Walnut Square Elementary School
Parent Update- January 24, 2021
All Cohorts Return
This week we welcome back cohorts A and B students to join cohort C students who returned last week.
Picture Retakes Wednesday, January 27th
This Wednesday starting at 7:30 AM is Picture retake. If you missed picture day in December, please bring your child to Walnut Square between 7:00 AM -12:00 PM.
School Wide Reading Challenge
If you missed the virtual presentation for our school wide reading challenge, please see the attached below. This challenge starts Monday, January 25th.
Pool testing continues in Haverhill Public Schools. Pool Testing is a proactive strategy to test a group of individuals at one time as a “batch” to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 and isolate those individuals, preventing further spread of disease. Pool testing enables us to test more individuals cost-effectively. The pool may be a group of students in a classroom or cohort, a sports team, or other configurations. Pool testing is easy to do – and requires swabbing of the lower nares (nose) with a q-tip like swab. Most individuals will be capable of self swabbing, and for others, swabbing will be performed by one of our health care staff. The batch of swabs is placed in one tube, and the tube is tested as a group. If the pool tests positive, then the individuals in the pool are notified of the need for individual testing. If negative, then we know that no one in this “pool” is positive for COVID-19 at the time of testing. Pool testing results will typically be received by the district in 48 hours. Participation in this program is voluntary and requires consent. There are two consents attached – one to participate in the pooled testing pilot and one to participate in the BinexNOW follow-up testing for positive pools. Both are attached for your review, and both are required to move forward with testing. Consent for pool testing or BinexNOW testing may be withdrawn at any time.
We are so happy to have students back in school this week! This week in Letterland, students will be learning more about Red Robot, Quarrelsome Queen and Vicky Violet. We will add with & this to our list of sight words. In Writing, students will continue learning how to tell and write a personal narrative using the words first, next, then, and last. In Math, we will continue to explore subtraction while reading and writing equations. Finally, in Science, students will learn about animals in Winter.
Grade 1 Update
We are so excited to see our students in person this week! We will be continuing with our Math Topic 7: Extending the Counting Sequence. In Letterland we will be learning about final blends: -nd, -nt, -sk, and -st. We will continue with informational writing including writing about Polar Bears. Our author study of the week will focus on books by Jan Brett including The Three Snow Bears, The Mitten and The Hat.
Grade 2 Update
We are so excited to have all the Cohorts back this week! We will begin studying animals and what they do in winter. Some animals migrate, hibernate, or adapt to their environment. A couple of specific animals we will be focusing on are polar bears (Arctic Region) and penguins. Students will be writing a fictional, creative story about living in a snow-globe. Do you like hot chocolate? Well, hopefully, you do because the students will be writing a “how to make hot chocolate” informational paragraph and using adjectives to describe hot chocolate as well. In grammar, students will be introduced to compound words (snow + ball=snowball). Your children will continue to practice their math facts for fluency every day this week with the math fact sheets. Again, thanks for all your support and patience as we navigate our way through this once in a lifetime ( every 100 years) pandemic!
Have a wonderful week!
Beth Kitsos, Principal- firstname.lastname@example.org