Walker's Weekly

December 2, 2016

Several Walker's musicians, including the Grapes a cappella group, performed at the Governor's Residence in Hartford today for its annual holiday open house. Learn more

Forensic Psychiatrist Visits Forensics Class
Ms. Cowan's Forensics students heard from guest speaker Dr. Sohrab Zahedi on Thursday, December 1. Dr. Zahedi is a forensic psychiatrist who works for UConn and is contracted by the Connecticut Department of Corrections to oversee mental health and medications for inmates. He also has a private practice where he includes forensics in his psychiatry work. During the evening presentation, Dr. Zahedi taught students about what it means to be a forensic psychiatrist and spoke about cases that have influenced mental health law. He helped to enlighten students about the systemic problems occurring within the incarceration system and policy surrounding mental health. Students first met Dr. Zahedi on a field trip to the Hartford Correctional Center. 

Walker's Seniors Learn Investment Skills from Local Professional
On Thursday evening, the senior class heard from guest speaker Mishone Donelson P'23, principal of West Hartford-based investment management company Fairview Capital. The investment presentation was part of Ms. Babbidge's Personal Finance senior seminar course. Donelson encouraged students to start investing now, and provided more investing tips such as investing for the long term, only investing as much as you can stand to lose, and doing thorough research. Students interested in learning more about investing should contact Ms. Babbidge. 

Students Share Junior Project Presentations
During Chapel block on Wednesday, members of the junior class presented their junior projects to the school community in the third of five junior project programs to be held throughout the school year. Topics included photojournalism abroad, genome science, business foreign trade, landscape architecture, and more. Watch the presentations on Bleachers:

Fall 2016 Athletic Awards
Read more for the fall soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey awards given to noted players during the fall sports award ceremonies this year. Congratulations to all athletes on a great season!  

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Join Us December 15 for a Holiday Parent Reception
Please join us December 15 for a holiday reception hosted by The Ethel Walker School Parents Association. We will begin with a short, open EWSPA meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the Beaver Brook Common Room, and the reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Living Room. A delicious buffet dinner by Harvest Cafe will be served. We hope you can join us for both the meeting and the reception. Also feel free to head over to the barn at 7:30 p.m. for the Holiday Ride, an annual Walker's tradition.

Book Club Reminder: Please join us for the EWSPA Holiday Book Club on Tuesday, December 6 to discuss So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba. Head of School Meera Viswanathan will moderate the discussion. This is a 95-page book and a quick read so please join us if you can. We will also have a book exchange; please bring a wrapped gently used or new book if you would like to participate.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, December 3: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 6: EWSPA Book Club (Living Room), 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 8: Middle School Winter Concert - Required for Middle School (Chapel), 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9: Upper School Winter Concert - Required for Upper School (Chapel), 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10: SSAT Testing (Common Room)

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Weekend Activities
Friday, December 2: Wicked at the Oakdale Theater, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday, December 2: Area Drive, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: Foodshare, 7:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: Toys for Tots Semi-Formal at AOF, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: Dance at Salisbury School, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: Gingerbread House Decorating (New Dorm Common Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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