2018

  • November

    LREI Students Speak Out at UN for International Day of the Girl

    LREI
    International Day of the Girl Child was declared by the United Nations in 2011. IDG takes place on October 11th. Each year, Ileana Jiménez brings her feminism class to the UN for this occasion. 
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  • A Note From Elena, Lower School Principal

    Elena Jaime
    Dear Families,

    I imagine that the tragic events of these past several weeks, the threats to members of our local and global communities, the murders and attempted murders of people in Pennsylvania and Kentucky over the weekend, and the countless other hate crimes that have gone unreported continue to be on the minds of many of you. Last Thursday morning, I shared a note with the teachers regarding some of my thoughts on the impact of these moments on our work as educators. Below is an excerpt of that note.

    As educators in today’s political climate, we find ourselves in the position of reimagining how we teach our students, even and perhaps especially, our youngest students, about how to engage in productive, thoughtful and respectful dialogue. Regardless of where you position yourself on the political landscape, the fact remains that we are in this moment because words have been weaponized in today’s political environment. There is little dialogue that occurs between people and groups who disagree on issues, and what has taken its place is a natural inclination to demonize and dehumanize those with whom we disagree.

    When I am my best self, I hope to model the ability to speak about those with whom I fundamentally disagree in a way that still honors their humanity. To be sure, the events of yesterday are directly connected to the dangerous ways in which our leaders have chosen to consolidate political power by harnessing the very worst in people and there is an important lesson in naming that as such. My hope is that I also model for our youngest students the ways in which we combat demagoguery and hate-filled speech with clear messages of hope that are grounded in a desire to create equitable and just spaces for all.

    We are poised to help develop the next generation of citizens and activists. I hope that this note represents to you an affirmation of the work that you do every day. I feel blessed to work with people who, each day, model what it looks like to disagree about everything from a pencil at work time to the question of whether there should be limits on immigration to the US. The work you do will have a lasting impact on the state of discourse for years to come.

    I also wish to resend the resources I referenced in a push page that Judy and I co-wrote many moons ago. Above all else, it’s a reminder to watch closely what the children bring up in conversation, at work, and in play, and provide just enough information to correct any misunderstandings without adding to their worries. And, as always, to remind students that the job of the adults in their lives is to keep them safe.

    We continue to be grateful for your partnership in navigating these complicated moments with your children. Below are the resources referenced in the letter to the teachers. Please do not hesitate to be in touch.


    In partnership,
    Elena
     

    ADULT RESOURCES:
    1. School Violence Prevention: Tips for Parents and Educators: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)  www.nasponline.org
    2. Why Did It Happen?: Helping Young Children Cope in a Violent World by Janice Cohn
    3. Helping Children Cope with Frightening News: Child Mind Institute http://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/

    STORY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
    1. Jenny is Scared!: When Something Sad Happens in the World by Carol Shuman
    2. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton & Susan Schaefer Bernardo
    3. A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes

    Mindfulness in the Lower School
    Please join us on December 11, at 8:45-9:30 am, in the 6th Ave Cafeteria, for a parent talk about the mindfulness initiative in the Lower School. The practice of mindfulness promotes well-being, enhances self-regulation, and aids in coping with life’s ups and downs.  The parent talk will include descriptions of mindfulness practices and current research. We will share the ways mindfulness is growing in the Lower School and opportunities for parents (for yourselves and with your children). Our speakers will be:
     
    Celeste Dorsey, Lower School technology teacher
    Jana  Friedman, Lower School parent
    Judy Lambek, Lower School psychologist
    Sarah Schumann, Lower School first grade teacher
     
    CHILDCARE DURING FAMILY CONFERENCES
    The Lower School will be closed on both conference days (November 9 and November 12).
    Childcare will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Lower School students.
    This service is complimentary on a drop-in basis during your conference and $20 for the whole day.
    Whole day childcare is limited to 20 slots per day so please be sure to sign up below.
    Lunch and activities will be provided.
     
