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  • Walnut Square Parent Update- February 14, 2020

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Letterland Home Online Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    Letterland, the new phonics based program for grades K-1  has a home component to support your child at home.  Parents need to log onto Letterland.com and click the “At Home” button for free downloads such as song lyrics and coloring sheets.   Students can review the sound each Letterlander makes and find quick and easy phonics games to play.  The Letterland Blog is also a good place to look for home activities.   Parents can subscribe to the Letterland Newsletter for a digital update about Letterland and view some of the events that occur in the schools around the country. I encourage you to try it out!

    Envision Online Math Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    HPS students in grades K-5 use the Envision Math Program. I wanted to share that it has an online resource for students to use at home to practice the skills they learn in school. All students have a log- in and password which allows them to utilize this resource at home.  If you have internet access and would like your child to start to use this wonderful resource at home, please communicate with your child’s teacher and they will provide you with your  student’s log- in and password.

    News from K Classes

    The Kindergarten students at Walnut Square are very proud to be 100 days smarter! To celebrate the 100th day of school, they dressed up as if they were 100 years old and participated in many fun activities throughout the day. Students wrote about being 100 years old, practiced counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s and even followed a recipe to make a special snack out of 100 pieces of food.

    Celebrating Student Attendance

    On Tuesday, February 10th, the District Supervisor of Attendance Ms. Lorna Marchant  accompanied me on a visit to all of our classrooms to recognize our students that had perfect attendance in January, 2020. Children clapped and cheered for each other and students got to pick a prize from the Super star bucket.

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    Mrs. Caruso’s K Class S. Kirlis, I. Hovey, J DeRosa, J Davenport, J Alonso

     

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    Ms. Luttig’s Class G. Taylor, E. Nabinger

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ms. Abreu’s Class R. Sullivan, E. Marte, F. Maciel, B. Hernandez, E. Ellsey

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    Ms.O’Leary’s Class S. White, M. Santos-Padgett, N. Roman-Ovares,J. Molina,L Gagnon, J. DeLucca, W. Chandler

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    Ms. Demarais Class-J.Zikianda, J. Sadowski, C Mazza, J. Long, M. Conti, R. Cole, J. Carroll, A. Fermin Carrasco, L. Alonso

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    Ms. Sanchez’s Class- M. White,K. Striker, J. Roman, A. Matthias, N. Grande, B. Emery, A. Curley, Z. Candelario

     

    Ms. Hughes Class-J. Zikianda, J. Serrano, M. Santos Padgett, E. Rivera, C. Paulsen,M. Loosian, L. Jimenez Santos, V. Gorman

  • Walnut Square Parent Update – February 7, 2020

    Monday, February 10, 2020 is the 100th day of school.  All classrooms will be celebrating, counting and finding patterns within 100.

    Next  Friday, February 14th is Valentines Day.  On that day we will be having a Title I event called For the Love of Reading.  Guest readers will read in each classroom and every child will get a furry friend to bring home and read to!

    Envision Online Math Resources to Support Students at School and Home

    HPS students in grades K-5 use the Envision Math Program. I wanted to share that it has an online resource for students to use at home to practice the skills they learn in school. All students have a log- in and password which allows them to utilize this resource at home.  If you have internet access and would like your child to start to use this wonderful resource at home, please communicate with your child’s teacher and they will provide you with your  student’s log- in and password.

    Ms. Sanchez Grade 2 Class

    Ms. Sanchez tried a new strategy in her class this week called Talking Tiles. Students listened to a couple of books about Ruby Bridges and then had to complete the t-chart with facts about her. For the Talking Tile activity students had to choose 4 character traits to describe Ruby and give reason why.The students had a list of words to pick from. Students attempted to record their voices but since they tend to speak softly it was hard to hear. This is a strategy to increase student discourse in class as well as ensuring all students in the group participate. Kudos to Ms. Sanchez for trying different strategies to increase student engagement.

