Conversations With Julie Galles

Dear Wesley Community,

It seems as if our current late fall weather is representative of how we are moving through the first trimester. We’ve had hot, sunny days, cool, cloudy days, and even a day or two of rain. Similarly, we have enjoyed wonderful teaching and learning happening every day and have also spent time discovering areas we need to remediate or work on as the effects of the pandemic experience emerge. 

One of the most exciting progressions over the first three months of school has been the chance to welcome more people to campus. Parent volunteers are serving hot lunch and have decorated the campus, outside vendors are offering in-person enrichment classes in our after school program, and we have spectators for our athletic events. We have also reinstituted the long cherished tradition of Mornings on The Commons and look forward to the future when we can expand it to include all parents every day. 

Consistent with our theme of Discovery and based on what we are seeing in students, we are paying special attention to several areas of our program. We are fully utilizing our enhanced Student Support Services, grateful to have our middle school Learning Specialist, our School Counselor, and our SEL Instructor to work with our students. We are also refining and redoubling our anti-racism and social justice efforts across the board. Finally, we are inviting our parent population into the learning with a series of parent education events. All in all, Wesley strives to offer true learning opportunities for everyone. 

In this newsletter, you will read exciting updates from various offices, the Board, and the Parents’ Association. The entire Wesley School team, whether employees or volunteers, is pulling strongly in the same direction with enthusiasm and dedication. I am humbled and grateful to be at the helm. 

Wishing you all a wonderful season of holidays!

Julie Galles
Interim Head of School