Walker's Weekly

May 25, 2018

Bravo to the cast and crew of our spring musical, Hairspray! The final performance is tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Ferguson Theatre. Don't miss it!

Dials Defeat Suns on Dogswood Day 2018
Despite the rain on Tuesday, the Walker's community enjoyed a great Dogswood Day, a treasured School tradition. After a strawberries and cream breakfast, the day began with the Big 7 maypole dance. Spirited Suns vs. Dials field games followed, and the day concluded with the traditional tug-of-war. For the first time since 2012, the Dials outpulled the Suns and will enjoy seeing their spirit flag fly high atop the flagpole! A special thanks to the EWSPA.

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Walker's Inducts 2018-2019 Student Leaders
Walker's student government, the Big 7, were inducted for the 2018-2019 school year on Wednesday, May 23. We congratulate these student leaders, and extend thanks to our graduating 2017-2018 Big 7 members!

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Hooray Sunray to our incoming 2018-2019 Middle School student government representatives, the "Little 4"! Pictured left to right:

  • Secretary: Alexia Grech '23
  • Vice President: Madison Donelson '23
  • President: Quinn VanCara '23
  • Head of Community Service: Ellie Lardner '23

Walker's Hires New Squash Coach
The Ethel Walker School is pleased to announce the hiring of Laila Samy to head its squash program. Laila comes to Walker's from Wesleyan University, where she was a four-year member on its squash team. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Laila attended Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut before Wesleyan. While at Wesleyan, Laila was the number one player on the team and graduated as the #4 ranked played in the United States in college squash. 

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Engineering Showcase Next Friday
Walker's Engineering class, co-taught by Leslie Goff and Emma Mitchell, will be hosting an Engineering Showcase next Friday, June 1 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Galbraith Engineering classroom. All are welcome to come see and hear about what the students have worked on this semester!

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: It's a tradition at Walker's to take a picture of the seniors wearing their college t-shirts or sweatshirts on the Friday before graduation. If you haven't purchased some wearable college swag for your daughter yet, we hope you will consider doing so before picture day on June 8. Approximately a week after graduation, we will submit final transcripts to students' colleges. We do not need any paperwork in order to do so.

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Walker's Participates in Simsbury Duck Race
Hooray Sunray to Alexia Grech '23, Quinn Van Cara '23, Kate Samson '23, Etta Rathbun '23, Olivia Dargis '22 and Christina Fares '22 who designed Walker's duck for this year's entry in the Simsbury Duck Race to benefit Tootin' Hills Elementary School. This is the third year that Walker's has participated in this community fundraiser.

Student Athletes Signs Letters of Intent
Walker's seniors Marion Carr '18 and Imani Baptiste '18 signed letters of intent this week to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. Marion will play field hockey at Swarthmore College, and Imani will play basketball at Western Connecticut State University. Hooray Sunray, Marion and Imani!

Preorder Your 2018 Yearbook by May 31
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.


Release of Season 2 of 13 Reasons Why
You may be aware that Netflix recently released a second season of it original series 13 Reasons Why. The series, which is based on a 2007 novel by Jay Asher, deals with mature subject matter including graphic depictions of rape, drug use and suicide. It has become very popular since its release in spring 2017.

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day - No School
  • Tuesday, May 29: Musical Set Strike, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 29: Lacrosse Awards Dinner (Common Room), 5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 30: Senior Dinner - Required for Seniors (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 31: Senior Skip Day
  • Friday, June 1: Exam Review Day
  • Friday, June 1: Engineering Design Class Presentation, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 1: Improv/Rock Night (Little Ferg), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 2: SATs at Walker's
  • Monday, June 4: Exam Review Day
  • June 5-7: Final Exams
  • Friday, June 8: Senior Sweatshirt Photo - Required for Seniors, 9:00 a.m.
  • Friday, June 8: Middle School Promotion (Required for Middle School) and Reception, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: Riding Exhibition, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: Music Recital - Required for Upper School (Chapel), 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Vespers Dress Required; Special Event Dress for Seniors
  • Satuday, June 9: Baccalaureate - Required for Upper School (Chapel), 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Vespers Dress Required; Special Event Dress for Seniors
  • Saturday, June 9: 9th-11th Grade Dinners (Lower Level of Beaver Brook), 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: Senior Commencement Dinner (Living Room), 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9: Prize Night - Required for Upper School, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Followed by a reception (by invitation for seniors and families) and ice cream social
  • Sunday, June 10: Commencement

Weekend Activities
Friday, May 25: Duck Race, 3:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25: Spring Musical - Required for 9th & 10th Grade, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 27: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17: Area Drive, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

(860) 408-4467