A huge "thank you" to Dr. Stephanie Akoumany for speaking with WFS faculty and staff today. Stephanie's Bloom Wellness Lab provides mindfulness, curiosity, and movement coaching to organizations to help them thrive, and she connected these concepts to our school's DEI work.
Stephanie emphasized the importance of momentum and always striving to move forward, even when encountering difficulty and frustration. Through engaging concepts and examples, she helped us understand our own roles, our own personal energy, and our power to look past judgment towards understanding and growth. Her daughter, Zoe, even expressed her own belief that we all have the power to help the world!
Ninth graders recently met with Abdi Nor Iftin, author of their summer reading book, Call Me American, which depicts Abdi's life in Somalia and his curiosity about Western culture, which ultimately became dangerous and led to him fleeing the country.
Thank you to Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, authors of the book When you Wonder, You're Learning: Mister Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Raising Creative, Curious, Caring Kids, for their wonderful presentation last week to our school community!
During the 2021-2022 school year, our community is reflecting on the Quaker SPICE of peace, challenging our students, parents/guardians, faculty, and staff to think about peace on both a community and a personal level.