     Slippery Steps

    Early this morning I was made aware that the steps on the Main Street side of the school were very slippery this morning. Please know that our custodian had been out there several times this morning sprinkling the ice melt however the rain kept washing it away. Please continue to alert us to anything that needs attention. It is very much appreciated and we will do our best to correct the situation.

    News from the Walnut Square PTO

    The PTO is looking into getting some type of program to come to Walnut in March.  They will look into the Historical Society Presentations, Joppa Flatts, or a music man like Wayne from Maine, an author/illustrator and possibly book one or two programs for this year.

    The PTO is reaching out to people to see who are willing to help with a pasta dinner in April.   If enough volunteers can help, we will have a pasta dinner.  If not, the PTO is looking at hosting a Sweetheart dance like last year.

    A sales rep from a fundraising company came to the PTO and promoted his products.  His company sells cookie dough, pies, rolled cakes, danish, etc. He brought samples that were delicious (Leftovers in the fridge–help yourselves).   The PTO decided not to go with that fundraiser only because the product needs to be picked up the day that it is delivered or put in a refrigerator.  That would be a problem as the school does not have a lot of refrigeration space.  The PTO will be hosting a fundraiser in April through Popcornopolis.

    The PTO has planned a Panera Bread night to raise money for Walnut Square. school.  It is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th (Parent Teacher Night).  They are going to do a Five Guys Night, as well but the date has not been confirmed.

    If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Walnut Square Parent Update- 1/24/20

    Walnut Square staff hope everyone is off to a fantastic 2020!
    Parent Feedback Survey
    I want to thank all the parents for completing the Parent Feedback Survey. The feedback we received will help us determine the focus for our school improvement plan.
    School Field trip
    I would like to remind all parents that our school  wide field trip is on Wednesday, January 29th.  All students and staff will take a field trip to the Greater Boston Stage company in Stoneham, MA.  We will see the play, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  The students are leaving around 10:30 and will arrive back to Walnut Square after 2:00.  Students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag on Wednesday and all permission slips should be signed and returned on Monday, January 27th.
    News from Grade 2
    Mrs. O’Leary’s and Mrs.  Sanchez’s classes have begun Topic 8 in math.  Topic 8 entails telling time (hour, half-hour, quarter past, quarter to) and money.  The children are continuing  with ST Math using the Chrome Books.
    In Social Studies,  we will kick off the week celebrating Chinese New Year and find out our Chinese Zodiac sign according to the year  we were born.  2020 is the year of the RAT!  We also have begun talking about “Important Americans”,  starting with Martin Luther King and Ruby Bridges.
    Regarding ELA, we continue responding and writing about texts we have read.  A great strategy is the use of a  T-chart (graphic organizer) to help organize the students’ thoughts and ideas.  The children are so excited about next week’s field trip to the theater!
    Talking Tiles
    Mrs. Sanchez implemented a new strategy in her classroom called Talking Tiles- This strategy is used to ensure that all children contribute to the group discussion and increase student discourse. If your child is in Mrs. Sanchez’ class- ask them how they liked using the Talking Tiles.
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    Dismissal Time for Walkers
    Finally, as you all know dismissal time at Walnut Square is 3:15 p.m. for all students. In a review of the data has become increasingly evident that over the past few months there have been more parents coming in to dismiss children 10-15 minutes early, (between 3:00 p.m-3:10 p.m).  Between 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. is an extremely busy time for all staff as we are helping students put on coats, and hats as well as making sure they have their everything they need to go home in their back packs. As well, staff are focused on ensuring the bus students are in the correct bus line and get safely on the correct bus/van and making sure our students that walk are getting picked up by their parent/guardian.  I am asking all parents if at all possible, to wait for your child outside until the students are released at 3:15  p.m.  When many parents come in between 3:00 p.m-3:10 p.m. to dismiss it can become somewhat chaotic.  We all appreciate your help with this.
    Have a wonderful week- end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • Walnut Square Update- 1/17/20