    Sign up here for full day childcare on November 9.
    Sign up here for full day childcare on November 12.
     
    Please sign up here and email kmateos@lrei.org for any questions.
     
     
    FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL:
     
    It’s the Midterm Elections!
     
    In addition, The Government Inspector (LREI’s Fall 2018 High School Play) will be up and running Thursday November 6th @6pm, Friday November 7th @7pm and Thursday November 8th at 7pm.
     
    It’s 1836 in provincial Russia. Thanks to the Tsar, the bureaucracy is out of control and corruption reigns. What happens to one small town when rumors fly about a government inspector coming to visit? INCOGNITO?
     
     
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  • Letter from Elena Jaime

    Allison Isbell & Margaret Paul
    Hello HS Families, 
     
    Below is a note that Lower School Principal, Elena Jaime, sent to the Lower School families today. We thought it was such an excellent articulation of both what is happening to political discourse, and what we must continue to do as educators to ensure that our students learn how to engage in dialogue with those who think differently, that we wanted to share it with you. We are joined with our colleagues in the Lower and Middle Schools in the work of engaging as active citizens in our democratic society, and in helping our students recognize when they hear destructive discourses from both those in local communities and those in power. 
     
     
    Dear Families,

    I imagine that the tragic events of these past several weeks, the threats to members of our local and global communities, the murders and attempted murders of people in Pennsylvania and Kentucky over the weekend, and the countless other hate crimes that have gone unreported continue to be on the minds of many of you. Last Thursday morning, I shared a note with the teachers regarding some of my thoughts on the impact of these moments on our work as educators. Below is an excerpt of that note.

    As educators in today’s political climate, we find ourselves in the position of reimagining how we teach our students, even and perhaps especially, our youngest students, about how to engage in productive, thoughtful and respectful dialogue. Regardless of where you position yourself on the political landscape, the fact remains that we are in this moment because words have been weaponized in today’s political environment. There is little dialogue that occurs between people and groups who disagree on issues, and what has taken its place is a natural inclination to demonize and dehumanize those with whom we disagree.

    When I am my best self, I hope to model the ability to speak about those with whom I fundamentally disagree in a way that still honors their humanity. To be sure, the events of yesterday are directly connected to the dangerous ways in which our leaders have chosen to consolidate political power by harnessing the very worst in people and there is an important lesson in naming that as such. My hope is that I also model for our youngest students the ways in which we combat demagoguery and hate-filled speech with clear messages of hope that are grounded a desire to create equitable and just spaces for all.

    We are poised to help develop the next generation of citizens and activists. I hope that this note represents to you an affirmation of the work that you do every day. I feel blessed to work with people who, each day, model what it looks like to disagree about everything from a pencil at work time to the question of whether there should be limits on immigration to the US. The work you do will have a lasting impact on the state of discourse for years to come.

    I also wish to resend the resources I referenced in a push page that Judy [Lambek, LS Psychologist] and I co-wrote many moons ago. Above all else, it’s a reminder to watch closely what the children bring up in conversation, at work, and in play, and provide just enough information to correct any misunderstandings without adding to their worries. And, as always, to remind students that the job of the adults in their lives is to keep them safe.

    We continue to be grateful for your partnership in navigating these complicated moments with your children. Below are the resources referenced in the letter to the teachers. Please do not hesitate to be in touch.


    In partnership,
    Elena



    ADULT RESOURCES:
    1. School Violence Prevention: Tips for Parents and Educators: National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)  www.nasponline.org
    2. Why Did It Happen?: Helping Young Children Cope in a Violent World by Janice Cohn
    3. Helping Children Cope with Frightening News: Child Mind Institute http://childmind.org/article/helping-children-cope-frightening-news/
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  • LREI News Magazine 2018

    LREI
    LREI is proud to share our brand new 28-page edition of the LREI News Magazine.
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  • October

    Cross-Curricular Identity Project Illustrates MS Mission

    LREI
    Inspired by Leah Tinari's new book Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts, LREI middle school teacher Rohan Cassells used Tinari's work as a cross-curricular inspiration for the division's work. 
     
