Walker's Weekly

December 8, 2017

Several Walker's musicians, including the Grapes a cappella group, performed at the Governor's Residence in Hartford today for its annual holiday open house. Learn more

Winter is Here!
Please read a message from Athletic Director John Monagan about inclement weather and the impact on our winter athletic activities.

Please note the following cancellations and changes to athletic games on Saturday, December 9: www.ethelwalker.org

Middle School Winter Concert Photos
Walker's Middle School Winter Concert was held last night in the Chapel, featuring the many talents of our Middle School students. Watch on GameOnStream
Good luck to our Upper School students performing tonight!

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Middle School Debate Team Excels 
in First Debate Tournament of the Year

Walker's Middle School Debate Team competed in Wilton on Saturday, December 2 in the first Connecticut Middle School Debate League (CTMSDL) tournament of the year. Walker's team consisted of Mae Johnson '22 (right), BeJay Mugo '22 (left) and Hailey Suller '22 (center), who was competing in her very first debate. The girls won all three of their debates and received pins for being undefeated. Walker's came in 8th out of 80 teams overall, with BeJay ranking 15th in speaker points out of all 234 competitors. Hooray Sunray!

Students Represent Kenya in
Model United Nations Conference

Eight students in Jennifer Pelletier's International Relations and Model UN course represented the country of Kenya during a Model UN conference Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at the University of Hartford. Students sat on five different committees and worked towards solving a crisis using information gathered during an October meeting with the South Sudan Mission to the United Nations in New York City.

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American Literature Students Reflect
on Our Cultural Heritage at the 
New Britain Museum of American Art

Students in Catherine Reed's American Literature class spent the morning of Wednesday, December 6 at the New Britain Museum of American Art to look at paintings and sculptures that reflect our cultural heritage, but also to think seriously about how to "read" an image.

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Need a Gift? Visit Our Holiday Gift Show
Support local artists as you shop for the holidays! Come to our Holiday Gift Show in the Constance Lavino Bell Library on campus. A variety of guest artists will have reasonably-priced items for sale, including jewelry, prints, pottery, scarves and more. 30% of proceeds go to Walker's art studio.

  • December 5 through December 14:
    Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • December 16: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Corina Alvarez de Lugo at 860-408-4261 or calvarezdelugo@ethelwalker.org.

December 2-3 Equestrian Results
Walker's riding team had a very busy weekend December 2 and 3, competing in two horse shows. On Saturday, the team traveled just down the road to Folly Farm, where the high school team was third overall and our middle school team was reserve champion. Individual results include: In Novice Flat, Margaret Szczygiel '21 was sixth; in Beginner, Amy Xia '21 was fifth and Kate Samson '23 was fourth in Middle School Walk Trot Canter.

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From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: As students anxiously await college decisions, we are reminded what a stressful time of year it is to be a senior. Many colleges are reporting increases in the number of early applications, and the strongest applicant pools in years, making this year another extremely competitive one for college admission. We have encouraged students to meet with us before break if they need to discuss decisions, or if they are working on other applications with January 1 deadlines. If you would like to talk with us, please don't hesitate to call.

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Holiday Parents Reception on December 20
The Ethel Walker School Parents Association
(EWSPA) will be hosting a Holiday Parents Reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Living Room on Wednesday, December 20, prior to the Holiday Ride. Check your email for more details and RSVP information. We hope to see you there!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, December 10: Community Dinner in Abra's, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 14: Senior Sundaes (Debby's House), 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Note: This has been rescheduled from Sunday, December 17
  • Wednesday, December 20: Paddock Project Ribbon Cutting, 3:45 p.m.
    Watch your email for more details and RSVP information
  • Wednesday, December 20: EWSPA Parents Reception (Living Room),
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Parents, faculty and staff, check your email for an invitation
  • Wednesday, December 20: Holiday Vespers and Banquet, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Holiday Ride, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 21: Dismissal for Winter Break, 12:00 p.m.
  • December 22-January 8: Winter Break - No School
  • Monday, January 8: Boarders Return, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 9: Classes Resume
  • Friday, February 2: 3rd Annual Night of Comedy & Community to Benefit
    Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, 6:30 p.m.

Weekend Activities

Friday, December 8: Upper School Winter Concert (Chapel), 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9: Gingerbread Making in New Dorm with Mrs. Dunn, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10: Area Drive,
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Note: Due to the impending weather, the Stoneleigh-Burnham Multicultural Dance, Horizons Saturday Academy, and the Holyoke Mall activities have been cancelled.


Schedule Change Update
Please check your email for a message from Head of School Meera Viswanathan regarding a revised schedule following winter break.

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Fax: (860) 408-4329

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