Back to School for 2022-23!

Head of School Allison Gaines Pell standing in front of the Wheeler main building in Providence and smiling at the camera.
Head of School Allison Gaines Pell (aka AGP) P’23, P’25

I hope that this letter finds you well and enjoying the summertime. While this is indeed your annual Back to School communication, and we have begun to gear up for the year ahead, we do have a few weeks still to go, and we hope everyone takes full advantage of this rather slow time of year before the rhythms of the school year begin to take hold.

One of the things I love best about summer is the feeling of excitement that it brings. Each September, we see the school year stretched out in front of us; we take a deep breath and jump in! This year, we welcome over 150 new students and their families to Wheeler, and we are eager for all that these new community members have to share with us. We will have our first-ever (long-postponed) Back to School Bash, a time to come together in the spirit of simple things–food, music, play, and connection–that nurture our community. I’m excited to share that we plan to expand our beloved Fall Fest and Reunion and Homecoming events into a full Wheeler Spirit Weekend (more details to come). I am grateful to share that we intend to open, for the first time in a few years, with no mask requirement, which means we will be able to enjoy the smiles of our community uninhibited!

Of course, the world’s events always play a role in the context of each year. This year, inspired by NASA’s achievements this summer with the Webb Space Telescope, we are reminded that curiosity about the world, persistence, and patience can lead us to knowledge previously limited to our imaginations. This summer’s extreme weather inspires us–and Wheeler as a whole–to look closely at the role each of us can play in preserving our planet. Last but certainly not least, in the context of our political landscape, we return with an urgent commitment to listen with empathy and to speak with openness, care, and courage, knowing that how we approach one another can and must be the fuel for our shared American project.

As with every summer, we have been busy preparing for you. Below you will find links to important updates from each of our division heads, Wheeler School Parents Association (WSPA), our NEW food service vendor CulinArt, our Healthy Wheeler Task Force, After School team, and more.

Enjoy the remainder of summer. We look forward to a great year–whether your first or your 15th–with all of you!

Allison Gaines Pell P’23, P’25
Head of School