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  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/27

    As we say good-bye to September and Welcome to October many great things are happening here at Walnut Square School!

    In October, Walnut Square School students will begin a new math supplement program called ST Math.  ST Math is a game based instructional software program. ST Math will engage students in creative and rigorous problem solving.  Please visit the link for more information about this program. https://www.stmath.com/parent-math-resources

    The Kindergarten classes will be going on a Field Trip to Sacred Hearts School for the Jr. Firefighter Program on Friday October 4th. Permission slips should have been sent home by today. The Program is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Haverhill.
    If Parents want to participate in school activities, field trips, etc…you need to complete a CORI form. These forms are in the main office. They must be completed and returned to Walnut Square along with a color copy of your license. These are good for 3 years.
    First Grade students will be receiving a Family Project for October.  This project is optional, however will be a fun activity for book and pumpkin lovers.  The families will be asked to decorate a small pumpkin based on their favorite character in a story.
    The second graders in Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. O’Leary’s classes are busy!  In  science they are exploring animal and plant adaptations, along with seasonal changes.  Students are studying community, maps and the world around them, in social studies.  All second graders are working hard on becoming more fluent in their math facts through 18.  October’s book report project focuses mystery stories.  We can’t wait to see all the children’s Haunted Houses Projects.
    Gentle Reminder to Parents:  Only students and staff are allowed on the playground after 8:30.  Parents, please say good-bye  on the sidewalk.   As well, younger siblings should  not be on the playground.
    We are looking for parents to serve on the Walnut Square Site Council.  A site council is a school building based team focused on improving the school and plays a role in shaping the policies and programs of the school. If you are interested in joining this team please contact me via email at bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org   The annual training is scheduled for October 23, 2019 at 6:00 pm @HHS Library
    Upcoming Important Dates
    Picture Day        Thursday        October 3, 2019
    PTO                     Thursday        October 3, 2019 @ 3:30
    I hope everyone has a nice week-end!
    Beth Kitsos, Principal

    Mientras nos despedimos de septiembre y bienvenidos a octubre están sucediendo muchas cosas maravillosas aquí en la escuela Walnut Square!

    En octubre, los estudiantes de Walnut Square School comenzarán un nuevo programa de suplementos matemáticos llamado ST Math. ST Math es un programa de software de instrucción basado en juegos. ST Math involucrará a los estudiantes en la resolución creativa y rigurosa de problemas. Visite el enlace para obtener más información sobre este programa. https://www.stmath.com/parent-math-resources

    Las clases de Kindergarten irán en una excursión a la escuela Sacred Hearts para el programa Jr. Firefighter el viernes 4 de octubre. Las hojas de permiso deberían haberse enviado a casa hoy. El programa está patrocinado por el Club de intercambio de Haverhill.

    Si los padres desean participar en actividades escolares, excursiones, etc., deben completar un formulario CORI. Estos formularios están en la oficina principal. Deben completarse y devolverse a Walnut Square junto con una copia en color de su licencia. Estos son buenos por 3 años.

    Los estudiantes de primer grado recibirán un proyecto familiar para octubre. Este proyecto es opcional, sin embargo, será una actividad divertida para los amantes de los libros y la calabaza. Se pedirá a las familias que decoren una pequeña calabaza basada en su personaje favorito en una historia.

    ¡Los alumnos de segundo grado en las clases de la Sra. Sánchez y la Sra. O’Leary están ocupados! En ciencia están explorando adaptaciones de animales y plantas, junto con cambios estacionales. Los estudiantes estudian comunidad, mapas y el mundo que los rodea, en estudios sociales. Todos los estudiantes de segundo grado están trabajando duro para ser más fluidos en sus datos matemáticos hasta el 18. El proyecto de informe del libro de octubre enfoca historias de misterio. No podemos esperar para ver todos los proyectos de casas embrujadas de los niños.

    Recordatorio gentil para los padres: Solo los estudiantes y el personal están permitidos en el patio después de las 8:30. Padres, por favor, despídanse de la acera. Además, los hermanos menores no deben estar en el patio de recreo.

