Walker's Weekly

September 21, 2018

On Wednesday, our equestrian team presented its annual riding assembly to students, faculty and staff. Julia Luciani '20, Nicole Macari '20 and Hannah Theriault '20 gave a riding demonstration in the indoor ring while Becky Morris '19 provided commentary. Afterward, students and faculty had a chance to pet and feed the horses. View Photos

New Parent Dessert Reception Next Tuesday
New parents and guardians, please join us in Beaver Brook or via our conference line on Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and conversation with Head of School Meera Viswanathan. You are welcome to join your student in Abra's Dining Hall for dinner prior to the gathering. Please confirm your attendance in person or via conference call by visiting the RSVP link below.


RSVP for Family Weekend
Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018. Invitations are on their way to you, but in the meantime visit www.ethelwalker.org/familyweekend for the schedule and RSVP form. We appreciate your feedback from last year and are hoping to have the parent teacher conference sign up to you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you on campus! Questions? Contact Events Manager Madeline Cadwell at mcadwell@ethelwalker.org or +1-860-408-4253.

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Music Instruction Available to Walker's Students
To supplement your student’s academic education, Walker's offers several opportunities to participate in musical activities. Music instruction on most instruments (including voice) is available for an additional fee. Please review and sign our Music Instruction Agreement if your student is interested in participating in music instruction for academic credit or as an extracurricular activity.

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Athletes of the Week
Brianna Duba '19 and Alaina Vermilya '20 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Read more for comments from their coaches:

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Join Us November 2 for An Evening of Poetry with Natalie Diaz
During the fall semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, students in The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar are studying the works of award-winning Native American poet Natalie Diaz. Please join us on the evening of Friday, November 2 for a reception and reading open to English teachers and interested adults (21+).

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Save the Date! Award-winning Palestinian-American poet, essayist and educator Naomi Shihab Nye will be on campus Friday, May 10 for a reception and reading. Learn more about both writers at www.ethelwalker.org/visitingwriterseminar.

From the EWSPA
EWSPA Board 2018-2019: The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA) strives to build a community within Walker's by fostering connections both among parents and between parents and the School. Please take a few minutes to read about the EWSPA leadership for the 2018-2019 school year.

Book Club: The EWSPA is looking for 1-2 volunteers to organize our parent/faculty book club. Historically, this book club has been made up of parents, faculty and teachers and meets 3-4 times a year. Books are diverse and often include selections from what the students are reading in class and visiting authors. Please contact EWSPA President Shayna Luciani '93, P'20, '21 at ewspa.pres@gmail.com if you are interested.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2020 and 2021: During the informational meeting last night with students and parents interested in learning more about the spring break college tour to California, Director of College Counseling Clarissa Basch went over some of the details of the program including itinerary, pricing and other logistics. The itinerary is subject to change depending on participants' interest in specific colleges, though the ones listed are a good representation of many of the ones the group is likely to see.

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Simsbury Art Teachers Visit Campus
On Tuesday, Simsbury Supervisor of Visual Art K-12 Shannon M. Gagne and several local art teachers visited campus to tour the artwork currently on exhibit in our galleries with Walker's Art Teacher and Gallery Director Corina Alvarezdelugo. The art teachers enjoyed their visit, and invited Corina to jury their students' exhibition in May.

Walker's in the Community
Last weekend, nine Walker's students volunteered at the Simsbury Grange Fair, an annual agricultural fair held in the community. Students helped with the bake sale, greeted customers, sold refreshments, and handed out flyers and information to visitors.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, September 24: Picture Day (Students and faculty, see email from Mr. Barker for details)
  • Tuesday, September 25: New Parent Dessert (Beaver Brook or via conference call), 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 27: Middle School Back to School Night, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 28: Artist Reception (Bell Gallery), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 29: Horizons Saturday Academy (Library), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 30: Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Show
  • Thursday, October 4: Club Fair, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6: SATs at Walker's
  • Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27Family Weekend

Walker's in the Media

Weekend Activities
Saturday, September 22: Varsity Volleyball vs. Miss Hall's School (Home), 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: JV Volleyball vs. Miss Hall's School (Home), 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: Varsity Field Hockey vs. Berkshire School (Home), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: Varsity Soccer vs. Kent School (Home), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: JV Field Hockey vs. Berkshire School (Home), 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: International Student Dinner, bus leaves at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22: AOF Escape Room, bus leaves at 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, September 23: Library open, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 23: Big E trip, bus leaves at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 23: Area Drive, toaster leaves at 1:00 p.m.

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Phone: (860) 408-4467
Fax: (860) 408-4329

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

(860) 408-4467