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This Week at Wheeler April 9, 2020

Our 5th Grade Invention Convention was a little different this year — all inventions were made at school. As always, the clever solutions to everyday problems as imagined and created by our students were just as innovative as you'd think.

Vol. 1 Issue 27

Here's what you need to know

A message from our Head of School

Dear Families,

We are officially one week and one day into our Virtual Learning Term, and I am filled with gratitude. While we would never have wished for this, Wheeler’s community seems to have been made for a moment just like this. A moment to adapt, take a quick turn, embrace imperfection, partner together to provide and hear feedback, and find not just what works, but also to pursue the opportunities to try ideas we may not have considered before. Truly. I have seen exceptional things happening this week, including an almost instant translation of the myriad ways of knowing individual students and families into an online format. Check out a few of these amazing innovations here in this edition of TWAW and every day on all of our social media. I am also grateful, on behalf of our faculty and staff (especially in the midst of navigating your own “new normal” at home for your families) for the notes of support and partnership we have received from you. It isn’t every community that would meet this challenge with the optimism and persistence you have. It makes ever more visible that Wheeler is not just a place, it is a state of mind. Thank you.

From parent to parent today, I also want to virtually reach out to tell you that you are not alone. Parenting through this moment is hard! For me, it is forcing me to (TRY TO) be as forgiving as possible of myself, my spouse and of my children. Thanks to WSPA and Deana Tineo, Family Engagement Coordinator, we are hosting a series of opportunities for parents in each division to come together and discuss their experiences in this virtual world. Stay tuned for those announcements, and jump in. If you feel overwhelmed right now, take a deep breath. You are not alone.

I leave you with this beautiful poem about family by Juniper, in our 3rd grade, written during this first week of Virtual Learning Term.

#SpiritStrong

The Lower School at Wheeler has come together to bring joy and school spirit.

Be A Warrior

Incoming Athletic Director Sean Kelly and Athletic Trainer Nate Withington's five day at-home workout to help Middle Schoolers (and you) keep it moving!

We're Looking and Listening

Sunday evenings now include a Wheeler Radio Variety Hour from 7 pm - 10 pm for quality programming brought to you by the Wheeler community for a bit of family time. Music, poetry, commentary and a PUZZLE!

Note: Tune in to 88.1 FM on an FM radio (no smart devices will work); or go to wheelerschoolbroadcasting.org and click on the Event Archives panel that says WELH Radio Show and listen at your leisure. Each radio hour is followed by our WELH favorites from 8-10 pm: The RonCon Show, Sports Roundup and The Bodhi Show.

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