Walker's Weekly

March 9, 2018

Note: The next issue of Walker's Weekly will be sent on Friday, March 23. Happy spring break!

Students in Catherine Reed's Advanced English course 'Sisterhood, Siblings, and Twins: Literature of Family' discuss Virginia Woolf's novel, To the Lighthouse.

Follow Our Students' Spring Break Blogs
During spring break, students will be traveling to Bryan/College Station, Texas for Habitat for Humanity and to Cabarete, Dominican Republic to work with the Mariposa DR Foundation. Keep up to date with their trips by reading their blogs:

Habitat for Humanitywww.ethelwalker.org/habitatblog

Freshwoman Stuns at State Poetry Competition 
Kristen St. Louis '21 gave a stunning performance of all three of her poems at the Connecticut State Competition for Poetry Out Loud on Saturday, March 3. She was the only ninth grade student to make the finals, and she received many accolades from the judges and audience members alike. Lindsay Hodgman, Kristen's English teacher, says, "Kristen brought the house down" with "Bleeding Heart," the poem by Carmen Giménez Smith that earned her the top prize here at Walker's.

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Walker's Students and Alumnae Attend WNPR Broadcast of 'Making HER Story' 
On Monday, March 6, Celeste Davis '19, Laura Calandro '19, Mary Jackson '63, Liz Glidden '87, Head of School Ms. Vis. and Tricia Saint Fort '19 attended the taping of Lucy Nalpathanchil's new WNPR-Connecticut Public Radio series, Making HER Story, where they were inspired by Lucy's first guest, Walker's board member and Ms. Foundation for Women president and CEO Teresa Younger.

Celebrating Student Writers' Accomplishments 
Hooray Sunray to the following students for their recent accomplishments and awards in writing:

  • Madeleine Pelletier '20 has been admitted to the exclusive New York Times writing program, NYC Summer Academy
  • Ella Gotbaum '18 has received a Silver Key Award for poetry from the very prestigious Scholastic Art and Writing Competition
  • India Awe '18 has two pieces published online in the Realistic Fiction category of Teen Ink Magazine

Winter Athletic Awards Announced
Read more for the winter squash, basketball, skiing and swimming awards given to noted players during the winter sports award ceremonies this year. Congratulations to all athletes on a great season!

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World Literature Students Explore French Impressionism at Hill-Stead Museum 
"Last Friday, World Literature students braved the windy weather for a morning of French Impressionism and poetry writing at the famous Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington. In English class, the girls are reading translated French authors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Colette, Maupassant, Baudelaire and Verlaine. To understand more about that period in art and literature, we looked very closely at the magnificent Monet, Manet, Degas, Cassatt paintings just down the road, and discussed aesthetics with our terrific guide. Our adventure culminated in producing our own impressionist works of art and poems in the cinquain form. It was a wonderful way to spend the morning and, short of a field trip to the Musée d'Orsay and Giverny (next time), the very best way to dive deeply into our subject of study." - Catherine Reed, English Department Chair

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: College Decisions: Responses continue to roll in for the seniors, and will continue to do so throughout the next couple of weeks. We hope you will use some of spring break to plan a strategy for visiting/revisiting the colleges that admitted your daughter. Scholarships: We continue to post scholarships on Naviance and encourage students to apply for them.

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RSVP for Grandparent's and Friend's Day
Check your mailboxes: printed invitations to Grandparent's and Friend's Day have been mailed! Please help us to be sure that grandparents and other special adults RSVP for this special event on Friday, April 13. View the schedule and RSVP online here. If you have questions or need to update your household address, please contact Madeline Cadwell at mcadwell@ethelwalker.org or 860-408-4253.

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Save the Date for Our Next Book Club
Mark your calendar for our last Book Club on the year on Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Beaver Brook Living Room. We will be discussing Swing Time by Zadie Smith. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Please check your email for an invitation.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • March 10-March 26: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 26: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 27: Classes Resume
  • Thursday, March 29: EWSPA Book Club - Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Living Room), 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend
  • Friday, March 30: Catherine Elliott Artist Reception (Letitia McClure Potter '55, P'85 Gallery), 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 3: Admitted Student Revisit Day
  • Friday, April 13: Grandparent's and Friend's Day

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