Walker's Weekly

April 14, 2017

Walker's hosted a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens on Thursday. Pictured: Riyadh Al Aqel, an eleven-year employee of Flik Independent School Dining here at Walker's, and The Honorable Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator for Connecticut Read more and view photos

Walker's Hosts Naturalization Ceremony on Campus
On Thursday, April 13, 38 individuals from 23 countries became new U.S. citizens in a special naturalization ceremony in the Centennial Center gym. Students, faculty, staff, family members, board of trustees and special guests were in attendance.

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Dance Workshop Attends New England Preparatory School Dance Festival
Walker's Dance Workshop team attended the New England Preparatory School Dance Festival at Loomis Chaffee School on Sunday, April 9. They had a whole day of various master classes and performed two pieces in the festival showcase. Visual and Performing Arts Chair and Director of Dance Cheri Soule also taught during the festival.

Eighth Grade Birdhouses Auctioned
to Support the Simsbury Land Trust

Eighth grade studio art students painted decorative bird
houses in March as a way to support the Simsbury Land Trust (SLT), which generates funds to preserve open space and farmland in Simsbury. All six birdhouses were sold during the April 6 Annual Simsbury Land Trust Membership Dinner, raising over $120 for the Simsbury Land Trust. Hooray Sunray!

Spring Memorial Chapel
On Wednesday, April 12, the Walker's community gathered in the Chapel to honor the alumnae, friends and relatives who have recently passed away. This biannual Walker's tradition is a special time for reflection, remembrance, and celebration of those who have impacted The Ethel Walker School community.

Walker's Attends Learning and the Brain Conference
On Friday, April 7, Mary Beth Conley attended the
Learning & the Brain Conference in Arlington, VA ("Positive, Resilient Minds: The Science Of Promoting Student Grit, Gratitude, And School Success.") She was fortunate enough to meet the keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Seligman, the "Father of Positive Psychology", and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish.

Empty Bowls Sale April 17 and 19
As part of Walker's food drive to support the Empty Bowls Project, bowls made by students and faculty will be "on sale" in Abra's on Monday and Wednesday of next week. Bring in one food or personal item for the drive and "buy" an empty bowl in exchange for the donation.

From the College Counseling Office
Class of 2017: As the national candidate's reply date draws near (May 1), seniors need to finalize their college decisions by submitting an enrollment deposit to the college they plan to attend, and informing their other colleges that they are not accepting their offers. As a reminder, students may only submit an enrollment deposit to one college. Students and parents who are still weighing their options and considering financial aid offers are encouraged to contact us if they would like some help.

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Walker's to Host Fundraiser for Alumna Sydney Satchell '10
Walker's alumna Sydney Satchell '10, who suffered a traumatic accident and below-knee amputation in 2015, will be moving to Oklahoma to train full time with a professional coaching staff as she begins her journey as a competitive sitting volleyball player. This courageous move is just one aspect of what she describes as her "new normal," living life without her limb. Please read her powerful story at www.sydneysatchell.com. She will host an event on campus on Sunday, April 23 as part of her fundraising efforts to make her dream a reality.

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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

  • Tuesday, April 18: College Fair - Required for Juniors, 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 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.
  • Thursday, April 20: Artist Reception - Robin Schofield (Centennial Center Gallery Space), 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24: No School - Long Spring Weekend 
    Boarders Return 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24
  • Monday, April 24: Required Film for Seniors (Living Room), 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25: Classes Resume

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Weekend Activities

Friday, April 14: Hartford Stage Trip, 7:15 p.m. - between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Friday, April 14: Blue Back Square Trip,
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 15: VITA, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 15: LASO Club Screening of "Cesar Chavez", 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 16: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, April 16: Spring Cupcake Decorating, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 16: Area Drive,
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


2017-2018 Big 7 Elections
Elections for Walker's student government, the Big 7, began this week, and will culminate during an induction ceremony on Wednesday, May 25. Congratulations to all students running for positions!

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230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

(860) 408-4467