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  • How to Choose a “Just Right” Book - MS Summer Reading

    LREI
    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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  • Math as Witness

    LREI
    Musing on mathematics and social justice from HS teacher Pat Higgiston
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  • Mindfulness in the Lower School

    LREI
    Last year, we launched a “mindfulness” initiative in the Lower School. Mindfulness means being fully aware in the present moment without judgment. It means knowing what is on your mind without automatically acting on it. From research, mindfulness is a tool for coping, self-regulation, and cultivating compassion for others. Various forms of mindfulness have been practiced for thousands of years and in many cultures around the world.
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  • TEQ Instructional Video: Watch LREI's Chinese language class discuss the impact of the internet

    LREI
    Asia Society is an educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Asia Society's TEQ (Theory, Enthusiasm, and Questions) Series works to create dynamic, interactive, and effective Chinese language instruction; thereby illustrating innovative Chinese language instruction in American K–12 classrooms. Each year, they select 5–10 Chinese teachers as Teaching Fellows. 

    LREI is honored to have high school teacher Catherine Zhong's TEQ instructional video selected as Asia Society's first episode in their new online series.
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  • Archives in the Classroom - Connecting Past and Present, Farm Trip 2018

    LREI
    In preparation for Deborah and Shelby's farm trip, LREI trustee, parent, and archivist Yukie Ohta returned to the Sixth Avenue classroom with photos in hand, and a slideshow presentation for the wide-eyed eight year-old students that awaited her visit.
     
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  • Collaboration

    Allison Isbell & Margaret Paul
    Have you tried to explain a complicated concept to a friend only to discover, while talking, that it was clearer in your head? Or, have you ever thought you understood a concept, but discovered that you were missing important pieces when you tried to explain it to someone else? 
     
     
    Have you ever shared a new idea with a group, only to discover than your idea grows stronger--gains strength--through the discussion itself?
     

    We ask our students to do lots of work together. They solve math problems together, conduct experiments together, analyze texts together, and construct their understandings, together.
     
     
    The work of collaboration orients students toward creating something that is greater than what they might produce on their own. And in this process, some truly transformative learning happens.
     
     

     
    Here are just a few abilities students cultivate by working collaboratively:
     
    Establishing trust and taking intellectual risks
    Listening to and building on the ideas of others
    Critiquing ideas, not people
    Challenging existing narratives
    Changing minds through evidence and persuasion
    Navigating and managing conflict
     
     
    We live in a complex, complicated world. Our work as teachers is to help students develop the ability to not only navigate this world, but to be positioned as citizens capable of solving problems together, and ultimately bringing about meaningful change in the communites where they will work and live.
     
     
    If you would like to read a more about the collaboration skills we are cultivating at LREI click the following link: 
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  • Hard at Work with Principal Ana Fox Chaney

    LREI
    Doing school the right way should be hard work. Not in the sense of being onerous, but it should be the kind of effort born from an immersive investment in a task; a whole-hearted engagement rather than something to get over and done with. It should be hard work from enjoyment rather than opposed to it.
     
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  • 'Having of wonderful ideas' in the High School

    LREI
    The “having of wonderful ideas”, a phrase coined by Eleanor Duckworth, renowned researcher and educator, is what motivates and drives the LREI HS teaching team. Though we are passionate about the content areas in which we teach, what truly excites us, moves us, impresses us, and humbles us are the ideas that rise from our students everyday. Their inquiries fuel our own, creating dynamic learning environments in our classrooms, where learning is active, experiential, and relational.
     
