2018

  • August

    'MATH AS WITNESS'

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    Musing on mathematics and social justice from HS teacher Pat Higgiston
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  • ALUMNI COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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    On June 1st to  honor Larry Kaplan and Mark Bledstein
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  • BOOK LAUNCH

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    School Was Our Life with Jane Roland Martin '47 - 5/31, 6PM
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  • CHANGE & TRANSITION

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    Some thoughts from LS Principal Elena Jaime
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  • Commencement 2018

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    LREI Commencement 2018 -- Wednesday, June 13, 2018 -- NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Art
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  • Fours and MS Dance Majors Share a Class!

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    One of the great advantages of the Sixth Avenue community is the proximity of space that our lower school students share with our middle schoolers. 
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  • How to Choose a “Just Right” Book - MS Summer Reading

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    A note from Middle School Principal, Ana Fox Chaney: One of my favorite features of summer is the opportunity to read for pleasure. In that spirit, and because this is the perfect time for your children to consider and pick out their own summer reading, 
     
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  • Innovating for Sustainability with Mark Silberberg, Director of Learning and Innovation

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    As Earth Month at LREI comes to a close (and we hope that its lessons and any newly discovered insights stay with you moving forward), I wanted to follow up on Phil's earlier message about our two new beehives on the roof at Charlton Street. 
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  • Looking towards the spring with Debra Jeffreys-Glass

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    I would like to welcome you back from our spring (but wintery) break. I hope that your time away was restorative and filled with good company, good food, and lots of laughter. 
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  • Lower School Spring Tours for 2018-19

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    LREI invites you to attend our Lower School Spring Tours at 272 Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street).
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  • LREI's Labeebah S. - 2018 Oliver Scholar Award Winner, Featured in CNN's 'Champions for Change'

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    LREI is proud to announce Labeebah S. '18 has been recognized by Oliver Scholars with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship. 
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  • Mr. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU in the Charlton PAC

    Mischief with MS Principal Ana Chaney

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    On Monday afternoon, we were honored to have Anthony Romero come speak to the eighth through twelfth grades.
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  • LREI MS Robotics with alum and former team member, Liam Cohen '13

    MS Robotics Team Visits Liam Cohen '13 at MIT Campus

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    Last week the middle school robotics team, at the invitation of LREI alum and former team member Liam Cohen '13, visited the MIT campus. 
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  • Reconsidering Empathy with MS Humanities Teacher Megan Ashforth

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    As a contributing writer to LREI's 'Progressive Practice' blog, middle school teacher Megan Ashforth "reconsiders empathy so that she can teach it."
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  • Reflection with LS Principal Elena Jaime

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    Yesterday’s third grade music share, the last music share of the year, represented a year’s worth of investigation, exploration, and creation. It has been a pleasure to reconnect with the students and adults in the community over the past few days.
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  • REUNION 2018 - Special Events Schedule: Saturday June 2nd

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    CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE FOR REUNION WEEKEND.
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  • Summers at LREI 2018 - Enroll today!

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    Enroll today! Summers at LREI 2018 dates are as follows:

    Session 1: June 25-July 6
    Session 2: July 9-July 20
    Session 3: July 23-August 3
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  • July

    Dr. Sandra (Chap) Chapman, Director of Equity and Community

    #ithappenshere in the High School of LREI

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    The first step in fighting systems of oppression is acknowledging that “It Happens Here!” 

    Our collective acts of justice as a community allow us to address racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, religious-based bigotry and many other forms of marginalization and discrimination. Acknowledging how we influence and perpetuate these systems in our everyday lives, both at school and at home, is the foundation for doing this work together. 
     
    In order to burst the bubble that we are a part of, as members of a progressive institution that consistently promotes equity and equality, we cannot rest when it comes to examining how these systems affect us all in and out of the classroom. Here at LREI, we tend to rely on the school’s progressive mission without taking action to affirm our values. 
     
