Like our student body, our parent population is diverse. Nevertheless, LREI parents and guardians have one important thing in common: A dedication to our community and our mission. We are fortunate to have a strong partnership between LREI families and the school. It’s a partnership that not only strengthens our programs, resources and initiatives, but also sets a positive example for the people who matter most: Our students.

Welcome to all families, whether prospective, current or alumni.

Welcome to the PA Portal on LREI Connect!
At LREI, every parent and guardian is a member of the Parents Association (PA), and contributes something unique to make our community vital and rewarding for all.

There are many ways for families to participate in PA events and activities. We hope that you will find a means to engage the way you want. We've created the Parents Association Portal to serve as a hub of PA related information that will be available throughout the school year.  While it does not replace your communications with your parent rep, we intend for the PA Portal to serve as a valuable resource for those who can not attend regular meeting and/or to have access to information about what's happening within our community. We also hope it allows everyone to engage they way they want to. On the PA Portal, you will find:

  • Summarized calendar of weekly PA-specific meetings and events
  • Information and updates about our committees and affinity groups
  • Parent Rep Division monthly meeting notes
  • Links to resources such as LREI Exchange, our parents message-board
If you are interested in joining some of the committees or affinity groups below, please fill out the form here or email the co-chairs directly for more information on how you can participate.

We look forward to an awesome school year!

Maren Berthelsen and Lunie Small
Your PA Co-Presidents, 2020-21
PA Executive Officers

PA Presidents
Maren Berthelsen
Lunie Small
High School Vice-Presidents
Mya Dunlop
Hilary Meltzer

Middle School Vice-Presidents
Anjali Dalal
Daniele Dolin

Lower School Vice-President
Jana Friedman

Sasha Best

Denise Zaraya

High School Coordinator
Mishi Hosono
Stefanie Kaufman

Middle School Coordinator
Kobi Wu-Pasmore

Lower School Coordinator
Francine O'Keeffe

Parent Association Committees & Affinity Groups

List of 21 items.

  • Adoption Committee

    Provides a monthly forum for members to discuss some of the specific needs
    and issues encountered by parents and children touched by adoption.

    For more information, click here.

    Co-chairs: Juliet Burrows, Luis Hernandez
  • Art Auction Committee

    A two-day event to benefit the LREI Annual Fund, comprised of a silent auction of contemporary fine art donated by the LREI community and artist friends of the school. Art is exhibited at a NYC gallery and event closes with a cocktail reception and final bidding. Volunteers help with organizing, soliciting art work, hanging/dismantling the show and/or providing assistance during the two days of the event. (Alternate years)
  • Asian-American Families Committee

    Provides a forum for discussion and social interaction for families with rootsin Asia and throughout the Pacific Rim, including adoptive and multiracial families.  Some issues for discussion include language instruction, student recruitment and retention, and cultural education.

    For more information, click here.

    Co-chairs: Charlynne Kovach, Josephine Shin, Shailee Udani
  • Azúcar!

    Connects the Latino/a community across all divisions of LREI including students, parents and faculty. In addition to supporting Spanish language proficiency, the members coordinate activities that focus on Latino/a culture and heritage.

    For more information, click here.

    Co-chairs: Sofia Hernandez, Primavera Salva
  • Big Shindig Committee

    Coordinates a community fundraiser (alternates years with the Art Auction) to benefit LREI Annual Giving. The Big Shindig is comprised of a cocktail party with live entertainment and silent auction held at an event space in NYC. 

    Volunteer Opportunitiesevent planning, solicitation of auction and promotion of the event

  • Class Parent Representatives

    Parent representatives serve as the liaison between principals, teachers, and class parents. Activities include attending and identifying agenda items for monthlymeetings with division principals, answering Parents Association-related questions from class parents, and supporting teachers by communicating with class parents about field trips, school functions and end-of-year festivities. Additionally, parent representatives send an email each week to the parents in their child's class with information pertinent to their class and upcoming Parents Association events. (
  • Community Service Committee

    Creates opportunities for parents and children to participate together in community service. This committee organizes a calendar of family-friendly volunteer activities that engage parents and students from all school divisions. Activities include clothing, food and book drives, park improvements, and the Martin Luther King Day of Service.

