Walker's Weekly

December 15, 2017

On Wednesday, December 13, acclaimed essayist, memoirist, non-fiction writer and Francis Writer in Residence at Yale University Anne Fadiman visited campus as the inaugural author of The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writers Seminar, a unique course that focuses on living writers who are making an impact on the world with their words. Read more and view photos

American Literature Students Attend Bushnell Performance of The Color Purple
"Students in American Literature class (plus a few senior Alice Walker fans) were able to spend last snowy Sunday afternoon watching the Bushnell's remarkable performance of the Broadway musical version of The Color Purple. The musical score and beautifully choreographed dance numbers brought to life this epistolary novel in ways that our students will never forget. While the remarkable staging made clear to us some of the more nuanced parts of the text, the powerful singing moved us most. The theater is a wonderful place to fully understand, as playwright Thornton Wilder said, 'what it means to be a human being.' Thank you very much to everyone who made this excursion possible."
Catherine Reed, English Department Chair

World Languages Students Participate
in Holiday Traditions

During Chris Semk's French classes this month, students learned about the December 6 French holiday of the feast of Saint Nicolas by listening to a traditional song called "Ils étaient trois petits enfants," and making paper shoes for Saint Nicolas to fill. In eastern and northeastern France, on cthe night of December 5, children put their shoes by the door. If they've been good, Saint Nicolas fills them with treats. His companion, Le Père Fouettard, reminds children to behave throughout the year, lest he use his whip. It looks like our girls have been on their best behavior this past year, because he left lots of treats! 

French, Latin and Spanish students also went caroling on Friday, spreading holiday cheer by singing carols in their respective languages to classrooms and offices around campus.

Senior Attends Medicine and Biology Symposium in Philadelphia
After interning this past summer at digital signal processing company SeeSignals, Lilah Kelly ’18 developed an interest in the field of engineering. On December 2, Lilah was able to further her understanding of engineering by attending a conference in Philadelphia with the CEO of SeeSignals. At the IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology Symposium (SPMB17), Lilah had an opportunity to listen to presentations and ask questions regarding topics such as seizure disorders and the development of hearing aids via a smartphone application. Lilah sincerely enjoyed spending time talking with Francesca Marchionne, a recently confirmed Ph.D., and discussing the development of a protein to help with partial spinal paralysis injuries in felines.

Break and Transportation Information
During breaks when the dorms close, Walker's provides shuttle transportation at no charge for those who sign up in advance. For winter, spring, and summer break, we offer transportation to Bradley International Airport, Union Station in Hartford, and Union Station in New Haven as well as JFK International Airport based on requests and flight times. For shorter breaks such as long weekends, we offer transportation to Bradley, Union Station in Hartford, and have recently added Union Station in New Haven as well. For more information, contact Mallory Pasquariello at +1-860-408-4237 or mpasquariello@ethelwalker.org.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: For students still working on applications with January 1 deadlines, we hope that this homework-free weekend will provide them ample opportunity to put the finishing touches on their written materials. The College Counseling Office is available next week before and after Lacuna to meet with students before they head off on break. We are also available by email during the break.
Class of 2019 and 2020: On Wednesday, students were able to access their PSAT scores through their College Board accounts. We have mailed home paper reports to parents. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your daughter's results. We invited students in during Flex and X blocks this week to talk about their scores.

Plush Blankets for Sale to Support
Walker's Riding Club 

Walker's Riding Club will be selling $25 plush Holiday Ride blankets during the Paddock Ribbon Cutting and Holiday Parent Reception next Wednesday. All proceeds will go towards new blankets for Walker's horses. Unable to attend? You can also purchase the blankets online!

Walker's Hosts Second Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament
The Ethel Walker School will host its second annual holiday basketball tournament on campus on December 15 and 16. The varsity basketball team will compete with seven other prep schools from around New England. In attendance will be Kimball Union Academy, Hotchkiss, Canterbury, Cheshire Academy, St. Luke's, Westminster and Hamden Hall. Each team will play three games over Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16.

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Coach D'Alessandro Completes US Soccer National C License
Varsity soccer coach Todd D'Alessandro just successfully completed the US Soccer National C license course. The course was an intensive classroom and on-field educational experience that ran from July to November. Successful candidates were required to complete in class and on field assignments, as well as successfully pass an extensive final on field performance phase. D'Alessandro credits the course for positively influencing varsity soccer's NEPSAC tournament qualifying season. "It's always the players who make it happen on the field, but I am positive that the C license course benefited our season from a tactical, physical, and team standpoint," he said.

Screenagers Documentary Screening on
January 11, 2018

Join our friends at The Cobb School on January 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for the screening of Screenagers, a documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. Our Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation Sarah Edson will be a panelist for a discussion following the film. To reserve your seat, visit www.cobbschool.com/screenagers. Seating is limited. View the trailer.

Join Us for the 3rd Annual Night of
Comedy & Community
Enjoy A Night of Comedy & Community at Walker's on Friday, February 2 to benefit Horizons at The Ethel Walker School. The 3rd annual event will feature the comedy of stand-up comedian Sara Shea and comedy company Sea Tea Improv. There will also be a live auction with great items up for bid! Tickets are $60 a person (ages 18+) and are now available for purchase: 

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • December 18-21: Lacuna Week
    • Monday: 8:45 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, December 20: Paddock Project Ribbon Cutting, 3:45 p.m.
    Check 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 15: Area Drive, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15: Holiday Basketball Tournament, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16: Westfarms Mall Trip, 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16: Game Night in the Library, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16: Holiday Basketball Tournament, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: Hairspray Movie and Discussion in the Soc, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Correction from Last Week's Issue
Please note the following correction from the equestrian update in last Friday's issue: Kaila James '24 rode in both horse shows and received points for the Middle School. At Folly Farm, she placed 4th in jumping and 2nd on the flat. At Oak Meadow Farm, she placed 1st in jumping and 3rd on the flat.

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