Walnut Square Elementary School
Parent Update- October 18, 2020
Good Bye/Welcome Back
This week we welcome back our school secretary Mrs. Mary Laprel. On Friday, October 16th we said good bye to Bridget Stemmler who had taken over for Mrs. Laprel during her absence. We will certainly miss Bridget a lot, but we are happy to see Mrs. Laprel return.
Parent Volunteers Needed for School Site Council
In the upcoming weeks, we will be looking for parent volunteers to participate on the School Site Council. A site council is a school building based committee focused on improving the school and plays a role in shaping the policies and programs of the school. The Massachusetts Education Reform law established site councils because they believe that decisions are best made by those closest to the teaching/learning relationship. The law says that the site council “creates through the development of a shared vision and planning, a school environment which unites all members of the school community in a sense of belonging, commitment and growth.” Meetings are monthly and will be held remotely. If you are interested in learning more about the Walnut Square Site Council please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
News From Kindergarten
This week in Kindergarten, students will look closer at Letterland friends Clever Cat and Dippy Duck! We have started to use letters to label our pictures in Writing. We are exploring numbers to 10 in Math, investigating the fall season in Science and learning to be part of a classroom community in Social Studies!
News From Grade 1
First graders are off to a wonderful start! Students will be reading and writing words with short o and sh in Letterland. They are working on writing narrative stories, specifically using speech bubbles and labeling pictures to give their stories more detail. In math, students are learning different strategies for solving addition and subtraction facts to 10 and learning more about the DICE problem solving method. We will also be talking about fire safety.
News From Grade 2
Can’t believe we are halfway through October. In math, we are working with the D.I.C.E method for addition and subtraction word problems. Both classes are comparing/contrasting in social studies and science using Venn Diagrams to guide our writing. We are reviewing maps and globes importance in social studies. The students are studying the continents, oceans and can identify a compass rose (Never eat soggy waffles). In science, we are focusing on life cycles such as pumpkins and apples. For reading, we have implemented the A to Z reading digital/online program. Our overall goal is to focus on a hands-on approach with the children in front of us and making their time in school enjoyable.
News From Music
Our new Music Teacher is Melissa Steiger. She has been a music teacher for several years before coming to Haverhill to teach at both Walnut Square and Tilton Upper. This week students will be exploring high and low this week using our favorite ghost, ghosty. Students will trace Ghosty’s melodic path as he whooshes around! Be sure to add Ms. Steiger’s class on SeeSaw so your child can sing and BOO along with Ghosty at home! Students will also be completing a digital pumpkin activity and sing along. Instructions on how to add/join SeeSaw are posted in your student’s music google class stream! You can always find links and videos on Ms. Steiger’s Google Site! https://sites.google.com/haverhill-ps.org/mssteigersmusicroom/home
Have a great week!
Beth Kitsos, Principal- email@example.com