Walker's Weekly

January 27, 2017

Walker's students work on an ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) activity on Tuesday night, which allows participants to understand the difficult choices that families must make in order to run their households with limited incomes. The activity was part of their training to be greeters and translators for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Our VITA partners are the United Way of Eastern and Central Connecticut and the Village for Families and Children.

Midterm Exam Schedule and Preparation
See below for the midterm exam schedule*, as well as some resources from the Academic Support Center.

Friday, January 27-Monday, January 30: Long Weekend
Monday, January 30: Review Day - Special Schedule
  • 8:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - A, B, G Blocks
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Teachers available for help
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 2: History Exam, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

*For Upper School students. Middle School students will have field trips next week.

Wellness Tips and Resources

Watch Walker's on NBC Connecticut
Walker's Grapes, African drummers, faculty and staff gave a creative wake up shout out on NBC Connecticut, which aired on Tuesday morning. Watch online by clicking the button below: 

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Veronica Garcia '18 Earns "All State" Title
On Sunday, January 22, The Connecticut Girls' Soccer Coaches Association honored varsity soccer player Veronica Garcia '18 for her creativity, speed, and imagination on the field this past fall. Garcia was one of only 23 Connecticut girls prep school soccer players to be bestowed the title of "All State" soccer player.

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Asian Culture Takes Center Stage
On Wednesday, January 25, student members of the Asian Club presented during the School's annual Asian Chapel, held in Ferguson Theater. Students shared various aspects of the Asian culture, including holidays, apparel/fashion, music, food, and popular culture. Students also presented dances and songs, and participated in fun competitions with the Walker's community.

Alora Foster '17 and Grace Romanik '18 Named Athletes of the Week

  • Alora Foster '17, Dance Workshop (Torrington, CT): "Artistic, Diligent, LeaderAlora has been a great head of Dance Workshop. She has created a thoughtful senior piece that represents her as a choreographer and she pushes the entire group to be their best.
  • Grace Romanik '18, Equestrian (Hamden, CT): "Persistent, Determined, OrganizedGrace stepped up her game over the past few weeks. She showed in Wellington last week and had a huge breakthrough. Her consistency in the show ring was apparent. She and her horse, Cloudy, were completely in sync.

Equestrian Update from Wellington
Several Walker's equestrians are competing in the prestigious Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Below are some recent results. Congratulations, girls!

Libby Mewbourne '18: Champion in the Jr. Hunters; Emma Crate '19: 1st in the 15-17 Equitation Flat; Becky Morris '19: 2nd in the Jr. Hunters, 1st in the Taylor Harris Medal, 2nd in Marshall & Sterling, and 5th in USEF Medal; Gracie Romanik '18: 3rd and 6th in Low Children's Hunters; Laurel Gaddis '18: 6th over fences in Low Children's Hunters; Hope Cushman '18: 12th out of 62 in the Low Children's Jumpers, 11th in the 15-17 Equitation, and 9th on the flat; Claire Shimanski '23: 8th in Low Children's Hunters, and 7th in the 12-14 Equitation

From the College Counseling Office
Summer Opportunities: From time to time, the College Counseling office will pass along information to students that we receive about summer opportunities. These opportunities are usually academic in nature, although we also collect and maintain files in our office and post information on the College Counseling bulletin boards of other kinds of programs, including travel and service. In some cases, we are familiar with these programs because we know of students who have attended, but many times we are merely passing along the information and expect that families will investigate them on their own. These opportunities have deadlines and usually require that students fill out an application and submit recommendations and sometimes transcripts. Many of these programs charge a fee, but many of them offer financial assistance.

Read More for Scholarship, College Visit, and Junior Parent Program Info

Send Your Daughter Some Sweet Treats
We're excited to share with you that we have established a relationship with Fitzgerald's, a locally-owned grocery store. Parents near and far now have the opportunity to order and provide goodies for special sporting events, class parties, birthdays, and other activities. Please watch your email for special requests to support student activities. Owner Bryan Devoe is excited to partner with the EWSPA and has kindly waived the delivery fee for those who would like to send a birthday surprise to their daughter. Learn more details on how to order in our latest newsletter:

   EWSPA Winter '17 Newsletter.pdf

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

  • Saturday, January 28: Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Saturday Academy with two-time Olympic medal swimmer Katie Meili (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
    8:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. - A, B, G Blocks
    11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch
    12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Teachers available for help
  • 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.
  • Friday, February 2: No Classes - Long Winter Weekend
  • Monday, February 6: No Classes - Long Winter Weekend
  • 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 27: Pink at the Rink benefit hockey game at Avon Old Farms, 7:45 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday, January 27: Dumpling making in the New Dorm Common Room, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28: Drive-in double feature at Walker's, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29: VITA training, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29: Trip to Blue Back Square, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29: Baking in the New Dorm with Mrs. Dunn, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29: Open Library, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Break a Leg, Grapes!
Walker's a cappella group, the Grapes, is competing in the 2017 Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival (WIAF) tonight, Friday, January 27. The festival is the largest scholastic a cappella competition in New England. Break a leg, girls!

Walker's Partners with Hill-Stead Museum
The Ethel Walker School is now an institutional member of the Hill-Stead Museum, a Colonial Revival house/estate and art museum in Farmington, CT. This membership will entitle students, parents, faculty and staff of The Ethel Walker School to free admission when they show their school identification. The Hill-Stead membership will also entitle Walker's to five educational tours each year with our classes. Check your email for more information.

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