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April 2011 Newsletter
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BWS Newsletter April 2011
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April 2011 
 
In this issue
BWS Lacrosse Program
Volunteer Highlight
3rd Annual BWS Book Fair
Citizens of the World Conference
Family and Friends Day
Educational Garden
Donate Now
 
 
 
Greetings Family and Friends of BWS,
 
The Bishop Walker School has gotten off to a great start in 2011 and is looking forward to an active and productive Spring season. Since January, the boys have embarked on a host of exciting educational adventures.
 
Our first grade class was delighted to welcome eight butterflies to the BWS family, while studying a unit on metamorphosis. Currently, they are working on incubating and hatching chicks. The kindergarten class has done a great job jumpstarting the BWS recycling program as part of our ongoing environmental education initiative. The junior-kindergarteners are still basking in the glow of their recent excursion to Bethesda's Imagination Stage.
 
The boys enjoyed an uplifting and inspiring Black History Month where they learned about a number of important historical figures including Frederick Douglass, Ben Carson, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. They had an opportunity to share what they learned with their families and a number of our supporters during our Black History Month tribute. We would like to thank everyone who came to support the boys and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
James R. Woody
Executive Director
 
 
 
BWS Lacrosse Program
    
BWS is excited to introduce our Lacrosse program. The coach, Alex Buckley, a former Brown University and L.A. Sticks lacrosse player and winner of the David Zucconi Award for exemplary sportsmanship and fairplay, will be working with the boys on developing technique, teamwork and sportsmanship. Our first practice was held on March 8th and boys from the kindergarten and first grade class were very excited to hold their first scrimage.
 
BWS would like to recognize our Governing Board Chair, John Thorne and Governing Board Member, Reid Figel, for sponsoring this program.
 
 
Volunteer Highlight
 Iris Harris, a BWS supporter since 2005 and a Governing  Board Member is also a dedicated and loyal volunteer. Once a week, Ms. Harris, who the students affectionately call "Grandma Harris," volunteers as a classroom assistant with the junior-kindergarteners. In this role, Ms. Harris assists the junior-kindergarten teachers in daily instruction, meal and snack preparation and classroom readings and activities. Maxine Collie, the Junior-Kindergarten Lead Teacher says "Grandma Harris is always here to work with them in small groups, console students, take care of sick boys and help sanitize the classroom. She is very warm and supportive and if someone needs a hug she's always there."
 
BWS would like to express our sincere appreciation for Ms. Harris' continued service and dedication to the school.
 
 
 
3rd Annual BWS Book Fair at Politics and Prose Bookstore
 
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys will be holding our 3rd annual fundraising book fair atPolitics and Prose Bookstore Saturday, April 9th from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Politics and Prose bookstore is located at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008.
 
We encourage supporters of the Bishop Walker School to come purchase either books for the school or for their personal collection. BWS will receive 20 percent of the day's sales. There will also be a list of the books needed for the school available if supporters would like to donate a specific book.
 
For inquiries about the fundraising book fair and volunteer opportunities at Politics and Prose Bookstore, contact LaToya Russell at (202) 591-3073 or lrussell@bishopwalkerschool.org.
 
 
  
 
 
 
Citizens of the World Conference
On Saturday, April 16th, the Bishop Walker School will host an all day conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  for African-American boys in grades kindergarten-8th who attend independent schools in the Greater Washington area. The conference will feature age appropriate activities about the African-American journey from Africa to the United States, the African-American contribution to the United States, and the state of African-American males in today's society. Lunch and physical health activities will be provided for participants. In the afternoon, there will be a panel discussion on the topic of "How to Raise Positive African-American Male Citizens" for parents, educators and administrators. 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Family and Friends Day
 
Family and Friends Day will be held at the Bishop Walker School on Friday, May 6th from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This is a day for family, friends and supporters of students attending the Walker Schoo to visit and learn more about our programs and activities. During Family and Friends Day, we will conduct tours of the facility and give family, friends and the community an opportunity to ask questions about admission, curriculum and school culture. All family, friends and supporters are invited to attend. 
 
 
 
Spring Planting Day
 
BWS has completed construction on our educational garden and we are excited to continue beautifying our grounds. On April 6th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. BWS and the Perennial Garden Club will have a planting day where we will plant trees and flowers around our playground. The Casey Trees Community Tree Planting (CTP) Program, established in 2005, will install ten trees to provide shade for our playground.  In addition, we will also be planting other flowers and shrubs to beautify the property and add to our educational garden. We will need 20 volunteers to assist our students in planting the trees.
 

If you would like to volunteer please contact LaToya Russell at lrussell@bishopwalkerschool.org or (202) 591-3073.
 
 
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