    There is no school on Monday 1/20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King, jr and his peaceful ways, each class has been making a peace chain.  We will join them all together at the end of the month in order to see how long our school peace chain will be.    Each link on the Peace chain represents on act of kindness our students have shown.
    If you haven’t had a chance to complete the parent survey, please complete it. It is very short and will give us the necessary feedback as we create the Walnut Square School Improvement Plan. I have attached the link here. I will close the survey on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Thank you in advance.
    See link to parent survey
    On Wednesday, January 29th the whole school will take a field trip to the Greater Boston Stage company in Stoneham, MA.  They will see the play, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.    The students are leaving around 10:30 and will arrive back to Walnut Square after 2:00.  Students should bring a lunch in a disposable bag.
    The School nurse will be checking hearing and vision within the next few weeks for all students.
    On Monday 1/27. trimester 2 Progress Reports will go home.
    Enjoy the long week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
  • January 2020

    1 – Happy New Year
    6 – School Reopens
    9 – PTO – 3:30 PM
    13 – Early Release for children – 11:30 AM dismissal
    20 – Martin Luther King’s Birthday – No School
    27 – Trimester 2 Progress Reports
    29 – Field Trip – Stoneham Theatre – “Willy Wonka”

  • Walnut Square Update- January 11, 2020

    Welcome January 2020!

    We welcome Kindergarten teacher Ms. Maria Caruso back on January 6th. We had hoped Ms. D’Italia could have stayed for the week for a smoother transition, however, she was unable to commit to staying on the extra week.  I want to commend our parents and Ms. Caruso for supporting the students in making this transition as smooth as possible.

    The start of building a budget for school year 2020-2021 is upon us. Dr. Marotta will be meeting will all administrators starting next week. As we start the budget process , the Walnut Square staff and Site Council are also beginning to create our School Improvement Plan (SIP). To do this we need to have input from all stakeholders. The Site Council has created a parent survey for you to complete. Please take a minute to complete this short survey as your opinion of  Walnut Square School – Strengths? Challenges? Needs?  matters greatly to us.  Please keep this in mind as you complete the survey.

    See the link below.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8P69KRM

    Finally, I continue to reach out to our parents to see if anyone would like to be on the teacher sub list or the paraprofessional sub list. If you are interested please email me at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Enjoy the rest of your week-end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

     

  • Principal’s Update- December 13, 2019

    This is such an exciting time of year for children young and old. It’s hard to believe how fast December 2019 is going.

    Please note Friday, December 20th is a full day of school.

    Little Elves Workshop is all next week.  This is an event that gives the students the opportunity to do some holiday shopping for family members.  Students should fill out the form that was sent home with the names of those they will be shopping for.  All items will cost $1.00.  Students can purchase up to 5 gifts.

    An imaginary trip to the North Pole is happening on Tuesday afternoon.  Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school.  Students will enjoy listening to an audio recording of the story, The Polar Express and will enjoy some hot chocolate and snacks in their classroom.

    Grade 2 teachers Ms. O’Leary and Ms. Sanchez wanted to share this update from their classes.   Their students have been learning about different winter holidays and traditions such as Christmas and Hanukkah!  The students’ water painted poinsettia’s after listening to “The Legend of the Poinsettia.” Students are also researching reindeer and creating their own informational books. Another enjoyable project with a writing component was our Gingerbread persuasive paragraphs and Santa’s Vacation fantasy stories. In science, we will be begin our next Stemscope which entails Weathering/Erosion. In Math, we continue with the DICE word problem method, have started using STMath (using Chrome books) and continue two-digit subtraction with regrouping.  We are looking forward to writing about New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!!!

    Please join us Thursday, January 9th for the Walnut Square PTO meeting. It starts at 3:30 PM and usually finishes in an hour. New members are always welcome.

    The Walnut Square Site Council will be meeting on Wednesday, December 18th from 3:25 pm-4:25 pm in the Walnut Teachers room.

