Walnut Square Elementary School
Welcome to the Walnut Square Elementary School website!
Important Message from the Principal!
September 14, 2016
I am delighted to report that our opening of school went exceptionally well. We counted nearly 150 students in attendance who met with their teachers and began learning their new surroundings and expectations. As always, there was excitement on the first day as students reunited with friends and shared their summer experiences. Our incredible staff is dedicated to supporting all students while maintaining high expectations in the classroom. I’m confident that this will be another great year.
Arrival time: Students may be dropped off at the playground at 8:45am. All students will line up with their classroom at 9:00am and proceed into the building. We ask that only students and staff be on the playground at this time. Parents/guardians may stand off to the side on the North Avenue section of the playground. Thank you for your understanding.
Changes to your child’s dismissal plans: Please send in a dismissal note with your child if you plan to change his/her dismissal plans for that day. If an emergency arises during the day and parents need to change their child’s dismissal plan, please notify the front office by 2:30pm. Only emergency dismissals will be accepted after 2:30pm. We cannot guarantee that your child’s teacher will be notified of changes after this time unless it’s an emergency. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Free and Reduced Lunch paperwork: If you’re eligible for support, please obtain a form from the main office or ask your child’s teacher and submit it as soon as possible. Parents have to re-apply each year in order to receive this assistance.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire Walnut Square community for an efficient beginning to the new school year. School is back in session! In the spirit of safety, please be aware of children at bus stops, walking to and from school, and the traffic patterns around our school buses. Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation regarding the safety of our children. I want to wish all of our families a productive and enjoyable school year.
Important Message from PTO!
September 12 thru September 30- Yankee Candle Fundraiser
Catalogs to be sent home with children 9/12 and are due back by 9/30. Sales can additionally be placed online through January 11, 2017 at
Be sure to enter Yankee Candle Customer (Group) number 99743471 to give your student and our school credit.
September 13– PTO Meeting at 3:30 at Walnut Square.
Note from the PrincipalWalnut Square School, 645 Main Street, Haverhill, MA. Grades: K-2School Hours: 9:00am – 3:15pmPrincipal: Mrs. Maureen GrayHead Teacher: Mrs. Judith ReillyPrincipal Clerk: Mrs. Mary LaprelSchool Nurse: Mrs. Pat JardineTeachers: Kindergarten: Suzanne Hughes, Jocelyn PapaefthemiouGrade 1: Judith Reilly, Jacqueline Brent, Teresa DemaraisGrade 2: Beth Skoglund, Christine O’LearyWebsite: www.haverhill-ps.orgHere are some tips to make the transition to school simple and stress-free! Check out the 2016-2017 district calendar for school holidays, vacations and scheduled half-days. Mark important dates such as Open House, parent-teacher conferences, and school holidays on the family calendar. Start a folder for school newsletters, school calendar, PTO notices and events.A student information sheet will be sent home during the first week of school. Please update school emergency contact and health information.Please review transportation to and from school before the start of the school year. Remember to view the new bus schedule. Click on the Haverhill Public School website and locate the transportation tab to view bus routes. Bus routes will be posted the week of August 22nd.Here is a general list of school supplies that students usually need: backpack, lunch box, No. 2 pencils, eraser, two-pocket folder, Kleenex, and plastic school box (for storing items). If you will be packing a lunch from home, be sure to have a sturdy lunch box. Please label all items.Student drop off: playground area will be open at 8:45am with staff to supervise students. School starts at 9:00am. Please make every effort to arrive on time so your child receives a full-day of school. Every day counts! Poor attendance can keep children from reaching academic goals. Student dismissal: students not taking a bus will be dismissed at 3:15pm by the teacher at the door.
Important Dates for August/ September 2016
August 29th – Open House from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
August 30th – First Day of School
– Kindergarten Screening Begins
September 2nd – Early Release – 11:35 AM
September 5th – Labor Day – No School
September 6th – K students report
Important Information for June
2nd – Field Trip to Stone Zoo
8th – Move-Up Day for Grade 2 (Pentucket Lake)
9th – Authors Day – Mrs. Reilly’s Class -Little Red Riding Hood Picnic- 9:30AM
10th- Authors Day – Mrs. Brent’s Class -9:30AM
14th – Flag Day Concert (New Life Christian Assembly, 986 Main St., Haverhill, MA)- 9:30AM
17th – Last Day of School- Early Release- 11:35 AM
Have a happy and safe summer.
Open house will be held on Monday, August 29th from 4:00 to 5:00PM
First Day of School is Tuesday, August 30th.
Important Dates in May
May 3 – PTO – 3:30PM
May 4 – Site Council – 8:00AM
May 9 – 13 – Book Fair (please note change of dates)
May 13 – Owl Show
May 24 – Science Show
May 25 – Write Away Contest Winners – 6:30PM – HHS
May 30 – Memorial Day – No School
Book It – Read and Log Your Minutes
PTO Spaghetti Supper
Reminder: PTO Spaghetti Supper is Wednesday, April 27th, from 5 – 8 PM at the AmVets on Primrose Street.
Important Dates In March
2nd – Site Council
11th – Marks Close
24th – Report Cards Issued
25th – No School
30th – Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00 to 5:30 PM
Important Dates for February
2nd – PTO, 3:30 pm
10th – Coupon Book Fundraiser ends
12th – “Curious Creatures”
15th – 19th – Mid-Winter Vacation
Vacation Week – Pilgrim Lanes Bowling – All Week
17th – PTO Fundraiser @Chucky Cheese, Methuen – 3:00-9:00 pm
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace and Kindness Chain
We have been reading and learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to our society. As a black American, Dr. King was eager for his own people to be treated with fairness and kindness.
At Walnut Square School, we are seeking ways to solve our problems peacefully and to show fairness and kindness to our school friends and family. We will be making a paper chain to show our unity as a school in our quest for peace and kindness.
Please help us to encourage these fine traits by noticing your child’s acts of peace and kindness in the home and recording them on the slips of paper that were sent home.
- On the BLUE and WHITE strips of paper, please record Acts of Peace & Kindness
You may send in the white and blue strips of paper as soon as they are filled out. The final collection for the paper pieces will be on Friday, January 15th.
We hope, with your efforts and our own, to set these traits as habits that will enrich the life of your child.
The Walnut Square School Staff