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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?
     
     
  • 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/
  • 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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