    We, the student planning committee of #ItHappensHere, believe that:
    • it is important to invest in these conversations and lean into discomfort rather than opting out
    • it is important to get at the root of harmful words and actions
    • it is important to work collectively rather than in silos or for self-aggrandizement (i.e., compete over who is more “woke”). Our collective action and respect for each other will lead to greater results.
    We want to acknowledge systems of oppression and understand our role in making LREI a place of effective social justice and liberation. For these reasons, we invite everyone to share their voices during sessions whether you are a leader or a participant. We wish to cultivate an environment where people feel comfortable calling each other in for the collective work to happen.
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  • Ana Fox Chaney, Middle School Principal

    2017-18 School Year Begins! First Day of MS (VIDEO)

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    We hope you enjoy this little window into your child's beginning of the year.
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  • 2017-18 School Year Commences with New Faculty Orientation

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  • Visit LREI.org/director to view Director Phil Kassen's blog

    A Reflection from our Director - 'Activism and Citizenship'

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    The following is an excerpt from Director Phil Kassen's latest blog entry, "Acitivism and Citizenship." (2/21/18).

    To view the blog home page: "Get Your Phil" please visit LREI.org/director.
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  • A Trip to the Park to Build and Tear Down a Wall

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    (with Fourth Grade head teacher, Deborah Hodge)

    “I really liked that anyone could take down the wall. I really got a sense of community being there to take down walls in our community to bring us together.” -Sarah, fourth grade (Photographer: Robert Banat)
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  • Caleen Sinnette Jennings ‘68 selected as Distinguished Alumna for Reunion 2018!

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    CALEEN SINNETTE JENNINGS '68 is an actor, director, playwright, and a founding member of The Welders, a D.C. Playwrights’ Collective, which won the 2016 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Dramatic Publishing Company has published eight of Jennings’  plays, and her work has appeared in seven play anthologies.
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  • Collaboration in the High School

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    We talk a lot about the 4 C’s that frame our academic program – Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Courage, and Creativity. Collaboration isn’t one of our four C’s, but it holds the 4 C’s together, making them possible and enhancing the value of each. We ask our students to collaborate in class, on the court, and on the stage. However, the high school faculty is also invested in collaboration. Collaboration between teachers happens in many ways, often small. I wanted to highlight two larger and newer ways that faculty collaboration is leading to dynamic interdisciplinary courses.
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  • Join us on Monday, December 4th at 8:45am in the Sixth Avenue cafeteria

    Courageous Conversations - Cracking the Code, Monday 12/4

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    Join us on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:45am in our Sixth Avenue cafeteria for 'Courageous Conversations' - Cracking the Code, Understanding Micro-Aggressions Day to Day.
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  • Field Trips with our LS Principal, Elena Jaime

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    In my role, I have the pleasure of working with many different groups of people. In addition to the time I spend with students, teachers, and current families, I also have the privilege of sharing my passion for our community with prospective families.
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  • From Our LS Music Teachers, Aedín Larkin and Sara Kramer

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    What is Orff Schulwerk?
    “In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.” - American Orff-Schulwerk Association
     
    Orff Schulwerk supports and encourages students to participate, create and discover by using elemental music. Elemental music is constructed from “building blocks” which can be text, simple melodies, and other accessible pieces of material. These elements, when combined, allow children to bring what they know into a much more sophisticated context.
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  • HS Assembly - Immigration Policy and DACA

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  • ideas Speaker Series with TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky - 4.23.18

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    ideas Speaker Series and Sustainable LREI Present: Eliminating the idea of waste and changing the way people look at garbage, with Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle
     
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  • Innovating for Sustainability with Director of Learning & Innovation, Mark Silberberg

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    In my work this term with middle schoolers and high schoolers, we’ve talked a lot about the various paths that innovation strategies can take as we design for social change. We’ve paid particular attention to efforts that seek to:
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  • Director Phil Kassen discusses the 2017-18 school year with new faculty members

    Looking Forward to the 2017-18 School Year

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    With the 2017-18 school year upon us, we asked faculty and staff to share what they are most looking forward to at LREI!
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  • LREI 2018 Art Auction

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    LREI 2018 Art Auction: Join us on Thursday, April 26th at Pace Gallery, 537 W. 24th Street. 
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  • LREI community members send donations to Puerto Rico and Mexico City.