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  • Trustees Visiting Day 2018

    LREI
    On the morning of Friday, October 12th, a proud group of LREI Board members visited the Sixth Avenue and Charlton campuses. For the next three class periods, each Trustee would spend each session immersed in our rich curriculum. From third grade Community Circle to Contemporary Middle East and Literature of the African Diaspora electives, the occasion marked a mission affirming day for all. 
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  • First Place Varsity Boys Soccer Victorious on Senior Day at Pier 40

    LREI
    Coming off the program's first ever League and Playoff Championship team, culminating in a trip to the NYSAIS Tournament last fall, aspirations of Boys Varsity Soccer success are at an all-time high.
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  • Archives and Alumni Council Committees Lead Centennial Preparation

    LREI
    The LREI community will celebrate the school's 100th anniversary during the 2020-2021 academic year. 
     
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  • The Having of Wonderful Ideas

    Allison Isbell & Margaret Paul
    Dear HS Families,
     
    The “having of wonderful ideas”, a phrase coined by Eleanor Duckworth, renowned researcher and educator, is what motivates and drives the LREI HS teaching team. Though we are passionate about the content areas in which we teach, what truly excites us, moves us, impresses us, and humbles us are the ideas that rise from our students everyday. Their inquiries fuel our own, creating dynamic learning environments in our classrooms, where learning is active, experiential, and relational.
     

    Last week our teachers shared about their courses at the 11th and 12th grade Curriculum Night, and this Tuesday, 9th and 10th grade families will have the same opportunity--to hear from teachers about all that is happening in their classrooms with our students. We are grateful for the chance to share with you some of the wonderful ideas that are emerging in these classroom spaces!
     

     
     
     
    As facilitators and collaborators of learning, we share the goal that Eleanor Duckworth ideated many years ago, that “The more we help students have wonderful ideas . . . the more likely it is that they will some day happen upon wonderful ideas that no one else has happened upon before.”
     
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  • DA4 Field Trip to Union Square Greenmarket

    LREI
    On the morning of Wednesday, October 3rd, Deborah and Alicia's (DA) fourth grade class made the mile-long journey north to Union Square's Greenmarket Farmers Market. "The motivation for this trip is to have our students become more aware of where good food comes from," Head Teacher Deborah Hodge explained. "We were able to visit the Hawthorne Stand as a preview to our trip to Hawthorne Farm later this month. The overarching theme of this project is to ensure that we are connected to the natural environment. We quite literally get outside of the city to do it, and that provides a unique learning experience for our students."
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  • September

    MS Students Participate in Billion Oyster Project at Pier 40

    LREI
    On Thursday, September 27, 2018, LREI middle school students traveled to Pier 40 to participate in the Billion Oyster Project (BOP).
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  • HS Curriculum: What are we coming to know? (Video)

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  • Coming to Know

    Allison Isbell & Margaret Paul
    Hello High School Families,
     
    Knowledge is powerful. And more powerful still is the ability to be a knower, to be capable of coming to know something. We conjecture that most of your most vivid learning experiences, these moments of "coming to know" happened not because someone told you something, but because you experienced them, were immersed in them in some way.
     
    This week in the high school the theme of immersive learning experiences came alive. As classes began and students engaged, the wonder of "coming to know" was around every corner. 
     
    We asked teachers and students to capture some of these experiences to share with you. Click the video below to catch a glimpse of {only a few} of the deep learning experiences in which our students were engaged.
     
     
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  • Morning Meeting in the Lower School

    Elena Jaime
    Dear Lower School Families,
     
    It has been a pleasure to be a part of the transition into this new school year and to spend time with the classes. Each room is bursting with hopes for the school year, questions and ideas as they tackle new concepts, and appreciation for the connections they are building within their new communities.
     
    At the beginning of the year, teachers work to establish routines in the classroom. In your visits to the classrooms, you may have noticed one such important routine on the daily schedule, Morning Meeting. Though they take a variety of forms depending on the age of the students, each student in the Lower School experiences this daily meeting. Despite its rather banal name, the Morning Meeting represents a major foundation in the building of a successful classroom community and is a key component of the Responsive Classroom approach. Responsive Classroom, developed by the Northeast Foundation for Children (NEFC), is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning.
     
