Walker's Weekly

December 14, 2018

Walker's musicians lead the community in a group carol sing-along during the Upper School Winter Concert on December 7. View more photos

Student Photo of the Week: Daisy Zhang '21
Every week, Photography Teacher Ben Barker selects a standout photo taken by one of Walker's photography students. View all past selections in this web gallery.

Holiday Break Reminders
This upcoming week is a busy one with a modified schedule as we get ready to leave for Winter Break. Tuesday’s chapel, banquet and Holiday Ride are required events and we have a regular schedule on Wednesday. Students are expected to be in class Wednesday through F block. Our bus service will not run on Tuesday due to the required events or on Wednesday due to no afternoon activities.

Our first full day of classes when we return is Thursday, January 3 with dorms opening on Wednesday, January 2. Students should be sure to request leave permissions via Boardingware and be sure to sign out when they leave for break.

Walker's Visits Yale Stem Cell Center
On December 2, Walker's Science Club visited the Yale Stem Cell Center at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven. Students visited the lab of Dr. Haifan Lin, director of the Yale Stem Cell Center and professor of Cell Biology at Yale University. With the help of Dr. Nils Neuenkirchen, an associate research scientist in Professor Lin's lab, students conducted experiments on fruit flies and were introduced to many laboratory techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescent proteins. 

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Walker's to Host Swim Clinic with Olympian Amanda Weir
Walker's will host a Fitter and Faster Swim Tour clinic on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27 with Amanda Weir, three-time Olympian and four-time Olympic medalist, World Champion, and former World Record holder. Weir will work with participants on the technique required to drop time and race faster. There will be two sessions available to swimmers ages 12 and over, and one for swimmers ages 11 and under. Register before sessions fill up - don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from a three-time Olympian!


Faculty Profile: Corina Alvarezdelugo,
Artist and Educator

By Kim Harris Thacker
Corina Alvarezdelugo grew up in Venezuela in a home where art was considered a hobby, not a profession. It wasn't until she had gone to law school and was a mother of three, living in the United States, that she learned that she could study art at the university level. Today, "Ms. Corina," as she is known by Walker's students, is a professional artist as well as an art teacher and the gallery director at The Ethel Walker School.

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Walker's Hosts Third Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament
Walker's will host the third annual Holiday Basketball Tournament in the Centennial Center. Proceeds from the tournament will support Special Olympics. Other schools attending the tournament include Hotchkiss, Cheshire Academy, Beaver Country Day, Westminster, Miss Hall's, Canterbury and Hamden Hall.

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Fox Crossing Horse Show Results
Walker's Upper School and Middle School teams both placed second in the Fox Crossing Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Horse Show held December 9 in Morris, CT. Individual results are as follows: Julia Luciani '20 placed 1st in Open Fences; Becky Morris '19 placed 2nd in Open Fences and 3rd in Open Flat; Lily Ridgley '22 placed 1st in Intermediate Flat; Hannah Theriault '20 placed 2nd in Intermediate Fences; Amy Xia '21 placed 1st in Novice Fences; Chloe Fares '24 placed 1st in Future’s Beginner Flat; Kate Samson '23 placed 4th in Future’s Beginner Flat; Quinn Van Cara '23 placed 2nd in Future’s Novice Fences and 3rd in Future’s Novice Flat.

Walker's New Squash Coach Ranked #4
in the U.S.

Head squash coach Laila Samy comes to Walker's from Wesleyan University where she was a four-year member of the squash team. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Samy was the number one player on the Wesleyan team and graduated as the #4 ranked player in the United States in college squash.

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Walker's Announces Dee Stephan as Interim Head Lacrosse Coach
Walker's athletics program is excited to announce that Diane "Dee" Stephan has been named interim lacrosse coach for the 2019 season. Stephan, whose two daughters graduated from Walker's, has spent the last eight years working with the Dodgers Lacrosse and Field Hockey Club, an organization she founded and owns. Stephen has coached girls from grades 3-12 across 11 states within the Dodgers program.

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Holiday Shopping at Walker's

  • Diddle's Depot: Browse our campus store online or in person for great gift ideas this holiday season! Exciting new additions include a selection of Patagonia, Champion and Under Armour apparel. Orders must be placed by the end of today, Friday, December 14 to receive them by the holidays. Note: When shopping online, you will be prompted to log in to our website or checkout as a guest. Click on the 'Quick Checkout' link to checkout without logging in.

  • Holiday Gift Show: Support local artists as you shop for the holidays! Come to our Holiday Gift Show in the Constance Lavino Bell Library on campus. A variety of guest artists will have reasonably-priced items for sale, including jewelry, prints, pottery, scarves and more. 30% of proceeds go to Walker's art studio. Stop by any time during school hours or contact Corina Alvarezdelugo for an appointment. The show is up until December 20.

  • Holiday Ride Blankets: Walker's equestrians are once again selling warm, fuzzy blankets for their "Blankets for Blankets" fundraiser to support Walker's horses. They can be purchased online or in person the evening of December 18, prior to the Holiday Ride. Get one before they sell out!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, December 14-Saturday, December 15: Basketball Holiday Tournament
  • Saturday, December 15: Horizons Big Sister Meeting (Library), 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 16: Senior Sundaes (Debby's House), 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 18: Holiday Vespers and Banquet - Required/All, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (No Bus Service)
  • Tuesday, December 18: EWSPA Holiday Reception (Living Room), 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Check your email for RSVP information
  • Tuesday, December 18: Holiday Ride - Required/All (Henderson Riding Ring),
    7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 19: Early Dismissal for Winter Break - No Bus Service
  • Thursday, December 20: Dorms Close 12:00 p.m.
  • December 20-January 2: Winter Break - No School

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Weekend Activities and Home Games
Friday, December 15: Holiday Basketball Tournament vs. Hotchkiss (Centennial Center), 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15: Maxxtone Karaoke (Constance Lavino Bell Library), 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 16: Holiday Basketball Tournament (Centennial Center), 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. See Varsity Basketball page for the updated schedule
Saturday, December 16: Winterfest and Tunnel of Lights, 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke (Galbraith), 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 17: Area Drive to Westfarms Mall, 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