Walker's Weekly

September 29, 2017

It was a beautiful day to read outside on Thursday for Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) Milk Lunch, a weekly activity in which students and advisors gather for an hour and read for pleasure.

Walker's Launches Music Class for Children with Special Needs
Walker's Visual and Performing Arts Department has recently added to their offerings for children with special needs and their siblings. In addition to the already successful dance class run by Garet Wierdsma '18 since 2015, Walker's has started a monthly music class co-taught by Director of Theater Shannen Hofheimer and senior Monique Pace '18.

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Walker's Senior Attends UConn's
Women in Engineering Day

On Thursday, September 28, Walker's senior Lilah Kelly '18 attended the third annual Women in Engineering event at the University of Connecticut. Lilah had the opportunity to interview two all-women panels: a group of alumni who currently have careers in engineering as well as a panel of current engineering students at UConn. Participants then toured the two engineering buildings on campus, saw what students have been working on so far, and had lunch with current engineering majors.
Pictured: Lilah with Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Diversity Daniel D. Burkey at the UConn School of Engineering

Freshwomen Attend Hartford Stage's Production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
On Wednesday, September 27, the English department took Walker's ninth graders to Hartford Stage to see the matinee production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the text they are currently studying in English 9. The girls also had the opportunity to meet alumna and Hartford Stage's Marketing and Graphic Design Coordinator Liss Couch-Edwards '07.

Students Share Hispanic Heritage with
Walker's Community

During Chapel on Wednesday, September 27, students and faculty members shared various aspects of Hispanic culture in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15. Students shared personal reflections about their culture, a folk tale in both Spanish and English, and the contributions of various Latinx leaders.

Athletes of the Week
Ellery Finn '18, KC O'Connor '19 and Amanda Torres '19 were named athletes of the week for outstanding sportsmanship. Their coaches shared the following comments:

  • Ellery Finn '18, Varsity Soccer (Simsbury, CT): "Skilled and Dedicated Leader" Ellery scored four goals in two games. Three were for a hattrick (which was an incredibly difficult task against a quality opponent), and the fourth was scored with 90 seconds left vs. Hamden Hall to earn us a draw!
  • KC O'Connor '19, Varsity Field Hockey (Avon, CT): "Skilled, Scrappy, Fast" KC scored six goals in four of the last five games. She scored one goal against Loomis, two goals against Choate, two against Berkshire and one against Hotchkiss.
  • Amanda Torres '19, JV Volleyball (Bronx, NY): "Leader, Play-maker, Hilarious" Amanda has been on JV for three years and has grown tremendously. This year she was elected to a captain's role, in which she has excelled at teaching her teammates a new rotation while stepping into the power middle position. Amanda never gives up, never backs down, and always keeps her feet moving. 

Walker's Equestrians Excel in Westbrook
Walker's equestrians traveled to Westbrook, Connecticut September 21-24 to compete in the 20th annual Westbrook Hunt Club Grand Fall Classic horse show. Liv Charman '19 won the New England Medal, qualifying for the final in October. Teddi Pritzker '21 won her junior equitation class. Hooray Sunray!

From the College Counseling Office
Wednesday, October 11 is a special Upper School schedule (there are no classes).

  • 9th grade students will attend a wellness program beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
  • 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT (practice SAT) beginning at 8:00 a.m. The test will end at approximately 12:00 p.m. and regular afternoon activities will go on as scheduled. 
  • Seniors may use the morning to work on college application materials.

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Join Us Saturday, October 14
to Celebrate 100 Years in Simsbury

Join The Ethel Walker School as we celebrate 100 years on our Simsbury campus! Enjoy craft tents, food trucks, drumming and dance, an IEA horse show, Play4theCure Play Day, and 100 Year in Simsbury photo exhibit. Event is free - all are welcome!

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RSVP for Family Weekend
Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, 2017. Please come and attend classes with your daughter, meet her teachers, cheer for our athletic teams and enjoy a Parents Association reception. For more information including the schedule and RSVP link, visit www.ethelwalker.org/familyweekend.

Please watch your email for a separate invitation to The Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA) reception on Friday afternoon.

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EWSPA Book Club November 1
Mark your calendars for the next Ethel Walker School Parents Association (EWSPA) Book Club on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Living Room. We will discuss Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Hope to see you there!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, September 30: IEA Horse Show at Walker's, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1: Vie for the Kids Run
  • Tuesday, October 3: Nan Alexander Doyal '81 Book Talk (Living Room), 6:30 p.m.
    Parents, check your email for more information
  • Thursday, October 5: Club Fair, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6: Pep Rally - Required/All (Turf Fields), 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 7: SATs at Walker's (Math classrooms)
  • Saturday, October 7: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 9: Admissions Open House, 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11: PSATs - Required/9th & 10th Grade, 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Friday, October 13: Old Girl Show - Required/Upper School (Ferguson Theater),
    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14: 100 Years in Simsbury Celebration, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 14: Play4the Cure Play Day - Proceeds to benefit breast cancer research
  • Saturday, October 14: IEA Horse Show at Walker's, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 20-21: Family Weekend

Weekend Activities
Friday, September 29: JV Volleyball vs. The Rectory School, Rumsey Hall (Home), 3:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29: International Student Dinner, 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Friday, September 29: Latino Fest at Loomis Chaffee, 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30: Miss Hall's Fall Fling, 6:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. $5 fee; proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Freeman Center
Saturday, September 30: Bushnell Block Party, 12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 1: Special Olympics Flag Football (Junior Varsity Turf Field), 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, October 1: Open Library, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1: Area Drive to Blue Back Square, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1
Vie for the Kids Run
Sunday, October 1: Church Street Eats, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Simsbury, CT 06070

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