Family Update

Dear Families,

Walnut Square had a great first week of school!  Open House was a huge success with 209 people in attendance!  On our first day of school, It was so great to see the first and second graders in class learning, and I loved meeting our Kindergarten students at screening and at the Meet and Greet today!  Please see below for our back to school family update.  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!   Please contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you!  



Jen Rubera 



Mark Your Calendar!

  • Monday, September 5th:  NO SCHOOL-Labor Day 
  • Tuesday, September 6th:  NO SCHOOL-Elections
  • Wednesday, September 7th:  Kindergarten First Day of School 
  • Wednesday, September 21st:  School Picture Day 
  • Wednesday, September 28th:  Early Release Day- Dismissal is at 11:35 am 
  • Thursday, September 29th:  Title 1 Nature Walk Around Lake Pentucket 5:00-7:00 *information coming soon!


September Is Attendance Awareness Month! 

Showing up matters for R.E.A.L because it is an opportunity to:     

  • Build Routines 
  • Increase Engagement 
  • Provide Access to resources 
  • Support Learning

Routines: Daily attendance routines can reduce stress, increase your child’s self-confidence, and lay a foundation for good attendance in later grades. 

Engagement:  Participation in school helps your child connect with other children and adults and get excited about learning. 

Access to Resources:  Schools can give you access to meals, physical and mental health care and other supports, and fun enrichment activities (sports, clubs, music, afterschool, and summer programs, etc.). 

Learning:  Children learn best from hand-on activities and through meaningful interactions with their teacher and other students.   


Teaching and Learning:  Family Guides 

Family guides to the Massachusetts learning standards help families understand what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade.  They were designed to help families and teachers work together to support learning.

Kindergarten English   Kindergarten Spanish  Kindergarten Portuguese

Grade 1 English           Grade 1 Spanish    Grade 1 Portuguese

Grade 2 English         Grade 2 Spanish   Grade 2 Portuguese 

Watch this video for more information about ELA:  Standards Based Learning Elementary English Language Arts


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 


Donations Requested

  • Our clothes closet is in need of the following items:  
    • Packages of new underwear size 4-8.  
    • Socks
    • Unisex clothing, sized 4-8 
  • If you would like to donate any of the items, please bring them to school.  Thank you!  


School Supplies 

  • Backpack
  • Lunch bag (if you bring snacks and/or lunch to school) 
  • Water bottle 
  • Change of clothes to be kept in backpack.  
  • Please email me or call Walnut Square if you need a backpack. (978) 374-3471 





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.  

Open House Fun!