Looking Forward to 2018 with LS Principal Elena Jaime

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. 
The Winter Break offers many of us the chance to slow down and enjoy the City. I challenge myself during each long break to try something new- visit a new museum, spend time at a different outdoor urban space, visit a new brunch site, or walk down an unfamiliar street. New York City is the perfect place to engage in that challenge. In the past, I have often gone online, searching for things to do in the city. My search often produces some of the following website titles: The Top Things to do in New York CityThe 27 Best Things to Do in New York City, and 20 Ultimate Things to Do in New York City. Although these searches generate wonderful ideas, I realized that I was not utilizing an important resource in my own community, the second graders at LREI. Through their study of New York City, the students have had the opportunity to experience the city through their many trips to significant locations across the five boroughs. I thought I would enlist their expertise in today’s note, asking them for recommendations to give to families regarding what to do over the break. Here is what they recommended:
Although there remains a little over a week left of school during which time a great deal of work will get done in the classrooms, I am looking forward to visiting some of these places on the second grade list. I wish you the gift of time to connect with loved ones, rest from the rush of the life, and rejuvenation as we begin the new year. 
Elena Jaime - LS Principal