    LREI Community Rallies for Hurricane and Earthquake Relief Efforts

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    Folowing LREI’s relief efforts, LREI parent and co-chair of Azúcar, Suysel dePedro Cunningham reflected on why our community support for this cause is mission-centric to LREI’s ideals.


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  • LREI Librarian Jennifer Hubert Swan - New York Times Book Review

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    ​Our ​Middle School Librarian and Director of Library Services, Jennifer Hubert Swan writes freelance book reviews for the Chidren's Books section of the New York Times Book Review. This is Jennifer's eighth review for the Times.

    To view the review online, please click HERE
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  • LREI National Student Walkout (Video)

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    On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, LREI students participated in the National Student Walkout.
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  • LREI News 2017

    LREI News 2017 - Digital Version

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    The digital version of our brand new 2017 LREI News is now available at lrei.org/newsmagazine.
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  • Photo by Seze Devres

    LREI's Candace Williams Launches her New Poetry Book at the Ace Hotel

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    LREI middle school teacher, Candace Williams launched her new poetry book, Spells for Black Wizards, at New York City's Ace Hotel on February 5th. Candace captivated the audience with an electrifying reading. The entire print run sold out by the end of the event. Following the launch, she shared her background in poetry.

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  • Pictured: Bills' LeSean McCoy. (Photo by James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

    LREI's Kimberley A. Martin '99: Bills, NFL deliver powerful message to Trump

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    On Sunday, September 24th, the Buffalo News published, "Bills, NFL deliver powerful message to Trump," by LREI alum Kimberley A. Martin '99. To read the full article, please click HERE or view below.
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    LREI's Maya G. '18 Speaks Out at UN for International Day of the Girl

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    On Wednesday, October 11th, fourteen students from Ileana Jiménez's feminism class attended UN International Day of the Girl event Girls Speak Out. Following the trip, Maya G. '18 expressed her experience as a participant. 
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  • MS Art Show Preview (Video) - What is your best work?

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    To view our middle school video, 'What is your best work' please click HERE.
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  • LREI Students Collaborate at Hudson River Park, Pier 40

    MS Students Proud to Participate in Billion Oyster Project

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    National School Walkout - 3.14.18

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    Following Wednesday morning's National Student Walkout, Director Phil Kassen shared the following with the LREI community:
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  • New Year's "Revolutions" at Charlton

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  • Our LS Farm Trip with Principal, Elena Jaime

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    The month of October represents a season of change. The natural world is shifting to prepare for the coming winter months. In the lower school, October also marks an important moment of transition for third and fourth graders- the season of farm visits.
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  • Our Progressive Pedagogy in Action

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  • The Global Stage: The Oure School Visits LREI

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    On Monday, March 5th, thirty-five excited drama students from Oure Sport and Performing Arts School in Denmark visited LREI's high school campus at 40 Charlton Street.
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  • Trip Reflection with MS Dean, Dan Bobrowski

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    The following is a reflection of a middle school trip by MS Dean of Programs and Science Teacher Dan Bobrowski. 

    It was 7:15 AM. A band of students stood huddled outside of the student bunkhouse. As I approached, their excited chatter became clear . . .
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  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 1st

    Visibility: Our LGBTQ+ Community Portraits of Love

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    As a member of our community, we invite you to submit a photo of yourself and/or your children, with someone in your life that identifies as LGBTQ+.