    Estamos buscando padres para servir en el Consejo del Sitio de Walnut Square. Un consejo de sitio es un comité basado en el edificio escolar enfocado en mejorar la escuela y juega un papel en la configuración de las políticas y programas de la escuela. Si está interesado en unirse a este equipo, comuníquese conmigo por correo electrónico a bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org. La capacitación anual está programada para el 23 de octubre de 2019 a las 6:00 pm en la Biblioteca HHS

    Próximas fechas importantes
    Picture Day jueves 3 de octubre de 2019
    PTO jueves 3 de octubre de 2019 a las 3:30

    ¡Espero que todos tengan un buen fin de semana!
    Beth Kitsos, directora

  • Principal’s Weekly Update- 9/13

    Good afternoon Walnut Square parents and students. My name is Beth Kitsos and I have been appointed Principal of Walnut Square School for the 2019-2020 school year. I want to share some information about me. I have been with the Haverhill Public Schools for 31 years. I started out teaching first grade at Crowell School in 1988. Over the years I have taught grades 1, 3 and 4. I have been an Assistant Principal at Pentucket Lake and Golden Hill. From there I became an Assistant Principal at the old CD Hunking  School for 4 years. I moved on to become Principal of JG Whittier Middle School from 2006-2010. From 2010-2013, I was the Associate Principal at HHS. In 2014, I was appointed Principal at HHS. In 2018 I moved on to become the HPS Chief Academic Officer for grades 7-12. When the Walnut Square Principal, Maureen Gray moved on to become the Principal of Pentucket Lake School, I jumped at the opportunity to become the Principal at Walnut Square as I have always enjoyed working with our elementary students and parents.

    I intend to do a weekly update here on the website. There are many great things going on at Walnut Square School. As you know we added a third Kindergarten class this year due to over enrollment at both PLS and WS. We have two new staff this year, Ms. Lauren Abreu and Ms. Shannon Luttig, both are teaching K this year. Ms. Maria Caruso is on a leave to start the year and Ms. Deb Tucker, a recently retired elementary teacher has stepped in to teach Ms. Caruso’s K class until she comes back.

    Important Upcoming Dates

    Wednesday, 9/18-Early Release- Students released at 11:30

    Thursday, 9/ 19 at 3:30 is our first PTO meeting. Please join us!

    Walnut Square is in need of substitute ESP’s. If you think you would like to help out in our class K-2 classes please contact me at:  bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    Have a good week- end!

    Beth Kitsos, Principal

     

    Buenas tardes padres y estudiantes de Walnut Square. Mi nombre es Beth Kitsos y fui nombrada directora de la escuela Walnut Square para el año escolar 2019-2020. Quiero compartir alguna información sobre mí. He estado en las Escuelas Públicas de Haverhill por 31 años. Comencé a enseñar primer grado en Crowell School en 1988. A lo largo de los años he enseñado los grados 1, 3 y 4. He sido Subdirector en Pentucket Lake y Golden Hill. A partir de ahí me convertí en subdirector de la antigua escuela CD Hunking School durante 4 años. Pasé a ser Director de la Escuela Intermedia JG Whittier de 2006-2010. Desde 2010-2013, fui el director asociado de HHS. En 2014, fui nombrado director de HHS. En 2018 pasé a ser el Director Académico de HPS para los grados 7-12. Cuando la directora de Walnut Square, Maureen Gray pasó a ser directora de Pentucket Lake School, aproveché la oportunidad de convertirme en directora de Walnut Square, ya que siempre he disfrutado trabajando con nuestros estudiantes de primaria y padres.

    Tengo la intención de hacer una actualización semanal aquí en el sitio web. Hay muchas cosas maravillosas en la escuela Walnut Square. Como saben, agregamos una tercera clase de Kindergarten este año debido a la inscripción excesiva tanto en PLS como en WS. Tenemos dos nuevos empleados este año, la Sra. Lauren Abreu y la Sra. Shannon Luttig, ambas están enseñando K este año. La Sra. Maria Caruso está de permiso para comenzar el año y la Sra. Deb Tucker, una maestra de primaria recientemente jubilada, ha intervenido para enseñar la clase K de la Sra. Caruso hasta que regrese.

    Fechas próximas importantes

    Miércoles, 9/18-Salida Temprana- Los estudiantes salen a las 11:30

    El jueves 9/19 a las 3:30 es nuestra primera reunión de PTO. ¡Por favor únete a nosotros!
    Walnut Square necesita sustitutos de ESP. Si cree que le gustaría ayudar en nuestras clases K-2, contácteme a: bkitsos@haverhill-ps.org

    ¡Que tengas un buen fin de semana!

