October 2011 Newsletter
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October 2011
In this issue
Messiah Concert
International Grandmaster of Chess Visit
Ice Skating Added to Movement Program
Volunteer Highlight
Donate Now
Greetings Family and Friends of BWS, Blazers
"The 2011-2012 school year is off to a great start.   The hallways and classrooms are abuzz with the sound of our 56 students playing, working, learning and growing.  Thanks to all of you who helped make our blazer drive such a huge success.  In my view there's nothing more dashing than a young gentleman proudly wearing the BWS crest! 
As part of our commitment to using the city as a classroom, our boys have already visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Cox Farm and Blacks Hills Stables.  Our enhanced music program now includes soprano, bass, alto and percussion instruments.  We are thrilled about the enhancements to our movement and after-school activities that you'll read about in this issue.  I hope this brief update will help you sense the excitement that permeates the Bishop Walker School.  Thanks for all you do in support of  our important work.  I look forward to seeing you at a BWS  
activity or event soon."
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James R. Woody
Executive Director  
HandelMessiah Concert
On Sunday, November 27th at 7 p.m. the Episcopal Church of  Ascension and St. Agnes will hold a performance of Handel's Messiah featuring soloists and choristers from churches within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington to benefit the Bishop Walker School. Tickets to the event will be $40 and go on sale November 1st. To purchase tickets please mail your check payable to "Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys" with a list of members in your party to 3640 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE - Washington, DC 20032 or buy tickets online at Messiah Concert. Please select "BWS Messiah Concert" under the "Restriction" tab. We appreciate your support in this effort!
International Grandmaster of Chess Visit 
Executive Director James R. Woody (L) with Maurice Ashley (R) 
International Grandmaster of Chess, Maurice Ashley, visited BWS on October 12th to speak to our boys about following their dreams. Ashley is a prominent figure in history as he is the first African-American to attain the coveted title of International Grandmaster of Chess.  Ashley spoke to the students about his journey and  what they need to do to follow their dreams. When asked what they need to do to be great at something BWS first and second graders responded: practice, train, stay focused, be positive, keep learning and get good grades! They are all on the right track. Our students left more inspired and empowered to follow their dreams.
Extended Movement Program 
BWS has added ice skating to our movement program. The program is conducted by the Ft. Dupont Ice Arena and consists of lessons in basic skills, hockey and free skating twice a month. We feel that it is important for our students to learn a variety of skills and be exposed to a plethora of activities. The aim of the program is to provide a fun and safe skating experience, teach correct technique of the simple basic elements of skating, promote health and physical fitness and enable all the boys to achieve the skills necessary to either skate for fun or to move competently into a competitive structure.   

Volunteer Highlight 
Patti Kindsvater has been a BWS volunteer and  supporter since last school year. Patti assists with our music program which requires her to participate in chapel and music class weekly. She is a wonderful addition to our music program and her talent has helped to make our chapel program a success.  "Pattie has been a great asset to BWS.  Last year she was the accompanist for several Tuesday chapels, accompanied on several rehearsals and two performances, and taught several piano lessons.  This year she not only helps with chapel, but also with instrument/material preparation and class activities.  Not only is she a capable and flexible musician, but she is always very patient and compassionate with the students," says Monifa Barrow-Wass, BWS music teacher. BWS would like to  thank Pattie for her continued assistance with the music program and her overall support.     
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