Walker's Weekly

February 24, 2017

Members of Walker's Grapes a cappella group performed Handel's Messiah along with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other professional ensembles and soloists for a benefit performance at Hartford's Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Sunday, February 19. All donations  benefited Hartford homeless shelters.

Listen to Ms. Vis on WNPR's "Where We Live"
Head of School Meera Viswanathan recently spoke with Lucy Nalpathanchil of WNPR's "Where We Live" about the value of single-sex education and her vision for Walker's students. Listen to the segment below:


Meet Our March 5 Margaret Huling Bonz Women of Distinction Speaker
Parents and students*, join us next 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.

*Open to grades 8-12. Parents of 8th grade students should note that the material covered will contain mature themes.

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.


Walker's Honors Biochemistry Course Highlighted in NCGS Podcast on STEM Partnerships 
Walker's science faculty members Dr. Julia Sheldon and Dr. Suzanne Piela, and senior Nina Chukwura '17 were featured on the latest episode of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) podcast "Pep Talks," co-hosted by Walker's Dean of Academic Technology and Innovation and NCGS board member Sarah Edson. The episode, "STEM Partnerships to Expand Programming," includes a conversation with Dr. Sheldon, Dr. Piela, and Nina about Walker's partnership with the Small World Initiative and the role of girls' schools in developing the next generation of women in STEM. Listen to Episode 5 of the podcast by visiting the link below.


Trinity's Tech Savvy Conference on March 4 Open to Girls in Grades 6-9
(From trincoll.edu): On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the American Association of University Women’s Connecticut Chapter (AAUW CT) will host its fourth annual Tech Savvy Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Trinity College. The conference is open to sixth- through ninth-grade girls who want to learn about careers in science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM), and for parents and educators who want to encourage girls to realize their potential in these fields. Online registration for Tech Savvy is now open here.

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Eighth Graders Paint Birdhouses
to Support the Simsbury Land Trust

Eighth grade studio art students are painting decorative bird houses as a way to contribute to the Simsbury Land Trust (SLT), which generates funds to preserve open space and farmland here in Simsbury, such as Tulmeadow Farm, Rosedale Farm and George Hall Farm. The birdhouses will be auctioned off on April 6 at the Annual SLT Membership Dinner. Jay Kaplan of the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton will address the link between a healthy habitat and land preservation. The public is invited to this dinner. To reserve your table or purchase tickets, contact Amy Zeiner at amyzeiner@aol.com. For more information, visit www.simsburylandtrust.org.

Host Families Needed for 2017-2018
In an effort to best support our international student population, we will be rolling out a Host Family program for the 2017-2018 school year. This is an exciting opportunity for both our new students and our current families as the exchange of students across borders is truly priceless. We are looking for Walker's families who are interested in being hosts for new international 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, ESU (English Speaking Union) students, and Thai Scholars.

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Immigration and Naturalization Chapel
On Wednesday, the Walker's community learned about the history of immigration and the process of naturalization in a lead up to our own Naturalization Ceremony to be held on campus on Thursday, April 13. Students and faculty took a citizenship quiz, and Spanish teacher Isabel Ceballos shared her own personal story of naturalization. Details about the April 13 Naturalization Ceremony will be forthcoming.

Equestrian Update from Florida
Several Walker's equestrians have been competing in the prestigious Ocala Hits Horse Show and Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. In Ocala, Lindsay Briggs '20 won her beginner novice event. At the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Libby Mewbourne '18 won a 15-17 children's hunter class and was 2nd and 5th in the classic, Em Jones '21 was 5th in the 12-14 equitation flat class out of 25 riders, Claire Shimanski '23 was 1st in the low children's hunter class, Becky Morris '19 won the Taylor Harris Medal, and Emma Crate '19 won the 15-17 equitation flat class, placed 11th in the Maclay Medal, and had a clear trip in the 1.10 meter jumper class. Hooray Sunray!

From the College Counseling Office
College decisions continue to roll in and will continue through the end of March. Spring break is a great time to visit or revisit colleges where students have been offered admission. If you would like any help interpreting financial aid awards, please feel free to get in touch with us:

Clarissa Basch - cbasch@ethelwalker.org
Nikki Manderlink - nmanderlink@ethelwalker.org

Scholarships: We continue to publicize scholarship opportunities to our students, and add them to our list of scholarships on Naviance.

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Send Your Daughter Some Sweet Treats
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:


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.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, February 25: Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Saturday Academy
  • Sunday, February 26: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 27: Ski Sports Awards (Living Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 27: Squash Sports Awards (Common Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28: Basketball Sports Awards (Common Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 1: Middle School Play Matinee (Ferguson Theater), 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 2: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 2: Middle School Play (Ferguson Theater), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 3: Middle School Play Set Strike and Cast Party (Ferguson Theater, Common Room), 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • 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

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Weekend Activities

Friday, February 24: Bowling Night,
8:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 25: VITA Workshop,
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25: Baking with Dr. Mitchell in the New Dorm, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25: The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26: VITA Workshop,
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Sunday, February 26: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26: Area Drive,
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Important Message about Tuition and Fees for 2017-2018
Earlier today, you should have received a message from Head of School Meera Viswanathan about tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 school year. If you did not receive the email, please contact newsletters@ethelwalker.org.

Important Calendar Dates for 2017-2018
Please review the list of important dates for the 2017-2018 school year. 

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The Ethel Walker School
230 Bushy Hill Road Simsbury, CT 06070

Phone: (860) 408-4467