    Beth Kitsos, directora

     

     

  • October 2019

    3rd –  Picture Day
    4th –  K Field Trip – Jr. Firefighters
    9th – Early Release – 11:35 am dismissal
    11th – Trimester 1 Progress Reports
    14th – No School – -Columbus Day

  • Open House 2019 – 2020

    Hope you are enjoying your summer vacation so far!

    Mark your calendars for our Open House for the new school year!

     Monday, August 26th from 4:00-5:30pm. 

    See you soon.

     

  • June Events

    5th – Field Day – 9:20 to 11:00 am – Parent Volunteers needed
    7th – Field Day (rain date) – 9:20 to 11:00 am – Parent Volunteers needed
    10th – Spring Music Celebration 2019 – 9:20 to 10:00 am
    11th – Spring Music Celebration 2019 (rain date) – 9:20 to 10:00 am
    13th – Last Day of School – Early Release – 11:35 am

    Have a happy and safe summer!
    Open House will be Monday, August 26th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm.
    First Day of  School – Tuesday, August 27th

  • May Events

    1st – Site Council – 8:15 am
    1st – Early Release – 11:35 am dismissal
    1st – PTO Calendar Raffle begins
    1st – LAUNCH Trampoline Fundraiser, Methuen, MA – 12 – 4 pm
    3rd – “Wildlife Encounters” – all grades
    7th – PTO – 3:15 pm
    17th – School Field Trip to Stoneham Zoo
    22nd – Move Up Day for Grade 2 (Gr. 2 walks to Pentucket Lake)
    23rd – “Sweetheart Dance” – AmVets – 6 – 7:30 pm
    27th – Memorial Day – No School

  • April Events

    1st – Read-A-Thon pledge money due
    1st – Change in Encore subjects begins (please refer to the calendar)
    2nd – PTO – 3:30 PM
    3rd – Report Cards issued
    4th – Class Pictures
    10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences – 4:00 to 5:30 PM
    15th – 19th – Spring Recess – No School
    21st – Happy Easter!!
    22nd – School Resumes
    22nd – Earth Day

  • March 2019

    1st – Cherrydale Fundraiser begins
    4th – 8th- Read Across America – Celebrating Dr. Seuss
    4th – Crazy Hat Day
    5th – Wear T-shirt that shows special place you’ve gone
    6th – Mismatched/ Inside out day
    7th – Crazy Socks Day
    8th – Wear you pajamas
    10th – Daylight Saving Time Begins
    12th – PTO – 3:30 PM
    15th – Joppa Flats of Mass Audubon Presentation
    18th – Cherrydale Fundraiser ends
    20th – Site Council – 8:15 am
    20th – Early Release – 11:35 Dismissal
    22nd – Joppa Flats of Mass Audubon Presentation
    22nd –  Marks Close (2nd Trimester)
    29th – Fun Friday – Read-A-Thon

  • Message from the Principal – 2-12-2019

     

    Dear Walnut Square School Families,

    We have reached 100 days of school!  Mrs. Sanchez’s second grade class won the best attendance in January.  Congratulations to the students in Room 6.  Being in school every day means your child won’t miss out on learning.

    Our school PTO has organized a fundraiser with a local restaurant, Five Guys in Haverhill located at 86 Plaistow Rd.  On Wednesday, February 13th from 4-9pm, 15% of your dining bill will be donated to the school’s PTO.

    The bucket filling program is a schoolwide positive behavior approach to learning that we follow at Walnut Square School.  Our goal is to reduce negative behavior while strengthening responsible behavior, and increase academically engaged time.  This month we celebrate the character trait of compassion for others.  We will hold an assembly at the end of the month to award students who help others and practice kindness.

    Friday, February 15, 2019 is the last day before school vacation and students may wear pajamas to school and bring a favorite “bedtime” story to read.  A $1.00 donation is suggested and monies raised will support the Walnut Square School PTO.

    Respectfully yours,

    Mrs. Gray

    Principal

    Curriculum note:  reading and writing development are intertwined in early learning.  Writing supports a child’s ability to read.  Help us develop strong writers!  Have your children write notes or letters to friends and relatives.  Let your child write the shopping list before a trip to the store.  Encourage journal keeping for special times such as a family trip or a holiday.  Make it fun to encourage a love of writing from an early age. J

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