I imagine it’s been a hard week seeing your children go back to remote learning. As I watched your children head away from school after Tuesday’s dismissal, I found myself grappling with a wide range of emotions. I was saddened knowing I would not see your children in person every single day. I was frustrated knowing that sending young children home for remote learning is never easy on a household, especially one with working parents. And I was also incredibly grateful that, despite the challenges, our students and faculty have already come so far in a year of living with the COVID-19 pandemic.
One practice that has helped me contextualize the year, including this past week, is thinking about how many profound lessons and skills our students will have learned. Flexibility and adaptability, perseverance and stamina, comfort with sharing different opinions and expressing gratitude, a remarkable level of independence and inner confidence — these are the skills I see our students developing, and at a faster rate than they would have during non-pandemic times. I know that these silver linings do not outweigh the great personal loss and sacrifice we all have had to make in the short run, but they offer me hope in knowing that our students will come out of this pandemic stronger and more mature than ever.
Like I’ve said throughout this year, I am deeply thankful for your optimism and your support as we continue to navigate this school year. As always, I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to reach out. I hope to see many of you at our upcoming community events.
This week’s Push Page will cover the following:
Thank You to the FSA! Your children’s hearts hang on our walls, and their words lift up our faculty’s spirits every time they pass by. Thank you for the thought and care that went into supporting our dear teachers.
Culminating Assembly for Black History Month: We are excited for the children to share some of the work they have engaged in during Black History Month at our Lower School Gathering on Friday. I’d like to invite you to join our gathering so you can extend this important learning at home. Please keep your camera off so as not to distract the children.
Principal Open Forum, 2 Part Technology Workshop:
Tech Habits of Mind: Building a Thoughtful and Healthy Relationship with Technology
Tuesday, March 9th, 9:30am
- Are we using technology to be our best selves?
- How do we use technology in meaningful ways?
- How do we measure and assess screen time?
- Is balance possible?
In this session guest speaker, Kim Deveaux, will share information about how to develop healthy habits when using technology at home. Parents will leave with useful items to facilitate conversations with their children, such as tech habits of mind and a home technology contract.
Kim Deveaux has served nationally in schools as an educator, professional developer, and educational technologist. Currently, she is the Ethics and Technology Coordinator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School where she is a member of the Innovation, Integration, Collaboration Committee team, and STEAM team. She also runs Family Tech Tutor
-a program that works with families on how to set up procedures, routines and create safe and responsible expectations for how technology is used at home.
Bring Your Own Device: Hands-on Workshops about Managing Technology Use at Home
Tuesday, March 16th, 7:00pm
At LREI we take great care to shape our student’s experience with technology to ensure that they become safe and thoughtful participants of the digital world. Please join the LREI tech Team and guest presenter Kim Deveaux for a hands-on workshop on how you can set up a safe and thoughtful online environment at home. At this workshop, we will divide into groups and walk you through how to create routines and expectations around tech use at home and help you set up parental controls and mindful usage apps on a variety of Apple devices and Chromebooks. To get the most out of this workshop, please bring with you the device your child uses. You will also have an opportunity to share best practices and strategies within the parent community.
Artist of the Month Lower School Gathering: In March, we are launching a series of Lower School art assemblies called “Artist of the Month.” At each gathering, we will learn about a new artist and experiment together in that artist’s style. In this unique year, we are constantly thinking about ways to infuse a sense of community and the arts into our students' experience. You are invited to join this gathering so you can extend the conversation at home: Friday, March 5, 10:30am. Please keep your camera off so as not to distract the children.