    The exhibit is a part of LREI's ongoing commitment to celebrating diversity, supporting social justice, and educating in order to fight prejudice.
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  • May

    MS Musical: The Little Mermaid (5/11-5/12)

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    Join us in the Performing Arts Center at 40 Charlton Street: Friday, May 11th at 7pm and Saturday, May 12th at 2pm and 7pm for the LREI Middle School Musical production of 'The Little Mermaid.'
     
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  • April

    Labeebah '18 and CNN's Don Lemon during an interview on April 21st.

    LREI's Labeebah S. - 2018 Oliver Scholar Award Winner

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    LREI is proud to announce Labeebah S. '18 has been recognized by Oliver Scholars with the Award for Excellence in Scholarship. 
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  • March

    Join us Wednesday, March 14th outside the Sixth Avenue campus

    LREI Participates in Student Walkout - 3/14/18, 10:00 AM

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    In preparation of the student-led National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14th, middle school student Elijah M. '22 encourages fellow students to participate in our silent protest. Below is Elijah's letter to our community:
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  • February

    'Affinity' with MS Principal, Ana Fox Chaney

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    Even in a progressive, inclusive environment like ours, students with marginalized identities have experiences that can be isolating and silencing. Sometimes, students naturally form their own informal affinity groups, sitting together in classes or in the cafeteria, gathering at recess. Students need spaces to be among others who share an identity; it gives them the opportunity to take a break from having to explain or monitor what they say, to share experiences (“I noticed that too!”) and strategize (“What do you say when…”). When teachers and the school take an active role in supporting these groups, it sends the message that this is a valuable and healthy part of nurturing a diverse community.
     
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  • Annual Lower School Art Show: 2/22-2/23

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    To view our official gallery of the 2018 Lower School Art Show, please click HERE

    The Lower School Art Show is a time for children to share with the wider LREI community the results of dynamic experiences they've had with materials in art, shop and early childhood classrooms.
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  • HS Musical Production: 'Sister Act' (3/1-3/3)

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    A note from High School Principal, Micah Dov Gottlieb:
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  • Mindfulness in the Lower School

    Judy Lambek and Julie Kim
     
    Have you ever told your child to “pay attention” or “breathe” to calm down? Those are actually skills that one can develop with experience and practice. Mindfulness provides the foundation for these skills.
     
    Mindfulness means being fully aware in the present moment without judgment. It is knowing what is on your mind without automatically acting on it. From research, regular mindfulness practice can reduce stress and pain, increase awareness of one’s biases, generate compassion, and aid learning. Mindfulness skills are currently practiced in a variety of environments: athletics, police forces, schools, corporations, and during anti-bias work in a number of settings.
     
    In advance of launching Mindfulness in the Lower School, an exploratory group of faculty and staff met last year. The eight week Mindful Schools curriculum was piloted in Jessie’s third grade. Over the summer we developed a set of next steps: a mindful environment and teacher training. One way in which mindfulness was added to the Lower School environment was through the use of signs in teacher spaces that inspired mindfulness practice. In order to authentically teach mindfulness to students, a teacher must have their own experience and skills. Since September, faculty and staff have been practicing mindfulness weekly at the start of each faculty meeting and through the Mindful Moment that is included in the weekly staff notes. Bonnie Levine, a mindfulness instructor at Bank Street College of Education, provided further training for the faculty in October. She returned in December to share ways to teach mindfulness to children. Since December, faculty meetings still begin with mindfulness, but now teachers share a mindfulness practice they do with their students. In February, a weekly Mindfulness group for faculty and staff began to support growth in Mindfulness and provide a moment of calm and reflection in their busy days.
     
    Currently, the faculty is bringing Mindfulness into their classes in varied ways. Most classes include a Mindfulness practice as part of their daily morning meeting, such as deep breathing or focused listening to a chime. In Dan and Marcus’ Fourth Grade, the students lead a mindful moment, which occurs twice per day. In both second grades, various Mindfulness practices are used to help maintain attention or set a calm tone whenever needed. When students have difficulty paying attention or when they need a break from learning, there is a “Take a Break” chair in every class. Many teachers include Mindfulness practices that foster self-regulation and reflection when children take a break.Some of the special area teachers also incorporate Mindfulness into their classes. For example, in music, Aedín pulls one card from a set of MIndfulness cards for children and leads the practice described with her students.
     
