Dear WNS Community,
The 2022-23 school year was a year full of milestones and momentum. The year raced by, and our students evolved before our eyes into confident readers, film-makers, debaters, actors, mathematicians, historians, scientists, and changemakers. The starting line began with our community coming together to celebrate at our inaugural All-School Block Party. The momentum continued with the launch of our Grandparents’ Circle at the return of Grandparents & Special Friends Day, and with an incredible Book Fair that concluded with the launch of the Love of Reading Equity Fund. We enjoyed our second in-person Gala since the pandemic and it was bigger than ever. We took over the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood to celebrate as a community and raise important dollars for our school, including a successful Raise the Paddle which helped us achieve our goal of upgrading out bus fleet through the purchase of three propane-fueled buses!
The school year culminated with wonderful community-building opportunities including Open House, the incredible spring musical, ‘You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown’, student capstone project exhibits, and the ECC Moving-Up Ceremony, to name a few. I can’t forget about the return of our Class of 2019 for the Alumni Gathering where we get to see first-hand how special and important a WNS education is in preparing students for success. These students are prepared not just to succeed in the future but rather to create the future. And lastly our 8th grade graduation, the Class of 2023! Beyond the seven masterful speeches we heard, there were 22 others in the class who also wrote wonderful speeches with passages that moved me as they shone a light on the pathway to happiness using the power of a growth mindset, the importance of YET, and, yes, the squiggly line.
Not only did we prepare each student for their next milestone but we were able to support them with with tools they needed through a successful fundraising year, thanks to you. For the fourth consecutive year we raised over $1M in the Annual Fund from our entire community including faculty & staff, parents and caregivers, alumni, grandparents, and foundations and corporations. We’ve been gaining momentum in our quiet phase of the Four Pillars Legacy Endowment Fund with over $6M invested. Thank you to those families who have led the way, and I look forward to sharing how the rest of our community can get involved this fall.
The entire WNS community showed their unwavering dedication and deep love for our school last year. We are grateful to the many volunteers and generous gifts that enhanced the lives of our students every day. We were in it to win it, and we won!