Walker's Weekly

May 11, 2018

Seventh graders enjoyed hiking the Appalachian Trail in northwest Connecticut and Massachusetts this week.

Acclaimed Poet Visits Campus
On Thursday and Friday, acclaimed poet, editor of Orion magazine and professor of English in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi Aimee Nezhukumatathil visited campus as part of The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar, a unique course that focuses on living writers who are making an impact on the world with their words. Nezhukumatathil visited classes, inspired the community with a presentation and book talk, and will join students for a poetry coffee house this evening in the Constance Lavino Bell Library.

Fifteen Walker's Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society
On Monday, May 7, 15 students were inducted into The Ethel Walker School chapter of the Cum Laude Society, an organization that recognizes academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor. (cumlaudesociety.org

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Robotics Team Members Attend Simsbury Mini Maker Faire
On Saturday, May 5, members from Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, attended the Simsbury Mini Maker Faire, a showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. There were 51 maker events and just over 3,300 attendees from Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Tennessee, and France. The Wirecats enjoyed sharing the inner workings of their robot with curious children (and children at heart!)

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Student Selected for Boston University Summer Journalism Institute
Hooray Sunray to Maddie Gross '20, who was accepted to the New England Center for Investigative Reporting's Pre-College Summer Journalism Institute at Boston University. Now in its 10th year, the Institute provides high school students with hands-on experience in journalism and writing. Congratulations, Maddie!

Sixth Grade Ecology Students Study Marine Life at UConn Avery Point
On Wednesday, Julie Greshin's sixth grade Ecology class traveled to the Connecticut shore to participate in UConn's Marine Science Day at their Avery Point campus. They started the morning out on a research vessel, collecting marine life to examine and identify on board. The girls had studied a variety of aquatic ecosystems earlier in the year, and it was fun to learn more about an estuary so close to home. Back on shore, the girls dissected a squid in the lab, and enjoyed lunch and a walk along the beautiful shoreline.

Fiber Artist Conducts Felted Soap Workshop
On Tuesday, May 8, New York-based fiber artist Helene Kusnitz conducted a felted soap workshop with Middle School art students. Students selected different colored strips of wool and wrapped them around bars of soap, soaking the wrapped soaps with warm water and letting them dry into colorful "washcloths." Helene's beautiful fiber art is on display in the Constance Lavino Bell Library Gallery until May 31.

Outdoor Adventure Enjoys Spring on the Farmington River
"On the very first hot day of the season, the intrepid Outdoor Adventure team hiked out to the banks of the mesmerizing Farmington River. We tackled the knots of fly-fishing and the art of casting out into the flow. The water was achingly cold, but each of us wandered in, trying hard not to disturb the frogs, water striders, and the famed Hendrickson Hatch - lunch of choice for trout, salmon and bass. Though only a solitary, magic, fish was caught, and released, our happy talk in the sunshine with the glorious river flowing past us made for a pretty perfect afternoon. Last Thursday, another welcome scorcher after the lasting chill of winter, was a contemplative march through the greening Walker's Woods and a croquet match or p├ętanque (bocce) on the lawn in front of Beaver Brook."
- English Department Chair Catherine Reed

Passing Down Chapel
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 club heads, who were announced during Wednesday's Passing
Down Chapel, an annual Walker's tradition.

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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.


Horizons Giving Day is May 16
We are ready! Are you? Horizons at The Ethel Walker School is participating in this year's #HorizonsGivingDay on May 16. Join the movement by supporting girls' education and guaranteeing that our Horizons students receive quality education! To learn how you can make a difference, please visit www.horizonsgivingday.org/organizations/horizons-at-the-ethel-walker-school.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 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.
  • Wednesday, May 16: VITA Community-wide Celebration - Leaves Beaver Brook at 5:30; return by 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18: Middle School Fun Night, 3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18-Sunday, May 20: Reunion Weekend
  • Saturday, May 19: Reunion Chapel - Required for Grade 12 (Chapel), 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24: Spring Musical - Required for Grade 11 & 12, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25: Spring Musical - Required for Grade 9 & 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day - No School

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