Walker's Weekly

April 28, 2017

The eighth grade had a busy few days in Washington, DC this week, visiting several sights including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Museum, the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, Supreme Court and the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the American History Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery.

Students Represent Walker's in
State Poetry Contest

On Tuesday, April 25, four students represented Walker's at the annual Connecticut Council of Language Teachers (COLT) 36th Annual Poetry Recitation Contest, held at Bristol Central High School: Mae Johnson '22, Hannah Schweitzer '19, Jeanine Wang '18 and Jacqueline Zhao '18. Jeanine won first place in high school heritage Chinese grades 11-12, and Jacqueline won second place in high school heritage Chinese grades 9-10. Hooray Sunray!

High Placings in Virtuoso Pianists Competition
On Sunday, April 23, Victoria Wang '18 and Joyce Qiu '20 competed in the Virtuoso Pianists Competition at the Austin Arts Center on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. Victoria placed third in her grade level, and Joyce tied for third. They played extremely well, representing Walker's with distinction. Both girls will perform in the prizewinners' concert on Sunday, April 30 at 1:15 p.m. at St. James Church in Farmington. Congratulations!

Alumna Artist Visit Campus
On Wednesday, April 26, alumna Betty Foster '53 visited campus to speak with students about her time at Walker's and her career as an artist. Betty shared images of her incredible pottery and sculptures, her sources of inspiration, and advice to students wishing to pursue a career in the arts. 

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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, either day or boarding, 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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Important Information Regarding 2017-2018 Medical Forms
For the 2017-2018 school year, The Ethel Walker School will be shifting all student medical information to an online database. There are many benefits to this change — notably, more accurate information that is accessible to parents and the appropriate employees at our school, such as the school nurses and head athletic trainer. We have selected Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record), a web-based system that enables you to have continuous access to your student’s health record, as well as the ability to make updates when needed. Please check your email for more information.

Student Holds Fundraiser for Hartford Children
Walker's student Isabella Manganello '19 and Gabby Aucello (Miss Porter's class of 2019) are working together to raise money for children in Hartford and surrounding areas whose mothers are incarcerated at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT. A fundraiser on Saturday will help pay for transportation for these children to visit their mothers on Mother's Day as part of a program children are enrolled in through the Judy Dworin Performance Program (JDPP) in Hartford. Isabella's "Pink Bus" is working in partnership with JDPP to help these children. All proceeds are tax deductable.

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Walker's Soccer and Horizons Partner to
Give Back to the Community

Last week, Varsity Soccer Coach Todd D'Alessandro, Executive Director of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School Isabel Ceballos, and Director of Social Justice and Inclusion Elisa Cardona met with Lorenzo Ricketts, club director of the Hartford-based Martin Luther King Soccer Club. Horizons at The Ethel Walker School and Walker's teamed up to provide a donation of soccer cleats, uniforms, and balls to the club. Discussions with Ricketts centered on creating opportunities for club players to have the opportunity to apply for Horizons, as well as exposing Horizons students to the game of soccer through the Martin Luther King Soccer Club and a possible soccer-themed Horizons cultural day. 

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 30: SAT Class (Classrooms 217, 219), 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 30: Community Dinner Cookout - Required/Boarders, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Day students are welcome. Please notify DOS if you plan to participate.
  • Monday, May 1: Cum Laude Induction - Required/Upper School (Chapel),
    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Students must be in Vespers Dress
  • Monday, May 1: Cum Laude Dinner - By Invitation (Living Room), 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 2: Dial Dress Down Day (in Spirit Colors)
  • Wednesday, May 3-Sunday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 10-Sunday, May 14: Saratoga Springs Horse Show in Saratoga, NY
  • Saturday, May 6: SATs at Walker's
  • Thursday, May 11: 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, May 11: Middle School Night of Excellence (Ferguson Theater),
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Weekend Activities

Friday, April 28: Forum for Transgender Visibility (Centennial Center Soc), 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Friday, April 28: Area Drive,
7:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29: Horse of CT Community Partnership, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29: Lacrosse Game and Social at Salisbury,  5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: Outdoor Dorm Activities with Music and Food, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: Trip to Tulmeadow for Ice Cream, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30: Church Street Eats Community Partnership, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Dials Win Empty Bowls Food Drive!
Hooray Sunray, Dials! The spirit club earned a spirit dress down day next Tuesday, May 2 for bringing in the most items in support of Walker's Empty Bowls food drive.

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230 Bushy Hill Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

(860) 408-4467