    Volunteer Opportunities
    :creating community partnerships, organizing and participating in drives, MLK, Jr. Day of Service planning

  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee

    Organizes and coordinates opportunities for families to celebrate the faculty and staff at LREI by bringing in homemade or store-bought goodies. The committee oversees Tuesday Treats (each class is asked to contribute once a year), a welcome-back breakfast in September, and special holiday events. We also decorate the lobby and organize extra celebrations during FSA week in the Spring. 

    Volunteer Opportunities: coordinating, baking, decorating

  • Fund for LREI

    ... is the school's annual fund, comprising 5% of our annual budget. It is crucial in ensuring we remain accessible, equitable, and mission-driven. The Fund supports financial aid, over 150 field trips each year, faculty professional development, arts, athletics, and technology.

    Volunteer opportunities
    : Volunteers serve as ambassadors to fellow parents (via in-person meetings, calls, emails &/or texts), helping to educate our community on the importance of The Fund for LREI and encouraging support.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance

    Works towards a greater understanding of, and sensitivity to, LGBTQIA+ issues in all areas of school life. Committee members meet and sponsor events, including the Visibility Photography Exhibit, and the annual Pride Parade.

  • Graphics and Communications Committee

    Supports PA-sponsored events and other committees in need of catchy flyers, posters, and social media graphics. Volunteer graphic designers and illustrators create communication materials for PA events and activities. Committee members work mainly online. 

    Volunteer Opportunities: designing posters and flyers from home: No meeting commitment!
  • Halloween Fair Committee

    Thrills the LREI children with this community event. The Halloween Fair features eerie entertainment, creepy games, frightful arts & crafts, a costume parade and more! 

    Volunteer Opportunities:planning and organization, decorations, and day-of volunteering

  • Literary Committee

    Enriches the literary life at LREI, organizing, among other events, the annual Book Week, Book Fair, Literary Evening and the Book Swap.

    Volunteer Opportunities: planning, organizing, setting up events, connecting to the New York Book World

  • Karamu! Committee

    Karamu! Committee - Curates and produces Karamu!, a festive celebration representing the cultures and rich diversity of our community. Karamu attracts families from all divisions with its food, music dance party and performances.

    Volunteer Opportunities:produce performances, organize potluck, ticket & merchandise sales, set up/clean up and much more

  • LREI Camping Trip

    Sponsors and organizes the annual LREI Family Camping Trip held in late spring.

    Volunteer Opportunities:planning, organizing and promotion, meal planning & grocery procurement, campsite set-up


    Camping trip details here 
  • Multicultural Committee

    Open to the entire LREI community, this committee explores our cultural identities, strengthening our relationships, and deepening our understanding of each other. The committee discusses a range of topics rooted in celebration of cultures and contemporary issues within our community and beyond.
    Co-Chairs: Chatisha Hosten & Rodney White

  • Parents of Children of Color Committee

    The POCOC provides a forum for discussion on the needs and concerns of parents raising children of color. Parents can seek a dialogue and provide support on common issues.

    For more information, click here.

    Co-chairs: Jennifer Sagum
  • Sustainable LREI

    Finding ways to make LREI a more eco-friendly environment through tangible short and long term initiatives, this committee raises green awareness throughout the school, sponsoring Earth Month events and various community service actions like drives and recycling events. 

    Volunteer Opportunities:planning & organizing Earth Month activities (beach clean-up & film screenings), sustainable awareness campaigns, coordination of drives

  • School Store Committee

    Handles the design, production and sale of school merchandise.  The store opens periodically throughout the school year. 

    Volunteer Opportunities: designing merchandise, product procurement, running physical store, executing virtual orders

    Co-chairs: Sophia Lo, Bess Oransky, Diana Friedman Soldo

  • White Anti-Racist Parents

    The White Anti-Racist Parents' Affinity Group offers a space for white-identified parents who want to better understand and combat systemic racism. The group supports and encourages conversation around difficult questions of whiteness, privilege and anti-racist community engagement. 

  • Sports Committee

    Promotes athletic participation among LREI students and encourages school spirit at LREI games. Organizes the annual Spirit Game, a lively faculty vs. student basketball game. 

    Volunteer Opportunities:organizing home game snack sales, support LREI Athletics at games