Family Update

Dear Families,

Hello, November! “Sock”tober was a success!  Thank you for the donations to the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center to provide new packages of socks and toiletries to veterans.  Walnut Square is a small school with a very big heart, and I’m grateful and appreciative of the efforts made by all to support a community organization.  

Many families complete the Fall Family Feedback Survey.  A paper copy was sent home, or you can complete it by clicking on this link:  If you haven’t completed it yet, please consider completing the brief survey.  Your input is very much appreciated and valued.  This survey is shared with staff, Site Council, and PTO, and your feedback is important!

School portrait day is back.  O’Connor Studios will be returning on Wednesday, November 15th, for students who were absent on portrait day, or for those who need their portrait package retaken.  If you’d like to order portraits, please use your original order form, or call the school office at (978) 374-3471 to have a new form sent home.  If you are having your child’s portrait retaken, your original portrait package must be given to the photographer on retake day.  No order form is necessary.  Please note that retakes are only offered for students who paid for a portrait package, or who were absent on portrait day.

Our school nurses have started screenings. Parents will only be notified if the student does meet the school criteria.  If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Helene or Nurse Jillian. 

As we head into the upcoming holiday season, I’m excited to announce that we will be having a weekly attendance contest where students can earn prizes!  Every day that they are on time and in school is an opportunity to win a prize!  Attendance matters, and coming to school every day is an opportunity to learn and grow while connecting with peers and grown ups.  More information about Attendance Matters is listed below under District and Community Updates and Resources.  

This week, PTO and Site Council held meetings.  The agenda and minutes can be found here:  The PTO is hosting a MATH-A-THON fundraiser.  On Wednesday, November 8th, all students will be answering 10 math questions.  More information about the MATH-A-THON is listed below in PTO News.  

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.   Thank you!  


Jen Rubera 


District and Community Updates and Resources

PTO News

The Walnut Square PTO is kicking off our Math-a-thon fundraiser, and we need your help and support to make this a successful event.  100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Walnut Square School activities.  Additionally, this fundraiser allows students to play an active role in the process!  This fundraiser promotes math skills while building students’ self confidence.  

Each student will be given a Math-a-thon information letter and a pledge sheet.  Students can gather pledges per problem or a flat rate donation.  We encourage students to only ask family members, close neighbors, close friends, or family coworkers for pledge support.  

Students can collect pledges and donations.  All collected money should be returned to school by Friday, December 1, 2023.  

Thank you for your help and support to make this a successful fundraiser!  

For more information about the PTO, please click here:

Mark Your Calendar!

  • Tuesday, November 7th:  NO SCHOOL  
  • Wednesday, November 8th:  MATH-A-THON DAY!  
  • Friday, November 10th:  NO SCHOOL- Veterans Day Observed
  • Wednesday, November 15th:  School Picture Retakes 
  • Wednesday, November 22nd:  Early Release Day (Dismissal is 11:35 am) 
  • Thursday, November 23rd:  NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving 
  • Friday, November 24th:  NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break 
  • Wednesday, November 29th:  Grades Close Trimester 1
  • Wednesday, November 29th: PTO Meeting (5:00-6:00 pm) and Site Council Meeting (6:00-7:00 pm)  **Both are held on Google Meet