     
    In The Morning Meeting Book, Roxann Kriete writes:
     
    “Teachers have long known and researchers are now confirming that social skills are not just something to be taught so that children behave well enough to get on with the real business of schooling. Rather, they are inextricably intertwined with cognitive growth and intellectual progress. A person who can listen well, who can frame a good question, and has the assertiveness to pose it, who can examine a situation from a number of perspectives will be a strong learner. All those skills-skills essential to academic achievement- must be modeled, experienced, practiced, extended, and refined in the context of social interaction. Morning Meeting is a forum in which all that happens. It is not an add-on, something extra to make time for, but rather an integral part of the day’s planning and curriculum.”
     
    The Morning Meeting sets the tone for the day, communicating to each community member that their voice is important, that their ideas shape the learning in the room, and that being able to work together is just as valuable as the content that is learned in any given lesson. In Morning Meeting, the students greet each other, share about important topics in their own lives and from the world around them, engage in activities that allow them to connect community building with curricular content, and develop language and literacy skills as they read from the daily message. During curriculum night, you will have the opportunity to hear more about how Morning Meeting is experienced by the students in their particular class. For now, as you check in with your child about their day, be sure to ask about these important moments. (Click here learn more about the Responsive Classroom approach.)
     
     
     
    Please remember to mark your calendars for the upcoming curriculum evenings, Thursday, October 4, for Second-Fourth grades, and Thursday, October 11, for Fours-First grades. Both will begin at 6:00 pm, in the auditorium. This year, the Afterschool Program will be running an Afterschool Extension on October 4th (Second-Fourth Grade) and October 11th (Fours-First Grade) for Curriculum Night. The program will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Afterschool teachers will be with students and will offer a wide range of open art and physical activities. Pizza will be provided for all students. This service is $20 per child for the evening, paid in cash at drop off. Siblings are $10. All school aged students are welcome. Email Denzel at (djohnson@lrei.org) if you have any questions. Below are the RSVP deadlines for each of the curriculum evenings. You must respond by the deadline in order to secure a spot. Sign up here.
     
    Please RSVP for the October 4th date by October 1st.
    Please RSVP for the October 11th date by October 8th.
     
     
    Thanks, 
     
    Elena
     
    Important Upcoming Dates
    Fri, Sept 21: Fourth Grade Farm Trip Information Session
    Tues, Sept 25-Wed, Sept 26: Lower School/Middle School Photo Day
    Thurs, Sept 27: Third Grade Farm Trip Information Session
    Thurs, Oct 4: LS Parent Rep Meeting
    Thurs, Oct 4: Second-Fourth Grade Curriculum Night (6:00-8:00 pm)
    Fri, Oct 5: Professional Day- School Closed for Students
    Mon, Oct 8: School Closed for Fall Weekend
    Tues, Oct 9-Fri Oct 12: Dan & Wing Mai Visit Hawthorne Valley Farm
    Thurs, Oct 11: Fours-First Grade Curriculum Night (6:00-8:00 pm)


    Reference:
    Kriete, R. (2002) The Morning Meeting Book, Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
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  • LREI Varsity Soccer Participates in Second Annual 'Play with Pride' Week (9/17-9/23)

    LREI

    The LREI Girls Varsity Soccer team will be participating in the United Soccer Coaches' second annual 'Play With Pride' week (September 17th, 2018 - September 23rd, 2018). Sponsored by the United Soccer Coaches LGBT & Allies Advocacy Group, this event is designed to show support for LGBTQ athletes, coaches, administrators, referees, and fans.  