    Faculty and staff, who practice mindfulness regularly, report sleeping better and coping better with the everyday stresses of their lives. Students also reported improved sleep, as well as more concentration on their academic work and feeling calmer and happier. Some teachers noticed improved self-regulation in their classes after mindfulness practice.
     
    We will review our efforts with Mindfulness at the end of the school year in order to plan next steps in the Lower School.
     
    Mindfulness is a skill that improves with practice. You can support your child by practicing at home, such as taking three slow, deep breaths at bedtime or reviewing times of joy in their day.  If you would like more information about Mindfulness, contact us or check these resources:
     
    1.“Why Mindfulness is the New Super Power” by Dan Harris https://youtu.be/Wlj8St0inLE 2. John Kabat-Zinn: Full Catastrophe Living , Mindfulness for Beginners
    3. Apps: Breethe, Headspace, Calm, “Stop, Breathe, & Think”
    4. Children’s Books:
    A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh
    Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
    Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver
    Meditation Is an Open Sky by Whitney Stewart


    Breathe,
     
    Judy, Lower School Psychologist
    Julie, Third Grade Associate Teacher
     
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    Fostering Friendships

    Please note that a handout of the Fostering Friendships presentation that took place earlier this month can be found in the downloads section of the Lower School page or by following this link. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Judy should you have any questions regarding the topic. 

    The High School Musical, Sister Act
     
    is the feel-good musical comedy smash that will have us dancing in our seats! When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent!  Her new environment and relationships change the course of the character's lives for the better. Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Come and let us uplift you and leave you ready to SPREAD THE LOVE! Bring the whole family, get ready to feel good! Thursday, March 1st at 6pmFriday, March 2nd at 7pm and Saturday, 3rd March at 2pm and at 7pm. Tickets are on sale in both lobbies starting Feb 22nd 8am-9am. $10 students $12 adults. 
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  • MS students gather and perform for one another at Sixth Avenue

    Spirit Week in the MS with Principal Ana Chaney

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    Principal Ana Fox Chaney explains the relevance of 'Play' within the middle school community as Spirit Week culminates with brave performances from our students:
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  • Why We Have the Lower School Art Show

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    From Lower School Art Teachers, Ann Schaumburger and Katherine Nix:

    Why We Have the Lower School Art Show

    February 22 and 23, 2018
    (2-d work will be exhibited until March 17)
     
    The Lower School Art Show is a time for children to share with the wider LREI community the results of dynamic experiences they've had with materials in art, shop and early childhood classrooms. By using their fingers and hands, children shape materials to express their thinking. They feel the textures of collage fabrics, the “gooeyness” of paper maché, the plasticity of clay and the resistance of wood. Getting an idea, using one's imagination, problem solving, flexibility when faced with a "mistake" and delight when something comes out exactly the way one wants it are integral to the art process.
     
    The paintings, collages, drawings, 3-d paper mâché sculptures and puppets, wooden chests and wooden spoons, animals and flora of Manahatta in paper mâché and models of early 20th century immigrants living on the Lower East Side created by the Fours to the Fourth Grade exhibited in the Lower School Art Show reflect our belief that art making for children is a visual expression of their thinking and feeling. The artworks are both individual and collaborative. Labels describing the works are written or dictated by the children. Questions that motivate the artworks are included.

    During the Lower School Art Show, children come in class or buddy groups to look at and discuss the artworks. "Museum Guides" will speak about a class exhibit and answer questions. At the end of the visit one class may sit down and respond to the other class's work or talk about what they noticed in the art show.
    At each age the artworks the children create express their unique visual response to their world. The Lower School Art Show celebrates this.
     
