Walker's Weekly

January 11, 2019

It was a full house for last night's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) training with Ms. O’Keefe from The Village for Families & Children. Students are preparing to do tax returns for low income families as part of the VITA program, a partnership between the IRS, United Way and the Village for Children and Families. In 2017 and 2018, Walker's girls helped return close to $400,000 in refunds and credits to greater Hartford families.

Student Photo of the Week: Alexis Berard '19
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.

Walker's Invited for Harvard's Global
Writing Contest

For the second year in a row, Walker's has been invited to participate in the Harvard Alumni Association's GlobalWE annual essay writing contest. Last year, Walker's was the first American school invited and was joined by participants from Turkey, Pakistan and Germany. The contest's mission is to empower women and girls through education, dialogue and connection. Juniors and seniors will receive the essay question next week. Stay tuned!

Freshwoman to Represent Walker's at the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud State Finals
BeJay Mugo '22 will represent Walker's at the Connecticut Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Saturday, March 9. BeJay was selected for the competition by members of Walker's faculty following performances by four Walker's students on January 7. The winner of the state finals will have the opportunity to represent the state of Connecticut in Washington, DC on April for the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

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Seventh Grader Raises Awareness About the Effects of Climate Change Through Prose
Hooray Sunray to 7th grader Chloe Fares '24, whose written piece "The Great White Depression" was published as a notable submission in the Middle School Prose division of the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest by Bow Seat, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to inspire the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science, and advocacy. 

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English Department to Host
Poetry Readings on Campus

Walker's English Department is excited to announce four upcoming poetry readings on campus, open to all students, faculty, staff, parents and other interested members of the Walker's community. The first reading will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Constance Lavino Bell Library, and will feature the poetry of English faculty member Brigitte Leschhorn as well as works by several Walker's students.

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From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2019: Now is a great time to be applying for outside scholarships. We reminded the seniors last week that there are several places to turn for scholarship information. One is Naviance, where scholarships are listed under the Colleges tab. Another is by signing up on free scholarship matching sites including Fastweb, CollegeXpress, and Unigo. Students from the Greater Hartford area are eligible to apply for dozens of scholarships through The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving by filling out just one application. The deadline is January 15. More information and the application can be found at apply.scholarsapply.org/hartfordfoundation.

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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!

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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School Rings Available for Purchase
Balfour class ring representatives will be available on Thursday, January 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside Abra's Dining Hall to pick up a delivery or place a late order. Each signet ring features the School monogram in purple, and your initials (free) or full name ($15.00) may be engraved inside the ring. All rings are available in 14 or 10 karat yellow, white or rose gold, sterling silver, argentium silver and silvertone celestrium. See the attachment below for more information.

   The Ethel Walker School Class Rings 2019.PDF

Summer Fun in Simsbury
Each summer, Walker's offers a range of fun summer programs on campus for girls and boys of all ages and levels of interest. Visit www.ethelwalker.org/summer to learn more about our 2019 offerings. Spread the word! For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Todd D'Alessandro at tdalessandro@ethelwalker.org or +1-860-408-4312. 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 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.
  • Tuesday, January 15: Walker's Writers - Poetry Reading (Constance Lavino Bell Library), 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), 6:30 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
Friday, January 11: Laser Tag, 7:45 p.m.-10:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: Foodshare, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: VITA Training, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: Westfarms Mall Trip, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 12: South Kent Dance, 6:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: VITA Training, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: Area Drive to Simsbury Commons, Marshalls, Canton Shoppes, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: Ultimate Frisbee with Mr. Schwoerke, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: Open Library, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13: Children's Dance and Music Class, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

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