Walker's Weekly

October 12, 2018

Señora Rojano’s Spanish 3 class observes a mock crime scene this week to practice predictive and uncertain grammar concepts. Students observed, solved puzzles and practiced reading a crime report in Spanish.

RSVP for Family Weekend, October 26 and 27
Family Weekend is just around the corner! Visit www.ethelwalker.org/familyweekend for the full weekend schedule and RSVP link. Watch your email on Monday for separate instructions on how to schedule parent-teacher conferences. We look forward to seeing you on campus!
Questions? Contact Events Manager Madeline Cadwell at mcadwell@ethelwalker.org or +1-860-408-4253.


Noted Shakespeare Scholar Visits Campus
"Walker's students were so very fortunate to spend the day with Shakespeare Scholar, Ben Crystal and his assistant, producer/actor Andrew Codispoti. They showed us the exciting and wonderful ways we might be reading and performing our most beloved four hundred year-old texts. Ben has acted in innumerable Shakespeare plays all over the world and specializes in the original pronunciation of the lines. He has brought thousands of young people to the joys of this work and has written a terrific guide to reading Shakespeare. Ben's sessions today on Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet, showed many of our students what is so special about what they are reading in English class. With warmth, humor, drama and flair, Ben and Andrew reminded us of why we still perform and watch the plays and read the sonnets, why they matter so much now, and what they have to tell us about who we truly are. To hold 'the mirror up to nature' is the goal of all good theater; what a treat for us to learn how to do just that today! If you are curious about his work, check out www.bencrystal.com."
- English Department Chair Catherine Reed

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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 interested adults (21+).


Support Walker's Play4theCure 2018
Walker's field hockey team set up a teacup raffle during lunch today to support this year's Play4theCure fundraising efforts. Please consider supporting the cause by making a donation or participating in the teacup raffle on Saturday, October 13 (Play4theCure Play Day) or the grand prize on Saturday, October 27 (Family Weekend athletic games). Take a look at all the wonderful donations we have received this year, thanks to Walker's families and local businesses. Prizes include a ski trip for 2 adults and 2 children in Argentina, worth $10,000! Tickets for this particular item can also be purchased online here.

Earth Science Students Learn Rock Identification
Early Tuesday morning, Julie Greshin's 8th grade Earth Science class took to the Simsbury hills in search of examples of the three rock types they had been studying in class these past few weeks. Accompanied by Mrs. Greshin’s dog, Bella, the girls were successful in their quest and were treated to a beautiful waterfall and basalt outcrop to climb.

From The Ethel Walker School Parents Association
Family Weekend: Check your email for a Punchbowl invitation for the EWSPA Parent Reception during Family Weekend, Friday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Note that this time has changed from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will also be a meet and greet with Head of School Meera Viswanathan and the EWSPA on Saturday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Volunteering: Be on the look out for Halloween Parent Volunteer requests.
Book Club: The first Book Club of the year will meet in December! Details to follow.

From the College Counseling Office
PSAT: Sophomores and juniors took the PSAT on Wednesday. Scores will be released to students in their College Board accounts in mid-December at which point we will meet with them during class meeting to explain results.
Family Weekend: We offer individual appointments for parents of seniors during Family Weekend. To schedule a time to meet with your daughter's college counselor, please contact Laila Samy at +1-860-408-4216 or lsamy@ethelwalker.org.

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2019 Spring Break Trip to China
Travel to China during Spring Break! Walker's is offering a nine-day trip to China March 11-19, 2019. The program is open to all students. No Chinese language background is required, although it will be very helpful. The group will visit three major cities in China: Beijing (the capital city), Xi'an (the most ancient city) and Shanghai (the largest city). While in China, there will be one domestic flight and one bullet train ride between the cities. Students will also have the opportunity to meet up with Walker's alumnae and current students. See the attachment below for trip details. Contact Qi Yang for more information at qyang@ethelwalker.org or +1-860-408-4315.

   Yang-7466_Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai_Flyer.pdf

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, October 13: SSATs (Library), 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 13: Play4theCure (Turf Fields), 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 15, Tuesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 18: Old Girl Show Auditions (Ferguston Theater), 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 19: Old Girl Show - Required for Upper School (Ferguson Theater),
    7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 20: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25: Writing Workshop - Required for Seniors (Constance Lavino Bell Library), 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. See email from Dr. Suzanne Piela for more details.
  • Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27: Family Weekend
  • Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30: No School - Long Weekend
  • Tuesday, October 30: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 31: Classes Resume
  • Thursday, November 8Admission Information Session, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Weekend Activities and Home Games
Friday, October 12: Westfarms Mall Trip, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13Play4theCure Play Day (Turf Fields), 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: Varsity Soccer vs. Cheshire Academy, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13: Movie Night in the Soc, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: Special Olympics, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 14: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: Children's Dance/Music, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: Area Drive, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 14: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

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