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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.
  • Visibility: Our LGBTQ+ Community Portraits of Love

    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.
  • #ithappenshere in the High School of LREI

    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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