Family Update

Dear Families,

I’m glad today was a half day and all students were dismissed before this afternoon’s thunderstorm!  There were large, downed tree branches and power lines on North Ave.  Luckily, one just missed my car!  

Earlier this week, we welcomed our Kindergarten Superstars, and now our school feels complete!  Our Kindergarten Superstars are learning and practicing our routines, and it has been great to get to know everyone!

Notices about our Plant, Paint, Cross-Pollinate Title 1 event on September 14th were sent home this week. Please RSVP by Monday, September 11th if you would like to attend.  You can also sign up here:  

The Site Council is a balanced group of educators and families who meet monthly to discuss and develop the School Improvement Plan. The commitment is one Wednesday evening for one hour per month.  Please email Jen Rubera ( if you are interested.  

September is also Attendance Awareness Month and Library Card Month!  To celebrate Attendance, the Attendance Awareness Breakfast Contest is on!   The homeroom with the best attendance for the month of September will be honored with breakfast at school to thank them for making getting to school a priority in their home. There will also be special guests in attendance!  See below for more information about attendance.  With access to technology, innovative programming, and educational resources, a library card gives students of all ages the tools to succeed in school. Best of all, it has so many amazing books!  To celebrate Library Card Month, take a picture with your library card and email it to  If you don’t have one, you can apply for one here:  The Haverhill Public Library is one of my favorite places to visit…maybe I’ll see you there sometime!  

If there are any changes to your child’s dismissal routine, please send a handwritten note to school with the following information:  

  •  Child’s name
  •  The time student will be dismissed 
  • Who will be dismissing the child.  **Please note, the person dismissing the child must be listed as an emergency contact in Schoolbrains.  

Please come to the entrance on the Main Street side of the building. A photo ID is required when dismissing children.  Thank you for your cooperation for a safe and smooth dismissal!

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, follow us on Instragram, @walnutsquaresuperstars, and/or follow my channel on YouTube, @jenrubera, to get updates and see all of the fun and learning taking place at Walnut Square!   Please contact me if you have any questions.  Have a wonderful long weekend, and I look forward to seeing you when school resumes on Tuesday, September 5th.  Thank you!  



Jen Rubera 


Letter from School Adjustment Counselor

Dear Parents, 

My name is Cherie Rousseau.  I am the school adjustment counselor at Walnut Square School.  While this is my 15th year working in the Haverhill Public School District, this is my 2nd year at Walnut Square School.  I am so excited to be back at school and equally as excited to continue to be part of the Walnut Square community. 

I am very lucky this year to be able to continue to present SEL lessons to each classroom on a weekly basis.  During weekly SEL lessons, I will focus on our monthly school themes, such as Safety, Perseverance, Respect and Empathy, to name a few.  I will also practice mindfulness activities with the children to improve self-regulation skills, and will do activities that build their emotional vocabulary. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school at (978) 374-3471. You can also email me at, or you can text me via the Remind App. 

I look forward to working together this year. 

Thank you, 

Cherie Rousseau M.Ed., LMHC

School Adjustment Counselor


Haverhill Promise Book Buddies 

Please visit to learn more about the program and what you can to if you’re interested in volunteering.  The link to the Sign-Up form is here:


Superstars Monthly Theme:  Safety 

For our Superstars at Walnut Square, our monthly theme is safety.  School is a safe place where all students can learn and grow.  To stay safe, we follow school rules.   School rules are basic expectations on how you behave at school.  They are in effect at all times.  We have rules to keep everyone safe and help everyone learn.  We have two rules at Walnut Square:  

1:  Follow directions given by grown ups. 

2:  Keep your hands and feet to yourself.  

During the month of September, we will be teaching and reviewing rules as well as teaching routines (what students do frequently throughout the day and procedures (the steps students need to take in order to accomplish a routine).  Discussing rules, routines, and procedures at home with your child is a great way to help support your child in school!  



Walnut Square implements a Mathematics and Reading program called i-Ready. Students will begin iReady this month.  Below, you will find information about the program and how we will be using it in the classroom.

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

What can I do to help?

To help prepare your child for the i-Ready Diagnostic, encourage them to: 

  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a full breakfast the day of the assessment.
  • Try their best on each question and try not to rush.
  • Try not to worry about questions to which they do not know the answers—remind them that it is expected that they will only get about half of the questions correct.
  • Be respectful of other students who take longer to finish.


What happens next?

The i-Ready Diagnostic will provide results that helps us  identify your child’s strengths and determine next steps for instruction. We look forward to sharing these results with you throughout the year and providing a learning experience that will engage your child while teaching important skills and concepts.

If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting

As always, thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! It is much appreciated.


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.   


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 Title 1 Notice Portuguese.

  School Supply List 

The following items are greatly appreciated!  

  • Headphones that will plug into student Chromebooks.  
  • Number 2 pencils (Ticonderoga pencils are preferred)
  • Crayola crayons 
  • Large glue sticks 
  • Dry erase markers
  • Paper towels 
  • Ziploc bags of all sizes 
  • Baby wipes 
  • Clorox wipes
  • For grade 3 students:  a package of 5 highlighters:  pink, green, orange, blue, and yellow 


Bus routes are available and posted here:  


Technology Updates 


Grade 1 and 2 students, please bring your Chromebooks and chargers with you to school if you haven’t done so. If you have lost or misplaced your charger, you may purchase a new one for $39.00.  Please contact Mrs. Greene if you have any questions.  

HPS has chosen School Device Coverage (SDC) to insure the Chromebooks that students have been issued. The cost of coverage for the year is $20 and includes accidental damage, loss, fire, and theft. Families have the option to sign up during the month of September: 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.  

Qustodio, a FREE student safety/digital wellbeing platform, helps parents/guardians control their child’s access to the internet on their school issued devices. Qustodio is FREE for HPS Students/Families. More information and how to sign up for Qustodio can be found on our website at:


School Improvement Plan

Each year, every school shall adopt school performance goals and develop and implement a written School Improvement Plan to advance those goals and improve student performance. Please click on this link to view Walnut Square’s School Improvement Plan.  


Get Involved!  

  • School Site Council:  The Site Council is a balanced group of educators and families who meet monthly to discuss and develop the School Improvement Plan. Please email Jen Rubera ( if you are interested.  


Mark Your Calendar!

  • Thursday, September 14th:  Plant, Paint, Cross-Pollinate Project Grade 3 and Title 1 Event:  Grade 3 1:30-2:30 pm; Title 1 Event:  5:30-6:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, September 20th:  School Picture Day 
  • Thursday, October 5th:  Title 1 Event:  “SEL”-ebrate the ABCs of Walnut Square!  6:00-7:30 pm