Walker's Weekly

March 3, 2017

Residents from the McLean Continuing Care Retirement Community in Simsbury enjoyed an afternoon matinee of our Middle School production of “Into the Woods Jr.” alongside students on Wednesday. Walker's developed a community partnership with McLean this school year, and students regularly visit residents on weekends as a service opportunity. (Photo by McLean)

View Photos from the Middle School Musical
Congratulations to the cast and crew of our 2017 Middle School Musical, 'Into the Woods Jr.'! The production, an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning musical, wrapped up this week, with performances on Wednesday and Thursday. View photos taken by Abi Welch '20:

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Walker's Swimmer Wins Bronze at Founders League Championships
On Saturday, February 25, Walker's swim team competed in the Founders League Championships at Miss Porter's School in Farmington. Karrah Hayes '22 became the first Walker's swimmer to medal at the Founders Championship, placing third in the 200IM with a personal best of 2:18.63. Karrah also placed fourth in the 100 breast, missing third place by less than three tenths of a second with a time of 1:10.69. Karrah currently holds the School record in both events. Hooray Sunray!

Walker's swim team will be competing in the New England Division III Championships at Deerfield Academy on Sunday. Best of luck!

Robotics Team Competing in FIRST Competition
This weekend Walker's robotics team, the Wirecats, will be competing in their first competition of the season, the 2017 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics New England District Waterbury Event, held at Wilby High School. Last year, the Wirecats became the first all-girls team to win this district competition. Good luck, Wirecats!

Day Parents: Information Needed for Bus Transportation Program
In an effort to gauge interest in a daily bus transportation program for day students for the 2017-2018 school year, and to assess a level of interest in a pilot program for April and May of this school year, please take a few moments to answer this brief 10-question survey. Parents of seniors: We also want to know your level of interest in participating in the pilot program in April and May of this school year. Please join other parents in responding to five questions on this survey. Thank you!

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Students Share Latin American Culture with Walker's Community
On Wednesday, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) presented during Chapel, sharing original heartfelt poems about their culture and identity, and teaching the community about the legacy and impact of civil rights activitists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. 

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.

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:

   EWSPANewsletterWinter17.pdf

Save the Date: Embracing Possibility for Mental Health Awareness Event on May 11
To mark Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Jewish Family Services and Tara’s Closet will host a compassionate community-wide conversation led by an outstanding panel of national experts and local members of our community who have been impacted by mental illness, including Jenna Bush Hager. Reserve your seat on Thursday, May 11 for an unforgettable evening discussion aimed at tearing down the many misconceptions surrounding mental illness. Seating is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Purchase tickets at www.jfshartford.org/tickets.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, March 5: Spring Musical Auditions (Ferguson Theater), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5: Community Dinner - Required for Boarders (Abra's), 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 5: Social Media Presentation for Students and Parents* - Margaret Huling Bonz Speaker Laura Tierney (Ferguson Theater), 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    *Open to grades 8-12. Parents of 8th grade students should note that the material covered will contain mature themes.
  • Monday, March 6-Friday, March 10: Lacuna (Required for All Students)
  • Tuesday, March 7: Swim Sports Awards (Common Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7: EWSPA Meet and Mingle (Living Room), 5:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 7: EWSPA Board Meeting (Conference Room), 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 8: Senior Class Workshop - Required for Seniors (Library), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 10: Lacuna Showcase (Various Locations), 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 10: Dismissal for Spring Break 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11-Monday, March 27: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 27: Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 28: Classes Resume
  • Tuesday, April 4: Revisit Day
  • Friday, April 7: Grandparents and Friends Day

Weekend Activities

Friday, March 3: Blue Back Square Trip, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3: BSU Culture Party in the Soc, 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: VITA, 8:15 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 4: Area Drive, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 5: VITA, 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. 
Sunday, March 5: Open Library, 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

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

Phone: (860) 408-4467
www.ethelwalker.org