Conversations With Julie Galles

Dear Wesley Community,

Whew! What a year! I’m sure I’m not the only one who is extremely grateful that June has arrived, the virus is in retreat, and we are heading into a summer that can once again include activities that bring us together in person. I have spoken with a number of educators for whom the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years just ran together. We ended the former at home, and we spent most of the latter at home as well. Many of the traditional rites of passage - graduations, summer vacations, fall festivals, holiday get-togethers - were eliminated or conducted via Zoom from our homes. I find myself, therefore, emerging this June feeling like I have survived a two-year school year, and I suspect some students, teachers, and parents may feel the same way.

However, when I reflect upon the tremendous work the Wesley faculty and staff have accomplished this year, I am inspired and proud. The efforts of our PA Co-Presidents and the parent volunteers have been no less heroic. Through the truly sacrificial efforts of these groups, the students have learned and grown, and the Wesley community remains as vibrant and committed as ever. Our enrollment numbers are strong for next year and new inquiries are still keeping the Admissions Office busy. We laughed and guessed our way through our virtual Game on Gala, raising almost $80,000 for the Wesley Commons project to refurbish and uplift our community spaces. And the Class of 2021 will soon be headed off to an outstanding array of secondary schools. By all external accounts, the year has been a raving success.

And yet, there is no escaping the fact that these herculean efforts came at a cost. Students, parents, teachers, and staff members are finishing a multi-month marathon that has left many of us exhausted and depleted. The warm days are a welcome reminder that summer is near at hand and this year, unlike last summer, we can enjoy a slower pace and some rest. We have already formed plans for next school year and will continue to refine those over the next few months. We will be ready to welcome students and families back in September with renewed energy and vision. I am grateful to all within the extended Wesley family who continue to support and encourage our school and who have extended grace and kind words to me in my first year. I appreciate the partnerships with the Board, with the church, with the brilliant Wesley faculty and staff, and with all of our families. We are still #WesleyStrong.

Stay safe and connected over the summer, and we’ll see you in the fall!

Julie Galles
Interim Head of School