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LS Weekly News - April 2021

Faith Hunter
Dear families,
Welcome back to school! I hope that all of you managed to enjoy a relaxing spring break with your children and that those who celebrated Passover or Easter were able to do so safely and joyfully.
We are so excited about the many possibilities that spring and the continuing vaccinations will bring: walking trips, far more time outdoors, 3rd and 4th Grade outdoor chorus, outdoor Lower School Gatherings, more special classes, culminating events, and — next week — our first-ever 3rd and 4th Grade Noetic Learning Math Contest
My favorite student quote this week came from a first grader during our Monday morning meeting: “When can we come back to school?” My thoughts exactly! We can’t wait to see you all next week.
This week’s Push Page will cover the following:
  • PA meeting rescheduled for Thursday 4/15 at 9:30am
  • Addressing anti-Asian hate crimes
  • Artist of the Month collection, Monday 4/12–Tuesday 4/20
  • Reminders from Phil

PA meeting rescheduled for Thursday 4/15 at 9:30am

A reminder that the Lower School PA meeting was moved back one week to Thursday 4/15 to accommodate Lower School family conferences. We will see you on Faith’s Zoom link at 9:30am. 

Addressing anti-Asian hate crimes 

We would like to acknowledge the more than 3,800 anti-Asian hate crimes that have been reported this year and the ongoing harassment and violence against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) persons, families, and communities. Our teachers  continue to provide space for all children to have honest conversations about racism, discrimination, and bias. We stand in solidarity with the ADIPA community. Some resources our faculty have shared with children and with each other are:


Artist of the Month collection, Monday 4/12–Tuesday 4/20

The April Artist of the Month Lower School Gathering will focus on art and sustainability. The gathering will take place on Friday 4/23, the day after Earth Day. Many artists work with recycled materials to create art, and we hope our student artists can be inspired by this practice. 
For the art activity, we are asking families to collect colorful materials that our students can use. Please send your child to school with these items from Monday 4/12–Tuesday 4/20:
  • Colorful paper materials, like cereal boxes and other thin cardboard packaging
  • Child-friendly magazines
  • Any other colorful paper, including construction paper scraps, colorful envelopes from mail, etc.

Reminders from Phil:

1) Please submit negative test results by 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Send results to testresults@lrei.org.
2) Please order lunch.  You can order through May - lrei.nutrislice.com.
3) Please join the Asian-American Families committee for a night of unity on Friday, April 9th at 7:00PM. Our group would like to create a moment of acknowledgment, awareness, and reflection for the recent victims of hate crimes against Asian Americans. We want to break the silence surrounding all forms of racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy. Please join us in lessening each other's pain.
One of the co-chairs of Azucar, Primavera Salva, will lead us in a moment of silence and MUCH needed breathwork/meditation during this discussion. The goal is to tap into your own power towards creating change.  This will be a supportive safe space to share our experiences. Feel free to bring a candle.
When: 7:00 PM on Friday, April 9. 
Who:   Please JOIN US.  This is open to all.  This will be a SAFE place.
What to bring:   Candle to remember those AAF victims who have passed. 
Zoom link available on the Community Calendar.  
4) Navigating Microaggressions
Presenter: Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Wednesday April 14, 2021
6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.
How do you navigate microaggressions - those words and actions that offend or hurt, even though they may be unintended? Learn some of the obstacles of authentic conversations, as well as practical strategies for what to do or say when you are the target of, witness to, and agents of microaggressions.
Zoom link available on the Community Calendar.  
Warm Regards,
Faith Hunter 


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