Family Update

Dear Families,

This update is filled with information about back to school.  There is a special section for Kindergarten families.  As will all family updates, this will be posted on our school website, and sent to you via School Messenger and Remind.  In addition to the Walnut Square School website, you can also “like” our Facebook page, Walnut Square Elementary School, and follow us on Instragram @walnutsquaresuperstars to get updates and see all of the fun and learning taking place at Walnut Square!  As you enjoy the final days of summer, we will continue to plan for a happy and productive school year.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you!  


Jen Rubera 



Open House/Title 1 Annual Parent Meeting

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Open House and Title 1 Annual Parent Meeting on Monday, August 29th from 4:00-5:30pm!  

Kindergarten 4:00-4:30 pm 

First Grade 4:30-5:00 pm 

Second Grade 5:00-5:30 pm 

This event will be held outdoors, and families will have the opportunity to take a tour inside.   Please note that the staggered times prevent crowding and parking issues.  If you have children in different grades, please select one time to come.   

Please click here to view the Open House Flyer in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.  


Title 1 Letter to Families 

Walnut Square is a Title 1 School.  Please click on the link to read the letter to families about Title 1.  Title 1 Notice English    Title 1 Notice Spanish 


Teacher Assignments 

Teacher assignments for grades 1 and 2  will be posted district wide to the parent portal starting August 20th. It may take a couple days for all students to sync.  You can access the Parent Portal on the HPS Launchpad, or click on this direct link: 

If you have any questions or need help, please email Support at  Please have the following included in any email to Portal Support:

  • Full Name
  • Full name of child(ren)
  • Full email address (be sure to contact Portal Support from this same email)
  • Your child(ren)’s Grade Level(s) and School(s)
  • Detailed explanation of issue



All students are provided 1:1  chromebooks with chargers and cases.  Grade 1 and 2 students, please bring your Chromebooks with you on the first day of school.  Haverhill Public Schools has chosen School Device Coverage (SDC) to insure the devices that will be given to your student as part of this year’s 1:1 device program. For only $20 per student, this insurance program will protect you and your student(s) in the event that your device is lost, stolen, or damaged accidentally over the course of the school year.  You will need your child’s device number, which can be found on the back of the device. Please follow this link for more information and to sign up.  Haverhill Student Device Insurance This information is also posted on the Parent and Student Resources page and the HPS Technology page.  For a copy of the HPS Student Device Policy, please click here:  HPS Student Device Policy English  HPS Student Device Policy Spanish.  

Kindergarten Information 

Entering kindergarten is such a big step and we are excited to welcome you and your child to Walnut Square School, home of the Superstars!

 Prior to entering kindergarten, all students participate in a screening process in English Language Arts and Mathematics and allows us time to become acquainted with your child.  Families will be able to complete paperwork.  

Screenings will take place Tuesday, August 30, and Wednesday, August 31, 2022.  Please call the school at (978) 374-3471 to set up your child’s screening appointment.  Each screening will take approximately ½ hour.  At Kindergarten screening, all Kindergarten students will receive a backpack donated by Children’s Health Care to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  

On Friday, September 2, we will have a kindergarten Meet and Greet from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. At this time, your child will have the opportunity to meet his/her teacher along with classmates.  The first day for Kindergarten students will be Wednesday, September 7, 2022.   To help your child get acquainted with Walnut Square, please click on the social story:  Kindergarten Social Story English   Kindergarten Social Story Spanish.  

Mark Your Calendar!

  • August 30th:  First Day of School Grades 1 and 2/Kindergarten Screening
  • August 31st:  Kindergarten Screening 
  • September 1st:  Kindergarten Screening
  • September 2nd:  Kindergarten Meet and Greet 9:30-10:30 am 
  • September 7th:  Kindergarten First Day of School 
  • September 21st:  School Picture Day