2018

  • February

    Caleen Sinnette Jennings ‘68

    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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  • 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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  • LS Art Show Preview, 2/22-2/23

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    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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  • January

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Collaboration in the High School, with Principal Micah Dov Gottlieb

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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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  • 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!" 

    Click to read more about high school life at our Charlton campus.
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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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  • (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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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