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  • JCG3 Leads 'Stone Soup' Celebration

    LREI
    ‘Stone Soup’ is an old folk story in which hungry strangers convince the people of a town to each contribute a small amount of their own food to make a communal meal for all.
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  • 2018-19 Academic Year Commences with Trip Labs

    LREI
    The opening day of high school this week reminded Allison (Isbell) of a moment her family shared over the summer on their first ever mountain biking trip. Prior to the trip they spent time prepping and getting their gear together, and their boys had spent years developing the bike skills they needed to tackle the mountain they were up against. That said, once they ascended the mountain on the lifts and unloaded their bikes from the rack they found themselves in a whole new, unfamiliar world. 
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  • MS Principal Ana Fox Chaney '94 welcomes middle schoolers to Sixth Avenue

    LREI
    We are now officially two days into the school year. It feels like an instant and a whole lifetime since summer. Lockers have been assigned, folders labeled, new books opened and new faces welcomed. We met in the auditorium as a whole middle school for the first time today and what has been theoretical for weeks became real and undeniable. This is our (giant) middle school family. This is the new us.
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  • The Chance to Reinvent

    Dear Middle School Families,

    We are now officially two days into the school year. It feels like an instant and a whole lifetime since summer. Lockers have been assigned, folders labeled, new books opened and new faces welcomed. We met in the auditorium as a whole middle school for the first time today and what has been theoretical for weeks became real and undeniable. This is our (giant) middle school family. This is the new us.
     
    The chance to reinvent is one of my favorite things about the new school year in general and middle school in particular. It is a time to let go of bad habits and permission to try on a new self. When the middle school faculty met for the first time this year, we talked about imitation as a tool for change. Setting a goal is abstract but emulating a friend’s good qualities is concrete. Today in middle school meeting, with our community of students ringed by teachers and staff, I asked the students to do what the adults did a week ago. Think of something you want to work on this year, I said. Maybe it’s being a better listener, or more organized, or to have more reading stamina, or to be more outgoing. Then think of a friend who has that quality. And secretly resolve to observe them and do what they do.

    Middle schoolers are famous for conformity and we adults often fret over it. If they emulate their friends, we worry, they will be less themselves, or make bad choices. But imitation can be a powerful force for growth. The question is not whether or not to follow, but who to follow and why. This is a group of young people with a wealth of admirable qualities. They are funny, kind, patient, brave, determined, and inventive. They should absolutely imitate each others' best qualities; they have a lot to choose from.
     
    It has been a treat to be with your children over the last two days and I’m looking forward to many more. Welcome.
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  • The Energy at the Top of the Mountain

    Dear High School Families,
     
    The opening day of high school this week reminded Allison of a moment her family shared over the summer on their first ever mountain biking trip. Prior to the trip they spent time prepping and getting their gear together, and their boys had spent years developing the bike skills they needed to tackle the mountain they were up against. That said, once they ascended the mountain on the lifts and unloaded their bikes from the rack they found themselves in a whole new, unfamiliar world. 

    There is a lot of energy at the top of a mountain: the low hum from conversations about routes and strategizing about potential pitfalls echoes around the trail opening. Excitement and nervousness sit in tension with one another, because though riders can choose their runs, ultimately there are many unknowns, and these must be taken as they come. And this is both the work and the exhilaration of the ride.
    In similar fashion our students milled around the lobby on Wednesday morning, anticipating the ride on which they were embarking. And then, class by class, they began.
     
    The class of 2022 leapt into their high school experience by loading the buses to Ramapo
    for their 3-day orientation, and when they walk back into the building tomorrow they will be changed by their time together. The class of 2021 set out together to spend time on Shelter Island--a new year, and a new adventure to launch them into the year ahead. The class of 2020 took some big intellectual leaps as they began planning for their research trips in April during the Junior Class Trip Lab. And, the class of 2019 began their senior year journey with the Senior Project Lab experience. Thus, each student that walked in the door on Wednesday began their ride--embracing both the exhilaration and challenges that it will bring!

    And along for this ride as well is our amazing faculty. We thank them for their commitment to creating experiences this week that set up our students for the year ahead.

