10/22-10/26 Week 10 Blast

Dear JJSE Community,

As we exit October and enter November, we remember the struggles of keeping our head above water and being our best selves, as we require our young people to be. This week, we will be challenged to share a part of ourselves with each other, as Giulio did at the beginning of our staff meeting last week (his poem is written at the end of this BLAST message) if you missed it. Our liberation as people are connected to each other. We do not ask our students and each other to take risks and be courageous if we are not willing to be. As you take risks and free yourself from anxiety and fear, remember that others are doing the same. I look forward to sharing with you as I hope you can share with your community a part of yourself. Our connectedness with each other is what will bring us strength on solidarity.

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

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Jessica Huang