Walker's Weekly

September 30, 2016

Reagan, Julia, Gabi and Angelica, students in Dr. Emma Mitchell's freshman physics class, use skateboards and pennies to learn about the relationship between speed, displacement, and time. 

Admissions Open House - Monday, October 10
Help us spread the word about Walker's by sharing information on our upcoming open house. This three-hour program includes a student-guided campus tour, an opportunity to learn about our curriculum, and numerous ways to meet and interact with students, faculty and staff. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 p.m. Interested families can visit www.ethelwalker.org/openhouse to register.

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Riding Chapel
On Wednesday, our equestrian team presented its annual riding chapel. One of the highlights of the program was an inaugural ride by Head of School Ms. Vis and Associate Head of School Amy Wheeler.  Becky Morris '19 and Libby Mewbourne '18 also showed their impressive skills with a jumping demonstration. Afterward, all of the girls had a chance to groom the horses and they cast votes for their spirit group preference for two of the horses. (Pictured: Ms. Vis is assisted by Laurel '18 as she concludes her ride.)


Brooke DeLorey '20 and Ams Gillies '17 Named Athletes of the Week
  • Brooke DeLorey '20, Thirds Soccer (Belmont, MA): "Determined and Fast" Brooke was instrumental in her team's 6-0 win over Master's. "Her effort, attitude and determination to get to every ball first were exemplary."
  • Ams Gillies '17 (Easton, CT): "A whirling, determined, never say die player" Ams is described by her coach as versatile, hard as nails and someone who never gives up.

From the College Counseling Office
SATs: Many seniors are taking SATs at Walker's on Saturday. As a reminder, breakfast will be served starting at 7:00 a.m., and students should report to the lobby of BB at 7:30 a.m. with pencils, a calculator, registration ticket, snacks, and ID.

College Financing: John F. Pearson, CPA, CASL® from Barnum Financial Group’s Center For College Planning will give a free presentation to Walker's family in the Bell Library on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. He will discuss college financing options and financial aid. Watch for an electronic invitation from the EWSPA.

College Financial Aid Forms: Forms for the 2017-2018 academic year become available on October 1. If you plan to apply for need-based aid, all colleges require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFASA) which is available here - https://fafsa.ed.gov/ Some colleges also require the CSS Profile, also available on October 1 and accessed here https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile Both sites have lots of helpful information on how to fill out the forms. Keep in mind that both forms are using tax information from 2015 so you can fill out these forms immediately. Be sure to check financial aid form due dates for the colleges to which your daughter plans to apply.

College visits this week:

  • Springfield College, 10/3, 11:15 a.m.
  • University of Massachusetts, 10/3, 2:25 p.m.
  • Allegheny College, 10/6, 8:30 a.m.
  • University of Vermont, 10/6, 9:45 a.m. 

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, October 1: Vie for the Kids 6K Trail Walk/Run (Walker's Woods) 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 13: College Financing - Sponsored by the College Counseling Office and the EWS Parent Association , (Bell Library) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Watch your email for an electronic invitation)
  • 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 Walker's for the special rate.
  • Friday, October 28 & Saturday, October 29: Family Weekend RSVP Form Room blocks have been made at most area hotels. Please mention Walker's for a special rate.
  • Saturday, October 29: Centennial Center Ribbon Cutting - Required All, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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The Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT 06070

Phone: (860) 408-4467
www.ethelwalker.org