    We are so excited to spend this year with your students. Know that we are here and ready to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes as they come.
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  • The Magic of a First Day

    Dear Lower School Families, 
     
    I count myself among the fortunate group of people who get to relive the magic that only the first day of school can bring. Yesterday was a day full of wonder, excitement, and joy. Although impossible to fully capture through photos, the slideshow below represents just a sampling of the many such moments experienced by the students over the course of the first two days. Please enjoy. 
     
    In the coming days, you will have the opportunity to meet with teachers during Welcome Conferences. Thank you so much for taking the time to come in and share your hopes for the new year with your child’s teaching team. When I meet with prospective families during the fall admissions season, I often speak about the importance of the partnership that exists between parents and teachers at LREI. In the introduction to Agnes de Lima’s book, The Little Red Schoolhouse, parents are named as “essential and as indispensable a part of the school as the children and the teaching staff.” That remains as true today as it was in 1921, and our welcome conferences are an expression of that commitment. Our teachers, bringing their depth of knowledge of development and learning, dedicate themselves to working alongside you as you bring your understanding of your child and all their past experiences. Together you represent the team that will support your child as they navigate their year of learning.
     
    If you have not done so already, please sign up for your welcome conferences at the following link: https://lrei.myschoolapp.com/app/Parent#resourceboarddetail/6674
     
     
    As always, I welcome any opportunity to connect regarding your children and your experience in the lower school. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
     
     
    Warmly,
    Elena


    A Reminder Regarding Arrival and Dismissal Routines
    School begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. for all Lower School students. The Fours and Kindergarten end their day at 2:45, and First-Fourth Grade end their day at 3:00 p.m. Early Childhood - First Grade students are dropped off and picked up in their classrooms. Second, Third, and Fourth Graders are dismissed by teachers at the end of the day in two locations: the front door on Sixth Avenue for Third Grade, and the side door on Bleecker Street for Second and Fourth Grades. All students are signed out by teachers to a parent or caregiver with whom the teacher is familiar. Please be patient during dismissal for the first few days of school while teachers look at faces and take time to get to know each child’s grown-ups. If, during the school year, someone new will pick up your child, please be sure to send a note to school that day for the teacher. Teachers cannot release students to anyone when a parent has not given written permission. If children negotiate a playdate on their own, it will not be honored unless a parent has spoken to the classroom teacher to confirm dismissal changes.   
     
    An Important Note from Afterschool
    All Afterschool Programs (Core, Enrichment, Instrumental) begin Tuesday, September 11th for students in 1st Grade and up, and on Wednesday, September 12th for 4s and Kindergarten students (as that is their first full day of school). For more information, please reach out to Clara Campos (ccampos@lrei.org), Associate Director of Afterschool.
     
    Important Upcoming Dates
    Mon, Sept 10: School Closed for Rosh Hashanah
    Tues, Sept 11: All Afterschool Programs Begin for First-Fourth
    Wed, Sept 12: All Afterschool Programs Begin for Fours and Kindergarten
    Wed, Sept 12: LREI 101: LS/MS Parent Orientation
    Thurs, Sept 13-Fri, Sept 14: First - Fourth grade Welcome Conferences
    Wed, Sept 19: School Closed for Yom Kippur
    Fri, Sept 21: Fourth Grade Farm Trip Information Session
    Tues, Sept 25-Wed, Sept 26: Lower School/Middle School Photo Day
    Thurs, Sept 27: Third Grade Farm Trip Information Session









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  • August

    ALUMNI COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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

    LREI
    School Was Our Life with Jane Roland Martin '47 - 5/31, 6PM
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  • Change & Transition

    LREI
    Some thoughts from LS Principal Elena Jaime
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  • Commencement 2018

    LREI
    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!

    LREI
    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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  • Lower School Spring Tours for 2018-19

    LREI
    LREI invites you to attend our Lower School Spring Tours at 272 Sixth Avenue at Bleecker Street).
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • (photography: Ileana Jiménez)

    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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  • Visit LREI.org/photos to view our official photo gallery

    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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Ann Schaumburger and Katherine Nix
    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 a 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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