Family Update

Dear Families,

Today we honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Peace Parade.  Please stay tuned for a slide show!  Another fun event we have planned is our Walnut Square SEL-ebration! It is a Title 1 Family Engagement night that will be on Thursday, January 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Walnut Square School.  We hope families will join us for a brief presentation about Social and Emotional Learning at Walnut Square and participate in fun activities that we do at Walnut Square that you can do at home! Flyers will be going home next week, or you can click here to sign up.

We love having your children at school all school year!

This is the time of year when winter weather takes a toll on school attendance. Snow and rain can make it hard to get your children to school. So can illnesses such as colds, flu, fevers, earaches and Covid-19.

These absences, even if they are excused, break the routine of daily attendance that contributes to students feeling connected and engaged in learning. Please consider these steps to keep your children healthy and in school this winter.

  1. Develop back up plans for getting your children to school. Check who can give your children a ride if you can’t take them, or form a “walking school bus” to walk to school with other families.
  2. If your children get sick or you are concerned about Covid or the flu, talk to your child’s medical provider or the school nurse for advice.
  3. Stomach pain and headaches can be signs of anxiety and may not be reasons for keeping a child home. If you feel that anxiety or stress is playing a role, talk to your child’s teacher, the school nurse or counselor or your medical provider about how best to support your child.
  4. Encourage children to wash their hands before and after eating and after using the restroom.
  5. Avoid sharing cups and utensils with other individuals.
  6. Dress your children for the cold weather. If you need help with winter clothing, call the school.
  7. Encourage healthy habits such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, drinking fluids and getting exercise.
  8. If your children need to stay home for a prolonged period due to illness, talk to your child’s teacher to find out about resources, including computer or internet access, that they can use at home to keep learning once they feel well enough.

Let us know how we can help you. If you’re having trouble, need resources or advice, please call us at (978) 374 3471 and ask to speak with me, Jen Rubera.

Congratulations to our iReady Rock Stars!  You are working hard!

As with 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 for partnering with us!


Jen Rubera



Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, January 16th:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day NO SCHOOL 

Thursday, January 19th from 6:00-7:30 pm:  Title 1 Family Night:  Walnut Square School SEL-ebration

HPS/Community Events:  

Click here to view and register for Haverhill Public Library Events.  

Vacation Academies:  For the 3rd year, along with our partners at the YMCA, YMCA and the BGC, Haverhill Public Schools will be offering February and April Vacation Academies.  Academies are open to all students in grades K-8.  If you are interested in registering your student for either one or both of these academies, please contact the YMCA, YWCA or the BGC directly at the numbers provided below.

Boys & Girls Club – 55 Emerson Street – Jessi Feiner – 978-374-6171

YMCA – 81 Winter Street and Pentucket Lake School – Cathay Wolf – 978-374-0506

YWCA – 107 Winter Street – Amy Desimone – 978-374-6121

Below are copies of the flyers that were sent home with students:

February 2023 Vacation Academy.docx

Spanish – February 2023 Vacation Academy.docx

Portuguese_February 2023 Vacation Academy.docx