Adam Gidwitz – Special Visiting Guest Author

Award-winning author Adam Gidwitz will be visiting WES on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to talk to students in Grades 2-8 about his writing and books. Adam is the author of The Tale Dark & Grimm series and the new Unicorn Rescue Society. He won a Newbery Honor for The Inquisitor’s Tale.

As Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau writes, “Adam Gidwitz taught children large and slightly less large in Brooklyn for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. His first book, A Tale Dark and Grimm, was named an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and one of the best children’s books of the year by School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly.

In 2015, Gidwitz published Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?, a captivating retelling of the classic tale of good versus evil for young readers. Gidwitz returned to medieval fantasy in 2016 with The Inquisitor’s Tale, a richly researched and adventure-packed novel filled with trademark humor and featuring manuscript illuminations throughout. The book received the Newbery Honor and was on multiple best of the year lists. Newbery Medalist Matt de la Peña called Gidwitz’s latest, “A profound and ambitious tour de force. Gidwitz is a masterful storyteller.” He is also well known for The Unicorn Rescue Society series. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.”

To pre-order his books that can be signed, click HERE. Please contact librarian Patrick Pane with any questions.

Total Wellness Parent Program

Join us for Feel Good Friday, Friday, Nov. 22, 8-9 a.m., in the Discovery Room. Our presenter will be Matthew Lyons, certified and trained Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga instructor, and this is a program for WES parents. Part 1 is focused on the breath as a foundation for easing stress, anxiety and maintaining balance. The session will begin by focusing on the importance of our breath and how many of us lose awareness of how we breathe throughout our daily lives. He will have us examine our breath and look at ways we can reintroduce peace and ease into our stress-filled bodies. After the workshop presentation, Mathew will be available for a Q/A session. Come in comfortable clothing or workout gear. We promise you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

For more information on Mathew Lyons, visit his website at

Join Us for Our NEW Pop-up Coffees – Starting Dec. 2

We have been told that one of the best things about WES is our community, and this year we are hosting pop-up coffees on select Mondays to start the week on the right foot with friends and community members! Come and grab a cup of coffee (or tea) in the admission suite, located next to Head of School Danny Vogelman’s office on the first floor.

These gatherings will be informal opportunities to meet and hang out with other WES parents, faculty, and administrators. Join us for two-minutes or stay longer. Take a moment to decompress and rejuvenate after drop off and before the rest of the day begins.

Because each week is different at WES, we will post a “pop-up coffee” sign in carpool on the mornings we will be hosting a pop-up coffee, so you will know to park

Have questions? Email Admission Director Kim Bair or your child’s Division Director.