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  • Final Letter from LREI@home

    Margaret Paul
    Dear LREI Families and Students,
    Tomorrow we will end the 2019-2020 school year together in an assembly on Zoom. In lieu of the personal messages that we usually share with our students as they stream out of the building at 40 Charlton, we are sharing them with you today. Below we have interspersed messages from our faculty with photos of all of our students--putting us “together” one last time--the classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, & 2023. 
    Class of 2020
    Keep fighting the good fight and don’t give in to despair in these hard times. We need your curiosity, your critical thinking, and your hope now more than ever! 
    Stay connected to your community and don't hesitate to reach out for support!  We're here for you, and we can't wait to be with you all back in the building! 
    Be fierce! Be in community! Build solidarity across lines of difference! Love yourself and be safe! 
    Take care of yourselves and the communities around you. Hold on to hope and joy. 
    Even in the midst of urgent challenges, find ways to rest and replenish yourselves. Good friends, good books, and naps all spring to mind as important fuel for the ongoing work.
    Class of 2021
    Wishing you peace, joy, love and health over the summer. I will be looking forward to seeing you all in person again soon! 
    Being part of history is not easy. So this summer get out of bed, keep informed, and keep safe.
    I have missed you all. Look after yourselves. Be good to yourselves and the people around you. To the seniors-I wish you all the very best. 
    I cannot believe we are at the end of the year! It’s been forever and also so quick. I will miss seeing you all and look forward to being together with you again. Seniors, I am in denial about Graduation.
    Get some rest, lots of rest, and know that you are loved beyond measure.
    Class of 2022

    We are so proud of you, your resiliency, your efforts, your willingness to step up and stay, no matter how hard it is. Take care of yourselves and one another. Remember you are loved. 
    We love you all. We’re so proud of you. We hold you in our hearts and minds. Thank you for showing up to class in the midst of such a difficult time. You brought tears to our eyes as we witnessed the creativity, spirit and leadership continue to emerge from you, the students of LREI. 
    As the summer unfolds, know that we are here for you, and we hope that you stay safe, stand up, make your voices heard, and change the course of history. And when you turn 18, VOTE!
    We miss you. We love you. We cannot wait to see you again in September!
    Remember that the way to guard against isolation and fear is community. Be in community, connect to community, and you will be reminded that there is hope and purpose and joy around you.
    Class of 2023
    Remember that the learning doesn’t end because school is out for the summer. Also, eat lots of amazing summer treats! And don’t forget to wash your hands. 
    Times like this week remind me of how much I love LREI and how grateful I am to be a part of this community. The future is bright because of you kids. We’ll miss you this summer! Make sure to be safe, but enjoy your break from school.
    I always say I work with the best teens in NYC and this year showed me even more of how special you all are. Your resiliency and thoughtful care for one another shines through and I’m so impressed with you. Have a good summer; I can’t wait to see you all again!
    Thanks to all of our students--you have shown up, spoken up, embraced and continued to face difficulties with compassion and integrity. We love you. You will change the world.

    And to our beloved Class of 2020--CONGRATULATIONS! We love you dearly.
  • Letters from LREI@home #6: Upcoming Events

    Margaret Paul
    Dear Families,
     Please join us for our end of year events!

    May 22nd
    Field Day: Senior Recognition
    Field Day is an LREI annual tradition, attended by K-12 students and teachers. Field Day begins by honoring seniors and announcing their college selections. We will host Field Day here, and begin at 9 am by assembling the entire LREI community to cheer for our seniors! Afterward, we will do buddy activities and then HS games. Field Day will end at noon. Seniors should wear red T-shirts, 9th-11th should wear brightly colored T-shirts!

    May 28th

    Lit Mag Coffee House & Visual Arts Showcase
    Join in for our final Coffee House at 6:30 pm where we will release a digital version of the Lit Mag and open digital gallery spaces where we will hang student artwork that has been completed through the 2019-2020 school year. 
    May 29th
    Spring Ensemble Concert 
    An institution-wide event! The High School Jazz Ensemble and Elisabeth Irwin Singers will share their work with the community. See invitation below! 

    June 2nd

    Senior Project Evening
    This annual event is the culminating moment of our seniors’ academic work at LREI, and is attended by senior families, teachers, and LREI juniors. This evening begins at 6:30 pm with a gathering together, and then will proceed to Zoom rooms to hear senior presentations about their projects. In advance of this evening, senior families and juniors will receive a program indicating the Zoom ID where each senior will be sharing their work.
    June 4th
    Spring Festival  & Performing Arts Showcase
    At 6:30 pm students in the HS Performing Arts classes, along with students directing and acting in the Spring Festival, will bring us an evening of theater and music.
    June 5th

    Final Assembly: 2019-2020 School Year 
    Students & Faculty will gather in Margaret’s Zoom room at 2:00 pm for our final assembly. We want to gather for one final meeting before sending our students off for the summer!
    June 8th
    Senior Celebration Evening
     Typically, seniors, parents, and faculty come together for a banquet and celebration of our seniors on the eve of graduation. This year, we invite senior families to set up a “banquet” at home, and join us for a Zoom gathering at 6:30 pm. We are planning lots of surprises for our seniors this evening, so senior families do not want to miss out on this! There will be more details to follow, but we encourage families to begin planning for your banquet-at-home to celebrate your senior that evening.
    *Additional Senior Celebration and Alternate Graduation plans have been sent separately.*
  • Letters from LREI@home #5: Breaking the Zoom Wall

    Margaret Paul
    Dear families,
    I’m wondering if you can relate to the experience of leading a meeting in Zoom, but struggling to get a response from your co-workers? Or alternately, attending a meeting in Zoom, but not quite able to get into the conversation? The effects of the Zoom wall significantly affect our abilities to communicate and work in this work-from-home world.
    And this is true for school-at-home as well. But our amazing teachers are using some fantastic tools that help them break through the Zoom wall and cultivate meaningful conversations and learning environments for our students.
    Our teachers use Jamboard for silent conversations that make space for each student to add their thinking via post-it notes and annotation.
    Personal Essay
    And they use Jamboard to help students collaborate on problems and share their thinking with one another.
    Conservation Biology
    Through these tools, and many others, our LREI teachers are reaching through the Zoom screen and finding ways to re-create the learning communities that are intrinsic aspects of our in-person work. 

    Senior Calculus
    A note about Student Health & Wellness . . . 
    We are so impressed by the fortitude and resilience our students have shown during LREI@home. We know that they are getting tired, that the Zoom screens are causing headaches, and that staying motivated to complete homework at the end of the day is hard. We want to encourage you to problem solve these challenges with your student, and with your student’s advisor. Some students are finding that taking a part of day to rest is helpful, and others are finding that setting up a session with the Learning Center is what they need. We want you to know that we are here to support our students however we can . . . and to help them finish this trimester successfully.
    From Phil - "We know there are a number of questions about whether we will offer any online classes this summer. We are putting together a list of classes and figuring out the timing and will be in touch soon. If you have specific questions/suggestions, do not hesitate to send me an email."

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