    I am continuing to look for lunch monitors that can also help out in classrooms either 10:30-1:30 or 12:00 – 3:00. This is a paid position. If you are interested in helping out at Walnut Square please email me @ bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    This year we have 2 full weeks for our December vacation. School re-opens Monday, January 6, 2020.

    From all the staff at Walnut Square we hope you will have a restful and safe Holiday Season! We look forward to seeing you all  in the  New Year!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Update- November 22, 2019

    The month of November has certainly flown by.  The first trimester ends on December 2nd. Trimester 1 report cards will be issued on Monday, December 9th. The Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm. A form will be sent home prior to December 9th for parents to request a conference on the 11th.

    On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 students will be released at 11:30 AM for the Thanksgiving break. Schools will re-open Monday , December 2nd.

    There has been some confusion about student drop off times so we would like to clarify.  All students can be dropped off at 8:45 when there will be adult supervision on the playground. Students can be dropped off at 8:30 only if they would like to come right into the school to eat breakfast. (Students arriving at 8:45 can still have breakfast.) Students will enter their classrooms at 9:00.

    I want to recognize the Walnut Square Superstars for the month of October that had perfect attendance- these students were never tardy or dismissed during the month of October.

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    Ms. Luttig’s Kindergarten Class- J Rodgers, C. Gayot

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    Ms. D’Italia’s Kindergarten Class- Ms. D’Italia, J.Carrasco-Fermin, J. Davenport, J. DeRosa, S. Dilone, I Mayhew, A. Sewell

    Ms. Hughes Gr. 1- M. Crimmins, D. Dominguez, L. Jimenez Santos, D. Page, C. Paulson, J. Zikianda

     

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    Ms. Abreu’s Kindergarten Class- Ms. Abreu, Z. Barhanys, M. Dissler, E. Ellsey, F. Maciel, C. Nota, D. Ramos, P. Schena, X. Vargas

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Ms. Demarais Gr. 1 -J. Zikianda, J. Vichnick, J. Sadowski, B. Rodriguez, L. Magnuson, M. Lanceleve, M. Conti, R. Cole, A. Fermin-Carrasco,

     

     

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    Ms. O’Leary’s Gr. 2 Class- W. Chandler, H. Cruz, J. DeLucca, L. Gagnon, A. Hernandez-Gonzalez, J. Molina, S. White

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    Ms. Sanchez Gr. 2 Class- N. Arutunian-Campbell, C. Baker, Z. Candelario, B. Emery, N. Grande, P. Lucci, M. Morais Brumis, J. Nunez, M. White

    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Beth Kitsos, Principal

  • Principal’s Update- November 8, 2019

    November has come in like a lion with the temperature dropping!

    The Fall Festival was held on Sunday November 3rd and it was a big success.  All the children who attended had lots of fun.  We want to thank the PTO, the teachers and all the parent volunteers who worked together to make this event happen.   The grade level raffle baskets and the donated dinner basket were all spectacular!   Thank you to everyone who donated an item or two to make these baskets so great.

    The Walnut Square Book Fair wrapped up today. There was a wide variety of genres for students to choose from. Students were so excited to purchase their books.

    The first trimester ends on December 2nd. Trimester 1 report cards will be issued on Monday, December 9th. The Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th from 4:00pm-5:30 pm. A form will be sent home prior to December 9th for parents to request a conference on the 11th.

    A reminder to all families that there is no school on Monday November 11th, as we celebrate Veteran’s Day.

    Have a safe and wonderful long week-end!
    Beth Kitsos- bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    Principal

  • November 2019

    3rd – Fall Festival
    3rd – Turn clocks back
    4th through 8th – Book Fair
    5th – Election Day – No School for Students
    7th – PTO – 3:30 PM
    11th – Veterans Day – No School
    25th – Picture Retake
    26th – Gr. 2 Field Trip – Strawbery Bank
    27th – Early Release – 11:35 AM – Thanksgiving Recess begins
    28th – Happy Thanksgiving!
    29th – Thanksgiving Recess continues- No School

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