Walker's Weekly

April 13, 2018

Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, won the Team Spirit Award for extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnerships and teamwork at the New England FIRST Robotics Hartford District event this past weekend. Special thanks to our mentors! Watch a video of the team receiving their award

Grandparents and Friends Enjoy
a Day on Campus

Grandparents and special friends enjoyed a day on campus Friday with their Walker's student(s) for Grandparents' and Friends' Day 2018. They attended classes and Morning Meeting, enjoyed tea with Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan and had special family photos taken throughout the day.

May 10: Visiting Writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Join us on campus for an evening of poetry Thursday, May 10 to meet Aimee Nezhukumatathil as part of The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar. Activities include an adult reception, dinner, and a reading and conversation with Aimee. Click the button below for more information and to RSVP, and feel free to share the information with your book clubs!

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Walker's Graduate Starts Internship with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Morgan Locandro '16 moved to California in January to begin her year-round internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA where she works on engineering projects including designing different mechanisms for space missions. A self-declared "nerd" and a sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Locandro says her love for mechanical engineering began in her junior year at Walker's during one of Walker's Lacuna Programs where students are encouraged to take classes outside of their typical studies.

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Dancers Attend Annual New England Prep School Dance Festival
Members of Dance Workshop attended the annual New England Prep School Dance Festival on April 8. This year, the spring festival was held at the Northfield Mount Hermon School. The dancers were able to attend three master classes throughout the day in various styles. Dance Director Cheri Soule was among the guest teachers. 

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Recent Field Trips to Boston and New York City

Cultural Immersion in Boston's Chinatown

On April 8, Chinese teacher Qi Yang and eight Walker's students, including our visitors from St. Catherine's School in Australia, traveled to Boston Chinatown for a cultural immersion tour. The group explored the area and enjoyed authentic Chinese-style lunch. They also visited Kam Man Market, a large Asian market plaza in the south shore area.

Eighth Graders Visit American Museum of Natural History
On April 5, Julie Greshin's 8th grade Earth Science students visited the astronomy exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: As the national candidate's reply date of May 1 draws near, seniors need to finalize their college decisions by submitting an enrollment deposit to the college they plan to attend, and informing their other colleges that they are not accepting their offers. As a reminder, students may only submit an enrollment deposit to one college. Students and parents who are still weighing their options and considering financial aid offers are encouraged to contact us if they would like some help.  

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Athletes of the Week
Brianna Duba '19 and Stephanie Makowski '19 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Read more for comments from their coaches.

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Spring Memorial Chapel
On Wednesday, April 11, the Walker's community gathered in the Chapel to honor the alumnae, friends and relatives who have recently passed away. This biannual Walker's tradition is a special time for reflection, remembrance, and celebration of those who have impacted The Ethel Walker School community.

Senior Seminar Required Evening Class
Seniors are required to attend a self defense class from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 in the Centennial Center. Students should wear athletic clothing: leggings or yoga pants and a shirt. No shorts, please! Students will have a free block this week when their Seminar usually meets. Thank you to the EWSPA for funding this opportunity for our seniors. Instruction is provided by Plus One Defense Systems.

Walker's Hosts Simsbury Soccer Club Tournament
This past Saturday, Varsity Soccer Coach Todd D'Alessandro was guest clinician at Simsbury Soccer Club's 4v4 tournament. The event was held right here at Walker's on the turf fields, and had more than 50 players in attendance. Coach D'Alessandro commented, "It was a super event. Very well organized, and with plenty of spirited play by some talented young girls. Simsbury Soccer Club consistently develops quality soccer players, so it is a pleasure to partner with them. I will be guest coach this spring with the club U12 girls travel team, and will most definitely invite them to train right here with us once again."

Summer Storage Program with the UPS Store
Walker's is providing summer storage that includes pickup and in-room delivery through the UPS Store. Shipping includes tracking to the destination, with international shipping also available. Seniors: boxes can be delivered to your college or university. Click the button below for more information. For more information, contact the UPS Store at store2391@theupsstore.com or +1-860-693-9633. For additional questions, contact Mallory Pasquariello, administrative assistant to the Dean's Office, at mpasquariello@ethelwalker.org or +1-860-408-4237.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, April 14: Horizons Saturday Academy (Bell Library), 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15: Summit SAT Test Prep Class (BB217), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17: College Fair at Miss Porter's School (Required for Juniors),
    7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18-Friday, April 20: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
  • Friday, April 20-Monday, April 23: No School - Long Spring Weekend
  • Monday, April 23: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24: Classes Resume
  • Thursday, April 26: Self Defense Class - Required for Seniors (Centennial Center), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 10Visiting Writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12: Prom

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