Walker's Weekly

January 4, 2019

Pigs fly in Dr. Mitchell's 9th grade Physics class! Students used battery-powered flying pigs to study centripetal force and circular motion. 

Student Photo of the Week: Jenessa Lu '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.

Robotics Team Kicks Off 2019 Season
Walker's robotics season officially kicks off this weekend, when FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will unveil the new game challenge via a NASA webcast to teams all around the globe at the same time. Walker's team, the Wirecats, consists of approximately 15 students and 8 industry professional mentors who will be tasked with breaking down the challenges of the game, determining a strategy to play the game, and then they will begin prototyping and designing solutions for our robot which will compete against other robots. Learn more about the Wirecats' competition schedule, and follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Musicians to Perform in Hartford
Benefit Concert

Members of the Grapes a cappella group will represent Walker's at the benefit concert of Handel's Messiah, which will take place tonight (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford. There will be an orchestra, chorus, soloists and the Grapes performing in a resonant Gothic space for the cause of aiding the homeless shelters in Hartford. Come and support this noble and necessary cause and join in the rousing finale, "Hallelujah Chorus," with audience members, musicians and singers celebrating in sound. Donations only, all proceeds toward the shelters.

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!

This event is funded in part by The Mary Johnstone Fenley Kaye '20, Mary Fenley Kaye Kelley '44 and Pemella Kaye Kelley '69 Endowed Wellness Fund and the Susanna Jones Leadership Fund.


Walker's Theater Program Presents Winter Play Featuring UConn Puppets
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 and Friday, March 1, 2019, Walker's Theater Program will present She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurer's Edition featuring professional puppets from UConn's Puppet Arts Program. The performances will be open to the public and cost $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ethelwalker.org/winterplay and will also be available at the door. (Please note that faculty, staff and students of Walker's do not need to purchase tickets to the performance.)

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Walker's Announces New Community Partnership
Introducting a new Community Partnership with The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). CWEALF is a non-partisan organization that advocates for women and girls, especially those who are marginalized. A major part of their work is to shape public policy during Connecticut legislative sessions. Walker's students participate in writing and delivering testimony related to specific bills that will come up for a vote. This year, CWEALF's advocacy work will focus on legislation related to women's economic security. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in government, in learning the legislative process, and who want to make a difference in the lives of women and girls. Students, please see email from Mr. Thacker for more information and to sign up.

Old Salem Farm Horse Show Results
During winter break, Ava Strohmeyer '21 and Eva Mazzola '21 competed at the Old Salem Farm Horse Show in North Salem, New York. Ava and horse Vince earned top ribbons over fences in the Junior Hunters and 5th in the Junior Hunter Classic. Eva and horse VDL White Chocolate earned top ribbons in Junior Hunters. Hooray Sunray!

From the College Counseling Office
Dessert Reception - This annual tradition takes place on Tuesday, January 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in Cluett Dorm. Over snacks, alumnae from the class of 2018 will share their post-Walker's experience with the seniors.
Gap Year Fair - Each year, there are students who will defer their college attendance in order to do something else before starting college. Their activities have ranged from working as an au pair in France, to participating in the English-Speaking Union exchange program at boarding schools in the United Kingdom, to an equestrian internship in Normandy, among others. Students interested in learning about gap year opportunities are invited to attend the Gap Year Fair in nearby West Hartford with Clarissa Basch on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30-8:00 p.m..
College Counseling Program for Junior Families - Please contact Laila Samy at +1-860-408-4216 or lsamy@ethelwalker.org to let her know if you can attend this important kick off event on January 19 to talk about the college admission process.

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, enjoy paintings by Zulinette Morales until February 18. On January 24, Morales will perform a private poetry reading during D.E.A.R. (by invitation only.)  A mixed media exhibition by Kathryn Frund (pictured) which explores the fusion of plastic waste with the natural world will be on display in the Letitia McClure Potter '55, P'85 Gallery until February 28. A reception for both artists will be held Thursday, February 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For the full exhibition schedule, visit our Art Galleries page.

RSVP for an Upcoming Musings with Meera:
Coffee and Conversation

The next parent gathering will be held on Monday, February 18 at 6:30 p.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 what's happening at Walker's. Parents and guardians are welcome to join their student in Abra's Dining Hall for dinner prior to the gathering. Unable to attend? Join via conference call or save the date for an upcoming gathering on April 17.


Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, January 8: Young Alumnae Pizza Party (Centennial Social Center),
    5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 8: Young Alumnae Panel and Dessert Reception - Required for Seniors (Cluett Dorm), 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 10: VITA Intake and Confidentiality Training - Required for all VITA volunteers (Common Room), 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 12: VITA Preparer Training - Required for tax preparers (Common Room), 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 13: VITA Preparer Training - Required for tax preparers (Common Room), 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 15: New Girl Show Auditions (Ferguson Theatre), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 16: New Girl Show Auditions (Ferguson Theatre), 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 16: VITA Kickoff - Required for all VITA volunteers (Common Room), 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 18: New Girl Show - Required for Upper School (Ferguson Theatre),
    6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19: College Counseling Program for Junior Families (Living Room),
    8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 19: College Counseling Parent Appointments, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Weekend Activities and Home Games
Friday, January 4: Movie in the Soc - Avengers: Infinity War, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5: Varsity Basketball vs. Bradford Christian Academy, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5: Moving Matters Workshop with Ms. Soule
Saturday, January 5: Black Light Mini Golf, 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 5: WINGS Game Night, 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 6: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 6: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 6: Area Drive to Simsbury Commons and Canton Shoppes, 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

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