Walker's Weekly

January 20, 2017

Walker's choir, accompanied by our African drummers, perform a civil rights movement song they wrote themselves for Walker's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Watch on Bleachers

Walker's Observes MLK Day
On Monday, January 16, the Walker's community observed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by spending the day exploring the many women of the Civil Rights Movement whose stories have been forgotten or untold throughout history. Following an introduction to the day and musical presentations by the choir and African drum team, students and faculty broke into groups to study various women's contributions to civil rights. The day concluded with students sharing their findings with the Walker's community.

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Student Artists on Exhibit
For the month of January, student paintings, drawings and ceramics will be on exhibit in the lower level of the Simsbury Public Library. Eleven* Walker's artists have been selected to exhibit their work: Clara Cano '17, Mekkah El-Amin '18, Kaelen Furey '17, Ella Samson '20, Ellery Finn '18, Joyce Qiu '18, Samantha Logan '18, Catherine Sun '17, Addie Friedlander '18, Brianna Duba '19, and Stefania Pirro '20. The library is open until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Additionally, ninth grade painting and drawing student Ella Samson '20 was selected to represent Walker's art department in the annual East Granby Library Juried Art Show. The exhibit is up from January 28 through March 6. An awards ceremony and reception will be held on January 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The public is invited. Hooray Sunray, Ella!

*Corrected from last week's issue

Hazel Wang '19 to Perform in Musical Club of Hartford Recital
This Sunday, Walker's flutist Hazel Wang '19 will perform in a concert including the winners of the 41st annual Musical Club of Hartford scholarship competition. Hazel won first prize and a $500 scholarship in the winds division of the January 8 competition. The recital will be held this Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford. Admission is free. Hooray Sunray, Hazel!

Watch the Grapes Compete in the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival
Walker's a cappella group, the Grapes, will be competing in the 2017 Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival on Friday, January 27. See them perform live at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford. Tickets sell out fast - get yours while you can

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Midterm Exam Prep Tips from the
Academic Support Center

Midterm exams are just around the corner! The Academic Support Center is available to help students with time management, organizational skills, study skills, and test taking strategies. The Academic Support Center put together tips and resources to help students create a "plan of attack" and schedule study time. Click on the button below to read more:

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Important Re-enrollment Dates
Please keep in mind the following dates related to re-enrollment:

Families not requesting financial aid:
March 1: Contracts available in Veracross
April 1: contracts due with 10% deposit 

Families requesting financial aid:
February 1: Personal Financial Statement (PFS) due in School and Student Service (SSS) by NAIS
March 1: 2016 completed tax return must be uploaded to SSS
March 17: Contracts available in Veracross
April 14: Contracts due with 10% deposit

From the College Counseling Office
Thinking about playing sports in college? Student athletes of all ages are invited to a presentation by Director of College Counseling Clarissa Basch and Athletic Director John Monagan on Thursday, January 26 at 12:00 p.m. in the Common Room.

Class of 2018: We hope you can attend our Junior Parent College Program on Saturday, February 18. We will provide important information about the college search and application process, as well as an opportunity to take a peek inside the admission committee as Ann Fleming Brown, director of admission at Union College leads us in an application review. Please see attached file below for program details and information on how to set up an individual meeting with your daughter's college counselor.

SATs are being held at Walker's this Saturday, January 21. Students should be in the lobby of Beaver Brook no later than 7:30 a.m. with sharpened pencils, approved calculator, registration ticket, photo ID and snacks.

   Junior Parent College Program Information.PDF

Save the Date for Our Next Book Club
Please join us for the next EWSPA Book
Club on Tuesday, February 21 in the Living Room to discuss My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome, even if you did not finish the book.

Join Us for the 2nd Annual Night of Comedy & Community
Enjoy A Night of Comedy & Community at Walker's on Saturday, February 11 to benefit Horizons at The Ethel Walker School. The 2nd annual event will feature the comedy of experienced stand-up comedians Liz Miele and Lauren Hope Krass. There will also be a live auction with great items up for bid! Tickets are $50 a person (ages 18+) and are now available for purchase at www.ethelwalker.org/horizons

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, January 22: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26: Special Schedule - Classes start at 9:40 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 26: Animals & Literature class final presentation (Little Ferg Theater), 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 27-Saturday, January 28: Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Friday, January 27: Lunar New Year Party (Common Room), 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 28: Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Saturday Academy (Centennial Aquatic Center), 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, January 29: Swim Clinic with Olympian Katie Meili, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 30: Special Schedule - Review Day
  • Tuesday, January 31-Thursday, February 2: Upper School Exams, Middle School Field Trips
    • Tuesday, January 31: Language Exam, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, January 31: Math Exam, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, February 1: Science Exam, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, February 1: Conflict Exam, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Thursday, February 1: History Exam, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 11: 2nd Annual Night of Comedy & Community to benefit Horizons at The Ethel Walker School (Purchase Tickets)

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Weekend Activities

Friday, January 20: Area Drive, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21: Bus to Women's March in Hartford, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 21: Taste of the Islands Inter-School Dance at Choate, 9:00 p.m.-11:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 21: Salisbury Hockey and Hangout, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 22: Open Library, 1:00-5:00 p.m.


New Girl Show Date Change
Please be advised that the New Girl Show (originally scheduled for tonight, January 20) has been moved to Friday, February 10, in Ferguson Theater from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It is a required event for Upper School students.

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