2020-2021 Letters from the Leadership Team

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  • from Director Phil Kassen

    August 2020

    Dear LREI Families, 

    We are only a few weeks away from my favorite day of the year - the first day of school!  Even though we won’t be together; even though I won’t be at the front doors to welcome you, I am still so eager for the year to begin, so eager to see your children, and to have them back in our classrooms, virtual and real.  It did not take long for us to become used to being away from each other and while we may have been slow to warm to our virtual schoolhouse, it has become almost normal.  Soon we will return to online school and then after a few short weeks we will be back together in person; in a whole new way but in person nonetheless.  In both modes we will be reunited, together, doing purposeful work.  A community once again.  

    What does community mean in a time when we are anxious about being near each other? How do you foster a community at a time when the very nature of the most mundane human interactions has fundamentally changed? What does community mean at a moment which demands that we honestly acknowledge and accept responsibility for the fact that our community is not experienced in the same way by each of its members, to say the very least?   What does community mean when we recognize that many members do not trust that the community has their best interests in mind?  What does it mean to grapple with these questions at a time when we need to rely on each other as keenly as we ever have?
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We are excited to be offering some new classes – Craft Lab, Obstacle Course, Creating Fables, Active Games and Seasoned Chefs, as well as some old favorites.
Core Afterschool, Enrichment, and Instrumental Program descriptions, and teacher bios are available at https://www.lrei.org/program/afterschool
Online registration opens Monday, June 3rd at 12pm and will stay open through Friday, June 7th at 6pm.

*NoteOnline registration will also re-open from Wednesday, September 4th through Friday, September 6th for families to register or make changes to their existing selections. 
Additionally, Afterschool offers free childcare for all children who have had a full day of school (1st Grade and up) from Wednesday, June 4th through Friday, June 6th. If you want your child to stay in Afterschool on a particular day, just let your child’s classroom teacher know, and then plan to pick them up any time before 6pm.