Walnut Square Family Update: September 16, 2021

Dear Families,

Here are the Walnut Square Updates for this week:  

School Picture Day

School Picture Day is Wednesday, September 22nd.  Forms will be going home with students this week.  

Walnut Square Family Survey

Please help up by completing this brief survey to help improve our school.  Thank you for your help!

Click here to complete the survey.  

Mark Your Calendar!

  • September 11, 2021:  20 Year Anniversary of 9/11/01
  • September 15th-October 15th National Hispanic American Heritage Month 
  • September 22nd:  School Picture Day 
  • September 28th:  PTO Meeting at 6pm 
  • September 29th:  Early Release Day for Students (11:35 am dismissal) 
  • Thursday, September 30th iReady Reading Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, October 5th iReady Math Kindergarten 



September is Attendance Awareness Month, and HPS is having a weekly contest.  Ms. Luttig’s class and Mrs. Abreu’s class both had 100% attendance last week! Congratulations to our student raffle winners Emmit, Cole, Helen, and Janalia!  If you’re healthy, please come to school!  


Walnut Square Routines and Procedures

  • Please send in a note with your child if there is a change in how he/she is getting home.
  • Students may be dropped off at 8:45 am when supervision begins.  Beginning Monday, September 20th, we ask that all families remain outside of school grounds during morning recess.  Thank you for your cooperation!  
  • Please note that there is construction scheduled on the Main St. sidewalk.  Because of this, the bus drop off will be on North Ave in front of the parent drop off/pick up line (closer to the intersection of North and Main).  If you’d like to walk your child to the schoolyard, please park on one of the side streets.  Thank you for your patience and understanding with this.  When construction ends, bus drop off and pick up will resume on Main St.  



Students were scheduled to take the iReady adaptive diagnostic this week.  We are currently having some intermittent connectivity issues and the diagnostic assessments have been rescheduled.  Our kindergarten schedule is below:  

  • Thursday, September 30th iReady Reading Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, October 5th iReady Math Kindergarten 


Get Involved!  

  • School Site Council:  The Site Council is a balanced group of educators and families who meet monthly to discuss and develop the School Improvement Plan. The Site Council will meet monthly for 1 hour.  If you are interested in joining, please email jrubera@haverhill-ps.org.  
    • School Improvement Plan
      • Each year, every school shall adopt school performance goals and develop and implement a written School Improvement Plan to advance those goals and improve student performance. Please click on the link below to view Walnut Square’s School Improvement Plan.  

  • PTO:  The PTO is a group of Parents and Educators who work together to raise funds to plan enrichment activities to help students.  The first PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th at 6pm.  It will be held outside.  If there is inclement weather, we will host it inside using mitigation measure like distancing, masking, and proper ventilation.  We hope you can join us!  


September 15th-October 15th National Hispanic American Heritage Month

  • Visit https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ to learn more!  
  • Our local museum Buttonwoods is hosting an exhibit featuring Puerto Rican art from the 1950s.  The Buttonwoods Museum is located at 240 Water Street, Haverhill, MA. Museum hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12:00-5:00 p.m., closed on Mondays. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, email info@buttonwoods.org or call 978-374-4626.



Jen Rubera 

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