Walker's Weekly

May 4, 2018

Middle School talents were on display during Thursday night's Middle School Night of Excellence. Visit our Smugmug gallery to download and order prints.

Four Winners Announced in Harvard Global Essay Contest
Earlier this spring, Walker's juniors and seniors participated in the Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment annual essay contest which invited students to think critically about the status and rights of women. This year’s question was “What is the biggest challenge facing women and girls in your country today?” Four seniors were honored including: winners Isabel Lardner ’18 and Marion Carr ’18 with Theresa Jo ’18 and Kate Zhang ’18 earning honorable mentions. This is the third year of the contest and the first time that an American school has been invited to participate. Pictured: Kate, Theresa, English faculty members Scott Frey, Lindsay Hodgman, and Catherine Reed, Isabel and Marion.

Walker’s Celebrates “Unlikelies Challenge” Winners
Esi Obeng ’18 and Lillien Gruber ’19 were recognized as winners in the Unlikelies Challenge, a nationwide contest organized by Carrie Firestone, author of The Unlikelies. Carrie challenged young adults to “make a mark on the world.” Entrants were asked to write about doing something noble to solve a problem, help the environment, advocate for social justice or on other topics that inspire a person to action. Esi wrote on “Educating Young Women in Ghana” and Lillien on “Incubators for Infants in Nepal.” Each of the girls was awarded $1,000. Hooray Sunray!

Meet Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil Next Thursday, May 10
Join us on campus for an evening of poetry next 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 Attends 30th Annual Gloria Awards
Walker's students, alumnae, and faculty enjoyed an inspiring evening in NYC for Ms. Foundation for Women's 30th Annual Gloria Awards, a yearly celebration to benefit Ms. Foundation grantees around the country and to recognize leaders who have made an indelible impact on the gender justice movement (forwomen.org.) Walker's attendees included students Bre Bogle '18, Jane Li '20 and Madeleine Pelletier '20; faculty and staff members Scott Frey, Marion Paterson and Jennifer Wall; and alumnae Caroline Calandro '14, Mimi Morrison Harrison '93, Aiko Ishikawa '97, and Jasmin Marquez Whitehead '93. Special thanks to Teresa Younger, Walker's Board member and Ms. Foundation CEO, for her generosity in providing Walker's a table at the event! Pictured: Bre Bogle '18 with Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement

Art Students Participate in Vans Custom Culture Competition
Under the guidance of Art Faculty Corina Alvarezdelugo, a group of talented, artistic students put their creative energy together to come up with two designs under the theme of “Local Flavor and Off the Wall” as part of a nationwide contest by VANS shoes. Our school was selected from 500 schools to take part in the the challenge. While we didn’t advance into the second round of the competition, the work of lead painter Emily Ross ’19, along with the support of many other students who contributed to the design process, the Walker’s team put forth two designs that were creative, inspirational and evocative.

Watch Walker's Dance Chapel
Students and faculty members showcased their dance talents on Wednesday during the School's Dance Chapel, an annual favorite. Several of the dances were choreographed entirely by students, including a memorable tribute to Parkland school shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg.

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Preorder Your 2018 Yearbook
With the school year coming to a close, we invite you to preorder a copy of the 2018 Pepperpot yearbook for your daughter. This beautiful, completely redesigned, larger than ever, full-color yearbook will be a keepsake that she can have for the rest of her life. It's full of thousands of images, articles about the year, sports summaries, art collections, memories of all the major events, sections dedicated to each of the grades and a whole lot more! The Pepperpot is $50 and can be preordered through the link below (the site will stay live until 5/31.) Your daughter will then be able to pick up her book when they arrive in late May/early June. We will also be selling books on campus on May 31, June 1 and June 4 (as supplies last), where we will accept cash, checks, and charges to your daughter's Diddle's account.


From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: With the passing of the May 1 National Candidate's Reply Date, most seniors have finalized their college enrollment plans. While this decision-making rite brings relief to most, it remains an anxious time for some students who are still faced with making additional decisions related to the college process. This Chicago Tribune article offers some helpful advice for parents.

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Prom Schedule and Expectations
A true sign that spring has arrived at Walker's is when prom details start to come into place! On Saturday, May 12, we are excited to have our prom at The North House, located right down the road in Avon, CT. Please read more for the schedule and expectations for the night.

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Walker's Supports Thirst Project
Walker's alumna Eliza David Massaro '92, a volunteer with the Thirst Project (www.thirstproject.org), was on campus last week sharing the work that this organization does to bring clean drinking water to impoverished communities throughout the world. The Thirst Project's mission is to "build a socially-conscious generation of young people who END the global water crisis... by educating students about it and activating them to rock the clean water cause and guild real water projects all over the world." Environmental Club heads, Lilah Kelly '18, Jacqueline Zhao '18 and Lucy Yang '18, announced at Wednesday's all-school assembly that they will work toward raising $12,000 in funding to support a new well.

Students: Tell Us About a Woman Who Inspires You!
Walker's students are invited to participate in #letsROLE, a campaign through the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame showcasing the importance of women role models. Here's how it works: think of a woman who's been a role model to you, create a 30 second video telling us who she is and why she's your role model, share your video on social media with the #letsrole and tag @ctwomen, and inspire countless women and girls! If you decide to take part in the movement, please let Michelle Helmin or Tyler Varsell from Walker's External Affairs Office know.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, May 5: SATs at Walker's
  • Sunday, May 6: Voice Recital (Living Room), 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 6: Piano Recital (Chapel), 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: Cum Laude Induction - Required/Upper School (Chapel), 
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 7: Cum Laude Dinner - By Invitation (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8: Helene Kusnitz Artist Reception (Constance Lavino Bell Library Art Gallery), 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 10: Visiting Writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12: Prom
  • Wednesday, May 16: Senior Pizza Party Hosted by Advancement (CC Social), 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Note: This was rescheduled from Wednesday, May 2. 
  • Friday, May 18: Middle School Fun Night, 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18-Sunday, May 20Reunion Weekend

Weekend Activities
Friday, May 4: Area Drive to Simsbury Commons and Canton Shoppes, leaves at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 4: AOF Coffee House, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Foodshare, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 5: JV Tennis @ Canterbury School (Away), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Varsity Lacrosse vs. Westminster (Home), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: JV Lacrosse @ Westminster School (Away), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Varsity Golf vs. Westminster School, Hotchkiss School (Away), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Varsity Tennis vs. Marianapolis Preparatory School (Home), 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: JV Softball vs. Choate Rosemary Hall (Home), 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Varsity Softball @ Loomis Chaffee School (Away), 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Loomis Chaffee Empowerment Dance, 8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 6: Young Women of Color Conference, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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