Walker's Weekly

December 1, 2017

Local author and Trinity College Writer-in-Residence Lucy Ferriss visited campus on Thursday to meet with English and Foundations of the Modern World students. Ferriss shared passages from her newest novel, A Sister to Honor, along with photos and stories from her 2012 research trip to Pakistan.

Senior Shares the Transformative Power of Dance
Walker's senior Garet Wierdsma '18 recently worked with alumna Nan Alexander Doyal '81 on a story for Nan's blog for Dig Where You Are, a book about seven remarkable men and women from around the world who have worked to make
local change become global. Garet describes how she started a dance class for children with Down syndrome and in the process discovered the power to communicate, connect and learn through movement (digwhereyouare.com).

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2017-2018 Writing Fellows
Hooray Sunray to the 15 students who have been selected as Writing Fellows for the 2017-2018 year: India Awe '18, Bre Bogle '18, Marion Carr '18, Celeste Davis '19, Ella Gotbaum '18, Ruoyi Jin '19, Isabel Lardner '18, Stephanie Makowski '19, Esi Obeng '18, Monique Pace '18, Maddie Ross '18, Caroline Strapp '18, Kaitlyn Thoma '18, Jeanine Wang '18, and Garet Wierdsma '18. These excellent writers, fine thinkers and responsive editors have been trained to help Walker's students with any writing assignment. Thank you for your service to our school community!

Wednesday, December 13: Visiting Writer
Anne Fadiman

Join us on campus Wednesday, December 13 to meet Anne Fadiman, acclaimed essayist, memoirist, non-fiction writer, and Francis Writer in Residence at Yale University as part of The Ethel Walker School Visiting Writer Seminar. Activities include an adult reception and dinner, and a reading and Q&A with Anne. Click the button below to RSVP, and feel free to share the information with your book clubs!

Read some recent press coverage about Fadiman's new memoir, The Wine Lover's Daughter:


Fall Athletic Awards Announced
Read more for the fall field hockey, soccer, cross country and volleyball awards given to noted players during the fall sports award ceremonies this year. Congratulations to all athletes on a great season! 

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Terry Allen Farms Equestrian Results
On Sunday, November 19, Walker's equestrian team competed in an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) horse show held at Terry Allen Farms in Terryville. The team placed third overall. Individual results included: In Open, Becky Morris '19 placed third over fences and fourth on the flat; In Intermediate, Hannah Theriault '20 placed second in jumping and fifth on the flat; In Novice, Margaret Szczygiel '21 placed fourth over fences and first on the flat and Alexis Berard '19 placed second over fences and fourth on the flat; and in Beginner, Abby McRavey '20 placed sixth on the flat. Hooray Sunray!

From the College Counseling Office
SAT: Many juniors (and a few seniors) are taking the SAT at Walker's tomorrow, December 2. We have reminded them to meet in the lobby of Beaver Brook at 7:30 a.m. sharp, and to have with them several sharpened #2 pencils, an approved calculator, their registration ticket and ID, and snacks.
Spring Break College Tour: The sign up for the spring break college tour to Washington, DC and North Carolina for 10th and 11th graders has been extended to December 8. Attached below is information about the tour and instructions on how to sign up. Students were sent a form to submit to us is they were interested in being considered for financial assistance.

   Spring Break College Tour Information

Holiday Parents Reception on December 20
The Ethel Walker School Parents Association 
(EWSPA) will be hosting a Holiday Parents Reception from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Living Room on Wednesday, December 20, prior to the Holiday Ride. Watch your email for more details and RSVP information. We hope to see you there!

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Saturday, December 2: Model UN at the University of Hartford, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2: SATs at Walker's (Math Classrooms)
  • Monday, December 4: Admission Open House, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 5: Parent Gathering (Living Room), 8:30 a.m. RSVP Online
    Parents are welcome to join their daughters for breakfast in Abra's prior to the gathering
  • Thursday, December 7: Middle School Winter Concert (Chapel), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8: Upper School Winter Concert (Chapel), 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9: Horizons Saturday Academy, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: Free practice ACT at Walker's, 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 10: Community Dinner in Abra's, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17: Senior Sundaes (Debby's House), 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20: EWSPA Parents Reception (Living Room), 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Holiday Vespers and Banquet, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 20: Holiday Ride, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Weekend Activities

Friday, December 1: International Student Dinner, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Friday, December 1: Bowling at Blue Fox Enterprise, 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2: Varsity Squash Home vs. Kingswood Oxford School, 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2: Model UN at University of Hartford, 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2: Westfarms Mall trip, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2: Salisbury Holiday Bash, 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 3: Open Library,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3: Area Drive,
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3: Volunteers for Church Street Eats, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Lacuna 2017 Schedule Change
Please note the following revised* Lacuna schedule:

  • Monday, 12/18: 8:30 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/19: 8:30 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 12/20: 8:30 a.m.-3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday, 12/21: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
    Dismissal at Lunch

*This changes Wednesday from a half day to a full day and Thursday from a full day to a half day.

Support Our Sophomore Class at Chipotle
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Walker's sophomore class. Come in to the Chipotle at 110 Albany Tpke Ste 301 in Canton on Sunday, December 3 between 4:00 p.m and 8:00 p.m. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to The Ethel Walker School.

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