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A note from Superintendent Bassanelli: A message of reflection and gratitude

A note from Superintendent Bassanelli: A message of reflection and gratitude

Dear San Juan Unified community,

The holidays are upon us, and I recognize that this time of year means something different to everyone. In the spirit of reflection and gratitude, I would like to share what I’m thankful for, both professionally and personally.

I am grateful for the community presence that is felt in each and every one of our schools and I know I’m not alone in my gratitude to our San Juan Unified community. Earlier this month, I was able to visit several schools to talk with students and staff about what they’re thankful for at their school. Watch this video to hear their reflections on thankfulness. 

For me and my family, the holidays are an opportunity to spend time together that we normally don’t get throughout the rest of the year. One tradition that I love is that we will go around the dinner table with topic cards. These conversation starters allow us to connect in meaningful ways that are not typical in day-to-day interactions. For instance, one conversation starter was, “Talk about a meal that someone made for you”. This simple prompt elicited so many meaningful memories and conversations amongst my family and brought lots of laughs and opportunities to learn about each other. It’s a tradition that I look forward to each year. 

These small moments are so precious to me, and I hope that while the holidays may look different for everyone, you’re able to use this much-needed break to reflect and connect in ways that fill your cup and leave you feeling rejuvenated. 

In community,

Melissa Bassanelli