Walker's Weekly

November 2, 2018

Happy Halloween from Walker's!  View more photos

Award-winning Poet and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz Visits Campus
On Thursday and Friday, award-winning Native American poet and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz 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. Diaz visited Upper School English classes, engaged the community with a lesson in the Mojave language through song, and will join members of the community for a reception and book talk tonight in the Living Room.

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.

Family Weekend: None But Golden Hours
By Kim Harris Thacker
Blustery winds and the heavy rain of the season's first nor'easter did nothing to dampen the spirits of those who participated in Walker's 2018 Family Weekend. In the words of Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan, or Ms. Vis as she is known to the students, "Family Weekend gives the families of Walker's students a snapshot of what the students do at school." Snapshot indeed, as in a matter of two days, families attended all of their student's classes and met for individual conferences with teachers.

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Lee-Ann Harris P'13 Awarded the Anastasia Payne Rooke '48 Chair in Science, Math, and Technology
In recognition of her distinguished performance in the classroom and for her contributions to the life of the School, Math Faculty and Middle School Director Lee-Ann Harris P'13 was awarded the Anastasia Payne Rooke ’48 Chair in Science, Math, and Technology on October 27, 2018. 

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International Relations Students Visit United Nations Headquarters in New York City
Jenn Pelletier's International Relations/Model UN class is preparing to represent Japan at the upcoming World Affairs Council of Connecticut Model UN, held at the University of Hartford at the end of the month. As part of the program, students traveled to New York City to meet with a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN. He briefed the group on the Secretary-General's "year for peace" initiative, then fielded student questions about their debate topics, including children and crime, the feminization of poverty, human rights, and mental health.

Students Share Junior Project Presentations
During assembly on Wednesday, members of the junior and senior classes presented their junior projects to the Walker's community in the first of four junior project programs of the year. Topics included forensics and law, language, social justice, oceanology, journalism, performing arts, biology and more.

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Athletes of the Week
Em Jones '21 and Olivia Dargis '22 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Read more for comments from their coaches.

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From the College Counseling Office
It was great to meet with so many parents of senior over Family Weekend. If you didn't have a chance to talk with us then, please feel free to give us a call if you would like to discuss your daughter's college process:

Clarissa Basch, 860-408-4215, cbasch@ethelwalker.org
Jade Dennett, 860-408-4217, jdennett@ethelwalker.org

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From the EWSPA
Halloween: Halloween festivities were a success on campus and a tradition that will continue for years to come! Special thanks to Grace Petrarca P'19, our volunteer coordinator, and all of the parent volunteers for making this event possible! The EWSPA All-School Committee (Colleen Magnus P'20, Kim Morrison P'20 and Carol Ross P'18, '19) put together some fabulous Halloween treats for the girls.
Book Club: Save the date for the year’s first EWSPA-sponsored Book Club: Thursday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Common Room.

Walker's Winter Semi-Formal
Walker's is hosting a Winter Semi-Formal on Saturday, December 1 - a great break after the SATs! Students, come support the senior class fundraiser and enjoy a DJ, dancing, photobooth, and refreshments. Tickets cost $5 per person; ticket sales will begin November 12 in Abra's Dining Hall. 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, November 7: EO Marshall Dance Concert - Required/Upper School (Ferguson Theatre), 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 8: Admission Information Session, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9: Alumnae Board Dinner with Seniors - Required (Common Room),
    5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9: Middle School Family Fun Night, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.* 
    *This time was incorrect in last week's issue. The correct event time is 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 10: Horizons Saturday Academy (Library), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12: Volleyball Awards Ceremony (Common Room), 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, November 12: Cross Country Awards Ceremony (Living Room), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14: 8th Grade Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History, NYC
  • Thursday, November 15: Thanksgiving Vespers and Banquet - Required for All,
    5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 19-Monday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break - No School

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Weekend Activities and Home Games

Friday, November 2: Movie in the Soc - Coco, 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: Varsity Soccer vs. Taft School, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: JV Volleyball vs. Williston Northampton School, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: Varsity Volleyball vs. Williston Northampton School, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: Blue Back Square Trip, 7:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 3: AOF Knockerball and Other Games, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4: Open Library,
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4: Ultimate Frisbee,
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4: Special Olympics,
9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 4: Area Drive,
1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4: Student of Color Summit at Loomis Chaffee School, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Enter for a chance to win a ski trip to Argentina! $10,000 Value
There is still time to enter for a chance to win a ski trip for 2 adults and 2 children in Argentina, worth $10,000! Tickets for this 2018  Play4theCure item can be purchased online here.

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