Family Update

“You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.  

Richer than I you can never be- I had a Mother who read to me.”  

-Strickland Gillilan 

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for your generosity and participation in Teacher and Staff Appreciation week!  From donations gift cards and snacks to writing sincere notes and making cards, the staff at Walnut Square felt the love this week!  Thank you to the PTO who organized and coordinated the food, treats, and special events all week!   

The Covid Protection Act is ending and you may lose health care coverage with MassHealth if you do not follow the redetermination process.  A flyer about this went home with students.  If you have any questions about this, please contact our Family Engagement Nurse, Tiffany Bell.  Here is her contact information:  Phone: 978-420-1942 Fax: 978-274-1961  Email:


We are also excited our Alphabet Countdown is starting on Wednesday, May 17th!  Here are the links to view the calendar:  


Field day is scheduled for Thursday, June 15th with a rain date of Friday, June 16th beginning at 1:30 pm until around 2:45 pm, and we’d like  you to volunteer to help run the amazing stations Mr. Barnard has planned!  All volunteers should plan on arriving at 1:15 PM.  Only volunteers will be allowed to attend this event and must have an active CORI on file.  

If you’d like to volunteer, please sign up here.   Please click here to view the flyer.  


Families, your feedback is important, and I’d like to share the link to complete the Spring Family Feedback Survey.  This is shared with Site Council and staff to prioritize needs at Walnut Square.  A paper copy went home with students this week, or you may complete it on online.    To complete the survey, please click here.  Thank you for your help!


 In Walnut Square news this week, anchors Addie, Fadil, and Bennett were co hosts, and it was a special broadcast for teacher and staff appreciation week.    To view the broadcast, please click on this link:  Our next broadcast will be released on Monday, May 15th.  

 Kindergarten registration has opened!  Please click here to learn more and to register your child!  HPS Registration is also hosting a Kindergarten information night on May 23rd at Pentucket Lake if you’re interested in learning more!   

The office of Title I and Community Outreach is excited to share with you the Summer 2023 Learning Opportunities for our students! Haverhill Public Schools, in collaboration with our community partners, provides a variety of interesting and robust Summer programs.

Here is the website with all of the listings:

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 your continued partnership in your student’s learning.


Jen Rubera


iReady Rockstars

Walnut Square Superstars continue to use iReady in their daily Reading and Math  lessons.   I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the progress our students are making in i-Ready Personalized Instruction! This week, many students completed 30 or more minutes of Lesson Time-on-Task in either Reading or Mathematics!  This is great progress toward our weekly goal of 30–49 minutes of Lesson Time-on-Task.  Congratulations! Click here to see our iReady Rockstars!   I would also like to congratulate students for working so hard on ST Math- Mrs. O’Leary’s class is winning the challenge, but it’s still anyone’s game!  

PTO News 

Our PTO has been working hard to fundraise and support enrichment opportunities at Walnut Square!   You can view information here:

  Here are  a few PTO updates:

  • Congratulations to Evelyne Cascio, PTO’s new Vice President!  

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Wednesday, May 17th:  Walnut Square ABC Countdown Begins!  
  • Monday, May 22nd:  Visit from HPS Library 
  • Tuesday, May 23rd:  Curious Creatures Visit Rooms 1 and 2 
  • Tuesday, May 23rd:  Kindergarten Information Night at Pentucket Lake 
  • Wednesday, May 24th:  Curious Creatures Visit Rooms 3 and 4 
  • Thursday, May 25th:  Curious Creatures Visit Rooms 7 and 8 
  • Friday, May 26th:  Curious Creatures Visit Rooms 5 and 6
  • Friday, May 26th:  Early Release for Students (Dismissal is at 11:35 am) 
  • Monday, May 29th:  Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL 
  • Friday, June 2nd:  Spring Concert 1:30 pm 

  • Tuesday, June 6th:  Spring Concert Rain Date 1:30 pm 

  • Thursday, June 15th:  Field Day 
  • Friday, June 16th:  Field Day Rain Date 
  • Friday, June 16th:  Kindergarten End-of-Year Celebration- Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Friday, June 16th:  PTO Luau 6-8 pm 
  • Monday, June 19th:  Juneteenth- NO SCHOOL 
  • Wednesday, June 21st:  PTO Luau 6-8 pm Rain Date 
  • Friday, June 23rd:  Last Day of School- Early Dismissal for Students (Dismissal is at 11:35 am).  

HPS/Community Events:  Click here to view and register for Haverhill Public Library Events.