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  • Summer Health & Wellbeing

    Margaret Paul

    Summer Health & Wellbeing

     
    Dear Families,
     
    As we pack up our books from the 2020-2021 school year in the next few weeks, and start thinking about the much-needed summer break for our students (and us), we want to partner with you by sharing some resources.
     
    Over the course of the school year we have engaged students in conversations and assemblies about a range of topics regarding mental health and physical well-being. You may have had some discussions at home about some of these sessions, including our assembly yesterday, which covered emotions in the time of Covid, and eating disorders. We know that these topics have been hard to face, and we have done our best to create safe spaces in which students can engage. That said, no format is perfect, and perfection is not what we are going for.
     
    For us, we are unequivocally committed to care for our LREI high school students. We care so deeply about them. We care about their physical and mental health and well-being as much as we care about their academic successes, knowing just how intricately these are tied. And we are committed to providing learning opportunities, and information about support, even if this can be hard to hear. 
     
    The impact of Covid on our teenagers is unmeasurable, and we want our kids to have all the support they can get. This summer is the perfect time to make space for health and well-being for high school students. We encourage you to help your students make thoughtful plans that help them find purpose and structure in their days. And if you need some help with ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out! Below are some resources that you might find useful if you are seeking specific emotional support. In the coming weeks we will also send information about summer reading options and fun summer activities in NYC.
     
    Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can help in anyway. We are your partners in the hard work of caring for our teens in this time.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Spring in the High School!

    Margaret Paul

    Spring in the High School!

     
    We cannot possibly communicate the energy and excitement that is animating the high school spaces these days . . . our students and teachers are engaging in rich, meaning-filled work that is starting to take the shape of experiences we had in school pre-pandemic. What does this mean and look like? Let us give you a few examples . . .
     
    In 9th grade, students are getting to know each other across pods in so many fun ways! Last week the entire grade participated in a {highly competitive} neighborhood scavenger hunt with their advisory groups, sending in photos for each place in the neighborhood they made it to. And recently in Jane and Ashley’s Literature classes, students have discussed their texts across groups on Zoom, and then completed some pair writing work with another 9th grader they didn’t yet know. Each week teachers continue to pursue ways to help our Class of 2024 come together!
     
     
     
     
    In 10th grade, students have engaged in a robust round of campaigning for the Junior Executive position on Student Government, and it has been great to see friends helping friends put up posters and talk to 9th graders about their options. Today we congratulate Leah and Tatsuya on a joint appointment as Junior Executives! Coming up very soon for our 10th grade will be the release of the 2021-2022 Electives Course Guide, so stay tuned!
     
     
     
     
    Juniors have been busier than ever in the past few weeks. They engaged in their Junior Trip week in April, and tonight they will share about their work with families. If you would like to join please feel free: 747-424-5440. In addition, many junior electives have taken the opportunity of nicer weather to get out into the city for field trips to urban farms, art exhibits, and parks with grassy areas perfect for class discussions.
     
     
     
     
    And our Seniors are still working hard in the experiential portion of the Senior Projects, so more to come about their work very soon!
     
    Finally, we want to share a link to a page containing work produced in our Performing Arts classes last trimester. Please click HERE to view the films and performances by so many of our high school students. They continue to blow us away with their creativity within the constraints of Covid.
     
     
    Again, there is so much happening in the high school right now. We encourage you to check your email and the @LREI Instagram page frequently to keep up with all that is unfolding in these final weeks of the school year.
     
  • Pictures from the Field

    Margaret Paul
    Dear Families,
     
    Each year during the third week of April we send “Notes from the Field” to share glimpses into the work of Juniors on the Junior Class Trip. This year, though we are not as far away as we usually are, we are, indeed, in the field and doing research into the issues the class has taken up. 

    If we could give a gift to families right now, it would be a seat at the table with our juniors as they listen, learn, and grapple with the issues of mass incarceration, voting rights, women’s health, environmental racism, and the rights of indigenous peoples. There is nothing more heartening than listening to our students wrestle with and imagine beyond these complex issues. They are compassionate, caring, and able to think critically and boldly about our future. Their ability to forge through the brokenness towards possibility is both humbling and inspiring. 

    See below for a few “notes from the field” that give you a small glimpse into their work this week
     
     
    Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform with Allison Isbell & Michel de Konkoly Thege
    At the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum in Philadelphia, PA. 
     
     
    Electoral Reform & Voting Rights with Ann Carroll & Nick Wight
    Doing a little light reading in Bryant Park
     
     
     
    Native Peoples & Justice with Jonathan Segal & Anna Gonzales
    Preparing for their trip to visit Shinnecock Nation
     
     
    Reproductive Rights & Abortion with Kara Luce & Shafeiq Baksh
    Discussing and investigating what Justice really means on Liberty Island
     
     
    Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice Reform with Manjula Nair & Calvin Walds
    Using one of our many tools for debriefing an experience
     
     
    Climate Change & Environmental Racism with Jess Prohias-Gardiner & Sandra Ramirez
    Beach Clean up in Far Rockaway
     
    On the evening of May 6th, the Class of 2022 will share presentations regarding their week-long study via Zoom, and we invite all of you to join and be inspired by their work and their commitment to these issues.

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