Walnut Square Elementary School
Parent Update- November 29, 2020
Pause in Hybrid Learning Schedule
The School Committee has voted to have all students and staff work remotely starting on November 30, 2020. On December 7, 2020 students in Cohort C will return to in person school. On December 14, 2020 All students in Cohorts A and B will return to in person school joining our Cohort C students. Please see the attached letter from Superintendent Marotta which was sent home to families last week.
Our students were supposed to have their pictures taken this week. Because of the change in schedule, we have been able to postpone picture days to:
December 15th- Cohort A
December 17th for Cohort B
December 16th for students in the Remote Learning Academy. The times you have signed up will remain the same. If you haven’t signed up for a time yet please email me 3 times between 9:00 Am and 3:00 PM that you can bring your child here to the school to get their picture taken. I will try to assign your child the first choice if it has not already been taken.
Paper order form were sent home to cohorts A and B last week. I have provided the link to order online as well as the access code needed for Cohort D. Any parent in cohort A and B can also use the online link to order as well.
Access code : 1000332
Grade K Update
Miss Luttig and Mrs. Abreu hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving! This week in Letterland, students will learn about Golden Girl and Oscar Orange. They will continue to practice blending and segmenting words. Students will add ‘can’ and ‘to’ to the list of sight words we know! Students will continue to label their pictures and begin to write a sentence in Writing. In Math, students will be sorting and categorizing! And finally, in Science, we will be diving deeper into the weather and how it changes! Please remember to check the daily PowerPoint for meeting information and assignments!
Grade 1 Update
Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Demarais hope all our students and families enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving! This week in math we will begin a new topic on learning different strategies for subtraction within 20, along with using the DICE protocol for problem solving. In Letterland students will learn when a short word ends with a single vowel, it almost always makes a long sound, and when y is a single vowel at the end of a short word it makes the long i sound as in “my”. Our Social Studies and Science topic this week is “All About Bears”. We will study habitats and hibernation. Students will write about a fictional story, “Bear Snores On”, as well as writing about facts they learn about bears this week.
Grade 2 Update
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As we move forward online, we continue to work in all academic areas. In math we are adding with regrouping, identifying place value, and reviewing money. This week in Social Studies we are discussing family traditions and December celebrations. We will be writing a friendly letter to Santa. For our social/emotional learning, students will be writing how they can show kindness to others this holiday season. We will also use visualization to describe the December holidays in a poem format.
Mary Laprel Retirement
Our school secretary, Mrs. Mary Laprel has retired on November 28th. Mrs. Laprel has worked for Haverhill Public Schools for over 30 years. She has been at Walnut Square for over 25 years. Mrs. Laprel has been a valuable member of the Superstar family. Mary’s calming demeanor and friendly personality has always made everyone at Walnut Square feel welcomed. She has been a mainstay during times of change and staff have relied on Mary for many things throughout the years. While we will greatly miss Mary’s smiling face and positive personality, we wish her the very best in retirement!
Have a wonderful week!
Beth Kitsos, Principal