Walker's Weekly

February 3, 2017

Thanks to The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA) for providing study break snacks and hot chocolate in the library for exam week!

Students Win Best in Show in Regional
A Cappella Festival

Walker's a cappella group, the Grapes, participated in the largest scholastic a cappella competition in New England, the 9th Annual Wyvern Invitational a Cappella Festival, at Kingswood-Oxford School on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28. For the first time in Walker's history the Grapes were awarded Best in Show for their performances. Alana Garcia '17 was also awarded the Outstanding Student Director Award.

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Walker's Gymnast Advances to Regionals
Walker's sophomore Madison Parham-Murray '19 competed in the 2017 Manhattan Classic gymnastic competition, held January 28-29 at Pier 94 in New York City. Madison placed first on the beam and bars and third all around, which advanced her to compete in regionals later this year. Congratulations, Madison!

Take a Virtual Tour of Walker's
We are excited to share our recently completed virtual tour of Walker's narrated by our own Head of School Meera Viswanathan (Ms. Vis)! Please share the video on social media!

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Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal Swimmer Katie Meili Visits Campus
On Saturday, January 28, two-time medal winner from the 2016 Olympics Katie Meili met with Hartford public school girls from Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, as well as members of Walker's swim team. The event took place in the Centennial Center, where Katie worked with the girls on basic swimming skills, read books, signed autographs, and posed for photos with her Olympic gold medal. Katie, who told the girls she always had to work hard because swimming didn't come naturally for her at first, encouraged the girls to always work hard on their goals, because hard work beats talent.

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Lizzy Strapp '21 and Sam Chessen '17 
Named Athletes of the Week

  • Lizzy Strapp '21, JV Basketball (Granby, CT): "Cool Under Pressure" With her soft shooting touch and steady ball-handling, Lizzy is the engine that drives our offense. She employs a killer crossover. She’s a dime-dropping machine. Her skills and attitude light up the court brighter than her Pepto-Bismal-pink Nikes. 
  • Sam Chessen '17, Varsity Swimmer (San Francisco, CA): "Devoted, Positive, LeaderOver the course of Sam’s swim career at Walker’s, one race every year seemed to elude her. This year she brought that race to light as she told the School community about the loss to this opponent in her senior speech. The particular swimmer had always managed to touch Sam out in the 500 Free. This final season was different. Sam achieved her goal and was able to beat the swimmer by several seconds.

On Exhibit in the Bell Library Art Gallery
The collective work of Elizabeth McNally and Julia Parker Post is on exhibit in the Bell Library Art Gallery from January 28 through February 10, 2017. Both artists are exhibiting an array of relief block prints composed with a variety of printmaking techniques. McNally is also exhibiting hand-textured paper collage and abstract paintings which are composed with a variety of textures and geometric shapes. The show is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is possible at the front desk in Beaver Brook, the main academic building on campus. For further information, contact Grace Epstein at gepstein@ethelwalker.org.

Addresses Needed for Grandparents Day
Invitations for Grandparents Day 2017 will be mailed soon and we need your help in gathering some information. Your daughter's grandparents or other special adults in her life are invited to spend the day on campus on Friday, April 7 attending morning meeting, classes and other special activities. Please log in to Veracross and update your family information by going to 'My Family' and clicking on 'Grandparent Household' at the bottom of the page.

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.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday, February 6: No Classes - Long Winter Weekend
  • Tuesday, February 7: American Mathematics Contest (Common Room),
    8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 7: New Girl Show Auditions (Ferguson Theater), 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8: New Girl Show Auditions (Ferguson Theater), 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 9: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
  • Friday, February 10: New Girl Show (Ferguson Theater), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Required for Upper School students. Optional ice cream social to follow, 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11: 2nd Annual Night of Comedy & Community to benefit Horizons at The Ethel Walker School (Purchase Tickets)
  • Tuesday, April 4: Revisit Day - Spread the word about Walker's. Applications are still being accepted. www.ethelwalker.org/admissions
  • Friday, April 7: Grandparents Day

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Students to Compete in American Mathematics Competition
Next Tuesday, February 7, 32 Walker's students will compete in the 68th Annual American Mathematics Competition (AMC), the nation's longest-running and most prestigious math contest sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (maa.org). Good luck to those competing!

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Phone: (860) 408-4467