Making Time for Fun

As we draw to a close of one of the most unusual years in WES’s history, our faculty have been making sure our Dragons have time for a little good old-fashioned fun. After a year of quarantines and physical distancing, we all truly need it. 

Our Middle School faculty transported Grade 7 to Europe right here on campus last Friday night as part of their “WES Italia Night.” The students dined on homemade antipasti, gourmet Italian pizza and Italian ices; used Euro to purchase souvenirs; climbed to the top of the WES rooftop to simulate the walk to the Duomo at the Vatican (and had their picture taken in true tourist fashion!); practiced their Italian; and planted basil seeds so they could later create homemade pesto. (You can see photos of the evening HERE.)

The Early Childhood students have been taking over the Turf Field the last few weeks, creating a May Day surprise coming soon (digitally) to your house. Even with masks, our youngest students enjoy celebrating spring with song and dance! 

Just like the cicadas are busy coming up from the ground, our Elementary students have been venturing off campus to explore the Capital Crescent Trail, nearby creeks, and Kenwood Park. Many of our Dragons have also taken a keen interest in the cicadas, and are excitedly searching for new shells during recess.

This week has been Spirit Week for the Middle School, and depending on the day, you might have been able to spot a Harry Potter, Nats jersey, or a disco lover wandering the third floor. Our Spirit Squad has also been very busy creating decorations and signage for tomorrow’s Field Day. 

Speaking of Field Day, we’re thrilled to be able to host a traditional Field Day this year, and our Blue and Gold rivalry continues. Our Dragons will enjoy a morning of water balloons, tug of war, and various relay races, finishing the day with a sweet treat from Carmen’s Italian Ice. The culminating event will be the time-honored tradition of the faculty vs. Grade 8 soccer game. Grade 8 is the odds-on favorite to take the game, but we’ll see if our teachers and staff can rally. 

Alongside all of the great trips that I mentioned last week, our Dragons are making wonderful memories with their teachers and friends, and finishing the year with much joy. 

Danny Vogelman

Head of School