    We invite everyone to come and enjoy the Lower School Art Show.
     
    P.S. Each time your child brings home art from school you have the opportunity to enjoy your own child’s art show. How you talk with your child about their work can impact the experience for both of you. For ideas about how to initiate conversation about your child's artwork, download, "How to Talk With Children About Their Art Work."
     
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    Valentine’s Day Policy
     
    LREI does not celebrate Valentine’s Day with students exchanging cards at school. Some classes will be expressing appreciation to the many support staff who work behind the scenes at school. Some teachers may mention the holiday in class, read a story and/or do a craft project. In this way, we’re able to avoid the hurt feelings that arise as cards are swapped, dropped, and misplaced during a school day, and to maintain the day’s curricular momentum. If your child would like to give Valentines to classmates, please do help them to send them by U.S. Post as this is a good alternative. We ask that you do not place cards in cubbies as a way to send them.
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  • January

    The Metropolis Ensemble joins our 5th grade in the PAC

    'School is Real Life' with Principal Ana Fox Chaney

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    Bringing real life into school and school into real life is one of the most meaningful and recognizeable features of our progressive mission. Teachers are constantly at work findng ways to bring students out into the world and to bring real problems, real issues, real endeavors into the classroom. This comes from a deep respect for the industry and intellect of our middle schoolers. We believe that the best way to engage and inspire middle schoolers, and the best way to help them develop into decent, thoughtful adults, is to give them tasks that are not an imitation of life, but are life. Here are a few examples from around the division this week. 
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  • About Writing with MS Principal, Ana Fox Chaney

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  • HS Life at Charlton HS Principal, Micah Dov Gottlieb

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    High School Principal, Micahl Dov Gottlieb reflects on the fall season, "the thankfulness tree we created at our Thanksgiving assembly stands tall in the lobby and reminds us of all that we are grateful for. I am grateful for our wonderful community -  the exceptional teachers, our amazing students, and for the trust families have given us to educate their children - Thank You!" 

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  • Learning in the Lower School with Principal Elena Jaime

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    The faculty at LREI spend a great deal of time thinking about the process of learning: ideal conditions for learning, particular strategies to support a group of diverse learners, ways in which to support student reflection on the learning process. A key aspect of this conversation also focuses on studying different motivations for learning. Why is this important? All learning is motivated, and understanding how a particular kind of motivation impacts the learning process is key in developing meaningful educative experiences.
     
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  • Looking Forward to 2018 with LS Principal Elena Jaime

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    The Winter Concert represents a highlight of my school year. This year in particular, I was impressed with the level of artistic skill that was cultivated by the music teachers, allowing students to perform sophisticated pieces of music with confidence and joy. In addition to feeling proud of the hard work the students did at the concert, I was reminded that I am surrounded by a wealth of opportunities to engage intellectually, socially and emotionally in my immediate school community and in the greater city community. 
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  • Minimester 2017 with Margaret Paul, Dean of Student Life

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    This year we had 19 different Minimesters, 7 of those were led by students. I am impressed annually by what comes out of this 3-day experience and am blown away by the time and energy that both leaders and participants put into the workshops. If you haven’t talked to your child about their experience yet, please do so this week.
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  • Inside an MS Classroom with Principal Ana Fox Chaney

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    The daily experience of students in a progressive classroom is mysterious to most adults whose own childhoods were spent in more or less traditional schools. To believe in Elisabeth Irwin’s vision of a school that is more laboratory than monastery, where “children experiment with life” does not necessarily mean that we can imagine what that looks like in practice, particularly once children are of middle school age. Seeing the myriad ways teachers engage their students, and draw them in to authentic conversation, debate, and problem solving is something that is hard to replicate with a second-hand account. Also, while middle school is largely about students finding and forging their independence, it’s also the last few years that parents have this close a seat to the daily life of their children. They will only get more private and more independent; their daily lives will unfold more and more out of view. I encourage you to take this opportunity as you have it.
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