January 2011 Newsletter
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January 2011
In this issue
Cub Scout Troop
Lesole's Dance Project
Citizens of the World Conference
Family and Friends Day
Spring Planting Day
Donate Now


Greetings Family and Friends of BWS,


The Bishop Walker School is looking forward to a very exciting 2011. In 2010, we welcomed our first class of first graders, and added new art and music program and moved into our newly renovated facility at the Church of the Holy Communion. We also provided students with multiple enrichment opportunities outside the classroom including: a field trip to Cox Farm; lacrosse and basketball clinics sponsored by St. Albans School; viewings of "The Magic Seeds" and "Tigers, Dragons and other Wise Tails" at Discovery Theater; a trip to the Ice Exhibit at the National Harbor; participation in PBS' SuperWHY! literacy and technology series and Home Run baseball camp.


Our students continue to meet or exceed all District of Columbia Public School learning standards. With our parents and many friends serving as our ambassadors, we have continued to build strong relationships in the community and lay a solid foundation for our future growth and sustainability. Wewant to thank everyone for their continued support and efforts to help us provide a first-rate educational experience for our students.




James R. Woody

Executive Director



In an effort to address the need for character development in BWS boys, parents suggested we begin the first BWS Tiger Cub Scout Troop. We are Tiger Cub Den #3640. First grade students will be participating in the program, which will meet for an hour twice a month and also conduct a monthly "Go See It" (field trip). The Cub Scout Motto is "Do Your Best" and the Ten Purposes of Cub Scouting include:


  1. Character Development
  2. Spiritual Growth
  3. Good Citizenship
  4. Sportsmanship & Fitness
  5. Family Understanding
  6. Respectful Relationships
  7. Personal Achievement
  8. Friendly Service
  9. Fun & Adventure
  10. Preparation for Boy Scouts

We are proud to begin this program and know that it will be an excellent way to instill an array ofvalues and develop character in the boys.




Watch a past performance:



Lesole's Dance Project (LDP) creates and performs works that highlight the unique qualities of contemporary modern and Afro-Fusion dance and provides educational residency programs on the movement and history of popular Traditional South African dances such as Gumboots, Indlamu, and Panstula. 


This spring, Lesole will teach our kindergarten and first grade classes African dance and drumming through his Edu-dance program. The Edu-dance component also links math and science concepts from the students lessons with dance, making learning fun for the students. In 2003, LDP was the grant recipient of The Washington Post's: Bringing the Arts to Our Community; and in 2007, LDP was nominated for the Emerging Performer/Group at the Metro DC Dance Awards. Lesole's Dance Project (LDP) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, founded by Lesole Z. Maine in 2003.




Black History Month

Black History Month Program


Our Black History Month Program will be held on Friday, February 18th at 10:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room at the BWS. The boys will celebrate the month with a presentation of songs, skits and poems. Parents and friends of BWS are encouraged to come enjoy the program! 






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. 

Please check our website in the coming weeks for registration information.




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


The Bishop John T. Walker School and the Perennial Garden Club will be planting trees around our playground in April. 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.


Donate Now


The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is a tuition-free school. We rely on contributions from individuals and foundations to educate our students. When you give, you are not simply making a donation - you are making an investment in the lives of our students.  

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