Walker's Weekly

November 9, 2018

Nest Sutaporn '19 works on a performance drawing during a master class taught by Corina Alvarezdelugo on Wednesday as part of the New England Preparatory School Dance Festival. "Gestural, expressive drawings occur with fluidity when the mind and the body become one in the process of creating. In this class, the body becomes an extension of the drawing media of choice. Percussion music was used in the background to add to this multi-sensorial drawing class."
- Ms. Alvarezdelugo

Photo of the Week: Talia Gordon-Wexler '23
Every week, Photography Teacher Ben Barker selects a standout photo taken by one of Walker's photography students. Enjoy these photos each week going forward here in Walker's Weekly, and view all past selections in this web gallery.

Your Feedback on Family Weekend
Parents/Guardians: please check your email for a message from Head of School Meera Viswanathan and link to an online survey about Family Weekend. We are interested in your feedback whether or not you attended Family Weekend. For those of you would could not join us, we'd love to hear about ways we can consider making changes so you can participate. Thank you!

Walker's Hosts Annual Elizabeth Olsen Marshall Dance Concert
On Wednesday, November 7, Walker's Dance Workshop and Dance Ensemble were joined by dancers from The Loomis Chaffee School, Taft School, Miss Porter's School and Marianapolis Preparatory School for a day of master classes followed by a performance for the community in Ferguson Theatre as part of the New England Preparatory School Dance Festival. The annual Elizabeth Olson Marshall Dance concert was a huge success, showcasing student choreography and performance skills. The dance concert is held each year in honor of Ms. Marshall, the first head of dance at Walker's and the founder of Dance Workshop.

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RSVP for an Upcoming Musings with Meera:
Coffee and Conversation

The next parent gathering will be held on Tuesday, December 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Beaver Brook Living Room. Enjoy refreshments and conversation with Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan and other administrators to hear more about academic priorities, co-curriculars and other activities happening throughout the school year. Parents and guardians are welcome to join their student in Abra's Dining Hall for a meal prior to the gathering. Unable to attend? Join via conference call or save the date for an upcoming gathering on February 18 or April 17.


Students' "Tiny Stories" Posted in
New York Times Picture Prompts

Students in Catherine Reed's Advanced English course responded to a New York Times call for "Tiny Stories," or tales of relationships told in one hundred words or fewer. Nine of our twelve students were published! See if you can guess which ones are by Walker's students. Click the 'Read More' button below, read the prompt and then head to the "Comments" section to read their stories. The students were also mentioned in this Learning Network article highlighting some of the best teenage comments in response to the Times' writing prompts. Hooray Sunray!

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Sixth Grade Students Write, Cast, Direct, Stage and Star in Original Dramatic Scences
Walker's sixth grade English students wrote, cast, directed, staged and starred in original dramatic scenes after studying Susan Glaspell's 1913 whodunnit play, Trifles. The goal was to include stage direction, dramatic irony, sharp dialogue, three distinct characters and a big problem. Each scene had all of those elements – and many more!

Student-Athletes Learn from Local Nutritionist
On Thursday, local dietitian and nutritionist Allison Giguere, MS, RD-N, CDN, CSOWM visited campus to talk with students about the importance of eating balanced meals and how it helps with performance in classes, in athletics and is great for overall health. Allison Giguere is a registered dietitian with a Master's in Food Science. Allison has been providing nutritional counseling for almost 10 years, and has helped hundreds of individuals reach their unique wellness goals. Allison has worked in a variety of different platforms as a dietitian including in patient clinical dietetics, corporate dietetics, wellness promotion, outpatient practice, fitness and sports dietetics, food science and product development, and private practice.

Athletes of the Week
Composure during tightly contested games is an admirable trait, and one that both of our Athletes of the Week share. While one is a junior, and the other a 7th grader, both consistently show great poise during games. Alaina Vermilya '20 scored three goals in an easy 4-0 win over Westover last Wednesday. This was her second hat trick of the year. Alaina consistently shows determination and resilience, words that are also used to describe Emily Ness '24, our second athlete of the week. Emily contributed in a big way in the thirds volleyball win against Williston. Her performance exemplified the improvement that each player on the team made this season. Congratulations Alaina and Emily!

Shuttle Service for Boarders
During breaks when the dorms close, Walker's provides shuttle transportation at no charge to and from Bradley International Airport and Union Station in Hartford, CT for those who sign up in advance. For our longer vacations, shuttle service may also be arranged New York's JFK airport for an additional fee if there is sufficient demand.

See below for the dates and times for shuttle service for Thanksgiving Break. Students must sign up by Monday, November 12 and should refer to the email from Mallory Pasquariello for more information.

  • Bradley International Airport
    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.;
    returning shuttle on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Union Station, Hartford
    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.;
    returning shuttle on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
  • John F. Kennedy Airport, New York
    Friday, November 16, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.;
    returning shuttle on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.

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Current Exhibitions at Walker's
Walker's is excited to present the next set of exhibitions for the 2018-2019 year. In the Constance Lavino Bell Library Gallery extension, enjoy a mixed media exhibition by Gritli Robin. Pastel drawings by master pastelist Karen Israel (pictured) will be on display in the Letitia McClure Potter '55, P'85 Gallery. An artist reception for both exhibitions will be held Friday, December 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Bell Gallery. Both exhibitions will be on display until December 16, along with Walker's Second Annual Holiday Gift Exhibition of Fine Arts and Crafts to benefit the art room. For the full exhibition schedule, visit our Art Galleries page.

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. Students are welcome to bring a guest. Tickets cost $5 per person; ticket sales will begin on Monday, November 12 in Abra's Dining Hall.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 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
  • Monday, November 26: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 27: Classes Resume

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Weekend Activities and
Home Games

Friday, November 9: International Student Dinner at Han Restaurant, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9: WINGS Game Night,
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: Spirit Horse Therapeutic Riding Center, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: JV Volleyball vs. Pomfret School, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: JV Volleyball vs. Pomfret School, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: EWS All School Dance, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10: AOF Varsity Football Game vs. Salisbury School, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 11: Open Library,
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11: Area Drive to Westfarms Mall, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 11: Children's Music and Dance Class, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.


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