Dear LREI Families,
That’s a wrap! Congratulations to all of our students on a terrific school year. A challenging year? You bet, AND one filled with learning and growth and achievement. We are so proud of you and so impressed with your work and participation in the LREI community. Students, your work in school, on the stage, on the playing field, and out and about in the city and the country has been inspiring. And then we all went home.
As we headed out for Spring Break, teachers, students, and parents were preparing for learning at home together. A new experience for most of us. This sort of change is a challenge. And, students, you have done so well with LREI@home. Engaged, active, and participating with intelligence and good humor. Thank you. Thank you to all of the family members who have supported their children with their work @home. We truly appreciate your efforts.
THANK YOU to LREI’s faculty and staff for all of their work this year, and especially for their work in creating LREI@home and supporting students and families this spring. Your work was skilled, tireless, caring, and mission-driven. On behalf of the school community, you are officially the best.
As for the summer, given this peculiar time in which we are living, LREI will be a little more active and in touch. As you know, we are offering a number of classes over six weeks in June and July. If you have not taken a look at what LREI Summer@home is offering, now is the time. We will also send home a list of community gatherings and opportunities, parent meetings, etc in the next week or so. Finally, we will have the last community gathering of the school year on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00p.m. The link is on the LREI@home Resource Page.
As I remarked to the fourth graders at their moving-up ceremony, students and families, teachers and administrative staff members, have all earned a good deal of rest and relaxation. However, this summer we ask that you remain involved in the world around you; a world gripped by a health emergency. Much will be asked of all of us as we adapt to this reality, working to take care of ourselves, our friends and loved ones, and our fellow NYers.
We are also witnessing or participating in the concerted actions of many in resisting the status quo of systemic racism, bigotry, and police brutality visited on Black Americans. This summer, how will you learn more, grow more, participate more? Working with my leadership team colleagues we will learn and plan so that when we return to school in the fall, in addition to meeting the challenges of reopening, our path back will require that, each day, we will more thoughtfully and successfully meet the needs of our Black community members, and will challenge our white community members to more fully join their peers in the essential work of justice.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch this summer. Thank you, again, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.
Peace and health,