Walker's Weekly

February 17, 2017

A scene from Walker's annual Upper School Dance Concert, held Thursday and Friday evening. The concert featured performances of student and faculty choreography, including pieces by senior choreographers Alora Foster '17, Catherine Sun '17, and Agnes Xu '17. View Photos

Actress and Musician Maggie Wheeler Visits Campus as a Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker
On Wednesday and Thursday, actress and musician Maggie Wheeler visited campus as a Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker. Maggie was joined by her co-founder of the Golden Bridge Community Choir, Emile Hassan Dyer. For two days, Maggie and Emile engaged the entire community in a series of group community sings, acting and audition coaching, drumming workshops, and more.

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Ski Team Wins New England Championships
Walker's varsity ski team took home the first place trophy in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Championship race held Wednesday, February 15 at Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts. The girls skied their best, all placing in the top 10 in at least one of the Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom (SL) events.

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BeJay Mugo '22 Wins First Place in Jumoke Academy's 2nd Annual Oratory Contest
On Thursday, February 16, seventh grader BeJay
Mugo '22 participated in Jumoke Academy's second annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Wide Oratory Contest. The topic for this year's contest was "Preserving the Legacy," which offered students an opportunity to share their personal connection to the legacy of Dr. King. BeJay shared a moving and inspirational piece on how she perseveres as a young woman of color in a world full of stereotypes. BeJay's delivery and content was so phenomenal that she won first place for the 6th through 8th grade grouping and took with her a giant trophy, a $500 prize and lots of praise and accolades. Hooray Sunray, BeJay!

Meet Our March 5 Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker
Join us Sunday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Ferguson Theater us for a new, refreshing approach to navigating social media with Laura Tierney, president and founder of The Social Institute. Laura will speak to students and parents about digital reputation management and social media. The event is co-sponsored by the Dodgers Field Hockey and Lacrosse Clubs.

The Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speakers Series Endowment Fund was established in honor of Margaret Huling Bonz, head of The Ethel Walker School from 1988 through 1999, for her years of dedication and commitment to the students, faculty and members of The Ethel Walker School community.


Ski and Squash Team Members Chosen as Athletes of the Week
  • Members of the Ski Team (Sara Dale '22, Nancy Gfeller '22, Elise Namnoum '18, Kathryn Phair '18 and Liza Phillips '17): "Focused, Dedicated and FastAs a team we won both the SL and GS and the overall NEPSAC Class ā€œCā€ trophy and it was truly a "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" team effort. Everybody performed at a top level and truly gave their best effort.
  • Isabelle Hartwell '17, Varsity Squash (Lake Forest, IL): "Tenacious, Committed, Hysterical" Isabelle was the deciding win in Wednesday's game against Westover. She lost the first game of her match and came back to win the next three straight. Isabelle fought for this win. She made shots that she's never been able to hit in practice. She was on fire! It was amazing to see.

Improve Your Study Habits This Semester! A Message from the Academic Support Center
In order for students to be as productive as possible during study time, the Academic Support Center is helping to limit distractions by making the first floor of the library a distraction-free area from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Anyone studying on the first floor of the library will be asked to turn in their phones and study without headphones/earbuds.

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Addresses Needed for Grandparents
and Friends Day

Invitations for Grandparents and Friends Day 2017 will be mailed soon and we need your help in gathering some information to ensure invitations are received. 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.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2018: The College Counseling Office is looking forward to welcoming you to campus on Saturday for our annual College Program. Attached below is the agenda for the day. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Bell Library, and coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries will be available. Signs will guide you to parking when you pull into campus.

If you signed up for an individual half hour meeting with Clarissa Basch and Nikki Manderlink after the program, your appointment time will be noted in the parent packet that you will receive at registration. At your scheduled time, please come to the College Counseling Office on the second floor of Beaver Brook (BB 217). If you have not yet scheduled an appointment (either on Saturday or at another time) and would like to do so, please contact Julie Infurna at 860-408-4216.


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Join Us Next Tuesday for Our Book Club
Please join us for the EWSPA Book Club next Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. 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

  • Tuesday, February 21: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
    This has been moved from February 14.
  • Tuesday, February 21: EWSPA Book Club (Living Room), 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22: Upper School Winter Play* (Little Ferg), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23: Upper School Winter Play* (Little Ferg), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 23: Special Schedule - Classes Start at 9:40 a.m.
  • Friday, February 24: Upper School Winter Play* (Little Ferg), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    *The show is free of charge and open to the public. However, due to limited space, you must have a ticket to enter. Tickets may be picked up from the front desk during school hours. Due to mature subject matter, Middle School students are not allowed to attend the Winter Play. 
  • Saturday, February 25: Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Saturday Academy
  • Tuesday, April 4: Revisit Day - Spread the word about Walker's. Applications are still being accepted. www.ethelwalker.org/admissions
  • Friday, April 7: Grandparents and Friends Day

Weekend Activities

Friday, February 17: AOF Varsity Basketball vs. Choate, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: VITA Training, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut Community Partnership, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: Black History Month Block Party at Williston, 8:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: West Farms Mall Trip, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19: VITA Training, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 19: Area Drive, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Listen to Ms. Vis on WNPR's "Where We Live"
Head of School Meera Viswanathan ("Ms. Vis") was recently interviewed by WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil for a segment on "Where We Live." The segment will air this coming Monday, February 20 between 9:00 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. ET.

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