What Our Learners are Doing

Faith Hunter
Dear families,
 
I am hearing from parents and teachers alike that our students are becoming independent, falling into routines, finding important moments of connection and community, and demonstrating progress across disciplines. We are so proud of our community — our children, teachers, and parents. This partnership has proved tremendous, and I am certain we will come out stronger and more united because of it.

In this fourth week, we saw more live classes, including many specials, math, and clubs for second through fourth grades, including Actor’s Alley, Drawing & Music, Dance, Pictionary, Handcrafts & Conversation, Karaoke, and Games Club. Now that we’ve fully fleshed out our program, our schedule is largely set, and we will only be making minor revisions as needed.

I am sincerely grateful for the partnership that has allowed us to build an LREI@Home program we can all be proud of. Please take a moment to see some of the incredible learning our students are engaged in.

Maintaining School Spirit: Virtual Assemblies
We are keen to maintain a sense of school spirit, and one way we plan to do that is by continuing our tradition of holding Lower School Gatherings, starting May 6th. In order to create a familiar environment, we would like to open Lower School Gatherings with one of our favorite LREI songs — and we need your help! We ask that families who want to participate take a video of your child (plus any interested family members) singing along to the recording of “We Are All a Family,” the song we have used to begin each Lower School Gathering this year. You can listen here and find the lyrics here; here is the instrumental version to record yourself singing along to. We are hoping to assemble an incredible collection of videos of our students and families in chorus.

Here are some important details and pointers about filming:
  • Please email your recording to me (fhunter@lrei.org) with the subject titled “We Are All a Family”
  • Videos should be filmed horizontally
  • Aim to film with even lighting that shines on your faces (bright lights directly behind you will make it too dark to see you)
When you’ve recorded yourselves, please send the video to fhunter@lrei.org. Please submit your video no later than Wednesday, April 29, at 5:00pm. I can’t wait to see and hear the results!
 
A Meeting: Learning in the Younger Grades
Many parents have asked for guidance on working with their children on foundational skills in the younger grades. In response, I will be holding a series of remote meetings for parents beginning next Thursday, April 30. Please fill out the following Poll by Monday so we can gauge the best time for families. This first session will be on early literacy skills with a focus on early reading and writing, specifically geared toward 4s and Kindergarten.
 
All the best,
Faith 
 
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