior Serina Liu won the 100 backstroke, and Sophomore Olivia Kruger won the 500 freestyle. Coach Steve Warman thinks the team will improve steadily as the season progresses. “The girls are working hard and their times have been dropping in practice,” he said, and he added that the team is ready for the busy season ahead. Next week the team has four meets, with the first on Monday, October 6, against Stuyvesant.
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Best,
Chris and Kelly
LaGuardia Arts HS PA Co-Presidents, 2014-15
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