Walker's Weekly

April 7, 2017

Grandparents and special friends enjoyed a day on campus today for Grandparent's and Friend's Day 2017

Grandparents and Friends Enjoy
a Day on Campus

Grandparents and special friends enjoyed a day on campus today with their Walker's student(s) for Grandparent's and Friend's Day 2017. They attended classes and Morning Meeting, enjoyed tea with Head of School Dr. Meera Viswanathan, toured the Centennial Center, and had special family photos taken throughout the day.

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Accepted Students and Families Visit Campus for Revisit Day 2017
Despite the rainy weather, admitted students and their families enjoyed a great day on campus on Tuesday for Revisit Day 2017. Students did a fantastic job representing the School by hosting admitted students, sharing classrooms, talking about their experiences at Walker's, and making our guests feel welcome!

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Walker's Community Fights Childhood Cancer
This past Tuesday, April 4, Walker's Spanish teacher and varsity soccer coach Todd D'Alessandro shaved his head along with a group of like-minded soccer coaches (Coaches United Against Cancer) to show unity in the fight against childhood cancer. Along with the help of Walker's students and faculty, Todd was able to raise $650 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The Coaches United Against Cancer team raised over $35,000!

Todd says, "We have a strong community service ethos here at Walker's. As a member of the Walker's community and soccer program, it felt great to to do my part and give back to those in need of assistance. I look forward to helping next year!"

Apply or Renew a Passport and
Register to Vote!

On Thursday, April 13, members of the Walker's community will have a chance to apply for or renew a passport and register to vote after the Naturalization Ceremony. We anticipate that the ceremony will conclude at approximately 3:30 pm in the gymnasium. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the Connecticut Secretary of the State's office will be on hand taking applications. Read more for the requirements. Please direct any questions to Michelle Helmin at mhelmin@ethelwalker.org.

Parents, there is still time to RSVP if you would like to attend. Students, faculty and staff will be participating in the program and do not need to RSVP.

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Walker's Weekly Archive Available Online
Want to read past issues of Walker's Weekly? The 2016-2017 newsletter archive can now be accessed online in the Parent Portal, sorted chronologically in descending order. The link can also be accessed in the righthand side of the gray footer of each issue, under 'Quick Links'.

Register for Walker's New Streaming Service
Walker's has a new video streaming service, Game On Stream. In order for you to gain access, you will need to register for the service with the email address we have on file. The link to register for Game On Stream and access live and on demand events in the future is ethelwalker.gameonstream.com.

After navigating to the site, click on "REQUEST ACCESS" and follow the instructions to enter your email address and select a new password. You will receive an email confirming your new account creation once you click the submit button.

School Rings Available for Purchase
Balfour class ring representatives will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. this Monday, April 10 outside Abra's dining hall if you wish to order an EWS class ring. Each Signet ring features the School monogram in purple, and your initials (free) or full name ($15.00) may be engraved inside the ring. All rings are available in 18, 14 or 10 karat yellow or white gold, Balfour Premium Silver and Silvertone Celestrium. See the attachment below for more information.

   Ethel Walker Class Rings - Spring Delivery 2017.pdf

Send Your Daughter Some Sweet Treats
Does your daughter have a birthday or special event coming up? Parents near and far now have the opportunity to order and provide goodies for special sporting events, class parties, birthdays, and other activities through Fitzgerald's, a locally-owned grocery store. Learn more details on how to order in our latest newsletter:

   EWSPANewsletterWinter17 (1).pdf

Summer Fun in Simsbury
Each summer, Walker's offers a wide range of fun summer programs on campus for girls and boys of all ages and levels of interest. Visit www.ethelwalker.org/summer to learn more about our 2017 offerings. Spread the word! For more information about summer programs at Walker's, contact Sarah Bednar at sbednar@ethelwalker.org or (860) 408-4292.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, April 9: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 11: EWSPA Board Meeting (Living Room), 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 13: Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 13: Naturalization Ceremony RSVP (Centennial Center Gym),
    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Required event - Students must be in Vespers Dress 
  • Tuesday, April 18: College Fair - Required for Juniors, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 19: Literary Festival - Required for All, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20: D.E.A.R. Milk Lunch Special Schedule - Classes Start at 8:15 a.m.
    Reading hour now 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20 - Sunday, April 23: Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Nationals in Lexington, VA
  • Thursday, April 20: Dismissal for Long Spring Weekend 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21: No School - Long Spring Weekend
  • Monday, April 24: No School - Long Spring Weekend

Weekend Activities

Friday, April 7: Spring Concert (Required for Upper School), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: VITA, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Community Farm Trip, 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 8: Money Bingo at McLean's, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Launch Trampoline Park, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8: Westover Dodgeball Game and Hangout, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Choate Spectrum Conference, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9: Area Drive, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (860) 408-4467
Fax: (860) 408-4329

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

(860) 408-4467