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  • 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

  • Principal’s Bi-Weekly Update- 10/18/19

    Many Exciting Things Happening at Walnut Square!
    Save the Date: 
    November 3, 2019
    Walnut Square Fall Festival: 12:00-2:00
    More information will be sent home on Monday with the students.   We are looking for volunteers to help out that day.  We need people to help set up, clean up and run various activities.    We are looking for donations to fill the grade level baskets that will be raffled off at the festival.  The themes are Baking Supplies for the kindergarten basket, Family Fun Night for the first grade and Arts and Crafts for second grade.
    Wanted: Walnut Square Site Council Members 
    We are looking for a couple of parents to join our site council team. The Site Council is a group of parents and teachers who work together to create the School Improvement Plan. We have our annual training on Wednesday, October 30. 2019 starting at 6:00pm in the HHS library. Please email me directly at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    Parents and Guardians of our Walnut Square Students
    The school nurses will be completing State mandated vision and hearing screening on all students, grades K-2, in the coming weeks. Parents are only contacted if there is specific information to share or clarify.
    Additionally, grade 1 students will be measured for height and weight per State guideline.
    If you have any questions, please call and ask for the nurse!
    Substitute Teachers and ESPs Needed:
    HPS is in need of substitute teachers and ESP’s. If you would like to be a substitute  teacher or ESP please email me directly at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    Recognizing Perfect Attendance at Walnut Square
    Last week, the attendance supervisor Lorna Marchant and I visited the school to recognize students in grades 1 and 2 who had perfect attendance since the first day of school. Congratulations to all!
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    Ms. Hughes,M. Crimmins, K. Calkins, and J. Hoffman
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    Ms. Demarais, R Cole, M Hayes, L Magnuson, and L Rinehart
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    A. Northup, J. Molina, A. Hernandez-Gonzalez, L. Gagnon, J. Fawcett, W. Chandler and Ms. O’Leary
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    Ms. Sanchez -A Matthias, N Grande, M.F. and C Baker
    Have a wonderful week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal-

    ¡Están sucediendo muchas cosas emocionantes en Walnut Square!

    Reserva:
    3 de noviembre de 2019
    Festival de otoño de Walnut Square: 12: 00-2: 00
    Se enviará más información a casa el lunes con los estudiantes. Estamos buscando voluntarios para ayudar ese día. Necesitamos personas para ayudar a configurar, limpiar y ejecutar diversas actividades. Estamos buscando donaciones para llenar las canastas de nivel de grado que se sortearán en el festival. Los temas son Suministros para hornear para la canasta de jardín de infantes, Noche de diversión familiar para el primer grado y Artes y manualidades para el segundo grado.

    Se busca: miembros del consejo del sitio de Walnut Square
    Estamos buscando un par de padres para que se unan a nuestro equipo del consejo del sitio. El Consejo del Sitio es un grupo de padres y maestros que trabajan juntos para crear el Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar. Tenemos nuestro entrenamiento anual el miércoles 30 de octubre de 2019 a partir de las 6:00 pm en la biblioteca del HHS. Por favor envíeme un correo electrónico directamente a bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Padres y tutores de nuestros estudiantes de Walnut Square
    Las enfermeras escolares completarán exámenes de visión y audición obligatorios del estado para todos los estudiantes, grados K-2, en las próximas semanas. Solo se contacta a los padres si hay información específica para compartir o aclarar.
    Además, los estudiantes de grado 1 serán medidos en altura y peso según las pautas estatales.
    Si tiene alguna pregunta, ¡llame y pregunte por la enfermera!

    Maestros sustitutos y ESP necesarios:
    HPS necesita maestros sustitutos y ESP. Si desea ser un maestro sustituto o ESP, envíeme un correo electrónico directamente a bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Reconociendo la asistencia perfecta en Walnut Square
    La semana pasada, la supervisora ​​de asistencia Lorna Marchant y yo visitamos la escuela para reconocer a los estudiantes en los grados 1 y 2 que tuvieron asistencia perfecta desde el primer día de clases. ¡Felicitaciones a todos!
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    Ms. Hughes,M. Crimmins, K. Calkins, and J. Hoffman
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    Ms. Demarais, R Cole, M Hayes, L Magnuson, and L Rinehart
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    A. Northup, J. Molina, A. Hernandez-Gonzalez, L. Gagnon, J. Fawcett, W. Chandler and Ms. O’Leary
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    Ms. Sanchez -A Matthias, N Grande, M.F. and C Baker
    ¡Tener un maravilloso fin de semana!
    Beth Kitsos, directora
  • Principal’s Weekly Update-10/4/19

    Weekly News update:
    • Wednesday is an early dismissal.  Please pick up your child promptly at 11:35.
    • We try to get outside for recess as long as the weather is cooperating.  Please have children wear appropriate outside clothing, such as coats and sweatshirts.
    • Children who completed their summer reading logs and returned them to school got a reward  today of an extra recess.
    • First trimester progress reports are scheduled to go home on Friday 10/11.
    The GAR Park bagged Lunch program is about to be launched next week.  Mrs. Hughes’s 1st grade class will be the first in the school to prepare lunches.   On Thursday, October 10th, the students in our class will decorate paper lunch bags and fill them with food items for a bagged lunch.  The adults will make 50 sandwiches and then put the lunch together for delivery on Friday, October 11th.  A member of PTO will deliver the lunches to GAR Park.  This is such a wonderful opportunity that Walnut Square Superstars are participating in to give back to the community.
    Important Dates:
    October   9th – Early release @11:35 A.M. for staff professional development
    October  11th- 1st trimester Progress Reports
    October  14th- No School – Columbus Day
    Have a wonderful week end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
    Actualización semanal de noticias:
    el miércoles es una salida temprana.
    Por favor, recoja a su hijo puntualmente a las 11:35. Intentamos salir al recreo mientras el clima esté cooperando. Haga que los niños usen ropa exterior apropiada, como abrigos y sudaderas.
    Los niños que completaron sus registros de lectura de verano y los regresaron a la escuela recibieron hoy una recompensa por un recreo adicional.
    Los informes de progreso del primer trimestre están programados para el viernes 10/11.
    El programa de almuerzo en bolsas de GAR Park está a punto de ser lanzado la próxima semana. La clase de 1er grado de la Sra. Hughes será la primera en la escuela en preparar almuerzos. El jueves 10 de octubre, los estudiantes de nuestra clase decorarán bolsas de almuerzo y las llenarán con alimentos para un almuerzo en bolsas. Los adultos prepararán 50 sándwiches y luego prepararán el almuerzo para entregarlo el viernes 11 de octubre. Un miembro de PTO entregará los almuerzos a GAR Park. Esta es una oportunidad tan maravillosa que las Superestrellas de Walnut Square participan para retribuir a la comunidad.
    Fechas importantes:
    9 de octubre – Salida temprana a las 11: 35 AM para desarrollo profesional del personal
    11 de octubre- 1er trimestre Informes de progreso
    14 de octubre- No hay clases – Día de Colón
    ¡Que tengan un maravilloso fin de semana!
    Beth Kitsos, directora
    bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org
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