Walker's Weekly

September 23, 2016

Members of the Walker's community show their support for Malala Yousafzai's #YesAllGirls movement by taking a stand for the millions of refugee girls out of school.

Head of School Investiture Ceremony
On Friday, October 14, Dr. Meera Viswanathan will be the honored guest at an investiture ceremony marking the beginning of her time as Walker's head of school. Join trustees, alumnae, parents, other heads of schools, and many special guests for this important event. The processional begins at 3:30 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 4:00 p.m. Please watch your mail for a printed invitation. (This is a required event for all students.)

RSVP for Investiture Ceremony

Family Weekend 2016
Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016. Family members are invited to attend classes, meet teachers, cheer for our athletic teams, celebrate the closing of the Centennial Campaign and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of the Centennial Center! The Friday evening and Saturday morning events are required for students. For those staying overnight, room blocks have been made at Avon Old Farms Hotel, The Simsbury InnThe Simsbury 1820 HouseThe Farmington Inn, and the Marriott Hotel Residence Inn (Avon). Please mention Ethel Walker School for special rates. 

RSVP for Family Weekend

Cobblestone Corridor Sneak Peek
Students, families and friends are invited for a sneak peek of the upcoming CPTV series, Cobblestone Corridor, at 6:30 pm on Friday, September 30 in Ferguson Theater. For a few weeks earlier this year, the film crew took over Walker's and transformed our campus into Alfred Pierce Preparatory School where secrets hide in every corridor. The director will make comments before the screening and members of the cast will be on hand afterward  to talk with the audience. Light refreshments will be available. (Middle school parents: some of the content is of a mature nature.)

Watch the Trailer

KC O'Connor '19 and Leslie Ann Morales '18 Named Athletes of the Week
  • KC O'Connor '19, Varsity Field Hockey (Avon, CT): "Fast, Furious and Aggressive" KC scored the winning goal against Loomis in a 3-2 victory as well as making an assist on the second goal which tied the game. 
  • Leslie Ann Morales '18, JV Volleyball (Bronx, NY): "Playmaker, Dependable and Reliable"  Leslie takes the time to work with her teammates to improve their skills and is never without a kind word or inspiration.

College Visits in the Coming Week
The following colleges will visit campus next week. Students are encouraged to meet with college representatives.

  • Cazenovia College, Monday 9/26
  • University of New Haven, Monday, 9/26
  • Haverford College, Tuesday, 9/27
  • Trinity College, Tuesday, 9/27
  • Fordham University, Tuesday, 9/27
  • Boston University, Wednesday, 9/28
  • Ursinus College, Wednesday, 9/28

Upcoming Events:

  • Welcome Reception - September 29: All parents are invited to attend a Welcome Reception for new Head of School Meera Viswanathan and new Associate Head of School Amy Wheeler at 6:00 p.m. in the Living Room of Beaver Brook. All parents should have received an invitation by email. For details or to RSVP, please email the EWSPA at parents@ethelwalker.org. 
  • EWSPA Book Club - October 18: Join members of the parent community at 6:30 p.m. in the Living Room for a discussion of Ann Hood's novel, The Book That Matters Most. Meera Viswanathan will moderate the discussion. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us even if you have not finished the book.

Important Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, September 23: Old Girl Show (Ferguson Theater) 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 24: IEA Horse Show (Walker's Barn) 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 30: Cobblestone Corridor Screening (Ferguson Theater) 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 1: Vie for the Kids 6K Trail Walk/Run (Walker's Woods) 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday, October 14: Head of School Investiture - Required All (Centennial Center) 4:00 p.m. Processional at 3:30 p.m. A room block has been made at Avon Old Farms Hotel for overnight guests. Mention Ethel Walker School for the special rate.
  • Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29: Family Weekend RSVP Form
  • Saturday, October 29: Centennial Center Ribbon Cutting - Required All, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to assist you:

The Dean of Students Office
Lauren Raia, Dean of Students, (860) 408-4239, lraia@ethelwalker.org
Mallory Pasquariello, Administrative Assistant, (860) 408-4237, mpasquariello@ethelwalker.org

Academics
Jill Harrington, Dean of Studies & Faculty, (860) 408-4235, jharrington@ethelwalker.org

Technology
Robert Dawson, IT Helpdesk Support, HelpDesk@ethelwalker.org

Health/Learning Services
Joyce McIntyre, School Nurse, (860) 408-4289, jmcintyre@ethelwalker.org
Joan Skelley, School Counselor, (860) 408-4284, jskelley@ethelwalker.org
Mary Beth Conley, Academic Support Coordinator, (860) 408-4283, mconley@ethelwalker.org

Business Office
Greg Jandreau, CFO, (860) 408-4241, gjandreau@ethelwalker.org
Deb Palazzolo, Student Billing, (860) 408-4242, dpalazzolo@ethelwalker.org

Athletics
John Monagan, Athletic Director, (860) 408-4290, jmonagan@ethelwalker.org

Equestrian Center
Hillary Rheinheimer, Director of Riding, (860) 408-4355, hrheinheimer@ethelwalker.org

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    230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT 06070

    Phone: (860) 408-4467
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