Thank you for your participation in our pumpkin fundraiser at Chris’s Farm Stand! There were 140 pumpkins sold! We also thank you for coming to our Title 1 Math Night with Playing Cards and Dice. If you weren’t able to attend, please visit the Family Resources section of the Walnut Square website. The link is: https://walnutsquare.haverhill-ps.org/family-resources/
Please note that Wednesday, October 27th is a half day; dismissal is 11:35 am.
For all updates and resources about Walnut Square, please visit our website: https://walnutsquare.haverhill-ps.org/. You can also “like” our Facebook page, Walnut Square Elementary School and follow us on Instragram @walnutsquaresuperstars.
Please see below for other updates this week. Have a great weekend!
Here are the updates for this week:
Mark Your Calendar!
- Tuesday, October 26th: PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm
- Wednesday, October 27th: Early Release (Dismissal is 11:35 am)
- Friday, October 29th: Walnut Square Pumpkin Day/Pumpkin Parade 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, November 2nd: NO SCHOOL- Staff PD Day
- Thursday, November 11th: Veterans Day- NO SCHOOL
- Wednesday, November 24th: Early Release (Dismissal is 11:35am)
- Thursday, November 25th: Thanksgiving- NO SCHOOL
- Friday, November 26th: Thanksgiving Recess-NO SCHOOL
- Tuesday, November 30th: PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00 pm
Progress Reports and Title 1 School-Parent Compact
Please sign and return progress reports and the Title 1 School-Parent Compacts to school as soon as possible. Thank you for your help with this!
Please send your child to school with the following supplies:
- Water bottle (to refill at our water bottle station)
- Extra masks (can be kept in a plastic bag in backpack)
- Extra change of clothes (can be kept in backpack)
Walnut Square’s Pumpkin Parade
On Friday, October 29th at 2:00 pm, Walnut Square will be having a Pumpkin Parade. Students can dress up in their Halloween costumes (no makeup or props that are weapons please) and parade around the school yard. After the parade, students will participate in a “Trick or Treat” to receive non-food treats. Families may come to enjoy the parade outside of the fence on the school yard; if you plan to dismiss your child, please send in a note as soon as possible.
- If you plan on dismissing your child, please send in a note with your child.
- If your child is going home a different way (ex. Not taking the bus), please send in a note with your child.
COVID-19 Safety Checks
The COVID Safety Check (pool testing) this year is 2 swabs. One goes in the pool, and one in an individual pool. If the pool is positive then the individual swabs are tested.
Here is the link for staff or families to sign up for testing: https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null. Individuals can choose to complete link in a variety of languages
For the 2021-22 school year, we are offering an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our COVID-19 testing program at school. This program has three components: symptomatic testing for students/staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school, routine COVID safety checks to prevent the spread of the virus undetected among students who are not showing symptoms, and test and stay for students/staff who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. Each of these is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and easy for students/staff to do themselves.
Students/staff only participate with permission from a parent or guardian/self for staff. It is important to Haverhill Public Schools that you are fully informed regarding the process and that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of asking you to sign the electronic consent form (https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=null). Below we describe each of the three parts of our testing program, how they are conducted, and what they are used for.
Symptomatic testing is used when a student/staff is showing symptoms of COVID-19 during school; students/staff should not come to school if they are feeling sick while at home. Some symptoms of the virus look identical to other illnesses like the cold or flu, and this test tells us whether a symptomatic student/staff member has COVID-19 or not. This is a rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15 minutes. If a student/staff member has minimal symptoms and tests negative, they can remain in school.
Routine COVID safety checks minimize disruption to learning by helping us catch potential spread of the virus before it starts. Each student/staff administers the safety check on a weekly basis. Samples are collected at school in groups of 5-10 individuals. The samples are group together at school OR in the lab. Once the samples get to the lab, all the samples in the group are tested for COVID-19 together. In almost all cases, it will take less than 24 hours to receive safety check results. Students/staff can continue to come to school while awaiting safety check results; they do not need to quarantine while awaiting results. If a safety check test is positive, the students/staff in the group will take individual tests to determine which student(s) in the group produced the positive test//the lab will automatically process each individual sample to determine which student(s) in the group produced the positive test.
Test and stay allows students/staff who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student/staff is not showing symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these individuals will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students/staff participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.
If a student/staff tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days since the positive test before returning to school. The student/staff member must also be without a fever for 24 hours.
Although students/staff who are vaccinated are much less likely to spread or contract the virus, it is important for us to create an inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
YMCA Educator of the Year Nomination Information
October is Towel Doo-Wop Month for Emmaus House!
For the month of October, Walnut Square is collecting towels, washcloths, and paper towels to donate to the Emmaus House. If you would like to donate, please send it with your child to school. We will also have a bin inside the main office. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walnut Square Family Survey
Your feedback is very important to us as we work to improve our school. Please click here to complete the survey if you haven’t completed it yet. Thank you!
If students received P-EBT, they may be eligible for SNAP. Here are some resources to help you:
- “How to Apply for SNAP” (in six languages)